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

Upcoming events

    • 09 Apr 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
    • Webinar

    On April 1, 2020 the Families First Coronavirus Response Act ("FFCRA") went into effect, providing unprecedented paid leave for employees of companies with less than 500 employees. Since that time, the Department of Labor has been continually issuing guidance and temporary regulations related to the FFCRA and employer obligations.

    Additionally, the EEOC and CDC have provided guidance for employers concerning what is permissible and recommended during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    Tune in for a free webinar for VADA members led by Lauren Darden of Wharton, Aldhizer & Weaver, PLC, explaining crucial issues for law firm employers, including the FFCRA, furlough/unemployment, and the ADA. 

    Many thanks to our webinar sponsor, 

    • 10 Apr 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Zoom Meeting

    VADA Virtual Happy Hour for Parents of Young Children

    In the past few weeks, have you suddenly been tasked with working and watching your young children full time? Has your child made an appearance on an important Zoom meeting (or several)?  Are you tired of hearing Frozen in the background while you’re trying to work?  This virtual happy hour will provide a place for you to “let it go (let it go)” and vent with other attorneys dealing with the same juggling act of working and parenting young children.  Please BYOB and war stories from the past few weeks, as well as any tips you may have for other parents.  We look forward to seeing you (and probably your children too).   


    • 23 Apr 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Virtual Happy Hour via Webinar

    Join us for an evening of networking and fun with fellow VADA members.  Drinks, snacks and exciting raffle prizes provided by our sponsor, Planet Depos. Bring a colleague, who is not yet a VADA member, for an extra raffle ticket. Registration is free, but RSVPs are requested.  

    Many thanks to our sponsor,

    • 09 May 2020
    • 10:30 AM
    • The Boulders at 1115 Boulders Parkway, Richmond, VA 23235


    Who’s ready for a little friendly competition with the VTLA with the extra bonus of benefiting ourselves and helping our community?  That’s right – a competition!  We are excited to announce our first 5k race between the VADA and VTLA! 


    Both organizations are gold sponsors of the 2020 HCA Va. Sports Med. 5K, which is in its third year.  This race also raises money for the charitable cause of “Feed More Richmond”, an organization providing food to the homeless.   The news is even better since you don’t have to run to participate!   Whether you walk, jog, run, or race – you can still take part in the fun, camaraderie, and community spirit (and of course, the opportunity to claim some bragging rights over the VTLA). 

    Race day arrival is 9:30 with a race start time of 10:30am. There will be a group warm-up prior to race and the race is chip timed.

    Vendors, activities and kids games will all take place inside facility and be sure to bring cash for the breakfast food truck. Plenty of parking.

    Course Map (The course is stroller friendly and you can walk or run)
    Event Flyer (Print or save to share with colleagues, friends & family)        

    Registration Info

    Early Bird Registration: $20 (By January 31)
    Regular Registration: $25 (After January 31)
    Late Registration: $30 (After February 29)

    Registration in done directly via the HCA VA Sports Med 5K webpage.  Please sign up here under the VADA team.  The VADA team can also be comprised of staff and family members!  VADA can win in multiple ways to include having the largest team, best race times, and largest group contribution to the race charitable cause of “Feed More Richmond.”   After the race, there will be live music and other festivities!

    The Wellness Initiative is designed to promote fitness and well-being in our legal community.   The benefits of exercise in our demanding profession include decreasing stress, improving mood, and increasing longevity.  There is no time like the present to prioritize your health.  So, dust off those running/walking shoes and inspire your firm and family by SIGNING UP to participate in this fun event.   This also complements all those 2020 New Year Resolutions!  Google the “from Couch to 5k programs” to get moving and/or check out this link.

    • 13 May 2020
    • 6:00 PM
    • 15 May 2020
    • 12:00 PM
    • Hotel Madison, 710 S. Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801

    Due to Covid-19, our Spring Sections Seminar will not be held in-person. 
    Check back for details on distance learning options for this meeting. 


    Specialized litigation sections training. Registration includes 2 Networking Receptions, including a Wednesday Welcome Reception at the historic Joshua Wilton House and popular VADA Late Night on Thursday.

    New this year, Young Laywers are invited to join our Dutch-Treat Young Lawyers Dinner Wednesday night at Food.Bar.Food.  Sign up to join the dinner and meet other newer lawyers. Spaces are limited, so register soon and choose this option on your registration form to join the group reservation.


