Brody Reid and Brooke Alexander named Super Lawyer Rising Stars 2018

Brody Reid and Brooke Alexander named Super Lawyer Rising Stars 2018

Reid Goodwin Attorneys Nominated by Peers to be Honored with Award

                       

ReidGoodwin is honored to announce that our attorneys, Brody Reid and Brooke Alexander, are featured in the 2018 edition of Super Lawyers Magazine as Rising Stars! This is the fourth year in a row that Ms. Alexander has received the honor and fifth year in a row for Mr. Reid.

Super Lawyers uses a multi-round process to select each year’s Rising Stars. In order to be nominated, a candidate must be 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less. After being nominated, an attorney is evaluated by peer recognition and professional achievement including, settlements, experience, honors and awards, and education. Being honored with the title “Super Lawyer” is limited to five percent of lawyers in the state and no more than 2.5 percent are named “Rising Stars.”

ReidGoodwin was founded on the principles of helping injured individuals across Virginia. It is our passion to help the people within our community and to make our clients feel as whole as possible after catastrophic accidents and injuries. We are humbled by this recognition and will continue to strive for excellence and the best outcomes for our clients.

We would like to thank our peers for nominating Brody and Brooke and our community for allowing us to serve them.

March Grant Recipient and April Reading Corner Grant

March 30, 2018 – Richmond, Virginia

The law firm of ReidGoodwin, PLC has awarded the $500.00 March Reading Corner Grant to J.E.B. Stuart Elementary School to be used towards purchasing STEAM books for the school library. We are excited to see the impact that these books will have on the students at J.E.B. Stuart.

ReidGoodwin, headquartered in Richmond, has a history of community engagement – partnering with the likes of Richmond Animal League (RAL), FeedMore, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), Ronald McDonald House, Safe Harbor, Angel Tree, and more.  Now, more than ever, our communities need responsible corporate citizens that give back to their community. “ReidGoodwin’s Reading Corner” is a natural extension to give back to the children in our community and support the educators and libraries in Richmond’s public schools.

For the month of April, ReidGoodwin will be awarding another $500.00 to a school to be used towards any project or need, such as purchasing new books for the library or new supplies. If your library or school has a specific need please submit a short proposal by 5 PM on April 18th.

Interested schools or libraries in the award should submit a brief statement to include a short description of how the money will be used. Proposals can be sent to Samantha Daniel at receptionist@reidgoodwin.com. A school will be selected on April 23, 2018.

ReidGoodwin Attends VTLA’s 2018 Convention in Williamsburg, Virginia

 RG Attorneys Continue Education to Better Serve Clients

This past weekend, Attorneys from ReidGoodwin attended the VTLA’s 59th Annual Convention in Williamsburg, Virginia. At the convention the attorneys interacted with their peers and judges from across Virginia. Each year, the attorneys continue their education and stay current on important topics facing them each day with seminars at the convention.

This year, topics at the convention included jury selection, ethics of representing brain injured clients, Voir Dire in Virginia, Workers’ Comp Liens in Personal Injury Cases, and Cyber-security. Additionally, the convention featured a conversation with Chief Justice Lemons from the Supreme Court of Virginia. Brody Reid from ReidGoodwin was honored to introduce a speaker at this year’s convention.

ReidGoodwin was honored to be elected to leadership positions at the Convention. Brad Goodwin was re-appointed to chair the annual advanced Workers’ Compensation retreat in the fall and Brody Reid was elected to the VTLA Board of Governors as a Governor-at-large. Brad and Brody look forward to helping serve the organization in favor of access to justice for all in Virginia.

VTLA is a voluntary bar association that was founded in 1959 in Virginia. They work to educate about the importance of the jury and the trial lawyer. There are 2,000 members who represent clients all over Virginia. Each year, they host a number of educational events, such as conferences and seminars for lawyers and paralegals state-wide.

The VTLA offers events and seminars throughout the year. To read about past VTLA seminars that RG’s attorneys have attended, click here! To learn more about the VTLA, what they do, and how you can get involved, visit their website!

Read Across America Day in Richmond Public Schools

ReidGoodwin Reads to Students on Dr. Seuss Day

On Friday, March 2nd, staff members from ReidGoodwin volunteered at elementary schools in the Richmond area on behalf of RG’s Reading Corner Program. Volunteers were able to choose a Dr. Seuss book and read it to classes at Fairfield Court, Broad Rock, G.H. Reid, J.E.B. Stuart, Blackwell, and M.J. Jones Elementary Schools.

