Briana A. Stevens

Briana Stevens

100 South Mason Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22801



Briana Stevens

Biography

Briana “Brie” A. Stevens joined Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver in 2017.  She received her J.D. from West Virginia University College of Law, where she was a member of the Public Interest Advocates and a board member of the West Virginia Fund for Law in the Public Interest.  While in law school, she worked as a student attorney in the Child and Family Clinic, and interned with Legal Aid of West Virginia, ChildLaw Services, Inc., and the Title IX Office of West Virginia University.

West Virginia University (B.A., English 2012, Cum Laude)

West Virginia University (J.D., 2017, Order of the Coif, Pro Bono Distinction, Family Law Journal)


Admitted to Practice

Virginia (2017)

West Virginia (2018)

Virginia State Bar


Other Interests

Outside of the office, Brie enjoys painting, going to the theatre, and reading a good book.

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Ginger T. Chapman

Ginger T. Chapman

100 South Mason Street

Harrisonburg, VA 22801



Ginger T. Chapman

Biography

After university and a summer internship at sea aboard the NOAA/NMFS research vessels R/V Oregon and R/V Delaware in Outer George's Banks and the Gulf Coast, Ginger worked as lead scientist for Fish & Wildlife Service heading up several large scale area research projects. One of these projects involving commercial fisheries led to an interest in public policy thereby leading to law school in New England, where her background in the sciences proved useful in the field of patents and ten years at the Patent Office in Northern Virginia prior to joining Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver PLC. 

Her responsibilities as a patent Examiner included:

Analyzed patent applications in the fields of medical/surgical devices and polymers including dialysis machines, blood pumps, catheters, shunts, surgical adhesives and textiles and electronic tracking systems of hospital inventory for patentability and formulated and recommended appropriate action;

Communicated oral and written results of research and responses to arguments pertaining to patentability including Office Actions and Examiner's Answers to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, formerly the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences;

Conducted personal interviews with Attorneys and Inventors to resolve issues;

Drafted definitions for portions of the Cooperative Patent Classification schedule as part of Technology Center 3700 team.   

 

Most recently, she:

Prosecuted patent applications including drafting responses to USPTO Office Actions and developing persuasive arguments to address issues to obtain allowed claims.

Met with independent inventors to discuss disclosures and amendments to patent applications and communicate prosecution matters.

Conducted novelty, validity and infringement searches.

 

Previous experience:

Fish & Wildlife Services, Principal Investigator. Lead Scientist on three projects including designing and conducting a four-year bio-physical mapping of a four-nautical mile square area including submerged seabed and coastal wetlands using SCUBA and Computer Assisted Drawing (CAD), shared results and collaborated with The Nature Conservancy.

Formulated grant proposals and handled annual budgets of up to $150,000 in federal funds.

Conducted field research and statistical analysis of data collected, wrote technical reports and presented agency findings at public hearings.

University of the Virgin Islands (B.S., 1994)

Roger Williams University School of Law (J.D., 2002)

 

Admitted to Practice:

            U.S. Patent & Trademark Office           (2003)

            Commonwealth of Massachusetts         (2002)

Technical Reports:

Kojis, B.L., S. Meyers, G. Chapman. 1996, Recreational Fishery Habitat Assessment Project: Sport Fish Restoration Program, Final Report to US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of Planning and Natural Resources, Government of the Virgin Islands.

Quinn, N.J., B.L. Kojis, G. Chapman. 1993, Spiny Lobster (Panulirus argus) Recruitment to Artificial Habitats in Waters off St. Thomas, USVI, Lobster Newsletter 6(1):3-4.

Chapman, G. 1994, Effects of Lunar Periodicity on Recruitment of Post-larval Peurili of the Spiny Lobster Panulirus argus in the Waters of St. Thomas, USVI. Results presented by Senior Scientist at 45th Session of the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute.

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Alexandra E. Humphreys

Alexandra E. Humphreys

125 S. Augusta Street
Suite 2000
Staunton, VA 24401



Alexandra E. Humphreys

Biography

Alexandra Humphreys joined Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver in 2016. She received her J.D. from William & Mary School of Law and her undergraduate degree from the College of Charleston, where she competed on the Equestrian Team. While in law school, she worked as a student attorney in both the Family Law and Domestic Violence Clinics. 

William & Mary Family Law Clinic Student Attorney

William & Mary Domestic Violence Clinic Student Attorney

William & Mary School of Law, (J.D., 2016)

College of Charleston, (B.A., 2012), Major: Communication, Minor: Health

 

Admitted to Pratice

Virginia (2016)

Virginia State Bar

Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys

 

Books, Publications, and Articles

“Has Blue Overshadowed Green?: The Ecological Need to Eradicate Hunting Blue Laws,” William & Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review, March 2016


Other Interests

Horseback riding, running, hiking

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Lucas I. Pangle

Lucas I. Pangle

100 South Mason Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22801



Lucas I. Pangle

Biography

Having grown up in the Shenandoah Valley, Lucas I. Pangle joined Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver in 2016 after receiving his J.D., cum laude, from the College of William & Mary. While in law school, he assisted Professor Peter A. Alces in his work on the interactions of neuroscience and the law, served as a legal extern for a local hospital, and was a member of the William & Mary Law Review. Lucas received his undergraduate degree from Duke University, where he majored in neuroscience.

William & Mary School of Law (J.D., 2016, cum laude)
Duke University (B.A., 2013)



Admitted to Practice

Virginia (2016)

Virginia State Bar

 

Other Interests

Watching his favorite teams (Duke Basketball, Arsenal); playing his favorite sports (basketball, soccer, tennis); horse-racing

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Ashley H. Waterbury

Ashley H. Waterbury

100 South Mason Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22801



Ashley H. Waterbury

Biography

Ashley H. Waterbury joined Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver in 2015. She primarily practices in the areas of civil litigation, intellectual property litigation, local government law, employment law, and corporate and business law. She has prepared briefs filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, as well as represented clients in matters before general district courts and circuit courts in Virginia.

Ashley received her J.D. from the Washington and Lee University School of Law, where she worked as a student attorney in the Washington and Lee Tax Clinic and served as executive editor of the Journal of Energy, Climate, and the Environment. She received her B.A. in history from the University of Virginia.

Ashley lives in the Harrisonburg area with her husband, Tom. In her spare time, she enjoys riding horses, hiking throughout the Shenandoah Valley, and reading fiction and biographies.

