Morin & Barkley LLP – Transition Announcement

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

Started on January 1, 1995 by Don Morin and James Barkley, Morin & Barkley LLP has been dedicated to practicing law at the highest level while maintaining a sincere commitment to the personal lives of its talented attorneys and professional staff. We have striven for excellence in our work while respecting each other, our clients, opposing counsel, the judiciary, and our community. Our attorneys have served in a number of professional capacities, including numerous leadership positions in the Charlottesville-Albemarle Bar and state and national organizations. We have also served in many volunteer roles throughout our community, always remembering our good fortune and obligation to help others whenever possible.

Though we are filled with deep gratitude for a lifetime of cherished memories, Morin & Barkley LLP’s attorneys and professional staff announce a number of transitions that will be occurring over the next couple of months. By June 15, 2020, we will no longer be practicing law together as Morin & Barkley LLP. While we know that change is often hard, we also recognize that it brings new opportunities. So, as we celebrate more than a quarter century together, we look forward to all that lies ahead with tremendous excitement. Our plans are as follows.

Don Morin is retiring from his law practice after 42 great years. He will continue to be available to serve as a mediator through Positive Solutions Group.

James Barkley is also concluding his private practice and will transition to fulltime service as an ADR neutral with The McCammon Group.

Kristen Smith Bain and Lisa Sweet Stewart will continue their estate planning and administration practice together with Lara Casteel, CPA/Legal Assistant at Smith Bain Manuel & Horvath LLP.

Betsy Manuel will continue her construction, insurance coverage and defense, and risk management work at Smith Bain Manuel & Horvath LLP.

Marc Peritz will join Flora Pettit PC as a shareholder and continue his civil trial practice focusing on insurance coverage litigation and counseling, trucking litigation and insurance, medical malpractice defense, and insurance defense litigation.

Rachel Horvath will continue her civil trial practice, including medical malpractice defense, other insurance and personal injury defense, and commercial and landlord/tenant litigation at Smith Bain Manuel & Horvath LLP.

Chris Tate will join Flora Pettit PC where he will continue his civil litigation practice.

During our transition, you can reach us by telephone, mail, or email as you always have. Our new contact information is listed below.

We close by thanking our clients and colleagues who made all of this possible for us during these last 25 years. You trusted us when we embarked on this journey, and we will forever be grateful.

With warmest regards, we are

Very truly yours,

Donald R. Morin

Donald R. Morin

James W. Barkley

James W. Barkley

Kristen E. Smith Bain

Kristen E. Smith Bain

Elisabeth L. Manuel

Elisabeth L. Manuel

Marc A. Peritz

Marc A. Peritz


Effective June 16, 2020, you can reach Don by mail at 1310 Blue Ridge Road, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903; by telephone at 434.906.4596; or by email at

Effective June 16, 2020, you can reach James by mail at The McCammon Group, Ltd., 6641 W. Broad Street, Suite 400, Richmond, Virginia 23230; by telephone at 434.906.4592 (mobile) or 888.343.0922 (office); or by email at

Effective June 16, 2020, you can reach Kristen, Betsy, Rachel, Lisa, and Lara by mail at Smith Bain Manuel & Horvath, LLP (, 455 Second Street SE, Suite 402, P.O. Box 240, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902 or through the firm main telephone line at 434.293.1200. Their direct dial numbers and email addresses will be as follows:

Kristen: 434.293.2330 ·

Betsy: 434.293.1207 ·

Rachel: 434.293.4694 ·

Lisa: 434.293.4134 ·

Lara: 434.220.7401 ·

Effective May 18, 2020, you can reach Marc and Chris by mail at Flora Pettit PC, 530 East Main Street, P.O. Box 2057, Charlottesville, VA 22902 or by telephone through that firm’s main line at 434.979.1400. Their email addresses will be as follows:

Marc: 434.220.6103 ·

Chris: 434.220.6110 ·