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Virginia Super Lawyers for 2015

McCandlish Holton is pleased to announce that the following attorneys have been named to the 2015 "Super Lawyers" list.  Congratulations to:

Business Litigation:

Employment & Labor:

Family Law:

Health Care:

Workers’ Compensation:

In addition, three of the firm's attorneys have been selected as Virginia Rising Stars for 2015. They are:



Real Estate:

Best Lawyers in America for 2015

We are pleased to announce that six of the firm's attorneys have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2015 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

Jamie Baskerville Martin Elected to Virginia Bar Association Board of Governors

At the 125th Annual Meeting of the Virginia Bar Association, Jamie Baskerville Martin was elected to the Board of Governors.  Jamie will serve a three-year term as an at-large representative.  For more information, please see the Virginia Bar Association's press release.

2015 Readers’ Choice Listing

We are pleased to announce that five of the firm's attorneys have been selected for the 2015 Readers' Choice listing published by the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Congratulations to  Scott C. Ford, Robert W. Partin, Mark B. Rhoads, Brian A. Richardson, and Jonathan L. Moore.

Thomas C. Foster and Robert W. Partin Presented at University of Richmond Seminar

McCandlish Holton attorneys Thomas C. Foster and Robert W. Partin spoke along with Professor John Pagan to the Lewis F. Powell, Jr. American Inn of Court at the University of Richmond regarding the Fourth Circuit decision in Bostic v. Schaeffer, 760 F.3d 352 (July 28, 2014), legalizing same sex marriage in Virginia and the effects on constitutional law, family law and employee benefits.

Virginia Business 2014 Legal Elite

McCandlish Holton is pleased to announce that Virginia Business has named four of the firm's attorneys in its 2014 Legal Elite listing. The publication recognized Michael H. Gladstone in Civil Litigation, Jamie Baskerville Martin in Health Law,  Samantha Stecker Otero in Labor/Employment, and Robert W. Partin in Family/Domestic Relations.

Samantha Stecker Otero named 2014 Benjamin R. Lacy, IV Pro Bono Clearinghouse Volunteer

Samantha Stecker Otero was honored at the Greater Richmond Bar Foundation’s Annual Pro Bono Clearinghouse Reception on Thursday, October 23, 2014.  This event is held annually during the American Bar Association’s Pro Bono Celebration to honor attorneys for their dedication to pro bono service.  Sam was named the 6th award recipient and the 3rd recipient of the renamed “Benjamin R. Lacy, IV Pro Bono Clearinghouse Volunteer” Award for her work with St. Joseph’s Villa, among other nonprofits, and for her leadership of the firm's Pro Bono Promise.  Read more about Sam's good works here.

What Individuals Should Know about Same-Sex Marriage in Virginia

On Monday, October 6, 2014, the United States Supreme Court denied certiorari (review) of seven different rulings from the Federal Courts of Appeals (coming to the Court from the Fourth, Seventh and Tenth Circuits).   The Fourth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals' ruling held that Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.  Since the Supreme Court denied review, the Fourth Circuit Court’s ruling stands and same-sex marriages will be permitted in Virginia.  At 1:00 p.m. on October 6, 2014, same-sex marriage began to be permitted across the Commonwealth.

What does this mean for the citizens of Virginia?

If you are already married in another state that legally permitted same-sex marriage—

  • You are legally married for all purposes under Virginia and Federal law.
  • If you are not the legal parent of your child(ren), you may obtain a step-parent adoption in Virginia to become a legal parent of your child(ren).
  • You and your spouse may legally adopt a child jointly.
  • You may take title to property in Virginia as Tenants By The Entireties, which has significant advantages for estate planning purposes and to avoid collection activities by creditors of one spouse.  [Property previously titled may be re-titled to change the ownership to Tenants By The Entireties.]
  • One spouse may qualify for health insurance and other spousal benefits, including pension benefits, through the other spouse’s employer.
  • Your tax returns for Virginia and for the Federal government must now indicate your status as married.
  • You may enter into post-nuptial agreements, property settlement agreements and/or custody and visitation agreements with your spouse.
  • You may now obtain a divorce in Virginia, including equitable division of marital property, spousal support, child custody, child visitation, and fault based divorces.

If you are not current married –

  • You may enter into a pre-marital agreement establishing rights and obligations upon marriage and potentially upon divorce.
  • You may obtain a marriage license and get married in Virginia.
  • Once married, all of the rights set forth above will apply.

