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4501 Highwoods Parkway
Suite 210
Glen Allen, Virginia 23060Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 804-346-0600
Fax: 804-346-5954
E-Mail: mgoodman@goodmanallen.com
www.goodmanallen.com
Practice Areas
About Us
Additional Locations
Client Information
Personnel
Established: 1998

Practice Areas
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Hospital Malpractice
  • Product Liability
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Civil Litigation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Automobile Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Business Formation
  • Commercial Real Estate Law
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About Us
Goodman Allen Donnelly was founded by eight partners who decided to leave established Virginia law firms to create a firm where they could combine their extensive experience in defending private and public health care facilities, health care providers and product manufacturers in an environment that allowed them to be more client centric, innovative, creative and cost efficient.

Now with 27 attorneys, Goodman Allen Donnelly has grown to a full-service firm representing individuals and business entities - from inventors to small businesses to multinational corporations in Virginia, throughout the country and abroad. The firm has an active trial practice, handling litigation matters in state and federal courts nationwide, including engaging in non-judicial dispute resolution, arbitration, mediation and administrative proceedings. Goodman Allen Donnelly attorneys prosecute patents, register trademarks and represent clients in adversary proceedings at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Additionally, our attorneys handle virtually every type of business transaction on behalf of entrepreneurs, business owners, start-ups, investors, lenders, growth and mid-size companies. Our attorneys also represent clients in a wide variety of commercial real estate matters, including acquisition, sale, financing development and leasing transactions. They represent veterans before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Our clients include numerous insurers, well-known manufacturers, health care providers, health care facilities, motor carrier and trucking companies, veterans, authors, artists and inventors.
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Additional Locations
Charlottesville, Virginia
123 E. Main St., 7th Floor
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
Telephone: 434-817-2180
Fax: 434-817-2199
E-Mail: csipe@goodmanallen.com
Norfolk, Virginia
150 Boush Street, Suite 900
Town Point Center
Norfolk, Virginia 23510
Telephone: 757-625-1400
Fax: 757-625-7701
E-Mail: awcharters@goodmanallen.com
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Client Information
Insurance Clients
Arch Insurance GroupCNA HealthPro
The Doctors CompanyESIS
GMAC InsuranceHealth Care Indemnity, Inc.
MAG Mutual Insurance CompanyThe Medical Mutual Group
ProAssurance CorporationShand Morahan & Company, Inc.
State Volunteer Mutual Insurance CompanyVirginia Property and Casualty Insurance Guaranty Association
Non-Insurance Clients
BIC CorporationBobcat Company
Bon Secours Health Systems, Inc.Ingersoll-Rand Company
Mary Washington HealthcarePerformance Food Group
Sentara HealthcareVCU Health System
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Personnel Information
Managing Member
Charles M. Allen
Glen Allen, VA
E-Mail:callen@goodmanallen.com
Practice Areas
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Product Liability
  • Intellectual Property
  • Commercial Litigation
Admitted
  • Massachusetts, 1982
  • Virginia, 1989
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • U.S. Court of Appeal for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Memberships:
  • Virginia and Richmond Bar Associations
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Christian Legal Society
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
Education:
  • United States Military Academy at West Point, B.S. (with honors), 1976
  • Harvard University, J.D. (cum laude), 1982
Military:
U.S. Army (1976-1989); Colonel, JAGC, U.S. Army Reserve (1989-2004) Retired
Born:1954
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Members
Robyn P. Ayres
Glen Allen, VA
E-Mail:rayres@goodmanallen.com
Practice Areas
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Health Care
  • Product Liability Defense
Admitted
  • Virginia, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
Memberships:
  • American, Henrico County and Richmond Bar Associations
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
Education:
  • Virginia Tech, B.A. (magna cum laude, Dean's List), 1999
  • University of Richmond School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 2002
Born:1977
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A. William Charters
Norfolk, VA
E-Mail:awcharters@goodmanallen.com
Practice Areas
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Health Care
  • Product Liability
  • Commercial Litigation
Admitted
  • New York, 1980
  • Virginia, 1991
  • North Carolina, 1995
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Middle Districts of North Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Memberships:
  • North Carolina, Norfolk-Portsmouth and Chesapeake Bar Associations
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
Education:
  • Dartmouth College, A.B. (with high distinction), 1976
  • Syracuse University, J.D., 1979
  • Judge Advocate General's School Army (TJAGSA), LL.M., 1987
  • Georgetown University, M.L.T., 1987
Military:
Maj., U.S. Army (1980-1991)
Born:1954
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Robert F. Donnelly, Jr.
