Blankingship & Keith Blog

Mary C. Huff - Domestic Relations Attorney at Blankingship & Keith
Mary C. Huff - March 27th, 2020

Millennial’s Guide to Planning for Marriage/Non-Marital Domestic Partnership

From the Perspective of a Family Law Attorney

*This article does not constitute legal advice, nor is it a substitute for an attorney’s assessment of your specific circumstances. Should you have any questions, contact Mary C. Huff, Blankingship & Keith, P.C., (703) 691-1235,

Quinton Robinson Attorney
Wm. Quinton Robinson - March 24th, 2020

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

On March 18, 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “FFCRA”) was enacted in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.  Two of the FFCRA’s provisions significantly affect employer’s obligations with regard to paid leave and FMLA leave and one will provide tax credits to help employers with the new obligations.

Kevin F.X. DeTurris - March 16th, 2020

Unless you live under a rock, and these days that may be a good place to live, you are certainly feeling the impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic.  Schools are closing, sporting events cancelled, your college student is back in your house using up your limited supply of toilet paper!  It is clear this is turning all our personal lives topsy-turvy, but how is it going to impact our business lives? 

December 27th, 2017

If you or your son or daughter have been a victim of fraternity or sorority hazing, you are probably overwhelmed by the possible actions you could take.  After seeking medical attention, you may also notify the police and college administration about the incident.  Criminal and educational sanctions are not the only way you can receive justice, however: your son or daughter may also be able to recover financially from the people who hurt them and those who allowed violent hazing to occur at your college.

August 15th, 2017

Airbnb is an iconic and popular outgrowth of the gig economy, allowing individuals to travel less expensively by staying in the homes of individuals who voluntarily rent out their rooms or entire homes on a temporary basis.  Although Airbnb holds its services out as a safe substitute for conventional hotels, what are your options if something goes wrong?

Peter S. Everett - April 28th, 2017

In an article published by AAA, it discussed a December 2016 report by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s that found “that drivers missing 2-3 hours of sleep in a 24-hour period more than quadrupled their risk of a crash compared to drivers getting the recommended seven hours of sleep. This is the same crash risk the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration associates with driving over the legal limit for alcohol.”

Robert J. Stoney - December 13th, 2016

Manufacturers that are forced to settle claims brought by those injured or killed by their defective products have a strong incentive to keep these settlements secret. They will typically demand that the injured plaintiff or her lawyers execute a “Confidentiality Agreement” as a condition of settlement. These agreements forbid disclosure of the settlement and prevent consumers from learning about potentially deadly defects in the products. Product safety lawyers have long known that onerous confidentiality agreements are a serious impediment to consumer safety.

Personal Injury Lawyers
Peter S. Everett - June 2nd, 2016

A May 20, 2016 article in The Huffington Post discussed why some auto safety organizations are trying to influence the media to move away from using the term “car accident” and instead use the term “car crash” or “car wreck.” The reasoning is the term “accident” implies that there is no one at fault, that the whole incident was a mistake with no one to blame. “Crash” or “wreck” more fully describes what actually happened by implying fault–that is one reason we call it a Police Crash Report.

Peter S. Everett - June 8th, 2015

After more than a six-month investigation, the Knoxville Tennessee Police Department said the driver of a Knox County school bus that crashed into another bus, killing two students and a teacher’s aide, was distracted due to sending and receiving text messages. 

Peter S. Everett - July 10th, 2014

We have represented dozens, if not hundreds of people with traumatic brain injuries, and count them as our friends, as well as our clients. Long after the initial head injury, our clients are so often plagued with thinking problems--memory, attention, processing speed and cognitive fatigue after a few hours of concentrated activity.