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Blair Thomas

Blair M. Thomas practices as a member of the firm’s Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation Departments.  Blair is committed to assisting our clients and the community by providing excellent professional services and thoughtful solutions.  

Blair attended Bucknell University, graduating in 2010 with her Bachelor of Arts in both International Relations and Spanish, graduating with honors.  In 2011, she received her Master’s in Foreign Affairs, graduating with honors, from Penn State University. 

After gaining professional experience working for Fidelity National Financial, an investment firm in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she decided to pursue her law degree.  In 2014, Blair moved to Virginia to attend the University of Richmond School of Law.  

During law school, Blair won the Alternative Dispute Resolution Competition, representing Richmond Law at the 2015-2016 Regional Competition; and served as Publications Editor for the Public Interest Law Review.  She clerked with the Supreme Court of Virginia for the Honorable Cleo E. Powell, and with the Office of the Chief Staff Attorney. Blair is proficient in Spanish and has provided legal translation services to assist the Community Tax Law Project, along with ESL clients with our firm.

In 2017, she earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Richmond School of Law.  Upon graduation, Blair was awarded the “Harry L. Carrico Pro Bono and Public Service Award” for her 180+ hours of law-related volunteer service work.   

In 2019, after two years sharpening her litigation skills in civil defense work, Blair made the move to join Geoff and his team to represent injured claimants.  

Blair is licensed to practice in Virginia, and the Eastern District of Virginia in Federal Court.   In practice, Blair remains dedicated to public service, and continues to advocate on behalf of the underrepresented.  

Please reach out to Geoff McDonald & Associates, P.C., to speak with Blair about help with your personal injury or workers’ compensation claim today.  

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Geoff McDonald & Associates gana un acuerdo de $38.2 millones.

Geoff McDonald, fundador y presidente de Geoff McDonald & Associates, pertenece al bufete de abogados responsables por el acuerdo contra Banner Life y la compañía asociada, William Penn Life Insurance de Nueva York. Las dos compañías antes mencionadas son acusadas de incrementar las primas de seguro de las 7,600 pólizas de vida de sus clientes.

El bufete de abogados en Geoff McDonald & Associates, firma especializada en lesiones personales y radicada en Richmond, Virginia, se une a tres otros bufetes que representan a los titulares de las pólizas quienes hayan recibido un comunicado por parte de Banner Life detallando el aumento a su pago mensual de hasta 1,000 porciento. Los clientes de McDonald y su codefensor y socio, Frank H. Hupfl, declararon que su pago mensual incrementó entre $285 USD a $1,860 USD. 

Después de cinco años en litigios, la causa fue resuelta el 20 de mayo junto con el Juez Federal del Distrito Judicial de Maryland en los Estados Unidos de América Richard D. Bennet, con los siguientes acuerdos: 

  • fondo de compensación de $22.5 millones USD concedidos a los tres querellantes y a las 10,000 personas que pertenecen a la demanda colectiva.
  • acuerdo que las compañías de seguro no incrementarán o usaran un precio similar al antes mencionado por cinco años y $18 millones USD en reparaciones equitativas, y no monetarias
  • Suma colectiva  de los  beneficios del acuerdo $40,749,525 USD

Tras cerrar el caso y asegurarse que sus clientes estén satisfechos con los resultados, McDonald explicó, “me gusta pensar que nuestro bufete ha ayudado a diluir la cantidad de fraude y otras acciones deshonestas impartidas por las compañías de seguros”. 

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Motorcycle Accident Results in $250,000 Settlement

This is a personal injury claim arising out of a motorcycle crash where the injured party sustained severe injuries including: multiple rib fractures, subdural hematoma/brain bleed,  collapsed vertebrae, contusion of the lung, and a laceration to his left leg. Richmond based law firm Geoff McDonald and Associates used the risk of bad faith litigation in their favor to quickly secure a tender of the $250,000 policy limits. 

In mid-July the injured party was traveling on a motorcycle through western Virginia when he was struck by a motorist making a left hand turn across multiple lanes of oncoming traffic. This collision resulted in a T-bone style crash that launched the motorcyclist from his motorcycle. Paramedics arrived at the scene and took the injured party to a nearby local hospital. The injured party was then triaged and airlifted to a level one trauma center where he spent the next days under intensive hospital care. 

Moving quickly, the attorneys at Geoff McDonald and Associates realized the necessity to promptly settle the claim for no less than the liability insurer’s policy limits. After an initial conversation between the attorney and the insurance company in which the insurance company balked at tendering the liability limits, a bad faith demand letter was sent to the insurer as well as the insureds. The short three-page demand letter outlined the insurance company’s responsibility to settle the claim within the policy limits and that any failure to do so may result in an excess judgment at trial – for which the insured would be responsible for. The letter also informed the insured of their right to excess judgment counsel in the event of a verdict that exceeds their policy limits. 

