Practice Areas

Medical Malpractice

Herbert & Satterwhite routinely represents physicians, specialty practice groups, hospitals, health systems, and academic medical centers in disputes arising out of the delivery of health care. The firm’s attorneys are adept at preparing targeted, aggressive defenses to disputes involving catastrophic injury, permanent disability and wrongful death claims.

Medical specialties represented have included:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Bariatric surgery
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Counseling
  • Dentistry
  • Dermatology
  • Emergency medicine
  • Family practice
  • Gastroenterology
  • General surgery
  • Geriatric medicine
  • Hematology
  • Infectious disease
  • Internal medicine
  • Maternal-fetal medicine
  • Midwifery
  • Nephrology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Nursing
  • Obstetrics/gynecology
  • Oncology
  • Ophthalmic surgery
  • Orthopedics
  • Oral surgery
  • Otolaryngology
  • Pain management
  • Pathology
  • Pediatrics
  • Physical therapy
  • Plastic surgery
  • Podiatry
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychology
  • Pulmonology
  • Radiology
  • Reproductive endocrinology
  • Rheumatology
  • Transplant surgery
  • Urology
  • Vascular surgery

Professional Licensing and Disciplinary Matters

The attorneys at Herbert & Satterwhite represent healthcare providers before the professional licensing and regulatory boards of the Virginia Department of Health Professions. The firm also represents healthcare providers in matters involving credentialing, privileging and peer review.

Long Term Care

Herbert & Satterwhite routinely defends providers in the long-term care industry, representing both facilities and individuals (physicians, medical directors, nurses and nurse practitioners). The firm’s attorneys have defended cases involving geriatric medicine, internal medicine, wound care and palliative care.

Premises Liability in Healthcare Setting

The firm’s attorneys represent providers in premises liability matters unique to the healthcare industry. This experience enhances our ability to provide advice and counsel on risk assessment and risk management measures.

Mental Health 

Mental health professionals regularly face challenges and situations rarely seen by other healthcare providers.  Herbert & Satterwhite attorneys have represented mental health professionals in a variety of claims, including claims involving “danger to self/danger to others” and are prepared to assist in the defense of these unique matters.

Opioid Related Regulatory Matters and Litigation

Herbert and Satterwhite’s lawyers have experience handling matters arising from the recent national opioid epidemic. Our attorneys are skilled at representing healthcare providers in matters involving opiate prescriptions, monitoring, diversion and patient overdoses before both regulatory boards and in litigation.

Correctional Medicine

Providing healthcare in correctional facilities provides unique challenges, as do lawsuits arising from that care. Our attorneys have defended claims in state court asserting medical malpractice and in federal court alleging constitutional violations (deliberate indifference to a serious medical need).

Professional Liability

Drawing upon their trial experience and expertise with the preparation and cross-examination of expert witnesses, the firm’s lawyers have successfully defended malpractice claims against a variety of other non-medical professionals including lawyers, educators, architects, accountants, corporate executives and contractors.

Products Liability

Herbert & Satterwhite aggressively defends claims of defective product design, manufacturing, marketing and repair brought against retailers, distributors, and manufacturers. The firm’s lawyers have experience defending a wide-range of products in both wrongful death and catastrophic injury claims. Representative cases include the successful defense of the following:

  • Automotive manufacturer in a fatal rollover case
  • Aviation wrongful death cases resulting from private plane crashes
  • Gas grill manufacturer in a propane tank explosion case
  • Medical device manufacturers both in individual cases and in an MDL context
  • Repair facility in a multi-catastrophic injury and fatality welder explosion case
  • Sporting goods manufacturer in a sledding accident resulting in childhood quadriplegia

Herbert & Satterwhite also represents product manufacturers and their insurance carriers in contractual disputes, risk-management issues, first- and third-party actions, discovery disputes, and declaratory judgment actions.

Mass Tort

Pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, and national coordinating counsel rely on Herbert & Satterwhite’s experience and knowledge of Virginia courts when they need trusted local counsel. Leveraging a background in national MDL litigation with experience handling cases in all 31 state judicial circuits and the federal courts for the Eastern and Western Districts, the lawyers at Herbert & Satterwhite are not just “litigators” who handle discovery and depositions, they are proven, battle-tested trial lawyers.

Appellate Litigation

Having a successful trial practice has provided Herbert & Satterwhite with extensive experience defending those results on appeal. Decades of practice with the substantive law and unparalleled experience with trial procedure have given Herbert & Satterwhite attorneys the tools they have needed to argue, and win, in state and federal appellate courts.

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Herbert & Satterwhite, P.C.

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7231 Forest Ave, Suite 301
Richmond, VA 23226

T. 804-554-1800 | F. 804-554-1801

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