2011 Legal Elite profile

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Thomas S. Shadrick
The McCammon Group
Virginia Beach

Previous position:  Chief judge, 2nd Judicial Circuit
Birthplace: Cleveland
Education:  Bachelor’s degree, Mount Union College; law degree, College of William and Mary
Wife:  Marian
Children: Ryan, her husband, Jim, and two grandchildren, ages 5 and 3
Hobbies: Going to the gym and traveling
First job as a lawyer: Assistant commonwealth’s attorney, Virginia Beach
Fan of: “Music, especially the blues”
Favorite vacation spot: “Anywhere with my grandchildren”
Recently read book:  “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand
Career mentor: “My former law partner and now federal judge, Henry Morgan, who not only taught me how to practice law, but also the importance of ethics.”

How did you become involved in alternative dispute resolution? 
“We have been encouraging ADR from the bench for years because it makes so much sense for the litigants and the court.  After so many years on the bench, I felt that I could effectively help parties resolve their disputes early.”

What advantages does ADR offer over settling a dispute in court?
“In mediation, the parties are in charge.  They are free to say what they want without objection and free to work out a resolution without the restraints of legal remedies.  In arbitration, the parties can receive an expedited decision that resolves the matter with finality at a time and location of their choosing.  Both methods normally result in substantial cost saving as opposed to going to trial.”

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