Welcome to Flora Pettit
Flora Pettit attorneys are vigorous, professional advocates ready to employ their expertise and ability to meet your legal needs. In every case and for every client, we bring to bear a seasoned roster of incisive legal minds, an uncompromising focus on client service, and a deep commitment to the communities where we live and work.
Flora Pettit, Attorneys at Law
Depth | Integrity | Responsiveness
Depth | Integrity | Responsiveness
Nine Flora Pettit Attorneys Named in the 2021 Edition of Best Lawyers in America®
Flora Pettit announces that nine of its lawyers were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2021 edition of Best Lawyers in America®. (COPYRIGHT 2013 BY WOODWARD/WHITE, INC., OF AIKEN, SC). The attorneys listed include Michael E. Derdeyn, John W. Flora, Lisa Anne Hawkins, Richard H. Howard-Smith, Donald D. Long, Jennifer E. Shirkey, Bill Shmidheiser, Cathleen P. Welsh and J. Page Williams.
Three Flora Pettit Attorneys Named Best Lawyers 2021® “Lawyer of the Year” for Charlottesville Metropolitan Area
Our firm is pleased to announce that three of its shareholders were named as a Best Lawyers® 2021 “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective practice areas and geographic regions. Specifically, for the Charlottesville metropolitan area which includes the Shenandoah Valley, John W. Flora has been named Best Lawyers® 2021 Tax Law “Lawyer of the Year”; Richard Howard- Smith has been named Best Lawyers® 2021 Trust and Estates “Lawyer of the Year”; and Cathleen P. Welsh has been named Best Lawyers® 2021 Employment Law-Management “Lawyer of the Year”.
Flora Pettit is Pleased to Announce that Marc A. Peritz, Christopher R. Tate and Shannon A. Temlak Have Joined the Law Firm in its Charlottesville Office
Marc Peritz, formerly of Morin & Barkley LLP, maintains a varied litigation practice devoting a substantial portion of his practice to medical malpractice defense, trucking litigation, insurance coverage litigation and counseling, insurance defense litigation, and other types of complex litigation and commercial matters.
Chris Tate, formerly of Morin & Barkley LLP, focuses his practice on civil litigation, including medical malpractice defense, insurance coverage and defense, construction litigation, and commercial litigation. In addition, Mr. Tate maintains an active higher education law practice, providing investigation, consultation, and crisis response services to colleges and universities.
Shannon Temlak, a recent law graduate, focuses her practice on civil litigation including commercial, real estate and employment litigation. She also has experience with family law and management employment law counseling.
Flora Pettit Response to COVID-19
Flora Pettit is prioritizing the health, safety and well-being of our clients and staff. As such, we are currently monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely. We are relying on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and will follow the advice of local and national public health authorities. We have increased cleaning protocols in our offices and implemented personnel policies that should help mitigate potential exposure.
At this time our offices remain open, however, we are trying to limit in-person meetings. If an in-person meeting is necessary, please call in advance of the meeting to confirm that (i) you are not showing any symptoms of COVID-19, (ii) you have not traveled to any high-risk areas (which now include Europe, the UK and Ireland in addition to China and Iran) or been on a cruise within the last 14 days, and (iii) you have not been in contact with anyone exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 within the last 14 days. If a client answers yes to any of these questions, we will consider and discuss available alternatives.
Flora Pettit has systems in place to continue providing excellent and responsive legal services to clients during this time. We have remote meeting and conference call capabilities, password protected file sharing, and electronic signature options available when permitted (certain legal documents require personal signatures.) We will discuss with each client what we can do to best help them with their needs.