Virginia is a member of the firm's Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals industry team. She is an experienced litigator in federal and state courts in a variety of areas, including constitutional law, commercial and business litigation, breach of fiduciary duty and employment litigation. She advises healthcare clients as well as education clients with respect to the federal and state laws that regulate their operations. She also frequently defends management from many industries and areas in wrongful discharge, harassment, discrimination and related state and federal employment claims. Within the healthcare industry, Virginia's experience includes:
•Representing a three-hospital system in favorably resolving' federal civil liability charges.
•Defended a hospital against False Claim Act allegations brought by former employees with favorable results.
•Defended a hospital against allegations brought by multiple former employees who claimed retaliation for whistleblowing activities.
•Defended a long-term care provider against multiple allegations of discrimination brought by former employees.
In addition, Virginia has served her local healthcare community through many volunteer efforts. She was a member of the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks' Board of Directors, and she previously served on the Board of Directors and as president of the Visiting Nurses Association (VNA). While on VNA's board, Virginia negotiated a sale to Mercy healthcare system, whereby VNA used the proceeds to establish a foundation that awards healthcare-related grants to organizations in southwest Missouri. Virginia also previously served on the Board of Directors for Springfield Community Hospital.
Virginia also represents school districts and public and private higher education institutions. She regularly advises boards of education, trustees and administrators on matters involving employee hiring, evaluation, remediation and termination, student rights and discipline, civil rights, contracts, the Sunshine Law; church/state issues, and other constitutional matters. Virginia also represents public and private employers in employment discrimination and disability matters and provides preventive employment law services, including supervisor training and employment compliance audits.
Virginia is a member of the firm's Executive and Partner Boards and serves as one of the managing partners of the Springfield office.
Awards and Recognitions
•The Best Lawyers In America, Commercial Litigation, Employment Law-Management, Litigation-Labor & Employment, 2005-2015; Best Lawyers Springfield, Mo., Litigation-Labor & Employment Lawyer of the Year, 2013
•Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
•Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2005-2014; Top 50 Women, 2005-2012, 2014
•Missouri State University, Outstanding Alumni, 2006
•Springfield Business Journal, Influential Women In Business, 2002; 12 People You Need to Know, 2014
•Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association, Distinguished Attorney Award, 2010
•Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks, Board of Advisors, 2001-2007
•Springfield Chamber of Commerce, Governmental Relations Committee
•Springfield Innovation Inc., Board of Directors, 2013-present
•United Way of the Ozarks, Board of Directors, 2011-present
•Represented a three-hospital system facing extensive federal civil liability for physician compensation agreements put in place before Husch Blackwell's involvement. Possible criminal charges against individual employees were also a threat. Investigation was resolved with no criminal charges and no admissions of violating False Claims Act, largely reducing the system's repayment obligations and preventing costly post-settlement government oversight.
•Represented a hospital in multiple lawsuits brought by current and former employees who alleged harassment by a physician employed by the hospital. The employees also alleged retaliation by the board of directors for failing to take appropriate action with respect to the physician and for punishing the employees for reporting the allegations to the state board of healing arts.
4.20.12 Issues in Higher Education
Seminar Kansas City, MO
8.17.10 Do your non-compete agreements contain a liquidated damages provision? Recent case law suggests they should.
6.28.10 Department of Labor Clarifies Definitions in the Family and Medical Leave Act to Extend Leave Benefits to Employees Who Have No Biological or Legal Relationship with the Child
6.23.10 Supreme Court Cautions on Scope of Employee Privacy Interests in Electronic Communications
6.22.10 Supreme Court Voids More Than 600 NLRB Decisions
5.07.10 OSHA Enhanced Enforcement Efforts Signal Significant Changes for Employers
3.26.10 Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act Offers Tax Incentives for Hiring
3.16.10 Pay Equity Cases-the Next Wave of Major Litigation
2.23.10 New Proposed EEOC Regulations Impose Significant Burden on Employers
3.19.09 DOL Releases Opinions on Reducing Hours for Salaried Employees
In The News
10.24.14 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers and Rising Stars 2014 Names 83 Husch Blackwell Attorneys; Six Receive Top Honors
8.19.14 Husch Blackwell Boasts 106 Best Lawyers on 2015 List, Seven “Lawyers of the Year”
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1.15.14 Springfield News-Leader: Profile - Virginia Fry Joins Missouri State University Board of Governors
10.16.13 In Missouri, 76 Husch Blackwell Attorneys Named 2013 Super Lawyers & Rising Stars
8.16.13 Best Lawyers 2014 Names 109 from Husch Blackwell, 13 “Lawyers of the Year”
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11.13.12 Husch Blackwell Named one of Working Mother & Flex-Time Lawyers “50 Best Law Firms for Women”
10.15.12 A Combined 84 Husch Blackwell Attorneys are Named 2012 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in Missouri and Nebraska
9.21.12 Best Lawyers Names Six Husch Blackwell Attorneys 2013 “Lawyers of the Year”
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8.23.12 2013 Best Lawyers Includes 106 Husch Blackwell Attorneys in 56 Practice Areas and 7 States
10.19.11 Super Lawyers 2011 Names 71 Husch Blackwell Attorneys from Missouri and Nebraska; an Additional 15 Listed as Rising Stars