Phone: (703) 893-3600
Fax: (703) 893-8484
 

Michael Marr litigates in the state and federal courts throughout Virginia primarily, but has litigated claims in North Carolina (active license), Maryland (through pro hac vice admission) and the District of Columbia (through pro hac vice admission).

Michael's practice comprises three main areas.  Michael represents professionals - such as doctors and lawyers - who have been sued for malpractice.  He also represents small to medium sized businesses in several areas such as general business litigation and business tort litigation (e.g., business conspiracy, tortious interference with contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and non-compete/non-solicitation provisions). And finally, Michael litigates insurance coverage related issues.   

Michael earned his B.S. from Washington & Lee University in 1986, and his J.D. from the George Mason University School of Law in 1998 where he graduated with honors.   Upon graduation from law school, he began his litigation practice in Charlotte, North Carolina with Hedrick Eatman Gardner and Kincheloe (now, Hedrick Gardner), one of North Carolina's largest law firms.  Since returning to Virginia, Michael has received a broad range of experience from his own solo practice to Wilson Elser, one of the nation's largest insurance defense firms, and of course Sands Anderson.

Michael's litigation experience has been greatly assisted by his ten years of business experience and small business ownership prior to law school.  After earning his bachelor's degree from W&L, Michael managed several family businesses in Tidewater, Virginia and was president and owner of Labels Unlimited, Inc., a pressure-sensitive label manufacturer.

Michael's additional business experience before law school includes commercial real estate and financial planning.

Of note, Michael has been selected to be included in the 2013-2015 Editions of the Best Lawyers in America© for medical malpractice defense.

 

Representative Matters

Business Litigation

Grespania, S.A. v. B&F Ceramics Design Showroom, Inc., Stafford County Circuit Court; CL11-1030.  Defended a local ceramic tile importer in a breach of contract claim brought by a Spanish tile manufacturer.

Clawes Carpets v. Jacobson et al.; Fairfax County, Case No. 2012-18580. Defended a building subcontractor in a construction defect case brought by a tenant against the landlord, the property manager, the general contractor, and the sub.

University of Northern Virginia, Inc. v. Avery, et al., Fairfax County Circuit Court, CL08-5145. Defended competing boards of trustees and directors of a for-profit university in a corporate control and ownership dispute. Claims brought against the defendants included business conspiracy, breach of fiduciary duty, and tortious interference with business relations.

PrimeDoc of Winchester, P.C. v. Radeep Parmar, D.O.. Winchester Circuit Court; Case No. CL-07-371.  Defended a co-defendant community hospital in a business conspiracy and tortious interference with contract case.

Defended a gasoline station owner in Hampton, Virginia in products liability lawsuit brought by a plaintiff who claimed he was injured after ingesting an herbal remedy purchased at the station.  The national and regional distributers of the product as well as the manufacturer were co-defendants.

Defended a New Hampshire garment label manufacturer in a breach of contract lawsuit brought by a North Carolina garment manufacturer after Polo Sport rejected a delivery of men's t-shirts for bleeding of dye onto the garments.

Defended a Wisconsin industrial engine repair company in a breach of warranty claim brought in the Middle District of North Carolina by an automobile recycler when the engine failed after 11 months in service.

Medical Negligence

Defended physicians in many specialities including general surgery, neurosurgery, cardiothoracic surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, emergency medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry, neurology, urology, radiology, and anesthesiology.

Legal Malpractice

Defended a small regional law firm in an investigation by the Securities & Exchange Commission into a PONZI scheme involving shares in diamond mines in Namibia.

Defended a corporate attorney in a fraud claim brought by a national bank against the buyer and seller of government contractor and the closing attorney when the loan defaulted.

Defended a divorce attorney in Prince William County in a suit brought by a former client who claimed the attorney did not secure enough spousal support and sufficient property from the marriage.

Defended a Maryland personal injury attorney who missed the deadline to file a lawsuit for his client who had been involved in an automobile accident in Fairfax, Virginia.

Defended a Virginia trust and estate lawyer as third-third party defendant in Worcester County, Maryland on the Eastern Shore in what was claimed to be a botched real estate transaction.

Insurance Coverage

In Re:  Chinese-Manufactured Drywall Products Liability Litigation, (MDL 2047) and Builders Mutual Insurance Company v. Dragas Management Corporation, et al., Eastern District of Virginia (Norfolk Division) Case No. 2:09cv185.  Represented insurer in claims involving Chinese Drywall.

Represented a legal malpractice insurer in the Eastern District of Virginia (Richmond Division) in a declaratory judgment action to determine the duty to defend a state court legal malpractice claim based upon a failure of the lawyer to timely notify the insurer of a claim.

Represented an insurer in a declaratory judgment action in the Eastern District of Virginia (Newport News Division) to determine the duty to defend a state court claim brought by homeowner against the builder for copyright violations of custom design drawings.

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■ Quick Facts

 
Education

J.D. with honors, George Mason University School of Law, 1998
B.S. in Business Administration, Washington & Lee University, 1986

Admissions

  • Virginia
  • North Carolina
  • U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Bankruptcy
  • U. S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U. S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
  • U. S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

Professional Affiliations

  • Virginia State Bar
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • McLean Bar Association
  • Fairfax Bar Association
 

■ Quick Facts

 
Education

J.D. with honors, George Mason University School of Law, 1998
B.S. in Business Administration, Washington & Lee University, 1986

Admissions

  • Virginia
  • North Carolina
  • U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Bankruptcy
  • U. S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U. S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
  • U. S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

Professional Affiliations

  • Virginia State Bar
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • McLean Bar Association
  • Fairfax Bar Association