02.01.2009 Williams Mullen Announces the Election of Four New Partners

RICHMOND, VA – Williams Mullen announces that Adam Casagrande (Norfolk, Va.), Allison T. Domson (Richmond, Va.), Mary Katherine McGetrick (Richmond, Va.) and Christine N. Piersall (Portsmouth, Va.) have been elected partners of the firm.

“We are extraordinarily proud of our new partners,” said Joey Smith, Chairman and CEO of the firm. “They have already contributed so much to the Williams Mullen community through their civic service, their exceptional client-service skills and their dedication to the growth of our firm.”

Mr. Casagrande focuses his practice on commercial and corporate litigation matters, including business and contract disputes, construction, commercial lease and real estate matters, and intellectual property disputes. As a trial attorney, Mr. Casagrande frequently appears in Virginia circuit courts, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, and has argued before the Supreme Court of Virginia. In addition to trial work, Mr. Casagrande's practice includes alternative dispute resolution. He has both arbitrated and mediated disputes successfully on a wide variety of matters. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Casagrande served as a law clerk to the Honorable A. Christian Compton, Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia. He received his bachelor of arts degree in history from James Madison University and his juris doctor degree from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary.

Ms. Domson focuses on financial services matters, including real estate and transactional lending. She works on a variety of transactions ranging from commercial lending, loan workouts, lease negotiation and commercial real estate acquisitions. She also represents developers in connection with partnership investments and project financing involving low-income housing tax credits or historic tax credits for new construction or rehabilitation. Ms. Domson received her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and her law degree, cum laude, from the George Mason University School of Law.

Ms. McGetrick focuses her practice primarily on the sale, acquisition and leasing of commercial property. She regularly provides counsel to investors, developers and other clients on the sale, financing and acquisition of both improved commercial property and undeveloped property. In addition, Ms. McGetrick has experience in negotiating office and retail leases, including both landlord and tenant representation. She received her bachelor of arts degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and her juris doctor degree from the University of Richmond School of Law, where she served as interscholastic chairperson of the Moot Court Board and editor-at-large of the Richmond Journal of Law and the Public Interest.

Ms. Piersall focuses her practice primarily on estate tax planning, estate and trust taxation and administration, and elder law. She has experience with conservator and guardianship matters, family limited partnerships and business succession planning. She also represents clients in commercial banking and real estate matters. Ms. Piersall received her law degree from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond, magna cum laude, in 2001. She was an associate editor of the University of Richmond Law Review from 2000-2001 and a member of the McNeill Law Society. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in philosophy and government from the University of Virginia in 1997.