Within a week of the insurance company’s receipt of the demand letter, an offer to tender the entirety of the $250,000 liability policy was made to avoid litigation. 

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GMA Paralegal named ‘Unsung Legal Hero’ 2020

For the past 18 years, Cheryll Reid has served as manager of the firm’s workers’ compensation department, where she has overseen record growth. During her tenure at the firm, Cheryll has helped guide and assist attorneys manage more than 2,000 workers’ comp claims. She has lent her insight, experience and service to both our young and seasoned attorneys. She is admired by her peers for her service, knowledge, mentorship and dedication to her clients and the firm. She is genuinely concerned with the well-being of each client and routinely exceeds the call of duty by providing outstanding client service.

I chose the legal field: I wanted to help people in their time of need. I wanted to be that person that stood up for the rights of others.  

I most enjoy: I enjoy helping and working with our clients and helping them through difficult times. I also enjoy the atmosphere that our firm has. 

Professional accomplishment: I think my biggest professional accomplishment has been the ability to help others, and working my way up from an entry level position to management.  

My first job: Working for an insurance company. I believe this is the reason that I decided to work for our clients rather than against them. It hurt me to have to tell someone that we were not going to cover their injuries. 

In my free time: In my spare time, I am on the board of a youth football team. It helps me to give back to the community. I also like relaxing and spending time with my family. 

Favorite get-away: Hawaii and going on cruises. 

You don’t know: Most people do not know that I hate speaking in public and that I am an introvert.

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Blair Thomas

Blair M. Thomas practices as a member of the firm’s Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation Departments.  Blair is committed to assisting our clients and the community by providing excellent professional services and thoughtful solutions.  

Blair attended Bucknell University, graduating in 2010 with her Bachelor of Arts in both International Relations and Spanish, graduating with honors.  In 2011, she received her Master’s in Foreign Affairs, graduating with honors, from Penn State University. 

After gaining professional experience working for Fidelity National Financial, an investment firm in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she decided to pursue her law degree.  In 2014, Blair moved to Virginia to attend the University of Richmond School of Law.  

During law school, Blair won the Alternative Dispute Resolution Competition, representing Richmond Law at the 2015-2016 Regional Competition; and served as Publications Editor for the Public Interest Law Review.  She clerked with the Supreme Court of Virginia for the Honorable Cleo E. Powell, and with the Office of the Chief Staff Attorney. Blair is proficient in Spanish and has provided legal translation services to assist the Community Tax Law Project, along with ESL clients with our firm.

In 2017, she earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Richmond School of Law.  Upon graduation, Blair was awarded the “Harry L. Carrico Pro Bono and Public Service Award” for her 180+ hours of law-related volunteer service work.   

In 2019, after two years sharpening her litigation skills in civil defense work, Blair made the move to join Geoff and his team to represent injured claimants.  

Blair is licensed to practice in Virginia, and the Eastern District of Virginia in Federal Court.   In practice, Blair remains dedicated to public service, and continues to advocate on behalf of the underrepresented.  

Please reach out to Geoff McDonald & Associates, P.C., to speak with Blair about help with your personal injury or workers’ compensation claim today.  

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Brandon Galindo

Brandon Galindo graduated from West Virginia University in 2016 where he majored in Criminology with minors in Spanish and Law and Legal Studies. During undergraduate studies, Brandon studied in Santander, Spain. He decided to continue his education and attended West Virginia University College of Law, graduating in May 2020. While in law school, Brandon was also enrolled in business school and earned his MBA simultaneously. Brandon earned recognition in business school for success in strategy related course work and competitions.

While in law school, Brandon served as a board member for the Veterans and Military Advocacy Group. Although not a veteran himself, Brandon has been a champion for veteran’s causes. During this time, Brandon also served as an IRS VITA volunteer, providing income tax assistance to low income individuals. He was also a 1L Lugar Trial Competition competitor and a Public Interest Advocates member and 2018 Supplemental Fellow. 

In 2018, Brandon interned at the Allegheny County Office of the Public Defender in Pittsburgh, PA. It was there, where he gained extensive trial preparation and litigation experience. In 2019, Brandon worked for a law office in Bridgeport, WV. There, he worked on large oil and gas contracts and negotiations as well as personal injury cases involving tractor trailers. 

Born and raised in Centreville, Virginia, Brandon always knew that he wanted to return to the Commonwealth after finishing his education. A natural competitor, Brandon does not shy away from the litigation process. “We have to be willing to fight for our client’s rights at and advocate aggressively.” 

When he is not advocating for his clients, Brandon spends free time watching WVU football and basketball with his Girlfriend, their two dogs, and deaf cat. He also is an outdoor enthusiast who spends weekends hiking, skiing, and snowboarding as time permits.

