Miscellaneous

Video Discussion: Deadlines

In the twentieth episode of our firm’s video web series, which can be viewed below, firm owner John P. Fishwick, Jr., associate attorney Daniel J. Martin, and firm investigator Isaac Van Patten discuss deadlines in legal cases, formally known as statutes of limitations. In criminal prosecutions, statutes of limitations require the prosecution to charge a defendant within…

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Video Discussion: Arbitration

In the nineteenth episode of our firm’s video web series, which can be viewed below, firm owner John P. Fishwick, Jr., associate attorney Daniel J. Martin, and firm investigator Isaac Van Patten discuss arbitration, a method of alternative dispute resolution involving a private decision maker (the arbitrator) instead of the public court system. Often, business contracts will…

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Video Discussion: Depositions

In the eighteenth episode of our firm’s video web series, which can be viewed below, firm owner John P. Fishwick, Jr., associate attorney Daniel J. Martin, and firm investigator Isaac Van Patten discuss depositions, an important and powerful discovery tool that we utilize in many if not all of our cases. As we explain in the video,…

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Video Discussion: Mediation

In the seventeenth episode of our firm’s video web series, which can be viewed below, firm owner John P. Fishwick, Jr., associate attorney Daniel J. Martin, and firm investigator Isaac Van Patten discuss alternative dispute resolution, namely mediation. While many of our cases go to trial, once a case has progressed significantly enough, the parties will often…

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Special Announcement: Giving Support Through Charitable Contributions

Feeding SWVA

Fishwick & Associates is pleased to announce a new program through which our firm will be contributing to charitable causes, starting with Feeding Southwest Virginia (a member of Feeding America). As discussed in the below video by firm owner John P. Fishwick, Jr. associate attorney Daniel J. Martin, and firm investigator Isaac Van Patten, every time someone…

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Video Discussion: Gathering Critical Evidence in the Digital World

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In the fourteenth episode of our firm’s video web series, which can be viewed below, firm owner John P. Fishwick, Jr. associate attorney Daniel J. Martin, and firm investigator Isaac Van Patten are joined by special guest Patrick Siewert to discuss how we gather evidence and prepare for cases in a digital world. We have frequently worked…

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Video Discussion: Criminal Cases

justice statue

In the thirteenth episode of our firm’s video web series, which can be viewed below, firm owner John P. Fishwick, Jr. associate attorney Daniel J. Martin, and firm investigator Isaac Van Patten discuss our Criminal Law practice, from investigation and interviews to pre-trial motions to trial itself. To keep up with our video web series, you can…

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Video Discussion: Courts During COVID-19

courthouse

In the twelfth episode of our firm’s video web series, which can be viewed below, firm owner John P. Fishwick, Jr. associate attorney Daniel J. Martin, and firm investigator Isaac Van Patten discuss how courts are operating during the COVID-19 epidemic, including postponement of jury trials, hearings by phone or videoconferencing, and safety precautions for in-person appearances.…

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Video Discussion: Legal Research

law books

In the tenth episode of our firm’s video web series, which can be viewed below, firm owner John P. Fishwick, Jr. and associate attorney Daniel J. Martin discuss legal research and its importance in representing our clients as effectively as possible. To keep up with our video web series, you can subscribe to our YouTube channel, where we…

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Defamation in Virginia

Reading Newspaper

Broadly speaking, defamation is any false communication that damages a person’s reputation. That simple definition, however, belies the complexities of defamation law, especially in Virginia. For instance, what is a communication? Who must prove that the communication is false? Must the communicator have known of the statement’s falsity? When is a person’s reputation damaged? How…

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