Virginia Hoptman’s practice focuses on appellate representation, her work as a third-party neutral, and on complex commercial cases, primarily in the Eastern District of Virginia's “Rocket Docket.” A University of Virginia law school graduate, she clerked for Justice Thurgood Marshall on the U.S. Supreme Court and Chief Judge Collins J. Seitz of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Ms. Hoptman has successfully handled numerous appeals in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, D.C., and Federal Circuits and the highest state appellate courts in Virginia, D.C. and Maryland, as well as amicus briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court and Fourth Circuit. She brings to her practice substantial expertise on issues of federal preemption, statutory construction, constitutional law, and appellate and U.S. Supreme Court practice. As an appellate specialist, Ms. Hoptman seeks to enhance, not replace, referring counsel’s primary role with clients.
Certified as a mediator for the D.C. Circuit, Ms. Hoptman is available to mediate or neutrally evaluate disputes. She is a skilled commercial mediator with thirty-five years of legal experience, litigating, negotiating, and mediating the resolution of complex commercial cases at both the trial and appellate levels. Ms. Hoptman brings to her mediation practice the skills of both a nuanced legal thinker and a seasoned litigator with a deep understanding of the litigation challenges facing parties in the event of impasse. She is known for her exceptional listening skills, fairness, and ability to quickly grasp different sides of a complicated issue while keeping an open mind. She is particularly skilled at getting to the heart of multifaceted issues and dealing with the human factors that create obstacles to settlement. She uses these skills to help parties analyze their complex legal and business issues, engage in risk assessment, and develop creative business solutions.
Ms. Hoptman has successfully handled complex commercial cases in federal and state courts covering a variety of issues, including claims of trade secret and other intellectual property misappropriation, patent infringement, breach of non-compete and nondisclosure agreements, breach of fiduciary duty, violation of federal and statute statutes and regulations, including federal banking statues and regulations, and breach of commercial and construction contracts. She represents clients in a variety of industries, including software technology, telecom, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, consumer finance, and higher education. Virginia achieves success for her clients by providing a unique combination of strategic legal advice and practical solutions to companies facing a variety of complex business disputes.