Q&A with Tom Cummins on Virginia Contract Defenses
You just put out a new book, Virginia Contract Defenses. How did the book come about?
It began as in-house manual for our law firm. Contract disputes are at the heart of our practice, and an inventory of the top defenses has proven quite useful.
Looking around, we also realized that there wasn’t anything similar available to the public. We decided to change that, reformulating our in-house manual into a general guide accessible to all.
Who will get the most out of this book?
Each day, someone is accused of breaching a contract. If you’re ever that person, or your client is, this book is for you.
What are your hopes for the book?
This book answers fundamental questions that come up all the time in our practice. My hope is that, instead of paying our hourly rates (which are quite reasonable — yet still), folks can find answers that they’re looking for in the book (and for less than $20). People being asked these questions can too. And if folks have further questions, they’re always welcome to give us a call, send us an email, or stop by our office.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your background?
I’m the founder and managing member of Potomac Litigation PLLC, a civil litigation firm serving clients in Virginia and the District of Columbia. My practice focuses on contract disputes and business torts.
Before founding Potomac Litigation, I was a senior associate at a preeminent international firm. Before entering private practice, I had the honor of clerking for Judge Devine of the Fairfax Circuit Court and Judge Ludington of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
I went to law school at George Mason, where I served as an articles editor on the law review. Before law school, I was a master captain in the merchant marines.
I grew up in Chicago and remain a devoted Chicago Bears fan (sigh). In my free time, I enjoy sailing (though not as often as I would like) and serving as an editor on the Journal of Legal Metrics.
Finally, what do you see in your future? There’s been a lot of famous fiction authors who began their careers as lawyers — John Grisham, Scott Turow, Richard Patterson . . .
Ha. I already have my dream job. I love the practice of law, particularly contract litigation, and hope to continue to practice it (and write about it) for the foreseeable future.