Casey Ariail – Top 40 Under 40

Casey Ariail

ReidGoodwin would like to congratulate Casey Ariail for being selected for The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40. The National Trial Lawyers association honors those who demonstrate superior qualifications, leadership skills, and trial results as a legal professional.  It is The National Trial Lawyers’ mission to promote progressive ideas to pursue justice for those injured by the negligence of others, to educate the public about the importance of access to courts that are free of bias, and to protect the right of trial by jury. It is an honor for one of our attorneys to be recognized for his dedication and drive by his peers.

ReidGoodwin takes pride in our attorneys’ ability both in and out the courtroom to effectively advocate for our clients. We routinely appear in courts across Virginia to fight for the rights of our clients.

Casey Ariail graduated cum laude from the University of Richmond School of Law. During law school, he focused on labor and employment law earning the American Bar Association and Bureau of National Affairs Award for Excellence in the Study of Labor and Employment Law. He co-authored an article on bankruptcy petitions’ effects on critical vendors with bankruptcy scholar David G. Epstein. He was also a research assistant for Labor and Employment Professor Ann Hodges and Maritime and Constitutional Law Professor John Paul Jones.

Casey has a passion for representing individuals in all aspects of civil litigation and workers’ compensation in order to provide the best possible outcome.

ReidGoodwin Works With Chesterfield Career & Technical Center

Chesterfield Career and Technical Center Workplace Transition Program has been changing the lives of Chesterfield County students for the past 40 years. The CCTC is an extension of the county’s high schools, offering students Career and Technical Education courses not available at the high schools. They have maintained an emphasis on hands-on technical knowledge, skills and workplace readiness skills throughout its history. The CCTC currently offers 17 one-year and 13 two-year courses that enable approximately 1,400 students from 11 high schools to prepare for future careers and further post-secondary education. CCTC gives students college credit and real world experience. Every semester the students are guided through an interview process, where they sit with professionals in their field of study to acquire internships and build interview skills. 

For the past five years, ReidGoodwin has worked with CCTC, taking on an intern to teach them the basics of working in a legal office. This year we had high school junior named Amanda, who was in their Legal Systems Administration program. She was in the office twice a week, learning basic office skills such as filing and medical record review. Amanda, like the other students in her course, are on a legal professional track. They were taken on field trips to observe hearings, to a variety of of legal offices with different areas of practice, and to listen to lectures. The immersion into the students’ prospective careers allows for a more realistic and thorough view of the profession that they would like to dedicate themselves to.

We have had wonderful experiences with CCTC and their dedicated students, and we look forward to working with them in the future. 

 

 

Bike Safety Is Main Focus of RVA Bike Month

“Fall in Love with Bike Lanes”

Richmond is sharing their love of cycling during RVA Bike Month! Running from April 29 through May 31, Richmond will feature over 40 events for cyclists of all ages. This includes events taking place in the City of Richmond, Ashland, Henrico, Chesterfield, and Hanover. Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney designated May as Richmond Bike Month. Leaders from both Richmond and Henrico made a point of encouraging all residents to share the road safely.

The program is spearheaded by Bike Walk, who since 2012 has been working towards creating a safe environment for active modes of transportation. This year they are asking the community to sign the Vision Zero Pledge.

Vision Zero is a program that strives to reduce the number of traffic deaths and severe injuries to zero. Over 3,000 people every year are seriously injured in a cycling accident, with 75% taking place at a road junction, and 80% occurring during daylight hours. Richmond has recently moved to expand bike lanes, add new bike paths, and introduce a new bike sharing program for its residents. These projects aim to increase bike safety and lower these statistics, while encouraging the community to use bicycles as a reliable mode of transportation and exercise.

Here at Reid Goodwin we encourage our community to remain aware while driving or cycling. Cyclists should always wear safety gear, including lights and reflectors at night. As Bike Month kicks off, we would like to remind everyone that wearing a helmet is the most important piece of safety equipment that you can wear.

Wearing a helmet reduces the odds of head injury by 50% , and the odds of head, face, or neck injury by 33%. Drivers should always keep the 3-foot rule in mind when passing a cyclist, as it drastically reduces the chance of an accident. If you or a member of your family has been injured in a cycling incident, contact our office and let one of our attorneys assist you.

Richmond Schools Work Toward Student Bus Safety

As of Monday, April 24th, passing a school bus could get you a hefty fine. Richmond Public Schools teamed up with Force Multiplier Solutions to equip 50 of Richmond’s school buses with traffic cameras, promoting better safety standards for our children. Thirteen cameras have been installed on each bus, including the stop arm that signals when kids are crossing. Anyone speeding past a school bus will get charged with a ticket for $250.

Anyone caught passing a flashing bus, even if the stop arm isn’t down completely, could get fined. The cameras monitor four lanes surrounding the bus, in both directions. The program is completely funded by the fines paid by reckless drivers caught breaking the law. This fact is both helpful for taxpayers in our community and alarming because of the frequency that this law is broken.

On any school day, more than 74,000 drivers in America illegally pass school buses stopped with red lights flashing and stop sign arms extended. Last year, Richmond police wrote 94 tickets for recklessly passing a school bus. Every year 134 people are injured in school bus accidents, and over 21% of those people are children who are entering/exiting the bus. All Richmond Public School buses are slated to have the cameras by the start of the upcoming school year. The hope is that all of the students will be better protected in the community.

At Reid Goodwin we encourage everyone to be aware of their surroundings when stopped behind a school bus. The moments it takes for you to pass a bus when stopped, could endanger lives. If you or anyone you know has been injured by an unsafe driver, contact our office to let one of our attorneys assist you.

Congratulations to our Rising Stars!


