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Any questions about these meetings can be directed to Amy Gilbody, Director of Meetings, at agilbody@vada.org.

Upcoming events

    • 07 Aug 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Via Zoom Webinar

    We are pleased to announce that the Workshop has been rescheduled for the afternoon of August 7, via Webinar. Those who had previously registered for the Workshop will be automatically registered for the rescheduled event -- you do not need to re-register for the new date. Please contact Director of Meetings, Amy Gilbody, at agilbody@vada.org if you have any questions.

    The Advanced Expert Witness Workshop will be held via Webinar from 12:00 noon - 5:00 p.m. (4.5 CLE hours requested).   The agenda is focused on effective cross examination of a variety of experts, preparing your experts for cross examination, and practical tips to combat some vexing expert discovery issues.   

    Agenda (4.5 CLE HRS Requested)

    Printable Draft Agenda (PDF)

    ·       Stop Harassing My Experts!  How to Defend Experts from Onerous Financial Disclosure Requests and How to Prepare your Expert for Cross Examination on Financial Interest and/or Bias. 

    This section will address the discovery mechanisms which attorneys can use to obtain expert information.  Rule 4:1 of the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia governs discovery pertaining to expert witness information.  Leave of court is required if discovery is sought from the expert beyond that permitted by this rule.  Often, parties may use Rule 4:9 and issue a subpoena directly to the expert.  This subpoena may seek the disclosure of financial information which the expert may seek to protect, such as tax returns.  The section will focus on the appropriate objections to raise and how to protect the disclosure of expert information which may be overly broad, unduly burdensome, or not relevant to the issues.  Additionally, when experts testify, they may be attacked because of financial interest and/or bias.  This section will focus on the various methods which may impact an expert’s credibility such as establishing either financial interests, bias, or lack of qualifications.

    Danielle Giroux, Harman Claytor Corrigan Wellman
    Tate C. Love, Timberlake, Smith, Thomas & Moses, P.C.

    ·       When to Use Vocational Rehabilitation and Life Care Planner experts and Effective Cross Examination

    This section pertains to more complex cases involving personal injury with significant injury.  In order to prove damages, and in cases where long-term care is necessary, experts are often used to project future costs.  This includes future medical care, lost wages, and/or loss of earning capacity.  Experts are also used to establish whether someone is capable of returning to their former employment and/or establishing their work limitations.  This section will focus on the experts used to lay the foundation for this information and damages and how to either strike such testimony if the proper foundation is not laid as well as to discuss effective cross-examination when these types of experts are used.

    Sean Workowski, Frith Anderson & Peake
    Susan Wirt, MSN, Wirt & Associates

    ·       Cutting the Malarkey in Premises Liability and Construction Cases:  How to identify when plaintiff’s liability experts erroneously claim violations of inapplicable codes and voluntary standards, what to do, and how to effectively use your own liability expert. 

    This section focuses on liability experts used in either premises liability and/or construction cases.  These experts (usually engineers) may focus on whether the premises at issue or construction was compliant with certain applicable codes.  This section will address how to determine whether the codes the opposing party’s expert relies upon are truly applicable, how to determine what codes are applicable under Virginia law, and what to do when the other party identifies an expert who is expected to testify on codes that are not applicable.  This section will address what information should be gathered during the course of discovery, deposition, when a motion to exclude is appropriate and effective cross examination.

    Nicholas J. Lawrence, Bancroft, McGavin, Horvath & Judkins, P.C. 
    Jim Schofield, CED Technologies

    ·       Effective Use of Accident Reconstruction Experts in Virginia

    This section will discuss case law pertaining to whether Virginia allows accident reconstruction testimony in Virginia.  A brief history and case law development will be provided along with examples of how accident reconstruction testimony can be used effectively in Virginia.  This section will focus on case studies and how to combat the general belief that accident reconstruction testimony is not admissible.

