Flora Pettit proudly announces that fourteen of its attorneys have been recognized in the 2020 “Legal Elite” survey conducted annually by Virginia Business magazine. Statewide, only 4.2% or 1,377 lawyers of the approximately 32,314 active Virginia State Bar members were named this year.
Flora Pettit news and past speaking engagements are listed below.
Scott M. Raney & Shannon A. Temlak Have Joined the Cville Chamber Rising Professionals Steering Committee
Young professionals in the Charlottesville area have a new opportunity for networking with their peers and building business connections. The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce has launched Cville Chamber Rising Professionals, a business networking group focused on people under 40. Chamber members have jumped in to help organize the group and provide leadership.
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.
The successful candidate must be licensed to practice in Virginia and have an interest and background in commercial real estate law, including experience drafting and negotiating real estate transactional documents (e.g., leases, lease amendments, purchase and sale agreements, easements, covenants, etc.). Experience with 1031 exchanges, finance, development and/or land use is a plus. Applicants should have strong interpersonal skills and be hard working, energetic and committed to the community. Flora Pettit values those who seek to work on challenging, high-level matters and also engage with the community and their personal interests.
Christopher R. Tate Authors an Article on the “Live Hearing” Requirements in the Department of Education’s Title IX Final Rule
Trial lawyers around the country are familiar with John Henry Wigmore’s maxim that cross-examination is “beyond any doubt the greatest legal engine ever invented for the discovery of truth.” The accuracy of Professor Wigmore’s assertion is itself a matter of debate. Nevertheless, that “legal engine,” a bedrock of courtrooms for centuries, will soon be a central feature of sexual harassment grievance hearings at American colleges and universities.
Flora Pettit joined The Community Foundation and the Harrisonburg/Rockingham nonprofit community as a Bronze Sponsor for this year's event. Our contribution, along with other generous sponsors, generated $77,000 in cash prizes that were given out every hour on the hour. The Great Community Give is a single day of giving to partnered local nonprofits to promote charitable giving in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. Their mission is to strengthen our communities through purposeful giving and active engagement, which closely aligns with Flora Pettit's mission. We truly thank The Community Foundation for this opporunity to make a difference in our community!