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ReidGoodwin invites you to join us on Friday April 15th, 2016 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. to help support the Richmond Animal League!

We will be a 7 Hills Brewing Co. located at 115 S. 15th Street, Richmond, VA 23219-

Drink craft beer, eat delicious food and hear live music!  7 Hills Brewing Co. will be donating 10% of limited menu sales to the Richmond Animal League. Bring your family for a great time and SUPPORT YOUR COMMUNITY.
Patio will be open and pets are welcome!
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"Student Battles Life-Threatening Injuries After Being Struck by Passing Car”
January 14, 2016- Richmond, VA
A bus stop near the intersection of Warwick Road and Fernbrook Drive was the scene of a tragic accident Tuesday afternoon, when a passing motorist traveling north on Warwick struck a student exiting a Richmond Public School bus. The student is remains hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.
According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the driver of the vehicle remained at the scene of the crash to be interviewed by officers. Charges against the driver are pending. 
In Virginia, passing a stopped school bus is not only incredibly dangerous; it is also illegal.
Motorists in the Commonwealth are required to stop for any stopped school bus that has flashing red lights and an extended stop sign. Drivers must remain stopped until all children are clear and the bus moves again.
On the other hand, drivers who are traveling in the opposite direction on a roadway with a median or barrier dividing the road – and the bus is on the opposite side of the median or barrier – do not have to come to stop.
There are two laws in Virginia related to school bus safety: 1. §VA 46.2-859, a reckless driving statute, and 2. §VA 46.2-844, a traffic infraction statute. Conviction under either statute results in six demerit points on the guilty motorist’s Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles driving record.
Moreover, drivers convicted under §VA 46.2-859 face a class 1 misdemeanor and the actual possibility of going to jail, a six months suspension of driving privileges in Virginia plus a maximum fine of $2,500.00.
Similarly, drivers convicted under §VA 46.2-844 are subject to a maximum fine of $250.00, in addition to the six demerit points discussed above.

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"Woman Critically Injured After Falling Down Electrical Shaft”
January 7, 2016- Richmond, VA
Richmond fire crews responded to an emergency call at the Upper Lofts at Canal Walk in Shockoe Bottom early Thursday morning, after a woman fell several floors through an electrical shaft.
According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the woman was trapped in a “V position” (with her hands and feet pointing upward) for over an hour before rescue crews were able to free her. The woman was alert and talking after being rescued, and she was taken to a hospital. As of 5 p.m. Thursday, she was in critical, but stable condition.
The woman (whose name has not yet been released) was not a resident of Canal Walk, but somehow gained access inside the front entrance. Witnesses speculate that a resident may have held the door open for her – a common way non-residents gain access to otherwise secure residential buildings.

Then, while on an upstairs floor, the woman appears to have made her way over a 4-foot rail and entered a tight compartmentalized area of the building reserved for water sprinkler piping and electrical wiring. A sign on the front of the entrance to the area warns of the electrical shaft inside.

While the doors leading to an electrical shaft are supposed to be locked, responding officers noticed several of the doors in the seven-story building were not. Upper Lofts at Canal Walk Management personnel are working to determine what led to the devastating fall.

It is no surprise that a fall of this nature resulted in serious injury. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, falls from elevation represent approximately 40% of compensable fall cases and approximately 10% of occupational fatalities.
Generally speaking, property owners in Virginia are responsible for ensuring safe premises through general upkeep and maintenance of the property. However, a landowner’s liability for injuries incurred on their property depends in great part on the legal classification of the injured person at the time of the injury – in other words, whether the injured person was a trespasser, licensee, or invitee.
In this case, it appears that the woman in question was not a resident of the Upper Lofts at Canal Walk and it is unclear whether she was the guest of a resident. Assuming she was not, the woman may be considered (for the purpose of personal injury liability) a trespasser – meaning that she was premises without any right or permission from the landowner.
Ordinarily, a trespasser cannot recover for injury because the landowner does not owe them a duty of care (aside from a duty not to injure the trespasser intentionally or wantonly). However, the circumstances surrounding “slip-and-fall” cases are often complex.
If you or a loved one is injured as a result of improperly maintained property, talk with the experienced premises liability attorneys at ReidGoodwin today to learn more about your legal options.