    David Drash, Teumer &Drash
    Matt Dwyer, President, Accident Technology, Inc.
    H. Robert Yates, O'Hagan Meyer

    ·       Expert War Stories and Tips on Effective Cross Examination of Engineering Experts

    This section will focus on laying the appropriate foundation for use of engineering experts and effective cross-examination to address qualifications and whether the basis of the opinion is sound.  Examples will be utilized with regard to exclusion of engineering experts and information will be provided regarding how to prevent your engineering expert from being excluded.  This segment will include case studies and practice tips from the standpoint of the attorney and the expert. 

    Moderator: Madelaine Kramer, Sands Anderson
    Robert Bove, Exponent
    Marty Conn, Moran Reeves & Conn
    Michael Garnier, Garnier & Garnier
    Keith Madigan, JS Held
    Sam Sudler, S-E-A


    Registration for this unique event is limited and is $175. New members, registration includes your first year membership in VADA.  No membership bill sent until 2021.  Contact Sherma Mather at smather@vada.org for details.

    Cancellations allowed before July 31, minus a $25 service fee.  Substitutions allowed anytime. 


    • 14 Oct 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 16 Oct 2020
    • (EDT)
    • The Omni Homestead Resort, 7696 Sam Snead Hwy, Hot Springs, VA 24445

    VADA Annual Meeting 2020:
    Sharpen your Litigation Focus

    October 14-16, 2020
    The Omni Homestead Resort

    Your Planning Committee is working hard to plan an amazing program - please check back soon for the details. 

    2020 Annual Meeting Planning Committee!

    Chair, Julie Palmer, Harman Claytor Corrigan & Wellman, Richmond
    Sam Bernier, Frith Anderson + Peake
    Kathryn Bonorchis, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, Northern Virginia
    Donna J. Hall, Goodman Allen Donnelly, Norfolk
    Abigail Johansen, Bancroft, McGavin, Horvath & Judkins, Fairfax
    Macel H. Janoschka, Frith Anderson + Peake, Roanoke
    Angela London, Bancroft, McGavin, Horvath & Judkins, Fairfax
    Surge Moghaddassi, Harman Claytor Corrigan & Wellman, Richmond
    Jessica Swauger, Hancock Daniel, Richmond
    Britton Wight, Harman Claytor Corrigan & Wellman, Alexandria
    Andrew Willis, Hancock Daniel, Richmond



    Registration fee of $450 includes all sessions, breakfasts & lunches, networking receptions, late nights, and written materials. New members joining VADA will have their first year membership fee waived for 2021.  First membership bill will be sent January 2022.

    Guest registration fee of $125 includes Wednesday and Thursday receptions and. For guest ticket information for Thursday's Awards lunch, please contact Amy Gilbody at agilbody@vada.org. 

    Cancellations accepted until 9/25, minus a $25 processing fee.  No refunds after 9/25, but substitutions welcome anytime. Email Amy Gilbody at agilbody@vada.org for further information.

    Business attire is recommended for the meeting. Business casual is appropriate for the Thursday reception.

    Hotel Information

    Use this reservation link to take advantage of the VADA-discounted rate of $180/night.  Book soon, as this rate is guaranteed until September 11 or the room block fills, whichever is first.

    Fitness Challenge

    Back again this year! Annual Meeting participants are invited to Join our VADA Fitness Challenge and compete for exciting prizes. 

    Dine Arounds

    Join your colleagues Wednesday night for a fun dinner after the Welcome Reception. Choose from restaurants within walking distance of the hotel for this fun “Dutch treat” event and enjoy networking with colleagues over dinner at your restaurant of choice. 

    Optional Free Time Activities

    Activity minimum must be met by September 12 to confirm the activity.  You can register for these events through VADA, but once the activity is confirmed after 9/9, the non-refundable activity fee will be charged to your onsite hotel bill.

    Thursday, October 15 from 4:00 PM - 6:00




    $45 PP

    Waterfall Wellness Hike

    $23 PP

    Trail Ride (one hour)

    $105 PP

    Red Tail Racer Zipline

    $35 PP

    Mixology Class

    $75 PP

    Golf (9 holes)

    $75 Cascades Course $50 Old Course 



    Skeet Shooting (Wednesday 10/14 at 4:15 PM)


    In addition to these VADA group activities, the resort offers many additional activities like the spa, serenity garden, game room, indoor and outdoor pools, fitness center and more.  Fees may apply.  Visit the Homestead webpage for additional information.