Washington and Lee University School of Law (J.D., 2015)

University of Virginia (B.A., 2012)

 

Admitted to Practice

Virginia (2015)

U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia (2016)

Virginia’s Legal Elite, Virginia Business Magazine, 2016 (Young Lawyer)

Virginia State Bar

Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys

 

Books, Publications, and Articles:

Ashley H. Waterbury, Note, The Shifting Use of the So-Remote-as-to-Be-Negligible Standard for Qualified Conservation Contributions, 6 Wash. & Lee J. Energy, Climate & Env’t. 634 (2015).

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Stephan W. Milo

Stephan W. Milo

125 S. Augusta Street
Suite 2000
Staunton, VA 24401



Stephan W. Milo

Biography

For both business and individual clients, legal and financial issues can often feel overwhelming, complicated and even incomprehensible.  Stephan W. Milo brings a skilled and experienced voice to the process, as well as a no-nonsense approach to planning and litigation.  With years of experience in a large New York law firm prior to joining Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver PLC, Steve has the background and training to handle the most complex cases in his practice areas.

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Stephan W. Milo served a two-year clerkship with the Honorable Tina L. Brozman, former Chief Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York after completing law school.  He then went on to practice in the business reorganization department of a large New York law firm for several years prior to joining Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver PLC.

Bridgewater College (B.A., 1983)

Seton Hall University School of Law (J.D., 1989)

Admitted to Practice

New York (1990)

New Jersey (1990)

Virginia (1998)

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Best Lawyers in America

American Bar Association

American Bankruptcy Institute

Virginia State Bar

New York State Bar

New Jersey State Bar

Harrisonburg-Rockingham County Bar Association

Staunton, Waynesboro, & Augusta County Bar Association

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Gregory T. St. Ours

Gregory T. St. Ours

100 South Mason Street 
Harrisonburg, VA 22801



Gregory T. St. Ours

Biography

Greg is licensed to practice law in Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia, and Greg is a Virginia licensed Class A Contractor.

Greg came to Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver as a litigation and health care associate in late 1985 and became a partner in 1988.  From 1983 through 1985, Greg practiced antitrust litigation in the telecommunications, and corporate due diligence in banking and finance, at Dickstein, Shapiro & Morin in Washington, D.C.   Greg received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1983.

Greg is a graduate of Lane High School in Charlottesville, Virginia.  For three summers during high school, Greg worked for Grover W. Forloines & Son as a laborer and then framing carpenter.  Greg stayed in Charlottesville to attend the University of Virginia.  Greg worked year-round as a framing carpenter and then framing foreman for Forloines through his second, third and fourth college years.

Greg earned a bachelor’s degree with distinction in Economics from the University of Virginia.  Following graduation, Greg went to work for the Norfolk & Western Railway in the Roanoke, Virginia home for capital investment evaluation, return-on-investment analysis, and economic forecasting, and then in the Chicago, Illinois sales office for sales administration and sales.  Greg returned to Charlottesville to manage the successor corporation, Forloines Construction.  Forloines did not survive the recession of 1979, and Greg went to Fairfax County, Virginia as a sales engineer for the Anning-Johnson Company, a commercial construction contractor.

Greg and his wife Debbie have eight children and four grandchildren.

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Greg litigates employment, breach of contract, construction, professional malpractice (engineers, architects and other design professionals, attorneys, surveyors, contractors and allied health professionals such as dentists), errors and omissions, lender liability, business tort, antitrust, civil conspiracy, defamation, real estate, land use, development and personal injury claims.  More often than not, Greg represents defendants, and his clients are typically employers, corporations, contractors, land owners, developers, banks, health care providers, licensed professionals, directors and officers, fiduciaries, insurance carriers and insureds.  Greg has advocated for clients across the spectrum of trials, dismissal hearings, summary judgment hearings, appeals, arbitrations, mediations and settlement conferences.

Greg advises, prepares documents and closes deals for, businesses, land owners, health care entities and individuals.  The work runs the gamut from business startup, partnership, franchise and sale or purchase opportunities, employment policies, governing documents and protocols, commercial real estate contracts, financing documents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, risk management, non-competes, and business dissolution and termination.  In addition to his legal education and experience, Greg benefits from his pre-law experience in project management, sales and sales administration in the commercial construction, residential construction and transportation industries, with support from tax specialist Matt Von Schuch and real estate specialist Jim Johnson.

Relatively recent examples of Greg’s legal experience include:

  • Greg defended client employers against some 20 different claims of race, sex, age and/or disability discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination and/or defamation in federal courts, state courts and/or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as the “Great Recession” ran its course (2009-2013);
  • Greg drafted and closed a long term (25 year) grape contract between four wineries and a vineyard including significant vineyard expansion via front-end winery investment, varietal allocations across existing and future vineyard parcels, long term pricing model, and related terms and conditions;
  • Greg closed, for client contractor, a seven figure construction claim with no payment by the client contractor;
  • Greg closed, for client bank, a seven figure lender liability claim with no payment by the client bank;
  • Greg closed, for client individual, a seven figure under-insured personal injury claim, with a policy limit of only $300,000, with no payment by the client individual;
  • Greg has drafted Medical Staff Bylaws and a broad array of consent and compliance policies and forms;
  • Greg has obtained summary judgment in multiple hospital peer review and real estate development antitrust actions;
  • Greg settled, for the deceased’s personal representative, a seven figure policy limit payment by the trucking company’s insurance carrier;
  • Greg quieted title of real estate abandoned in the 1840s by a long-defunct turnpike company for client land owner and local jurisdiction;
  • Greg recovered, for a non-profit client, substantially all losses in an alleged fraud/misappropriation claim;
  • Greg negotiated, for client land owner, risk allocations and limits for chemical, fertilizer, herbicide, pesticide and petroleum wastes and residues and subsequent inspection and compliance protocols;
  • Greg obtained, for a client land owner, more than double the appraised value of a property in an eminent domain claim.

J.D., University of Virginia, 1983
B.A. with distinction, Economics, University of Virginia, 1974
9 M.B.A. credit hours, George Mason University, 1979-1980

Admitted to Practice

District of Columbia (1983)

Virginia (1984)

West Virginia (2002)

Virginia Class A Contractors License (2705 095593A)

CRESPA Settlement Agent

AV Rating, Martindale Hubbell

Virginia's Legal Elite, Virginia Business Magazine

Best Lawyers in America

Super Lawyers Magazine

Augusta Home Builders Association Distinguished Service, 2012

Augusta Home Builders Association Jack Meredith Motivational Award, 2010

Augusta Home Builders Association Distinguished Service, 2009

Virginia State Bar Local Bar Leader of the Year, 2001

Blue Ridge Legal Services Appreciation Award, 2000

New Market Volunteer Fire Company Appreciation Award 1998

New Market Volunteer Fire Company Presidents Award 1997

Harrisonburg Lions Club Appreciation Award 1994

Professional Activities

Virginia State Bar, including:

