2021 LGA Spring Conference
Dates: March 25-26, 2021
Virtual Meeting

  • LGA Polo Shirts - Each registrant will have the opportunity to receive one complimentary LGA polo shirt. Registrants will receive an email with additional information. 

  • Engagement Opportunities - LGA will host several opportunities for attendees to gather virtually. The Thursday evening engagement event will NOT require separate registration. Thank you to Kaufman & Canoles and Sanford Heisler Sharp for sponsorship of all of our engagement programs!

  • Virtual Exhibit Hall - for information about our sponsors and how they can work with your locality visit the virtual exhibit hall. Play our Virtual Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win one of five $100 Amazon gift cards. Forms are available below.


Important Documents:

Session Material Download

Registrant List

MCLE Forms Available - 



Wednesday, March 24

Board Meeting 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Thursday, March 25

General Session #1 | 8:30 - 10 a.m.

Land Use

Peter Lubeck, County of Roanoke, County Attorney
Lucy Phillips, County of Washington, County Attorney

Marta Goldsmith, Director of the Form-Based Codes Institute, Executive Director
Ashby Moss, City of Virginia Beach, SGA Planning Evaluation Coordinator
Chris Mackenzie, County of Richmond Board of Supervisors, Counsel and Sands Anderson PC, Counselor

Marta Goldsmith, Director of the Form-Based Codes Institute, and Ashby Moss, a planner for Virginia Beach, will present on the topic of form-based codes, and how these types of codes can be integrated into zoning ordinances. The presentation will include a general overview of form-based codes, why localities chose to adopt them, and examples of form-based codes which have been adopted or considered in Virginia.

Chris Mackenzie, counsel for Richmond County Board of Supervisors in the recent BOS v. Rhoads Virginia Supreme Court opinion, will speak regarding the latest developments in the law regarding Virginia Code 15.2-2311(C), what constitutes an "order, requirement, decision or determination" subject to its requirements, and how to advise your zoning administrators to avoid and address issues arising out of this subsection as a result of Rhoads.

LGA Annual Meeting | 10 – 10:10 a.m.

Break #1 | 10:10 – 10:30 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions (A&B) | 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Tax Assessment & Defense 101

Moderator: Andrew McRoberts, Sands Anderson PC, Attorney

Adam Melita, City of Norfolk, Deputy City Attorney
David Tait, Sands Anderson, Counsel
William "Pete" Rodda, City of Norfolk, City Assessor

Pete Rodda, Norfolk's chief real estate assessor and former IAAO President will speak on the assessment process under attack in tax assessment cases, including mass appraisal, IAAO standards and how the pandemic may affect what assessors do. Adam Melita, Norfolk Deputy City Attorney, will speak on defending the taxpayer's cause of action under Va. Code 58.1‐3984 (B) and recent case law. David Tait, tax assessment defense litigator with Sands Anderson, will speak on the administrative appeal process and its impact on potential litigation, using the authority of the assessor or commissioner of the revenue to resolve cases, and litigating large industrial taxpayers' appeals. 

Code Enforcement

Kelley Kemp, Deal & Lacheney P.C., Assistant County Attorney
Alan Smith, County of Prince William, Senior Assistant County Attorney

Olivia Wiggins, City of Hampton, Assistant City Attorney
Alycia Eldridge, County of Rockingham and City of Harrisonburg, Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney
Emily Russell, County of Chesterfield, Senior Assistant County Attorney

Practical tips and tricks for code enforcement.  Focusing on new legislation and its impact on enforcement, animal control issues, and a Fourth Amendment refresher.  The session will focus on practical issues that arise for the enforcement officials and how a local government attorney should respond. Plus a brief overview of Fourth Amendment and trespass issues for attorneys to share with code officials.

Thursday Lunch | 12 – 1 p.m.

