Fourteen Attorneys Recognized by Virginia Super Lawyers


Thursday, June 1, 2017

This year, 14 attorneys from Virginia personal injury law firm Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen were recognized for excellence by Virginia Super Lawyers. Those honored include Edward L. Allen, W. Coleman Allen Jr., John G. Berry, P. Christopher Guedri, Paul D. Hux, David M. Irvine, James Kessel, Jason W. Konvicka, Bridget N. Long, Malcolm P. McConnell III, Robert C. T. Reed, Christopher J. Toepp, Courtney Allen Van Winkle and Derrick L. Walker. The rankings, which include only 5% of attorneys in Virginia, were released in the May 2017 edition of Richmond Magazine.

Virginia Super Lawyers is a listing of attorneys, representing more than 70 practice areas, who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes peer nominations, peer evaluations, and independent research performed by Law & Politics Magazine. Super Lawyers can be found online at superlawyers.com.

Edward L. Allen has a strong commitment to helping clients injured through no fault of their own. He is an accomplished litigator who has tried and won an impressive variety of personal injury cases in state and federal court, including automobile and trucking accidents, premises liability, motorcycle accidents and wrongful death. He was named to the Virginia Super Lawyers Top 100 Virginia & Top 50 Richmond lists. Mr. Allen is the managing partner for Allen & Allen’s Fredericksburg, Virginia office.

W. Coleman Allen, Jr. has a national reputation as an effective advocate who has successfully handled diverse range of cases including products liability, aviation, wrongful death, traumatic brain injury, and class action lawsuits at both the appellate and trial level. With a career spanning over thirty years, he is an accomplished personal injury trial attorney in the Richmond, Virginia office of Allen & Allen. He has served as President of the Southern Trial Lawyers Association and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 1995. Mr. Allen is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell and a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.

John G. "Jack" Berry is the managing partner of Allen & Allen's Charlottesville office. He is an experienced trial attorney, dedicated to protecting the rights of his clients in all areas of personal injury law including car accidents, tractor trailer accidents, brain injury, motorcycle accidents and wrongful death. His legal career spans over 30 years and includes courtroom experience focused on criminal and civil trials, including personal injury cases.

P. Christopher Guedri’s ability to master complex technical, scientific and medical facts has made him a formidable adversary who delivers exceptional results including multi-million dollar verdicts highlighted in Virginia Lawyers Weekly’s “Top Verdicts.” His victories include substantial courtroom verdicts and outstanding settlements in cases involving traumatic brain injury, tractor trailer accidents, defective products, wrongful death and catastrophic injuries. Mr. Guedri was named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers in America for 2014-2015 in the Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs category in Richmond, VA. Additionally, he has been listed in the “Legal Elite Best Lawyers” by Virginia Business Magazine.

Paul D. Hux is armed with a passion for litigation and a broad range of experience in personal injury law. He has obtained impressive trial results and is willing to go to trial rather than take an offer he does not believe is fair to his client. His accomplishments in and out of the courtroom include multi-million dollar results for his clients. As managing partner and trial attorney for Allen & Allen’s Chesterfield office, he specializes in cases involving car accidents, truck accidents and premises liability.

David M. Irvine was selected as a 2017 Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Star. He is an experienced litigator in the firm’s Charlottesville office. Focusing his career on personal injury and medical malpractice, he has handled cases across the Commonwealth. Mr. Irvine regularly speaks on litigation topics and has been published on topics related to wrongful death and trial procedure.

James M. “Jamie” Kessel was chosen to Virginia Super Lawyers Top 100 Virginia & Top 50 Richmond lists. He is an experienced personal injury trial attorney and has handled cases in state and federal courts throughout Virginia and West Virginia.  He has dedicated his career to fighting for the rights of those who have been seriously injured or killed because of the negligence of others. He was selected as a Rising Star by Virginia Super Lawyers from 2010-2012.  He was also honored with the distinction of "Legal Elite" in litigation by Virginia Business Magazine.

