Practice Areas

  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Truck & Tractor-Trailer Accidents
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Wrongful Death
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Defective Products
  • Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Cases
  • Sexual Assault Cases 
  • Commercial & Business Disputes

Education

  • J.D., University of Virginia (1978)
  • B.A., University of Virginia (1975)

Bar Admission

  • Virginia, 1978

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Courts (Several)
  • U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals

Previous Experience

  • CantorArkema, P.C., Founding Partner (1979-2009)
  • Supreme Court of Virginia, Law Clerk (1978)
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Irvin V. Cantor

Direct Phone: 804-358-3804

Direct Fax: 804-358-2571

Email: icantor@virginiatrialfirm.com

Irv Cantor has spent his entire 35 year career dedicated to families of those who have suffered serious injuries or death. He has successfully tried to verdict or settled over 1750 plaintiff’s injury or death cases, including over 400 traumatic brain injury cases. He has achieved over 45 verdicts and settlements exceeding $1,000,000 for his clients. His closing argument in an actual case was recorded in the audiotape, “VTLA Million Dollar Verdicts.”

In 2014, Irv was voted by his peers as "Richmond Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Lawyer of the Year" in Best Lawyers in America and is listed in both the personal injury litigation and medical malpractice law categories. Irv was also voted by his peers as one of the "Top 10 Virginia Super Lawyers" in 2014, 2013 and 2012. He is also AV® rated, Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards. Irv is a past president of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, the Brain Injury Association of Virginia and the Virginia Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He also served as the chairman of the Brain Injury Association of America’s National Legal Conference.

Irv has lectured to trial lawyers on numerous subjects, including traumatic brain injuries, motor vehicle collisions, liability insurance coverage and elements of trial. He is on the faculty of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association College of Trial Advocacy. He has written many published articles and was the author of the chapter dealing with the legal aspects of traumatic brain injury cases for the seminal medical textbook on the subject, Brain Injury Medicine.

Irv's practice consists of representing persons who have suffered serious injuries or death. Traumatic brain injury cases comprise the largest portion of his practice. The vast majority of his cases are referrals from other trial lawyers. Many professionals in the field have asked Irv to handle their own injury or malpractice cases, including attorneys, judges, physicians, and claims adjusters.

Irv also serves as a mediator and arbitrator in a wide variety of cases, including personal injury, traumatic brain injury, medical malpractice, products liability, and wrongful death.

Irv is the co-founder of Jury Impressions, LLC, a jury consulting company, which, among other services, arranges mock trials and focus groups for trial lawyers throughout Virginia and the United States.

Honors

  • Best Lawyers in America "Richmond Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Lawyer of the Year" (2014)
  • Best Lawyers in America for Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice (2007-present)
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards
  • American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell “Top Rated Lawyer” (2012)
  • "Virginia Super Lawyers," selected by Law & Politics, since 2006. Named "Top 10 Virginia Super Lawyers" (2014, 2013, 2012), "Top 50 Richmond Area Super Lawyers" (2014, 2013), "Top 25 Richmond Area Super Lawyers" (2012), "Top 33 Richmond Area Super Lawyers" (2011), and "Top 50 Virginia Super Lawyers" (2011, 2009, 2006)
  • "Legal Elite," in the category of Civil Litigation, named by Virginia Business magazine
  • Recipient, 2010 Weinstock Award from the Brain Injury Association of Virginia
  • Honored as a “Leader in the Law” by Virginia Lawyers Weekly, for significant contributions to the legal profession and community at large (2010)

Professional Associations

  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, President (2002-2003)
  • Virginia Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, President (2006)
  • Brain Injury Association of Virginia, President (2004-2006)
  • Brain Injury Association of America, Chairman of National Legal Seminar (2008-2009)
  • American Association of Justice
  • Litigation Counsel of America

Community Involvement

  • Volunteer, Brain Injury Association of America
  • Volunteer, Brain Injury Association of Virginia
  • Volunteer, numerous civic associations