General Session #2 | 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Broadband and PPEA

Moderator: Tyler Southall, County of Dinwiddie, County Attorney

Evan Feinman, Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission, Executive Director
Mike Lockaby, Guynn, Waddell, Carroll & Lockaby, P.C., Principal
Debbie Bryan, City of Virginia Beach, Legislative Affairs Liaison
Tyler Southall, County of Dinwiddie, County Attorney

Evan Feinman, Executive Director of the Tobacco Commission and the Governor’s Chief Broadband Advisor, would speak about the current state of broadband availability in Virginia, broadband grants available from the Commonwealth, and the progress that has been made on broadband in Virginia to date, including what type of projects have worked well and not as well. Mike Lockaby, who (among other things) advises and represents local governments and broadband authorities on infrastructure matters, would speak about the use of public private partnerships (P3s) as a tool to expand availability and affordability of broadband internet. He would discuss the legal framework of a P3 under the PPEA, creation of PPEA policies and procedures, considerations in deciding whether a P3 is the right delivery vehicle, crafting a PPEA RFP for broadband, negotiating PPEA interim and comprehensive agreements for broadband, and a discussion of what can go wrong with a broadband PPEA and how to avoid it. Debra Bryan, who serves as Legislative Affairs Liaison for the City of Virginia Beach, serves on the FCC Intergovernmental Advisory Committee, and previously served as Associate City Attorney of Virginia Beach, would give an overview of the FCC, including its governance, structure, regulatory authority and how LGA members can interact with the FCC on behalf of their localities.  Tyler Southall, who serves as Dinwiddie County Attorney, would present on the Dinwiddie-Amelia PPEA Broadband Project.

Break #2 | 2:30 - 3 p.m.

General Session #3 | 3 – 4:30 p.m.

2021 Legislative Update

Moderator: Laura Carini, City of Roanoke, Assistant City Attorney

Phyllis Errico, Virginia Association of Counties, General Counsel
Michelle Gowdy, Virginia Municipal League, Executive Director
Jeff Gore, Hefty Wiley & Gore, P.C., Shareholder and County of Amelia, County Attorney

Local government attorney/lobbyists summarize the activities of the 2021 Virginia General Assembly. The panel will discuss legislation introduced during the session, both enacted and failed, that particularly affects local governments.  With a focus on bills with the greatest impact on Virginia’s counties, cities, and towns, the speakers will describe how newly-enacted laws may benefit or disadvantage localities and their residents.

Virtual Engagement | 5 - 6 p.m. 

Friday, March 26

Registration is not required to attend the Practice Group Meetings. Practice Group leaders will distribute all meeting information, including agenda and connection information. 

Practice Group Meetings Group #1 | 8:30 – 9:20 a.m.

Eminent Domain Practice Group – Elizabeth Chupik, City of Virginia Beach, Associate City Attorney
Social Services Practice Group – Martin Crim, Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C., Shareholder and Town of Culpeper, Associate City Attorney
Procurement Practice Group – Haskell Brown, City of Richmond, Interim City Attorney and Brendan Hefty, Shareholder, Hefty, Wiley & Gore, P.C. & County of New Kent, County Attorney

Practice Group Meetings Group #2 | 9:30 – 10:20 a.m.

Employment Law Practice Group – Michael DeCamps, Attorney, Sands Anderson PC & Assistant County Attorney, County of Essex and Faith Alejandro, Attorney, Sands Anderson PC
Local Taxation Practice Group – Ara Tramblian, Of Counsel, Bancroft, McGavin, Horvath & Judkins, P.C.
Outreach Committee – Dan Whitten, County Attorney, County of Prince George

Concurrent Session (C&D) | 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Worker’s Compensation

Moderator: Mary Beth Nash, County of Roanoke, Senior Assistant County Attorney

Mary Beth Nash, County of Roanoke, Senior Assistant County Attorney
Doug Barber, City of Roanoke, Assistant City Attorney
Rick Lucas, Shareholder & President, Lucas & Kite, PLC

Rick Lucas, Esquire, will present an overview of recent workers’ compensation cases from the Commission, the Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of Virginia, with a particular focus on cases involving first-responders.

