John M. Bredehoft, Kaufman & Canoles / Norfolk
John Bredehoft is a member of the firm of Kaufman and Canoles in Norfolk. He is an honors graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He is former chairman of the Virginia Bar Association section on Labor Relations and Employment Law.
Zachary A. Kitts, K&G Law Group / Fairfax
Zachary Kitts is a partner at K&G Law Group, PLLC, where he concentrates his practice in the areas of qui tam litigation, employment law, unfair competition/business torts and other complex commercial litigation.
In his False Claims Act practice, Zach represents qui tam relators (or whistleblowers as they are sometimes called) in litigation under the federal False Claims Act, the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act, and other state false claims statutes. He has prosecuted a variety of qui tam claims in courts across the country against health care providers, defense contractors, and financial institutions. To date, his cases have returned more than $79 million to the public fisc.
Zach is widely recognized as a leading expert on state False Claims Act legislation and was the principal architect behind the comprehensive 2011 amendments to the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act. He has also testified before a number of other state legislatures, including Maryland, Ohio, and Arizona. His blog, www.vaquitamlaw.com is one of the most widely read blogs on the topic of state false claims legislation and litigation.
He has been included in Virginia Super Lawyers magazine every year since 2011; and was included in the 2015 edition of Best Lawyers in America. He received his B.A. from George Mason University in 1998 and his J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law in 2001 and is licensed to practice before all of the state and federal courts in Virginia, D.C. and Maryland. Zach has also been admitted on a pro hac vice basis to various other state and federal courts across the country.
MODERATOR AND CHAIR of the Program Planning Committee
David Paxton, Gentry Locke / Roanoke
W. David Paxton is a partner with Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore LLP. He represents and advises businesses, non-profits, directors, officers, and executives in the areas of labor & employment law and complex litigation. He is the Chair of Gentry Locke’s labor and employment practice, is a frequent guest speaker at national and regional employment law seminars, and has been included in "Best Lawyers in America" for Labor & Employment for the past 16 years. Prior to joining Gentry Locke, David was a Navy JAG officer who served at the NLSO on Guam and in NAMARA in DC. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia and his BA from Hampden-Sydney College.