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Jennifer Minear Named Second Vice President of AILA

Jennifer Minear was elected to serve as the AILA Second Vice President for the 2017-2018 term. Ms. Minear is a director in the Immigration Practice Group, where her practice focuses on employment-based immigration, with a particular emphasis on the healthcare sector, including J-1 waiver and green card processing for foreign medical graduates. She is the 2014 recipient of the Susan D. Quarles AILA Service Excellence Award, in recognition of her outstanding service over a period of years in advancing the mission, development, and value of AILA for its members and the public it serves. Ms. Minear has served AILA as a volunteer in a wide range of capacities. She has been a member of, or chaired, liaison committees and conference program committees, spoken at numerous AILA conferences, and written for AILA publications. She was an elected member of the AILA Board of Governors from 2012 - 2015.

Insurance Practice Alert: Important ‘Bad Faith’ Opinion from Virginia Supreme Court

On Friday, April 27, 2017, the Virginia Supreme Court decided Manu v. GEICO Casualty Company, Record No. 160852, 2017 Va. Lexis 70 (Va. April 27, 2017), a "bad faith" opinion significant to insurers that issue family automobile policies in Virginia. Plaintiff was a passenger in a car involved in a multi-vehicle accident. Plaintiff sued the driver of his vehicle plus the unknown "John Doe" driver of another vehicle involved in the accident.... Read More

Business Immigration Alert: Fiscal Year 2018 H-1B Cap Update

​On Monday, April 17, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that it received approximately 199,000 H-1B petitions during the first five business days of April (April 3-7, 2017) exceeding the statutory cap on available H-1B slots. As a result, USCIS conducted a random computer generated selection process, or “lottery,” to determine which H-1B petitions filed during this period would be accepted. ​Read More.

TRAVEL ALERT : Warning to Individuals From Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Sudan and Yemen

On January 27, 2017, the new administration issued an Executive Order which suspends "entry into the United States" of individuals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen for 90 days (and possibly longer). The affected individuals include the following:

• Individuals who hold US non-immigrant and immigrant visas, and who hold passports from the listed countries,
• dual citizens who hold passports from a country not listed, but are nationals of one of the listed countries (unless the country of dual citizenship is the US),
• refugees from the listed countries. 

Over the weekend, there were reports that US permanent residents and those with U.S. immigrant visas from these listed countries were also being barred entry to the US.  Government officials have now publicly stated that US permanent residents are NOT barred from travel to the US, although US permanent residents should expect additional screening upon return from international travel.  US citizens who were born in these countries should also be able to travel, but should also expect additional screening.  Additional screening should be expected by anyone in any immigration status who is returning to the US following a visit to one of the 7 listed countries.

The Executive Order specifically does not bar travel for those traveling on diplomatic visas (A visas), NATO visas, C-2 visas for travel to the United Nations, and G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-4 visas; they may, for the time being, continue to travel and to return to the United States without restriction.

There are a number of lawsuits already filed which challenge the legality of the Executive Order, and several federal courts have issued Temporary Restraining Orders ruling that the Executive Order appears to violate constitutional principles as well as the Immigration and Nationality Act.  Following these decisions, the administration released memos reiterating their commitment to the Executive Order.  The Executive Order explicitly allows for additional countries to be added to the current list of affected nationalities during or after the initial 90 day period.  

In short, the situation is fluid, and subject to change at any time.  Any individual who holds a passport from or is a national of one of the listed countries is advised not to travel outside the United States until they have consulted an immigration attorney.  Any individual who holds a passport from or is a national of one of the listed countries who is already outside the US is advised not to attempt to re-enter the US until they have consulted an immigration attorney.

Five McCandlish Holton Morris Attorneys Named to Virginia Business magazine’s 2016 ‘Legal Elite’

McCandlish Holton Morris is pleased to announce that five of our attorneys have been named among the 'Legal Elite' for 2016 by Virginia Business magazine. Each year Virginia Business asks attorneys around the Commonwealth to nominate their peers for distinction in 18 categories, only about a quarter of which make the final list. The following McCandlish Holton Morris attorneys, sorted by practice area, have been named to the 2016 'Legal Elite':

Business Law:

Brian A. Richardson

Brennan C. Morrissett

Civil Litigation:

Lawrence A. 'Lex' Dunn

Health Law:

Thomas W. McCandlish

Labor & Employment Law:

Samantha Stecker Otero

More about Virginia Business’s 2016 “Legal Elite” rankings can be found here.

