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Federal Courts and Local Counsel Practice


Out-of-state law firms and in-house corporate counsel frequently call upon ThompsonMcMullan attorneys to serve as local counsel and co-counsel in cases pending in Virginia’s federal and state courts. Our litigators are highly knowledgeable, competent, and responsive – and we’ve built a solid rapport with judges who know us by name. For these reasons, lead counsel at nationally recognized law firms place their trust in us because of our strong understanding of the local rules and practices in courts throughout Virginia, including significant experience in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. We regularly serve as their boots on the ground and take great pride in our working relationships with lead counsel.

EDVA Practice

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, specifically, is an intensely busy federal court with a national reputation as the “Rocket Docket” for pushing cases through very quickly. Our firm maintains a significant practice in the EDVA, and our attorneys regularly appear in a variety of cases before the judges in this division. Our attorneys understand the Local EDVA Rules, pretrial orders, and its local practices.

In addition, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia is a sought-after destination for large business bankruptcy cases. We maintain a significant bankruptcy practice in this court, where we regularly advise secured and unsecured creditors, defendants in preferential and fraudulent transfer actions and other interested parties involved in Chapter 7 and 11 proceedings. We frequently serve as local counsel and co-counsel with nationally-recognized law firms and in-house corporate counsel in bankruptcy proceedings in the Eastern District.

The federal courthouse, along with the Supreme Court of Virginia and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, are only a short walk from our historic office in downtown Richmond.

Virginia’s Leading Local Counsel

As local counsel, you will find us as sophisticated, responsive legal partners. We do whatever it takes to assist the lead counsel’s efforts, and ensure all filings comply with local rules and practice. We invite you to contact our team to learn more about our firm and why our values guide the way we operate within our walls and out.

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