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Shelly Sawyer

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Stacy Downs-Blackshear

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April Moore

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Amber Norwood

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J. BRIAN SLAUGHTER

Workers' Compensation Attorney

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Education

  • BA 1992, College of William & Mary
  • JD 1995, Samford University, Cumberland School of Law

Awards & Recognition

  • A/V (Pre-eminent) rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Virginia State Bar (2000)

For over twenty years, Brian Slaughter has worked in virtually every area of Workers’ Compensation law. He started out in general practice in Alabama, representing injured workers in both state and federal Workers’ Compensation cases. On returning home, he served the Commonwealth of Virginia as Staff Attorney for The Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission. In this role, he wrote more than 600 Review Opinions, successfully mediated more than 100 matters to full and final settlement, and served as the Commission Editor of The Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act, Annotated (2002 and 2003 editions). For more than a decade, Brian successfully represented employers and insurers in the defense of Workers’ Compensation claims. He brought this perspective and considerable knowledge earned working for the “other side” with him to Rutter Mills – invaluable experience which helps ensure the best possible outcome for our clients who have been injured on the job. He is a frequent and popular speaker at Workers’ Compensation seminars across Virginia.

openquoteMore than anything else, clients are worried about making ends meet while they are out of work. I assure them that the Workers’ Compensation system is designed to provide a financial safety net to catch them before they lose everything, and that Rutter Mills will get them all of the compensation benefits they need and deserve. And that gives them some peace of mind.closequote

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Team Slaughter

Shelly Sawyer

Paralegal

Stacy Downs-Blackshear

Paralegal

April Moore

Paralegal

Amber Norwood

Paralegal Assistant

Brian's Professional Honors & Activities

  • The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
  • The United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Delegate, Young Lawyers’ Division: American Bar Association, 1998, 1999
  • Former Member of the Alabama State Bar, 1995. Inactive – In Good Standing
  • Seminars:
    • Frequent attorney lecturer on Workers’ Compensation for mandatory Continuing Legal Education:
    • Your Top Workers’ Compensation Questions – Answered. National Business Institute, 2013
    • Advanced Workers’ Compensation. Sterling Educational Services, 2014
    • Advanced Workers’ Compensation. National Business Institute, 2015
    • Advanced Workers’ Compensation. Sterling Education Services, 2015
  • Publications:
    • “Spoilation of Evidence: A New Rule of Evidence is the Better Solution,” American Journal of Trial Advocacy
    • “Expedited Hearings in Virginia: The Crisis that Wasn’t” Compensation Courier, Fall 2004

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