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Irvin V. Cantor

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Direct Office Line: (804) 343-4368

Email Address: icantor@breitcantor.com

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 2,000 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 Breit Cantor Grana Buckner, and his personal practice are all shaped by his 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 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 2012-2018. He was one of only 33 members named in Virginia Lawyers Hall of Fame's inaugural class in 2018. He was also 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, arranges 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 40years. 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.

Irvin Cantor featured in Super Lawyers

Education

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

Bar Admissions

  • 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)

Awards

Irv was chosen by his peers as the Richmond Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America® for plaintiffs personal injury litigation in 2016 and 2014. He has also been selected to Super Lawyers® Top 10 Virginia Lawyers for 7 years running from 2012 - 2018. His consistent professionalism and integrity have 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 experience. 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

  • Virginia Lawyers Hall of Fame 2018
  • 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 by Martindale-Hubbell®, the 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 among Top 10 Virginia Super Lawyers® (2012-2018), Top 50 Richmond Area Super Lawyers® (2013 - 2019), Top 25 Richmond Area Super Lawyers® (2011), Top 50 Virginia Super Lawyers® (2006, 2009, 2011), and Top 100 Virginia Super Lawyers® (2012 - 2019)
  • "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

  • $15 Million

    Truck Accidents

  • $9 Million

    Medical Malpractice

  • $8 Million

    Legal Malpractice

  • $5.95 Million

    Medical Malpractice

  • $5.6 Million

    Auto Accidents

  • $5.187 Million

    Wrongful Death

  • $5 Million

    Civil Rights

  • $5 Million

    Wrongful Death

  • $5 Million

    Motor Vehicle Accident

  • $4.7 Million

    Wrongful Death

  • $4.5 Million

    Truck Accidents

  • $4 Million

    Truck Accidents

  • $4 Million

    Medical Malpractice

  • $4 Million

    Medical Malpractice

  • $4 Million

    Truck Accidents

  • $4 Million

    Brain Injury

  • $3.4 Million

    Medical Malpractice

  • $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 Million

    Auto Accidents

  • $2 Million

    Brain Injury

  • $2 Million

    Wrongful Death

  • $2 Million

    Truck Accidents

  • $2 Million

    Medical Malpractice

  • $2 Million

    Medical Malpractice

  • $1.95 Million

    Brain Injury

  • $1.95 Million

    Wrongful Death

  • $1.95 Million

    Medical Malpractice

  • $1.9 Million

    Auto Accidents

  • $1.9 Million

    Auto Accidents

  • $1.875 Million

    Product Liability

  • $1.85 Million

    Auto Accidents

  • $1.8 Million

    Auto Accidents

  • $1.75 Million

    Wrongful Death

  • $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

    Brain Injury

  • $1.44 Million

    Auto Accidents

  • $1.35 Million

    Wrongful Death

  • $1.3 Million

    Wrongful Death

  • $1.3 Million

    Motor Vehicle Accident

  • $1.295 Million

    Motor Vehicle Accident

  • $1.25 Million

    Medical Malpractice

  • $1.2 Million

    Medical Malpractice

  • $1.2 Million

    Brain Injury

  • $1.2 Million

    Sexual Assault

  • $1.2 Million

    Sexual Assault

  • $1.14 Million

    Wrongful Death

  • $1.125 Million

    Sexual Assault

  • $1.125 Million

    Sexual Assault

  • $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

    Product Liability

  • $1 Million

    Auto Accidents

  • $900,000

    Auto Accidents

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