Mary Beth Nash and Doug Barber will present an overview of the statutory framework for modified duty for workers’ compensation claimants, including a discussion of the Workers’ Compensation Commission’s vocational rehabilitation guidelines and applicable case law.  Mary Beth and Doug will also discuss practical tips for a robust return to work program, and some of the overlap between the Workers’ Compensation Act and the FMLA.

The Opioid Crisis 101 & How Localities are Stepping Up

Moderator: Laura Carini, City of Roanoke, Assistant City Attorney

Andrew Miller, Sanford Heisler Sharp, Partner
Ed Spivey, Kaufman & Canoles, P.C., Attorney
Leo Rogers, County of Loudoun, County Attorney

This session will provide an overview of the latest developments and status of opioid litigation, including progress on a proposed partial settlement nationally with certain target defendants, as well as separate programs highlighting claims against different groups of defendants, including manufacturers, distributors, and pharmacies. There will also be discussion of recent legislative efforts affecting the opioid settlements.

Friday Lunch 12 – 12:30 p.m.

Friday Awards Program 12:30 – 1 p.m.

General Session #4 | 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Collective Bargaining

Moderator: Ryan Samuel, County of Arlington, Assistant County Attorney

Meghan Roberts, City of Alexandria, Assistant City Attorney
Cynthia Hudson, Sands Anderson PC, Counsel
Thomas Winn, Woods Rogers PLC, Attorney

The collective bargaining session will provide insight into employee organizing activities, best practices in ordinance drafting, and the local government attorney’s role in labor-management relations.

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Visit our virtual exhibit hall for information about our sponsors and how they can work with your locality. Play our Virtual Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win one of five $100 Amazon gift cards. Form will be available the week of the conference on this page (see Important Documents). Complete and submit your game board by noon on Friday, March 26 for a chance to win! 

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Perkins vs. Kinsman: the cheap beer debate

Join us for virtual happy hour taste test on Thursday, March 25 at 5 p.m.
Do you enjoy cheap beer? Do you enjoy taste tests? Do you enjoy trivia? This is the event for you!
Help us solve this decades-long debate! Lola Perkins and Adam Kinsman have long disagreed over whether cheap beers deserve a spot in your mini-fridge or the winced-face reactions they often receive.
Join us to participate in a taste test curated by Adam. NOTE THE CHANGE: There is no separate registration required for this event. The program is open to the first 150 conference registrants who connect. There will be a program with prizes! Read below to participate.
  • Adam has curated a list of beers to be tested during the happy hour. See below.
  • Participants purchase a single, a few, or all of the beers on the list. LGA will not reimburse for purchases.
  • Each beer will be introduced and taste tested. Only those who are tasting the beer Adam introduces will have the opportunity to comment. The more types you buy, the more opportunities to comment.
  • In the meantime, Lola will test attendees on their beer trivia skills.
  • Each correct answer earns points, and the participants who answer 75% or more of the questions correctly are entered in a drawing to win a $50 gift card.
Find a safe place to participate, keep an open mind, and allow lots of free space in your refrigerator!

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Adam's List

(Descriptions from manufacturer)

Busch “The sound of refreshment.”
Busch Light “Brewed longer to create a lighter body and fewer calories while always delivering that classic taste.”
Busch Ice “A beer with a sweet, smooth finish and higher alcohol content.” 
Natural Light “A favorite drink when you’re making those epic stories happen.”
Natty Daddy “Big stories call for a Big Daddy.”
Budweiser “The King of Beers.”
Bud Light “Where there’s fun, there’s a Bud Light there.”
Rolling Rock “An American lager well-known for its heritage and green bottle.”
Bonus RoundMickey’s Malt Liquor  “Get stung!”


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