7th Annual Advanced Business Litigation Institute

MCLE Credits: 7.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

Live on Site: Friday and Saturday, September 23 and 24 / Richmond
Registration: Friday: 12:30 p.m.
Program: Friday: 1:00 p.m. - Saturday: 11:45 a.m.
MCLE Credit: 7.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 7.0 Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
Video on Site Options


Why Attend?

Learn and Socialize with Virginia’s Top Business Litigators

  • Stay up to date with the latest developments and best practices in business litigation
  • Explore important aspects of business cases, including eDiscovery, damages, tortious interference, and defamation
  • Network with litigator colleagues from across the state

Cosponsored with the Civil Litigation Section of The Virginia Bar Association

The Advanced Business Litigation Institute is Virginia’s premier educational event for civil litigators handling business disputes as well as business lawyers and in-house counsel who confront litigation risks on a daily basis. This year’s program provides perspectives and analysis of sophisticated topics presented by an unparalleled faculty of speakers. Attendees at this year’s Institute will:

  • Share experiences and socialize with Virginia’s top business litigators
  • Hear the popular “Year in Review” of Virginia’s business litigation cases
  • Understand the latest technological trends in eDiscovery and computer forensics
  • Gain important insights in proving damages at trial
  • Learn the intricacies of dissolving corporate entities through litigation
  • Receive practical pointers for when dealing with tortious interference claims or covenants not to compete
  • Gain new perspectives on business-related defamation claims



Can't Attend?
Attend one of the 6 video replays offered statewide in October.
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Friday, September 23

12:30 Registration
1:00 Business Litigation in Virginia: Recent Developments—2014 to 2016
Turner A. Broughton, Robert W. McFarland
2:30 Hot Topics in eDiscovery and Digital Forensics
Sharon Nelson, John Simek
3:30 Break
3:45 Proving Damages in Business Litigation
Miles Dumville, John Walk
5:15 End of Friday sessions, Cocktail Party

Saturday, September 24

7:30 Continental breakfast
8:30 Using the Courts to Break Up a Business: Dissolving LLCs and Corporations in Virginia
Michele Craddock, John Craddock, Peyton Mahaffey
9:30 When Third Parties Come Uninvited: Tortious Interference and Covenants Not to Compete
Matt Kirsner, Stephen Piepgrass
10:30 Break
10:45 Defamation Law in the Business Setting
Conrad Shumadine
11:45 Adjourn



Turner A. Broughton
, Williams Mullen / Richmond
John Craddock, Craddock Law PLC / Richmond
Michele Burke Craddock, Craddock Law PLC / Richmond
S. Miles Dumville, Reed Smith LLP / Richmond
R. Peyton Mahaffey, McCandlish Lillard / Fairfax
Robert W. McFarland, McGuireWoods LLP / Norfolk
Matthew B. Kirsner, Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC / Richmond
Ms. Sharon D. Nelson, Sensei Enterprises, Inc. / Fairfax
Stephen C. Piepgrass, Troutman Sanders LLP / Richmond
John Simek, Sensei Enterprises, Inc. / Fairfax
Conrad M. Shumadine, Willcox Savage / Norfolk
John R. Walk, Hirschler Fleischer, PC / Richmond


William H. Hurd, Troutman Sanders LLP / Richmond

Locations, Dates and Fees

LIVE REGISTRATION FEES (Includes a Friday cocktail party and Saturday morning continental breakfast.)
(All registrants will receive access to a complete set of downloadable e-book seminar materials.)

$275* regular registration (without printed materials).
$305 regular registration plus printed materials.
$260* preregistering VBA Civil Litigation Section member (without printed materials).
$290 preregistering VBA Civil Litigation Section member plus printed materials.
$320 on-site registration (if space is available) (printed materials included).

*Available until 3 business days before the program


Richmond / Friday and Saturday, September 23 - 24
Troutman Sanders Conference Room (Venue Website / Google Map)
1001 Haxall Point, 15th Floor
(804) 697-1200

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