Morris & Morris Joins McCandlish Holton

Two Long-Established Richmond-Based Law Firms Announce Merger





Richmond-based law firms McCandlish Holton and Morris & Morris announce a merger of the two firms, to take effect December 1, 2016.  The newly combined firm will have 39 lawyers, with offices in Richmond, Fairfax, and Roanoke, offering clients a full range of legal services with specialties in business and corporate law, commercial real estate law, civil litigation in state and federal courts, workers' compensation, products liability, healthcare, and immigration.  Both firms have had a presence in Virginia in excess of twenty-five years.

Mark Rhoads, President of McCandlish Holton, commented that the merger provides important benefits to the clients of both firms:  "The merger offers McCandlish Holton's clients access to increased depth in our seasoned litigation department, while Morris & Morris clients now have access to McCandlish Holton's established expertise in corporate, real estate, healthcare and business immigration law."

Cam Beck, Managing Partner of Morris & Morris, echoes the client-focused benefits of the merger:  "The merger of our two firms creates one of the largest litigation practice groups in the Commonwealth, and provides our long-standing litigation clients with the resources and additional legal specialties available at McCandlish Holton."

Scott Ford, current litigation practice group leader and Vice-President at McCandlish Holton, added, “The culture of the two firms meshes extremely well with both demonstrating a history of legal excellence and service to the community."

To facilitate the merger for clients, McCandlish Holton will operate as McCandlish Holton Morris.


Amanda S. Tapscott Named Chair of VADA Workers’ Compensation Section

Amanda Tapscott, a Director in our Workers' Compensation practice group, was recently named chair of the Worker's Compensation Section of the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys (VADA).

VADA assists Virginia attorneys in the professional and ethical representation of their clients in civil litigation through education, communication, and fellowship.

To learn more about VADA,  check out

To learn more about Amanda, click here.

McCandlish Holton Hosts 15th Annual Workers’ Compensation Seminar

On September 21st, 2016 our Workers' Compensation Practice Group hosted the 15th Annual Workers' Compensation Seminar at The Westin Richmond. This year's event was our largest ever, with more than 300 adjusters, nurse case managers, risk managers, and employers in attendance.

The event featured a full day of useful information and training regarding workers' compensation claims in and around Virginia. Topics covered this year included an overview of national trends in workers' compensation, a panel discussion on independent medical examinations in claims management, a crossfire panel featuring the competing legal perspectives of claimant and defense attorneys, and a review of recent case law from the Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission.

Special thanks go to our keynote speaker, Bruce Christopher, for an enlightening presentation on the best ways to deal with difficult people. Bruce is a psychologist and humorist known for engaging audiences with practical solutions for success. You can learn more about Bruce here.

We would also like to thank our incredible sponsors for helping to make this event a huge success. Sponsors this year included:

• Access On Time
• Ashley Addiction Treatment
• Detect Inc.
• First Rehabilitation Resources, Inc.
• Foresight
• Global Trans Services, Inc.
• ISO Claims Partners
• M. Joseph Medical
• Medivest
• OSC, Orthpaedic & Spine Center
• National Spine & Pain Centers
• Planet Depos
• Select Physical Therapy
• Titan Investigative Alliance, LLC
• TNT Surveillance
• Transcend Services

If you have any questions regarding this year’s seminar, or have suggestions for next year, feel free to drop us a line at

6 McCandlish Holton Attorneys Named 2017 Best Lawyers in America

Six lawyers from McCandlish Holton were recently selcted by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers In America© for 2017. 

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. For the 2017 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, 7.3 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in almost 55,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers "the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice."

More information about the Best Lawyers® rankings, including the selection process, can be found here.

