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John P. Dunnigan


Prior to joining Harman Claytor, John served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Beverly W. Snukals of the Circuit Court for the City of Richmond.  His practice focuses…

John D. Perry


John’s practice focuses on the defense of individuals, businesses, and insurers in the areas of motor vehicle liability, products liability, and premises liability.  Prior to joining the firm, John clerked…

On March 21, 2019, Governor Northam signed Senate Bill 1619 into law, changing what remedies are available to a court faced with a potential litigant or a party who has recklessly deprived another party of evidence. The new statute provides: A party or potential litigant has a duty to preserve evidence that…

In Travelers Indemnity Company of America v. Portal Healthcare Solutions, LLC, the Fourth Circuit recently affirmed a federal district court’s determination that a class action lawsuit arising out of a medical records safekeeping firm’s alleged failure to safeguard confidential medical records triggered an insurer’s duty to defend under a policy that afforded coverage…

Be Careful What You Ask For!


The Supreme Court of Virginia recently affirmed a Circuit Court’s Order denying plaintiff’s motion to set aside the default judgment she obtained against the defendant, even though the defendant was never properly served with the summons and complaint. Sauder v. Ferguson arose out of an October 2009 motor vehicle accident.  Susan Sauder…

A construction contractor may be entitled to  sovereign immunity from third-party claims for liability when performing work pursuant to a government contract.    This immunity defense has been recognized in some form by both federal and state courts where the contractor  followed the government’s plans and specifications and did not exceeded its authority…

We are now three years removed from the Supreme Court of Virginia’s Uniwest decision interpreting Virginia’s anti-indemnification statute, Virginia Code § 11-4.1.  Yet, the enforceability of contractual indemnification clauses in construction contracts remains murky under Virginia law.  In Uniwest, two contractual indemnification clauses were at issue, only one of which was enforceable. …