Mary M. H. Priddy

Of Counsel



(804) 346-5922


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Mary ("Molly") Priddy was a founding member of the law firm of Goodman Allen Donnelly.  In January 2017 she became “Of Counsel”.

Molly has dedicated her practice exclusively to the defense of health care providers with a concentrated focus on the defense of hospitals and hospital employees. She has represented hundreds of physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and tried over 25 medical malpractice cases to verdict and resolved more than 25 cases through alternative dispute resolution. A significant aspect of her practice has been devoted to working with hospital risk managers as they dealt with the complex and unique legal concerns involving patient care.

Molly has been a frequent lecturer on medical malpractice, the management of medical records, and patient care issues. This long standing dedication and experience earned her recognition by her peers as one of the Best Lawyers in America (2001-2018), one of Virginia Business Magazine's Legal Elite in Healthcare (2004 - 2015) and in 2009 gained recognition as one of the Top 25 Women Attorneys in Virginia (Virginia Business Magazine). In October 2016, Molly received the Award for Excellence in Civil Litigation from the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, and was previously honored with a Judicial appointment to the Virginia Model Jury Instruction Committee.  She was a member of the Boyd-Graves Conference for more than 20 years.


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Professional Affiliations, Awards and Service

  • Award for Excellence in Civil Litigation, Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, 2016
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Virginia Super Lawyers in Medical Malpractice Defense, Law and Politics, Virginia Super Lawyers Magazine and Richmond Magazine 2012-2013
    • Top 50 female attorneys in Virginia
  • Virginia's Legal Elite, Virginia Business Magazine, in Health Law and Medical Malpractice Defense 2004-2015 
  • Best Lawyers in America 2001-present
  • Member, Virginia Model Jury Instructions Committee 2004-2014
  • Richmond Bar Association
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
    • Member, Board of Directors 2001-2004
    • Past Member, Legislative Committee
    • Past Chairman, Medical Malpractice Section

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  • T. C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond, J.D., 1982
  • Mary Baldwin College, B.A., 1969
Admitted to Practice
  • Commonwealth of Virginia 
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia 
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals 
Publications and Presentations
  • Author, "Defining the Legitimate Limits of Discovery of Hospital Documents in Virginia," The Journal of Civil Litigation, Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, Vol. 1, No. 3 (Spring, 1989)
  • Co-author, book chapter on "Negotiation and Settlement" in Medical Malpractice Law in Virginia