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,…

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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…

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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…

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The 2013 George E. Allen Scholarship Winners - Presented by Allen & Allen

The Virginia personal injury law firm of Allen & Allen awarded the George E. Allen Scholarship to fifteen deserving high school seniors on May 14, 2013 at an awards dinner at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. The law firm’s Scholarship Program, now in its 22nd year, recognizes students who have overcome unusual obstacles or special challenges, while achieving high standards of community service and academic performance. 

Congratulations to:

Joshua Bagshaw, Hopewell High School - Plans to attend Barton College Brandon Buncher, Mills E. Godwin High School - Plans to attend The College of William & Mary Alexander Curnow, Eastern View High School - Plans to attend community college in Florida Meghan Davis, Buffalo…

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2013 Allen & Allen HOMETOWN HEROES; Call for Nominations by Virginia Law Firm

Richmond, Virginia --The personal injury law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen announced today that it is seeking nominations for the firm’s annual Allen & Allen Hometown Heroes award. The award, which was formed in 2010 to honor Allen & Allen’s centennial anniversary, is designed to celebrate local heroes who are making a lasting impact in the community.

“We look forward to our Hometown Heroes award every year as a way to thank those who make it their mission to make the community a better place,” said Trent Kerns, President of Allen & Allen. “Our firm was founded on this type of service and we gain inspiration from the impact makers around us -- the real heroes who give back to Virginia on a daily…

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Free Sober Rides Home in Metro Richmond, VA New Year's Eve 2012

The personal injury law firm of Allen & Allen and Napoleon Taxi are teaming up this New Year's Eve to keep metro Richmond area streets safe.

Allen & Allen and Napoleon Taxi will be offering Free Sober Rides Home to patrons from 11 PM New Year's Eve - 3:00 AM January 1, 2013.

Ask for the Free Sober Ride Home when you call Napoleon Taxi, and Allen & Allen will pick up the tab to get you home safely.

To Schedule Cab Rides, Call Napoleon Taxi at 804-354-8294 or 354-TAXI.

Free cab rides available 11 PM New Year's Eve - 3:00 AM January 1, 2013. Available within the metro Richmond area. Free Rides are only applicable for rides home. Rides to another drinking establishment…

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Allen & Allen Sponsors Sober Rides Home from the Holiday Cheer & Beer Classic on December 8, 2012

The personal injury law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen is pleased to sponsor Sober Rides Home from the 2012 Holiday Cheer & Beer Classic at Meadow Event Park in Doswell, Virginia on Saturday December 8, 2012. Napoleon Taxi will give Sober Rides Home every hour on the hour from 4 pm - 8 pm from the event to Metro Richmond. Allen & Allen is happy to offer this service to help keep our community safe this holiday season. Please don't drink and drive.

Tuesday December 4, 2012 - A new event is on tap for this holiday season.  The Holiday Cheer & Beer Classic will take place on Saturday, December 8, 2012 from Noon to 7 p.m. at Meadow Event Park in Doswell, Virginia.

Holiday Cheer & Beer features…

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New Associate Attorneys Join the Personal Injury Law Firm of Allen & Allen

The personal injury law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen is pleased to announce that James Mick "Jamie" Kessel and Robert C. T. Reed have joined the firm as Associate Attorneys in the Richmond, Virginia office.

Mr. Kessel is an experienced trial attorney and has handled cases in State and Federal Courts throughout Virginia.  He has dedicated his career to fighting for the rights of those who have been seriously injured or killed because of the negligence of others.

Mr. Kessel graduated cum laude from West Virginia University and received his law degree from the University of Richmond. He has obtained an "AV Preeminent" rating from Martindale-Hubbell and was selected as a Rising…

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History of Charlottesville's Downtown Mall


The Downtown Mall is a dynamic centerpiece of Charlottesville, VA.  The Mall is on a closed portion of Main Street, extending from Ridge Street/McIntire Road on the west to 9th Street on the east.   The Charlottesville Omni Hotel is located at the west end of the Mall.   The east end of the Mall houses the Charlottesville Pavilion, where a variety of musical events can be heard at Friday's After Five (for free!) from April until October. Other concerts and events are held at the Pavilion throughout the year. If you are having dinner at one of the restaurants on or near the Mall, then you may be entertained on your approach by musicians or even a juggler performing for tips.  During pleasant weather,…

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Meet The Attorneys of Allen & Allen: Trent S. Kerns - VIDEO

Trent S. Kerns is a Partner and the President of the personal injury law firm of Allen & Allen. Trent works in the firm's Richmond personal injury law offices and serves clients across the state of Virginia. He has more than 30 years of experience helping injured victims both in and out of the courtroom. His practice is primarily focused on catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases including car accidents, truck accidents and motorcycle accidents.

To learn more about Trent Kerns, visit: http://www.allenandallen.com/trent-s-kerns.html

Video: http://youtu.be/3SAj9t4MFlU

Video Transcript: My name is Trent Kerns; I am a partner with Allen & Allen. If someone is injured in a car accident, they should come…

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