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Blaire H. O’Brien


Blaire is a native Virginian who brings extensive courtroom and governmental experience to her representation of public and private entities and their employees in litigation throughout the Commonwealth.  She began…

Briana M. Jackson


Briana joins Harman Claytor after graduating from William & Mary Law School. She joins the firm as an associate. Briana’s practice focuses on the defense of civil litigation matters including…

M. Scott Fisher


Scott Fisher was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. He has a broad and diverse litigation practice, which includes the areas of transportation, premises, products, commercial, construction, employment, civil rights,…

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has issued a pair of decisions establishing a new test for identifying “joint employers” under the Fair Labor Standards Act.  No. 151915.P, Salinas v. Commercial Interiors, Inc., and No. 151857.P, Hall v. DIRECTV, LLC, both decided January 25, 2017.  All federal District Courts in the…

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…

The Supreme Court of Virginia recently declined to extend the special relationship doctrine to the duty to warn against third party criminal acts.  The Court, however, again left open the possibility that a special relationship could arise at any time depending on the facts of any particular case. In Brown v. Jacobs,…

Melissa Y. York


Missy, a Richmond, Virginia native, joined Harman Claytor in October 2014 after practicing at Morris & Morris for six years. She focuses her practice on defending school boards, as well…