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Alison W. Feehan


A member of Virginia and DC bars, Alison’s practice includes first and second chair management of civil trials, motions practice, and appeals in state and federal courts nationwide in a…

Angela R. MacFarlane


Angela represents established businesses and individuals in all aspects of civil litigation throughout state courts in Virginia. A Virginia native, Angela returned to Virginia after graduating from the University of…

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…

Simone T. Williams


Simone joined Harman Claytor in January 2019 after working at a plaintiff’s personal injury firm for the past four years.  Simone will focus her practice in civil litigation defense to…

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…

It is increasingly difficult for defendants to win at the demurrer stage in negligence cases in Virginia.  A recent Virginia Supreme Court decision further eviscerated the power of the demurrer and confirmed the Court’s apparent change in direction on this issue, away from the requirement that Plaintiffs must allege proximate cause and…

John R. Owen


John Owen was born in East Liverpool, Ohio in 1970. He joined Harman Claytor in June of 2000. Prior to entering the practice of law, John served as vice-president of…