Jason W. Konvicka was also selected to Virginia Super Lawyers Top 100 Virginia & Top 50 Richmond lists.  In addition, he was selected for the 2017 Top 10 Virginia list.  Jason is a tireless advocate who has built a distinguished 20+ year career representing personal injury clients.  Jason’s keen interest in complex medical issues has enabled him to achieve numerous record-setting verdicts, including the largest medical malpractice verdict in Virginia state court history. Additionally, he has achieved notable verdicts and settlements for clients in wrongful death, traumatic brain injury, bus accident and tractor trailer accident cases. These include the largest personal injury verdict in Virginia during 2009 and the largest personal injury settlement in Virginia for 2014.  Mr. Konvicka is listed in Best Lawyers in America and is AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell. He is a Certified Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and has successfully argued before the Virginia Supreme Court and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Bridget N. Long is a seasoned litigator with vast experience representing clients in both state and federal courts. Her breadth of courtroom and negotiation skills covers a wide range of personal injury cases including car accidents, tractor trailer accidents and wrongful death cases. She was listed as a “Rising Star” by Virginia Super Lawyers for six consecutive years and is active in the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, having served as President of the Young Trial Lawyers Section. Mrs. Long is AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell.

Malcolm P. McConnell, III leads Allen & Allen’s medical malpractice litigation team and is one of Virginia’s most respected medical malpractice attorneys. Mr. McConnell was named to Virginia Super Lawyers Top 100 Virginia & Top 50 Richmond lists. He enjoys an impressive record of success, having won numerous “top ten” verdicts in Virginia, including the largest medical malpractice verdict in Virginia. Over the years, he has litigated complex malpractice cases involving almost every medical specialty. In 2013 and 2016, he was named Best Lawyers’ Richmond, VA Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs “Lawyer of the Year.” He is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell and was noted as a “Top Medical Malpractice Lawyer” by Richmond Magazine. Mr. McConnell is certified in medical malpractice law by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys.

Robert C. T. Reed was selected as a 2017 Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Star. He is a personal injury attorney in the Richmond, Virginia office of Allen & Allen. His practice is devoted exclusively to protecting the interests of seriously injured clients and their families in personal injury cases including car accidents and product liability cases. Mr. Reed was an attorney with an insurance defense firm prior to joining Allen & Allen. This experience allows him insight into how insurance companies and their lawyers evaluate claims and handle cases. His skill shows in the effective use of this knowledge to protect the rights of his clients.

Christopher J. Toepp was selected as a 2017 Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Star.  He dedicates his practice to helping his clients and making his community a safer place. At an early age, he earned a reputation as an exceptional litigator in the courtroom. His expansive trial experience includes hundreds of bench and jury trials. This background gives Mr. Toepp an understanding of jurors' expectation when they evaluate a case, making him skilled at helping juries understand his client's hardships and their impact.

Courtney Allen Van Winkle has been a compassionate advocate for her clients for nearly 30 years. She is a partner and trial attorney primarily working in the Richmond and Short Pump offices of Allen & Allen. She aggressively takes on insurance companies to preserve the rights of her clients. Her many courtroom victories, including cases in the Virginia Supreme Court, demonstrate her willingness to take cases to trial if negotiations are not in her clients’ favor. Her practice includes personal injury, tractor trailer, brain injury and wrongful death cases. She is a Past President of the Virginia Women Attorneys Association Richmond Chapter and is an active member and frequent speaker with the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.

Derrick L. Walker is a highly skilled trial lawyer in the Richmond, Virginia office of Allen & Allen whose cases often involve wrongful death, tractor trailer collisions and traumatic brain injury. His success includes multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements on his clients’ behalf.  He was listed as a “Rising Star” by Virginia Super Lawyers for six consecutive years and serves on the Board of Governors for the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice. Derrick is a frequent speaker on ethics and trial technique and is firmly committed to preserving the right to trial by jury for Virginians.

About the Firm:  Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen is the oldest and largest law firm in Virginia specializing in personal injury law. Representing injured victims across the Commonwealth and nationwide for more than 100 years, the firm’s skilled trial attorneys have the essential experience, knowledge and determination needed to obtain fair compensation for their clients. With solid track records in a wide array of personal injury matters including wrongful death, tractor trailer accidents, medical malpractice, products liability and traumatic brain injury, the firm’s lawyers have consistently delivered just settlements and verdicts for their clients while remaining passionate about helping people and their families rebuild after an accident.Fourteen Attorneys Recognized by Virginia Super Lawyers

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