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Nuts and Bolts of Litigating Personal Injury Cases in Virginia General District Courts

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Produced on October 31, 2016

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Course Information

Time 62 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

Course Description

When Virginia lawmakers increased the jurisdictional limit in General District Courts from $15,000 to $25,000 in 2011, the number of cases filed skyrocketed. Although litigation in the General District Court certainly has its advantages such as quicker resolution and savings on experts, there are also pitfalls to avoid.  

This course, presented by Amy L. Bradley, reviews the issues that litigators will want to consider in deciding whether General District Court is the best jurisdiction to file, the statutory scheme governing such cases, and the pitfalls to avoid. 

Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify cases which are appropriate candidates for General District Court litigation
  2. Gain familiarity with the statutory scheme governing personal injury actions in the General District Court
  3. Learn to spot issues and preempt arguments from the defense
  4. Obtain practical advice on reducing trial mishaps
  5. Understand the appeal process

Credit Information

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Amy Bradley

Briglia Hundley, P.C.

Amy Bradley joined BrigliaHundley P.C. with a range of practice experience including personal injury, criminal defense and civil litigation. She has represented individuals and businesses in the state courts of every jurisdiction in Northern Virginia, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Amy's trial experience includes more than 100 bench and jury trials in criminal and civil matters.

At BrigliaHundley, P.C., Amy has expanded her practice areas to include land use, employment, and immigration. She is also a part-time prosecutor for the Town of Vienna, Virginia.

Amy has represented individuals facing serious criminal charges including multiple felony charge drug distributions, sex offenses, embezzlement and murder. Amy was a member of the defense team that represented Alfredo Prieto in his third capital murder sentencing trial in Fairfax County Circuit Court.

Amy previously worked as an attorney for one of the country's largest insurance companies giving her unique and valuable insight into how to maximize recovery for injured persons. In this capacity, Amy learned how large insurance companies handle and evaluate claims from beginning to end.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Amy's first career path as a television journalist took her across the United States. The Wyoming native graduated from the University of Missouri's renowned School of Journalism with honors. While at Mizzou, she took on a variety of roles at including producing, reporting, anchoring, and even operating a live truck for KOMU-TV, the NBC affiliate in Columbia, Missouri. She landed her first job after graduation as the morning producer anchor at WGEM-TV in Quincy, Illinois. Amy's journey next took her to Fort Wayne, Indiana where she anchored the morning news for WISE-TV. Amy's final stop in the news business was WBRE-TV, where she worked as an investigative reporter. While in Pennsylvania, Amy appeared as a guest commentator for The Abrams Report on MSNBC. She was nominated for an Emmy for her reporting of the Hugo Selenski double-murder trial in 2007. Her opportunity to attend and report on several high-profile trials as a reporter propelled her return to school to pursue a second career path as a trial attorney.

An active member of the Fairfax Bar Association (FBA), Amy has served as co-chair of the General District Court Committee and as a member of the Pro Bono Committee. Amy previously served as a Board Member and Secretary of the Young Lawyers Section. She is also a member of the George Mason Chapter of the American Inns of Court. She regularly volunteers her time for various programs to benefit the community at large including: Wills for Heroes, Middle School Speaker, Devonshire Program, and Court Tour programs. She routinely assists victims of domestic abuse in obtaining protective orders against their abusers through Legal Services of Northern Virginia’s Attorney of the Day Program. Amy has also authored articles for the Fairfax Bar Journal and Docket Call. She enjoys mentoring high school students and new attorneys.


George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, Virginia

Juris Doctor, May 2010


  • Journal of Law, Economics & Policy, Senior Articles Editor (2009-2010)
  • The Docket, News Editor (2007-2008)
  • Phi Alpha Delta, Member (2007-2010)
  • Trial Advocacy Association, Volunteer (2007)

University of Missouri-Columbia, School of Journalism, Columbia, Missouri

Bachelor of Broadcast Journalism, Minor in Sociology, Cum Laude, Dec. 2002

  • USA Today - Nominated as Academic All-American (1999-2000)


  • Commonwealth of Virginia 
  •  Maryland


  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • United States District and Bankruptcy Courts for the District of Columbia


  • Lawline - Selected as Top 20 Women Faculty of 2016
  • Super Lawyers - Rising Star – 2015-2018
  • Legal Services of Northern Virginia - Rule 6.1 Society – Legal Services of Northern Virginia (2017)
  • Fairfax Bar Association - President's Award (2018)
  • National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys - Top 10 Under 40 - 2018


Fairfax Bar Association

  • General District Court Committee Co-Chair - 2015-2018
  • Young Lawyers Section Board Member, Secretary
  • Wills for Heroes Volunteer
  • Middle School Speaker Volunteer
  • Devonshire Program Volunteer
  • Court Tour Program Volunteer - 2015

Alexandria Bar Association

  • Beat the Odds Mentor – 2011-2017

Prince William Bar Association

  • SERVE Shelter Volunteer – 2016-2018
  •  Wills for Heroes Volunteer – 2015-2016

Legal Services of Northern Virginia

  • Attorney of the Day Program – Steering Committee and Volunteer - 2015-2018

George Mason American Inns of Court

  • Member – 2015 -2017

Fairfax Law Foundation

  • Member, Run for Justice 5K Committee - 2010-2015

George Mason University School of Law

  •  Third Year Law School Student Mentor
  • Volunteer Judge at mock trial and moot court various competitions
  • Small firm networking events participant

National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

  • Emmy nominated for reporting of Hugo Selenski double murder trial - 2007


Adria B.

Well done and very thorough.

Liza C.

This was a fabulous refresher!!!!

Ilya R.

Great course!

Robert S.

Excellent presentation.

Marie W.

I've been of law school for twelve years and never practiced and recently considered some solo PI work. This was practical, informative, hands on teaching. Thank you.

Ronald R.

Amy Bradley was one of the best presenters I have seen on Lawline. This was a really outstanding CLE. Thank you.

Andrew T.

Good class, good presenter.

Frank E.

An excellent program/refresher -- good slides, too!

Robert S.

Very knowledgeable; excellent delivery.

Esson M.

Excellent presentation that was very worthwhile.

susan h.

outstanding outline!!

Earl G.

Excellent Presentation.

Antoine M.

Excellent presentation from extremely competent counsel

Marshall L. E.

Excellent program

Lawrence A.

Well Done!

John M.


Bhavik P.

Excellent coverage of relevant caselaw and statutes.

Thomas S.

Really strong program for the practice area that I was seeking to address.

John T.

Fantastic--one of the best beginner level CLE classes I've taken on-demand.

Carrol C.

Very clear and engaging speaker. Good trial tips, as well.

Ed C.

Excellent speaker, points and materials. Just excellent all around.

Mary F W.

Clear. Complete. Excellent written materials.

Michael L.


John M.

Excellent presentation

Richard G.

A lot of useful information, and practice tips.

Robertah C.

Ms. Bradley is an excellent lecturer. I hope that she will continue to provide more lectures on Virginia law.

Frank K.

The presentation was right on point !!

Lloyd S.

Succinct and well delivered without wasting time on war stories!

Barry A.

Very nicely presented and helpful.

Russell B.


Joseph W.

This was a well organized, authoritative and crisply presented Virginia specific course. I really enjoyed the course and the presenter did an outstanding job.

James R. B.

Good Seminar


The teacher was very interesting and informative and had a pleasant manner, and well organized!! Great job.

Brian M.

EXCELLENT PRESENTER!!! Extremely practical and useful advice.

Tui Marie C.

Great presentation!

William H.

Excellent presentation.

Stephen L.

well done

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