Vicious or Merely Dangerous? Preparing and Trying the Dog Bite Case (Online Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Price: $140 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 5/31/2018


A pre-recorded streaming VIDEO replay of the June 2015 webcast, Vicious or Merely Dangerous? Preparing and Trying the Dog Bite Case.

Topics covered include:

  • What do dangerous dogs and sex offenders have in common?
  • Do dogs have a right of self-defense/defense of others?
  • What can you do if you catch the neighbor’s dog chasing your chickens?
  • Is it criminal for the state to take your pets away?
  • Recently, how have dogs made legal news?
  • When is a dog “vicious” and when is it merely “dangerous”?
  • Does a dog have a right to a jury trial? If so, does he get a jury of his peers?
  • When a “dangerous” dog moves, must he leave a forwarding address?
  • Are parents liable for the torts of their children's dogs?
  • Following a divorce, who “owns” the dog for purposes of liability?
  • What civil liberties do owners of “dangerous” dogs relinquish?
  • May a locality ban pit bulls?

It is no surprise that dog bite–related litigation is commonplace, or that legislatures across the country are making significant revisions to their laws. Our speakers, Rhonda Quagliana (for the plaintiff) and Don Morin and Rachel Horvath (for the defense), will update you on important legislative changes in Virginia dog law, and then show you the best way to handle cases of your own.

They will cover the elements for a cause of action for a dog bite (duty, violation, and cause) and damages that may be awarded for injuries. In addition, they will answer these questions:




Rachel D. G. Horvath, Morin & Barkley / Charlottesville
Rachel Horvath focuses her practice on medical malpractice defense, other professional liability defense, personal injury defense including claims of catastrophic injury, commercial litigation, construction, and significant plaintiffs’ personal injury claims.  Ms. Horvath graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2010, where she held the position of managing editor for the Virginia Journal of Social Policy and the Law.

Donald R. Morin, Morin & Barkley / Charlottesville
Donald Morin focuses his practice on medical malpractice defense, health professional representation and counseling, other professional liability defense, personal injury defense including claims of catastrophic injury, commercial litigation, and significant plaintiff’s personal injury claims.  He also works with insurance clients and commercial clients on risk management issues.  Mr. Morin has an active trial practice in Virginia extending from Richmond through Central Virginia and into the Shenandoah Valley.  He appears in both state and federal courts throughout Virginia.  In 2007, Mr. Morin was elected to membership as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.  Membership in the ACTL is limited to those lawyers who are outstanding and considered the best in their state.

Rhonda Quagliana, St. John, Bowling, Lawrence & Quagliana, LLP / Charlottesville
Rhonda Quagliana is an experienced trial attorney who represents clients in state and federal courts in central Virginia.  She has handled complex civil and criminal litigation, including capital defense.  In 2010, Ms. Quagliana was selected to serve as president of the Charlottesville/Albemarle Bar Association. She currently serves on the Indigent Defense Commission Capital Qualification Standards Committee, as well as the Rules Committee for the Western District of Virginia. In addition to her law degree, Ms. Quagliana holds a doctorate from the University of Virginia.  She uses her understanding of the academic environment to assist students and faculty in disciplinary and other administrative proceedings.  Ms. Quagliana is active in the community and has served on the board of the Local Human Rights Committee for Region 10, which assists disabled citizens, and currently serves as president of the Board of Directors of the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA.

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