General Résumé of Practice and Experience

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW

With the growth of government, many matters are no longer resolved in the traditional courtroom environment but rather are handled before administrative agencies. We represent clients before the Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission, the various boards of the Department of Health Professions, the Virginia Employment Commission, the Department of Labor and Industry and all local councils, boards of supervisors, planning commissions and boards of zoning appeals.

BUSINESS & CORPORATE

Currently the Firm serves as counsel to a number of local, regional, national and international businesses. Our business/corporate clientele look to Parrish Snead Franklin Simpson, PLC to advise them on corporate structure, establishment of subsidiary corporations, representation with respect to banking arrangements (including a variety of credit facilities), contractual matters, insurance matters, employment and personnel matters, transportation matters and miscellaneous other matters as they arise. Similar services are offered to clients whose operations are smaller.

CONSTRUCTION

We have extensive experience in residential and commercial construction matters, including experience in the field of mechanics' lien law. In addition, we currently advise area school boards and their construction management departments regarding site acquisition and the construction of their schools. Our areas of responsibility include the negotiation and drafting of agreements with architects and engineers, the drafting of specialized general conditions for construction, pre-qualification of general contractors for bidding, evaluation of bids, drafting of contract documents, supervision of construction, evaluation of contractor performance, and the assertion of and defense of construction claims and the handling of public inquiries relating to construction and school facilities. We also evaluate facilities and plans in order to render opinions on compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and related legislation.

EDUCATION

Parrish Snead Franklin Simpson, PLC advises local school boards and other entities on education matters. We are responsible for interpreting numerous state and federal regulations and rulings as they relate to local school boards. We also counsel school boards on all issues facing educators, including employment, disability, student conduct, and facility use.

EMPLOYMENT LAW

We regularly advise our corporate and business clients on issues relating to employee rights and obligations. We draft employment contracts, workplace rules and policies, provide counsel on disputes and serve as counsel when litigation results.

ESTATE PLANNING & ADMINISTRATION

Parrish Snead Franklin Simpson, PLC assists clients in planning their estates, advising on probate law, estate taxation, descent and distribution and programs to avoid estate taxation. We prepare wills, trusts, charitable giving instruments, complex trusts designed to avoid estate taxes, life insurance trusts and instruments effecting lifetime giving programs. We also have extensive experience in estate administration.

GUARDIANSHIP AND CONSERVATORSHIP

We represent clients in all aspects of guardianship and conservatorship proceedings in the Circuit Courts of Virginia. This includes helping those who cannot otherwise act for themselves, whether due to temporary or permanent incapacity. We serve as counsel for petitioning parties seeking appointment as guardians and conservators, as well as counsel for individuals who are the subject of these proceedings.  Members of our firm are also certified to serve as guardian ad litem for incapacitated individuals.

HOAs AND COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS

We handle all aspects of representation for many homeowners and community associations in the region, including drafting and revising deeds of dedication and declarations of restrictive covenants, assessment collection, enforcement of violations, and advising residential and commercial property owner association boards on various issues.

INSURANCE LAW

Our firm represents a large number of Virginia and national insurance companies. We represent insureds in state and federal courts on claims brought under many different types of insurance policies, including homeowner's, commercial liability, automobile, workers' compensation and fire. We also represent insurance companies directly in suits involving bad faith, fraud and policy interpretation.

LITIGATION

Parrish Snead Franklin Simpson, PLC currently serves as counsel in approximately three hundred cases pending in federal and state courts at the trial and appellate level. The subject matters of these suits include contract litigation, automobile negligence, products liability, construction liability, mechanics' liens, employment contracts, workplace torts (e.g., sexual harassment and age discrimination), workers' compensation, insurance coverage disputes, professional liability, contract fraud, commercial liability, eminent domain, real estate including easement and boundary disputes, business litigation, and estate and trust litigation.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT LAW

We have the experience and ability to assist citizens in disputes concerning issues of local government law, including zoning, special use permits and variances. We appear on clients’ behalf before local boards, such as city councils and boards of supervisors.

PERSONAL INJURY

If you have been injured in an automobile or other accident, we can advise you and represent you in claims against the negligent party. Our experience in handling negligence actions for both plaintiffs and defendants enables us to fairly and accurately assess the value of your case. Our working relationship with insurance companies serves to increase our ability to negotiate on your behalf to achieve settlement. In the event that your claim cannot be settled to your satisfaction, our extensive trial experience enables us to present your case to the jury with utmost skill for maximum recovery.

REAL ESTATE

Parrish Snead Franklin Simpson, PLC handles a large variety of commercial real estate transactions including all contractual matters relating to the transactions, permanent financing, construction financing, leasing (commercial and industrial), as well as zoning and land use issues.

Firm & Practice Areas

Parrish Snead Franklin Simpson, PLC is a general practice law firm located in downtown Fredericksburg, Virginia. The firm represents clients in civil litigation and general transactional matters throughout the Commonwealth, from Alexandria south to Richmond, east throughout the Northern Neck of Virginia and west to Culpeper, Warrenton and Charlottesville.

Our experienced attorneys assist individuals and businesses in Virginia State and Federal Courts in civil litigation matters including contract litigation, landlord-tenant, collections, construction and real estate litigation, employment law, elder law, estate and fiduciary litigation, business litigation, personal injury, insurance defense and condemnation.

In addition, we advise and represent clients in transactional matters including estate planning, corporate law, commercial real estate transactions and leases, drafting and negotiating contracts, and establishing trusts.