Construction Law & Public Contracts Board, 2003-2011, including;

Immediate Past Chair, 2010-2011

Chair, 2009-2010

Vice Chair, 2008-2009

Secretary, 2007-2008

Editor, Construction Law Handbook/CD, 2003-2007

Construction Law & Public Contracts Fall Program Committee, 2009-2015

Antitrust, Franchise & Trade Regulation Board, 1995-2008, including Chair and Vice Chair

Professionalism Faculty, 1999-2002

Law School Professionalism Faculty, 2000-2015

Health Law Board, 1998-1999

Bar Leaders’ Institute Faculty, 1997, 1999 & 2005

Executive Committee, Conference of Local Bar Associations, 1995-1999

Pro Bono Committee, Early 1990s

Virginia Bar Association, including:

Federal Judgeships, Western District of Virginia, 2002-2015

Board of Governors, 2001-2003

Health Law Council, 2003

Property Law Council, 2001-2003

Health Law Council, 1993-2000, including Chair, 1998-1999

VA Commissions and Appellate Courts, 1990s

Access to Legal Services, late 1980s

Harrisonburg Rockingham Bar Association, 1985-2015, including:

President, 1995-1996

Mentor/Mentee Program (current)

Bench-Bar Relations Committee

Judicial Nominations Committee

Ad Hoc Judicial Nominations Committee

Social/Picnic Committee

Virginia Law Foundation, 2007-2015

Blue Ridge Legal Services Board of Trustees, 1992-1999

Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys (past member)

Community Activities

James Madison University, including:

Parents Council, 2008-2012 and 2013-2017

Presidents Council, 2008-2015

Parent Relations Program Review, 2014

College of Visual and Performing Arts Advisory Council, 2014-2015

American Shakespeare Center Trustee, 2010-2015, including Board Governance Committee, 2010-2015

Augusta Home Builders Association, 2005-2015, including:

Board of Directors, 2006-2015

Immediate Past President, 2014

President, 2012

Vice President, 2011

Immediate Past President, 2010

President, 2009

Vice President, 2008

Co-Chair, Legislative Committee, 2008-2015

Shenandoah Valley Technology Council Board of Directors, 2012-2015

Shenandoah Valley Partnership, including:

Education/Workforce Committee, 2013-2015

Development Committee, 2015

VSCA Leadership Conference, September 2011, “Product Liability Issues in Property Subrogation”

University of Virginia Alumni Association, Life Member

Shenandoah Valley Society for Human Resource Management, 2010-2015

Secretary, High School Work Readiness Task Force, 21st Century Work Force Transition, 2008

Harrisonburg Education Foundation, 2005-2013

Harrisonburg Lions Club including President, 1995-1996

Harrisonburg Rescue Squad Campaign Planning Committee, 2002-2004

Harrisonburg High School Boosters, 2008-2012

Augusta County Urban Service Overlay District Committee, 2009

Shenandoah Valley Builders Association, 2008-2015

Home Builders of Virginia, 2005-2015

National Association of Home Builders, 2005-2015

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Thomas E. Ullrich

Thomas E. Ullrich

100 South Mason Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22801



Thomas E. Ullrich

Biography

OSHA, wage hour, employment discrimination, workplace and fleet safety and product liability matters are Tom Ullrich’s practice specialties.  He has guided clients through complicated claims, compliance and litigation issues using his professional expertise.  Tom regularly represents clients throughout the United States, and has successfully handled complex cases, collective and class actions and administrative hearings in more than fifteen states.  Tom regularly develops policies and procedures for clients, assists with federal contract compliance and audits and steers clients through corporate governance issues.  He serves as rapid response counsel for a national company, assisting in the identification of issues and direct investigation of serious occupational and fleet accidents.

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Tom Ullrich worked as a workers' compensation investigator for New York State and later as an investigator for the Office of the New York State Attorney General.  He also completed a judicial clerkship for the Honorable H. Emory Widener, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

St. John's University (B.A., 1976; J.D., 1987)


Admitted to Practice

Maryland State Bar (1988)

New York State Bar (1988)

Virginia State Bar (1988)

West Virginia State Bar (2003)

Pennsylvania State Bar (2004)

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (2011)

United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (1988)

United States District Court for the District of Maryland (2014)

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (1995)

United States District Court for the Western District of New York (2001)

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (2004)

United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania (2005)

United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania (2010)

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (1989)

United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia (1989)

United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia (2003)

United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia (2003)

Virginia's Legal Elite, Virginia Business Magazine

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Super Lawyers

AV Rated with Martindale-Hubbell

Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys

Virginia State Bar

Virginia Bar Association

West Virginia Bar

New York State Bar

Maryland State Bar

Pennsylvania State Bar

Virginia Trucking Association

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Derek J.  Brostek

Derek J. Brostek

100 South Mason Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22801



Derek J. Brostek

Biography

Derek J. Brostek brings the perspective and discipline of a career as a Marine Corps officer to the cases in civil, business and insurance issues he handles at Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver PLC. Derek joined the firm after retirement as a Lieutenant Colonel.  He started out as an artillery officer, worked with Marine Corp Security Forces, then went on to become a Marine lawyer.  His thirteen years as a Marine Judge Advocate focused primarily on criminal law, including trial work, teaching trial advocacy and strategic policy work.  Derek served in Afghanistan in the areas of operational law and detention operations.

Derek lives in the Harrisonburg area with his wife Trish and their two daughters, Lauren and Colleen.   In his spare time he is an enthusiastic supporter of growing the availability of youth lacrosse in the Valley.  His dedication to family, country and the rights and interests of his clients make him an attorney to have in your corner when facing difficult litigation issues. 

Derek J. Brostek brings years of experience as prosecutor and defense attorney in misdemeanor and felony criminal cases to his current practice areas. He taught criminal law and trial advocacy at the Army JAG School in Charlottesville, VA with a focus on Fourth Amendment, digital/cyber issues in evidence, the law and advocacy of sentencing cases in military courts-martial, motion practice, trial advocacy and sexual assault issues.

Derek served at the Pentagon for Headquarters Marine Corps as the Head of the Military Justice Branch.  His tour there covered criminal law policy issues, including working with Congress on legislation and drafting testimony for senior Marine Corps leaders.

