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George J. Dancigers

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George has been litigating matters for carriers and their insureds since 1977.  He has tried over 300 cases and has a breadth of experience, including cases involving product liability, professional malpractice, coverage disputes, bad faith, automobile accidents, mass torts, and workers’ compensation cases.  George is a frequent lecturer and has authored or co-authored numerous articles.

George enjoys traveling, spending time with his children and grandchildren, and boating in the waters of the Tidewater area.

Representative Experience

  • Matulenas v. Venture Supply, 86 Va. Cir. 290 (Norfolk, 2013) (finding that mortgage payments are not part of the damages for loss of use of the premises)
  • David White Crane Serv. v. Howell, 282 Va. 323 (2011) (finding that defendants were entitled to the exclusivity protection provided by the VWCA, notwithstanding their lack of workers’ compensation insurance)
  • Boggs-Wilkerson v. Anderson, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 149994 (E.D. Va. 2011) (finding that the United States remains immune from suit, even as a nominal defendant, notwithstanding Virginia’s Insurance Code, and plaintiff’s Complaint should be dismissed).
  • Russel v. Nationwide Life Ins. Co., 401 Fed. Appx. 763 (4th Cir. 2010) (finding that the insurer’s electronic proof of proper mailing established a presumption of actual receipt under Virginia law)
  • In re Chinese Drywall Cases, 80 Va. Cir. 69 (Norfolk, 2010) (finding that the duty to avoid creating an unsafe condition within the homes, and to avoid injuring the homeowners, were duties imposed by law, and not dependent upon the terms of the contracts)
  • Palmer & Palmer Co., LLC v. Waterfront Marine Constr., Inc., 276 Va. 285 (2008) (finding that under the terms of the contract, Palmer did not have a duty to locate or remove an abandoned, disconnected septic tank, and that the trial court erred in holding such a duty existed under the contract)
  • Krop v. AIG Life Ins. Co., 86 Fed. Appx. 567 (4th Cir. 2004) (finding no reversible error, and affirming the lower court’s ruling that, as used in the policy, “cease” was unambiguous”)
  • Chapman v. Clarendon Nat’l Ins. Co., 299 F. Supp. 2d 559 (E.D. Va. 2004) (finding that interpreting the scope of any under-insured motorist coverage, and determining what effect it should be given as to the driver of a rental car under state contract, were especially important to a state, and particularly appropriate for state court adjudication)
  • Lowes of Short Pump Va. v. Campbell, 38 Va. App. 55 (Va. Ct. App. 2002) (finding that credible evidence supported the commission’s findings that the employer sought to rely upon a defense cognizable under Va. Code Ann. § 65.2-306, and that it failed to timely file with the commission notice of its intent to rely upon that defense
  • Delk v. Stone, 52 Va. Cir. 195 (Norfolk, 2000) (focusing on plaintiff’s activity at the time of the crash, the court determined that he was engaged in military activity, and therefore the immunity doctrine applied; the court also dismissed plaintiff’s action against the defendant insured because the statute under which plaintiff asserted liability postdated the accident)
  • Granite State Ins. Co. v. Bottoms, 243 Va. 228 (1992) (finding that the exclusion language used in the policy was ambiguous and had to be construed in favor of the insured)
  • Sentara Leigh Hosp. v. Nichols, 13 Va. App. 630 (Va. Ct. App. 1992) (en banc review applying the general rule that accidents, which occurred while going to a job site, were not compensable; the court held that it was the burden of the claimant to prove an exception to that rule by showing that she was required to use the public streets for her work, which she did not)
  • Straley v. Urbanna Chamber of Commerce, 243 Va. 32 (1992) (finding that charitable immunity did not apply since plaintiff was a mere invitee to whom defendants owed the duty of reasonable care)
  • Ward v. Norfolk Shipbuilding & Drydock Corp., 770 F. Supp. 1118 (E.D. Va. 1991) (finding that the worker was injured on navigable waters while engaged in a traditional maritime activity, the court held that a federal maritime negligence cause of action existed for the worker against the corporation, and that the VWCA did not make the corporate defendant immune from suit)
  • Homeowners Warehouse, Inc. v. Rawlins, 409 S.E.2d 115 (1991) (finding that the plaintiff suffered a voluntary nonsuit before the court sustained the defendant’s motion to strike the evidence)
  • Sentara Leigh Hosp. v. Nichols, 12 Va. App. 841 (Va. Ct. App. 1991) (finding that employee did not meet any of the exceptions to the general rule that accidents, which occurred while going to a job site, were not compensable)
  • Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. v. Parker, 240 Va. 180 (1990)(holding that the patron failed to make out a prima facie case of negligence against the grocer, so that the case should not have gone to the jury; there was no evidence in the case that the grocer knew of the presence of the dangerous condition, nor was there any showing of the length of time it could have been there)
  • S. Gypsum Co. v. Searles, 9 Va. App. 488 (Va. Ct. App. 1990) (finding that the employer, as the prevailing party, did not have the burden of requesting that the claim be remanded)
  • Warrilow v. Birsch Chemicals, Ltd., 1987 U.S. App. LEXIS 18852 (4th Cir. 1987) (finding that the insurance policy excluded intentional acts from its coverage, the court held that the facts pled did not invoke a duty to defend by the insurance company)
  • Frazier v. City of Norfolk, 234 Va. 388 (1987) (applying Va. Code Ann. §15.1-291, the city was not grossly negligent when the edge of the stage was open and obvious, and at most the city’s failure to install protective devices or post warnings was ordinary negligence, thus immunity applied)
  • Upshur v. Haynes Furniture Co., 228 Va. 595 (1985) (finding that the time for filing petitions for appeal fixed in Va. Code Ann. § 8.01-671 and Va. Sup. Ct. R. 5:24 were jurisdictional, the court held that it was without jurisdiction to consider the appeals on the merits and that the appeals were improvidently awarded, and it granted the motions to dismiss)
  • United Services Auto. Asso. v. Nationwide Mut. Ins. Co., 218 Va. 861 (1978) (finding that there was no implied contract, on the part of either the uninsured motorist or defendant in favor of plaintiff, that would give plaintiff a direct action against either of them or extend the limitations period beyond the two-year statute for personal injuries)

Publications and Presentations

  • “Related Causes of Action,” Bad Faith Litigation in Virginia, B.I., Inc. (1993 and 2005)
  • “Damages for Injuries to the Person, including Wrongful Death,” Law of Damages in Virginia, Virginia Law Foundation (1995)
  • “Civil Practice & Procedure,” Annual Survey of the Law, University of Richmond Law Review (1991, 1992, 1998)
  • “Trying the Wrongful Death Case in Virginia,” Strategies in Preparation and Valuation, N.B.I., Inc. (June 25, 1999)
  • “Third Party Practice,” Contribution, Indemnification, Exoneration, Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association CLE (Sept. 13, 2005)
  • “Federal Tort Claims Act, Feres Doctrine, Uninsured Motorist Coverage Considerations,” Presentation for Farmers Insurance (April 29, 2014)

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