Firm News

August 17th, 2016

Once again, more than a dozen attorneys from Blankingship & Keith, PC were selected by their peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America® 2017. This marks the 30th year that A. Hugo Blankingship, Jr., of counsel to Blankingship & Keith, was recognized by Best Lawyers in America. John A. C. Keith, Peter S. Everett, and Robert J. Stoney, all principals with the firm, have each been named to the list for 15 or more years.

June 23rd, 2016

Blankingship & Keith, P.C. is pleased to welcome Lindy K. Stevens to the firm as an associate. Her practice focuses primarily on education law and estate planning matters.

“Lindy is a tremendous asset to our team of attorneys and enhances our capabilities to serve our clients adeptly,” said William B. Porter, managing principal of the firm.

May 5th, 2016

Never get into a car with a stranger!  It’s one of the cardinal rules we learn when we’re young, but now there’s an app for that.  Blankingship & Keith associate Jessica Sura spoke about strategies for pursuing claims against the companies that offer those apps at the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (VTLA) convention last month. 

February 19th, 2016

A team of attorneys from Blankingship & Keith, PC – Robert Stoney, Peter Everett, Mark Towery, Chidi James and Jessica Sura – has secured settlements totally just over $3 million for a 4-year-old boy who was severely scalded when a free-standing range toppled over on him. David Nestor of Fairfax, Virginia, served as co-counsel for the plaintiff.

February 4th, 2016

Blankingship & Keith, P.C. announced that William B. Porter has been named managing principal of the firm. Porter succeeds William Carey who served in the role from 2014 through 2015.

January 11th, 2016

Blankingship & Keith, P.C. is pleased to announce that Laurie L. Kirkland has become a principal with the firm, effective Jan. 1, 2016.

“Laurie has made outstanding contributions to the firm and has achieved excellent results for our clients,” said William B. Porter, managing principal of the firm. “Her practice supports the firm’s core strengths and positions us to serve our clients better now and for years to come.”

November 19th, 2015

Real estate and business principal, Jeremy Root, recently published an article on CCIM Institute’s website. Entitled “Gross-Up Provisions - Tenants benefit from having fixed variable costs,” Mr. Root explains how the gross-up provision works in commercial real estate leases.

November 13th, 2015

Peter S. Everett, a principal at Blankingship & Keith, recently presented a session on "Mastering the Use of Literature in TBI Cases" at the Brain Injury Retreat hosted by the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. The CLE accredited program was given over two days in early November at the Omni Hotel in Richmond, VA. If you would like to discuss his presentation, please contact Peter at or 703.691.1235.

September 18th, 2015

By: Peter Vieth, Virginia Lawyers Weekly

A Northern Virginia lawyer says he hopes to leverage his firm’s litigation against child care facilities to push for reforms to prevent children from becoming sexual abuse victims.

In the midst of trial preparation in one case of alleged child sexual assault, and showcasing a separate $22 million suit based on similar allegations, Peter S. Everett of Fairfax says he plans to focus attention on the need for better day care practices.

June 15th, 2015

Fairfax, VA - On May 14, 2015, Peter Everett and Chidi James, trial lawyers and principals with Blankingship & Keith, were part of a team that conducted an all-day workshop at George Mason University for crime victim advocates from Northern and Central Virginia.