He has written several articles in the area of criminal law and procedure:

"Prosecuting an HIV-Related Crime in a Military Court-Martial: A Primer," ARMY LAW, Sep.2009 at 29

"Searching for Reasonableness—The Supreme Court Revisits the Fourth Amendment," ARMY LAW, Feb.2010 at 4

"Judge Advocates Struggle with Aggravation," ARMY LAW, Mar. 2010 at 5

BA, Political Science, (1994) University of Rochester (Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude)

JD (2001) William and Mary, (Order of Coif, Law Review, Moot Court, President of Military Law School)

LL.M (2009) The Army JAG School (one of 4 honor graduates)

 

Admitted to Practice

Virginia (2001)

American Bar Association, 2004 Younger Federal Lawyer Award for criminal defense work

Virginia State Bar

Harrisonburg-Rockingham Bar Association

Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys

Selected to Virginia Business’ 2014 Virginia Elite for Civil Litigation

Rotary Club of Rockingham County

Massanutten District Lacrosse Club (Vice President) 

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Charles F.  Hilton

Charles F. Hilton

Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver PLC
100 South Mason Street 
Harrisonburg, VA 22801



Charles F. Hilton

Biography

Mr. Hilton has either tried to verdict or settled on behalf of injured individuals and professionals hundreds of medical malpractice, personal injury and commercial lawsuits with multi-millions of dollars at stake. These successfully resolved cases were in the areas of medical malpractice, commercial and business litigation, trucking and automobile accidents, wrongful death, defective products, insurance disputes and premises liability. They have involved issues related to hospital and nursing negligence, traumatic brain injuries, orthopedics, obstetrics, nursing home and assisted living facility negligence, chiropractic, emergency medicine, neurosurgery, neurology, urology, anesthesia, internal medicine, cardiology, heart surgery, ophthalmology, cancer, gynecology, and many more areas of law and medicine. He has represented policy holders against insurance companies and has protected clients against theft of trade secrets.

Mr. Hilton believes that trial practice is the highest and most demanding calling in the practice of law. In choosing a litigation attorney, it is important to retain a skilled lawyer at the highest level of experience, professionalism and legal ethics. He has been called on to teach and lecture numerous times to other lawyers on trial practice, medical malpractice and health law and has served on the Professionalism Faculty of the Virginia State Bar. In addition, he is co-author of a chapter on Medical Malpractice published by the Virginia Continuing Legal Education Board to lawyers throughout Virginia. He chooses to live in Virginia so he can bring a personal touch to every case; yet, he goes to all lengths to investigate and prosecute every case he joins.

Mr. Hilton began his law practice in 1983 as a trial lawyer in the United States Army Judge Advocate General's Corps. He came to WAW in 1986 and has been listed repeatedly by Virginia Business Magazine as one of Virginia's Legal Elite and was recently named as one of the Best Lawyers in America in Medical Malpractice law. He is also recognized among the top 5% of actively practicing Virginia attorneys as a "Super Lawyer" in the area of Medical Malpractice. He is rated "AV" (highest rating) by Martindale-Hubble Legal Directory for ability and ethics.

Mr. Hilton is proud to have served as the President of the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, a statewide bar organization of over 800 members devoted to the improvement of civil trial practice. In that organization, he also served as Chairman of the Medical Malpractice Section. He is also a member, by invitation, of the Boyd-Grave Conference of the Virginia Bar Association which promotes law reform throughout Virginia.

Mr. Hilton was born in North Carolina and is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute with high honors and distinction; and, Wake Forest University Law School.

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Charles F. Hilton began his law practice in 1983 as a trial lawyer in the United States Army Judge Advocate General's Corps.  He came to Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver PLC in 1986.  He has tried to verdict or settlement in the areas of medical malpractice, commercial and business litigation, trucking and automobile accidents, wrongful death, defective products, insurance disputes and premises liability.  They have involved issues related to hospital and nursing negligence, traumatic brain injuries, orthopedics, obstetrics, nursing home and assisted living facility negligence, chiropractic, emergency medicine, neurosurgery, neurology, urology, anesthesia, internal medicine, cardiology, heart surgery, ophthalmology, cancer, gynecology, and many more areas of law and medicine.  He has represented policyholders against insurance companies and has protected clients against theft of trade secrets.

Frank is the co-author of a chapter on Medical Malpractice published by the Virginia Continuing Legal Education Board to lawyers throughout Virginia.

Virginia Military Institute (B.A., History with honors, 1980, distinguished academic graduate)

Wake Forest University (J.D., 1983)


Admitted to Practice

North Carolina (1983)

Virginia (1986)

West Virginia (2005)

United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (1986)

United States District Court, Western District of Virginia (1986)

United States District Court, Eastern District of Virginia (2005)

United States Supreme Court (2000)

United States District Court, Northern District of West Virginia (2012)

Virginia's Legal Elite, Virginia Business Magazine

Best Lawyers in America, Medical Malpractice

Super Lawyers Magazine, top 5% in Medical Malpractice

AV Rated with Martindale-Hubbell, Legal Directory for ability and ethics

Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, Past President, Board of Directors, Section Chairman

Boyd-Graves Conference Virginia Bar Association, by invitation only, 2001-present

Virginia State Bar Professionalism Course Faculty (2003-2006)

Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center Foundation (2002-2013)

Harrisonburg-Rockingham Bar Association

VMI Alumni Association

Litigation Counsel of America

American Association for Justice

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Five Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver PLC attorneys have been named Virginia Super Lawyer/Rising Stars for 2018.

Incumbent Protection Act Struck Down by Federal District Court

Incumbent Protection Act Struck Down by Federal District Court

Wharton, Aldhizer & Weaver, PLC, is pleased to announce that the Federal District Court for the Western District of Virginia struck down Section 24.2-509(B) of the Code of Virginia, commonly known as the Incumbent Protection Act.

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Glenn M.  Hodge

Glenn M. Hodge

100 South Mason Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22801



Glenn M. Hodge

Biography

Fair and just representation of private citizens, workers and employers matters to Glenn M. Hodge.  He has spent his law career as a skilled advocate in the areas of health care, employment law, real estate and commercial transactions, including collective bargaining, arbitration, and National Labor Relations Board proceedings.

A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Glenn served in the Navy from 1960 to 1968 before earning his law degree from the University of Virginia.  He joined Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver PLC in 1971.

 

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U.S. Naval Academy (B.S., 1964)

University of Virginia (J.D., 1971)
 

Admitted to Practice

Virginia (1971)

Virginia State Bar (Council Member, 1996-2002; Chairman District Disciplinary Committee, 1996-1997; Ethics Committee, 1996-2002; Disciplinary Board, 2004-2009)

Virginia Bar Association

Harrisonburg-Rockingham Bar Association (Past President)

Fellow, Virginia Law Foundation

AV Rated with Martindale-Hubbell

Ombudsman for ESGR

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James L.  Johnson

James L. Johnson

100 South Mason Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22801



James L. Johnson

Biography

Experienced in the field real estate and finance law, James (Jim) Lewis Johnson has spent his entire legal career amassing the knowledge and aptitude that will meet your needs.  A native of Hillsboro, Virginia, he represents businesses and individuals, with an emphasis on commercial real estate, creditor’s rights, zoning and land use, commercial law, construction law, entity formations, collections and bankruptcy in the Valley and beyond.  Admitted to the practice of law in 2004, he began practicing at a residential real estate law firm in the Northern Shenandoah Valley performing hundreds of real estate transactions each year.  In 2007, James joined Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver PLC and is admitted to practice in federal and state courts, including the Virginia and West Virginia state courts, the United States Bankruptcy Courts of the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia as well as the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia.

