Thomas E. Albro awarded the Civility and Professionalism Award by the VADA

  This month Thomas E. Albro was awarded the 2016 VADA-VTLA Civility and Professionalism Award by the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys. Mr. Albro is the inaugural recipient of the award, which will be presented annually to a plaintiff’s attorney chosen by the VADA and to a defense attorney selected by the VTLA. The recipients of the award are decided by a vote of the members of the VADA and VTLA. In relation to the award, the VADA observed, “Tom Albro exemplifies the highest standards of integrity and ethical conduct. His distinguished career is proof that being a zealous advocate and upholding the highest standards of civility and professionalism are not mutually...

Three Tremblay & Smith, PLLC Attorneys Named to 2015 Best Lawyers® in America List

Tremblay & Smith, PLLC is pleased to announce that three lawyers have been named to the 2015 Edition of Best Lawyers®, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Best Lawyers has published their list for over three decades, earning the respect of the profession, the media, and the public as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals. Its first international list was published in 2006 and since then has grown to provide lists in over 65 countries. “Best Lawyers is the most effective tool in identifying critical legal expertise,” said President and Co-Founder Steven Naifeh. “Inclusion on this list shows that an attorney is respected by his or her peers for professional success.” Lawyers on the Best Lawyers in America© list are divided by geographic region and practice areas. They are reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional expertise, and undergo an authentication process to make sure they are in current practice and in good standing. Tremblay & Smith, PLLC would like to congratulate the following attorneys named to the 2015 Best Lawyers in America list: Thomas E. Albro, Legal Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs Thomas E. Albro, Media Law Thomas E. Albro, Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs Thomas E. Albro, Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs M. E. Gibson, Jr., Communications Law M. E. Gibson, Jr., Corporate Law John K. Taggart III, Collaborative Law: Family Law John K. Taggart III, Family Law...

Know Your Local Rules Governing Motions Practice

For those attorneys who practice primarily in one jurisdiction, the local rules of the general district or circuit court often are little more than an afterthought.  Whether it is in a city or county where an official set of rules is published, or a locality governed by less formal customary practices, it takes very little time for the repeat practitioner to know the standard procedure for motions practice like the back of her hand. But for theVirginialawyer who practices in jurisdictions across the state, familiarity with the ins and outs of motions practice in any one city or county can prove more of a challenge.  All attorneys should be armed with Virginia Supreme Court Rule 4:15, which governs motions practice, including how to properly notice presentation of a motion and applicable page limits and filing deadlines for briefs, in circuit courts across the state.  While adherence to this Rule is essential, depending on the locality, it often does not tell the whole story of how and when motions should be filed, noticed and briefed. Va. Code § 8.01-4 authorizes general district and circuit courts to prescribe rules for their respective districts and circuits that are “necessary to promote proper order and decorum and the efficient and safe use of courthouse facilities and clerk’s offices.”  Far from providing the courts carte blanche in rulemaking, however, the statute prohibits any rules that are inconsistent with any statute, Supreme Court rule, or decided case.  It further prohibits any rule that would abridge the substantive rights of any person before the court, and provides that local docket control procedures may not “deprive any...

The Best Lawyers in America® 2013

PRESS RELEASE: M. E. (Dick) Gibson, Thomas E. Albro, John K. Taggart, III and Patricia D. McGraw were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013(Copyright 2009 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.). Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 32,000 leading attorneys cast almost two million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.” It is important to note that the lawyers listed in Best Lawyers have no say in deciding which practice areas they are included in. They are voted into practice areas entirely as a result of the votes they receive from their peers. The subspecialties listed after their names are based on information from a variety of sources....

Appendectomy didn’t remove appendix, caused colon problems

Plaintiff underwent an intended laparoscopic appendectomy which did not remove his appendix, but instead resulted in the transaction of his sigmoid colon. After two days of drainage to his abdomen through the open sigmoid, plaintiff became quite ill and returned to the UVA hospital. He underwent a nine-hour operation to find out what was wrong, including an unsuccessful attempt to reconnect his colon. The surgery ended with the placement of a colostomy… Read More at Virginia Lawyers Weekly Type of action: Medical malpractice Injuries alleged: Transection of the sigmoid colon and other abdominal injuries Name of case: Jones v. UVA Health Services Foundation Court: Albemarle County Circuit Court Special damages: $383,558 Verdict or settlement: Settlement Amount: $1,500,000 Attorney for plaintiff: Thomas E. Albro, Charlottesville Insurance carrier: Piedmont Liability...