LEE LIVINGSTON has a 23-year history of success helping people who have been harmed by the negligence of others in the Courts throughout Virginia. 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 2015 and 2017, in Charlottesville. He is currently president of the Virginia Trials Lawyer’s Association.
Lee has achieved multiple seven-figure verdicts and settlements by pursuing full justice for deserving people. In 2015 he won the first verdict by a patient against a doctor in Augusta County, VA.
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 represents Central Virginia as an elected member of the Virginia State Bar Council. He has chaired the Virginia State Bar litigation section and the mandatory continuing legal education board. 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. He chairs an evidence committee that publishes a guide to evidence distributed to all judges in Virginia. He has taught trial evidence and trial advocacy at the University of Virginia School of Law since 2002.
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
- President, 2017-2018
- President-Elect, 2016
- Vice President, 2012–2015
- Board of Governors, 1999–present
- Bar Council, 2015-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 Chair, 2012–present
- Member, American Association for Justice,
Presidents Council, 2016-present
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).
- Virginia Forms, Medical Malpractice, LexisNexis (2017).
In the Media
- “A Record in Augusta County” Med Mal Verdict of 1.75 million returned in conservative area. Virginia Lawyer’s Weekly, June 18, 2016.
- “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: 2015 Lawyer of the Year, Personal Injury, Charlottesville
- The Best Lawyers in America: 2017 Lawyer of the Year, Personal Injury, Charlottesville
- Virginia Super Lawyers: Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice
- College of William & Mary (B.A. 1990, J.D., 1993)