Medical Malpractice Attorney, fairfax, arlington, richmond, virginia, va 8270 Greensboro Drive, Suite 700
Tysons Corner, VA 22102
Phone: 703.243.3500
Fax: 703.524.8770
Medical Malpractice Attorney, fairfax, arlington, richmond, virginia, va
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Medical Malpractice Attorney, fairfax, arlington, richmond, virginia, va

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Law Firm of William E. Artz

Our Team

William Artz, Esq.

Thomas Wochok, Esq.

Elizabeth Wochok, B.S.

Ruth Lapointe

Joyce Gardella





Our firm concentrates on the representation of medical malpractice victims in the District of Columbia and Virginia. We are committed to advancing the legal rights of the injured and to representing their interests with integrity, respect, courtesy, and compassion. We function
as a team, a group of persons who have specific responsibilities in the prosecution of all of our cases.


William E. ArtzWilliam E. Artz, Esq.

William E. Artz, a principal in the law firm of William E. Artz, P.C., is a member of the Virginia and District of Columbia Bars and has practiced law for over fifty one years.  He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Washingtonian’s Best Lawyers in Washington, DC, Best Lawyers in Washington, DC, Best Lawyers in Virginia, a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, as well as the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.

Bill is past President of the Trial Lawyers of Metropolitan Washington, DC, the Arlington County Bar Association, former Chairman of the Virginia State Bar Tenth District Committee (Grievance Committee) and the Arlington County Bar Foundation.  Bill specializes in the field of medical malpractice and represents the interests of injured victims of medical malpractice and/or their families.  He has also represented the interests of doctors, hospitals and insurance companies in this field.  Bill is board certified in Civil Trial Advocacy, certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.  In May 2002, Bill was the recipient of the “Trial Lawyer of the Year Award” from the D.C. Trial Lawyer Association.

Bill’s concern for the victims of medical negligence has also led him to seek legislative changes in their favor in Virginia, a traditionally conservative state.  In that regard he has testified before the General Assembly; has drafted legislation for its consideration; appeared on radio and television to inform the public on the status of the law; authored articles and book chapters on the subject of Medical Malpractice; and, lectured extensively to lawyers at continuing legal education seminars.

In July 2001, Bill competed in the Maccabiah World Games in Tel Aviv, Israel.  He made the United States tennis team, which selects six players in each age group.  In the international competition featuring players from forty nations, Bill won a bronze medal in singles and a silver in doubles.


William E. ArtzThomas M. Wochok, Esq.

Tom Wochok joined the Firm in 2015 after a varied career as a trial lawyer spanning over forty five years. He is a member of the Bars of Virginia, the District of Columbia and Maryland as well as the federal courts in those jurisdictions, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Tom received his B.A. in philosophy magna cum laude from The Catholic University of America, his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Toledo (Ohio) and his Master of Laws (LL.M.), with distinction, in international and comparative law from the Georgetown University Law Center. In 2016, Tom completed an intensive professional development program in negotiation and conflict management offered by the University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business, and was awarded an Executive Certificate of Achievement in Negotiation.

In 2011, Tom was inducted as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an honorary society that recognizes experienced and highly qualified trial lawyers. Fellows are selected and invited into Fellowship after being evaluated for effectiveness and accomplishments in litigation, along with ethical reputation. He is a member of several other professional organizations including the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, the Fairfax Bar Association, the Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity International and the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

Tom's career has included extensive service as in-house Counsel for several major insurance companies as well as serving these and other insurance clients in private law firm settings. His prior career has also included the representation of injured persons in negligence litigation. His civil litigation practice has focused on medical and dental malpractice, pharmaceutical liability, products and premises liability, vehicular cases, homeowner's association cases, construction liability and nursing home cases.

In addition to his attendance at various advocacy institutes and other continuing education programs, Tom has served as the Chairman of the Continuing Legal Education Committee for a major insurance company and has been a speaker on expert witness issues and the tort of bad faith at continuing legal education programs. He previously taught a course entitled "The Legal Environment of Insurance" sponsored by the District of Columbia Chapter of the Society of Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters. Tom has served as a neutral case evaluator (mediator) and as a medical malpractice panelist for the Fairfax County Circuit Court and has been a judicial candidate in that Court.

Tom's extensive experience in state and federal trial and appellate courts, and his accomplishments on both the defense and plaintiff's sides, will enhance our Firm's ability to serve our clients.


ElizabethElizabeth (Eli) Wochok, B.S.

Eli holds a degree in biology/microbiology and has been certified by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists since 1976. As our firm's medical paralegal, Eli is conversant with our clients' medical records, as well as the medical authorities and literature, and works closely with the medical experts that ultimately testify to establish our cases. Because locating credible, competent and well-respected experts is critical to the successful prosecution of a medical malpractice case, Eli plays an integral role in accumulating the evidence necessary to meet the burden of proof.





RuthRuth Lapointe, Paralegal/Office Manager

Ruth joined the firm in August 2014. She received her Paralegal Certificate from George Washington University's Center of Continuing Education. Her broad-based skills and ability to handle multiple tasks for all aspects of the firm are based on over thirty-five years of legal experience

As the Office Manager, Ruth manages all the business activities and services for the firm. As a Paralegal, her responsibilities include providing legal support to the attorneys on all matters; coordinating schedules with medical experts and opposing counsel for conferences, depositions, and trial; organizing trial exhibits and witness testimony; reviewing and organizing all case files; maintaining document production throughout the discovery process; scheduling depositions of experts and fact witnesses; and obtaining medical records and medical bills from our clients' healthcare providers.



JoyceJoyce Gardella, Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

Joyce joined the firm in January 2017 as the Administrative Assistant/Receptionist. A past military spouse, Joyce has enjoyed a wide range of work experience. She received her B.A. from Villanova University and M.Ed. from George Mason University. She is a retired Fairfax County Public Schools educator, having taught eighth grade civics and economics. She brings her communication and organizational skills to the position in handling information of prospective cases, scheduling prospective clients, telephone inquiries, and obtaining medical records and bills for clients. Responsibilities also include updating information from clients and opposing counsel. She maintains the firm's case log, administrative files for access by the litigation team, and serves as the point of contact in packing and transporting trial materials.

She handles IT needs for remote conferences, depositions, and court appearances, via Zoom, WebEx, and similar software platforms.





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