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William R. Cawthorn (Of Counsel)

William R. Cawthorn was born on September 25, 1945 in Petersburg, Virginia. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He received his Juris Doctor degree in 1972 from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond where he was a member of the McNeill Scholastic Honor Society. Mr. Cawthorn served in the Artillery Branch of the United States Army from 1966 to 1970 and attained the rank of First Lieutenant.

Mr. Cawthorn is the founder of the firm, an inactive member of the Virginia State Bar and serves Of Counsel to the firm.

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Duane A. Deskevich

E-mail: d.deskevich@cawthorn.net | Phone: 804-288-7999 | V-Card

Duane A. Deskevich graduated from The American University, Washington, D.C., with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law and Justice and received his Juris Doctor degree from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond. While in law school, Mr. Deskevich assisted in the research and drafting of several real estate law publications, including Virginia Real Estate Closings, Third Edition, by W. Wade Berryhill and the University of Richmond Law Review Annual Property Survey. 

Mr. Deskevich serves as outside general counsel to closely-held business clients as well as handling their transactional needs including all facets of asset purchases/sales, ownership transfers and mergers and acquisitions, as well as advises clients with regard to corporate and business governance matters. Mr. Deskevich has extensive experience with the structuring and settlement of commercial and residential loan transactions and manages a high-volume residential real estate closing practice and affiliated title insurance services company. He also represents alternative energy developers with real estate matters and facility development transactions. In addition to his law practice, Mr. Deskevich serves as an advisor, consultant and coordinator to a collaboration of professionals to serve discreet high net worth/high profile clients and their unique interests. 

Mr. Deskevich has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Richmond School of Law. 

Mr. Deskevich is admitted to practice in the Commonwealths of Virginia and Pennsylvania as well as the District of Columbia and is a member of the Virginia State Bar; the Virginia Bar Association, including its Real Estate Law and Wills, Trusts and Estates Sections; the Pennsylvania State Bar and the District of Columbia Bar.

Born

  • Falls Church, Virginia, August 8, 1969

Admitted

  • 1996, Virginia
  • 1997, District of Columbia
  • 2002, Pennsylvania

Education

  • The American University (B.A., 1991)
  • University of Richmond (J.D., 1996)

Member

  • Bar Association of Richmond
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar
  • The District of Columbia Bar

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James C. Driggs

E-mail: j.driggs@cawthorn.net | Phone: 804-288-7999 | V-Card

James "Jim" Driggs, grew up in Hanover County, located approximately 10 miles north of Richmond, Virginia. He is a distinguished graduate from the Virginia Military Institute where he served on student government, was an officer of the Tri-Beta National Honor Society, NCAA Swim Captain and Lieutenant in the VMI Corps of Cadets.

Jim received his Juris Doctorate degree from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond. While in law school he served as class president, wrote for the Journal of Law and Technology, was the research assistant for two prominent criminal law professors, and earned a special certificate in Intellectual Property.

Mr. Driggs is a general practice litigator. He routinely argues contract disputes, landlord/tenant conflicts, debt collection claims, juvenile and domestic relation cases and criminal/traffic charges. Jim is a certified real estate settlement attorney and competent preparer of corporate/business forms, wills, trusts and other estate documents. He also has experience handling certain misconduct claims by Virginia educational institutions and government departments.

When not practicing law, Jim is a devoted Christian and dedicated husband and father. He spends his personal time as an Instructor for the SEALTeam Physical Training program, volunteering as a board member for Maymont Park’s Dooley Noted Society and serving as an officer on the Hanover Bar Association.

Raised

  • Hanover, VA

Admitted

  • 2013, Virginia

Education

  • Virginia Military Institute (B.S., Biology, 2005)
  • T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond (J.D., 2013)

Member

  • Virginia State Bar

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Charles A. Gavin

E-mail: c.gavin@cawthorn.net | Phone: 804-288-7999 | V-Card

Charles A. Gavin, originally from Franklin, Va., is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and the University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law. He was admitted to the Virginia Bar in 1990 and is a principal serving as president of Cawthorn, Deskevich & Gavin, P.C.

Mr. Gavin maintains a general practice, affording him the ability to represent a large client base in the areas of creditors' rights, personal injury, products liability, divorce, family law, federal and state criminal law, traffic violations, and commercial and residential real estate. He currently leads the creditors' rights division of the firm, which handles high-volume medical collections and represents healthcare and collection clients in matters including Stark Act litigation, workers compensation issues and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act litigation.

Born

  • Franklin, Virginia, July 26, 1965

Admitted

  • 1990, Virginia State Bar

Education

  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (B.S., 1987)
  • University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law (J.D., 1990)

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Edward A. Loughran III

E-mail: e.loughran@cawthorn.net | Phone: 804-327-5795 | V-Card

Edward A. Loughran III graduated from George Mason University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing.  He received his Juris Doctor degree in 2005 from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond.

Before entering law school, Mr. Loughran was a manager with a mortgage company focused on non-conforming lending.  This position, as well as his experience as a real estate investor and landlord, provides Mr. Loughran with practical knowledge about issues involving unusual real estate transactions, mortgage lending, creditors’ rights and credit reporting agencies.  A substantial portion of Mr. Loughran’s practice is focused on creditors' rights and collection of accounts receivable for retail, financial, business and medical clients.

Whether related to transactional work or litigation, Mr. Loughran is focused on providing practical advice to his clients who include real estate investors, commercial and residential landlords, real estate agents, small businesses and consumer finance companies.

Mr. Loughran is a member of the American Bar Association and the Virginia State Bar.

Born

  • Washington, D.C., 1970

Admitted

  • 2006, Virginia

Education

  • George Mason University (B.S., Marketing, 1999)
  • T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond (J.D., 2005)

Member

  • Virginia State Bar

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