Cristen T. Fletcher
Director of Business Development & Marketing


COVID-19 and the CARES Act – Partial Termination Relief for Retirement Plans

10/19/2020 by Robert N. Saffelle, Esq. ArticlesCoronavirusTrust & Estate; Estate Planning

Many employers have had to terminate or furlough employees in 2020 due to COVID-19.   Under IRS rules, a partial termination of a retirement or 401(k) plan may occur when there is a significant reduction (generally more than 20%) in plan participation due to employer-initiated terminations or layoffs during the plan year.  If a partial termination… Read more »

The Short Guide to Short-Term Rentals: Norfolk, VA Edition

10/16/2020 by Duggan O'Dea, Esq. ArticlesBusinessCommercial Real Estate

Short-term rentals have become increasingly popular with Hampton Roads visitors and a big source of income for local property owners. Many guests in the Hampton Roads area are finding accommodations on websites like,, and, instead of staying in traditional hotels and resorts. In 2018, Airbnb hosts in the City of Norfolk alone… Read more »

Simplified PPP Forgiveness Procedure for Loans of $50,000 or Less

10/12/2020 by Ray W. King, Esq. ArticlesBusinessCoronavirus

NOTE:  This article updates the information in the following Articles previously published: PPP Loan Forgiveness, April 29, 2020 Additional PPP Loan Forgiveness Guidelines, June 2, 2020 PPP Loan Forgiveness Application, After the Payroll Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020, June 24, 2020 On Friday, October 9, 2020, the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) released guidelines for… Read more »

The Power of the Court Compels You: The Frequency and Result of Motions to Compel in the Norfolk and Newport News Divisions of the Eastern District of Virginia

10/12/2020 by Dustin M. Paul, Esq. & Jennifer L. Eaton, Esq. ArticlesLegal AlertThe EDVA Norfolk Blog

[Reprinted from “Fed Tide”—newsletter of the Hampton Roads Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.  If you are not a member, and you practice in Hampton Roads, you should be!] Few litigators like discovery.  It can be extensive, expensive, and irritating.  It can also lead to a motion to compel and the unpleasantries that often surround… Read more »

Business Owners’ Reputations: How Notoriety Can Make Owners (and Their Businesses) Prey to Defamation

10/07/2020 by Daniel L. Stephens, Esq. ArticlesBusiness

Effectively marketing a business and maintaining its reputation and goodwill within the community is exceptionally important to the success of a business, but it is a full-time effort as well. For better or worse, a business’s image and reputation are often closely tied to the image and reputation of its owner or owners. This can… Read more »

To Infinity and Beyond Immediate Parties: The Fourth and Ninth Circuit Split on the Enforceability of “Infinite Arbitration Clauses”

10/06/2020 by Dustin M. Paul, Esq. with assistance Gaela Normile Alternative Dispute ResolutionArbitrationArticles

Imagine walking into an AT&T store to sign up for a service plan and buy a new cellphone. Perhaps, you are excited to finally get your hands on the latest iPhone. At the same time your new phone is placed into one hand, a pen is placed into the other. You sign the dotted line… Read more »

DOL Proposes New Rule Clarifying Independent Contractor Status

09/30/2020 by Anne G. Bibeau, Esq. with assistance Gaela Normile ArticlesLabor & Employment

The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) has proposed a new rule interpreting independent contractor status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). The purpose of the proposed rule is to provide clarity as to when a worker is an independent contractor, and not an employee, under the FLSA. If adopted, the proposed rule would operate… Read more »

Federal Contractors Beware: New Executive Order Prohibits Certain Anti-Discrimination Training

09/30/2020 by Anne G. Bibeau, Esq. with assistance Gaela Normile ArticlesLabor & Employment

On September 22, 2020, President Trump signed the Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping (“EO”). Under the EO, executive departments and agencies, the military, federal contractors, and federal grant recipients are required to include specific provisions pertaining to workplace training in every government contract entered into after November 21, 2020. The EO, which… Read more »