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January 6, 2016- Richmond County, VA

"Mechanicsville Man Killed in Tragic Hunting Accident" 

Keith Williams, age 60, died after he was shot in a hunting accident over the weekend.
According to ABC 8 News, Williams was participating in an organized hunting party of about 45 to 50 people at the time of the shooting. The shooter, 45-year-old Wavely Veney, reportedly mistook Williams for game and discharged one round of buckshot from a 12-gauge shotgun.
Williams was airlifted to VCU Medical Center, where he eventually succumbed to gunshot wounds in the torso and pelvic area. Williams was wearing blaze orange at the time of the shooting.
Veney has since been arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter, hunting without the proper licenses, violation of a protective order, reckless handling of a firearm and attempting to take deer unlawfully. ABC 8 News reports that Veney was not legally permitted to have a gun due to a protective order against him.
In Virginia, all hunters must be licensed by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries; which includes the completion of a ten-hour mandated hunter education course specifically designed to promote hunter safety. Hunting without the proper licenses and permits is not only illegal; it can contribute directly to tragic accidents like the one described above.
If you or a loved one is injured as a result of improper or negligent gun-handling, contact the experienced attorneys at ReidGoodwin today to schedule a legal evaluation.

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Happy Halloween from the RG Family. Just another typical day...
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ReidGoodwin has updated their main website!  It has been enhanced with a responsive design so you can easily check us out on your phone, tablet or any mobile device. We have updated our profiles and expanded our practice areas. You can also link directly to our blog to see what is going on at the firm and around the Richmond Metro area.  Check us out at

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And the honors keep on coming!  Duncan P. Reid has been rated AV Preeminent for 2015 by Martindale-Hubbell.  He has received the highest rating possible in both legal ability and ethical standards as evaluated by his peers. Duncan continues to strive to be the best criminal defense attorney and to go above and beyond for his clients.
Brody H. Reid has been honored with a Certificate of Appreciation by the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association for his contributions of time, talent and ability in writing an Amicus Curiae Brief on behalf of the Association this past year.  The VTLA is a voluntary bar association dedicated to enhancing the knowledge, skills and professionalism of trial lawyers and committed to improving the law and the fairness of Virginia’s system of justice.
We are humbled and proud at ReidGoodwin to be recognized by others in the legal community for our continued efforts to help those who have been injured and protect their rights.
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For a second year in a row, the attorneys and staff at ReidGoodwin had the pleasure of participating in the Richmond Animal League’s 2015 Woofstock “Strut Your Mutt” fundraiser.  Although it was a little damp and chilly, we had a great time.  We challenged ourselves to exceed last year’s amount raised and are proud to say the “ReidGoodwin Rovers” raised a grand total of $4,420.00!  The Richmond Animal League runs a no-kill shelter and strives to create awareness about the homeless pet population in Richmond. Their goal is to save lives and find forever homes.  We look forward to strutting our mutts next year. For more information about the Richmond Animal League, please visit
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SUPER LAWYERS- RISING STARS!  It's awards season in the legal community!  We are happy to announce that attorneys Brooke Alexander and Brody Reid are currently featured in Super Lawyers Magazine, 2015 edition as a “Rising Stars.” Super Lawyers selects their honorees from a limited candidate pool. These candidates are evaluated by a research department and the nominee's peers in their specific practice areas. Being honored with the title “Super Lawyer” is limited to five percent of lawyers in the state and no more than 2.5 percent are named “Rising Stars.” Congratulations, Brooke and Brody!  For more information about Super Lawyers Magazine please visit

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Our staff ROCKED in Central Virginia's Legal Food Frenzy by collecting 237 lbs of food to benefit FeedMore and the Central Virginia Food bank!
9th Annual Legal Food Frenzy
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