The Rocket Docket: Trying Cases in the Eastern District of Virginia (Online Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 4.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 4.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Price: $225 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 12/31/2016


A pre-recorded streaming VIDEO replay of the December 2014 live seminar held in Richmond, Virginia, The Rocket Docket: Trying Cases in the Eastern District of Virginia.

Topics covered include:

  • Pretrial Matters and Trial Preparation
  • Jurisdiction and Prefiling Considerations
  • Discovery
  • Motions Practice
This long-running seminar is a must for any attorney practicing in the Eastern District of Virginia. You will hear directly from the judges that try your cases, and from some of the area’s finest litigators, as they discuss all relevant aspects of federal trial practice. Throughout the seminar, panelists will offer insight and practice tips to help you achieve the optimum outcome for your clients. Highlighted clearly will be those rules and procedures unique to the Eastern District—those aspects that insiders know and follow, and that outsiders ignore at their grave peril.

Experienced attorneys, as well as new attorneys, will benefit from the opportunity to learn first-hand the strategies that are most successful when trying cases in this court. Ask any of your colleagues that have practiced in the Eastern District: it is too late to learn the court’s rules once a case starts; you have to know them now.


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Robert A. Angle, Troutman Sanders LLP / Richmond (Expand/Collapse Bio)

Mr. Angle is a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property and Complex Litigation Sections. His practice includes civil litigation in state and federal court at both the trial and appellate level. Mr. Angle has substantial experience litigating and counseling clients in complex litigation and intellectual property matters, including disputes involving patent, trademark and copyright infringement, trade secret violations, unfair competition and antitrust claims. Prior to joining Troutman Sanders, Mr. Angle clerked for the Honorable James C. Cacheris, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Mr. Angle regularly represents litigants in all three divisions of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and has published articles and made presentations about litigating intellectual property disputes in that forum. He is a member of the firm's Associate Review Committee and is co-chair of the firm’s Electronic Discovery and Data Management Practice Team.

Stephen E. Baril, Kaplan Voekler Cunningham & Frank PLC / Richmond (Expand/Collapse Bio)

Mr. Baril heads the Richmond Office’s Litigation and Government Relations Groups. He is an advocate for business owners, executives and entrepreneurs, whether in the courtroom or before the General Assembly. Mr. Baril has over 30 years of experience handling complex business litigation and disputes. Much of his experience is in the infamous “Rocket Docket” of the Eastern District of Virginia where he began his career clerking for a U.S. District Court judge. Steve has been consistently recognized by his peers as a distinguished trial lawyer. Over his career, he has also been engaged in the political process and community service. Recently, Mr. Baril served on Governor McDonnell’s “Jobs Commission” as co-chair of the new business recruitment and retention committees. He also served on the Criminal Services Justice Board during Governor Gilmore’s administration. He was a candidate for the Republican nomination for the Attorney General. Steve currently serves on the Boards of the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, Richmond’s Future and Venture Richmond, and he has a long history of service in other leadership capacities in the Richmond community.

Lewis F. Powell, III, Hunton & Williams / Richmond (Expand/Collapse Bio)

Mr. Powell's litigation practice, for more than three decades, has ranged from the nuclear regulatory field to environmental and toxic tort matters; complex intellectual property, commercial, fraud, and antitrust cases; and telecommunications issues. He has handled trial and appellate matters in state and federal courts and regulatory agencies in more than 15 states. His recent experience includes serving as lead counsel in (i) a five-week trial involving the alleged misappropriation of highly confidential software designs; (ii) a jury trial of a multi-million dollar fraud and breach of contract action; and (iii) the defense of a major national retailer in a product liability suit brought by the parents of a toddler who suffered a catastrophic brain injury in a crib accident. At the appellate level, in 2006 and 2007 he was lead counsel in three cases in the Supreme Court of Virginia. More recently, he was retained to handle an appeal in the Fourth Circuit of a multi-million dollar defamation verdict. Mr. Powell is rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell. He has been named several times by separate Virginia publications as one of Virginia’s “Legal Elites” in the field of civil litigation and as one of Virginia’s “Super Lawyers” in business litigation. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court; the Fourth, Second, Eleventh , and D.C. Circuit Courts of Appeal; and the United States District Courts for Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia. Lewis is a regular lecturer on federal civil procedure and litigation in the Eastern District of Virginia.

