Richard C. Armstrong

Richard Armstrong is an experienced and skilled attorney working in Allen & Allen’s Charlottesville office. He has dedicated his career to fighting for justice for his clients, guided by a singular philosophy: the case belongs to the client. He has achieved his greatest successes by providing valuable advice to his clients based on years of experience in obtaining the best outcomes possible. Richard focuses on a variety of personal injury cases, including wrongful death, automobile and tractor trailer accidents, and accidents involving drunk drivers.

After receiving his law degree from the University of Virginia, Richard worked as a public defender in New York for 13 years. In 2000, he returned to Virginia where he has litigated cases for the past 17 years. Throughout his career, Richard has conducted hundreds of jury trials and represented clients in many types of litigation.

Richard is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating available. He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an honor reserved for attorneys who have achieved trial verdicts of $1 million or more.  He has been honored by the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association for work on friend of the court briefs to the Supreme Court of Virginia. He has presented at various seminars and has published several articles in the Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.

Richard is very involved in the Charlottesville community. He serves on the board of the Albemarle County Service Authority. Richard is also an acting board member for the Jefferson Swim League and Madison House and has served as President for both organizations.

Experience

  • Attorney, Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen (2017-Present )
  • Attorney, Lenhart Pettit (2008-2017)
  • Attorney, Richmond and Fishburne (2004-2008)
  • Attorney, Wyatt & Armstrong (2001-2004)
  • Supervising Attorney, Criminal Defense Division, New York (1994-2000)
  • Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Society Criminal Defense Division, New York (1987-1994)

Education

  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law  (1987)
  • B.A., Political and Social Thought, University of Virginia, with distinction  (1984)

Bar Admissions

Licensed to practice law in:

  • Commonwealth of Virginia
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Virginia
  • Federal Court: Western District of Virginia; Eastern District of Virginia; United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

Honors

  • AV rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • 9.8 rating on AVVO (avvo.com)
  • VTLA amicus curiae honor roll (2006, 2017)

Speaking Engagements

  • Virginia CLE Seminar: “Tort-Related Damages” (2012)
  • Virginia CLE Seminar: “Evaluating and Settling Personal Injury Claims” (2010)

Professional Affiliations

  • VTLA, member of Amicus Curiae Committee
  • Past Co-chair of Amicus Curiae Committee
  • Charlottesville-Albemarle Bar Association
  • Thomas Jefferson Inn of Court, Past President
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Published Works

  • Virginia CLE: “Tort-Related Damages” (2012)
  • VTLA Journal: “A Primer on the Fifth Amendment in Civil Litigation” (2010)
  • VTLA Journal: “How to Recover when the Treating Physician won't get on the Bus” (2009)
  • VTLA Journal: “HIPAA Regulations and Client Privacy” (2007)
  • VTLA Journal: “The Myth of the Charitable Physician” (2006)

Presentations

  • Thomas Jefferson Inn of Court: The 5th Amendment in Civil Litigation (2011)
  • Virginia CLE Seminar:  “Tort-Related Damages” (September 2012)
  • Virginia CLE Seminar: Evaluating and Settling Personal Injury Claims (2010)

Highlighted Cases

  • Gray v. Rhoads, 268 Va. 81 (2004)
  • Brake v. Payne, 268 Va. 92 (2004)
  • Sanchez v. Medicorp Health Sys., 270 Va. 299 (2005)
  • UVA Health Serv. Foundation v. Morris, 275 Va. 319 (2008)
  • Hollingsworth v. Norfolk S. Ry., 279 Va. 360 (2010)
  • Volpe v. City of Lexington, 281 Va. 630 (2011)

Notable Outcomes

  • Virginia Lawyers Weekly, Largest Verdicts of 2006, $4.5 million
  • Virginia Lawyers Weekly, Million Dollar Settlements of 2015

Community

  • Albemarle County Service Authority Board member (2016-present)
  • Jefferson Swim League, Board Member and Past President
  • Madison House Board Member and Past President

Personal

Richard is married and has two children. His wife, Andrea, is also an attorney and works for UVA as the Director of Virginia Status. Richard has traveled extensively and has visited several countries including Vietnam, Bali, Turkey, Nicaragua, and Cuba. In his spare time, he can be found swimming, biking, traveling, and eating out with his wife.

 
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