Avery T. “Sandy” Waterman, Jr., Esq.
Mr. Waterman is licensed to practice law in Virginia , Louisiana , and the District of Columbia. He is admitted to practice before all local courts in Virginia, Louisiana, and the District of Columbia; the Virginia Supreme Court , Louisiana Supreme Court , and District of the Columbia Courts ; and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana ; United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia ; United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia ; United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia ; United States Tax Court ; United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ; United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ; and United States Supreme Court.
Many court opinions of Mr. Waterman's cases are published. E.g., Kane v Hargis , 987 F.2d 1005 (4th Cir. 1992); Alley v. Chrysler Credit Corp. , 767 F.2d 138 (5th Cir. 1985); Webb v. Stevens, 2008 U.S. Dist. Lexis 61480 (E.D.N.C. Aug. 11, 2008); Choimbol v. Fairfield Resorts, Inc. , 2006 U.S. Dist. Lexis 19340 (E.D. Va. 2006); Zhu v. Rocco Farms, Inc. , 1998 U.S. Dist. Lexis 21781 (W.D. Va. 1998); In re Patterson (Williamson v. Patterson) , 150 B.R. 367 (E.D. Va. 1993); Burns v. Gagnon, 283 Va. 657 (2012); Riverside Hosp., Inc. v. Johnson , 272 Va. 518 (2006); Amchem Prods., Inc. v. Newport News Circuit Court Asbestos Cases Plaintiffs , 264 Va. 89 (2002); Waterman v. Halverson , 261 Va. 203 (2001); Carr v. Carr , No. 0096-09-1 (Aug. 18, 2009) reh. denied en banc (Va. App., Sep. 22, 2009); Burr v. R.C. Paving , 78 Va. Cir. 56 (Suffolk Dec. 2, 2008); Anderson v. Carilion Med. Ctr. , 2008 Va. Cir. LEXIS 207 (Roanoke Aug. 28, 2008); Shakshober v. Riverside Hosp., Inc. , 2008 Va. Cir. LEXIS 210 (Newport News Jun. 23, 2008); Morel v. Mary Immaculate Nursing Ctr., Inc. , 2008 Va. Cir. LEXIS 209 (Newport News May 5, 2008); Purvis v. Riverside Hosp., Inc. , 2008 Va. Cir. LEXIS 206 (Newport News Feb. 27, 2008); Morel v. Mary Immaculate Nursing Ctr., Inc. , 2008 Va. Cir. LEXIS 208 (Newport News Feb. 26, 2008); Licare v. Riverside Health Sys , 2007 Va. Cir. LEXIS 338 (Newport News Aug, 3, 2007); Justis v. Sentara Health Sys , 2007 Va. Cir. LEXIS 339 (Williamsburg/James City Apr. 30, 2007); Pais v. Automation Prods, Inc. , 36 Va. Cir. 230 (Newport News 1995); Treitler v. American Druggists' Ins. Co. , 474 So.2d 475 (La. App. 1985); Evans v. Detweiler , 466 So.2d 800 (La. App. 1984); Duckworth v. GEICO , 464 So.2d 907 (La. App. 1984); Landaiche v. Lou-Con , 461 So.2d 1107 (La. App. 1984); In re Tutorship of Werling , 459 So.2d 758 (La. App. 1984); and Mayeur v. American Cyanamid Co. , 459 So.2d 292 (La. App. 1984). Several of his articles are published too: "Healthcare Policies, Procedures and Protocols: Discoverability, Abuse, Admissibility and Legislation," 19 The Journal of VTLA 2, Spring, 2008; "Charitable Immunity: A Limited Doctrine," 9 The Journal of VTLA 2, Spring, 1997; and "Negligent Retention: Alive and Well in Virginia," 11 V.L.W. 253, Aug. 19, 1996.
Mr. Waterman is a member of the I'Anson-Hoffman American Inn of Court , American Inns of Court , Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association , Virginia Trial Lawyers Association , Southern Trial Lawyers Association , American Association for Justice , Virginia State Bar , District of Columbia Bar , Louisiana State Bar Association , and Williamsburg Bar Association. His past and present recognitions include " Million Dollar Advocates Forum "; " Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum "; " The Best Lawyers in America " (Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury and "Lawyer of the Year" Greater Norfolk 2014); The National Trial Lawyers' "Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Virginia" ; " Virginia's Super Lawyers "; Hampton Roads Magazine's "Top Attorneys in Hampton Roads"; Virginia Business' "Legal Elite"; Lawdragon's "Top Plaintiff Lawyers"; VTLA "Amicus Curiae Honor Roll"; and " Who's Who in American Law ". He also has been a member of VTLA's Williamsburg Society and has participated in its Justice Day, Bike Helmet Safety, Road to Virginia Justice, annual convention, and other programs. Additionally he has been a judge at the Mock Trial Competition of Harvard University , Cambridge, Massachusetts; Moot Court Competition of University of Virginia School of Law , Charlottesville, Virginia; and Moot Court Competition of William and Mary School of Law , Williamsburg, Virginia; a continuing legal education panelist on Ethics and speaker on Medical Malpractice (2013); and an Adjunct Professor in Paralegal Studies at Tulane University.
