Irvin V. Cantor

Partner

Leading Richmond, VA Personal Injury Lawyer

Since 1979, Attorney Irv Cantor has been dedicated to the families of those who have suffered serious injuries or wrongful death. His work has resulted in more than 1,750 favorable verdicts and settlements for his clients - including more than 450 traumatic brain injury cases. He has recovered more than 50 verdicts and settlements larger than $1 million for injured men and women in Richmond and throughout Virginia and the U.S., securing their futures and their peace of mind for the rest of their lives.

As a Richmond personal injury attorney, Irv’s primary goal is the well-being of his clients. His approach, his leadership over the firm of Cantor, Stoneburner, Ford, Grana & Buckner, and his personal practice are all shaped by Irv’s relentless compassion for those who have been injured or bereaved due to negligence. There is nothing more important than making sure innocent injury victims receive the financial compensation to rebuild their lives – while holding those at fault responsible.

Irv has been recognized by his peers as one of the Top 10 Virginia Super Lawyers every year from 2012-2016. He was voted Plaintiff Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year in Richmond by Best Lawyers in America in 2014 and 2016.

The vast majority of Irv’s cases are referrals from other trial lawyers. Many professionals in the field have asked Irv to represent them in their own injury cases, including attorneys, judges, claims adjusters, and physicians. He is a frequent lecturer throughout Virginia and the U.S. to other trial lawyers on numerous subjects, including traumatic brain injuries, truck accident cases, and elements of trial. He is the co-author with Judge Samuel Johnston of the book, The Art and Science of Mastering The Jury Trial.

Irv is the founder and President of Jury Impressions, a jury consulting company which, among other services, arrange mock trials and focus groups for trial lawyers throughout the country. Irv also serves as a mediator and arbitrator in a wide variety of cases dealing with catastrophic injuries and death.

Representing Victims of Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury cases comprise the largest portion of Irv’s practice. He has successfully handled brain injury cases for over 35 years. He wrote the chapter dealing with legal aspects of brain injury cases for the seminal medical textbook on the subject, Brain Injury Medicine. Irv was featured on the cover of the 2015 Virginia and West Virginia Super Lawyers magazine, with the cover story featuring Irv’s career in handling brain injury cases.

Contact Irv: icantor@virginiatrialfirm.com

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)

National Recognition & Awards

Irv was chosen by his peers as the Richmond Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America® for both personal injury litigation and medical malpractice in 2016 and 2014. He has also been selected to Super Lawyers® Top 10 Virginia Lawyers for 5 years running—in 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012. His consistent professionalism and integrity has resulted in him receiving the highest possible grade from Martindale-Hubbell, the legal rating service.

In addition to his awards, Irv is often asked to speak to fellow lawyers about his various areas of expertise. These have included traumatic brain injuries, automobile accidents, liability insurance, and trying a case effectively. Irv’s reputation in the legal community has also made him a leader in various organizations and associations.

He has served terms as the president for:

  • The Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • The Brain Injury Association of Virginia
  • The Virginia Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates

Honors

  • Best Lawyers in America "Richmond Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Lawyer of the Year" (2016, 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" (2012-2016), "Top 50 Richmond Area Super Lawyers" (2016, 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

Publications

The Brain Behind Brain Injuries
Super Lawyers Virginia and West Virginia Magazine 2015

The Art and Science of Mastering the Jury Trial
Co-authored with Judge Samuel Johnston, VTLA Publishing

Cantor Wins 2010 BIAV Weinstock Award
BIAV Newsletter, Summer 2010

VTLA Journal, Volume 19, Number 3 2007
The joy and satisfaction of a trial lawyer representing persons who have suffered traumatic brain injuries

Brain Injury Medicine, Demos Medical Publishing
Chapter 62, “Medicolegal Aspects of TBI”, 2006

Brain Injury Association of Virginia, winter newsletter

MedicoLegal Aspects of Severe Traumatic Brain Injury
VTLA Journal, Winter 2003-2004

How To Use A SPECT Scan In The Trial Of A Traumatic Brain Injury Case
VTLA Journal, Summer 1998

Use of Demonstrative Evidence In The Trial Of A Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Case
VTLA Journal, Spring 1995

Handling an Automobile Negligence Case in Virginia
Chapters 3, 4, 5 and 10, West Publishing, 2000

Insurance Coverage for Automobile Injury Cases
VTLA Journal, Volume II, No. 4, Fall 1990

Civil Conspiracy and the Hospital Staff Controversy, Legal Aspects of Medical Practice, 1979

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