Larissa LPC Sneathern Associate

Larissa practices within the firm's Business and Securities Litigation Department, and is a member of the Energy Litigation Group. Her practice focuses on commercial litigation, complex contractual disputes and business torts, interspersed with defending against class action suits, and regulatory investigations. She also advises clients on risk mitigation and compliance with state and federal law. Larissa has experience in trial and appellate litigation at both the state and federal levels.

Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Larissa practiced law at the Washington, D.C., office of an international firm, where she represented corporate clients in arbitration and in federal courts in a variety of areas, ranging from trademark infringement, to complex contract disputes, to the defense of antitrust issues.

Most recently, Larissa served as general counsel and compliance officer for a medical billing company, where she oversaw and monitored corporate and client adherence to federal and state statutes and regulations, in addition to contractual obligations and internal policies and procedures of third party payers. Among other things, she advised and trained staff and clients on all relevant healthcare compliance matters; drafted and negotiated contracts; attended to all corporate employment law matters; ensured compliance with all fair debt collection legislation; periodically audited compliance risk areas; and interfaced with and managed outside counsel.

While pursuing her law degree at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Larissa was honored with the distinction of Order of the Coif. Additionally, Larissa served as the Symposia Editor of the Benjamin N. Cardozo Law Review and as a Representative and Treasurer of the Student Bar Association.

Experience

Won summary judgment for a national energy company in a case (i) alleging trespass, trespass by assumpsit, negligence, nuisance and related torts, based on disposal of wastewater from an underground mine, and (ii) seeking the protection of CERCLA’s discovery rule to avoid violation of statutes of limitation.

Represented a Fortune 500 energy company in the resolution of a complex contract dispute involving 35 opposing parties.

Successfully represented an alternative energy company in the resolution of a contract dispute.

Successfully represented a national energy company in the resolution of a contract dispute related to shut-in fees.

Successfully represented national energy company in the reinstatement of a lapsed lease.

Successfully represented national energy company in the resolution of an offensive breach of contract claim.

Conducted an internal investigation for a Fortune 500 financial institution related to complaints of gender bias.

Conducted an internal investigation for a Fortune 500 financial institution related to the activities of certain financial advisors.

Obtained judgment on behalf of a bank against a borrower who had defaulted on loans.

Represented Fortune 500 financial institution in the resolution of TCPA (Telephone Consumer Protection Act) claim.

Successfully represent client in the mediation of a tort claim alleging assault.

Successfully represent client in the expungement of criminal record.

Successfully represented client in the resolution of a will contest.

Successfully represented a government contractor in the mediation of a contract dispute regarding defective products.

Successfully represented pro bono client in the resolution of a 1983 action, which resulted in statewide change in Department of Correction policies and procedures.

  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, JD, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Symposia Editor, Cardozo Law Review, 1999
  • Denison University, BA, Political Science, 1993

Vice-President and Member, Board of Directors, Field School of Charlottesville

Member, Board of Directors, LiveArts

Member, Charlottesville Albemarle Bar Association, Bench-Bar Committee

Member, Charlottesville Albemarle Bar Association, ad hoc Nominations Committee

Former Member, Board of Directors, Monticello Area Community Action Agency (MACAA)

Certified Professional Coder, American Association of Professional Coders (inactive)

Former Member, Health Care Compliance Association

Former Member, American Health Lawyers Association

Former Member, Medical Group Management Association

  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia

Recipient, McGuireWoods Excellence Award, 2015, 2016

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