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Imie Aisiku Harber, Of Counsel

IHarber@lawmh.com  |  VCard

P: (804)-775-7200
F: (804)-819-1161

Practice Areas

Litigation
Workers’ Compensation

Premises liability, personal injury, workers’ compensation,  ADR and mediation.

Education

  • Western Michigan University Cooley Law, J.D., cum laude, 2006

  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, B.A., Political Science, 2001 

Admissions

  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

Imie’s practice focuses on workers’ compensation and commercial liability defense.

Before joining McCandlish Holton, Imie served as in-house counsel for one of the country’s largest insurance providers. Imie managed all aspects of litigation from discovery strategy, investigations, hearings, bench trials and jury trials throughout central Virginia in the general district courts, circuit courts, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia, the Court of Appeals for Virginia, and the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission. Imie also has extensive experience with settlement negotiations and ADR practice, such as mediation and arbitration.

Prior to her work as in-house counsel, Imie litigated workers’ compensation on behalf of the claimant, as well as personal injury claims including wrongful death and toxic tort, misdemeanor criminal defense, and family law. During her time practicing family law, Imie was certified as a Guardian ad Litem for children.

Following law school, Imie completed an externship with the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office where she litigated misdemeanor and felony cases in General District and Circuit Court, as well as prepared briefs for the Virginia Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Virginia. 

Representative Outcomes:

  • Successfully argued for the admissibility of a defense billing expert to challenge the amount in medical bills claimed by the plaintiff in Circuit Court
  • Obtained a defense verdict from a jury in a slip and fall claim brought against a national restaurant in Hanover County, Virginia
  • Negotiated a $5,000 settlement on behalf of a hotel chain sued in federal court for $5 million alleging negligence against the hotel for injuries due to bed bugs

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Virginia State Bar
  • Old Dominion Bar Association
  • Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters | Mentor
  • Phi Delta Phi, International Legal Honor Society, past 

PUBLICATIONS

  • Thomas M. Cooley, Journal of Practical and Clinical Law  |  Associate Editor