The recognized attorneys are:

Thomas C. Foster

-Employee Benefits Law

Michael H. Gladstone

-Commercial Litigation, Mass Tort Litigations / Class Actions, Personal Injury Litigation

Helen L. Konrad

-Immigration Law

Thomas W. McCandlish

-Health Care Law

Samantha Stecker Otero

-Employment Law, Litigation - Labor and Employment

Mark B. Rhoads

-Immigration Law






15th Annual Workers’ Compensation Seminar







McCandlish Holton is thrilled to announce our 15th Annual Workers' Compansation Seminar! The seminar has become one of the premier industry events in the Mid-Atlantic Region-- a full day of useful information and continuing education free to adjusters, risk managers, nurse case managers, and brokers. The event will take place September 21, 2016 at The Westin Richmond.

For more information, follow this link!

McCandlish Holton’s Scott Ford and Emily Martins Talk Workers’ Comp at Opioid Management Symposium






Firm Vice President, and Director, Scott Ford spoke alongside Associate Emily Martins on the legal implications of opioid use as pain management in workers' compensation claims. The event, hosted by Genex Services, covered a range of topics including prescription drug monitoring, pain recovery programs, and workers' comp best practices.

Genex Services is an industry leader in claims management for workers' compensation, medical cost containment, and social security representation. 

McCandlish Holton's worker's compensation attorneys represent employers, carriers, and self-insurers in cases throughout Virginia, and DC. Whether defending a case at a hearing, negotiating at mediation or drafting an appellate brief, our lawyers are experienced advocates who are determined to meet your objectives. 

McCandlish Holton Director Speaks to National Group in Texas

On February 8, 2016, McCandlish Holton Director Jennifer Minear spoke to the American Health Lawyers Association's Physicians and Hospitals Law Institute in Austin, Texas.  Her talk on the topic of physician immigration issues was part of a panel titled, "Austin City Limits: Navigating the Border of Immigration and Health Care Law."

Scott C. Ford Named To 2016 Super Lawyers List

Scott C. Ford, a director with McCandlish Holton, has been named to the 2016 Super Lawyers list in the category of Workers’ Compensation Law. This is the seventh consecutive year in which he was selected.

Mr. Ford chairs the firm’s Litigation Practice Group and the Workers’ Compensation Practice Group. He also serves on the board for Kid’s Chance of Virginia and the Honors Advisory Council for James Madison University.

Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a research-driven, peer influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The mission of Super Lawyers is to bring visibility to those attorneys who exhibit excellence in practice. For more information, please visit

McCandlish Holton Lawyer Selected for 2015 Virginia Business Legal Elite

A McCandlish Holton attorney has been selected by her peers to be included in the 2015 Virginia Business Legal Elite. Samantha Stecker Otero was recognized in Labor/Employment Law. The Legal Elite listing is published annually in the Virginia Business magazine in collaboration with the Virginia Bar Association. Nearly 3,800 nominations were submitted this year, and Virginia Business selected roughly a quarter of the nominees for their final list.

McCandlish Holton’s Practices Ranked by U.S. News - Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” 2016

McCandlish Holton has received both national and metropolitan rankings in the 2016 edition of US News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.” The firm received metropolitan Richmond Tier 1 ratings in Immigration and Health Care Law.  McCandlish Holton’s Health Care practice also received a Tier 3 national ranking.  Several other of the firm’s practices earned Richmond Metro ratings. See the full ratings here:  U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” 2016.

Tier 1 - Richmond Metropolitan Area

Tier 2 - Richmond Metropolitan Area

Tier 3 - Richmond Metropolitan Area

The U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process. For more information, please see

Best Lawyers in America 2016 Edition

We are pleased to announce that six of the firm's attorneys have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers in America. They are:

Commercial Litigation, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, and Personal Injury - Plaintiffs:

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law:

Employment Law - Individuals, Employment Law - Management, and Litigation - Labor and Employment:

Health Care Law:

Immigration Law:

Jennifer Minear elected Secretary of the American Immigration Lawyers Association

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)  elected Jennifer Minear as Secretary of its Executive Committee for the 2015-2016 term.  For more information, please see the AILA's press release.