This event kickstarted ReidGoodwin’s new community outreach program, ReidGoodwin’s Reading Corner. ReidGoodwin started this program with the mission to give back to Richmond Public Schools. These schools play a vital role in our families and community and ReidGoodwin wants to support them in any way possible. On February 28th, ReidGoodwin also announced a monetary award for the month of March. Schools will be able to submit a proposal and ReidGoodwin will award $500.00 for a project or need.

We look forward to more opportunities to give back and connect with our community. For more information on ReidGoodwin’s Reading Corner and how to get involved, click here!

 

ReidGoodwin’s Reading Corner

ReidGoodwin Launches New Community Outreach Program

The law firm of ReidGoodwin, PLC has announced a new community outreach program, “ReidGoodwin’s Reading Corner” with the mission to give back to the City of Richmond public schools that serve our families, friends, and community.

ReidGoodwin, headquartered in Richmond, has a history of community engagement – partnering with the likes of Richmond Animal League (RAL), FeedMore, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), Ronald McDonald House, Safe Harbor, Angel Tree, and more.  Now, more than ever, our communities need responsible corporate citizens that give back to their community. “ReidGoodwin’s Reading Corner” is a natural extension to give back to the children in our community and support the educators and libraries in Richmond’s public schools.

For the month of March, ReidGoodwin will be awarding $500.00 to a school to be used towards any project or need, such as purchasing new books for the library or new supplies. Our attorneys and staff will also be volunteering to read and help in the libraries of several of Richmond elementary schools.  If your library or school has a specific need, please submit a short proposal by 5 PM on March 16th.

Interested schools or libraries in the award should submit a brief statement to include a short description of how the money will be used. Proposals can be sent to Samantha Daniel at receptionist@reidgoodwin.com. A school will be selected on March 20th, 2018.

HB 1543: Brad Goodwin Testifies at Virginia General Assembly

Brad Goodwin Speaks about how HB 1543 would Impact Worker’s Compensation Laws

On February 6, 2018, Brad Goodwin appeared before the General Assembly of Virginia’s legislative session and spoke in support of HB 1543.  The proposal is designed to extend the statute of limitations for injured workers to file claims. Currently, there are situations where an employer is voluntarily paying benefits and the injured worker does not realize that his claim is unprotected because a claim has not yet been filed.  This amendment would prevent injured workers from losing a potential claim because they were led to believe by their employers that they did not need to file.  Many states across the country already have similar laws, but Virginia does not at this time.  Mr. Goodwin spoke in favor of the bill and provided arguments and examples of why it is so important that Virginia enact this amendment to the workers’ compensation laws to protect the rights of injured workers.

ReidGoodwin has also been following SB 895 which would raise the ceiling for punitive damages from $350,000 to $500,000 after July 1, 2018. We are excited to have the opportunity to make an impact on our community and state.

We urge you to contact your state legislators and talk to them about the bills that have been introduced during the 2018 session. If you want to learn more about how HB 1543 or SB 895 are progressing through the General Assembly, you can check out the Virginia’s Legislative Information System!

 

Winter Sports Safety Tips: How to be Safe on the Slopes and in the Rink

Tips from ReidGoodwin on Safely Enjoying Winter Activities

Winter isn’t over, and many people are still participating in seasonal sports such as, skiing, snowboarding, hockey, and ice skating. There is a risk for head injuries associated with these sports. With January being National Winter Sports TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) Awareness Month, it’s important to be aware and practice safety precautions while enjoying these activities. To help keep you safe when you’re out having fun this Winter, ReidGoodwin has compiled a list of safety tips.

  • Dress appropriately and wear layers. It is important to wear clothing that will keep you warm and dry. It is also important to check the weather before you get dressed.
  • Be physically prepared for the activity. Winter sports use a lot of energy and can be physically grueling. Make sure that your body is ready. It is helpful to warm up before participating in any sport, as this can prevent pulled muscles and other injuries. It is also important to make sure that your body is hydrated.
  • Wear sunscreen. Despite it being cold outside, it is still important to protect your skin when participating in outdoor sports.
  • Check the condition of your gear. You want to make sure that everything is in working order. This could prevent injuries caused by faulty equipment.
  • Always wear a helmet. Protective head gear can prevent serious head and brain injuries.
  • If you’ve never practiced a sport, take lessons. Most ice rinks and ski slopes offer lessons for beginners. It’s also important to stay within your experience level. Doing anything more than what you have safely learned can be dangerous.

