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

(379 reviews)

Produced on October 31, 2016

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$ 59 Personal Injury and Negligence and Litigation In Stock

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


Amy Bradley

Briglia Hundley, P.C.

I am passionate about seeking justice for my clients. Clients often come to me in the worst moments of their lives, following an encounter with law enforcement or after being injured through no fault of their own. It’s my goal to guide them through the legal process with a compassionate and relatable approach, while zealously protecting their interests. I work with my clients to strategize and achieve the best possible outcomes.

I was inspired to attend law school while working as a television investigative reporter. The opportunity to report on several high-profile cases, including an appearance on the 'Dan Abrams Report', sparked my interest in the study of law. My communications background gives me the ability to advocate effectively in the courtroom. My journalistic curiosity leads me to think outside-the-box.

My versatile trial experience includes more than 100 bench and jury trials in criminal and civil cases. As a criminal defense attorney, I represent adults and juveniles on matters ranging from traffic offenses to serious felony charges. In personal injury matters, I represent clients on cases ranging from minor car accidents to life-altering injuries. I assist corporations in a wide variety of matters. I also serve as Deputy Town Attorney for the Town of Vienna where I prosecute misdemeanor crimes and traffic offenses.

I previously worked as in-house counsel for one of the country’s largest insurance companies giving me unique and valuable insight into how to maximize recovery for injured persons. I know how large insurance companies handle and evaluate claims from beginning to end. My ability to see both sides of injury cases gives me the ability to anticipate defense strategies and prepare accordingly.

If you are looking for an approachable, multi-faceted attorney, who will work tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome, please feel free to contact me at or (703) 883-0208. I look forward to speaking with you.


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
  • District of Columbia


  • 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, 2018
  • Super Lawyers - Rising Star – 2015-2019
  • Arlington Magazine - Top Attorney (2019)
  • Legal Services of Northern Virginia - Rule 6.1 Society – Legal Services of Northern Virginia (2017, 2019)
  • 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 -2019

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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