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Could the U.S. Virgin Islands Face Bankruptcy Issues Like Detroit?

Posted in Community Affairs, Government Relations
Recent concerns surrounding the U.S. Virgin Islands’ growing debt has led some to wonder whether the territory might soon face bankruptcy issues similar the city of Detroit, Michigan. Detroit filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy on July 18, 2013, and was declared eligible on December 3 of the same year. The municipal bankruptcy filing was the … Continue Reading

Virgin Islands Young Lawyer Elected to National Bar Office

Posted in Community Affairs
BoltNagi Associate Steven K. Hardy was recently elected as the District 10 Representative to the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Executive Council at the quarterly meeting of the Virgin Islands Bar (VIBA).  Hardy currently serves as Chair of VIBA’s Bar Journal Committee, Co-Chair of VIBA’s Young Lawyer Committee and as VIBA Delegate to the ABA YLD Assembly… Continue Reading

BoltNagi Attorney Attends ABA Bar Leadership Institute

Posted in Community Affairs
BoltNagi Senior Associate and Virgin Islands Bar Association (VIBA) President-Elect Nycole A. Thompson attended this year’s ABA Bar Leadership Institute (BLI) in Chicago, March 13-15, 2013. Sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services and the Division for Bar Services, the ABA Bar Leadership Institute is the premier program for bar association leaders. The program … Continue Reading

BoltNagi Attorney Elected President-Elect of VI Bar

Posted in Community Affairs
BoltNagi PC Senior Litigation Associate Nycole A. Thompson has been elected President-Elect of the Virgin Islands Bar Association. As a Member of the VIBA Board of Governors since 2010, she has previously served as Secretary and Co-Chair of the Bar’s CLE Committee. In January 2014, She will become the 57th President of the Territory’s unified … Continue Reading

BoltNagi Managing Attorney Selected for National Offices

Posted in Community Affairs
Last month was quite busy for BoltNagi’s Managing Attorney, Tom Bolt, as he was re-elected as Delegate-At-Large of  the American Bar Associate (ABA) House of Delegates, as well as Secretary of the ABA’s Law Practice Management (LPM) Section, at the ABA Annual Meeting in  Chicago, Illinois. While Bolt has served, and continues to serve, several roles for … Continue Reading

Attorney Komives Elected to Humane Society Board of Directors

Posted in Community Affairs
Lisa Michelle Kömives, an attorney with the Litigation Practice Group at BoltNagi PC, was elected to serve on the Humane Society of St. Thomas Board of Directors. “I’m honored to be elected to the board, and am looking forward to contributing to the continued efforts of the Humane Society to improve our community”. Attorney Kömives … Continue Reading

ABA/LPM Elects BoltNagi Managing Attorney to Council

Posted in Community Affairs
Tom Bolt, Managing Attorney of BoltNagi, was elected to the Council of the American Bar Association’s Law Practice Management Section on Friday at the ABA Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada. Since 1974, LPM has been the leading resource needed to successfully manage a law practice. LPM supplies lawyers and legal professionals with information and resources in the core areas of … Continue Reading

The Little Big Law Firms

Posted in Community Affairs
The New York Times recently ran a couple of articles that highlight current changes in the practice of law. One article discussed the use of analytical computer tools to simplify discovery in complex litigation. Rather than firms having to dispatch an auditorium full of young associates to wade through mountains of documents, firms can now … Continue Reading

Uniform Law Commission Adopts Acts; U.S. Virgin Islands Attorney Appointed to Committee

Posted in Community Affairs
U.S. Virgin Islands attorney Tom Bolt,  Managing Attorney of the St. Thomas law firm of BoltNagi PC,  was appointed earlier this week  to the influential Scope and Program Committee of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Law at the organization’s120th Annual Meeting in Vail, Colorado by ULC President Michael Houghton. The Scope and Program Committee reviews and makes recommendations on all … Continue Reading

