Virginia Supreme Court: Chacey v. Garvey

In reversing the trial court’s award of attorney’s fees, attorneys of Ashwell & Ashwell set aside a six figure sum which resulted in a net positive award for their client on remand. Chacey v. Garvey set a legal precedent that for attorney’s fees to be recoverable, the General Assembly must clearly, precisely and unambiguously declare its intention to do so. This precedent-setting case prompted the Virginia General Assembly to act by clarifying the statute at issue.