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

Upcoming events

    • 10 Feb 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM (EST)
    • Zoom Meeting

    .50 CLE Hours Requested

    Carlyle R. “Randy” Wimbish, III

    Wimbish Gentile McCray & Roeber PLLC

    Voir dire is more than just the mechanism by which a jury is selected.  It is an opportunity to introduce yourself, your client, and your theory of the case to the people who will decide the outcome, while at the same time identifying those individuals who should be excluded from future deliberations.  This interactive session will include tips and tactics from an experienced trial attorney that will help you make the most of this frequently overlooked component of trial preparation.

    Sponsored by:

    • 12 Mar 2021
    • 10:00 AM (EST)
    • 13 Mar 2021
    • 12:00 PM (EST)
    • Liberty University School of Law & via Webcast

    This is a hands-on, two-day workshop to learn the skills needed to (1) face down a bullying senior plaintiffs’ attorney; (2) handle a lying deponent; (3) pull the information you need out of a reticent deponent; (4) ensure that what you discover in depositions is admissible in court; (5) use the latest in technology to build an air-tight case; (6) depose experts effectively; (7) handle sympathetic or minor deponents; and more!

    The second day will be spent in four-person breakouts in which each new attorney will play the parts of deponent, defense attorney, plaintiffs’ attorney, and observer. At each stage of the depositions, senior coach-attorneys will critique performances and suggest approaches to use.

    Registration will be limited. Late registrants may come as observers and may be wait-listed as participants.

    * 8.5 credit hours have been requested.

    * The registration fee is $300 for in-person and webcast attendees. 


    Information coming soon


    Contact Amy Gilbody at agilbody@vada.org for sponsorship information.

    • 17 Mar 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom Meeting

    How to be a Valuable Asset to Your Firm
    Melissa H. Katz
    Bancroft, McGavin, Horvath & Judkins

    Raise your game!  Learn from VADA Immediate Past President Melissa Katz how to optimize your performance as an attorney, maximize job satisfaction, develop relationships that are more successful with clients, colleagues, judges, and adversaries, and set long-term goals to enrich your own practice. 

    The event is fully virtual, via Zoom, and free to VADA members and potential members. 

    • 14 Apr 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom Meeting


    A mainstay of an insurance defense practice is the tripartite relationship between attorney, insurer, and insured.  While defense counsel goes to great lengths to zealously represent his or her client—the insured—and to  comply with insurance company guidelines in terms of defense strategy and keeping the insurer apprised of the status of the litigation, all too often, the insured herself can get lost in the shuffle.  More often than not, a particular lawsuit is an insured’s first and only experience with the judicial system.  Things such as pleadings, written discovery, depositions, and trial, while common to us, are, to them, foreign.  In addition, the stress and uncertainty associated with being sued can be overlooked.  This presentation will present the course of a civil lawsuit through the eyes of the insureds themselves.  We hope those in attendance will develop a better understanding and appreciation of what a lawsuit is like for an insured.  At the end of the day, we hope, too, they will be better equipped to address the concerns, fears, anxieties, and questions their clients have through the course of the representation.

    The event is fully virtual, via Zoom, and free to VADA members and potential members.

    Sponsored by:

    • 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.

    Sessions related directly to the following litigation sections:

    Appellate Advocacy

    Corporate & Commercial Litigation

    Local Government

    Medical Malpractice

    Policy Coverage

    Product & Toxic Torts

    Professional Liability

    Transportation Liability

    Workers' Compensation

    Hotel Information

    Coming Soon


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

    • 01 Jun 2021
    • 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • 30 Jul 2021
    • 4:30 PM (EDT)
    • Location and Exact 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

    10:00–10:30     Registration

    10:30-11:30      The Rules of Engagement: Primer on Federal and State Court Rules This session will address topics such as where to find applicable rules, most used rules, recent changes to rules, and how to find local rules and customs.

    11:30-12:30      Who’s Who? How to Effectively and Efficiently Research Jurors Where and how do you ethically look for juror information, what information is relevant and important, and what are the best formats for organizing juror information for the trial attorney?

    12:30-1:00     Lunch

    1:00-1:45       Tips and Best Practices for Assisting with Document Review & Production
    This session will share tips and best practices for collecting, organizing, reviewing and producing documents from parties as well as non-parties for cases (and firms) of all sizes, including privileges to be aware of when reviewing documents to be withheld, Virginia spoliation laws, and federal production/preservation issues. Also includes a discussion of the privileges to be aware of when reviewing documents to be withheld, Virginia spoliation laws, and federal production/preservation issues topics.

    1:45-2:30     Trials 101: A Paralegal’s Role in Trial Prep and Trial
    This session will address how to work up a case before trial, what’s needed as you approach trial, local rules and procedures to watch out for, use of demonstratives, and the paralegal’s role as air traffic controller during trial and include a discussion of what needs to be in your Trial Toolkit.

    2:30            Adjourn


    Registration fee of $125 includes written materials, lunch and wine & wisdom roundtable networking session. Our online registration accepts both credit card and check payments. To pay by check, select "Invoice me" on the registration page.

    Cancellations accepted until 7/31, minus a $25 processing fee.  No refunds after 7/31. Substitutions welcome anytime. Business attire is recommended.


    Coming soon.


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

    • 20 Oct 2021
    • 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • 22 Oct 2021
    • 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Marriott Virginia Beach Oceanfront

    2021 VADA Annual Meeting

    2021 Annual Meeting Planning Committee

    Jim Cales, Furniss Davis Rashkind and Saunders, Norfolk

    Lauren Bohdam, TimberlakeSmith, Staunton

    Cameron Ervin, Frith Anderson + Peake, Roanoke

    Brittany McGill, Furniss Davis Rashkind and Saunders, Norfolk

    Danielle Smith, Harman Claytor Corrigan & Wellman, Richmond

    Megan Wagner, Harman Claytor Corrigan & Wellman, Richmond

    Melissa Wiles, Bancroft McGavin Horvath & Judkins, Fairfax

    Glenn Williams, Frith Anderson & Peake, Roanoke

    Ben Woody, Harman Claytor Corrigan & Wellman, Alexandria

    Registration Information

    Coming soon.

    Hotel Information

    Coming soon


    Contact Amy Gilbody at agilbody@vada.org for sponsorship information.

    • 03 Dec 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (EST)
    • Location TBD

    This one-day seminar is 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 2020, so plan to attend again. 

    Registration Information

    coming soon


    Coming Soon


    To learn about sponsorship opportunities contact Amy Gilbody at agilbody@vada.org.

    • 12 Oct 2022
    • (EDT)
    • 14 Oct 2022
    • (EDT)
    • Hotel Roanoke

    VADA Annual Meeting 2022

    The Hotel Roanoke

    Details to come...

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

Past events

13 Jan 2021 How to Effectively Bill Your Time
15 Dec 2020 POSTPONED TO 2021 - Virtual Bingo
04 Dec 2020 2020 Young Lawyers Boot Camp WEBINAR
17 Nov 2020 Fall Webinar
14 Oct 2020 2020 Annual Meeting
15 Sep 2020 VADA Virtual Trivia Night
07 Aug 2020 2020 Advanced Expert Witness Workshop (NEW DATE)
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

Journal of Civil Litigation Managing Editor: Molly Terry

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