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McCandlish Holton Morris named Top 21 Immigration Firms in the Washington DC area

Congratulations to the Immigration Pratice Group of McCandlish Holton Morris for being named to the Top 21 Immigration Firms in the Washington DC area. scored immigration lawyers on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to produce a hand-picked list of the best immigration lawyers in Washington DC. For more information, please click here.

16th Annual Workers’ Compensation Seminar







McCandlish Holton is thrilled to announce our 16th Annual Workers' Compensation 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 27, 2017 at The Westin Richmond.

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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.

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.

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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