ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
David J. Gogal, Blankingship & Keith / Fairfax
David J. Gogal is a principal at Blankingship & Keith in Fairfax, where he has practiced since 1988 with a general civil litigation practice, including commercial, employment, real estate, and legal malpractice defense.
Mr. Gogal has been actively involved in bar activities throughout his career. He served as President of the Fairfax Bar Association, as Chair of the FBA Circuit Committee and a number of other FBA Committees, as well as Co-Editor of the Fairfax Circuit Court Practice Manual (2002, 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2014 editions). More recently, he has served as a member of the VBA Civil Litigation Council and the Boyd Graves Conference. With respect to the Virginia State Bar, Mr. Gogal served: six years on the 5th District Disciplinary Committee, including terms as Vice Chair and Chair; six years on the Professionalism Committee, including a term as faculty on the Mandatory Professionalism Course, and more recently as a member of the Committee on Lawyer Discipline (“COLD”), currently serving as its Chair. Mr. Gogal also currently serves as a member of the Virginia State Bar Council, representing the 19th Circuit.
Mr. Gogal received both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Virginia. From 1993 through 2006 and again from 2009 to 2016, he has returned each January to Charlottesville to serve as a faculty member of the National Trial Advocacy College at the University of Virginia School of Law.
Hon. Stanley P. Klein (Ret.), The McCammon Group / Richmond
Judge Klein became Senior Counsel at Blankingship & Keith, P.C. in September 2011 after serving almost 18 years as a judge of the Fairfax County Circuit Court. During his tenure on the bench, he served on the Judicial Conference of Virginia's Executive Committee, Probation and Parole Committee, and Rules Advisory Committee. He also served on the Boyd Graves Conference until his retirement from the bench.
Before his full-time appointment to the bench, Judge Klein had a broad-based practice in both civil and criminal law from 1975 to 1992. He was a Substitute Judge in the District Courts from 1983 to 1992 and also served as a Commissioner in Chancery for the Fairfax County Circuit Court for approximately 10 years.
Judge Klein was an Adjunct Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law from 1996 until 2013 and also has taught at the Washington College of Law at American University. He has been teaching Virginia judges at their New Judge Orientation Program since 2006 and has lectured on various topics at dozens of legal seminars in Virginia and the District of Columbia.
Judge Klein received his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1972 and his Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1975.
He continues to serve as a neutral for The McCammon Group, conducting mediations and arbitrations.
Hon. Daniel E. Ortiz, 19th Judicial Circuit / Fairfax
Judge Ortiz began his legal career at the Fairfax County Circuit Court clerking for the Honorable M. Langhorne Keith. At the conclusion of his clerkship, Judge Ortiz entered private practice.
Prior to his service at the Court, Judge Ortiz was an active member in numerous bar related organizations. These include serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the Fairfax Bar Association and the Board of Governors of The Virginia Bar Association. He previously served as a Substitute Judge in the General District Court and Juvenile Domestic Relations District Court for five years.
Recently, Judge Ortiz was selected to serve on the Virginia Access to Justice Commission. He is a member of the faculty of the Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course.