R. Lee Livingston
Tiffany Johnston: (434) 951-6457
Christy Ochs: (434) 951-7338
Lee has a 25-year history of success helping people who have been hurt badly. This has resulted in peer review awards including being selected as “Lawyer of the Year“ for both personal injury law and medical malpractice law by US News and World Report, BestLawyers.
Lee consistently achieves seven-figure verdicts and settlements by pursuing full justice for deserving people who have cases screened carefully for merit. For example, in 2015 he won the first verdict by a patient against a doctor in Augusta County, VA, followed in 2016 by what is believed to be the first large verdict in an elective plastic surgery case in Richmond, Virginia.
Lee frequently is brought into complex cases by outside lawyers. He and his partners at MichieHamlett were part of likely the largest settlement involving a drunk driver in Virginia, the largest verdict against the largest orthopedic practice in Virginia in 2018,and the largest settlement involving county employees in a wrongful death case in Fairfax in 2019.
Lee’s record of leadership highlights the priority he places on exceptional advocacy. He served as president of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association in 2017-18, has served as one of two State Bar Council representatives from the eight counties in the 16th Judicial District since 2015, and chaired the Virginia State Bar litigation section andthe mandatory continuing legal education board. He was selected by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia to work on a committee that writes and edits jury instructions for Virginia trials. Winner of the annual Lighthouse Award from the Southern Trial Lawyers Association in 2019, Lee edits books for lawyers about evidence and medical malpractice that are published by LexisNexis. Lee lives in Charlottesville with his wife, Kris, and two children. He enjoys hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains and travel in his spare time.
Martindale-Hubbell: AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Best Lawyers, US News and World Report Lawyer of the Year: Medical Malpractice 2012
Best Lawyers, US News and World Report Lawyer of the Year: Personal Injury 2015, 2017, 2019
Virginia Super Lawyers Top 100: Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice 2020
Virginia Supreme Court, Virginia Jury Instructions Committee 2013-Present
Virginia Supreme Court, Electronic Filing Study Group 2007-2010
Virginia Supreme Court, Appellate Rules Advisory Committee 2005-2008
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, President 2017-2018
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Governors 1999-Present
Virginia State Bar, Bar Council Representative for the 16th Judicial Circuit
Boyd-Graves Conference, Member 2016-Present
American Association for Justice, Presidents Council
Southern Trial Lawyers Association, Professor W. McKinley Smiley Jr. Lighthouse Award 2019
Adjunct Faculty, “Trial Evidence: Principals and Practice” “Trial Advocacy” “Litigation Skills” “Professional Liability Law” 2002-Present
Editorial Advisory Board: Trial Preparation Tools, Beth Driscoll Osowski, James Publishing, Inc. 2009
Evidence for the Trial Lawyer: Co-Author with Thomas J. Circio, Matthew Bender & Company, Inc. a member of the LexisNexis Group 2007-2012
Virginia Forms, Medical Malpractice, LexisNexis 2017
Virginia State Bar
College of William and Mary, B.A. 1990
College of William and Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law, J.D. 1993