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Eli Jason S. Mackey

Senior Associate
Fax: (804) 377-1299

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Mr. Mackey’s practice areas include personal injury defense, railroad defense, general litigation, insurance defense, premises liability, contract disputes, insurance coverage disputes, commercial landlord/tenant law, and transportation law. His experience includes civil defense representation of clients in both state and federal court for claims brought pursuant to state common and statutory law, including claims arising under theories of ordinary negligence, negligent hiring, negligent retention, breach of contract and breach of implied covenants, as well as direct actions against insurers for failure to settle within policy limits and/or in good faith. In addition to defense of claims arising under various state laws, Mr. Mackey’s experience also includes civil defense representation of clients in both state and federal court for claims brought pursuant to federal law, including Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Federal Employers’ Liability Act, Locomotive Inspection Act and whistleblower claims under the FRSA and STAA (Surface Transportation Assistance Act).

Mr. Mackey graduated Cum Laude with his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. He received his Juris Doctorate from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. While in law school, Mr. Mackey received Honors in Legal Skills II, III & IV for excellence in research, writing, analysis, trial and appellate practice, and client relations, and was a recipient of the Legal Scholars Award. Additionally, Mr. Mackey represented his law school as a member of the William & Mary Moot Court and National Trial Teams, successfully competing in multiple trial and appellate advocacy competitions across the United States. Prior to joining Setliff Law, Mr. Mackey served as a judicial extern for the Honorable LeRoy F. Millette, Jr. of The Supreme Court of Virginia and has worked as extern/intern for a number of government entities including: Transportation Security Administration, Department of Labor, Office of the Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia, and Norfolk Commonwealth Attorney’s Office.

Outside of practicing law, Mr. Mackey enjoys an active lifestyle, engaging in nearly any sport that involves a ball, as well as spending time with his friends and family.

EDUCATION:

  • Western Washington University (B.A., Cum Laude)
  • William & Mary Law School – (J.D.)
    • Moot Court Team Member
    • National Trial Team & Board Member
    • Legal Skills Scholar Award for Honors in Legal Skills II, III & IV (excellence in research, writing, analysis, trial and appellate practice, and client relations)
    • Assisted in faculty research 

BAR AND COURT ADMISSIONS:

  • Virginia, 2012
  • District of Columbia, 2015
  • The Supreme Court of Virginia
  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia

BAR ACTIVITIES AND LEGAL ASSOCIATIONS:

  • Richmond Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar
  • The National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel – Diversity Committee

SEMINARS AND PRESENTATIONS:

“Defending Whistleblower Claims Under The Surface Transportation Assistance Act”, American Bus Association Meeting, Orland, Florida, July, 2018

“Defense of Whistleblower and Negligent Hiring and Retention Claims,” Captive Resources Infinity Meeting, Chicago, April 2018

“Defending Negligent Hiring/Retention Claims,” DATTCO Sales & Service Expo, Mashantucket, CT, March 2018

“Preventing and defending STAA whistleblower and negligent hiring/retention claims,” Fleet Solutions Captive, Las Vegas, Nevada, February 2018

“Negligent Hiring/Retention Claims,” Bus Industry Safety Council (BISC) 2018 Winter Meeting, Charlotte, North Carolina, January 2018

“Avoiding and defending bad faith claims in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C.,” In-house Claims/Law Department presentation for a casualty insurer, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 2017

“Defending Whistleblower Claims Under The Surface Transportation Assistance Act,” Bus Industry Safety Council Meeting, Linthicum, Maryland, June 2017

“Anatomy and Defense of a Serious Truck Accident” Panel Discussion and Mock Trial, Virginia Trucking Association, Annual Safety Council Meeting, Staunton, Virginia, April 2017

“Defending Negligent Hiring/Retention and Whistleblower Claims,” TRAX Insurance Risk Control Workshop, San Antonio, Texas, March 2017

“Defending Negligent Hiring/Retention and Whistleblower Claims,” Cottingham & Butler Transportation Safety Workshop, Dallas, Texas, February 2017

“Commercial Motor Vehicle Post-Accident Do’s and Don’ts,” InterTrans Annual Safety Conference, January 2017

“Dangers Around Each Curve: Defending Negligent Hiring/Retention Claims,” Transportation Safety Workshop, Dubuque, Iowa, September 2016

“Defending Negligent Hiring and Retention Claims,” Virginia Trucking Association 2016 Annual Convention, Hot Springs, Virginia, September 2016

“Defense of Hiring and Retention Claims,” Virginia Trucking Association Safety Conference meeting,   May 2016

“Defense of Hiring and Retention Claims,” Safe Truck Captive meeting, Dubuque, Iowa, April 2016

“Defending Negligent Hiring and Retention Claims,” Traffic Captive meeting, Tennessee, April 2016

“Defending Whistleblower and Coercion Claims,” Raffles Captive meeting, Chicago, April 2016

Presentation on Negligent Hiring and Retention claims to Virginia Movers and Warehousemen’s Association meeting, February 2016

Presentation on “Defending Whistleblower Claims under the Surface Transportation Assistance Act,” Virginia Trucking Association meeting, September 2015

Conducted Mock Trial on “Defense of Brain Injury Cases” at InterTrans Annual Safety Conference, January 2015

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