    Call 540.564.0200 or use the online booking tool to book your room today for the VADA-discounted rate of $109. Discounted rate is guaranteed before April 17 or the room block fills, whichever is first. Book soon, as this is a busy week in Harrisonburg. Cancel by 4:00 PM local hotel time at least 2 days prior to arrival to avoid a 1 night(s) cancel penalty charge.


    The registration fee is $125 per section(s) session.  Medical Malpractice is offered in 2 parts for a $250 fee. Guests are welcome and invited to attend both receptions for a $100 guest fee.  Cancellations are accepted through April 30, minus a $25 administrative fee.  No cancellations after April 30, but substitutions are welcome at any time.  Dress is business attire. 

    New members, your registration includes your first year of membership in VADA. No membership bill sent until 2021. Choose "NEW VADA Member (Joining Now) when you register to take advantage of this offer. Contact Sherma Mather at smather@vada.org for further details.


    Thank you to our section leadership for developing an excellent agenda!

    Appellate Advocacy
    Chair: Joseph Pope
    Vice Chair: Judson Peverall

    Auto & Transportation Liability
    Chair: Matthew Roberson
    Vice Chair: Patrick O'Grady

    Corporate & Commercial Litigation
    Chair: Greg Bean
    Vice Chair: Karissa Kaseorg

    Local Government
    Chair: Bobbi Jo Alexis

    Medical Malpractice
    Chair: Kari Jackson
    Vice Chair: Lauren Kadish

    Policy Coverage
    Chair: Guy Harbert
    Vice Chair: Josh Goodwin

    Product & Toxic Torts
    Chair: Laura May Hooe
    Vice Chair: Surge Moghadassi

    Professional Liability
    Chair: Lindsey Lewis

    Workers' Compensation
    Chair: Esther King
    Vice Chair: Marilyn Harvey


    Click here for a printable PDF agenda with detailed session information.

    Wednesday, May 13                 

     6:00 PM Welcome Networking Reception (Joshua Wilton House)
     7:30 PM Dinner on own
     7:30 PM Optional Young Laywers Dinner (Sign up at registration)
    Thursday, May 14  
     8:30 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
      MORNING SESSIONS (choose one)
     9:00 AM Joint Session: Auto & Transportation; Corporate &             Commercial Lit.; and Product & Toxic Torts
     9:00 AM Appellate Advocacy
     12:15 PM  Lunch
       AFTERNOON SESSIONS (choose one)
     1:15 PM  Local Government
     1:15 PM  Medical Malpractice (Part 1)
     4:30 PM  Networking Reception
     6:00 PM  Dinner on Own
     8:30 PM  VADA Late Night at Quills Lobby Bar
     Friday, May 15  
     8:30 AM Continental Breakfast
       MORNING SESSIONS (choose one)
     9:00 AM  Joint Session: Professional Liability and Policy Coverage
     9:00 AM  Medical Malpractice (Part 2)
     9:00 AM  Workers Compensation
     12:15 PM  Lunch (Grab & Go or Sit & Chat)






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

    • 01 Jul 2020
    • 10:00 AM
    • 28 Aug 2020
    • 4:30 PM
    • Location & Summer 2020 Date TBD

    A must-attend event for paralegals of all levels working in civil defense firms. This one-day seminar is designed to hone your skills as a valuable member of your legal team. Instructors include attorneys and senior paralegals from several Virginia defense firms. Space is limited, so register today.

    Draft Agenda

    Sessions similar to: 

    • The Rules of Engagement: Primer on Federal and State 
    • Who’s Who? How to Effectively and Efficiently Research 
    • Tips and Best Practices for Assisting with Document Review & Production
    • Trials 101: A Paralegal’s Role in Trial Prep and Trial

    Final agenda coming Spring 2020.


    Opening Spring 2020.

    • 14 Oct 2020
    • 16 Oct 2020
    • 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.


    Coming soon.


    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
    • 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

    • 20 Oct 2021
    • 22 Oct 2021
    • Marriott Virginia Beach Oceanfront

Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys

1915 Huguenot Road, Ste 301

Richmond, VA, 23235


Executive Director: Sherma Mather

Director of Meetings: Amy Gilbody

Journal of Civil Litigation Managing Editor: Molly Terry

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