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Elliott M. Buckner

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Direct Office Line: (804) 343-4386

Email Address: ebuckner@breitcantor.com

When clients have suffered a severe injury in a complex situation, there’s one Virginia personal injury lawyer they can turn to—Attorney Elliott M. Buckner at Breit Cantor Grana Buckner. Elliott has represented clients in every kind of catastrophic injury claim, including traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, tractor-trailer crashes, car collisions, and other harmful circumstances. He also handles wrongful death claims on behalf of families who have experienced loss due to negligence.

No matter the situation, Elliott works tirelessly to help ensure his clients receive the support and compensation they deserve. He has secured more than 40 verdicts and settlements larger than $1 million, changing the lives of dozens of clients and their family members. His track record of successful verdicts has formed a reputation that allows him to demand rightful compensation more effectively—often resulting in larger settlements.

Part of what makes Elliott such an effective attorney is his experience as an insurance defense attorney. In his previous practice, he stood on the other side of the court from injury victims, building cases to protect insurance companies from liability. Once he decided that he would rather serve the injured than work against them, he brought with him a wealth of experience and insight into how insurance litigators work. As a result, Elliott brings strategic power to every case he is involved in.

Elliott is widely recognized by his peers for his relentless and effective approach to litigation. He has been named to the list of Best Lawyers in America®, been AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, included in the list of “Legal Elite” by Virginia Business magazine, and has been annually selected by other lawyers to the Virginia Super Lawyers® list since 2007. He has also been regularly selected to the Top 100 Virginia Super Lawyers® and Top 50 Richmond Super Lawyers® lists. These selections mark Elliott as one of the leading Richmond personal injury attorneys, and among the top litigators in all of Virginia.

In addition to his trial work, Elliott often contributes to the legal community through lectures, articles, and presentations to other lawyers about effective trial representation. He will serve as President-Elect of the 2000+ member Virginia Trial Lawyers Association in 2019.

While Elliott is passionate about the work he does every day for his clients, he is also passionate about his community. He serves on the Board of Directors of Community Brain Injury Services and has helped raise over $100,000 for the organization as the pit master for their annual charity BBQ cook.

Elliott has been blessed with an amazing wife, Joelle, and two really incredible kids, Oliver and Abby. They live in Midlothian with their three dogs, Finnley (Yellow Lab), Sadie (British Cream Retriever) and Stella (Boykin Spaniel).

Education

  • J.D., College of William and Mary; Moot Court – ABA National Moot Court Champion, Order of the Barristers
  • B.B.A., University of Richmond

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • Virginia Supreme Court
  • 4th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia

Previous Experience

  • CantorArkema, P.C., Partner (2002-2009)
  • Harman Claytor Corrigan & Wellman, Associate (2000-2002)

Honors & Awards

  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards
  • American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell® Top Rated Lawyer (2012)
  • Best Lawyers in America®, in the category of Personal Injury Litigation (2011-present)
  • Virginia Super Lawyers® (2012-2019),
  • Top 100 Virginia Super Lawyers® (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
  • Top 50 Richmond Area Super Lawyers® (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
  • Virginia Super Lawyers® Rising Stars list (2007-2011)
  • “Legal Elite - Civil Litigation,” Virginia Business magazine (2013, 2015)
  • “Legal Elite - Young Lawyer,” Virginia Business magazine (2005-2006, 2008, 2010)
  • American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition, Winner (2000)

Professional Associations

  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
    • President-Elect (2019)
    • Vice President (2015-2018)
    • Treasurer (2014)
    • Legislative Chair (2012, 2013, 2015)
  • Brain Injury Association of America, National Legal Conference Co-Chair
  • American Association for Justice (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America)
  • Lewis F. Powell Inn of Court
  • City of Richmond Bar Association
  • Henrico Bar Association
  • Virginia Bar Association

Publications/Presentations

  • “Handling Personal Injury Cases,” Virginia State Bar ‘First Day in Practice’ annual seminar (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • “After the Winning Verdict,” Virginia CLE (2015 and 2019)
  • “Legislative Update,” VTLA Annual Convention (2015, 2017)
  • “What Keeps Plaintiffs Lawyers Awake at Night,” Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys Annual Conference (2015)
  • “Medpay,” VTLA Sources of Coverage (2014)
  • “Tort Law Update,” VTLA Annual Paralegal Seminar (2013)
  • “Pointers and Pitfalls of the Settlement Agreement and Release,” VTLA Annual Convention (2011)
  • “How to Use and Disclose Medical Literature,” VTLA Advanced Auto Retreat (2010)
  • "Small Firm David Socks Insurer Goliath in PI Cases," 4th Annual Solo & Small Firm Institute, Virginia CLE (2009)
  • "Preparing the Client for Depositions," American Association of Justice Annual Conference (2009)
  • "Initial Case Management and Intake," National Business Institute Paralegal Seminar (2008)
  • "Defeating Colossus, 2nd Annual Solo & Small Firm Institute," Virginia CLE (2007)
  • "Assisting with Settlement Negotiations," National Business Institute Paralegal Seminar (2007)
  • $15 Million

    Truck Accidents

  • $9 Million

    Medical Malpractice

  • $5.187 Million

    Wrongful Death

  • $5 Million

    Motor Vehicle Accident

  • $4 Million

    Medical Malpractice

  • $4 Million

    Truck Accidents

  • $4 Million

    Brain Injury

  • $2.98 Million

    Auto Accidents

  • $2.975 Million

    Wrongful Death

  • $2.85 Million

    Wrongful Death

  • $2.8 Million

    Brain Injury

  • $2.7 Million

    Medical Malpractice

  • $2.4 Million

    Wrongful Death

  • $2.35 Million

    Auto Accidents

  • $2.3 Million

    Wrongful Death

  • $2.2 Million

    Wrongful Death

  • $2.195 Million

    Premises Liability

  • $2 Million

    Auto Accidents

  • $2 Million

    Brain Injury

  • $2 Million

    Wrongful Death

  • $2 Million

    Medical Malpractice

  • $1.95 Million

    Wrongful Death

  • $1.95 Million

    Medical Malpractice

  • $1.95 Million

    Brain Injury

  • $1.9 Million

    Auto Accidents

  • $1.8 Million

    Auto Accidents

  • $1.75 Million

    Personal Injury

  • $1.7 Million

    Medical Malpractice

  • $1.65 Million

    Motor Vehicle Accident

  • $1.6 Million

    Auto Accidents

  • $1.51 Million

    Auto Accidents

  • $1.5 Million

    Personal Injury

  • $1.44 Million

    Auto Accidents

  • $1.35 Million

    Wrongful Death

  • $1.3 Million

    Motor Vehicle Accident

  • $1.3 Million

    Wrongful Death

  • $1.295 Million

    Motor Vehicle Accident

  • $1.2 Million

    Medical Malpractice

  • $1.14 Million

    Wrongful Death

  • $1.125 Million

    Brain Injury

  • $1.1 Million

    Medical Malpractice

  • $1.1 Million

    Wrongful Death

  • $1.025 Million

    Brain Injury

  • $1 Million

    Medical Malpractice

  • $1 Million

    Medical Malpractice

  • $1 Million

    Auto Accidents

  • $900,000

    Auto Accidents

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