Brian C. Riopelle, McGuireWoods LLP / Richmond (Expand/Collapse Bio)

Mr. Riopelle, chair of the firm's IP Litigation/Patents Department, has been recognized as one of the leading intellectual property litigators in the nation. In March 2012, Benchmark Litigation recognized Mr. Riopelle as the "Virginia Litigator of the Year." The American Lawyer selected him as its "Litigator in the Spotlight" in its November 2011 issue, and he was named "Litigator of the Week" in the September 16, 2011 issue of Am Law Litigation Daily. Most recently, he was selected as one of the "2011 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America." He has been listed in Chambers USA as one of America's Leading Lawyers for intellectual property since 2004, and has been described by clients in that publication as a "top-notch litigator" and as a lawyer who "can find a solution when others cannot." He has also been recognized in Best Lawyers in America, as a Virginia "Super Lawyer," and as one of Virginia's "Legal Elite." Before starting his career in law, Mr. Riopelle spent an internship performing research in immunology, and was also a supervisor in the datacenter for a major Wall Street investment bank.

Hon. John A. Gibney, Jr., U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia / Richmond (Expand/Collapse Bio)

Judge Gibney, originally from Coatesville, Pennsylvania, received a B.A. with Honors in English from the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, in 1973, and in 1976 graduated from the law school at The University of Virginia, Charlottesville.  From 1976-78, he was a law clerk for Justice (later Chief Justice) Harry L. Carrico at the Supreme Court of Virginia.  From 1978 until 2011, he engaged in the private practice of law, with a stinit as an assistant attorney general of Virginia.  In 2011, President Obama appointed him to the bench.  His major areas of practice consisted of in litigation both state and federal courts, representing corporate, governmental, and individual clients in all types of matters, including tort, land use, commercial, corporate, civil rights, construction, criminal, employment, and government matters.

Hon. Henry E. Hudson, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia / Richmond (Expand/Collapse Bio)

A native Virginian, Henry E. Hudson was appointed in 2002 by President George W. Bush as United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia. He received both his B.A. and J.D. from American University. Judge Hudson has served as a deputy sheriff, a deputy clerk of court, an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney of Arlington County, and later as an Assistant United States Attorney. In 1979, Judge Hudson was elected Commonwealths Attorney for Arlington County. He was reelected to that post in 1983. President Ronald Reagan appointed him United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia in 1986. Subsequently, President George H.W. Bush appointed Judge Hudson as the Director of the United States Marshals Service. Following a stint in private practice with Reed Smith, Judge Hudson served as a Circuit Court Judge for Fairfax County from 1998-2002. He has served as an Adjunct Professor at University of Richmond School of Law and author of Quest for Justice.

Hon. David J. Novak, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia / Richmond (Expand/Collapse Bio)

Judge Novak serves as a United States Magistrate Judge in the Richmond Division of the Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA). Before taking the bench in February of 2012, Judge Novak served as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) in the EDVA, ending his tenure in that office as the Chief of the Criminal Division with supervisory responsibility over all criminal prosecutions brought in the district. He has received numerous awards, including the Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in Furthering the Interests of U.S. National Security and the CIA Seal Medallion for his work as a member of the prosecution team of United States v. Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person to be convicted for his role in the September 11 attacks.

Before joining the Eastern District of Virginia, Judge Novak served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Texas and as a trial attorney with the Department of Justice. He began his career by serving as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Judge Novak is a graduate of Villanova Law School and St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

Hon. Roderick C. Young, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia / Richmond (Expand/Collapse Bio)

United States Magistrate Judge Roderick C. Young received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from George Mason University and his Juris Doctor degree from the West Virginia University College of Law. He worked as an Assistant Public Defender in Portsmouth, Virginia and as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Richmond, Virginia. He also worked as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia in that office’s Narcotics and Organized Crime Unit. From 2002 until October 2014, Judge Young worked as an Assistant United States Attorney in Richmond, Virginia. During that time, he prosecuted a number of cases involving international narcotics organizations, racketeering crime, bank robbery, white collar crime, and other violations of federal law. From February 2012 until October 2014, Judge Young served as the Deputy Criminal Supervisor in the Richmond United States Attorney’s Office. He was sworn in as a United States Magistrate Judge for the Richmond Division of the Eastern District of Virginia on October 28, 2014.

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