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Jonnie L. Speight

Education

  • Old Dominion University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1983
  • Washington & Lee University, J.D., cum laude, 1986

Clerkships

  • Supreme Court of Virginia, Honorable Roscoe B. Stephenson, Jr., Law Clerk, 1986 - 1989

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Virginia, 1986
  • U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Virginia

Classes & Seminars Taught

  • Ethics for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters ("CPCU"), March 2013
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Washington & Lee University School of Law, Spring 2007 - Fall 2012.
  • Compensable Consequences in Virginia Workers' Compensation, October 2011
  • T Minus 90: Trial Preparations In The 90 Days Leading To Opening Statement, October 2008.
  • Medical Management and Vocational Issues in Virginia Workers' Compensation, March 2008
  • Elaboration on the Concepts of “Arising Out Of” and "In the Course of" Employment: Parking Lot Cases, Seventh Annual Virginia Workers' Compensation Seminar, September 2004
  • A Tale of Two Issues in Establishing Title as Insured, May 2004
  • Slips and Falls Under the Virginia Workers' Compensation Act, Sixth Annual Virginia Workers' Compensation Seminar, September 2003
  • Doing Vocational Rehabilitation Right, June 2003
  • Introduction to Workers' Compensation in Virginia, October 2002
  • Resolving Title Insurance Claims, December 2001

Honors, Awards & Affiliations

  • Listed in "The Best Lawyers in America" 2006 - present
  • Best Lawyers' 2014 Roanoke Real Estate Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Head Fellow, Burks Scholar Teaching Fellows, 1985 - 1986
  • Kaufman & Canoles Law Firm Scholar, 1985 - 1986
  • Arts Editor, The W&L Law News, 1985 - 1986
  • National Moot Court Team, 1984 - 1985
  • Staff Writer, The W&L Law News, 1984 - 1985
  • Third Place Oralist, 1984 Burks Moot Court Competition
  • Nominee, 1984 Burks Best Brief Competition
  • Outstanding Political Science Student, 1983
  • Co-author of "The Spot Oil Market." a statistical analysis presented at the 1984 International Studies Symposium
  • Speaker, Alpha Chi National Convention March 1982, April 1983 (papers competitively selected for presentation)
  • President, Alpha Chi National Honor Society, 1982 - 1983
  • Secretary, Alpha Chi National Honor Society, 1981 - 1982
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  • Omicron Delta Epsilon Honor Society in Economics

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Roanoke Bar Association
    • Board of Directors, 1997 - 1999, 2009 - 2011
    • Newsletter Co-Editor and Committee Member, 2010 - present
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
    • Vice Chair, VADA Corporate and Commercial Litigation Section, 2012 - 2013
    • Member and Southwest Virginia Regional Director, Board of Directors, 2005 - 2007
    • Chair, VADA Workers' Compensation Section, 2003 - 2004
    • Vice Chair, VADA Workers' Compensation Section, 2002 - 2003
  • Virginia Women Attorneys Association
    • Director at Large, Board of Directors, 2010 - present
  • Virginia Self-Insurer's Association

Publications

  • Analyzing Compensability of Accidents Occurring in Parking Lots under the Virginia Workers' Compensation Act, 18 Journal of Civil Litigation 243 (2006)
  • From McGuinn to the Present: The Development of the DeFacto Award Doctrine in Workers' Compensation, 10 Journal of Civil Litigation 351 (1998)
  • Commission Rules that Chiropractic Treatments to Nonspinal Injuries are Within the Scope of "the Practice of Chiropractic," 8 Journal of Civil Litigation (1996)

Military

  • US Naval Air Reserves, 1978 - 1981

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