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Missed a Deadline?

Have you ever received a lawsuit or claim with a time-sensitive deadline?  While it may be possible to receive an extension from the court or the opposing party, one should not count on such leniency.  In some instances, particularly appeals, the filing deadline(s) are mandatory and jurisdictional.  By way of example, the Supreme Court of Virginia recently expedited granting an Offit Kurman team’s motion to dismiss an interlocutory petition for review as untimely.  The terse and expedited ruling by the Court upholding a Circuit Court decision to deny a preliminary injunction serves as a cautionary tale for those seeking appellate relief in Virginia as the Court refused the petitioner’s attempt to excuse a one-day late filing.[1]

If you or your organization are served with a civil lawsuit or are forced to consider appealing an adverse decision, missing a filing deadline might prove to be outcome determinative.  Which rules apply and how much time one has to act in a given situation may not be readily apparent.  Consulting with a trusted attorney in your area might prove to be the difference between winning and losing. While outcomes cannot be guaranteed and past performance cannot assure future success, Offit Kurman litigators Thomas W. Repczynski | Offit Kurman and Anders Sleight | Offit Kurman are available to evaluate your specific situation.[2]




[1] Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any other case.

[2] These materials have been prepared for informational purposes only and are not legal advice. Reviewing this post or contacting Offit Kurman in response does not create an attorney-client relationship. Case results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each case, including the specific factual and legal circumstances of each case. This post may constitute ADVERTISING MATERIAL.



Anders Sleight is an experienced trial attorney and the Leader of the Commercial Litigation (South) Practice Group with a knack for helping clients reach efficient resolutions.  An experienced commercial litigator, Mr. Sleight has represented businesses, banks, credit unions, servicers, property owners, agencies, and individuals throughout Virginia and the District of Columbia. As a result, he has developed an intimate knowledge of local practices and judges, which he uses to assist and advise clients from case initiation through trial.







Thomas Repczynski is a Principal, Shareholder and the Chair of the Commercial Litigation (South) Practice Group, focused on developing and expanding the firm’s Estates and Trusts Litigation practice area. Tom’s practice emphasizes inheritance-related matters involving will/trust/insurance beneficiaries, executors, trustees, guardians, and attorneys-in-fact under Powers of Attorney and includes creditors’ rights enforcement, real estate litigation, and general commercial business disputes. Tom routinely pursues, defends, and negotiates the broadest range of fiduciary proceedings pre- and post-judgment actions and workouts, and real-estate related disputes of all types (e.g. commercial leasing, title, inheritance, etc.).