    We have an excellent CLE program planned, which includes sessions on:

    • Legal Writing
    • Legislative Updates
    • Live Streaming Testimony
    • Motions Craving Oyer
    • Subpoenaing Substance Abuse/Mental Health Records
    • Effective Oral Advocacy
    • The Innocense of Earl Washington
    • Empathy, Sympathy & Kindesss from a Defesene Perspective
    • Ethics and Professionalism in the Heat of Battle
    • Substantive Litigation Sections Breakouts

    See the complete agenda here: Printable PDF Agenda


    Thank you to our sponsors,



    For sponsorship information, please contact Amy Gilbody at agilbody@vada.org.

    • 04 Dec 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM (EST)
    • Bank of America Building, 1111 E. Main Street, Richmond, VA

    One-day seminar where newer attorneys learn the practical information needed to practice defense law.  Sessions taught by experienced members of the civil defense bar and the judiciary.  Different agenda than 2019 so plan to attend again.

    Begin to build your network and meet other newer attorneys.  Join us for a Networking Happy Hour immediately following the program.

    Registration Information

    $175 - Early Bird Registration (Before November 13)

    $200 - Registration Fee (After November 13)

    Registration includes written materials and lunch. Free one-year VADA membership for 2021 is available with registration.  No membership bill sent until January 2022. Cancellations accepted through November 20, minus a $25 administrative fee.  No refunds after November 20, but substitutions accepted at any time.


    Coming Soon

    • 05 May 2021
    • 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • 07 May 2021
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Boar's Head Inn, Charlottesville

    Specialized litigation sections training. Registration includes receptions Wednesday and Thursday nights and VADA Late Night.

    Hotel Information

    Coming Soon


    Coming Soon


    For sponsorship information, please contact Amy Gilbody at agilbody@vada.org.

    • 20 Oct 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 22 Oct 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Marriott Virginia Beach Oceanfront

Past events

01 Jul 2020 2020 Paralegal Seminar (Postponed to 2021)
03 Jun 2020 VADA Virtual Trivia Night
21 May 2020 Coronavirus and Insurance Coverage - What Attorneys Need to Know
20 May 2020 MOVED TO JUNE 3 - VADA Potomac Virtual Trivia Night
14 May 2020 2020 Spring Sections Seminar Webinar
13 May 2020 Mindfulness and Meditation for Pandemics and Skeptics
30 Apr 2020 Cloud Services: Avoid Security Pitfalls Without Compromising User Experience
23 Apr 2020 2020 Southwestern Region Virtual Happy Hour
22 Apr 2020 Working from Home in a Defense Practice
16 Apr 2020 Remote Mediation and Arbitration
09 Apr 2020 COVID-19: Important Employment Issues for Your Firm
04 Apr 2020 VADA VTLA Joint Letter
19 Mar 2020 A Look At Remote Deposition Capabilities Webinar
27 Feb 2020 2020 Capitol Region VADA & ACC Networking Reception
13 Dec 2019 2019 Young Lawyers Boot Camp
02 Oct 2019 2019 Annual Meeting
10 Sep 2019 Tidewater Region Networking Reception - Rescheduled Date
05 Sep 2019 Tidewater Region Networking Reception
08 Aug 2019 Blue Ridge Region Networking Reception
07 Aug 2019 2019 Paralegal Seminar
21 May 2019 Southwest Region Networking Reception
16 May 2019 Potomac Region Networking Happy Hour
08 May 2019 Guest Speakers for 2019 Spring Sections Seminar
08 May 2019 2019 Spring Sections Seminar
15 Mar 2019 2019 Trial Tactics Workshop
06 Feb 2019 Capitol Region Networking Reception
07 Dec 2018 2018 Young Lawyers Boot Camp
10 Oct 2018 Annual Meeting and 50th Anniversary Celebration
10 May 2018 2018 Spring Sections Seminar
16 Mar 2018 2018 Deposition Workshop

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Director of Meetings: Amy Gilbody

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