John J. Brandt, Esquire
John J. Brandt operates a confidential telephone hotline attorney consultation service for all members of the VSB, free of charge.
Mr. Brandt is of counsel to Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker, LLP, a top national litigation firm. He is based in the firm's new Virginia location in McLean. Mr. Brandt represents physicians, lawyers and government officials. He has been in law practice in Virginia since 1963 and holds both a JD (1961) and an LL.M. (1962) from the Georgetown University Law School. He is a Fellow of the renowned American College of Trial Lawyers and has lectured extensively at continuing legal education seminars.
The scope of Mr. Brandt's telephone consultation service:
Mr. Brandt will endeavor to provide answers to questions you may have about the practice of law that will minimize the risk of your having a malpractice issue or a bar disciplinary complaint, including: starting a law practice; obtaining legal malpractice insurance; fee arrangements; types of ownership entities, i.e., sole proprietorship, partnerships, and limited liability organizations; and substantive/procedural legal questions dealing with transactional, trial and appellate issues.
If you have a legal ethics question, please email the VSB Ethics Hotline. more information
Wendy F. Inge
Attorneys Liability Protection Society (ALPS) has named Virginia attorney Wendy F. Inge as ALPS risk manager for Virginia. Inge will educate Virginia lawyers on claims risks, strengthen law practice management resources online, and help the legal community develop techniques to avoid claims. For ten years, ALPS has been the endorsed professional liability insurance provider endorsed by the Virginia State Bar.
Inge formerly worked at Minnesota Lawyers Mutual, where she served as the director of risk management programs for eight years. She is based in Richmond. She has over twenty years of experience in the professional liability market. She currently serves on the VSB’s Standing Committee on Legal Ethics and the Virginia Bar Association’s Law Practice Management Section, and she is a member of the American Bar Association’s General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division. She has a law degree from the University of Richmond.
“Wendy is a wonderful addition to the ALPS team. No one has more Virginia-based experience in the risk management field. She clearly understands lawyers and claims risk, and will be able to effectively produce, deliver, and facilitate educational courses whether live, online, or on-demand,” said Chris Newbold, executive vice president of ALPS. Newbold works directly as ALPS’s liaison with the Virginia Lawyers Malpractice Insurance Committee, which oversees the Virginia lawyers’ professional liability market and the bar endorsement.
“I’m certain Wendy will do great things for Virginia lawyers and our legal community,” said Richmond attorney R. Paul Childress Jr. of DurretteCrump PLC, and chair of the VSB’s Committee on Lawyer Malpractice Insurance. “I’ve known Wendy for years, and with her experience and roots as a Virginia lawyer, she will hit the ground running and produce immediate results. We are extremely fortunate to have her on board.”
In partnership with the Virginia State Bar, ALPS is committed to serving the state’s law practitioners with unsurpassed professionalism and expert advice. From October 3 through 7, ALPS will offer continuing legal education programs, with three ethics CLE credit hours. Registration details will be posted on the ALPS website at www.alpsnet.com.
Inge is available without charge to address risk management questions from VSB members, regardless of their insurer, at email@example.com or (800) 367-2577.