Curriculum Vitae

Roger T. Creager

Attorney – The Creager Law Firm, PLLC

Member of Bar

Commonwealth of Virginia, admitted 1982  (continuously licensed in Virginia since then).

Education

Law School:  University of Virginia, J.D., 1982.
Editorial Board, Virginia Law Review.
Virginia Order of the Coif (for graduation  in top ten percent of class).
Staff Writer, Virginia Law Weekly.

College:  College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va., B.A. in English, 1976.  College Band, Theta Delta Chi fraternity.
Staff Writer, The Flat Hat (student newspaper)

Published Work

Tests and Experiments Not Admissible Unless Substantial Similarity is Shown,” The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association  (November 2007).

“Is the Tort of Negligent Supervision Alive and Well in Virginia?”  Litigation News (Winter 2006).

Grief Expert Testimony Is Admissiable When Helpful,” The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (Summer 2006).

“Collateral Source Rule Governs; ‘Write-offs’ Argument Rejected in Medicare/Medicaid Context,” Vol. 17, No. 1, The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (Spring 2005).

“Motor Carrier May Be Liable For ‘Independent Contractor,’” Virginia Lawyers Weekly (February 28, 2005).

Role of Defense Neuropsychologists Should be Limited Under Virginia Evidence Law,” The Jounral of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (Fall 2002) (co-author).

“Silencing the Witness,” Vol. 14, No. 1, The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (Winter 2001/2002).

“Wrongdoers’ Attempts To Reap Windfall Benefits From Their Victims‘ Collateral Health Insurance Face Increasing Opposition in Virginia Circuit Courts,” The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (Summer 1999) (co-author).

“A Growing Number of Circuit Courts Reject Wrongdoers’ Attempts To Reap Windfall Benefits From Their Victims’ Collateral Health Insurance,” The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (Summer 1999) (co-author).

“The Collateral Source Rule Keeps Pandora’s Box of Health Insurance Write-Off Issues Closed,” Virginia State Bar Litigation News  (Fall 1998).

“Health Insurance ‘Write-Offs’ Irrelevant Under Collateral Source Rule,” The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (Summer 1998).

“The Post-Trial Perils of the 21-day and 30-day Rules,” The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association  (Spring 2000).

“Computer Animation:  Dealing With the Stealth Witness,” The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (Fall 1997) (co-author). 

“A Current Guide to Civil RICO in New York Federal Courts,” N.Y. St. B.J. (Nov. 1994).

“U.S. Supreme Court Applies `Operation or Management Test” to RICO Section 1962(c) Claim,”  Va. Lawyer (July 1993).

“Public/Private Cooperation Not Barred by Constitution,” Va. Bar News (Aug. 1985 (co-author).

Note, “The Admissibility of Testimony Influenced by the Use of Hypnosis,” Va. L. Rev. 1203 (1981).

Employment

March 2008 to present.  Attorney with The Creager Law Firm, PLLC.  Concentrating practice in substantial personal injury cases, appeals, and ethics issues.

June 1997 to February 2008. Attorney with Marks & Harrison, concentrating practice in personal injury. Involvement in all aspects of personal injury litigation with emphasis on litigation of cases involving potential for large compensatory damages awards.   

December 1988 to June 1997.  Research Attorney and Senior Research Attorney with National Legal Research Group, Inc., the nation’s oldest and largest legal research firm, in Charlottesville, Va.  Research, writing, and consultation with attorneys throughout the country, including on-going involvement in extensively litigated cases involving a broad array of legal issues. 

July 1987 to August 1988.  Associate with Roger A. Ritchie in Harrisonburg, Va.  General practice, including personal injury, domestic relations, civil rights, criminal, and traffic.

December 1985 to July 1987.  Assistant County Attorney for Chesterfield County.  Broad range of work including civil rights, constitutional law, tax litigation, general litigation, counselling governmental departments, contract drafting and review, and drafting ordinances.

August 1983 to November 1985.  Associate with Little, Parsley & Cluverius, P.C., a Richmond law firm of 10 attorneys.  Experience included corporate, municipal, real estate, and construction law, litigation, and general practice.

September 1982 to July 1983.  Law Clerk for the Honorable Justice George M. Cochran, Supreme Court of Virginia (Richmond and Staunton).

February 1979 to August 1979.  Special projects Editor for The Daily Progress newspaper in Charlottesville, Virginia.

