Eckert Seamans expands litigation, bankruptcy, and employment practices in Richmond and Washington with group from LeClairRyan

August 27, 2019

Eckert Seamans today announced the addition of three attorneys from the LeClairRyan law firm to its Richmond, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., offices.

Christopher L. Perkins will join the Richmond office as a member (partner) of the firm’s bankruptcy & restructuring and commercial litigation practices, and Gerald F. Ragland, Jr. will join the Washington, D.C., office as a member of the firm’s professional and products liability litigation practices. Brendan C. Horgan will join the Richmond office as an associate in the firm’s labor & employment and commercial litigation practices.

“We are very excited to welcome Chris, Gerry, and Brendan. They are great additions to our existing litigation team, as well as expanding Eckert Seamans’ capabilities in bankruptcy, product liability, and employment law. Their arrival fits perfectly with the firm’s plan to grow the Richmond and D.C. offices to assist clients throughout Virginia, the Capitol region, and nationwide,” says Matthew B. Kirsner, Eckert Seamans’ Richmond office member-in-charge.

Perkins focuses his practice in the areas of bankruptcy, business reorganizations, workouts, and commercial litigation. He represents Chapter 11 debtors, lenders, and other secured creditors, creditors’ committees, trustees, receivers, lessors, and vendors. In his commercial litigation practice, he handles cases involving the Uniform Commercial Code, lender liability, fraudulent conveyance and business torts, landlord-tenant disputes, construction and mechanic’s lien litigation, real estate litigation and commercial broker lien disputes, insurance coverage, and malpractice actions. He has significant trial, appellate, and alternative dispute resolution experience. Perkins earned his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Richmond School of Law in 1997 and his B.A. from the University of Virginia in 1994. He is a member of the Virginia State Bar, the Richmond Bar Association’s Judiciary and Finance Membership Committees, and the American Bankruptcy Institute.

Ragland has more than 40 years of experience practicing before judges and juries in various state and federal forums in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia. In addition to trials, he has been involved in negotiations, alternative dispute resolution, mediations and arbitrations. He has also handled numerous appeals in federal and state courts. The focus of Ragland’s practice includes serious personal injury, wrongful death, professional liability, healthcare litigation, medical malpractice and business litigation. He has also represented clients in premises liability, catastrophic automobile accidents, tractor-trailer accidents and legal malpractice cases. Ragland earned his J.D. from Temple University in 1975 and his B.A. from Longwood University in 1965. Active in the profession, he is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, Alexandria Bar Association, Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, and Defense Research Institute.

Horgan focuses his practice on employment litigation, commercial litigation, and insurance defense. After law school, Horgan served for five years on active duty in the U.S. Navy JAG Corps. Horgan entered private practice in 2017. He earned his J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 2012 and his B.A. from Wake Forest University in 2006. Horgan is a member of the Virginia Bar Association, Military Law Section.

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