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Irv Cantor has spent his entire 37 year career dedicated to families of those who have suffered serious injuries or death. He has successfully tried to verdict or settled over 1750 plaintiff’s injury or death cases, including over 400 traumatic brain injury cases. He has achieved over 45 verdicts and settlements exceeding $1,000,000 for his clients. His closing argument in an actual case was recorded in the audiotape, “VTLA Million Dollar Verdicts.”

In 2014, Irv was voted by his peers as "Richmond Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Lawyer of the Year" in Best Lawyers in America and is listed in both the personal injury litigation and medical malpractice law categories. Irv was also voted by his peers as one of the "Top 10 Virginia Super Lawyers" in 2014, 2013 and 2012. He is also AV® rated, Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards. Irv is a past president of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, the Brain Injury Association of Virginia and the Virginia Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He also served as the chairman of the Brain Injury Association of America’s National Legal Conference.

Irv has lectured to trial lawyers on numerous subjects, including traumatic brain injuries, motor vehicle collisions, liability insurance coverage and elements of trial. He is on the faculty of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association College of Trial Advocacy. Irv has co-authored The Art and Science of Mastering the Jury Trial with Judge Samuel Johnston. In addition, he has written many published articles and was the author of the chapter dealing with the legal aspects of traumatic brain injury cases for the seminal medical textbook on the subject, Brain Injury Medicine.

Irv's practice consists of representing persons who have suffered serious injuries or death. Traumatic brain injury cases comprise the largest portion of his practice. The vast majority of his cases are referrals from other trial lawyers. Many professionals in the field have asked Irv to handle their own injury or malpractice cases, including attorneys, judges, physicians, and claims adjusters.

Irv also serves as a mediator and arbitrator in a wide variety of cases, including personal injury, traumatic brain injury, medical malpractice, products liability, and wrongful death.


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Practice areas


  1. Brain Injury: 35%
    37 years
  2. Trucking Accident: 25%
    37 years
  3. Personal Injury: 20%
    37 years
  4. Medical Malpractice: 20%
    37 years


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VAAuthorized to practice law197809/15/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 10 Virginia Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2012
Top 25 Richmond Area Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2012
Top 50 Virginia Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2011
Weinstock AwardBrain Injury Association of Virginia2010
Leader in the LawVirginia Lawyers Weekly2010
Highest RatingMartindale -Hubble National Legal DirectoryN/A
Personal Injury & Medical MalpracticeBest Lawyers in AmericaN/A
Legal Elite - Civil LitigationVirginia Business MagazineN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
DirectorCantor Stoneburner Ford Grana & Buckner2009 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Brain Injury Association of AmericaChairman of National Legal Seminar2008 - 2009
American Board of Trial AdvocatesPresident2006 - 2006
Brain Injury Association of VirginiaPresident2004 - 2006
Virginia Trial Lawyers AssociationPresident2002 - 2003
American Academy of Trial CounselN/AN/A
Etheridge SocietyN/AN/A
Richmond Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Virginia Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Southern Trial Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
ATLA Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation GroupN/AN/A
American Trial Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
Boyd-Graves ConferenceN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Truck Accident & Brain Injury$4,500,000
Wrongful Death$5,000,000
Motorcycle Collision$5,000,000
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Publication nameTitleDate
Demos Medical Publishing, Inc., New York, N.Y., Chapter 62, “Medicolegal Aspects of TBI”Brain Injury Medicine2006
The Journal (Virginia Trial Lawyers Association)Medicolegal Aspects of Severe Traumatic Brain Injury2004
The Journal (Virginia Trial Lawyers Association)How To Use A SPECT Scan In The Trial Of A Traumatic Brain Injury Case1998
Lawyers Cooperative Publishing, Aqueduct Building, Rochester, New York 14694, Chapter 4Handling An Automobile Negligence Case In Virginia1996
The Journal (Virginia Trial Lawyers Association)Use of Demonstrative Evidence in the Trial Of a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Case1995
The Journal (Virginia Trial Lawyers Association)Insurance Coverage for Automobile Injury Cases1990
Legal Aspects of Medical PracticeCivil Conspiracy and the Hospital Staff Controversy1979
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Virginia School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
University of Virginia School of LawN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Tactics, Techniques and StrategiesUse of Restatement Second of Torts - Section 411 and FCMSR Section 390-13 - to Establish Liability Against the Shipper in Tractor-Trailer Collisions2012
Rehabilitation of the Adult and Child with Brain Injury: Practical Solutions to Real World Problems ConferenceThe Expert Witness In Civil Litigation: Demystifying the Process2012
VTLA Tort Law SeminarArt & Science of Proving Traumatic Brain Injury2011
VCU Pain Management & Spine SymposiumThe Do’s and Don’ts of Medical Malpractice2011
Richmond Coalition of PolicePolice officers injured on-the-job by negligent motorists2011
Advanced Auto RetreatLead Jury Panel Discussions2011
Virginia Trial Lawyers AssociationHandling an Automobile Negligence Case in Virginia2006
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Annual ConventionMaximizing the Value of the Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Case2004
Basic Medicine: Essentials For The Trial LawyerElements of a Traumatic Brain Injury Case2004
First Annual Seminar of the Brain Injury Association of VirginiaFirst Annual Seminar of the Brain Injury Association of Virginia2001
Annual Tort Law SeminarAnnual Tort Law Seminar2001
Virginia Trial Lawyers AssociationSources of Coverage1998
Brain Injury Litigation SeminarBrain Injury Litigation Seminar1998
Annual Williamsburg ConferenceCognitive, Neuromedical and Behavioral Aspects of Brain Injury1998
Annual ConferenceEthics in Medicolegal Evaluation of Acquired Brain Injury1998
SeminarTraumatic Brain Injury Litigation: The Essentials and More1997
Postgraduate CourseRehabilitation of the Brain Injured Adult and Child1997
VTLA Annual ConventionTrial By Jury1996
Virginia Trial Lawyers AssociationSources of Coverage: Insurance Coverage For Personal Injury Actions in Virginia1995
Controversies In NeurorehabilitationEthics of Neurorehabilitation in a Managed Care Environment1995
Virginia Trial Lawyers AssociationEverything You Need To Know To Settle Auto Accident Cases1994
SeminarPremises Liability: Preparation and Trial of A Difficult Case In Virginia1994
SeminarVTLA Million Dollar Verdicts - Closing Arguments Audio Tape1994
SeminarOrthopedics For Lawyers1994
Annual Bench-Bar ConferenceThe Ethical Boundaries of Zealous Representation: Conflict between the Bench and the Bar1994
SeminarPreparing and Trying An Automobile Personal Injury Case1992
SeminarThe Walking Wounded: Medicolegal Aspects of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury1991
Case Management Training Program For Traumatic Brain InjuryWorkers Compensation and Traumatic Brain Injury: A Legal Update1991
Case Management Issues in Traumatic Brain InjuryEverything You Always Wanted to Know About How To Use Your Expert Witness But Were Afraid To Ask1991