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Douglas Edward Brinckman - Attorney at Law

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Douglas Edward Brinckman was born and raised in Fairfax County, Virginia and graduated from Thomas A. Edison High School. He received his B.A. degree in Economics (minor in English) from Virginia Tech in 1973 and his Juris Doctorate law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law in 1976. After being licensed and having practiced law during 1976 and 1977 in Spokane, Washington, he returned to Blacksburg, Virginia in 1977 and taught Business Law classes at the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech during 1977-78 and 1978-79. He has practiced law in the federal and state courts in Virginia since 1978, while continuing to teach business law classes at the College of Business and Economics at Radford University. Doug has a general law practice with an emphasis on business transactions and planning, criminal and traffic defense, civil litigation, and family law. He has represented clients at all levels of the Virginia court system (lower and general trial courts, Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Virginia), including jury trials in serious felony cases such as capital murder, rape, robbery and burglary.

In addition to his teaching experience at Virginia Tech (courses including the Business Law sequence, Contemporary Law, Securities Regulation, and Fundamentals of Business Law) where he was awarded the Certificate of Teaching Excellence, Doug has taught law classes at the undergraduate and graduate level for the College of Business and Economics at Radford University, where he is a tenured Associate Professor of Business Law and has received the university-wide Radford University Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching. Doug feels a strong affinity with the academic communities at both Radford University and Virginia Tech and has enjoyed representing students and faculty from both institutions for over three decades in a wide range of civil, traffic and criminal cases.

Doug and his wife, Aline Savine Park Brinckman, have lived in Blacksburg, Virginia since 1977 and together have raised their four children, Jason, Anne, Matthew and Kenneth, two of whom earned their bachelor's degree from Virginia Tech, another earning both a bachelor's and master's degree from Virginia Tech, and one earning a master's degree from Radford University. Doug has been involved in numerous community service activities, has served on the Board of Directors for several small business corporations and civic organizations, and received a U.S. Jaycees Outstanding Young Men of America award for professional achievement and exceptional community service. Since 2005, Doug has served as President and Chairman of the Board of Directors for Southwest Virginia Legal Aid Society, Inc. which provides legal services to the poverty population in approximately 17 counties in the southwestern region of Virginia encompassing an area about the size of New Jersey.

BAR ADMISSIONS (not including pro hac vice admissions for trials in other states)

Supreme Court of State of Washington October 27, 1976
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington March 7, 1977
Supreme Court of Virginia October 3, 1978
United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia July 14, 1981
United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia August 27, 1982

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

1977-79 Instructor of Business Law at VPI&SU (Virginia Tech), Pamplin College of Business, Blacksburg, Virginia;
1979 Lecturer of Contemporary Law, VPI&SU, Extension Division, Blacksburg, Virginia;
1980 Lecturer, MBA Fundamentals of Law, VPI&SU, Pamplin College of Business, Blacksburg, Virginia;
1979-84 Asst. Professor of Business Law, Radford University, College of Business & Economics, Radford, Virginia
1984 to Present Associate Professor of Business Law (tenured), Radford University, College of Business & Economics, Radford, Virginia

PRIVATE LAW PRACTICE EXPERIENCE

Associate Attorney, Law Offices of William C. Harrison, Spokane, WA 1976-77
Sole Practice, Blacksburg, VA, 1978-1982 and Christiansburg, VA 1984-2009
Partner, Brinckman & Ritzert, Christiansburg, VA, 1982-84
Of Counsel, Albright & Bongard PLC, 2009-2010
Of Counsel, Neyhart, Robertson & McConnell, P.C., Blacksburg, VA, 2010-2012
Shareholder/Director/Officer, Brinckman & Brinckman, P.C. 11-1-2012 to present

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Virginia State Bar (including Business Law and Family Law Sections)
Mid-Atlantic Regional Business Law Association (Mid-Atlantic Academy of Legal Studies In Business, including prior service as President and national delegate)
Montgomery-Radford Bar Association (including service as President and Family Law Section, Chair of Sub-Committee on Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, and Law Library Committee)

