Firm News

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.

June 4th, 2015

Fairfax, VA - The law firm of Blankingship & Keith, P.C., is pleased to announce that 16 of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2015 edition of Virginia “Super Lawyers” in a number of practice areas. David R. Clarke and John A.C. Keith, principals in the firm, also earned the distinction of being included in the “Top 100 Virginia Super Lawyers 2015.” 

May 30th, 2015

Fairfax, VA – David R. Clarke, a principal with Blankingship & Keith, P.C., has been named a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers – one of only 1600 lawyers in the U.S. to hold this credential. Membership in the organization indicates the highest degree of professionalism and excellence in the practice of family law.

May 27th, 2015

Fairfax, VA – Kevin DeTurris and Brian R. Sanderson have joined Blankingship & Keith, P.C. as counsel, strengthening the firm’s litigation team and services.

“We are pleased to welcome Kevin and Brian to Blankingship & Keith,” said William Carey, managing principal for the firm. "Their wealth of litigation experience, specifically in the areas of real estate and health care, enhances our firm's capabilities to better serve our clients in these industries."