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Trying Cases in Virginia: An Employment Attorney's Perspective

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Produced on October 18, 2019

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Course Information

Time 1h
Difficulty Beginner
Topics covered in this course: Litigation Labor & Employment

Course Description

You receive a summons from a court stating you have a certain amount of time to respond to a complaint filed against your company by a former employee. Now what? Litigation can be terrifying, especially in employment cases where emotions often run high.  

This course, presented by Employment Law attorney Jacquelyn Thompson, aims to help alleviate the dread and confusion that occurs when litigating an employment matter in Virginia. The course offers an overview of what to expect from the time you receive notice of a lawsuit through trial.  

Learning Objectives:

  1. Examine the differences between state court versus federal court and whether removal is appropriate
  2. Explore what it’s like to litigate in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, otherwise known as the “Rocket Docket”
  3. Review how to analyze the validity of a complaint to determine whether to move to dismiss it or answer it
  4. Identify how to properly track a case from the filing of a complaint, through discovery, to pretrial matters and trial preparation
  5. Discuss how to prepare for motions practice in Virginia

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Jacquelyn Thompson


Jacki Thompson concentrates her practice on labor relations and employment litigation representing management.

Jacki guides clients through all facets of traditional labor law, including collective bargaining negotiations, unfair labor practice cases before the National Labor Relations Board, advising on legal issues related to unionization, and picketing. She also defends employers in employment litigation before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, various state agencies, and in state and federal courts against a variety of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation cases. In addition, Jacki counsels employers on a variety of issues, including employee terminations, how to avoid/resolve labor and employment disputes and litigation, and Title VII, FMLA, FLSA, and ADA compliance.

She has also assisted employers with the drafting of employment agreements, separation agreements, covenants not to compete, employee handbooks and policies, and pre-employment applications. Jacki has done extensive work in a number of industries, including health care, manufacturing, airline, restaurant and hotel management, and higher education.

During law school, Jacki was a member of The George Washington Journal of Energy and Environmental Law and was a student member of The George Washington Law School Academic Integrity Committee.


Robert S.

An excellent presentation on the basics of trying a case in VA Courts and the Rocket Docket

Gregory S.

very practical; well organized

Philip H.

A very good, concise yet thorough, discussion of the subject.

Barbara L.

Extremely informative.

T. O.

Good course! Thank you.

Margaret R.

She did a great job presenting a large amount of content.


Excellent course!!

Brett Z.

Great presentation! Very informative .

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