The attorneys in McCandlish Holton, P.C.’s Family Law Team, Employment Law Team and Employee Benefits Team can provide assistance with the adoptions, pre-marital and post-nuptial agreement, re-titling property, employee benefits, and employment law issues arising out of the recent court decisions.  

This New Article is provided for information only. While we believe the information to be accurate, this article should not be construed as legal advice.  This article does not create an attorney-client relationship between McCandlish Holton, P.C. and the reader.   Every situation is different and you should consult with counsel regarding your particular facts and circumstances.

Robert W. Partin to Present at 22nd Annual Bench Bar Conference

Robert W. Partin, a member of the McCandlish Holton Family Law Team, will present “Child Support:  I Have To Pay HOW Much ?!?!” at the Bar Association of the City or Richmond’s 22nd Annual Bench Bar Conference on October 23, 2014 at the Omni Hotel Richmond.  The presentation will review the 2014 changes to Virginia’s Child Support Guidelines, the first substantive changes to the guidelines since they were first instituted in 1988, including the underlying social science research and assumptions.  The program is intended to provide guidance to family law attorneys and judges on application of the guidelines and when deviation from the guidelines may be appropriate.

McCandlish Holton Opens Office in Fairfax, Virginia

Shortly after completing a significant expansion of its main offices in downtown Richmond, McCandlish Holton has expanded to the Northern Virginia area, opening a new office in Fairfax.

McCandlish Holton is a full-service law firm with 35 attorneys in practice areas including litigation, immigration, healthcare, real estate, and biotech.  Scott C. Ford, Vice President of the firm and Chair of the litigation practice group, states that the Fairfax office will focus primarily on litigation matters.  Ford stated, “We are excited about the expansion of our geographical footprint because it will allow us to provide better support to our existing and growing client base in the northern Virginia region.”

With clients throughout Virginia and the mid-Atlantic region, the firm’s expansion aims to provide its clients with more timely, cost-effective, and specialized defense.

The office is located at 8280 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, Suite 600, Fairfax, Virginia, close to the intersection of the Capital Beltway and I-66, just off Gallows Road. The Northern Virginia office opened for business on September 1, 2014.  Read more about the expansion in this article recently published by Richmond BizSense.

McCandlish Holton Welcomes Maggie Krantz

McCandlish Holton is pleased to welcome the return of Maggie Krantz to the firm's Health Care team.  Maggie joined McCandlish Holton immediately following her graduation from the University of Virginia School of Law.  In 2009, she moved to Germany where she served as a consultant to the U.S. Army Medical Department Activity Bavaria.  Maggie has re-joined the firm as Of Counsel and focuses her practice on a variety of state and federal regulatory issues and transactional work.

AILA Presents Jennifer Minear with the 2014 Susan D. Quarles AILA Service Excellence Award

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) has awarded Jennifer Minear the 2014 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. In the awards program, AILA described Jennifer’s service as follows:

Jennifer has served AILA as a volunteer in nearly all possible 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. In 2012, she was elected to the AILA Board of Governors (BOG). As a BOG member she took her fiduciary duties seriously, preparing for and participating in tough policy and governance decisions…A model of true leadership, Ms. Minear is professional, gracious, dedicated, and able to stay the course in rough waters.

Jeremy A. Ball Presents at 16th Annual Virginia Health Law Legislative Update and Extravaganza

Jeremy A. Ball, a member of McCandlish Holton's Health Care practice group, presented at the Virginia Bar Association's 16th Annual Virginia Health Law Legislative Update and Extravaganza.  Held on Thursday, May 22, 2014, at the General Assembly Building, the event served to update Virginia's health care attorneys regarding legislative changes resulting from this year's General Assembly session, to present potential issues the General Assembly might discuss in the 2015 session, and to provide a stimulating discussion of ethicical concerns.  Jeremy served on the panel of legal titans, sharing the professional experiences of the panel and relating those experiences to the Rules of Professional Conduct.

Jeremy A. Ball Leads Virginia State Bar Professionalism Course

On May 15, 2014, Jeremy A. Ball, a member of the Health Care practice group, led the Virginia State Bar Professionalism Course held in Hampton Roads, Virginia.

Samantha Stecker Otero Presents at RMGMA

Samantha Stecker Otero, a member of McCandlish Holton's Employment Law and Health Care practice groups, presented at the Richmond Medical Managers Group Association Meeting on Thursday, May 8, 2014.  Sam's presentation, Let’s Get Practical: A discussion of common employment issues, updated meeting attendees regarding new changes to employment law and discussed the top reasons health care practices seek employment law advice.