Establishing a Business Litigation Practice in Virginia (Online Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Price: $135 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 9/30/2017


A pre-recorded streaming VIDEO replay of the September 2014 webcast, Establishing a Business Litigation Practice in Virginia.

Topics covered include:

  • Defining, Establishing, and Developing a Business Litigation Practice
  • Learning the Trade
  • Developing the Case for the Plaintiff or Defense
  • Litigating the Business Case:
    • Discovery
    • Choosing and Using Experts
    • Motions
    • Trial Aids
    • Opening Statements and Closing Arguments
    • Post-trial Motions

Why would anyone choose to include business law in general, or business litigation in particular, among their areas of practice? The reasons are as varied as are the areas of law encompassed by the term “business law.”

Business disputes are common, and as they often involve significant amounts of money, businesses are more likely to seek judicial intervention, with the aid of legal representation. Businesses are more sophisticated clients than the average client in a family law or criminal case, and the need for the lawyer to “talk business” is at a greater premium. The notion of the “client” also differs radically: whether in representing a closely held family corporation or a huge multi-national, the client may be the business, but the people the lawyer has to deal with are a number of officials with different responsibilities and interests. It is a different—but incredibly interesting and rewarding—area in which to practice.

This seminar will provide the necessary framework for those interested in starting, or broadening, their practice. Our speakers—one long at the summit of the profession, and the other relatively recently started on the climb—will offer their unique and complementary perspectives on how to start, develop, and thrive as a business litigator.


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Edward B. Lowry, MichieHamlett / Charlottesville (Expand/Collapse Bio)

Edward Lowry engages in a statewide commercial litigation practice. He has been with the firm since he began practicing law in July 1971. He also handles a wide variety of commercial transactions and negotiations. His litigation experience includes matters involving business torts, construction law, securities arbitration, employment, contract, real estate, and banking laws. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the American Bar Foundation, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and the Virginia Law Foundation. Among a variety of positions with the Virginia State Bar, Mr. Lowry was president from June 1997-June 1998; a member of the Bar Council, the governing body of the legal profession in the Commonwealth, from 1989-1995, and a member of its Executive Committee from 1994-1998. In 1997 he served as co-chair of the Southern Conference of Bar Presidents. He was also president of the Charlottesville Albemarle Bar Association from 1988-1990.

David W. Thomas, MichieHamlett / Charlottesville (Expand/Collapse Bio)

David Thomas practices in his firm’s commercial group. His experience includes commercial litigation, employment law, construction law, securities litigation and arbitration, and products liability litigation. He attended Swarthmore College and the University of Virginia School of Law. During law school, Mr. Thomas worked for the Greene County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office, where he assisted with prosecution of a broad range of criminal cases. Following graduation, he clerked for the Honorable Danny C. Reeves in federal district court in Kentucky, where he was exposed to a wide array of federal litigation as well as appellate litigation before the Sixth Circuit. Mr. Thomas currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Albemarle County Service Authority, and as the president of the UVa Club of Charlottesville. He also teaches trial advocacy at the University of Virginia School of Law.

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