SiteProfessionals
  • Print

Nancy Fuller Reynolds

1800 Wells Fargo Tower
Drawer 1200
Roanoke, Virginia 24006
Phone:  540.510.3037
Fax:  540.510.3050
919 East Main Street
Twenty-Fourth Floor
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Biography

Nancy Reynolds is the leader of the Firm’s Long Term Care Industry team. She defends clients in premises liability, products liability, employment discrimination, motor vehicle accident, antitrust, Motor Carrier Act, medical malpractice and long term care facility litigation. She has litigated cases as a first chair trial attorney in insurance tort defense for 20 years. In pretrial litigation, Ms. Reynolds handles all phases of discovery, discovery disputes and summary dismissal. She has successfully obtained dismissals of cases on summary judgment or motions to dismiss in over 125 cases in federal and state courts. In over 25 cases, Ms. Reynolds has obtained decisions that internal policies and procedures cannot be used to establish a long term care facility’s negligence duty and breach of duty. She successfully argued that the Virginia opt-out statute for arbitration clauses in medical negligence cases is in violation of the Federal Arbitration Act. She obtained dismissal under the workers’ compensation act of a 362 plaintiff hearing loss case.

Ms. Reynolds also guides cases through mediations, defends cases in arbitrations and is a trained mediator. She appreciates the benefits to the client of early resolution of cases and encourages mediation in appropriate cases. Ms. Reynolds works with clients to obtain the information necessary to evaluate each case and jointly determine a plan of action. She executes the plan through pretrial litigation, mediation and trial, with adjustments as appropriate to the development of each case. Ms. Reynolds also proactively uses information gathered in litigation to assist clients with modifications of policies and practices. She is a regular contributor to the firm's blog Long Term Care Counsel.

Ms. Reynolds handles discrimination complaints at the administrative and litigation levels. She provides management advice on handling and avoidance of discrimination complaints. She advises on employment policies and procedures, including grievance and disciplinary procedures, employee handbooks, employment contracts, and performance evaluations. Ms. Reynolds also has experience in handling wage and hour complaints at the administrative and litigation levels. She has worked with businesses on becoming ADA compliant and has obtained compliance certification. She writes affirmative action and Title IX plans.

Additionally, Ms. Reynolds represents clients in claims filed with the boards of medicine, nursing, dentistry and pharmacy and before the Department of Social Services. She has obtained over 75 dismissals of administrative agency claims and has had filings with the practitioner databanks reversed.

Representative Experience

  • Pressure ulcer wrongful death case in Roanoke resolved in 2009 for $250,000.
  • Assault and death of one resident by another in Bedford skilled facility dementia unit resolved for $325,000 in 2009.
  • Defense verdict in carpal tunnel surgery negligence case resulting in de Quervain’s syndrome in Campbell County in 2010.
  • Pressure ulcer wrongful death case in Lexington resolved in 2010 for $90,000.
  • Fall injury and death case in Roanoke skilled care facility resolved in 2010 for $100,000.
  • Improper supervision and alcohol induced death case in Bedford skilled care facility resolved for $100,000 in 2010.
  • Staff abuse of resident and failure to provide care case in skilled care Lexington resolved pre-suit for $100.000 in 2011.
  • Fall causing vertebral fracture, dysphagia, pressure ulcers and death in Charlottesville skilled care facility resolved for $75,000 in 2011.
  • Defense verdict in failure to diagnose metastasis of lung cancer to brain in 2012 Roanoke County case.
  • Fall from wheelchair and femur fracture during outing with activities director of Fairfax assisted living facility resolved for $200,000 in 2012.
  • Multiple falls resulting in death in Farmville skilled care facility resolved for $125,000 in 2012.
  • Theft of assisted living resident’s jewelry by staff resolved for $18,000 in 2012.
  • Defense verdict in 2013 Montgomery County case of appendix removal with artery laceration and surgical hernias.
  • Pressure ulcer death case against Alexandria skilled nursing facility resolved for $250,000 in 2013.
  • Pressure ulcer death case against Bland County skilled care facility resolved for $112,500 in 2013.
  • Death from reinsertion of G-tube into abdominal cavity in Botetourt County skilled care facility resolved for $125,000 in 2014.
  • Death from pressure ulcer development in Russell County skilled care facility dismissed for failure to obtain expert certification before service on defendant in 2014.
  • Injuries from fall and respiratory failure in Smyth County skilled care facility resolved for $190,000 in 2015.
  • Quadriplegia and death from fall and vertebral fracture in skilled care facility in Dinwiddie County resolved for $225,000 in 2015.
  • Case of resident who eloped from assisted living facility and was hit by a train in Washington County was resolved in 2015 for $135,000.
  • Premises liability claim of fall and wrist fracture at Richmond skilled care facility resolved in 2015 for $100,000.
  • Quadriplegic resident’s fall from shower bed and facial laceration at Richmond skilled care facility resolved for $40,000.
  • Death of resident at Richmond skilled care facility from bowel ileus and sepsis resolved in 2015 for $145,000.
  • Dismissal of federal antitrust litigation by pulmonologist denied hospital privileges
  • Dismissal of 362 plaintiff federal lawsuit for hearing loss
  • Summary judgment on over 50 premises liability claims against big box hardware stores.
  • Dismissal of national origin discrimination claim against women’s domestic abuse center as not involved in commerce.
  • Dismissal of student gender discrimination claim against military academy for hair coloring in violation of uniform requirements.
  • Settlement in death case from being run over by chip spreader in amount of $10,000 on gratuitous bailment theory.

Published Works

  • Avoiding Legal Claims in Assisted Living Facilities, I Advance Senior Care (Feb. 10, 2017)
  • The Negligence Duty of Assisted Living Facilities Between A Rock and A Hard Place, 24 Health Law, Issue 7 (December 2016)
  • Defuse Disputes With Arbitration Clauses, Long Term Living (August 26, 2016)

Legal Experience

  • LeClairRyan, Roanoke, Virginia, February 2008-Present 
  • Frith, Anderson & Peake, P.C., Roanoke, Virginia, June 1998-February 2008 
  • Administrative Assistant to the Clerk of Court, United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, Roanoke, Virginia, October 1997-June 1998 
  • Wetherington Melchionna Terry Day & Ammar, Roanoke, Virginia, May 1995-October 1997 
  • Law Clerk, The Honorable Samuel G. Wilson, United States District Court Judge, Western District of Virginia, Roanoke, Virginia, September 1991-August 1994 
  • Research Associate, Professor David Goldberger, Ohio State University College of Law, Columbus, Ohio, 1990 
  • Law Clerk, The Legal Aid Society of Roanoke Valley, Roanoke, Virginia, 1988-1989 
  • Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Counselor, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia, 1984-1988 
  • Employment Law Paralegal, Woods, Rogers, Muse, Walker & Thornton, Roanoke, Virginia, 1981-1983 
  • Employment Law Paralegal, Mahoney Hadlow & Adams, Jacksonville, Florida, 1980-1981

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Ted Dalton American Inn of Court
  • Virginia Health Care Association
  • Roanoke Bar Association Newsletter Committee
  • Spina Bifida Association of the Roanoke Valley, Inc.: Board Member and President
  • Roanoke Bar Association: Board Member
  • Roanoke Bar Association: Young Lawyers Conference, Mentor for Fourth Grade Classrooms
  • Roanoke Bar Association: No Bills Night Attorney Volunteer
  • Dispute Settlement Services of New River Valley: Board Member and Mediator

Distinctions

  • Center for Public Resources Legal Program Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Alternative Dispute Resolution – Second place in annual international student writing competition for “Why We Should Abolish Penalty Provisions for Compulsory Nonbinding Alternative Dispute Resolution,” Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution, 1991
  • Donald C. Power Fund for College of Law Academic Scholarship, 1990-1991 and 1991-1992
  • State Council for Higher Education Funds for Excellence Grant, 1988
  • VPI & SU Woman of the Year Award, 1986
  • Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy, grants received in 1984 and 1985

Related Industries

Education

  • J.D., with honors, Ohio State University College of Law, 1992
  • Graduate course work, Business Management, 1984-1986, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Certificate, Civil Litigation, National Center for Paralegal Training, 1980
  • B.A., Philosophy and Political Science, College of William & Mary, 1979

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 1995