LEE LIVINGSTON has a 20-year, powerful history of success helping people who have been harmed by the negligence of others. This has resulted in a long list of peer review awards including Best Lawyers, US News and World Report medical malpractice lawyer of the year in 2012 and personal injury lawyer of the year in 2014, in Charlottesville.
Lee has achieved multiple seven-figure verdicts and settlements by pursuing full justice for deserving people.
Lee’s record of leadership and teaching responsibilities among lawyers highlights the priority he places on providing exceptional advocacy to his clients and his passion for justice. He has chaired the Virginia State Bar litigation section and the mandatory continuing legal education board for the Virginia State Bar. He was selected by The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia to work on a committee which writes and edits jury instructions for all Virginia cases. Likewise, he chairs an evidence committee which publishes a guide to evidence distributed to all judges in Virginia.
Most of Lee’s clients come to him on the recommendation of other lawyers who have referred their clients to him because they recognize his expertise and record of success. He is careful to limit cases so that he can attend to each client individually and develop a close relationship as an advocate with each person. With each case he accepts, he brings practical assistance to those traveling through difficult seasons of life.
Lee lives in Charlottesville with his wife, Kris, and two children.
Areas of Practice
- Medical Malpractice
- Legal Malpractice
- Personal Injury
- Wrongful Death
- Brain Injuries
- Auto/Tractor-Trailer Accidents
- Business Litigation
- Product Liability
- Premises Liability
Licenses and Admissions
- Virginia State Bar
- All federal and state courts in Virginia
Leadership and Teaching Appointments
- Electronic Filing Study Group, 2007–10
- Appellate Rules Advisory Committee, 2005–08
- Vice President 2012–present
- Board of Governors, 1999–present
- Litigation Section Board of Governors, 2003–08; Chair, 2007–08
- Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board, 2003–09; Chair 2008–09
- Editor, Litigation News, 1997–2003
- Conclave on the Education of Lawyers, 2012
- Adjunct Faculty, “Trial Evidence: Principles and Practice,” “Trial Advocacy,” 2002–present
- Guest Lecturer, “Virginia Practice and Procedure” and “Pre-Trial Litigation”
Boyd-Graves Conference Member, 2006–present
- Steering Committee, 2011–present
- Evidence Committee, 2012–present
- Virginia College of Trial Advocacy, Board and Faculty, 2000–present
- Member, American Association for Justice
- American Trial Lawyer’s Association—Top 100 Virginia Lawyers
- Institute on Political Journalism Graduate, Georgetown University, 1987
Editorial Advisory Board
- Trial Preparation Tools, Beth Driscoll Osowski, James Publishing, Inc. (2009)
- Evidence for the Trial Lawyer, co-author with Thomas J. Curcio, Matthew Bender & Company, Inc., a member of the LexisNexis Group (2007–12).
In the Media
- “Va. clarifies evidence procedures,” Staunton News Leader, April 22, 2012. Can also be found at www.Newsleader.com.
- “12-year-old suffers complications from rollerblading fracture—$613,312 Verdict,” Virginia Lawyers Weekly, October 4, 2010.
- “Juror Feedback: Research After a Verdict Can Educate Counsel for Next Time,” Virginia Lawyers Weekly, May 17, 2010.
- “New Western District Rule Poses Problem for Lawyer Seeking Feedback,” Virginia Lawyers Weekly, May 17, 2010.
- “Follow the Rules: ‘Death Penalty’ Still There, But Lawyers May Get a Second Chance,” Virginia Lawyers Weekly, May 10, 2010.
- “Plaintiff Nonsuits, Then Adds New Claims,” Virginia Lawyers Weekly, March 25, 2010.
- “A Straight and Level Path through the Risky Business of Cross Examination,” VTLA Journal, Winter 2011.
- “Tempting (But Improper) Closing Arguments,” VTLA Journal, 2010.
- “VTLA Members Open Message Windows Instead of Evidence Books for Quick Answers,” (a comprehensive summary of evidence topics covered on list serve) VTLA Journal, 2007.
- “Qualifying Out-of-State Experts on the Standard of Care in Medical Malpractice Cases: Virginia’s Sartorial Supreme Court and The Expert’s White Coat,” VTLA Journal, Winter 2004–05. Republished in Litigation News, Spring 2005.
- “Preparing Your Client for Deposition,” VTLA Journal, Winter 2001; republished in Advocate, Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, April 2002, and The Briefcase, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Spring 2002.
- “Lessons from the Masters: What I Wish I Had Known When I Started Practicing Law,” VTLA Journal, Fall 2001.
- “Twelve Tempting (But Improper) Closing Arguments,” Litigation News, Winter 2000.
- “The Work Product Doctrine and Discovery of Consulting Experts under Virginia Rules of Court,” Litigation News, Winter 1995
Lectures and Presentations
- To download a summary of Lee Livingston’s lectures and presentations you may select this link (PDF).
Honors & Recognitions
- Martindale-Hubbell: AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating, indicating highest ethical standards and preeminent legal ability.
- The Best Lawyers in America: 2012 Lawyer of the Year, Medical Malpractice, Charlottesville
- The Best Lawyers in America: 2014 Lawyer of the Year, Personal Injury, Charlottesville
- Virginia Super Lawyers: Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice
- College of William & Mary (B.A. 1990, J.D., 1993)