Quick Tips for Safe and Stress-Free Road Trips with the Family

Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Courtney Van Winkle, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

The look of disbelief on my friend’s face was priceless. She had spent the last ten minutes of an otherwise enjoyable lunch talking about how much she was dreading an upcoming family road trip over the holidays. Her jaw dropped when my only reply was, “I actually enjoy family road trips”.  How can that be?

 

Certainly as a family with four children and many road trips under our belt, we have had our fair share of fussy toddlers, car sick youngsters, and sullen teenagers buried in technology. But all in all, looking back over the years, we have had some pretty amazing times while enduring the challenge of being confined to a…

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Nurturing Community By Supporting Local Food Banks

Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

As we enter the season of giving and sharing, I find myself reflecting on ways we at Allen & Allen can continue to support our communities. One of my favorite annual traditions is the Legal Food Frenzy, a fun and competitive food and fundraising drive that pits law firm against law firm to aid Virginia Food Banks in their efforts to feed tens of thousands of families in need.[1]

  

Gathering a Plentiful Harvest

In 2009, our first year participating in the event, Allen & Allen collected thirty thousand pounds of food during Legal Food Frenzy. Every year since, we have increased our contribution goal and succeeded in…

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Distracted Drivers: An In-Depth Look At This Danger On Our Roadways

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Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

It’s the middle of lunch hour traffic. You’re driving from meeting to meeting, fitting in a quick bite as you go, and looking for a good song on the radio. You have every intention of being a courteous, law-abiding driver. Then your cell phone rings, or maybe you get a notification from an app. Should you check to see if it’s important?

We all have the best of intentions when we get behind the wheel of a car, but we may not realize how each distraction – glancing at text messages, turning around to settle a fight between the kids, or even eating lunch on the go - can impact…

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Virginia Dog Owner's Responsibilities & "Leash Laws"

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Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Owning a dog brings great joy but also great responsibility. Rarely does an owner want to acknowledge that their favorite pooch has the potential to harm someone. Many states have adopted state-wide laws, generally referred to as “leash laws”, regarding the responsibilities of a dog owner to control their dog.[1] 

In Virginia, there is a two-part system. First, there is no state-wide “leash law” but the law empowers local jurisdictions (cities, counties and towns) to adopt regulations concerning control of certain breeds of dogs or at certain times of the year. These local ordinances have the effect of law and are called “running…

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What it Means to be an Allen - VIDEO

Scott D. Fitzgerald, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Lawyer

Author: Scott D. Fitzgerald, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Lawyer

I have always wanted to be a trial attorney at the Allen Law Firm. When I was a child, the reason was simple: I wanted to be like my grandfather. Over the years, I have only found more reasons, and my desire to be a trial lawyer at the Allen firm has not wavered.

As the first of the fourth generation of Allen family members to join the firm, I am proud to carry on the traditions and legacy that my grandfather, his two brothers, and his father began years ago.

 

Our Founder

My great-grandfather, George E. Allen, founded the firm in 1910 in Lunenburg County, Virginia as a solo practitioner. George E. Allen…

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Why We Call Richmond Home

Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

In 1910, my grandfather, George E. Allen began a one man law firm in Lunenberg County, Virginia. Over twenty years later, in 1931, he moved his practice and his family to Richmond, where the firm would grow to become the largest personal injury firm in Virginia. In 2011, more than 100 years after George Allen began his  law firm, Scott Fitzgerald, a 4th generation Allen joined  the Allen Law Firm with a commitment to carry on the legacy of excellence. 

We are proud to call Richmond our home, a city filled with rich culture and compelling history.  Our location in the center of Virginia’s capital city is no coincidence. Since…

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Holiday Decorating Safety Tips

Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Stringing up lights and putting ornaments on the tree is a family tradition that marks the beginning of the holiday season for many. As you begin work on this year's decorations, remember that taking a few safety precautions can keep the fun in your holidays. Unfortunately, holiday trees and decorations resulted in 180 fires, 14 injuries and more than $14 million in property damage. [1] In order to reduce the occurrence of injury, death, or property damage during the holiday season, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has published a list of safe decorating guidelines. Here are some important things to keep in mind when you…

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Giving Back to our Community - The Central Virginia Legal Food Frenzy

Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Looking around the room at the FeedMore luncheon, I am humbled, not only by the lawyers who surround me, but by the people who work and volunteer at FeedMore. These are the folks who are working together day in and day out to efficiently and effectively fight hunger all around us.

The need is enormous. Approximately 1 million people in Virginia do not know where their next meal is coming from. In 2015, FeedMore alone provided 18 million meals, serving 20 million pounds of food. Meals on Wheels, Mobile Pantry, Kids Café, and the Backpack program are some of the programs that facilitate distribution of these meals. Two hundred…

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Fourteen Attorneys from Virginia Personal Injury Law Firm Ranked in Virginia Super Lawyers 2016

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This year, 14 attorneys from Virginia personal injury law firm Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen were recognized for excellence by Virginia Super Lawyers. Those honored by Super Lawyers include Edward L. Allen, W. Coleman Allen Jr., John G. Berry, P. Christopher Guedri, Paul D. Hux, David M. Irvine, James Kessel, Jason W. Konvicka, Bridget N. Long, Malcolm P. McConnell III, Robert C. T. Reed, Christopher J. Toepp, Courtney Allen Van Winkle and Derrick L. Walker. The rankings, which include only 5% of attorneys in Virginia, were released in the May 2016 edition of Richmond Magazine.

Virginia Super Lawyers is a listing of attorneys, representing more than 70 practice areas, who have attained a high degree of peer…

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Safe Toys For Holiday Giving

Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

It’s hard to miss the evidence of the holiday shopping season – store signs, television commercials and email messages vie for our attention to guide us to the “must have” gifts this year. Less obvious is information that can help adults choose gifts that are both appropriate and safe for the children on their gift list. Warning labels on toys and product recall websites can help shoppers make informed decisions about the gifts they purchase.

Unfortunately, the time children spend at play is also a time they can get hurt.  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports more than 262,000 toy-related injuries are…

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