McCandlish Holton attorneys Thomas C. Foster and Patricia McCullagh were recently interviewed for an article regarding changes to treatment of recovered funds in personal injury cases. The article discusses the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in US Airways v. McCutchen to permit ERISA employee benefit plans to recoup expended funds from proceeds recovered in personal injury suits. Now published, the article is available online with a subscription to Virginia Lawyers Weekly.
On Friday April 5, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that the number of H1B “cap” petitions received between April 1-5 exceeds the H1B quota Fiscal Year (“FY”) 2014. As a result, USCIS will conduct a random “lottery” to determine which petitions will be accepted. CIS will first conduct a lottery to choose 20,000 “Advanced Degree” cases for the Advanced Degree quota of 20,000 H1Bs. Advanced Degree cases not selected in this lottery will then be placed in the “regular” quota of 65,000, and the CIS will conduct a random lottery to choose cases for the 65,000 quota.
If you would like more information on this breaking news, please see the "Immigration Updates" section of our Immigration Law webpage.
Michael H. Gladstone, Patricia A. C. McCullagh, and Brian A. Richardson are presenting "The Black, White, and Grey Areas of Ethics in the Insurance Industry" on the 18th floor of the Bank of America building on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Continuing Education Units are available, so register now for this Employment Law ethics seminar.
Attorneys Jessica Trivizas, Jennifer Long, Emily Mathews, and Amanda Tapscott attended LINC training to prepare life planning documents for LINC’s pro bono clients. LINC is a non-profit organization that offers assistance to cancer patients and their families by referral to legal, financial, and community resources. These McCandlish Holton attorneys look forward to assisting LINC-approved individuals with the preparation of wills, advanced directives, and powers of attorney.
As part of the firm’s ongoing commitment to pro bono legal service, McCandlish Holton’s Immigration Practice Group represented an immigrant who fled Iran after being arrested, detained, and beaten because of his participation in the protests following the fraudulent 2009 Iranian elections. This week, we were thrilled to receive his asylum approval, which means he can live in safety and liberty in our great nation.
Alana Ritenour, member of McCandlish Holton's Real Estate and Finance, Business, Health Care, Life Sciences, and Medical Campus Development practice groups, was featured in a recent article in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Published on March 1, 2013, the article details Alana's work with her husband Rhodes to provide support for people with diabetes in the Richmond area. The Ritenours organized The Diabetes Support Group for Greater Richmond in 2010 and have been successfully running the organization ever since. McCandlish Holton is proud of Alana's dedication to better our local community.
McCandlish Holton is pleased to announce that four of the firm's attorneys have been recognized as Virginia Business Legal Elite for 2012. They are:
Amanda Kutz and Alana Ritenour, members of McCandlish Holton's Health Care and Life Sciences practice groups, recently published an article for the American Health Lawyers Association. Delivered to members as an email update on October 8, 2012, the article is the first in a month-long series that Amanda and Alana have developed regarding timely news in the life sciences field.
Jennifer Minear has been named to the International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers for 2012. Selectees are initially nominated by their peers and are then vetted through independent research to verify their preeminence in the field. Jennifer is one of 438 corporate immigration attorneys world-wide (and one of only 8 from Virginia) chosen for inclusion in the 2012 list.
McCandlish Holton attorney, Scott Ford, spoke at the 4th Annual Workers' Compensation Law & Practice Seminar on September 14, 2012, at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Virginia. Mr. Ford presented legislative and case law updates that have recently affected workers' compensation law.
McCandlish Holton is pleased to announce that six of the firm's attorneys have been recognized as Virginia Super Lawyers for 2012. They are:
In addition, seven of the firm's attorneys have been selected as Virginia Rising Stars for 2012. They are:
Civil Litigation Defense
Jennifer Minear has been elected to serve on the Board of Governors of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). AILA is the national bar organization of immigration lawyers. Of the over 10,000 AILA members, approximately 100 serve on the Board of Governors, including 21 “At-Large Directors” that are elected by the membership. Ms. Minear was recently elected to a three year term as an “At-Large Director” during the AILA National Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, during which she also spoke on a Continuing Legal Education panel on the topic of the particular immigration challenges faced by non-profit employers.
On April 20, 2012, Jennifer Minear spoke in Bucharest, Romania at a conference of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (Rome District Chapter). Ms. Minear served on a panel discussing the J-1 exchange visitor nonimmigrant visa category.
