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Young Lawyers Conference

A Conference of the Virginia State Bar.

Professional Development Series

These programs aim to assist you in planning your career from making long term plans to how to adapt and behave in a professional setting. Receive advice from successful young lawyers and seasoned practitoners that will set the building blocks to a fulfilling career. If you are interested in contributing content, contact Chris Fortier at


Discovery 101


A substantial portion of trial practice consists of depositions, interrogatories, and the other fine tasks of the discovery phase. Join the leadership of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Young Lawyers Section for this half hour presentation. Get to know the basics and learn fundamental tips for a successful practice in this phase of the legal process.





David Irvine, Esq., Tremblay & Smith, LLP, Charlottesville, VA


Brody Reid, Esq., ReidGoodwin, Richmond, VA


Melissa Ray, Esq., Nichols Zauzig Sandler, P.C., Woodbridge, VA


Melanie Friend, Esq., CowanGates, Richmond, VA




2:37 - What is the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association?


5:00 - Introduction


5:23 - Written Discovery (Rule 4 of Virginia Supreme Court)


8:03 - Serving Discovery for a Civil Case in Virginia (Interrogatories, Request for Documents, Requests for Admission)


11:40 - "The Difficult Expert" Scenario


13:39 - Objection: No Subpoena for Additional Documents (in Deposition)


14:53 - Objection: Variety of Reasons


15:05 - Will first objection be sustained at trial, and on what grounds?


18:36 - Will second objection (testimony failed to provide complete explanation) be sustained at trial?


19:47 - Will third objection (Deposed failed to complete an examination prior to the deposition) be sustained at trial?



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