David N. Anthony, Troutman Sanders LLP / Richmond
David N. Anthony is an experienced trial attorney with a concentration in consumer credit, privacy, financial institutions, and business disputes, including class actions. He has developed an expertise in federal court litigation. He has commercial litigation experience as lead counsel in 150+ cases in United States District Courts, particularly in the Eastern District of Virginia, in wide variety of claims based upon the United States Constitution, federal statutes, or diversity jurisdiction. Mr. Anthony represents businesses and individuals in hundreds of disputes involving a wide range of commercial issues, including abstention, abuse of process, assault and battery, attorney-client privilege, attorney’s fees, bad faith claims, business torts, civil conspiracy, contracts, contribution, defamation, federal court removal, fraud and misrepresentation, fiduciary duties, indemnity, infliction of emotional distress, insurance, invasion of privacy, legal malpractice, liquidated damages, malicious prosecution, negligence, personal injury, preemption, products liability, punitive damages, real property, shareholder rights, slander, tortious interference and trusts and estates. He regularly participates in all phases of alternative dispute resolution before the American Arbitration Association and other groups, including the mediation and arbitration of disputes.
James W. Barkley, Morin & Barkley LLP / Charlottesville
James W. Barkley has been a partner in Morin & Barkley LLP since he co-founded the firm in 1995. He focuses a substantial portion of his practice on strategic counseling and risk management and complex litigation for clients in a number of different industries including insurance, construction, and product manufacturing. James has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the field of insurance law since 2009 and by Virginia Super Lawyers in the field of construction law since 2008. He has counseled clients on matters in a number of jurisdictions across the country including North Carolina, Virginia, the District of Columbia, New York, New Jersey, South Carolina, Florida, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Ohio, California, Mississippi, Louisiana, Nevada, and Texas. James received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his law degree from the George Washington University.
Turner A. Broughton, Williams Mullen / Richmond
Turner A. Broughton focuses his practice on consumer class actions, health care litigation, and complex and general business litigation, including serving as national counsel on vendor disputes for two Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Broughton also has extensive experience in mass tort actions, with particular emphasis in asbestos and MTBE. In the course of his practice, Mr. Broughton has handled all aspects of civil litigation in state and federal courts from California to Florida, including written discovery, deposition of fact and expert witnesses, development of expert testimony, motions practice, trial practice (bench and jury), and appellate practice. In addition to litigation, Mr. Broughton's practice includes alternative dispute resolution. He has both arbitrated and mediated disputes successfully on a wide variety of matters.
Hon. B. Waugh Crigler, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia / Charlottesville
Judge B. Waugh Crigler is a federal magistrate judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia. He was appointed to this position in 1981. Judge Crigler received his B.A. degree from Washington and Lee University in 1970 and his J.D. degree from the University of Tennessee in 1974. Judge Crigler began his career in 1973 as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Robert L. Taylor of the Eastern District of Tennessee. The following year, he became a private practice lawyer. He worked in this capacity until his judicial appointment in 1981. He also teaches at the University of Virginia School of Law. U.S. Magistrate Judge, Western District of Virginia, 1981-Present; B.A.,1970, Washington and Lee University; J.D., 1974, University of Tennessee; Tennessee Law Review; Law Clerk, 1973-74, Hon. Robert L. Taylor, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee; Private Practice, 1974-81; Member, Judicial Conference of the United States Criminal Rules Advisory Committee, 1991-97; Member, Boards of Governors, Virginia State Bar Sections on Education of Lawyers and Litigation; Member, 1998-2001, Virginia State Bar Professionalism Faculty, Professionalism Committee and Professionalism For Law Students Subcommittee; Member, Virginia Bar Association Professionalism Commission.
Bernard J. DiMuro, DiMuroGinsberg, P.C. / Alexandria
Bernard J. (“Ben”) DiMuro is a former President of the Virginia State Bar and is widely known for his expertise in legal ethics, professional responsibility and business and employment litigation. His litigation skills, courtroom experience and knowledge of federal court procedures make him highly sought after by corporations and individuals who find themselves in the midst of complex civil litigation. He has tried more than 200 cases and has been counsel to hundreds of corporations and law firms. Named a “Best Lawyer” by The Best Lawyers of America organization, Mr. DiMuro is also a current delegate to the American Bar Association and a member of the Fellows of the American Bar and The Virginia Law Foundation.
L. Steven Emmert, Sykes, Bourdan, Ahern & Levy, P.C. / Virginia Beach
L. Steven Emmert is a partner with the Tidewater firm of Sykes, Bourdon, Ahern & Levy, where he limits his practice to appellate advocacy, primarily in the Supreme Court of Virginia. He is the founder and immediate past chairman of the Virginia Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Section, and the immediate past chairman of the Virginia State Bar’s Appellate Practice Committee. He is a member of the Boyd Graves Conference and of the American Bar Association’s Council of Appellate Lawyers. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the category of Appellate Law, and is rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell. He was the 2009 recipient of the Virginia Beach Bar Association’s Joseph L. Lyle, Jr. Award for professionalism. He has given CLE presentations on behalf of ALI/ABA, Virginia CLE, and several statewide and local bar associations, and to the Virginia Attorney General’s Office and the Indigent Defense Commission, on the topics of appellate advocacy and preservation of issues for appeal. Steve is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Richmond College (1979) and of the University of Virginia School of Law (1982). He lives in Virginia Beach with his wife, operatic contralto Sondra Gelb, and their slightly spoiled daughter, Caroline.
