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The Richmond-based 349-lawyer 21-office law firm of LeClair Ryan, a professional corporation, is representing the Defendants in Mr. Waterman’s medical malpractice case for a patient fall victim, Shirley Frazier Burrell v. Riverside Hospital, Inc., et al., No. CL1101633F-15 in Circuit Court for the City of Newport News, Virginia, which is scheduled for 2-week jury trial during November 26-December 7, 2012. The law firm of LeClair Ryan also is representing Defendants in Mr. Waterman’s medical malpractice claim of patient wrongful death, Myron M. Arshan, Executor of the Estate of Sharon Lorrie Britt, Deceased v. Stephen E. Plotnick, M.D., et al., No. CL11-1316 in Circuit Court for the City of Williamsburg, Virginia, a primary Defendant of which is a doctor who lost his Virginia medical license.

On November 15, 2012, Tracy T. Hague, Esq. of LeClair Ryan served on Mr. Waterman in the Arshan wrongful death case 143 Requests for Admission plus a supplemental Interrogatory demanding details for any Request not admitted, and on November 16, 2012, she also served on him in Arshan Amended and Additional Requests for Admission; Responses and Answers to all of which are due at the end of Mr. Waterman’s trial with LeClair Ryan in Burrell. Under these disruptive circumstances, today Mr. Waterman is seeking from Ms. Hague of LeClair Ryan a 3-week extension of time to respond to her numerous discovery requests in the Arshan medical malpractice lawsuit simply to cover his 2-week jury trial in Burrell and his final pre-trial preparation during Thanksgiving holiday week beforehand; otherwise, Mr. Waterman will be forced to move the Arshan Court in Williamsburg for emergency relief, which Motion may have to be heard during his Burrell jury trial in Newport News with LeClair Ryan.

November 20, 2012, postscript: Mr. Waterman filed Plaintiff’s Motion for Extension of Time and for Emergency (Telephonic) Hearing in the Arshan wrongful death case. Shortly thereafter, Ms. Hague of LeClair Ryan agreed to the requested extension of 21 days after Mr. Waterman’s medical malpractice trial with LeClair Ryan in Burrell is scheduled to end.