Hon. Michael C. Allen (Ret), Chesterfield Circuit Court / Chesterfield
Judge Allen presides over cases in Chesterfield, Colonial Heights and Richmond. Judge Allen obtained his JD from University of Richmond School of Law in 1979. He was awarded a postgraduate clerkship at the Supreme Court of Virginia, and then entered into private practice, specializing in criminal defense and civil litigation. He is a former president of the Chesterfield Bar Association, former chair of the Board of Governors of the Criminal Law Section of the Virginia State Bar, and was twice elected to the governing Council of the VSB. He chaired the Chesterfield Community Justice Board and was instrumental in the establishment of Chesterfield’s nationally recognized drug court program. In 2007, he was elected President-Elect of the John Marshall American Inn of Court. He is an adjunct professor of trial advocacy at T. C. Williams School of Law, has taught at state and local police academies, and is a frequent lecturer for legal, educational, and community groups throughout Virginia.
Hon. D. Arthur Kelsey, Suffolk Circuit Court / Suffolk
Judge D. Arthur Kelsey, co-author of Chapter 11, serves on the Court of Appeals of Virginia. He previously served as a circuit court judge in the Fifth Judicial Circuit and, before that, as a partner with Hunton & Williams.
Hon. Theodore J. Markow, Richmond Circuit Court / Richmond
Judge Markow was a Circuit Court judge for the 13th Circuit in Virginia. He retired from the court in December 2009.
Meghan A. Podolny, Hunton & Williams LLP / Richmond
Ms. Podolny is an associate in the firm's complex commercial litigation practice. Ms. Podolny's practice focuses on complex commercial litigation matters, including class action defense, securities and fraud litigation, internal investigations, and electronic discovery and data governance issues. Ms. Podolny advises clients on the development of tailored protocols to streamline a company's discovery preparation and response to control costs associated with electronic information and meet its desired risk level. Ms. Podolny often serves as ediscovery counsel to assist clients' merits counsel in preparing and responding to litigation discovery. She regularly leads presentations advising clients and lawyers alike on the amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure regarding electronic discovery and implications on clients' litigation strategies and preservation obligations. Ms. Podolny is also a frequent speaker and writer on a number of issues related to electronic discovery, data preservation, privilege waiver, and employee communication privacy concerns. Ms. Podolny has also been successful in a wide range of pro bono matters, including litigating and obtaining judgment and settlement of unpaid wages matter through the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Pro Bono Clinic and representation of an Afghani teacher seeking asylum. She also drafts wills, powers of attorney, and advanced medical directives for low income clients in the Alexandria and Arlington areas.
Barrett E. Pope, DurretteCrump, PLC / Richmond
Barrett E. Pope, co-author of Chapter 6, is a member of DurretteBradshaw PLC in Richmond, where he focuses on commercial and insurance defense litigation. He received a B.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia in 1975 and a J.D. from the University of Richmond in 1981, where he was a member of the Law Review and the National Moot Court Team. He has been named by Virginia Business magazine as among Virginia’s “Legal Elite.”
Mary Lynn Tate, The Tate Law Firm / Abingdon
Mary Lynn Tate, author of Chapter 1, practices civil litigation in Abingdon, Virginia in the areas of plaintiff’s medical negligence, products liability, and personal injury. She also does labor and employment and commercial litigation. Ms. Tate is a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, a designation bestowed on selected trial lawyers numbering no more than 500 within the United States. She is a former president of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. She is a permanent member of the Fourth Circuit Federal Judicial Conference and a member of the Virginia Boyd-Graves Conference. Ms. Tate serves on the Board of Governors of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. She is Co-Director of the University of Virginia College of Trial Advocacy and is the recipient of the Brennan Award from UVA honoring lawyers who participate in the education of lawyers. Ms. Tate has served on Virginia’s Professionalism Faculty and is on the faculty of the National College of Advocacy. She is on the Board of Trustees and Faculty of the Virginia College of Trial Advocacy at William and Mary. She has spoken at numerous national programs, including the NCA’s Medical Skills College and Professional Education Systems’ “Absolute Litigators” annual seminars in Boston, Nashville, San Francisco, and Las Vegas. Ms. Tate has been a guest speaker and writer for numerous state trial lawyer programs, including programs in Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, Louisiana, Iowa, West Virginia, New Jersey, Oregon, North Carolina, and Washington. One of her cases is featured on the audio recording “Million Dollar Verdicts,” produced by the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. She is also a chapter author of ATLA’s Litigating Tort Cases. In 1990, Ms. Tate became the first woman in a five-state area to become board certified as a civil trial specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, although Virginia does not have such a certification program. Ms. Tate has served on arbitration and grievance panels for labor and business.