Glen Allen, VA
E-Mail:rdonnelly@goodmanallen.com
Practice Areas
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Product Liability
Admitted
  • Virginia, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
Memberships:
  • Virginia State Bar (Board of Governor's for Health Law Section, 2000-2002)
  • Richmond Bar Association
  • John Marshall Inns of Court
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • University of Virginia, B.A. (cum laude), 1983
  • The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, J.D., 1988
Born:1961
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Anne M. Glenn
Glen Allen, VA
E-Mail:aglenn@goodmanallen.com
Practice Areas
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Health Care
  • Hospitals
  • Risk Management
  • Regulatory and Compliance
  • Product Liability
Admitted
  • Virginia, 1992
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, 1993
Memberships:
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
Education:
  • University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law, J.D., 1992
Born:1964
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Michael L. Goodman
Glen Allen, VA
E-Mail:mgoodman@goodmanallen.com
Practice Areas
  • Health Care Professional Licensure Defense
  • Regulatory and Compliance
  • Risk Management
  • Health Care
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
Admitted
  • Virginia, 1980
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
Additional Biographical Details:
Professional Regulatory Boards; Credentialing; Peer Review
Memberships:
  • American, Virginia and Richmond (President, Young Lawyers Section, 1988-1989) Bar Associations
  • Virginia State Bar
  • John Marshall Inn of Court
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
  • National Health Lawyers Association
Education:
  • University of Virginia, B.A. (with high distinction), 1977
  • University of Virginia, J.D., 1980
Born:1954
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Douglas E. Penner
Norfolk, VA
E-Mail:dpenner@goodmanallen.com
Practice Areas
  • Health Care
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Professional Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Medical Devices
  • Complex Tort Litigation
Admitted
  • Virginia, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
Memberships:
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Virginia, Norfolk-Portsmouth and Virginia Beach Bar Associations
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • James Madison University, B.A., 1992
  • The Catholic University of America, J.D., 1998
Born:1969
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Mary Moffett Hutcheson Priddy
Glen Allen, VA
E-Mail:mpriddy@goodmanallen.com
Practice Areas
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Insurance Defense
  • Health Care
Admitted
  • Virginia, 1982
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
Memberships:
  • Virginia and Richmond Bar Associations
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys (Chairman, Medical Malpractice Section, 1991-1993; Board of Directors, 2001-2004)
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Mary Baldwin College, B.A., 1969
  • University of Richmond, J.D., 1982
Born:1947
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C. Ervin Reid
Glen Allen, VA
E-Mail:ereid@goodmanallen.com
Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Product Liability
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
Admitted
  • Virginia, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2002
Memberships:
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Richmond Bar Association
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, A.B., 1978
  • College of William & Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law, J.D., 1986
Born:1955
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Charles Y. Sipe
Charlottesville, VA
E-Mail:csipe@goodmanallen.com
Practice Areas
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Health Care
  • Long-Term Care
  • Nursing Home Defense
  • Nursing Home Liability
  • Nursing Home Litigation
  • Property and Casualty
  • Automotive Products Liability
  • Insurance Defense
Admitted
  • Virginia, 1990
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1994
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1995
Memberships:
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
Education:
  • University of Virginia, B.A., 1983
  • George Mason University, J.D., 1987
Born:1965
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Principals
Angela B. Axselle
Glen Allen, VA
E-Mail:aaxselle@goodmanallen.com
Practice Areas
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Professional Liability
  • Health Care
  • Regulatory and Compliance
Admitted
  • Virginia, 1999
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Memberships:
  • American, Virginia, Richmond and Henrico Bar Associations
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
Education:
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., 1994
  • University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law, J.D., 1999
Born:1972
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Jessica M. Flage
Glen Allen, VA
E-Mail:jflage@goodmanallen.com
Practice Areas
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Health Care
  • Long-Term Care
  • Nursing Home Defense
  • Nursing Home Liability
  • Nursing Home Litigation
  • Regulatory and Compliance
Admitted
  • Virginia, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
Memberships:
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
Publications:
  • Co-Author, "Rule 3:20: Impact, Limitations and Strategic Solutions, VADA Journal of Civil Litigation," Vol. IIV No 2
Education:
  • The George Washington University, B.A. (cum laude), 2004
  • American University, Washington College of Law, J.D., 2007
Born:1981
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Marshall H. Ross
Glen Allen, VA
E-Mail:mross@goodmanallen.com
Practice Areas
  • Health Care
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Professional Liability
  • Employment
  • Regulatory and Compliance
  • Product Liability
  • Risk Management
  • Workers' Compensation
Admitted
  • Georgia, 1983
  • District of Columbia, 1987
  • Virginia, 1989
  • West Virginia, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
Memberships:
  • West Virginia Bar Association
  • The District of Columbia Bar
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
Education:
  • University of Virginia, B.A. (distinguished graduate), 1980
  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1983
Born:1958
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Eileen M. Talamante
Glen Allen, VA
E-Mail:etalamante@goodmanallen.com
Practice Areas
  • Regulatory and Compliance
  • Health Care
  • Risk Management
Admitted
  • Tennessee, 1991
  • Virginia, 2008
Memberships:
  • American and Virginia Bar Associations
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • American Inns of Court
Certifications:
  • Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Certification
Education:
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.S.N., 1987
  • The University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D., 1990
Born:1965
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Associates
Martha A. Weis
Glen Allen, VA
Practice Areas
  • Trademark
  • Intellectual Property
  • Guardianship
Admitted
  • Texas, 2013
  • Virginia, 2014
  • District of Columbia, 2014
Education:
  • Texas Tech University, B.A. (magna cum laude), 2006
  • Vanderbilt University, M.A., 2009
  • Vanderbilt University, J.D., 2012
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Taylor D. Brewer
Glen Allen, VA
Practice Areas
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Health Care
  • State Board Licensing & Credentialing
Admitted
  • Virginia, 2011
Education:
  • Davidson College, B.S., 2008
  • University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 2011
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Heather M. Fields
Glen Allen, VA
Practice Areas
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Product Liability
  • Premises Security
Admitted
  • Virginia, 2009
Education:
  • University of Maryland, B.A./B.S., 2006
  • University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law, J.D., 2009
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Bonnie Lane
Glen Allen, VA
Practice Areas
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Health Care
Admitted
  • Virginia, 2007
Education:
  • College of William & Mary, B.A., 2004
  • Widener University School of Law, J.D., 2007
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