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W. Benjamin Woody


Ben is a native of the Richmond area, advising clients of all types in a wide range of civil litigation. Prior to joining the firm in 2019, Ben practiced civil…

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,…

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…

Elizabeth O. Papoulakos


Elizabeth joined Harman Claytor in November 2015 and focuses her practice on complex medical cases, long term care litigation, premises liability, products liability and motor vehicle liability. Prior to pursuing the…

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…

Stanley P. Wellman


Stan Wellman was born at Edwards AFB, California in 1962. He has a broad civil litigation practice, which includes the areas of transportation, premises and products liability, commercial, construction, day…