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1111 East Main Street, Suite 2400
P.O. Box 1998
Richmond, VA 23218-1998, United States
Phone: 804) 648-1636
Fax: (804) 783-7291
Areas of Practice
  • Administrative Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Appellate Practice
  • Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Organizations
  • Business Torts
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Communications & Media Law
  • Construction Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Debtor/Creditor
  • Education
  • Elections & Politics
  • Environmental Law
  • Family Law
  • Finance & Banking
  • Government
  • Health
  • Immigration Law
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Maritime Law
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Privacy
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Real Estate
  • Securities Law
  • Taxation
  • Toxic Torts
  • Transportation
  • Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
  • Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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Locations
Other U.S. Locations
  • North Carolina
  • Virginia
Number of Attorneys
50-100 Attorneys

Diversity and Inclusion: Not Just an Ideal, But a Client Demand

Facebook recently announced a new policy: At least 33% of the lawyers hired to represent the social media giant must be a female or minority. Law firms vying to service Facebook’s legal work must demonstrate their active efforts…more

Civil Rights Act, Corporate Governance, Corporate Social Responsibility, Diversity and Inclusion Standards (D&I), EEO-1

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Moody’s Revises Rating Criteria for Local Governments

On January 15 of this year, Moody’s announced a revised methodology for its evaluation of local government general obligation credits. Moody’s overall methodology is to evaluate each locality seeking/maintaining a rating over…more

Moody's, Municipalities, Rating Agencies

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MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS!: New Employment Laws for Social Media Accounts

The Nutshell - Effective July 1, 2015, Virginia Code § 40.1-28.7:5 prohibits employers from requiring that current or prospective employees disclose information about their personal social media accounts…more

Employer Liability Issues, Employment Policies, Facebook, Instagram, Popular

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Fourth Circuit Excludes FDA Evidence in Transvaginal Mesh Products Liability Case

In the Southern District of West Virginia, Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, Ethicon, Inc., were sued for defective design and failure to warn for their transvaginal mesh TVT-O, in addition to a loss of consortium claim…more

Abuse of Discretion, Design Defects, Ethicon, Evidence, Failure To Warn

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Penn Virginia files bankruptcy in Eastern District Virginia, Richmond Division

Citing a profound transformation of the oil and gas industry, Penn Virginia Corporation and its affiliates filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy relief early this morning in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District…more

Bankruptcy Plans, Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Oil & Gas

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Virginia Commercial Real Estate Bills – Effective July 1, 2015

Sands Anderson’s Commercial Real Estate Team followed the 2015 Virginia legislative session for bills related to the real estate industry. Below is our selection of the top five we felt you would find most relevant to your…more

Landlords, Leases, Residential Leases, Tax Credits, Tenants

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Crowdfunding and Real Estate Development

The real estate development market continues to open up to crowdfunding, and the changes to capital raising for real estate projects could be significant if only a small portion of the potential of these new methods take hold. …more

Accredited Investors, Capital Formation, Crowdfunding, Due Diligence, General Solicitation

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EEOC News in 2017

EEOC Wellness Program Notice Requirements for 2017 - If you are not doing so already, be aware that as of January 1, 2017, employers offering voluntary wellness programs must provide employees a notice in accordance with…more

Canada, Discrimination, EEOC, GINA, Harassment

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An ICE Detainer is Merely a Request—Not a Requirement

Law enforcement officers and agencies are often faced with deciding whether they are required to detain an otherwise releasable prisoner when there is a detainer on the prisoner from the federal Department of Immigration and…more

Detainees, DHS, ICE, Law Enforcement

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Screen for Success: The Importance of Legal Compliance in the Hiring Process

It’s a fair guess that employment lawyers spend a substantial amount of their time advising clients about the legal issues arising out of employment separations. However, these attorneys likely receive far fewer requests for…more

Background Checks, Ban the Box, Employer Liability Issues, FCRA, Hiring & Firing

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Early Termination of Annuities Not Permitted

Since investing can be a risky business with investments dropping in value from time to time, investors seeking steady income with minimal risk are sometimes attracted to an annuity’s guaranteed-income feature. A recent case…more

Annuities, Investors

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2013 Virginia Employment Law Pocket Guide

In this guide: - Employment At-Will - Right to Work - Employment of Children - Restrictive Covenants in Employment Contracts - Virginia Human Rights Act - Virginians with Disabilities…more

At-Will Employment, Child Labor, Disability, Employee Rights, Employment Contract

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Financial Preventive Care – 6 Steps to Maximize Asset Protection

Like people who are in good health and believe they do not need to see a doctor or engage in preventive medicine, many who are healthy financially, often are not too concerned about protecting their assets from the claims of…more

Asset Protection, Estate Planning, Financial Planning, Strategic Planning

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Diversity and Inclusion: Not Just an Ideal, But a Client Demand

Facebook recently announced a new policy: At least 33% of the lawyers hired to represent the social media giant must be a female or minority. Law firms vying to service Facebook’s legal work must demonstrate their active efforts…more

Civil Rights Act, Corporate Governance, Corporate Social Responsibility, Diversity and Inclusion Standards (D&I), EEO-1

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Penn Virginia files bankruptcy in Eastern District Virginia, Richmond Division

Citing a profound transformation of the oil and gas industry, Penn Virginia Corporation and its affiliates filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy relief early this morning in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District…more

Bankruptcy Plans, Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Oil & Gas

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Corporate Designee Deposition: Elevated Duty Imposed on Corporate Designee Provides Reprieve from Oppressive Discovery Tactics

Virginia’s “ever-evolving discovery rules”[1] necessarily afford counsel wide latitude within which to maneuver in undertaking their duty to zealously advocate. The rules, however, also furnish aggrieved parties with effective…more