U.S. News & World Report Selects USVI as Best Vacation

Posted in Community Affairs
The U.S. News & World Report has selected the United States Virgin Islands as one of the “Best Destinations in the USA,” in the first-ever “Best Vacations” rankings. This list of 2011-2012 rankings was created to provide prospective travelers with a collection of the most popular travel spots around the world. The Territory received recognition in … Continue Reading

U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Virgin Islands U.S. Attorney Nomination

Posted in Community Affairs
The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has approved President Obama’s nomination of Ronald Sharpe as U.S. Attorney for the Virgin Islands by voice vote. Sharpe, whom Obama nominated on March 10, has served as the interim U.S. Attorney for the Virgin Islands since September 2009.  He previously served in the U.S. Attorneys Office for the District … Continue Reading

Law Firm Announces Name Change to BoltNagi, PC

Posted in Community Affairs
BoltNagi, PC is the new name for the prominent St. Thomas law and lobbying firm previously known as Tom Bolt & Associates, PC. with the addition of Ravinder S. Nagi as a shareholder in the firm.  The 20 year old law firm serves clients in all aspects of business law, including banking, corporate, real estate, tax, trusts … Continue Reading

Habitat Virgin Islands Dedicates First Home

Posted in Community Affairs
Even in the sweltering Sunday morning heat, a cool breeze blew through the eight open windows of the living room at No. 4 Adele Gade, rustling the trees in the garden and fanning the sweaty brows of the small group of residents gathered outside. "You should be here in the evening — the wind just … Continue Reading

TBA Intern Awarded MLK Award

Posted in Community Affairs
A celebration of diversity took place the Friday night before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day  at the St. Thomas Synagogue as the 37th sabbath service honoring the life of the Dr.King was held in conjunction with an awards ceremony recognizing the contributions of seven area high school students to their community. Elliott Davis, Jr., an intern … Continue Reading

Ending Hunger in the Virgin Islands

Posted in Community Affairs
Last night a child cried himself to sleep in Tutu as he had no supper.  A mother in William’s Delight agonizes over having to choose between paying her WAPA bill or putting food on her family’s table.  A senior couple faced with an every shrinking fixed income and escalating costs has to forego their lunch … Continue Reading

Salvation Army Launches Annual Appeal

Posted in Community Affairs
The Salvation Army launched its Annual Appeal on Saturday, September 27th at Emancipation Gardens on St. Thomas with a concert of The Salvation Army Southwest Division Youth Band.  Tom Bolt, Managing Attorney of Tom Bolt & Associates, P.C. and Chairman of The Salvation Army Advisory Board outlined the events of the weekend launch. The performance highlighted … Continue Reading

HUD Secretary Releases Annual Report on Homelessness and Commends Advocates

Posted in Community Affairs
HUD Secretary Steven C. Preston addressed the annual conference of the National Alliance to End Homelessness on Tuesday in Washington, DC.  commending Virgin Islands homeless advocates, Tom Bolt, Chairman of the Virgin Islands Continuum of Care on Homelessness and Michael Akin, Director of Catholic Charities of the Virgin Islands  and the others attending for their "tremendous work … Continue Reading

Virgin Islands Attorney Honored at National Conference

Posted in Community Affairs
Tom Bolt, Managing Attorney of the St. Thomas law firm, Tom Bolt & Associates, P.C., was among the 250 attorneys, judges, law professors, legislators and other state and territorial officials -  all lawyers – participating in the 2008 Annual Meeting of the Uniform Law Commission (ULC), concluded today in Big Sky, Montana.  Bolt was honored at … Continue Reading

Habitat Welcomes NetScout Voluntourism

Posted in Community Affairs
NetScout Systems, Inc., a leading provider of integrated network and application performance management solutions for organizations worldwide held their annual corporate awards recognition program in St. Thomas this weekend.  Michael Szabados, Chief Operating Officer, hosted over 200 NetScout employees and their families at the Marriott Frenchman’s Reef Hotel recognizing outstanding contributions and accomplishments over the … Continue Reading