Jonathan M. Wilan, Baker & McKenzie / Washington, DC
Jonathan Wilan is a Washington, DC based litigation partner at Baker & McKenzie LLP. His practice over the last 15 years has focused on internal investigations, complex class action litigation and, more recently, providing strategic advice on transnational and major e-discovery matters. Mr. Wilan is a frequent speaker and author on complex issues related to information management and electronic discovery. He is a 1997 graduate of Harvard Law School and a 1994 graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park.
Thomas W. Williamson Jr., Williamson Law LLC / Richmond
Thomas W. Williamson, Jr., author of Chapter 9, is a 1972 graduate of Virginia Military Institute. He received his law degree in 1976 from T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond, where he was a member of the University of Richmond Law Review. Mr. Williamson is a partner in the law firm of Williamson & Lavecchia, L.C., Richmond, Virginia. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He is a member of the Virginia State Bar, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (President 1995-96), The Virginia Bar Association, the American Bar Association (Litigation Section), the American Trial Lawyers Association, the Richmond Bar Association, the Richmond Trial Lawyers Association, and John Marshall Inn of Court (President 1995-96). Mr. Williamson has lectured and written extensively on civil procedure, civil trial tactics, expert witnesses, product liability, and medical malpractice. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America.
Wyatt B. Durrette Jr., , DurretteCrump PLC / Richmond
Mr. Durrette, Jr. is first and foremost a trial lawyer. In 2010 he received the prestigious Hunter W. Martin Professionalism Award from the Richmond Bar Association. He was selected by his peers to be included in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Commercial Litigation and Intellectual Property and carries Martindale-Hubble’s top rating of AV Pre-eminent, is listed in Virginia Business Magazine’s “Legal Elite,” is named as one of fifteen Leaders in the Law for 2007 by Virginia Lawyers Weekly and named each year among the Top Fifty Super Lawyers in all practice areas. He was also named in the initial list of the Top 33 Lawyers in the City of Richmond by Richmond Magazine in 2011. Mr. Durrette is a member of the Boyd Graves Conference, a group of leading lawyers and judges functioning as an arm of the Virginia Bar Association to recommend legislation to the Virginia General Assembly to improve Virginia’s civil practice. He also served as Chairman of the Business Torts and Commercial Litigation Sections of the American Association for Justice and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, respectively. He is also recognized in Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition, and has been named 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property in The American Lawyer & Corporate Counsel Magazine. Mr. Durrette focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation including antitrust. His trial experience includes representation of both plaintiffs and defendants in federal and state courts across the country. He is regarded by his colleagues as particularly effective in cases where fact patterns tend to be complex and records or witnesses numerous. He gives personal attention to a wide variety of matters handled by the firm as well as serving as a resource for attorneys managing cases in which he has no direct role. Mr. Durrette maintains close ties within the professional community, and is often consulted by lawyers in other firms. His trial experience includes serving as Lead Counsel in a case considered to be “perhaps one of the most complex cases litigated [in Virginia] in the modern era.” Mr. Durrette is one of the firm’s representatives to the XDL Group, Multidimensional Intellectual Property Advocates, of which the Firm is a founding member. The XDL Group, composed of litigators and IP experts around the country, specializes in intellectual property litigation. More information on the XDL Group can be found at www.XDLgroup.com.