Jim is an instructor of real estate law and ethics, teaching agents and brokers in Virginia and West Virginia.  He is also an avid volunteer and has served on the boards of several community organizations and taught civics and law-related education at elementary schools.

James L. Johnson’s real estate and creditor’s rights experience include participating in contested land use and zoning disputes, negotiation of leases, secured financing both on debtor and lender side, representation of seller and purchaser in complex real estate transaction, representation of creditors in loan work-outs and foreclosures, as well as various bankruptcy proceedings.  Specific examples of experience include:

  • Representation of purchasers and sellers in acquisition of numerous types of large acquisitions, including Chevrolet dealership, gas stations, working farms, commercial buildings;
  • Representation of parties in ground leases, financing, and construction of commercial projects, including construction of national chain restaurants, telecommunications facilities and towers, residential subdivisions;
  • Advise and assist in representation of banks on various deals large and small, including 8-figure hotel financing, and a foreclosure of multiple houses in subdivision upon builder bankruptcy;
  • Successful resolution of numerous partition disputes with multiple parties involved;
  • Representation of numerous Common Interest Community Associations, including handling collections, amendments to Declaration and Corporate By-Laws, and advice and assistance on numerous matters;
  • Representation of creditors and debtors in bankruptcy proceedings both large and small, including national banks, tech companies, and manufacturers.  Matters include filing of an involuntary and voluntary bankruptcy petitions, numerous contested lift stay and cash collateral motions, objections to claims, claims administration and objections to discharge;
  • Successfully defending and prosecuting dozens of creditors in avoidance actions, including several 7 figure preference and fraudulent transfer claims in bankruptcy court.
  • Common Interest Community Law, including general representation of Associations, as well as communities, community members, and others in enforcement actions and resolution of disputes.

Prior to graduation from law school, James was a legal intern in a title and escrow firm, a law clerk to the chief counsel for the Pennsylvania State Police and an Intake and Juvenile Probation Officer in Loudoun County, Virginia. He has presented or published the following material:

The Administrative Law Journal for Pennsylvania, 2003-2004

PSP Counselor, 2003-2004

A Tale of Two Real Estate Contracts

Ethics for Real Estate Ethics

Estate Planning Issues for Farmers

1031 Exchanges as well as other Tax Issues related to Real Estate Acquisitions

And many others…

Widener School of Law (J.D., 2004)

University of Virginia (B.A., Government, 2000)

North Carolina State University

 

Admitted to Practice

Virginia (2004)

West Virginia (2007)

Northern and Southern District of West Virginia (Federal & Bankruptcy)

Eastern and Western District of Virginia (Bankruptcy)

Virginia State Bar

West Virginia State Bar

Harrisonburg-Rockingham County Bar Association

Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity

Trail Advocacy Honor Society, Widener University School of Law

Virginia's Legal Elite, Virginia Business Magazine (Every year since 2010)

University of Virginia Alumni Association

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Some of the most significant changes to Virginia landlord-tenant law in years became effective in the second half of 2017. If you are a landlord that rents three or fewer units, or a tenant that rents from such a landlord, you are most affected. James L. Johnson of Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver PLC further explains the potential impact of these changes in this article.

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Humes J.  Franklin, III

Humes J. Franklin, III

125 S. Augusta Street
Suite 2000
Staunton, VA 24401



Humes J. Franklin, III

Biography

While he focuses on trial work and litigation, versatility and breadth of knowledge best describe the law practice of Humes J. “Tripp” Franklin, III.  A native of the Shenandoah Valley and well-acquainted with the city, county and federal courts throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and West Virginia, Tripp also handles appeals to the Virginia Supreme Court and the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Serving a variety of clients from individuals to publicly traded companies, Tripp’s ability to accurately and efficiently zero in on case requirements across a wide-spectrum of topics make him a valuable asset to your legal team.

Tripp is active in the community, serving on the boards of several nonprofits.  Born in Waynesboro and a 1994 graduate of Wilson Memorial High School in Fishersville, Tripp appreciates the value of strong roots and civic engagement.

Humes J. “Tripp” Franklin, III has successfully resolved cases ranging from personal injury, medical malpractice and products liability cases, real estate title disputes, specific performance of construction contracts, defense of felony and misdemeanor charges in both state and federal court as well as divorce, equitable distribution, custody, visitation and support, just to name a few.  Additionally, Tripp has also published the following articles:

"Examination Under Oath - The Insurer's Right, "The Claimsman, Virginia State Claims Association, Fall 2002.

"Rule 4:1 (b)(3) and the Meaning of Anticipation of Litigation," Litigation News, Virginia State Bar, Vol. IX, No. 4, Fall 2002.

A few examples of Tripp’s experience include:

  • Successfully obtaining a defense verdict defending a products liability claim a Fortune 100 company in a week long jury trial in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Successfully winning a $4,000,000 verdict for a plaintiff against his doctor in a week long medical malpractice jury trial in Alexandria, Virginia.
  • Successfully obtaining a verdict granting title to client by adverse possession to 64 acres of mountainous land in West Virginia in a multi-day jury trial in Pendleton County, West Virginia.

Davidson College (B.A., 1998)

William & Mary School of Law (J.D., 2001)

 

Admitted to Practice

Virginia (2001)

West Virginia (2002)

Virginia's Legal Elite, Virginia Business Magazine

Named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers

Virginia State Bar

West Virginia State Bar

Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys (Chair, Young Lawyer Division 2006)

Virginia Bar Association

Past President, Augusta Bar Association

Board of Directors – Valley Pastoral Counseling Center

Founding Director and President of the Waynesboro YMCA Foundation

Past Board Member - Waynesboro YMCA

Past Board Member - Ronald McDonald House of Charlottesville

Past Board Member – Mental Health America of Augusta County

Member Grace Lutheran Evangelical Church, President of Church Council

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$3.5 Million Verdict Obtained by Wharton, Aldhizer & Weaver, PLC

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Wharton, Aldhizer & Weaver, PLC attorneys, Frank Hilton and Humes J. “Tripp” Franklin, III, obtained a $3.5 Million verdict for their client in a medical malpractice case on August 24, 2017.

