Congratulations to the 2014 Virginia Teacher of the Year: Melissa A. Porfirio

Allen & Allen is pleased to congratulate the 2014, Virginia Teacher of the Year, Melissa A. Porfirio. On October 11, 2013, Ms. Porfirio was awarded the honor of 2014 Virginia Teacher of the Year at an evening banquet and reception in Richmond, Virginia. Ms. Porfirio was recognized with seven other outstanding 2014 Regional Teachers of the Year from across the state. She is a first-grade teacher at Crestwood Elementary School in Fairfax County, Virginia and has taught at Crestwood for eight years. She earned her Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from George Mason University.

Melissa Porfirio worked as an English teacher to adolescents in Seoul, Korea and as a social…

Read more

Allen & Allen Family Fun Day - Gayton Elementary School - Saturday October 19th

The personal injury law firm of Allen & Allen has teamed up with Henrico Fire Station 13 for a Family Fun Day on Saturday October 19, 2013 from 10 am - 1 pm at Gayton Elementary School, located on Church Road, east of Lauderdale Road. This family friendly event will feature a fire truck from Station 13 with the opportunity for the community to meet their local heroes and touch the truck. Dimples the Clown will be on site for face painting and balloons. Ice cream will be served and there will be give aways and prizes.

Allen & Allen is the oldest and largest personal injury law firm in Virginia. This event highlights the firm's commitment to the communities there they live and work. Allen & Allen has eight offices located…

Read more

Buying Motor Vehicle Insurance: Who Are the Best Car Insurance Companies?

Author: David M. Williams, Jr., Stafford Personal Injury Attorney

As a personal injury trial lawyer, I battle with insurance companies on a daily basis – both inside and outside of the courtroom. In today’s society, many view the insurance industry as employing a strategy to “deny, delay and defend” claims in an effort to put their profits first and policyholders / claimants second. People need to remember that insurance companies are not in business to pay claims… they are in business to collect your premiums every month.

Given the increasing problems my clients encounter with insurance companies, I am frequently asked the simple question: “Who is the best insurance company for my car?” Although…

Read more

Federal Court: Jurisdiction and Venue Defined

Author: Melinda H. South

In filing a lawsuit, an attorney must consider both jurisdiction and venue to determine in which court a case can be filed and in which court a case should be filed. “Jurisdiction” means that a court has the power to exercise authority over all persons and things within its territory. To properly file a lawsuit, you must file the lawsuit in a court that has jurisdiction. “Venue” is the geographical location of a particular court. To properly file a lawsuit, you must file the case in an appropriate venue.

There are two ways a lawsuit may end up in federal court. First, a case may be filed in the federal court directly. Second, although a plaintiff files a case in state court,…

Read more

Cutting Through Funeral Processions – Are you breaking the law?


Author: Tammy S. Ruble

We often hear people speak of a decrease in civility these days. One notable example is the increase in the number of drivers that attempt to cut through funeral processions. A recent article in the Washington Post[1] cited a study by the Automobile Association of America which indicated that at least two people have died and 23 were injured in 2012 as a result of accidents caused by drivers exhibiting such discourteous behavior.[2] In Virginia, such impatience is not merely rude; it’s against the law.

A Virginia statute provides that any funeral procession under a police or sheriff’s escort has the right-of-way in any highway and that no vehicle, not part of the…

Read more

Brain Injury Association of Virginia – What They Do For Our Community

Author: Paul D. Hux, Personal Injury Attorney

The Brain Injury Association of Virginia (BIAV) is an amazing group created to help those that have suffered brain injuries along with providing assistance to their family and loved ones. Since its founding in 1983 by families and concerned professionals, BIAV has worked solely for the benefit of individuals living in Virginia that have in some way been touched by a brain injury. It is the only statewide non-profit organization in Virginia exclusively devoted to serving individuals with brain injury and their families. BIAV creates a helping community that focuses on all the needs of the brain injured individual, including all-important training, education,…

Read more

Do You Text When You Drive? For What It’s Worth, You Should Know The Law

Do U txt when U drive? FWIW, U shud no the law.

Author: Malcolm P. McConnell, III, Richmond Injury Attorney

On July 1, Virginia law changed and anyone who is tempted to text while driving should take heed: Before the change, texting while driving was what is called a “secondary offense,” meaning that a driver had to be stopped for some other offense before he could be charged with texting and driving. However, as of July 1, texting while driving is a PRIMARY offense, allowing police to stop drivers who are merely suspected of texting or reading text messages while driving.

The new law is Va. Code Ann. § 46.2-1078.1.[1] It provides, in pertinent part:

A. It is unlawful…

Read more

New Texting Laws in Virginia: July 1, 2013

Save It 4 L8r: Virginia Cracking Down on Texting Behind the Wheel

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Virginia Personal Injury Attorney

As a parent of three young drivers with another not far behind I was thrilled to hear about the recent amendment to Virginia’s anti-texting and driving laws. Proposed by the governor and passed with strong Democratic support, this new law upgrades texting while driving to a primary offense and increases the fines for violators. This allows police to effect a stop on any driver they observe texting, whereas previously a texting ticket required the officer to observe another offense in order to pull the driver over. Furthermore, the fine for texting while driving skyrocketed…

Read more

Virginia Super Lawyers 2013 Recognizes Eight Attorneys from Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen

The 2013 Virginia Super Lawyers list has been announced and eight attorneys from the personal injury law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen were included: Edward L. Allen, George E. Allen, III, W. Coleman Allen, Jr., P. Christopher Guedri, Paul D. Hux, James Mick “Jamie” Kessel, Jason, W. Konvicka and Malcolm P. “Mic” McConnell. Richmond Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine released Virginia Super Lawyers on June 14, 2010. Only 5% of lawyers in the state of Virginia are named Super Lawyers.

Virginia Super Lawyers is a listing of attorneys who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement from more than 70 practice areas. Research, polling and selection are performed by Law…

Read more

Winners of HOMETOWN HEROES 2013 Award Announced; Law Firm of Allen & Allen Begins Annual Celebration Series

Richmond, Virginia – June 11, 2013 -- The Virginia personal injury law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen has announced the winners of the 2013 HOMETOWN HEROES award in celebration of local acts of kindness and heroism.

“This is an exciting time of year for Allen & Allen -- it’s time for the firm, and the community at large, to celebrate the act of giving,” said Trent Kerns, President of Allen & Allen. “For over 100 years Allen & Allen has been greatly inspired by the heroes around us -- the community members who spend each day improving the cities, small towns, and neighborhoods throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.”

Nominations for the annual HOMETOWN HEROES award were accepted from April…

Read more

Tel : (804) 353-1200
Fax : (804) 257-7599
37.580754 -77.493777
Tel : (804) 733-8753
Fax : (804) 733-8767
37.225366 -77.406431
Tel : (804) 746-4900
Fax : (804) 746-2315
37.609968 -77.353275
Tel : (540) 786-4100
Fax : (540) 786-9585
38.292658 -77.522033
Tel : (804) 836-1170
Fax : (804) 836-1189
37.65165 -77.615287
Tel : (540) 657-9222
Fax : (540) 657-9522
38.476396 -77.421376
Tel : (804) 745-1200
Fax : (804) 745-8997
37.410489 -77.648702
Tel : (434) 295-4961
Fax : (434) 284-4299
38.087828 -78.471035