Article Share on Apple Workplace Injuries.

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An unusual workplace injury made the news this week with reports of injuries at the new Apple Computers headquarters. Employees are literally walking into glass walls at Apple’s new state-of-the-art campus in Cupertino, CA. Steve Jobs once called the project “a shot at the best office building in the world,” but this donut-shaped glass building is becoming something of a joke after 3 different incidents required 911 calls. Despite all of the high tech planning, it seems that the decision... Read More >

Mar 16, 2018 @ 5:35 pm

Autonomous Vehicle Crash

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In an interesting article in Forbes magazine, tort law expert Michael I. Krauss, from my alma mater, George Mason University, talks about some of the emerging legal issues around self-driving cars. He’s more skeptical about the safety of the new technology than I am, but he is exactly right in saying that the rise of autonomous vehicles will require an evolution of existing tort law, especially in terms of product liability. If a car crashes while in self-driving mode, Krauss... Read More >

Mar 07, 2018 @ 8:13 pm

Driving Safety for Teens and Seniors

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For anyone with teenage drivers or parents who are becoming frail with age, driving can become a worrisome venture. This week a client brought to our attention an amazingly thoughtful and in-depth NPR podcast hosted by Mindy Todd at Atlantic Public Media, that takes a close look at issues of driving safety, especially involving teens and elders. There are guests from medicine, academia, and the auto safety industry, all sharing their insights. One of our favorites is the view that nearly... Read More >

Mar 02, 2018 @ 7:19 am


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Knowing what to do in the face of a medical emergency could be the difference between life and death. According to the American Heart Association,  “CPR, especially if performed in the first few minutes of cardiac arrest, can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.” Thanks to organizations like the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross, anyone can become trained in basic CPR and first aid. These skills can be invaluable when someone is in acute medical... Read More >

Feb 23, 2018 @ 1:58 pm

From Lawyer to U.S. President

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Burnett & Williams’ lawyers are in good company on this Presidents’ Day: nearly 60% of all U.S. presidents were lawyers before they were elected commander in chief. Many people who seek justice and fairness and possess a desire to help others become lawyers. That may be why so many lawyers go on to hold elected office, from president on down, as well as serving as judges and attorneys general all across our country. Here’s the list of U.S. Presidents who... Read More >

Feb 16, 2018 @ 2:09 pm

The February Ampersand Award goes to the City of Petersburg Black History Month Festival

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For the February Ampersand Award, we’d like to recognize the City of Petersburg’s Black History Month Festival, and its organizers, the city’s Special Events Coordinator, Marnelle Fanfan, and Festival Chair, Margo Hardy. For the fourth year in a row, Petersburg is celebrating Black History Month with an all-day festival that will run from 2pm-7pm on Saturday, Feb. 24 at Petersburg High School. Petersburg consistently celebrates “Pride & History,” and over the past year we have noticed a lot of strong community-building... Read More >

Feb 09, 2018 @ 1:47 pm

Peter Burnett Interviewed on “Ask the Expert” Podcast

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Attorney Peter Burnett recently took time out of his busy practice for a national podcast interview on Steve Sleeper’s “Ask the Expert” show. Peter talked about his 40 years of work as a lawyer, including 35 years as a personal injury attorney in Loudoun County, Fairfax County, and the Shenandoah Region. Drawing on his day-to-day experience helping clients navigate large accident claims, Peter shared insights into the importance of proper car insurance levels, and his ongoing commitment to helping people understand... Read More >

Feb 06, 2018 @ 5:01 am