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Daniel L. Fitch

Daniel L. Fitch

100 South Mason Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22801 



Daniel L. Fitch

Biography

Daniel L. Fitch concentrates his practice in the areas of civil litigation, with an emphasis on intellectual property, product liability, personal injury, and construction matters. He has five years active military service; he served with distinction as an officer in the 82d Airborne Division and 7th Special Forces Group. He graduated first in his Green Beret qualification course, is a master parachutist, combat diver and Army Ranger. Dan is a licensed professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia since 1982.

  • Registered patent attorney before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
  • AV Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
  • Listed by Super Lawyers as one of the top 100 lawyers in Virginia in 2016 and 2017.
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America; Virginia Business Magazine, Legal Elite.
  • Regional trial practice, including trials in the state and federal courts.
  • First chair trial counsel in over 90 significant jury trials since 1986, including product liability, patent, construction, fraud, trade secret, environmental, automobile liability, trucking accident, fire, insurance coverage, premises liability, architect and engineer professional liability, personal injury, wrongful death, unfair business competition, idea submission, and property and casualty cases.
  • Regional intellectual property practice for individual and business clients.
  • Drafted and prosecuted patent and trademark applications before the United States Patent and Trademark Office; prosecuted and defended utility and design patent infringement actions throughout Virginia.
  • Regional construction practice for individual and institutional clients.
  • Drafted and negotiated hundreds of construction agreements for individual and corporate owners, architects, and contractors for projects in scope of up to $200M.
  • Prosecuted and defended construction claims throughout the region.

Experience, Publications & Presentations

Authored "Construction Law," 23 University of Richmond Law Review 541, 1989.

  • McAirlaids, Inc. v. Medline Indus., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 139719 (W.D. Va. 2016);
  • Parker Compound Bows, Inc. v. Hunter's Mfg. Co., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 17878 (W.D. Va. 2016);
  • Honua Securities Co., Ltd. et als. v. SMI Hyundai Corporation, et als., 1:10-cv-00785 (E.D. VA 2011) ($96.4 Million Jury Verdict was the 19th largest in the nation in 2011 according to "The National Law Journal", March 12, 2012);
  • McKay Consulting, Inc. v. Rockingham Memorial Hospital, 2010 WL 3200061 (W.D. VA 2010);  aff'd 2011 WL 5110234 (4th Cir. 2011);
  • McMonigle v. Walton, 2007 WL 1231435 (W.D. Va. 2007);
  • Stowe Woodward v. Sensor Products, Inc., 230 F.R.D. 463 (W.D. Va. 2005); 2005 WL 1922566 (W.D. Va. 2005);
  • Dean, et als. v. Pilgrim's Pride Corp., 395 F. 3d 471 (4th Cir. 2005);
  • Hamilton v. Pilgrim's Pride Corp., 100 Fed. Appx. 907 (4th Cir. 2004);
  • Miller v. Augusta Mutual Insur. Co., 335 F. Supp. 727 (W.D. Va. 2004); aff'd, 157 Fed. Appx. 632 (4th Cir. 2005);
  • Roberts v. Forrester v. Fox, 2003 WL 22902142 (W.D. Va. 2003); 2003 WL 22228305 (W.D. Va. 2003);
  • Francis v. Ingles, 1 Fed. Appx. 152 (4th Cir. 2001);
  • National Fruit Product Co., Inc., v. Fireman's Fund Insurance Co., et als., 178 F.3d 1285 (4th Cir. 1999);
  • Romero v. Boyd Bros. Transp. Co., Inc., 1994 WL 507475 (W.D. Va. 1994); 1994 WL 287434 (W.D. Va. 1994);
  • Rubbermaid Comm. Products, Inc. v. CONTICO, 836 F. Supp. 1247 (W.D. Va. 1993);
  • Wharton v. Commonwealth of Virginia, 993 F.2d 1541, 1993 WL 192515 (4th Cir. 1993);
  • Leake v. Wharton, 1991 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20092 (W.D. Va. 1991);
  • Rocco Enterprises, Inc., et al. v. Continental Casualty Co., 1991 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 15833 (W.D. Va. 1991); 702 F. Supp. 596 (W.D. Va. 1988);
  • Citizens for Clean Air v. Rockingham Poultry, Inc., 13 Va. App. 430, 412 S.E.2d 715 (1991); and
  • Environmental Defense Fund v. Rocco Farm Foods, 12 Va. App. 456, 404 S.E.2d 728 (1991).

Education

U.S. Military Academy at West Point (B.S., 1978) (Nuclear Engineering; Distinguished Cadet – top 2% of class)

University of Virginia School of Law (J.D., 1986)
 

Admitted to Practice

Virginia (1986)

West Virginia (2003)

Colorado (2004)

Wyoming (2004)

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (2005)


Awards & Memberships

Virginia's Legal Elite, Virginia Business Magazine

Best Lawyers in America

Super Lawyers Magazine (top 100 lawyers in Virginia - 2016 and 2017)

AV Rated with Martindale-Hubbell

Admitted to the Virginia, West Virginia, Colorado, Wyoming and United States Patent & Trademark Bars

Harrisonburg-Rockingham Bar Association (President, 1998-1999)

Virginia Chamber of Commerce (Board of Directors, 1995-1998; Vice-Chairman, 1997-1998)

Virginia Agribusiness Council (Board of Directors, 1994-1996)

Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys

Fellow, Virginia Law Foundation

Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference (Permanent Member)

Past Faculty Member, Virginia State Bar Professionalism Course for the Newly Admitted Attorneys

Board of Governors, Virginia State Bar Construction Law Section

Attended Wyoming Trial Lawyers' College in 1996 (an intensive 31-day trial advocacy program)

Finisher, Inaugural Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, 1981

 

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Authored "Construction Law," 23 University of Richmond Law Review 541, 1989.