SELECTED PROFESSIONAL PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS

Administrative Agency Investigations of Corporate Activities: Suggested Approach For Directors and Officers, 1 Selected Papers of the American Business Law Association Regional Proceedings (1979);

Reverse Discrimination: The Teachings of Weber, presented at Mid-Atlantic Regional Business Law Annual Meeting (1980);

Judicial Review of Labor Arbitration Awards: The Trilogy Revisited, Selected Papers of the American Business Law Association Regional Proceedings (1982)

Public Policy Exception To The Employment-At Will Doctrine: The Virginia Experience, American Business Law Association District One Proceedings (1986)

RICO-Expanding Civil Liability, Selected Papers of American Business Law Association District I Proceedings (1987, with R. Wayne Saubert);

Computers and The Right Of Privacy, Northwest Business Law Association Regional Proceedings (1987, with R. Wayne Saubert);

Insider-Trading: Tipper-Tippee Liability Following Carpenter vs. U.S. , Selected Papers of the American Business Law Association District I Proceedings (1988, with R. Wayne Saubert);

Local Taxation Of Interstate Commerce Common Carriers-The Virginia Experience, presented at Mid-Atlantic Regional Business Law Association Annual Meeting (1989);

Civil RICO-Recent Developments, presented at Mid-Atlantic Regional Business Law Association Annual Meeting (1990);

The Civil Rights Act Of 1991, presented at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Business Law Association Annual Meeting (March, 1992) and again, as an invited speaker, at the American Business Law Association Annual Meeting (Charleston, S.C. August, 1992);

Virginia Expands Public Policy Exception To Employment-At-Will Doctrine, presented at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Business Law Association Annual Meeting (1994);

Virginia’s Statutory Poison Pill: A New Look At The Business Judgment Rule, Proceedings of the Mid-Atlantic Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Spring 1996;

Recent Developments In Virginia's Public Policy Exception To Employment-At-Will Doctrine, Atlantic Law Journal, Volume 3, Number 1, Spring 2000;

Statutory Immunity of Employer from Liability for Employment-Related Defamation - the Virginia Experience, presented at the Southeastern Academy of Legal Studies In Business Annual Meeting, Fall 2000;

Investigative Standard Following Consumer Dispute Regarding Accuracy of Credit Report To Avoid Furnisher Liability Under Fair Credit Reporting Act-The Fourth Circuit Speaks, Proceedings of the Academy of Legal Studies In Business Pacific Northwest Region, (2005);

Guide To Statutory Rights and Responsibilities of the Board of Directors for Common Interest Communities, monograph prepared for Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation and Virginia Real Estate Board (2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007) for on-line distribution to homeowners and their associations in Virginia;

Using the New Tenancy-in-Common Interests in Section 1031 Real Estate Exchanges (with Clarence C. Rose), Journal of Financial Planning, Volume 19, Number 5, (May 2006);

Reasonable Commercial Standards of Fair Dealing in U.C.C. § 3-311 Cases: Do Standards Exist? , presented at Mid-Atlantic Academy of Legal Studies Annual Meeting (2007).

Performance Evaluation of Small Cap Equity Funds: How Fund Specific Variables, Business Conditions and Fund Objectives Affect the Abnormal Performance (with Abhay Kaushik), International Research Journal of Applied Finance, Volume II, Issue 4, pp.341-357 (2011).

HONORS AND RECOGNITIONS

Semi-finalist, Linden Cup Moot Court Competition, Gonzaga University School of Law, 1976;
Certificate of Teaching Excellence, Pamplin College of Business, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, 1979;
Radford University Foundation Award for Excellence In Teaching, Radford University, 1982;
Outstanding Young Men of America Award, U.S. Jaycees, for professional achievement and exceptional community service, 1983;
Honorary Member, Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society, Radford University, inducted 1985;
Honorary Member, Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society, Radford University, inducted 2006;