Attorney Fee Awards in Virginia (On Demand Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Price: $149 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 8/31/2021


A pre-recorded streaming video replay of the August 2018 webcast, Attorney Fee Awards in Virginia.

Topics Covered

  • Understand the mechanics of a fee petition, and how those mechanics differ in state and federal courts
  • Review substantive topics you need to cover in your petition
  • Learn how to find an expert witness to support (or oppose) a fee petition
  • Review recent case law on fee petitions from courts in and around the Commonwealth
  • Learn how to address requests for “enhanced” fee awards

Although there are hundreds of federal and state statutes containing fee-shifting provisions, considerable confusion continues to exist among practitioners about the mechanics of a fee petition. This should not come as a surprise. Few cases today are litigated to judgment, and only a small percentage of those judgments involve fee-shifting provisions. The result is that even lawyers with substantial experience in fee-shifting litigation rarely get the chance to prepare—or defend—a fee petition. This seminar aims to fill that gap.

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David L. Greenspan
, McGuireWoods / Tysons

David Greenspan is a trial lawyer whose practice focuses on proactive counseling and aggressive litigation of employee mobility disputes and complex employment matters. He works with his clients to identify and resolve issues before they become adversarial in nature. He also serves his clients as a zealous advocate in litigation, arbitration, and other administrative proceedings.

Mr. Greenspan is an experienced litigator with first-chair trial experience. He regularly represents employers in state and federal courts and administrative agencies throughout the country. He has also litigated many employee mobility cases.  On the plaintiff side, he has obtained injunctions that prohibited people from competing against firm clients. On the defense side, he has effectively represented employers who have hired employees with non-compete or confidentiality agreements.

Mr. Greenspan regularly counsels corporate clients on a wide range of labor and employment topics including the protection of corporate assets through the use of employee agreements and corporate policies, wage and hour matters, compliance with Title VII, the ADA, the FMLA, the WARN Act and USERRA. He has also developed an area of interest in executive employment agreements. In this regard, he has worked with CEOs in various industries, former corporate general counsel, prominent elected officials no longer in office, and one Hall of Fame NBA coach.

Mr. Greenspan is a well-regarded public speaker who has conducted myriad presentations and training seminars throughout country as a presenter for private employers, municipalities, educational academies, and trade associations. He regularly speaks on topics including: protection of corporate assets; prevention of illegal discrimination, harassment, and retaliation in the workplace; the complexities and intersection of the ADA, FMLA, and related state laws; and general management relations topics. He also serves as an instructor at the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Academy with respect to the training of senior command staff in labor law and management issues in law enforcement.

Mr. Greenspan serves as the Tysons Office Pro Bono Partner and is an active member of Firms in Service, a consortium of local firms and corporate legal departments dedicated to improving the quality and quantity of pro bono services in the Northern Virginia area. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Legal Services of Northern Virginia.

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, business torts and other complex civil litigation.  In his False Claims Act practice, Mr. Kitts 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 wide variety of qui tam claims in state and federal courts across the country against health care providers, defense contractors, financial institutions and others. To date, his cases have returned more than $84 million to the public fisc.

In addition, Mr, Kitts frequently serves as an expert witness in legal malpractice cases and in fee-shifting litigation in state and federal courts.

Mr. Kitts has been included in Virginia Super Lawyers magazine every year since 2011, and has been included in Best Lawyers in America every year since 2015. 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.

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