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Practice Areas

Commercial LItigation

Employment Law

Legal Malpractice Defense

Premises Liability Defense



Bar/Court Admissions

1980, New York;

1981, District of Columbia, Virginia, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia and U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia and Fourth Circuits;

1983, U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia and U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York;

1987, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia; 1990, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Virginia;

1992, U.S. Supreme Court;

2004, West Virginia, U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, and Northern District of West Virginia.



Education

Furman University, B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1976
George Washington University, J.D., 1979




Organizations

Fairfax Bar Association; Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys; The Counsellors.


 
CAROL THOMAS STONE

Partner
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Telephone: 703-246-0900
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10509 Judicial Drive, Suite 200
Fairfax, Virginia 22030-5117
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Practice Overview and Representative Experience:

Carol T. Stone joined the firm in October, 1981. She has more than 30 years of civil litigation experience in the state and federal courts, at the trial and appellate levels, in Virginia, the District of Columbia, and West Virginia. Carol has substantial experience representing individual and corporate clients who find themselves named as defendants in litigation matters involving premises liability, motor vehicle accidents, breaches of contract and other business disputes, and professional liability (lawyers, accountants, dentists, real estate brokers/agents, and insurance brokers/agents).

Carol has defended civil litigants in more than 100 jury and non-jury trials and hundreds of procedural and dispositive motions in state and federal courts, primarily in Virginia and West Virginia. Carol has also handled bankruptcy matters, coverage issues and workers' compensation cases, to include an adversary proceeding successfully tried in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia.

Carol belongs to the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, the Fairfax County Bar Association and the Counsellors. Carol served as a member of the Virginia State Bar Fifth District Committee for attorney discipline from 2002 to 2008 (Chair, 2006-2007).  Carol is invited to speak at continuing legal education seminars and recently participated as a speaker on a panel at the 2012 VADA Spring Meeting of the Professional Liability Section concerning professional liability and legal malpractice claims. Carol practices in the state and federal courts in Virginia and West Virginia. 

Carol has been selected for Super Lawyers; for the Top Lawyers in Virginia and DC for Legal Malpractice; and for The Best Lawyers in America for Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants and Personal Injury Litigation- Defendants since 2007.

Carol currently serves as administrative partner of the firm.

 

 
Reported Cases

Virginia Supreme Court

Van Dam v. Gay, 280 Va. 457 (2010)(legal malpractice defense)

Lifestar Response of Md., Inc. v. Vegosen, 267 Va. 720 (2004)(vacating default judgment for improper service of process)

O'Connell v. Bean, 263 Va. 176, 556 S..2d 741 (2002) (trial counsel, legal malpractice defense).

Bhatia v. Mehak, Inc., 262 Va. 544; 551 S.E.2d 358 (2001) (premises liability defense)

MNC Credit Corp. v. Sickels, 255 Va. 314; 497 S.E.2d 331 (1998) (landmark decision that legal malpractice claims are not assignable).

Gemco-Ware, Inc. v. Rongene Mold & Plastics Corp., 234 Va. 54, 360 S.E.2d 342 (1987) (product liability defense).

Virginia Circuit Court

Langdon v. Doherty, 2005 Va. Cir. LEXIS 305 (Va. Cir. Ct. Mar. 10, 2005)(claims against fiduciary)

Bachelder v. Statkus, 46 Va. Cir. 381 (Loudoun 1998) (medical malpractice case).

Howell v. Rutledge, 1998 Va. Cir. LEXIS 540 (Alexandria 1998).

Federal Court

Gardner v. Town of Blacksburg, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 81468 (W.D. Va. June 10, 2013)(police civil liability)

Hara v. Hardcore Choppers, LLC, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 162552 (D.D.C. 2012)(strict liability, breach of implied warranty, negligence claims based on motorcycle redesign)

Stith v. Thorne, 247 F.R.D. 89, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 88136 (E.D. Va. 2007)(Va. consumer protection act claims)

Earth Tech, Inc. v. United States Fire Ins. Co., 407 F. Supp. 2d 763 (E.D. Va. 2006)(insurance coverage)

Dikun v. Streich, 369 F. Supp. 2d 781 (E.D. Va. 2005)(Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) claims)

Skippy, Inc. v. Lipton Investments, Inc., 2003 U.S. App. LEXIS 18944 (4th Cir. 2003) (legal malpractice defense).

Kanazeh v. Crosson, 2003 U.S. App. LEXIS 4106 (4th Cir. 2003) (legal malpractice defense).

Westport Ins. Corp. v. Lydia S. Ulrich Testamentary Trust, 2002 U.S. App. LEXIS 15354 (4th Cir. 2002) (legal malpractice/coverage dispute).

Kanazeh v. Mann, 2001 U.S. App. LEXIS 22433 (4th Cir. 2001) (legal malpractice defense).

Ratner v. Loudoun County Public Schools, 2001 U.S. App. LEXIS, 16941 (4th Cir. 2001).

Toms v. Allied Bond & Collection Agency, Inc., 179 F. 3rd 103 (4th Cir. 1999) (FDCPA case).

Francisco v. Doherty, Sheridan & Grimaldi, 1999 U.S. App. LEXIS 7664 (4th Cir. 1999) (legal malpractice defense).

Commercial Energies v. United Airlines, 1994 U.S. App. LEXIS 14311 (4th Cir. 1994) (false arrest).

Aram v. Al-Harithy, 1994 U.S. App. LEXIS 4154 (4th Cir. 1994) (breach of contract).

Richardson v. Kruchko & Fries, 966 F.2d 153 (4th Cir. 1992) (legal malpractice defense).

Gill v. Rollins Protective Services Co., 836 F.2d 194 (4th Cir. 1987) (fire loss).

Auerbach v. Sverdrup Corp. 264 U.S. App. D.C. 390; 829 F.2d 174 (D.C. Cir.1987).

Gill v. Rollins Protective Services Co., 773 F.2d 592 (4th Cir. 1985).

Kanazeh v. Mann, 1998 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 22432 (E.D. Va. 1998) (legal malpractice defense).

Kanazeh v. Mann, 1998 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 22431 (E.D. Va. 1998).

B.M.H. v. School Board, 833 F. Supp. 560 (E.D. Va. 1993).

Chrysler Credit Corp. v. Curley, 753 F. Supp. 611 (E.D. Va. 1990) (breach of contract).

Ago v. Begg, Inc., 705 F. Supp. 613 (D.C.D.C. 1988) (real estate fraud).