July 1976 to November 1978.  Co-editor of The Sun, a new weekly/twice-weekly local newspaper in Mecklenburg County, Virginia. Responsibilities included news coverage, features, editorials, photography, advertising sales, layout, and involvement in virtually all aspects of publishing a local newspaper.  

Honors and Recognitions

Honored in 2001 by the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association with its Courageous Advocate Award (first time the award had been given for 17 years, since 1987). 

Recognized in Virginia Lawyers Weekly for one of the largest verdicts in Virginia in 2005 ($2.5 million jury verdict in Richmond federal district court) (see Virginia Lawyers Weekly, Vol. 20, No. 34 at page 8 (January 23, 2006).   

Professional Activities

Member:  Virginia State Bar, Virginia Bar Association, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Richmond Bar Association

Boyd-Graves Conference Member (2002- present).

Boyd-Graves Conference Steering Committee (2005-present).

Boyd-Graves Conference Membership Committee (2006-present).

Chairperson, Virginia State Bar, Standing Committee on Legal Ethics (beginning July 2006).
Member, Virginia State Bar, Standing Committee on Legal Ethics (2002 to present) (Currently Chair; Vice-Chair in 2004-06).

Chairperson, Boyd-Graves Conference Subcommittee for Study of ESI Discovery in Virginia (2007)

Chairperson, Boyd-Graves Conference Subcommittee for Study of Streamlining Procedures for Out-of-State Subpoenas and Depositions (2006)

Chairperson, Boyd-Graves Conference Subcommittee for Study of Less-Than-Unanimous Verdicts) (2005-2006).

Chairperson, Boyd-Graves Conference Subcommittee on Sharing of Subpoenaed Documents (2004).

Chairperson, Boyd-Graves Conference Committee on Study of Interlocutory Appeals (2003).
Member, Virginia State Bar, Richmond Bar Association, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (VTLA), Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA).

Governor at Large, VTLA Board of Governors (2003-present).
 
Ex-Officio Member of VTLA Board of Governors (2001-2003).

Chairperson VTLA Amicus Curiae Committee (2002-2007).
 
Chairperson VTLA Publications Committee (2001-2002).

Committee member VTLA Ad Hoc Committee on ERISA Lien and Reimbursement Rights (2002); VTLA Collateral Source Rule Committee (1998-2001) (Vice Chair in 1999-2001), Committee member VTLA Litigation Support Committee (1998-1999); Vice-Chair VTLA Amicus Curiae Committee (1999-2000); Committee member VTLA Publications Committee (1999-2003).  

Richmond Bar Association Bench-Bar Conference Planning Committee Member and Panel Moderator (2002).

Invited to Argue the Plaintiff’s Position in Seminar Presentation/Debate at the Annual Convention of the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys and the Virginia State Claims
Association on May 7, 1999, in Richmond, Virginia (reported in 13 Virginia Lawyers Weekly 1452 (May 17, 1999).

Presentation at the Virginia State Bar meeting of the Bar Council representatives regarding Standing Committee on Legal Ethics recommendation of Rule 5.6 of the Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct  (Bar Council unanimously endorsed proposed revision to prohibit generally the imposition in a settlement agreement of any restriction on an attorney’s right to practice law; existing provision, unique to Virginia, prohibits such a restriction only if it is a broad restriction).  

Panelist/presenter at the Winter Convention of the Virginia Bar Association on January 18, 2008 in Williamsburg, Virginia, on Expert Disclosure Requirements and Practices in Virginia Courts (including in particular the effect of the 2008 Virginia Supreme Court’s John Crane opinion). 

Speaker in 2007 at a National Business Institute Seminar in Richmond, Virginia regarding litigation of tort actions in Virginia state courts.  

Presentation at the Annual Convention of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association on April 1, 2006, in Hot Springs, Virginia (regarding appellate work of VTLA Amicus Curiae Committee).  Invited speaker again at the 2007 Convention.

Presentation at the Annual Convention of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association on April 1, 2005, in Hot Springs, Virginia. 

Presentation at the Annual Convention of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association on April 1, 2000, in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

Seminar Presentation on Motions in Limine at the VTLA May Tort Law Seminar (May 2003).

Personal Data

Born August 23, 1954.  Four children, Thomas S., Alan E., Emily R., and Kevin M. Creager.   Interests include activities with children, running, hiking, camping, music, sports.  Married to Dr. Marie F. Shoffner, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia.