Employment Lawyers serving Roanoke, Lynchburg, and Central & Southside Virginia
These are the questions our clients have asked most frequently along with our answers. If you have a question that does not appear here, please contact us to ask!
We represent clients across Central, Southside, and Southwest Virginia, including, Roanoke, Lynchburg, Danville, Martinsville, Christiansburg, Radford, Lexington, and everywhere between.
Yes. Our managing partner, Mia Yugo, is barred in both New York and Virginia and can represent clients litigating in New York state courts. In addition, our attorneys have been admitted to both federal district courts in Virginia, the Southern District of New York (which includes New York City), and the 4th Circuit and D.C. Circuit Courts of Appeals.
Most of our cases involve Labor & Employment, Personal Injury, Consumer Protection, Criminal Defense, or Construction claims. We also handle specialty areas, such as whistleblower False Claims Act ("FCA") and Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayer Act *"VFATA") claims, the Defense Base Act ("DBA") for military contractors injured while serving overseas, and issues related to the use of eminent domain.
Yes. Yugo Collins has a strong record of winning appeals in both state and federal courts. Our founder, Chris Collins, preserved convictions on all counts in all seven criminal appeals he handled while working for the Attorney General of Alabama and the Commonwealth's Attorney of Danville, Virginia. Both Chris and Mia competed very successfully in moot court competitions and that success has carried over into private practice.
Litigation is so expensive that many people assume they have no choice but to go it alone. At Yugo Collins, most of the cases we file are contingency-based. That means we get a percentage of what we recover for you. If we recover nothing, you pay nothing. Sometimes, we can even get the court to force the other side to pay our fees! We may agree to a flat fee when contingency is not allowed or not practical, or an hourly rate. We don't prefer hourly billing, but for some types of cases, such as Defense Base Act claims, it is the only method permitted by law. In such cases, you will get our best estimate of how many hours your cases is likely to involve and regular reports of how that time is spent.
No. When you call us, we will set up an intake interview with a senior attorney in our firm. Before that interview takes place, we will need some basic information, such as whom you are suing (or who is suing you), and the type(s) of claim(s) involved. Make sure not to disclose any facts from your case when providing this information. We just need enough to perform the conflict check and make sure we can take your case if we agree to represent you. We will check to make sure the other side is not already a Yugo Collins client. If they are, we will not be able to represent you, but we can provide names of firms who also practice in that area of law. If not, we will schedule a time to discuss your case - free of charge - with a Yugo Collins senior attorney to explain your options, likelihood of success, and expected cost.
Yes, but complaining about workplace conditions may be protected activity, depending on the nature of your complaint. You should speak to an attorney to receive guidance before raising any complaints at work to protect yourself and document your efforts to remedy workplace conditions.
Depending on the circumstances, reporting fraud or taking efforts to stop fraud is "protected activity" under the False Claims Act (FCA), and provides whistleblowers with protection against retaliation by their employer. Because each case is different and highly fact dependent, you should call an employment lawyer familiar with whistleblower claims for a confidential consultation before you quit or get fired.
Yes, there could be civil or criminal ramifications for anyone who engages in fraud, whether he or she is the mastermind or the accomplice of the fraud scheme. However, depending on your circumstances, you might be eligible for whistleblower protection. For example, if you are being pressured to commit an illegal act, refuse,, and get fired, you might have a Bowman claim. If you engaged in "protected activity," i.e., you reported fraud to your supervisor or tried to stop the company from engaging in fraud but got silenced and fired, you might have whistleblower protection. Keep in mind, however, your employer will always have a different story, and will likely have a file that evidences what they call your "misconduct." If you would like a confidential consultation, contact us and we will assess the facts, strengths, and weaknesses of your case.
Yes. In most cases, we can help you expunge a criminal charge for which you were not convicted or a civil claim for which you were not found liable. This included criminal charges which were dropped by the prosecutor ("nolle prosse") and charges resolved by accord and satisfaction. People can seek expungement without using an attorney, but the process is highly technical and the involvement of an attorney will likely be of great assistance. If you would like us to assist you, give us a call and we will let you know the steps involved, the expected timeline, and the cost for our services.
Former military personnel as well as translators and interpreters who worked overseas (Iraq, Afghanistan, or other war zones) for private security and defense contractors such as Constellis (formerly Blackwater, Academi, and Triple Canopy), Raytheon, CACI, etc. The Defense Base Act ("DBA") is an extension of the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, and provides both disability and medical compensation for individuals exposed to traumatic events and hostile working conditions during their deployment overseas. Specifically, the DBA provides cash payouts for meritorious claimants who prove they sustained an "occupational" disease--Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder ("PTSD")--as a direct result of their employment with the private defense contractor. If you're a former defense contractor suffering from PTSD as a result of your employment, call us today.