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Peter C Burnett

Personal injury Attorney at Leesburg, VA

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  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 45 years
    Virginia - VA 46 years
  • Licensed for 45 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1979
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 46 years
    State VA
    Acquired 1977
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Peter

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  1. Personal injury
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    The attorneys in our firm have a wide range of experience in all types of personal injury law. Personal injury law encompasses many injuries and incidents for which a third party is legally responsible. Our intake process ensures your case will be evaluated thoroughly and thoughtfully. This specialization and the consequent investment in time and resources in each case have been instrumental in our ability to obtain full compensation for our clients.

    40 years

Peter Burnett is a graduate of Hobart College and Antioch School of Law. He has practiced law in Leesburg since 1977. Peter limited his practice to personal injury law when he founded Burnett & Williams in 1988. In addition to building the firm into one of Virginia’s oldest and most experienced personal injury law firms, Peter has compiled an impressive array of legal achievements, including obtaining the highest wrongful death verdict in Virginia history, obtaining the highest personal injury verdict in Loudoun County, and other record results.

Peter has guided the firm through a number of noteworthy cases including multi-million-dollar settlements and verdicts for wrongful death, medical malpractice and automobile accident cases. He has earned a reputation as a relentless advocate who is always willing to negotiate carefully and creatively on behalf of his in pursuit of a fair outcome. In cases large and small, Peter works closely with clients to uncover every important detail and to convey a full understanding of their claims to the insurance adjustors and attorneys on the other side.

For his dedicated service to his clients and the Virginia legal system, Peter has received numerous accolades and honors. Among them are Lawyer of the Year designated by U.S. News for Plaintiff’s personal injury in 2022 and induction into the Virginia Lawyers Hall of Fame. He has also served in leadership positions in the Virginia State Bar and locally having been President of the Loudoun County Bar Association, a member of the Virginia State Bar Council, Chairman of the VSB Diversity Conference, and Chairman of the VSB Judicial Nominations Committee. Currently, as the Chair of the VSB Senior Lawyers Conference, Peter assembled a team to produce a video on the importance of civility and professionalism for lawyers. It is intended to have multiple uses from presentations to 3rd year law students to continuing legal education seminars for practicing lawyers to law firm education for young associates.

Peter has been committed to charitable activities in Loudoun County for many years. He is a founding director of the Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter, a founding director and Chairman of Loudoun Cares, Co-Chairman of the Downtown Improvement Association, founder and Chairman of the Loudoun Law Foundation, and founding Chairman of the Virginia Diversity Foundation, the parent organization of the Ampersand Pantry Project. Whether salvaging a historic Leesburg structure, building a home for a valued member of the community, or planning for the future of downtown Leesburg, Peter is tirelessly devoted to the common good.

Peter’s most recent projects include working as a pro bono consultant to the Rachel Paxton Trust as they work toward the design and construction of a new customized school building for the Arc of Loudoun as part of an effort to maximize the 16-acre campus as a mosaic of services for needy children, the Trust’s primary mission. Additionally, for the last couple of years, Peter has been leading the charge in convincing the Town of Leesburg to re-develop the Liberty Street parking lot, the former town dump, by removing the dump material, constructing a performing arts and conference center, and supporting construction of approximately 80 affordable housing units for senior citizens.

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Burnett & Williams
105 Loudoun Street, S.E.
Leesburg, VA, 20175
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Posted by Tara | January 27, 2016
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An attorney that goes above and beyond!
Peter Burnett is an outstanding attorney and person! I've never had the pleasure of meeting Peter face to face, but he came highly recommended, so I called him. He was surprisingly quick to respond. In my profession I speak with attorneys regularly and Peter is a breath of fresh air! He took his time with me, talked to me like a regular person, and listened. I place enormous value on these qualities. Peter knows what he's talking about. His legal advice put me in a the best possible position, delivering a wonderful outcome, and in my heart I believe he wanted what was best for me. Peter is down to earth, thoughtful, empathetic, fair, trustworthy and will be my first call if I ever find myself, or anyone I love, in the position where I need council. As a lay person, the thought of pursuing any kind of legal matter is daunting, and even more so without having a tried and true trusted attorney. I felt vulnerable going in, but my lasting impression after working with Peter was safe and cared for. Thank you Peter.
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Posted by Philip | April 29, 2014
A BONAFIDE PREMIER CONSULTANT ON LEGAL MATTERS, WHEN IT MATTERS
As a school teacher and small business owner, I have to be able to discern the facts from fiction, find the value in things that I get, and draw out the essence of the information that I receive. I can tell you that Impeccable service, with the broadest range of professionals at his disposal and the most efficient execution of services with integrity makes Peter and his staff--I think--unquestionably, a giant in the litigation profession. I truly believe if the task is slight or monsterous. Peter will go the extra mile to help you receive a settlement that is warranted by your circimstances. We usually never think about the need for legal consultation and/or representation. I had an accident settlement case that was extensive to prepare for and execute. While suffering from the mishap, I was blessed by my family's decsion to call the right counselor-- Burnette & Williams! Now, it is passed and I can look forward to a bright future. I fully understand the value of the services of Peter and his staff; particularly, when I meet others who have met with catastrophic situations but have been poorly represented. I could only wish that I had met those people, at the time of their mishaps, to recommend the serivecs of Burnette & Williams, in Leesburg, Virginia.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Burnett & Williams PC
  • 1978 - Present
  • Instructor
  • Antioch School of Law
  • 1977 - 1978