Keep these tips in mind when planning to go ice skating, skiing, or snowboarding. We hope they help you safely participate in the sports and activities that Winter has to offer. Enjoy the slopes and the rink!

Check out our other winter tips here!

Winter Weather: Preparing your Home

ReidGoodwin gives advice on how to take care of your home in freezing temperatures

We hope that our tips for driving in winter weather were helpful as Virginia welcomed snow last week. With the recent near record freezing temperatures, many of us in Virginia faced problems with our homes, like power outages and frozen water. While temperatures will be warming up this week, Winter is not over yet.  ReidGoodwin has compiled some tips to help you ready your home for any future winter weather. We hope they help you enjoy this season without worrying about problems that could arise with your home.

  • Plumbing is important. Make sure that you have serviced and checked your pipes before freezing temperatures or any major weather. Drain any hoses and store them for the season.
  • Stay warm safely. If you will be using a fireplace and chimney, make sure that they are cleaned and ready to be used. It is also important to make sure that your heating system is tuned and ready when temperatures drop.
  • Check your home for any leaks and make repairs. This can prevent a lot of damage with heavy snow and the water that will accumulate after it melts.
  • Make sure that your roof and gutters are prepared for the snow by cleaning out your gutters and making any necessary repairs to your roof.
  • Stay stocked. Make sure that if need be, you have a snow shovel, snow blower, ice melt, and generator. These items could help tremendously if you become snowed in or lose power. If you do own a generator, make sure that it is in working condition.

Here at ReidGoodwin, we wish you the best Winter and hope that you enjoy the weather it brings without worrying about taking care of your home. Stay tuned for more winter weather tips! If you’d like to read some tips on driving in the winter weather, click here!

Tips to Safely Celebrate on New Year’s Eve

ReidGoodwin shares how to make this New Year’s a safe one

ReidGoodwin would like to wish you, your families, and friends a happy New Year. We are honored to have spent another year serving our community by helping those who have experienced life changing events. We want to make sure that you arrive safely in the new year, so we’ve compiled some tips on how to be a smart decision maker on December 31st.

  • Don’t drink and drive. If you know you’ll be celebrating with drinks, make sure you’ve planned ahead to stay where you are, or to be driven home by a designated sober driver.
  • If possible, stay off the roads. With an increased amount of drinking on the night of New Year’s, intoxicated individuals are more likely to be out driving. You can avoid the risk by planning to celebrate at home.
  • Know your limit and pace yourself if you do decide to drink. Making sure you’ve eaten before you drink is also important.
  • Stay away from firearms and fireworks, especially when drinking. Many people enjoy celebrating by setting off fireworks. This can be dangerous while sober, and is even riskier when mixed with alcohol use.
  • If you do decide to go out, go with a group. Make sure that you are watching out for the people you are with, and if you see someone trying to drive while intoxicated, stop them.

We hope these tips help you welcome the New Year safely. Again, from our ReidGoodwin family to yours, we wish you a happy New Year!

ReidGoodwin Gives Back to Community for Holiday Season

Team Members Selected and Donated Items to the Ronald McDonald House Charities

In honor of the holiday season, ReidGoodwin spread some cheer by giving back to their communities in Richmond and Roanoke. This week, team members at ReidGoodwin were split up and asked to select items from the Ronald McDonald House Charities’ Gift Wish Lists for Richmond and Roanoke. They will be donating the items to the houses in those areas. These items ranged from household products to toys and games for the children and families they serve. ReidGoodwin enjoyed this opportunity to support a foundation that assists families in their times of need, when loved ones become ill and need extended medical treatments.

RMHC, Ronald McDonald House Charities, was created in 1974 to assist families with children being treated at local hospitals. They provide housing and family rooms to help lessen the burden and to provide access to family-centered health care. Often times, sick children may need to endure weeks of treatment at hospitals that aren’t close to their homes. RMHC helps keep families together by giving them a place to stay when this happens. They have over 64 chapters located around the world, including Roanoke and Richmond, VA. They offer many different ways to get involved, providing opportunities to volunteer and donate items. You can visit their website to take a look at their wish lists or to check out their “Raise Love” campaign which will help provide overnight stays for families.

We are excited to have the opportunity to give back to such a valuable part of our community this holiday season. We hope that you will find a way to spread some holiday cheer and partake in this season of giving. For more information on how you can get involved with RMHC or to find your local chapter, visit their website! We hope you have a happy holiday!