Over 157 law firms and legal departments participated in the 2012 Legal Food Frenzy to raise 14.1 million pounds of food for the Central Virginia Food Bank distribution center. We are pleased to announce that McCandlish Holton was awarded the "James River Shad Award" and placed first among medium-sized firms raising 54,363 total pounds of food and 755.03 pounds of food per employee. The Central Virginia Food Bank expects to provide more than 18.1 million pounds of food to disadvantaged families in the upcoming year. McCandlish Holton employees are proud to support the Central Virginia Food Bank and look forward to raising the bar for hunger relief in Virginia.
At a Special Session of the Virginia General Assembly last night Wesley G. Marshall, Esq. was appointed as the new Commissioner at the Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission to fill former Commissioner Diamond's vacant seat. Commissioner Diamond was the employee's representative at the Full Commission. Mr. Marshall has been appointed to a term of six years beginning June 1, 2012.
McCandlish Holton is pleased to welcome Kwabena Akowuah to the firm's Litigation Team. Kwabena is a 2011 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law. His practice is concentrated in the area of Workers' Compensation.
On January 31, 2012, Jennifer Minear lead a panel discussion titled “J-1 Waivers In Depth” as part of a Continuing Legal Education opportunity offered by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
A virtual discussion of recent noteworthy decisions in workers' compensation claims was held Thursday, March 8, 2012 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Scott C. Ford, Brian A. Richardson, and Jessica Hacker Trivizas led this webinar which was eligible for CEU credit.
On Wednesday, March 21, 2012, Patricia A.C. McCullagh, Michael H. Gladstone, and J. Matthew Haynes, Jr. presented "Subrogation: Investigate and Preserve for Recover," a discussion of subrogation issues relating to liability and workers' compensation claims. CEU Credits were available for this seminar which was hosted from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the 18th floor of the Bank of America Building.
McCandlish Holton is pleased to announce that six of the firm's attorneys have been recognized as Virginia Business Legal Elite for 2011. They are:
Real Estate/Land Use
Young Lawyer Under 40
McCandlish Holton is pleased to welcome recent graduate Gail M. Deady. Gail, who has just passed the bar exam and was sworn in on Monday, October 31, 2011, will be working with the firm's Litigation Team. Gail focuses her practice on general liability matters.
On October 19, 2011, Mike Gladstone, Matthew Haynes and Trish McCullagh presented “Ethics, Expert Witnesses and a Discussion of Arson Immunity” at the Virginia Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators, Fall 2011 Fire & Arson Investigation School.
On August 12, 2011, Trish McCullagh and Brian Richardson presented “Using Social Media for Managing Workers’ Compensation Cases: The Benefits and the Pitfalls” at the Orthopaedic & Spine Center’s 2011 Workers’ Compensation Symposium.
McCandlish Holton is pleased to announce that Patricia Collins McCullagh has been invited to join The Lewis F. Powell, Jr. American Inn of Court.
We are pleased to announce that seven of the firm's attorneys have been selected by their peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America for 2012. They are:
Commercial Litigation, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, and Personal Injury Litigation
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Employment Law - Management
Health Care Law
We are pleased to announce McCandlish Holton placed first in the Central Virginia Food Bank’s 2011 Legal Food Frenzy among medium-sized law firms in both total pounds of food collected (108,051 pounds) and per capita contributions (1,662.33 pounds per employee). The Central Virginia Food Bank is responsible for distributing almost 70,000 pounds of food and groceries per day to disadvantaged families in central Virginia, and the Legal Food Frenzy is its largest food drive. McCandlish Holton employees are committed to the Central Virginia Food Bank’s mission against hunger and look forward to continuing their strong support of this valuable asset to the greater Richmond community.
McCandlish Holton is pleased to announce that seven of the firm's attorneys have been recognized as Virginia Super Lawyers for 2011. They are:
In addition, seven of the firm's attorneys have been selected as Virginia Rising Stars. They are:
Civil Litigation Defense
McCandlish Holton is pleased to welcome Matthew Haynes to the firm's Litigation Team.
We are pleased to announce that six of the firm's attorneys have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2011. They are:
Commercial Litigation, Mass Tort Litigation, and Personal Injury Litigation
A. Linwood Holton, Jr. was honored at George Mason University's Commencement on May 15, 2010 with the George Mason Medal. The George Mason Medal is the university's highest honorary award and is given by the Board of Visitors.
Patricia C. McCullagh has been selected to participate in a class for Leadership Metro Richmond, a nonprofit community leadership development program that seeks to advance the Richmond region by educating, energizing and connecting a diverse group of local leaders to serve the community.
Michael H. Gladstone has been named President of the Montpelier Center for Arts and Education.