Case Results

  • $9 million ($5.5 million + $3.57 million in interest) - Verdict in anoxic brain injury case due to birth injury as a result of medical malpractice. (Stephanie Grana, Elliott Buckner, Irv Cantor) read more
  • $5.95 million - Medical malpractice case in North Carolina, involving a severe brain injury due to a negligent intubation. (Irv Cantor) read more
  • $5.6 million - Verdict in bus accident case, in which our client suffered a mild brain injury, cervical fracture, and other injuries. (Irv Cantor, Lewis Stoneburner) read more
  • $5 million - Motorcycle collision case in which an automobile crossed double yellow lines of two lane road into motorcycle’s lane of travel. (Stephanie Grana, Irv Cantor, Elliott Buckner) read more
  • $5 million - Wrongful deaths of two workers who died as a result of an industrial explosion. (Aubrey Ford, Irv Cantor)
  • $4.5 million - Truck accident case, involving a mild brain injury suffered by a Virginia State Trooper during a routine traffic stop. (Irv Cantor)
  • $4 million - Verdict in medical malpractice case involving a uterine scar rupture following VBAC delivery resulting in permanent kidney loss and kidney transplant to the mother, reduced to Virginia’s statutory cap. (Stephanie Grana, Irv Cantor, Elliott Buckner) read more
  • $4 million - Man suffers permanent leg injuries in tractor-trailer accident. (Irv Cantor) read more
  • $3.5 million - Case involving a collision between a truck and school bus, in which the school bus driver suffered severe leg injuries and a metabolic brain injury. (Irv Cantor)
  • $3.4 million - Motor vehicle collision/medical malpractice case, involving a 74 year old man who suffered a spinal injury in the collision, which was misdiagnosed and mismanaged by the healthcare givers. (Irv Cantor)
  • $2.98 million - Automobile accident, in which a woman sustained a mild brain injury and orthopedic injuries. (Irv Cantor, Elliott Buckner)
  • $2.8 million - Settlement in traumatic brain injury case for a college student arising from a 2006 automobile accident when he was 13 years old. (Irvin Cantor, Stephanie Grana, Elliott Buckner) read more
  • $2.7 million - Brain injury resulting from medical malpractice and civil rights violations in regional jail. Plaintiff's alcohol withdrawal seizures went untreated for an extended period of time. (Elliott Buckner, Irv Cantor, Stephanie Grana) read more
  • $2.4 million - Woman dies nine weeks after slip & fall, causation contested. (Irv Cantor, Stephanie Grana, Elliott Buckner) read more
  • $2.35 million - Automobile collision case, in which a young woman suffered a mild brain injury. (Irv Cantor, Elliott Buckner)
  • $2.3 million - Settlement of a wrongful death case where the automobile driver suffered fatal injuries after being struck by a tractor-trailer on a two-lane highway. (Irvin Cantor, Elliott Buckner, Stephanie Grana) read more
  • $2 million - Medical malpractice case involving the death of a man who suffered an anoxic brain injury as a result of alleged failure to properly monitor a sleep apnea patient following a routine surgery. (Irv Cantor, Stephanie Grana) read more
  • $2 million - Automobile accident case involving a brain injury suffered by our client. (Irv Cantor, Aubrey Ford, Stephanie Grana, Elliott Buckner)
  • $2 million - West Virginia truck accident case, involving a teenager who suffered a mild brain injury. (Irv Cantor)
  • $1.95 million - Medical malpractice case. (Irv Cantor, Stephanie Grana, Elliott Buckner)
  • $1.95 million - Verdict in wrongful death case. (Irv Cantor, Elliott Buckner, Stephanie Grana)
  • $1.9 million - South Dakota automobile accident case, involving severe brain injuries suffered by two children. (Irv Cantor)