Education

  • Antioch School of Law, Washington, DC
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1977
  • Hobart College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1972

Associations

  • Loudoun County Bar Association
  • 1980 - Present
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • 1980 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar
  • 1977 - Present
  • Winchester-Frederick County Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Virginia Women Attorneys Association
  • N/A
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • N/A
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • N/A
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Senior Lawyers Conference Chair
  • 2021 - 2022
  • Loudoun County Bar Association
  • President
  • 1999 - 2000
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2024
  • Top Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Northern Virginia Magazine
  • 2024
  • Top 100 Virginia Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2024
  • Virginia Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2024
  • Best Law Firms in America - US News and World Report
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2023
  • Lawyer of the Year-Washington D.C.
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Lawyer of the Year
  • Northern Virginia Magazine
  • 2021
  • Resolution: Ampersand Pantry Project
  • Virginia State Legislature
  • 2020
  • Proclamation of Recognition – Ampersand Project
  • Town of Leesburg
  • 2020
  • Proclamation of Recognition - Hall of Fame
  • Town of Leesburg
  • 2019
  • Virginia Lawyers Hall of Fame
  • Virginia Lawyers Weekly
  • 2019
  • Community Blue Ribbon Award
  • Loudoun Preservation Society
  • 2012
  • Community Leader of 2011
  • Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce
  • 2011
  • Top 100 Virginia Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2010
  • Virginia Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Outstanding Volunteer of the Year
  • Loudoun County, Virginia
  • 2010
  • Leaders in the Law
  • Virginia Lawyers Weekly
  • 2010
  • George C. Marshall Award (corporate citizen)
  • Town of Leesburg, VA
  • 2009
  • Virginia Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Virginia Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Fellow, Virginia Law Foundation
  • Virginia Law Foundation
  • 2007
  • District of Columnia Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2007
  • Virginia Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2006
  • Bar Leader of the Year
  • Virginia State Bar
  • 1998
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Speaking Engagements

  • Ashburn Rotary Meeting
  • Full Coverage vs. Fully Covered
  • 2024

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (6)
Endorse Peter
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Peter Burnett is synonymous with personal injury - that is his specialty and that is his client's benefit. He is always prepared and confident in trials. I highly recommend him and regularly refer him clients."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Peter is an experienced and respected trial attorney who has earned excellent recoveries for his clients. I highly recommend Pete when making referrals to clients with cases in Northern Virginia."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Peter Burnett is a great lawyer who cares deeply for his clients."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Peter's stellar reputation in the community is one to which we should all aspire to have! He is a lawyer & a gentleman! I had the pleasure of working as a guardian ad litem on one of his cases and he was a well prepared, knowledgable, and wonderful to work with."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Peter for 35 years plus having earned a reputation as a tenacious advocate for his client. Peter prevailed on a huge award for a client that many attorneys would consider a "once a career case". Rather than be satisfied, Peter continues to represent clients with the same commitment that makes each client feel he/she is the only client. Peter is generous with his time for his community as well as legal organizations to improve the bar and practice of law. I have, and will continue, to refer clients to Peter without reservation."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Peter has been a pillar of the Loudoun legal community for decades. His zeal and passion for his clients is evident in any case he handles. Whether the case settles or he takes the case to trial, he always does his best to represent the clients best interests and get them a very favorable outcome."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Peter is the go-to guy for personal injury law. He has years of top level experience and an excellent reputation. I have worked on several cases that Peter has had, and seen him handle many more. For any personal injury related issue, I would always go to Peter and his firm first. Not only do they have the experience, but the professionalism and sensitivity with which they handle their cases and serve their clients is top notch."
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Leesburg Personal injury Lawyer Peter C Burnett
Peter C Burnett
Personal injury Attorney
Leesburg, VA
Licensed for 46 years