Newport News native, H. Duncan Garnett, Jr., is a trial lawyer with more than thirty years of success in the trial of personal injury and wrongful death claims.
He enjoys the highest Martindale-Hubbell rating for legal competence, has been selected by his peers for publication in "The Best Lawyers in America" and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Mr. Garnett focuses his practice on the settlement and trial of cases involving serious injury and death caused by car, tractor-trailer and other vehicular collisions, by medical negligence, by defective products and by nursing home abuse. In addition, he has a special interest in pursuing mass torts such as pharmaceutical or drug litigation as well as cases involving fraud on the government which are often referred to as “whistle blower cases.”
Mr. Garnett is published in the Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, is a chapter author of the lawyers’ textbook, How to Try an Automobile Negligence Case in Virginia, published by the West Group in 1997, is a past member of the Virginia Bar Association Committee which annually publishes A Guide to Virginia Evidence, a past member of the faculty for the Virginia State Bar Professionalism Course and is a frequent lecturer in Continuing Legal Education.
Mr. Garnett is the immediate President of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and a board member of the Virginia College Trial Advocacy. He is a Stalwart of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and a Patron of the Virginia Bar Association, a past representative to the Virginia State Bar Council representing the City of Charlottesville and the counties of Central Virginia and a past President of the Piedmont Bar Association. He currently serves on the Board of the Southern Trial Lawyers Association and is a member of the Litigation, Torts and Insurance Law Sections of the American Bar Association, a member of the Thomas Jefferson Inn of Court in Charlottesville, Virginia and an active member of the Louisa, Richmond, Newport News and Hampton Bar Associations. He is also a member of Trial Lawyers for Public Justice and the Roscoe Pound Foundation.
Mr. Garnett is admitted to practice before all of the courts of the Commonwealth and the Virginia Supreme Court, the Supreme Court of the United States, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia.
Mr. Garnett was educated in the Newport News public schools, attended Christopher Newport University and received his undergraduate degree in American History and his law degree from the College of William and Mary where his accomplishments were recognized by selection for membership in Omicron Delta Kappa, a national fraternity which honors conspicuous attainment and leadership in collegiate activities.
Mr. Garnett and his wife, Diana, reside in downtown Hampton and on their farm in Louisa County. They enjoy saltwater sports, bird dogs and retrievers, and farming.
* Rated A.V. Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell for twenty consecutive years
* Listed in Best Lawyers for sixteen consecutive years
* Selected for inclusion in Virginia Super Lawyers continuously since 2006
Professional and Community Service
President (former) and current Member Board of Governors of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
VTLA is dedicated to promoting professionalism within the trial bar, to enhancing the competency of the trial lawyer and preserving the liberties, rights and benefits of an efficient and constitutionally sound judicial system. VTLA is the plaintiff's trial lawyers bar with a membership of approximately 2,500 lawyers.
Member: VTL PAC
Membership is by invitation only. The PAC provides bipartisan support for worthy legislators who understand and support the civil justice system and the right to trial by jury.
Member: VTLA Long Term Care Section
The mission is to protect the safety, well-being and dignity of the elderly.
President (former) Piedmont Bar Association
President, (current) Newport News Bar Association
Board of Directors, Southern Trial Lawyers Association
Membership is by nomination. The mission is to promote fellowship, learning and networking among plaintiff’s trial lawyers from the 13 southern states. STLA provides the highest quality continuing legal education. The STLA strives to promote and preserve the civil justice system for all people and supports a wide range of philanthropic causes such as the Brain Injury Foundation, the Houston Area Women's Abuse Center and the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Board of Directors, Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America
APITLA is a national association of plaintiff's trial lawyers committed to the elimination of unsafe and illegal interstate trucking practices. APITLA works through education, litigation and legislation to make America's highways a safer place.
Board of Directors: American Brain Injury Trial Lawyers Association
Member: Brain Injury Association of Virginia
Member: American Association for Justice (Leaders Forum)
AAJ is a national association of plaintiffs trial lawyers. Member, Product Liability Section.
Member: The National Trial Lawyers Association
Membership is by invitation and is composed of the top 100 trial lawyers from each state.
Member: The Mass Tort Trial Lawyers Association
A plaintiff's lawyer association experienced in mass litigation involving defective medical devices and pharmaceuticals.
Member: Public Justice
Americas public interest law firm
Member: The Federal Bar Association
The FBA serves the interests and needs of the federal practitioner and the public it serves.
Member: The Virginia State Bar
Delegate (former) Virginia State Bar Council, the governing body for lawyers licensed in Virginia.
Faculty: Virginia State Bar Association Professionalism Course:
The Professionalism Course is mandatory for all Virginia lawyers. The faculty is selected by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia.
Member: The Virginia Bar Association
The VSB is a voluntary association of lawyers whose mission is to advance the highest ideals of the profession through advocacy and volunteer service.
Member: The Boyd Graves Conference
Membership is by invitation. The Conference is composed of leading lawyers, law professors, judges and appellate judges. It's mission is to study improvements to the civil justice system and when appropriate to make recommendations to the General Assembly and to the Supreme Court of Virginia.
Member (former): Boyd Graves Evidence Committee
Membership is by invitation and includes prominent lawyers, judges, appellate judges and law professors. It annually publishes A Guide to Evidence in Virginia. After more than 15 years of concerted effort the General Assembly adopted the Committee's proposed Rules of Evidence which for the first time in Virginia codified the Rules of Evidence. (2012)
Member: Virginia Bar Association Professionalism Commission
Membership is by invitation only and includes prominent lawyers and Judges. The Commission created and published for the first time the Principles of Professionalism for Virginia Lawyers.
Board of Directors and Faculty: The Virginia College of Trial Advocacy
The College conducts an intensive, two day program designed to enhance the advocacy skills of trial lawyers.
Member: The American Bar Association
Torts, Litigation and Insurance Law Sections.
Board of Directors: The Hampton Arts Foundation
The Foundation is a not for profit corporation and the umbrella under which the American Theatre, the Charles H. Taylor Arts Center and the Gordon-Kearney Wing of the Theatre operates in a unique public/private partnership with the City of Hampton.
Platinum Sponsor, Relay for Life of Isle of Wight/Surry
Commodore (former) Hampton Yacht Club
Mr. Garnett has a life-long passion for saltwater sports and a special interest in promoting youth sailing.
Board of Directors (former) Hampton Bay Days
This free annual event is one of the largest family friendly festivals and green event on the East Coast. It celebrates the Chesapeake Bay and annually attracts 200,000 people to the Hampton waterfront.
Board of Directors (former) Regional Jail
The Board oversaw the construction and operation of the Central Virginia Regional Jail.
Church: St. John's Episcopal Church, Hampton; Grace Episcopal Church, Keswick
Military: First Lieutenant United States Army, Armor
Conservation and Sportsmanship
Mr. Garnett is a member of numerous conservation organizations and served on Ducks Unlimited Committees for 18 years.
Articles by Mr. Garnett:
Videos by Mr. Garnett:
· Motor Vehicle/Tractor Trailer Accident
· Medical Device Litigation
· Nursing Home Negligence/Abuse
· Product Liability/Injury or Death
· Pharmaceutical and Drug Litigation
· Personal Injury
· Wrongful Death/Trauma