Super Lawyer Rising StarSuper Lawyers Rising Star

ReidGoodwin is happy to announce that our lawyers, Brody Reid and Brooke Alexander are featured in the 2017 edition of Super Lawyers Magazine as Rising Stars! This is the third year in a row that Ms. Alexander has received this honor and fourth year in a row for Mr. Reid.

Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a multi-round selection process. Peer nominations and evaluations are taken into account, as well as professional achievement. The objective is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource. 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.”

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, please contact the super lawyers at ReidGoodwin  and let us know how we can help!

Brad Goodwin: VTLA Advanced WC Retreat Co-Chair

VTLA Committee 2017

 

ReidGoodwin would like to congratulate Bradford Goodwin on being elected to co-chair the VTLA Advanced Virginia Workers’ Compensation Retreat. He will participate in the planning and organization of the VTLA’s Advanced Workers’ Compensation Retreat, taking place this November. The retreat focuses on current issues in workers’ compensation that face our clients and injured workers daily. Brad will lead the two day event, full of legal updates from Workers’ Compensation Commissioners, lawyers, and experts in the field.

Brad is honored to be chosen for the committee, as every member of our firm is an active participant in the VTLA and see the organization as a valuable educational tool.

Reid Goodwin At The 2017 VTLA Convention

This past weekend, the attorneys of ReidGoodwin attended the annual VTLA convention at the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia. The Virginia Trial Lawyers Association is a voluntary bar association established in 1959, dedicated to enhancing the knowledge, skills and professionalism of trial lawyers and committed to improving the law and the fairness of Virginia’s system of justice. The VTLA has approximately 2,000 members across the Commonwealth, representing clients in a large number of practice areas who spend a substantial portion of their time in the courtroom.The Association works to educate the public about the role of trial lawyers and the importance of the jury in our justice system.

The VTLA convention was a 3 day seminar focusing on everything from general updates on case law, to specific lectures from various attorneys who are experts in their areas of practice. The attorneys have a chance to discuss their practices, learn new strategies, and improve upon their own approach to cases that are brought to trial. On Saturday morning, the ReidGoodwin team hosted a coffee with Judges from all over the state. It was attended by many well known and well respected members of the legal community. As all of our attorneys are very active members in the VTLA, we look forward to hosting more gatherings to encourage open conversations about the development of Virginia law. Here at ReidGoodwin, we see these conferences as incredible learning opportunities. The information taken away from this weekend will positively impact the work that we do for our clients.

 

Strut Your Mutt with Reid Goodwin!

Strut Your Mutt!

The ReidGoodwin Rovers Are Back!

We are happy to announce that for the 4th year in a row, the Reid Goodwin family is participating in the Richmond Animal League’s Strut Your Mutt fundraiser!  Leash up your fur babies and meet us there on April 29th!

Strut Your Mutt is a fun, family friendly dog walk during Richmond Animal League’s Woofstock Festival! Packs are formed to raise money for all of the animals in the care of RAL. The Richmond Animal League is dedicated to providing strays with temporary housing, medical treatment, sterilization, and quality care until they are adopted to permanent, loving homes. They are committed to the “no-kill” philosophy, and they spend countless hours on education programs that teach the importance of spay/neuter, responsible pet ownership, and compassion for animals.

As the ReidGoodwin Rovers, we will be raising money through our donation page which is linked below. You can donate, share it with your friends, or sign up to participate in the fundraiser on your own. All the money goes toward an incredible cause that is close to our hearts. We thank you for helping us support our community.

Virginia Students Aim to Eliminate Unsafe Driving

Safe teen driving is a serious concern for parents and teachers at this time of year.

State Police Teams Up With Students for Safe Driving Program

The Virginia State Police have teamed up with middle and high school students across the Commonwealth in a new public safety campaign. Arrive Alive is a program started by Unite to encourage safe driving practices; their programs rage from elementary to high school level students.

The Arrive Alive campaign will begin March 20 and extend through May 5. It is sponsored by the state police and Youth of Virginia Speak Out about Traffic Safety. The students will create resources like posters and pledge banners to promote safe driving among teens. The program comes to local schools just in time for prom and graduation season. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety , during this time of year we see some of the highest teenage traffic accidents and fatalities of the entire year.

Here at ReidGoodwin we encourage parents and students to get involved with organizations such as Arrive Alive and EndDD to spread awareness and stay safe behind the wheel.

If you ever find yourself or a family member injured by an intoxicated or distracted driver, please contact one of our experienced attorneys to assist you.

Driver Fatigue – A Danger To Us All

March 9, 2017 – Tractor Trailer Overturns on I-295

A tractor trailer carrying 32,000 pounds of frozen chicken overturned on I-295 in Henrico this morning, according to Virginia State Police. At 5:15 AM the truck ran off the road and down an embankment. The vehicle flipped, sliding down the embankment, coming to a stop after striking several trees. The driver and passenger were taken to Henrico Doctors Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The road has been cleared, but roadside clean-up will continue throughout the morning.

The driver has been charged with reckless driving, as the responding officers believe that fatigue is what lead to the crash. Driver fatigue is caused by a lack of quality sleep, and by driving when you would normally be sleeping. Fatigue behind the wheel results in slow reaction times, lack of concentration, and poor judgment. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 100,000 police-reported crashes are the direct result of driver fatigue each year.

Here at ReidGoodwin we encourage you to only get behind the wheel if you feel awake and aware enough to drive safely. If you are on the road and feel that it is no longer safe for you to drive, pull over to a safe area and rest. Stay alert and help keep our roads safe.

If you or someone you know is injured by a fatigued or reckless driver please contact our experienced personal injury attorneys at ReidGoodwin to schedule a legal evaluation.