  • $1.9 million - Automobile accident case, in which our client sustained a mild traumatic brain injury. (Irv Cantor, Elliott Buckner)
  • $1.875 million - Products liability case involving an unsafe consumer health product. (Irv Cantor)
  • $1.8 million - Tractor-trailer collision case, involving a mild brain injury suffered by a 46 year old man. (Irv Cantor)
  • $1.75 million - Verdict in wrongful death case involving a young man killed during a high speed pursuit. (Irv Cantor)
  • $1.7 million - Medical malpractice case involving a permanent anoxic brain injury requiring a lifetime of care. (Stephanie Grana, Irvin Cantor, Elliott Buckner) read more
  • $1.7 million - Auto accident and traumatic brain injury in which the plaintiff suffered a thoracic aortic injury, transected celiac artery, pleural effusion and more than 25 fractures. (Stephanie E. Grana, Irvin V. Cantor, Elliott Buckner) read more
  • $1.65 million - Auto accident case in which the plaintiff suffered mild traumatic brain injury and injuries to the neck and shoulder. (Irv Cantor, Stephanie Grana, Elliott Buckner) read more
  • $1.6 million - Automobile accident, involving mild brain injury suffered by our client. (Elliott Buckner, Irv Cantor, Stephanie Grana)
  • $1.51 million - Motor vehicle collision case, in which our client, a 56 year old woman, suffered a cervical fracture and mild brain injury. (Irv Cantor, Stephanie Grana, Elliott Buckner). read more
  • $1.5 million - Tractor-trailer accident, in which a retiree suffered a moderate/severe brain injury. (Irv Cantor)
  • $1.3 million - Motor vehicle collision, in which an elderly couple suffered serious orthopedic injuries. (Stephanie Grana, Elliott Buckner, Irv Cantor)
  • $1.3 million - Wrongful death of a 14 year old in a school bus accident in a rural Virginia county. (Irv Cantor, Elliott Buckner)
  • $1.25 million - Medical malpractice case, in which a 32 year old man suffered severe bowel injuries after a diagnostic procedure. (Lewis Stoneburner, Irv Cantor, Stephanie Grana)
  • $1.2 million - Jury verdict in mild traumatic brain injury case in which restaurant patron was struck on the head by a falling object. (Aubrey Ford, Irv Cantor) read more
  • $1.2 million - Sexual assault case. (Irv Cantor, Aubrey Ford)
  • $1.14 million - Coverage dispute after wrongful death verdict resolved. (Irv Cantor, Elliott Buckner, Stephanie Grana) read more
  • $1.125 million - Sexual assault case. (Aubrey Ford, Irv Cantor, Stephanie Grana)
  • $1.125 million - Premises case, in which a man suffered a mild brain injury when a display rack fell on him. (Irv Cantor, Elliott Buckner)
  • $1.1 million - Settlement in medical malpractice case of a 54 year old female who suffered permanent neurogenic bladder requiring a lifetime of self-catheterization. (Stephanie Grana, Irvin Cantor, Elliott Buckner) read more
  • $1.1 million - Wrongful death case arising from the death of an unmarried woman with one adult and one teenage child. (Irv Cantor, Elliott Buckner, Stephanie Grana)
  • $1.025 million - Settlement of traumatic brain injury as result of an automobile and tractor-trailer accident involving a 20-year-old college student in Greensville County, Virginia. (Irvin Cantor, Elliott Buckner, Stephanie Grana) read more
  • $1 milllion - Settlement of medical malpractice case stemming from delayed diagnosis of a non-cancerous brain tumor which caused multiple neurologic injuries. (Stephanie Grana, Irvin Cantor, Elliott Buckner) read more
  • $1 million - Verdict in products liability case, involving head and orthopedic injuries suffered by a worker due to a bridge collapse. (Irv Cantor)
  • $750,000 - Settlement of a medical malpractice case involving delayed diagnosis of malignant melanoma. (Stephanie Grana, Irvin Cantor, Elliott Buckner) read more