Hon. John A. Gibney, Jr., District Judge, U.S. District Court E.D. / Richmond
Judge Gibney, originally from Coatesville, Pennsylvania, B.A. with Honors in English at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, and law school at The University of Virginia, Charlottesville. His major area of responsibility is in litigation in both state and federal courts. Counsels and represents corporate, governmental, and individual clients in all types of matters, including tort, land use, commercial, corporate, civil rights, construction, criminal, employment, and government matters. He is currently a shareholder in ThomasonMcMullan, PC in Richmond.
Alison A. Grounds, Troutman Sanders LLP / Atlanta
Alison A. Grounds is a litigation partner in the Atlanta office of Troutman Sanders and the Founder & Managing Director of the Firm’s wholly owned subsidiary dedicated to eDiscovery strategy and technology: Troutman Sanders eMerge. Alison leads a team of dedicated lawyers and technologists who collaborate with clients and case teams to provide matter-specific solutions to improve efficiencies in the handling of data in litigation and governmental investigations. Alison leverages her litigation experience to advocate on behalf of clients in relation to eDiscovery issues at hearings and depositions in state and federal courts around the country and consults with clients on all phases of eDiscovery. She is a frequent speaker and author on eDiscovery issues and serves as a dedicated legal resource for Troutman Sanders lawyers and clients on the intersection of eDiscovery law and technology. She served on Georgia’s eDiscovery Task Force, is a member of the Sedona Conference Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production (WG1), and was named Technology Advocate of the Year for 2013 by the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA).
Justice Donald W. Lemons / Supreme Court of Virginia
Donald W. Lemons received a B.A. from the University of Virginia in 1970, and received a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1976. From 1976 until 1978, he served as Assistant Dean and Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law. Thereafter, he entered the private practice of the law in Richmond, Virginia. Justice Lemons has served at every level of the court system in Virginia. He has been on the Supreme Court of Virginia since 2000. Also, Justice Lemons is the Distinguished Professor of Judicial Studies at the Washington and Lee University School of Law. He is the President of the American Inns of Court. Justice Lemons is an Honorary Bencher of Middle Temple in London.
Robert W. McFarland, McGuire Woods LLP / Norfolk
Robert W. McFarland concentrates his practice on commercial litigation (including business and contract disputes, commercial lease and real estate matters, construction, insurance coverage and intellectual property disputes), products liability defense, municipal liability, tort and personal injury, transportation litigation and representation of employers in all facets of employment litigation. Since joining the firm in 1985 following the completion of a federal judicial clerkship, Mr. McFarland has tried more than 115 cases to juries, as well as dozens of non-jury trials. He has appeared in every federal and state court in southeastern Virginia, and has successfully argued appeals before the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Virginia.
Hon. Clifford Weckstein, Circuit Court for the City of Roanoke / Roanoke
Judge Clifford R. Weckstein has been a judge of the 23rd Judicial Circuit of Virginia (a general jurisdiction trial judge) for some 20 years. A faculty member of the National Trial Advocacy College since 1988, Judge Weckstein participates from beginning to end of the course, working with small groups of enrollees, assisting with demonstrations, and judging final trials. He has been a recipient of the University of Virginia School of Law's William J. Brennan, Jr. Award. Judge Weckstein is an active legal and judicial education lecturer and writer. He regularly speaks to lawyers about trial advocacy and the art of persuasion, professionalism, and the law of evidence; his judicial education topics include opinion writing, expert witnesses, settlement conferences, trial of capital cases, and technology and the trial court. He was a multi-term chairman of Judicial Education Committee of the Judicial Conference of Virginia, and a member of the Virginia State Bar Professionalism Faculty and Standing Committee on Professionalism. He is in his third term as chairman of the Judicial Conference's Technology Committee (having been selected by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia as the first, and so far the only, chairman of that committee), and is a member of the State Bar's Special Committee on Technology, and the Technology Task Force of the Commission on Virginia's Courts in the 21 st Century. Judge Weckstein had an active trial and appellate practice (civil and criminal, state and federal) in Roanoke, Virginia, was the Roanoke Valley Legal Secretaries Association “Boss of the Year,” in 1983, and is a former or present member of numerous professional organizations, sections, and boards. He was educated at the University of Virginia and the Marshall-Wythe School of Law of the College of William and Mary.
Michael Yeager, Spotts Fain, PC / Richmond
As Director of eDiscovery for Spotts Fain's Electronic Discovery and Information Analytics (DIA), Michael Yager contributes to the Firm's compliance with best practices and the law of eDiscovery. He plays an active role in helping ensure that this segment of litigation complies with the Federal and State rules governing it. Michael is involved in every stage of eDiscovery for the Firm and its clients, from the collection, early case assessment, and processing of electronically stored information (ESI) to the management of the Firm's in-house document review platform, the attorney review process, and the production of documents. The Firm assists clients with eDiscovery as it relates to litigation, responses to subpoenas, or internal corporate investigations. The emphasis is on a cost-efficient, best practice, and Rules compliant result.
The Director focuses on increasing process defensibility and efficiency by incorporating project management principles into the eDiscovery lifecycle. He manages process development to ensure DIA's eDiscovery analytics and document review service offerings continue to evolve on pace with technology and best practices.