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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.

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Joshua Voelkel

Joshua Voelkel graduated from the University of Richmond in May 2019 and began working at GMA in late August. Although a recent graduate, Joshua comes from a long lineage of lawyers, and has obtained an impressive array of experience, settling multiple cases in the past using his third-year practice certification whilst still in school.

“I’ve always wanted to enter a profession that afforded me the opportunity to help others,” Joshua says.  He recently started in the pre-litigation group where he’s able to interact with clients daily and assist them in getting the treatment they need to be back where they were before the accident.

Born in Fairbanks, Alaska, Joshua grew up as a military brat. Relocating to five different states and attending seven different schools allowed him to encompass an impressive ability for adaption. Graduating from Christopher Newport University in 2016 with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Philosophy and Religion, Joshua decided to follow the long lineage of his family and attended the University of Richmond School of Law.

Joshua spent a summer working at Vandeventer Black, a large defense firm, where he was able to gain insight into how cases are viewed. This proved to be a stark contrast from his time spent at Powell Law Group, an injury/worker’s compensation firm where he worked throughout his 3rd year in law school.

Switching gears and working for a small plaintiff firm allowed Joshua to see first-hand just how significant it is for attorneys to make themselves available to their clients. “Always listen intently to what the client is telling you.” He says, “I was given the advice that a lot of great attorneys will miss crucial pieces of information to a case because they would rather tell the client what to do, rather than listen to their story.” Joshua appreciates the incredible impact maintaining contact can have in minimizing the trauma of a client’s experience.

Joshua resides in Richmond, VA. with his girlfriend and Boston Terrier, Harvey. While outside of the office you can find him blowing off steam through physical activity. Whether it’s going for a run, playing a round of golf or basketball, Joshua enjoys leading an active lifestyle in order to keep disciplined and stay healthy.

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Richard Talbot

Richard Talbot knows firsthand the impact of a workplace injury. When he was young, he saw his father, a police officer, severely injured while on the job. 

He channeled that experience into a passion for law, helping individuals fight for their rights after being injured at work. As a worker’s compensation attorney, Richard advocates on behalf of individuals to protect their interests when fighting against an insurance company with far more resources than themselves. 

“If it were not for social safety nets, like workers’ compensation, my family would have been left without income,” Richard says. “It was this life experience that showed me that it is not just an individual injured worker that can be victimized by a workplace injury, but rather their entire household as well.”

A Massachusetts native, Richard earned his Bachelor’s in Political Science from Western New England University in 2013 before making the move to Richmond, Virginia; the city he now calls home. He received his J.D. from the University of Richmond School of Law. While working on his studies, Richard completed a judicial internship at Springfield District Court in Springfield, Massachusetts. He also interned for the criminal defense firm BoykoNapier, PLLC., in Richmond. 

In his free time Richard enjoys playing squash, listening to podcasts, and watching hockey. He enjoys all things comedy and considers himself to be the epitome of a “comedy nerd.” 

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Frank Hupfl

Frank Hupfl has been practicing law since 2011. Frank spent the first few years of his practice defending employers and businesses in employment litigation. In that role, he was a trial team member with both regional and international law firms based out of Virginia, Atlanta, Georgia, and Washington D.C.

After discovering that his interests and passions were better served helping injured persons, Frank decided a career change was in order, and in 2015, Frank moved back to Richmond and joined Geoff McDonald and Associates. 

Since that time, his practice has been 100% devoted to representing injured persons and their families.  A trial attorney, Frank handles every case as one destined for trial, and over the past several years has tried at least 5 jury trials a year.  Frank’s efforts and preparation have resulted in numerous trial victories, including a verdict of $1,250,000 in King William County, Virginia, which is currently the largest jury verdict in that county.  Outside the courtroom, Frank has secured for his clients multiple settlements over $1,000,000.

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

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Geoff McDonald

Geoff earned his B.A. from the University of Virginia in ’86 in history and foreign affairs and his juris doctor from the University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law in ’89. Geoff also attended the University of Hawaii for 3 years on a football scholarship before he transferred to the University of Virginia, where he played for George Welsh and was a member of the ’84 Peach Bowl championship team – the first U.V.A. team to make a bowl appearance.

When the N.F.L. didn’t come calling, Geoff needed a plan B. He often thought about his high school graduation speaker who said, “You are successful if you can make the world a better place for one person.”

“Our mission has remained the same as it was from the beginning – to protect the rights of injury victims and their families. I feel that we’re blessed to be in a position where we can do that every day.”
– Geoff McDonald

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Geoff’s Legal Accomplishments

By choosing law school he thought he had a chance of one day having this kind of success.

Now, as a lawyer, Geoff has obtained more than $400 million in settlements and awards for his clients in both civil and administrative law cases before the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission.

He has successfully tried cases resulting in more than 200 written opinions, including 46 Court of Appeals or Workers’ Compensation Commission opinions. Several of these cases have helped shape Virginia case law for injured victims on a variety of issues—including workplace suicides, the Doctrine of Imposition, permanent impairment for third-degree burns, and patient consent for medical procedures, among others. He is licensed to practice in Virginia as well as in federal court.

The National Trial Lawyers

Geoff is a member of the National Trial Lawyers: Top 100, which is a select organization recognizing premier trial lawyers from each state in the nation.

Beyond handling personal injury and workers’ compensation cases, Geoff has lectured on various areas of law and has been published in Trial magazine and other publications. He also has represented a number of labor unions in legal disputes, including:

  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers vs. Verizon
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 50 vs. Dominion Virginia Power
  • International Union of Operating Engineers vs. Newport News Ship Yard
  • International Brotherhood of Teamsters, local 322 vs. UPS

Geoff has represented teamsters unions throughout Virginia in labor disputes and workers’ compensation matters, and he has served as legal counsel for the Virginia State Building and Construction Trades Council.

Geoff is active in the community with organizations that share in his vision of making the world a better place. He is an active member and past president of the Rotary Club of Richmond. He is a member of the Workplace Injury Law and Advocacy Group and a board member of Resource Opportunities, Inc., a nonprofit arm of the Richmond Redevelopment Housing Authority that provides funding for youth sports and arts for inner-city youths. He is also the past president of the Virginia Youth Development Council, raising money for youth sports activities.

Geoff’s participation in football has continued over the years. He is a member of a local high-school football coaching staff, where he instructs offensive and defensive linemen, and is also camp director for Derby Camp Richmond, a football camp for offensive linemen.

Professional Associations

  • American Association for Justice
  • Lawyers Helping Lawyers
    • Past board member
    • Past chair for Richmond subcommittee
  • Legislative subcommittee for workers’ compensation
  • Rotary Club of Richmond
    • Past board member
    • Past club secretary
    • Past president
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Workers’ Compensation subcommittee
    • Past member
  • Workplace Injury Law and Advocacy Group
    • Board member