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New Technology Dominates Agenda at Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association Conference

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New Technology Dominates Agenda at Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association Conference

Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers was delighted to be a platinum sponsor of the Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association’s Bench Bar Conference on April 18.

The 19th annual conference was again held at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott in downtown Norfolk. Its keynote speaker was Wendy Collins Perdue, Dean of the University of Richmond School of Law.

Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers manned a table at the conference and held a raffle for $500 to allow the winner to make a donation to a charity of their choice.

New technology featured prominently in the program. One of the breakout sessions was about understanding e-discovery and spoliation in civil litigation. Another concerned electronic surveillance and considered the expectation of privacy and the use of recorded evidence in trials.

There was a session on legal ethics for the busy practitioner and a general session on professionalism within the legal profession.

The afternoon ended with a general session on significant statutory changes and judicial opinions from the past year.

Cooper Hurley attorneys John Cooper, Jim Hurley, Griff O’Hanlon, and Mike Snellings attended the conference along with client services director Nya McLean.

The conference earned attendees three CLE (Continuing Legal Education) credits.

Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers plays an active role in Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association events and regularly presents seminars.

Last year, John Cooper, Jim Hurley, and Bill O’Mara presented a continuing legal education seminar entitled Injury Litigation Practice: Demands, Negotiations, and Settlements. 

Bill O’Mara presented an ethics section about the pitfalls attorneys practicing personal injury law should avoid.

Two years earlier, John Cooper presented a Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association event on premises liability while Jim Hurley spoke about marketing and ethics for personal injury lawyers.

Our firm is also a strong supporter of the Norfolk Law Library which is housed in Dominion Tower in Norfolk.

The legal profession is a fast-moving area. It’s important that attorneys are made aware of the changes in the law and how they can impact their clients.

Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers is a Norfolk-based personal injury law firm based at 125 St Pauls Blvd, ste 510 in Norfolk. We also have client meeting locations in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk. Newport News, Hampton and on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Call us at (757) 455-0077.

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John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley

Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’mara

Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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