Corporate Officers, Depositions, Discovery

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Sands Anderson Report on First Day Hearing in Bankruptcy Filings of Penn Virginia

Lawyers from the bankruptcy team of Sands Anderson attended yestertday’s “First Day” hearings in the chapter 11 bankruptcy case of Penn Virginia Corporation and its affiliates. Penn Virginia is an oil and natural gas exploration…more

Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Crude Oil

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Court Excludes Evidence Developed Through Plaintiff’s Surreptitious Contact with Corporate Defendant’s Employees

On March 27, 2015, Jalal Haidar brought suit in federal court, alleging that he had been injured by a dangerous condition in a hotel. According to Haidar, he sat motionless on a hotel toilet for approximately fifteen seconds…more

Bodily Injury, Design Defects, Discovery, Manufacturers, Negligence

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Employee Performance and Disability: A Short Course on Evaluation Under the ADA

Act I: The Problem - Jason is a veteran middle school math teacher who has been in the classroom for more than twenty years. He has never been a strong teacher. The principal who worked with him for the bulk of his…more

ADA, Best Management Practices, Employee Evaluations, FMLA, Human Resources Professionals

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New 2016 Laws Impacting Commercial Real Estate in Virginia

Another session of Virginia’s General Assembly has now come and gone, adding one more chapter to the nearly four hundred year history of the country’s oldest law-making body. Over three thousand bills were proposed in the 2016…more

AirBnB, Department of Agriculture, Eminent Domain, General Assembly, Legislative Agendas

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Are exotic dancers employees or independent contractors? Fourth Circuit says they are employees

In May 2016, the Fourth Circuit applied a six-part, economic realities test to determine that two Maryland dance clubs had misclassified their exotic dancers as independent contractors. This case is important for several…more

Adult Entertainment, Corporate Counsel, Economic Realities Test, FLSA, Independent Contractors

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Virginia Supreme Court Opinion Affecting Local Government Law: September 22, 2016

The Virginia Supreme Court issued one additional opinion in September affecting local government law, on September 22, 2016. This opinion addressed the priority to be given a local government special assessment lien over a deed…more

Deed of Trust, Liens, Recording Acts, Special Assessments, State and Local Government

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Labor Secretary Nominee Puzder Withdraws from Consideration

President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Labor Andrew Puzder has withdrawn from consideration from the position. In a written statement, Mr. Puzder said..…more

Administrative Appointments, DOL, Nominations, Secretary of Labor, Trump Administration

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2016 Legislative Changes to Virginia Family Law

The 2016 Virginia General Assembly enacted several changes to statutes relating to family law in the Commonwealth. Those changes are effective July 1, 2016 and include the following..…more

Affidavits, Child Custody, Equitable Distribution, Firearms, General Assembly

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Virginia Commercial Real Estate Bills – Effective July 1, 2015

Sands Anderson’s Commercial Real Estate Team followed the 2015 Virginia legislative session for bills related to the real estate industry. Below is our selection of the top five we felt you would find most relevant to your…more

Landlords, Leases, Residential Leases, Tax Credits, Tenants

See all updates »

Penn Virginia files bankruptcy in Eastern District Virginia, Richmond Division

Citing a profound transformation of the oil and gas industry, Penn Virginia Corporation and its affiliates filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy relief early this morning in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District…more

Bankruptcy Plans, Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Oil & Gas

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2015 Virginia Employment Law Pocket Guide

In this Guide: - Employment At-Will - Right to Work - Employment of Children - Restrictive Covenants in Employment Contracts - Virginia Human Rights Act - Virginians with Disabilities…more

ADA, At-Will Employment, Employer Liability Issues, Employer Mandates, Employment Contract

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Sweeping Changes Proposed to Virginia Lawyer Advertising Rules

The Virginia State Bar, like most regulators of lawyers around the country, regulates lawyers' advertising. Sweeping new rules proposed by the Bar will dramatically simplify, and in many ways improve, these rules…more

Attorney Advertising, Legal Ethics, Proposed Amendments, State Bar Associations

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Penn Virginia files bankruptcy in Eastern District Virginia, Richmond Division

Citing a profound transformation of the oil and gas industry, Penn Virginia Corporation and its affiliates filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy relief early this morning in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District…more

Bankruptcy Plans, Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Oil & Gas

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Penn Virginia files bankruptcy in Eastern District Virginia, Richmond Division

Citing a profound transformation of the oil and gas industry, Penn Virginia Corporation and its affiliates filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy relief early this morning in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District…more

Bankruptcy Plans, Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Oil & Gas

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Preserving a UM/UIM Carrier’s Right to Defend

In its recent decision in Transportation Ins. Co. v. Womack, the Virginia Supreme Court held that uninsured/under-insured motorist (UM/UIM) carriers who cede control over litigation to a defendant or his liability carrier retain…more

Chapter 7, Judicial Estoppel, Uninsured and Under-Insured Motorists

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SCOVA Refuses to Incorporate Prior Discovery Rulings from Previous Non-suited Action

In Temple v. Mary Washington Hospital, Inc., et al., Record No. 131754 (Sept. 12, 2014), the Supreme Court of Virginia opined on an obscure, yet significant, issue related to the common practice of incorporating discovery by…more

Discovery, Hospitals, Trial Court Orders, Wrongful Death

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SCOVA Refuses to Incorporate Prior Discovery Rulings from Previous Non-suited Action

In Temple v. Mary Washington Hospital, Inc., et al., Record No. 131754 (Sept. 12, 2014), the Supreme Court of Virginia opined on an obscure, yet significant, issue related to the common practice of incorporating discovery by…more

Discovery, Hospitals, Trial Court Orders, Wrongful Death

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