  • McAirlaids, Inc. v. Medline Indus., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 139719 (W.D. Va. 2016);
  • Parker Compound Bows, Inc. v. Hunter's Mfg. Co., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 17878 (W.D. Va. 2016);
  • Honua Securities Co., Ltd. et als. v. SMI Hyundai Corporation, et als., 1:10-cv-00785 (E.D. VA 2011) ($96.4 Million Jury Verdict was the 19th largest in the nation in 2011 according to "The National Law Journal", March 12, 2012);
  • McKay Consulting, Inc. v. Rockingham Memorial Hospital, 2010 WL 3200061 (W.D. VA 2010);  aff'd 2011 WL 5110234 (4th Cir. 2011);
  • McMonigle v. Walton, 2007 WL 1231435 (W.D. Va. 2007)
  • Stowe Woodward v. Sensor Products, Inc., 230 F.R.D. 463 (W.D. Va. 2005); 2005 WL 1922566 (W.D. Va. 2005);
  • Dean, et als. v. Pilgrim's Pride Corp., 395 F. 3d 471 (4th Cir. 2005);
  • Hamilton v. Pilgrim's Pride Corp., 100 Fed. Appx. 907 (4th Cir. 2004);
  • Miller v. Augusta Mutual Insur. Co., 335 F. Supp. 727 (W.D. Va. 2004); aff'd, 157 Fed. Appx. 632 (4th Cir. 2005);
  • Roberts v. Forrester v. Fox, 2003 WL 22902142 (W.D. Va. 2003); 2003 WL 22228305 (W.D. Va. 2003);
  • Francis v. Ingles, 1 Fed. Appx. 152 (4th Cir. 2001);
  • National Fruit Product Co., Inc., v. Fireman's Fund Insurance Co., et als., 178 F.3d 1285 (4th Cir. 1999);
  • Romero v. Boyd Bros. Transp. Co., Inc., 1994 WL 507475 (W.D. Va. 1994); 1994 WL 287434 (W.D. Va. 1994);
  • Rubbermaid Comm. Products, Inc. v. CONTICO, 836 F. Supp. 1247 (W.D. Va. 1993);
  • Wharton v. Commonwealth of Virginia, 993 F.2d 1541, 1993 WL 192515 (4th Cir. 1993);
  • Leake v. Wharton, 1991 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20092 (W.D. Va. 1991);
  • Rocco Enterprises, Inc., et al. v. Continental Casualty Co., 1991 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 15833 (W.D. Va. 1991); 702 F. Supp. 596 (W.D. Va. 1988);
  • Citizens for Clean Air v. Rockingham Poultry, Inc., 13 Va. App. 430, 412 S.E.2d 715 (1991); and
  • Environmental Defense Fund v. Rocco Farm Foods, 12 Va. App. 456, 404 S.E.2d 728 (1991).

U.S. Military Academy at West Point (B.S., 1978) (Nuclear Engineering; Distinguished Cadet – top 2% of class)

University of Virginia School of Law (J.D., 1986)
 

Admitted to Practice

Virginia (1986)

West Virginia (2003)

Colorado (2004)

Wyoming (2004)

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (2005)

Virginia's Legal Elite, Virginia Business Magazine

Best Lawyers in America

Super Lawyers Magazine (top 100 lawyers in Virginia - 2016 and 2017)

AV Rated with Martindale-Hubbell

Admitted to the Virginia, West Virginia, Colorado, Wyoming and United States Patent & Trademark Bars

Harrisonburg-Rockingham Bar Association (President, 1998-1999)

Virginia Chamber of Commerce (Board of Directors, 1995-1998; Vice-Chairman, 1997-1998)

Virginia Agribusiness Council (Board of Directors, 1994-1996)

Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys

Fellow, Virginia Law Foundation

Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference (Permanent Member)

Past Faculty Member, Virginia State Bar Professionalism Course for the Newly Admitted Attorneys

Board of Governors, Virginia State Bar Construction Law Section

Attended Wyoming Trial Lawyers' College in 1996 (an intensive 31-day trial advocacy program)

Finisher, Inaugural Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, 1981

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Lauren R.  Darden

Lauren R. Darden

100 South Mason Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22801



Lauren R. Darden

Biography

Lauren R. Darden brings a comprehensive and integrated approach to her civil litigation and employment law practice. With an eye for helping companies more successfully navigate employment law, risk management, workers compensation defense, and corporate and commercial litigation, Lauren’s knowledge and skill ease the legal process for business owners.  She also practices in all areas of insurance law, including insurance defense, policy coverage, and subrogation claims.  Lauren has experience representing individuals and businesses in personal injury, premises liability and property damage claims.  She regularly counsels businesses regarding company policies and employment handbooks, harassment and discrimination claims, employment compliance and various employee relation matters, from hiring to termination and severance agreements.  Lauren is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Virginia and has represented clients in appellate matters pending before the Supreme Court of Virginia and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Lauren has lived in the Shenandoah Valley since 1996 when she began her undergraduate education at James Madison University.  She resides in Waynesboro with her husband, Christopher, and their two children and is active in local community affairs.  

Lauren joined Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver PLC in 2006 after completing a judicial clerk externship with the Honorable Humes J. Franklin, Jr. and the Honorable Thomas H. Wood in the Twenty-Fifth Judicial Circuit Court of Virginia.

Lauren helps businesses to develop policies and procedures that provide legal compliance, as well as meet the practical needs and abilities of each business. Recognizing that size, corporate culture, a company’s mission and legal requirements can all contribute to an employer’s approach to employment issues, Lauren provides an individualized approach for employers in developing and implementing policies and procedures and handling employee issues when they arise.   She also enjoys working with clients to find practical solutions to employment, risk management and business issues in an effort to minimize the risks of litigation and recognize the legal obligations and practical needs of employers and business owners.

With individual and business client have litigation claims to bring, or find themselves in the position of having a claim brought against them, Lauren enjoys the challenge of working through complex legal issues to find practical solutions and favorable outcomes for her clients.  She has practiced in both state and federal courts in Virginia, including representing clients before the Virginia Supreme Court and Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Lauren has authored and presented on the following topics for businesses, employers and human resources professionals:

  • Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Training
  • Documenting Employment Files and Separation Agreements
  • Misclassification of Employees and Independent Contractors
  • Social Media in Employment

“Notice and Awareness of a Specific Danger and Common-Law Punitive Damages, as Confirmed by Volpe v. City of Lexington,” The Journal of Civil Litigation, Vol. XXIV, No. 3 (Fall 2012).

James Madison University (B.A., 2000), cum laude

Washington and Lee University School of Law (J.D., 2006), Order of the Coif

 

Admitted to Practice

Virginia (2006)

U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia (2007)

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (2007)

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia (2010)

U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (2010)

Virginia's Legal Elite, Virginia Business Magazine, 2009 (Young Lawyer); 2012 – 2014 (Labor/Employment Law)

Virginia Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2012-2015

Virginia State Bar

Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, Board of Directors, 2009-present

Waynesboro Family YMCA, Board of Directors, 2011-present

Association of Young Professionals of Augusta County, founding Board of Directors

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Jeffrey R.  Adams

Jeffrey R. Adams

100 South Mason Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22801



Jeffrey R. Adams

Biography

Jeffrey R. Adams leverages his broad expertise and experience to assist business and individual clients faced with interrelated legal issues that cross several areas of the law, including corporate law, taxation, estate planning and estate and trust administration.  Known for his practical wisdom, Jeff delivers comprehensive legal solutions in complex cases across diverse industries as retail, landowners, working farmers, entrepreneurs, professionals and professors.  He advises on business organization, transactions and succession planning as well as contracts and commercial law, estate planning, administration and taxation including matters related to tax-exempt organizations.

