The firm’s office is located in the historic Monticello Hotel, which is directly across the street from the Albemarle County Courthouse. The Albemarle County Courthouse has been in continuous use as a courthouse for over 200 years; it is one of America’s most historic. No other courthouse has been used by three early American presidents at the same time. The original wood frame courthouse was erected on a two-acre lot in 1762, when the city was founded by Dr. Thomas Walker.
Here local elections were held and the County Court conducted business with the help of young attorneys and magistrates such as Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe. These men, along with James Madison, later became presidents and could at times be seen here together. The south wing of this courthouse, was built in 1860 in the Gothic Revival Style and was modified to its current appearance in the 1930’s as part of an extensive renovation. This work restored the colonial features of the original building and remodeled the portico in the Colonial Revival Style.
Fifteen attorneys work out of the Charlottesville office on historic Court Square. Historic Court Square includes 300 Court Square, which is the site of the Eagle Tavern, a simple wooden frame building which stood there in 1791. The building also was used as the headquarters of the Federal occupying forces after the Civil War. The brick replacement, which visitors can see today, provided food and lodging on court days, as well as public dances and victory celebrations within its spacious parlor. Operating as a hotel until the 1960’s, it is now office space and houses the offices of Gary Kendall and his legal assistants: Kelly Donato, Emily Breeden, Julie Holloman, Amanda Leake, Linda Preddy, and Beth Florence. Gary’s practice includes representing workers suffering from asbestos-related injuries. He primarily serves persons injured by job-related hazards and toxic materials. Gary has spoken on personal injury law at bar association meetings and national conferences on asbestos, product liability, personal injury, and workers compensation.
MichieHamlett handle cases in the Charlottesville/Albemarle area, as well as throughout the entire state. The attorneys also serve as co-counsel for cases throughout the country.
MichieHamlett attorneys bring years of experience and expertise to their cases. They specialize in family law, commercial law, and personal injury. The firm first opened in Charlottesville in 1946, making it one of the oldest home-grown firms in the city.