The University of Virginia School of Law conferred its Juris Doctorate degree on Mr. Waterman in 1982. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics in 1979 from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg , where he attended on scholarship. As an undergraduate, he was selected as a President's Aide; admitted to Omicron Delta Kappa and Mortar Board , the national leadership honoraries, and to Omicron Delta Epsilon , the national economics honor society; was listed in the College Register and Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges ; and was a member of Theta Delta Chi fraternity, the Board of Student Affairs (Chairman), and the Colonial Echo (Section Editor).
Mr. Waterman resides in Kingsmill in Williamsburg, has five children - Katharine II, Avery III, Christian, Elizabeth, and son-in-law, Kyle - and has been involved in numerous school, athletic, charitable, and social activities on the Peninsula.
His past-times include travel, movies, music, festivals, arts, biking, working out, and fundraisers.
For Senior Spring Break in April, 2010, Mr. Waterman and his youngest son, Christian, traveled to Key West, Florida. The pair strolled and shopped trendy Duval Street , and watched brilliant sunsets and vibrant street-performers at Mallory Square. They also motored out to sea in a glass-bottom boat and to Dry Tortugas National Park , touring deactivated Fort Jefferson , tenting overnight, and snorkeling among thousands of fish:
The fair-skinned twosome burned badly in the intense sub-tropical sun of the Florida Keys !
On June 9, 2010, Christian graduated Jamestown High School in Williamsburg, Virginia. At Jamestown, Christian started on its Virginia High School League AA State Champion soccer team; was summa cum laude on the National Latin Examination ; and received the President's Award for Educational Excellence. Wearing his mortar board and academic robe, he proudly displays his diploma with the family:
Christian currently is an undergraduate at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. He has been Rush Chairman and is Recording Secretary for Theta Delta Chi fraternity; and is majoring in Psychology, minoring in Philosophy, and planning to earn his Ph.D.
Mr. Waterman and his three youngest children trekked the West Coast in Summer 2010. Arriving LAX, they stayed in Hollywood off Sunset Strip, toured Beverly Hills and Universal Studios, and checked out Venice Beach in Santa Monica. An overnight desert foray allowed Mr. Waterman to rock-climb the sheer moonscape in Joshua Tree National Park:
Travelling Highway One north featured sea-kayaking and majestic views of the Big Sur Coast through Carmel and Monterrey - amid innumerable hairpin turns! Before departing San Francisco , the Watermans rode the hilly Trolley lines, zigzagged Lombard Street, hung out in Haight-Ashbury, ate great seafood at the Wharf, crossed the Golden Gate Bridge, and visited the awe-inspiring redwood of tranquil Muir Woods National Monument.
On September 11, 2010, Mr. Waterman proudly welcomed a new son to his family: Kyle Brian Gibler of Cincinnati, Ohio. After exchanging vows by candlelight in a formal evening wedding at The Memorial Church of Harvard University in Cambridge, the newlyweds' alma mater , Kyle and Katharine whisked away in a white Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III limousine and made their grand reception entrance as husband and wife into the Great Hall of the Harvard Club of Boston:
The couple lived in Durham, North Carolina. Katharine was Managing Editor of Southern Weddings magazine/online; obtained her M.B.A. at University of North Carolina on fellowship; and upon graduation in May 2013 joined Bank of America as Assistant Vice President at its headquarters in Charlotte. Kyle is pursuing his M.D. at Duke University, having earned his M.B.A. at UNC in Chapel Hill , where he was a Dean's Fellow, Fields Prize recipient and Humana Competition finalist; and upon graduation in May 2014 will be a healthcare consultant with McKinsey and Company.
Mr. Waterman and his youngest daughter, Elizabeth, are in their living room on March 23, 2011, bedecked for the Peninsula Heart Ball in Newport News, supporting the American Heart Association. They attended Wicked at the Gershwin Theatre and Phantom of the Opera at the Majestic Theatre on Broadway in June, 2011.
On May 22, 2011, Mr. Waterman's oldest son Avery III graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, and made the Dean's List. Proud father and happy son are on Main Street in Richmond, Virginia , where family and friends celebrated post-ceremony over dinner and drinks:
Following Mr. Waterman's romantic getaway at Excellence Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic , a special father-son week in Amsterdam, Netherlands during July made memories for a lifetime. From their quarters at Dam Square, the duo visited the Flower District, Newmarket Square, and Rembrandt Square; toured the zoo, and City and Diamond Museums; and motored the canals by covered boat. Avery III's future plans include returning to school for his Masters in Business Administration after working in the food and beverage industry. Currently he works in sales for The Richmond Group USA and lives in Richmond's trendy Fan District.
In January, 2012, Mr. Waterman and Elizabeth visited Universal's Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida. First week of April, 2012, he recognized Elizabeth’s upcoming high school graduation by taking her to Italy via England over Spring Break. The two flew into London for lunch and shopping, then to Rome. There they visited Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, The Vatican, Pantheon, Trastevere, Ghetto, Colosseum, Forum, Palatine, and Zoo, much by bicycle. Father and daughter are pictured at Navona Plaza, where they enjoyed fine Italian cooking, live music and sun.
During July 14-20, 2012, Mr. Waterman traveled to New York City for Elizabeth to compete in the Summer Convention of International Modeling and Talent Association ("IMTA"). She placed second in Swimsuit, was awarded Honorable Mentions in other categories, and received callbacks in Manhattan and to Hollywood; yet matriculated Virginia Tech.
During February 7-12, 2013, Mr. Waterman attended the annual convention of the Southern Trial Lawyers' Association ("STLA") in New Orleans amid Mardi Gras. On March 9, 2014, Mr. Waterman was a speaker and a panelist at the national “Winning Medical Negligence Cases” seminar in Scottsdale, Arizona, presented by the American Association for Justice, the United States’ largest association of plaintiff trial lawyers. His individual topic was “Falls in Hospitals and Nursing Homes: Getting Institutional Discovery to Prove Fault”.
The following week, his youngest son and he hiked the Grand Canyon down the South Kaibab Trail of the South Rim to the Colorado River and back again up the Bright Angel Trail in one day.
Christian and he continued their Spring Break adventure in picturesque Sedona, exploring its stunning rugged terrain by mountain-bikes and by ATVs, recovering with deep-tissue massages, and visiting the fine shops and restaurants of its scenic Oak Creek.
Mr. Waterman celebrated the graduations of Katharine and Kyle from UNC's graduate business school on May 12, 2013, by traveling Europe with them during May-June. In Brussels Katharine and he visited Grote Markt, dining at Les Roy d’Espagne and La Chaloupe d’Or, and saw St-Katelijne Plein, Grote Zavel Plein, and other landmarks. By afternoon train and metro, the pair reached their new quarters at Rue Benoit off St-Germain Boulevard on the Left Bank of Paris. The two dined at Café de Flore, Les Doux Magots, and Procope; toured the city by bicycle and boat; and attended Opera National de Paris Garnier and string quartet at Sainte-Chappelle.
Above they stand before The Louvre. The duo also visited Versailles, Eiffel Tower, Arc D’Triumphe, Sacre-Cour, Notre-Dame and many other sights.
By overnight train, Mr. Waterman and Katharine rendezvous with Kyle in Barcelona. All three toured its Gothic Quarter, La Rambla, Montjuic and Eixamplar on foot and other points of interest by bicycle. Below Kyle and he stand before Palau Nacional.
They were captivated by Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, Casa Mila, Casa Batllo, and Parc Guell; and by classical guitar concert at Palau de Musica Catalana. On daytrip, they hiked Montserrat; and spent overnights in Cadaques and Castelldefels.
During December 11-16, 2013, Mr. Waterman travels to Costa Rica for a legal seminar. During April-May, 2014, he also attends another legal seminar in New Orleans during Jazz Fest. In May 2014, Christian graduates Virginia Tech and Kyle graduates Duke Medical School, so Mr. Waterman will be vacationing with each of them separately to commemorate their respective graduations. Family vacation in 2014 has everyone in Sydney, Australia and in New Zealand, from Christmas through and after New Years.
Looking far ahead, Summer 2015 tentatively takes Mr. Waterman to Spain via France. Arriving Bordeaux , lush countryside, fine wine and regional cooking await. A run in Spain's most famous encierro - "running of the bulls" - in Pamplona follows. The Festival of Sanfermines in honor of the city and festival's patron, Saint Fermin, spans July 6-14th. Its 826-meter dash starts each morning.
Pamplona's "running of the bulls" was popularized internationally by Ernest Hemmingway's Lost Generation classics The Sun Also Rises in 1926 and Death in the Afternoon in 1932. From Pamplona, the Watermans embark a Mediterranean respite.