R. Paul Childress, Jr., DurretteCrump, PLC / Richmond
For over thirty years, Paul Childress has focused his practice on the defense of professionals in malpractice litigation in state and federal courts not only in Virginia, but throughout the Southeast. In addition, he has represented parties in complex commercial litigation involving various substantive legal areas such as contracts, insurance, securities, and non-compete issues. His professional negligence defense practice has involved the defense of attorneys and accountants.
Mr. Childress is listed in Best Lawyers in America for 2007–2012 for Professional Liability and has been listed in Virginia Super Lawyers for 2006–2012 for Professional Liability Defense and Legal Elite for 2011 and 2012. His litigation experience has also enabled him to provide corporate services to a number of companies seeking to avoid litigation over existing or contemplated corporate policies. He has received the highest rating, AV, from Martindale-Hubbell and is a frequent panelist and presenter for various organizations on risk management, professional negligence and ethics. Mr. Childress has been active in the Virginia State Bar, including acting as chair of a special committee of the Bar. He is also a member of the Richmond and Henrico Bar Associations and the John Marshall Inn of Court.
Prior to forming DurretteCrump, Mr. Childress was a partner with the Richmond firm of Childress, Gould & Russell and then McSweeney, Crump, Childress & Temple. He is a graduate of the University of Richmond Law School, where he served on the Law Review.
James M. McCauley, Virginia State Bar / Richmond
James M. McCauley is the Ethics Counsel for the Virginia State Bar, and manages the staff counsel serving the Standing Committees on Legal Ethics, Unauthorized Practice of Law, and Lawyer Advertising and Solicitation. He and his staff write the draft advisory opinions for the Standing Committees and provide informal advice over the telephone to members of the bar, bench, and general public on matters involving legal ethics, lawyer advertising, and the unauthorized practice of law. Mr. McCauley frequently lectures and publishes articles on matters relating to legal ethics and the unauthorized practice of law. He teaches Professional Responsibility at the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond.