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Alexandra J. Sipes


Alexandra Sipes represents established businesses and individuals in all aspects of civil litigation throughout state and federal courts in Virginia.  Her practice focuses on the defense of claims related to…

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…

Juliane C. Miller


Juliane joined Harman Claytor in January 2019 with 25 years of experience in medical malpractice, long term care, and professional liability defense.  She practices in the state and federal courts…

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…

Julie S. Palmer


Julie represents individuals and businesses in a wide variety of tort and contract claims in state and federal courts throughout Virginia. She focuses her practice on professional liability, premises liability,…

Michael E. Harman


Mike Harman was born in Roanoke, Virginia in 1951. Mike has defended cases in a number of areas, including legal malpractice and products liability but over the last 20 years…

Lynne Jones Blain


Lynne began her career with Browder, Russell, Morris and Butcher and was a partner at Morris and Morris before joining Harman Claytor in February of 1999. She concentrates her practice on…