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Daniel Vall-llobera

Daniel Vall-llobera has been practicing law since 2014. Daniel attended Willamette University College of Law, where he graduated in 2014 with his Juris Doctor degree. During his time at Willamette, he clerked with the Oregon Department of Justice Civil Rights Division as well as with the Oregon Court of Appeals. Prior to joining Geoff McDonald and Associates, Daniel worked for 4 years with Legal Aid Services of Oregon in their Farmworker Program. This program helps low-income workers with their employment problems. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Daniel is fluent in Spanish, and takes pride in his ability to talk directly with all his clients. 

When not helping the injured, he and his wife try to keep up with his two rambunctious children.

Please reach out to Geoff McDonald & Associates, P.C., to speak with Daniel about help with your personal injury claim today.  

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Jonas Callis

Jonas graduated from Lynchburg College with bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Science and Management, obtained a Master of Business Administration degree from The College of William and Mary, and earned his law degree from the Washington & Lee University School of Law. Jonas began his legal career as a litigator, practicing in the areas of personal injury litigation, contractual disputes, insurance coverage opinions, and workers’ compensation. 

Armed with this knowledge, Jonas decided to fight for the rights of injured workers, first starting his own law firm and then joining Geoff McDonald & Associates, where he leverages his insurance defense knowledge and his relationships with insurance adjusters to get injured workers the workers’ compensation benefits they deserve.

Jonas played Division I basketball, and has played against George Lynch, Time Duncan, and Travis Best.

Please reach out to Geoff McDonald & Associates, P.C., to speak with Jonas about help with your workers’ compensation claim today.  

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Kyle Matykowski

Kyle graduated from Radford University in 2006 where he double majored in History and Political Science. He made the decision to continue expanding his education and went on to graduate cum laude from the University of Richmond, TC Williams School of Law in 2011.

While in law school Kyle served as Symposium Editor on the Journal of Law in the Public Interest, today known as the Public Interest Law Review. It was during this time that Kyle participated in several activities that continued to build upon his wealth of experiences. 

 heHe served as an active member of the Trial Advocacy Board and the Phi Delta Phi legal honor society.

Reflecting on his time in law school, Kyle considers some of his most fulfilling time to be when he served as a member to the Intellectual Property and Transactional Law Clinic. It was here that Kyle had the opportunity to provide pro bono legal services to the greater Richmond community. The time he spent giving back cemented his desire to work in a career where he was able to have a positive impact on struggling communities.

Prior to joining Geoff McDonald and Associates, Kyle served the Commonwealth for five years as an Appeals Examiner for the Virginia Employment Commission. He presided over, and issued legal opinions, for more than 5000 unemployment benefit appeals hearings. 

After spending five years of serving as an impartial fact finder, and seeing first-hand how individuals who were unemployed reaching their lowest points, Kyle became eager to make the transition towards advocacy; determined to help people unemployed and at their lowest point, Kyle was eager to make the transition to advocate on behalf of those who need help the most. Kyle graduated from Radford University in 2006 where he double majored in History and Political Science. He made the decision to continue expanding his education and went on to graduate cum laude from the University of Richmond, TC Williams School of Law in 2011.

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Theodore Briscoe III

Theodore Briscoe is no stranger to court appearances, having represented more than 2,000 clients across the state of Virginia. With over 6 years of experience in criminal trials, he prides himself in his ability to advocate on the behalf of others. 

Originally from Baltimore, Theodore is now living in the hustle and bustle of of downtown Richmond. During his time at Ithaca College, Theodore studied abroad in China, Morocco, and Spain whilst obtaining his Bachelor’s in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and International Business. 

He made the decision to attend William and Mary Law School, where he was one of 3 students selected to be published in the William and Mary Business Law Review. During his time as a law student he interned at prosecutor’s offices and through a legal aid clinic, further diversifying his experiences.

Having made Court appearances all over Virginia; from Richmond, to the greater Fredericksburg area, all the way up to northern Virginia, Theodore has been able to obtain an advanced set of skills. Known by his friends and family as a man who will fight for what he believes in, Theodore quickly became fascinated by the complexities that surround trial work. 

His core areas of practice are rooted in jury trials, and “that’s something I would never change,” he says. Captivated by the intensity brought on by jury trials, Theodore admires the level of focus, necessity for raw instinct, and level of preparation each trial demands of him. 

“I take pride in my ability to successfully win against lawyers who have been practicing longer than I’ve been alive,” Theodore says. 

When he’s not advocating for others, Theodore enjoys spending his free-time appreciating cars, specifically Formula 1 racing, or you can find him cheering on his favorite team, the Ravens. He continues to advance his knowledge by studying social psychology in order to help him firmly understand and better relate to juries.