Jeff has been a frequent and well-received presenter at Continuing Legal Education and Continuing Professional Education seminars, on matters related to business law, estate planning and taxation.  From 2004 until 2008, Jeff lived in Mukono, Uganda, where he served as general counsel and lecturer in law and theology at Uganda Christian University, the first accredited private university and law school in Uganda.  He advised the university on a wide range of matters, including labor and employment, construction law, litigation, taxation, joint ventures and real estate.  His most important legal accomplishment was his significant participation in the university’s successful application for recognition as a tax-exempt organization, which represented a substantial advance in Ugandan tax law.

 

Jeffrey R. Adams has practiced for large corporate firms in New York and Virginia.

Finance

  • Represented borrower in negotiation and closing of multiple tranche line of credit in excess of $50 million

Corporate Transactions

  • Represented a regional hospital in negotiation and closing of its affiliation agreement with a health care system
  • Represented an ESOP owned food processing company in its acquisition by a multinational food processing company

Litigation

  • Successfully litigated several trust and estate disputes in which my clients recovered, in each case, in excess of $5 million
  • Successfully negotiated a settlement of a claim against the investment arm of a major bank arising out of the 2008 financial crisis, resulting in a recovery of over $5 million for the client

Duke University (J.D., 1994)

King's College (B.A., History, 1991)

 

Admitted to Practice

New York (1995)

Virginia (1999)

Virginia's Legal Elite, Virginia Business Magazine

New York State Bar Association

Virginia State Bar

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Donald E. Showalter

Donald E. Showalter

100 South Mason Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22801



Donald E. Showalter

Biography

Donald E. Showalter has been a steadfast champion of the ethical and just treatment of the clients he represents since he joined Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver PLC in 1965.  With a concentration in commercial/corporate and probate law, Don has served as counsel to numerous local corporations, with a particular interest in the law of agricultural cooperatives.

Don had the unique opportunity to file an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief on behalf of the Mennonite Church in Wisconsin v. Yoder, 406 U.S. 205 (1972).  His involvement in this landmark U.S. Supreme Court case upholding the First Amendment religious freedom of the Amish reflects his deep commitment to justice and makes him a strong legal advocate in every case he handles.

 

   Best Lawyers Award Badge  

Virginia and Fourth Circuit Court (1965)

United States Supreme Court (1971)

Eastern Mennonite University (B.A., 1962)

University of Virginia (J.D., 1965)

Virginia's Legal Elite, Virginia Business Magazine

Best Lawyers in America

Super Lawyers Magazine

AV Rated with Martindale-Hubbell

Harrisonburg-Rockingham County Bar Association

Virginia Bar Association

Virginia State Bar

Virginia Law Foundation

President, Harrisonburg-Rockingham Bar Association, 1970

 

Other Interests

Served as a Trustee and managed portfolios of clients that has returned over $10M to local charities in the past 8 years

Taught Business Law and Investments at Eastern Mennonite University for over 30 years

Serves as President of the James Madison University Arboretum Advisory Board

Was a founder of The Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2017

Is a Fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation

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P. Marshall  Yoder

P. Marshall Yoder

100 South Mason Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22801



P. Marshall Yoder

Biography

Marshall Yoder’s clients describe him as a superb trouble-shooter and problem-solver both in and out of court.  He has represented a diverse array of clients ranging from individuals, family-owned businesses, Native American tribes, educational institutions, non-profit organizations as well as Fortune 500 companies.  Marshall helps clients to identify their long-term interests and goals and then works with them to identify the appropriate and efficient methods to satisfy those interests and goals.  Given the high cost of litigation, Marshall views the courts as the forum of last resort but realizes that in some circumstances, there is no other choice.

Marshall was a pioneer in the use of collaborative practice in the Shenandoah Valley, an approach to resolving disputes in which the parties explicitly agree that their attorneys should assist them in resolving their disputes outside of the court system.  Marshall uses the model extensively in his family law practice where he assists clients in focusing their efforts on a restructured family that supports the needs of the children.  Marshall is also a mediator and frequent trainer in the areas of negotiations,  collaborative practice and training others in the design and training of conflict resolution programs.  

 

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Marshall Yoder joined Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver PLC from Poyner & Spruill LLP in Charlotte, NC where he served as co-head of that firm’s litigation section.

Marshall was a law clerk to the Honorable Franklin T. Dupree, Jr., Senior United States District Court Judge in the Eastern District of North Carolina from 1988-1990 and to the Honorable K. Edward Greene on the North Carolina Court of Appeals from 1987-1988.

  • Represented a municipality in a multi-million dollar dispute with a general contractor over a waste water treatment plant in North Carolina and obtained a favorable settlement for the client.  
  • Successfully represented a Native American Tribe in federal court in Oklahoma regarding a dispute over a tribal business.
  • Represented a Church in a lawsuit by a disaffected faction and assisted in obtaining dismissal of the action based upon First Amendment principles. 
  • Obtained settlements totaling over seven figures for a trust beneficiary and minority shareholder arising out of the operation of family-owned properties and enterprises.
  • Successfully resolved claims against a German manufacturer who wrongfully terminated its contract with a domestic distributor of automobile parts. 
  • Obtained dismissal of a multi-million dollar lender liability action brought in North Carolina.
  • Successfully represented a corporate borrower in obtaining a upper six-figure recovery against a lender. 
  • Regularly assists clients in addressing higher education legal issues including FERPA, Title IX, joint ventures, employment and tenure issues and related matters. 
  • Has served as general counsel to several large Continuing Care Retirement Communities.

University of North Carolina (B.A., cum laude, 1980)

Campbell University (J.D., cum laude, 1987).  Editor in Chief, Campbell Law Review.  Co-Law Student of the Year, 1987,

Eastern Mennonite University (M.A. 2010) with a focus on conflict transformation, restorative justice and leadership. 

 

Admitted to Practice

North Carolina (1987)

Virginia (2006)

Best Lawyers in America, Collaborative Law

Virginia's Legal Elite, Virginia Business Magazine

AV Rated with Martindale-Hubbell

Virginia State Bar

North Carolina State Bar

Past president, Collaborative Professionals of the Shenandoah Valley

President, Virginia Association of Collaborative Professionals

Joint Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the Virginia State Bar and Virginia Bar Association

Leadership Committee of the International Association of Collaborative Professionals

Fairfield Center Board of Directors

Steering Committee for Harrisonburg Police Department Restorative Justice Initiative

Former Member of the Strategic Planning Committee for Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University

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