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Yvonne Theus Griffin

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Charlottesville attorney Yvonne T. Griffin is a trial lawyer who practices only law for injured persons. She is the only local female attorney in Charlottesville and Albemarle County concentrating in car, truck and motorcycle crash cases. Although she has been practicing law since 1988, for the past 20 years she has done nothing but injury law. During that time, she has handled thousands of personal injury cases. She handles car accidents and other types of vehicle wrecks, bodily injury, wrongful death, animal bites and medical malpractice.


After graduating from Georgia Southern University in 1980, Ms. Griffin received her MBA from Northwestern State University in 1985 and her JD from the College of William and Mary Law School in 1988. Ms. Griffin served as Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney for two years in Hampton, Virginia. There she tried hundreds of cases and used that experience to develop her courtroom style.


Ms. Griffin has been practicing in Charlottesville since 1993. A member of the Virginia State Bar, Ms. Griffin is also active in numerous professional organizations such as the Charlottesville/Albemarle Bar Association and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. She is currently serving on the state-wide Board of Governors for the Virginia Trial Lawyers. She is a past member of the American Bar Association, the Thomas Jefferson Inn of Courts, and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.


Ms. Griffin was recently selected by the American Society of Legal Advocates as one the Top 100 Litigation lawyers in Virginia. Her volunteer activities include Past President of the Albemarle County Police Foundation and Trustee of the Blue Ridge National Multiple Sclerosis Chapter, Charlottesville, Virginia.


Please contact Ms. Griffin or her staff if you've been injured. She's eager to hear your story and discuss your options (free, no-cost consultation.)


Several immediate tips if you've been injured in a car wreck:


  1. Get the names and telephone numbers of any potential witnesses.

  2. Take pictures of bruises, cuts and other injuries.

  3. Do not give a recorded statement to the at-fault driver’s insurance company.

  4. Do not sign consent forms for the at-fault driver’s insurance company.

  5. Remember, the insurance adjuster is on the at-fault driver's side – not yours.

  6. Be sure all your healthcare providers are billing your health insurance.

  7. Call your own auto insurance carrier and ask if you have “med pay” coverage.

  8. Do not tell anyone you are “fine” or “good” if you are not.

  9. Contact us right away, before the evidence disappears.

PS - Ms. Griffin has been able to help many clients who were not wearing their seatbelts. Although the fact that you were not wearing a seatbelt is not admissible in court, she urges everyone to be safe and wear his or her seatbelt. This short video is one of her favorite safety videos: Embrace Life.





Tucker Griffin Barnes P.C.
307 West Rio Road
Charlottesville, VA 22901

Juris Doctor, 1988, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
Master of Business Administration, 1985, Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, LA
Bachelor of Arts, 1980, Georgia Southern College, Statesboro, GA

1993 to present, Tucker Griffin Barnes, Charlottesville, VA partner, 1997 to present
1991 to March 1992, stay at home mother, Taegu, South Korea
1988 through November 1990, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney, Hampton, VA
1982 through 1985, Teacher of the Gifted, Leesburg, LA
1980 through 1982, Teacher of the Gifted, Madison, GA

Personal Injury, including: Motor Vehicle Collisions, Wrongful Death, Nursing Home Abuse, Medical and Dental Malpractice, Animal Bites, Slip and Fall Litigation.
Since 1996 I have practiced only in the area of personal injury.

1988 to present: Virginia State Bar; 1993 to present: Charlottesville Albemarle Bar Association, Executive Committee 2004-2007; 1995 to present: Virginia Trial Lawyers’ Association, 2002 Web Site Committee, 2003-2004 Public Affairs Committee, 2004-2005 Chair of Professional Negligence Section, 2004-2006 Board of Governors, 2005-2013 Governor at Large, 2005 CLE Committee-Chair, 2006, 2004 Annual Convention Committee, Paralegal Section Chair 2009, Judicial Relations Committee 2009-2010, Budget and Finance Committee, 2008-2009; Fundraising Committee Chair 2009, Ethics and Professionalism Committee 2008-2010; 1988 to2008: American Bar Association; 1995 to2008: Association of Trial Lawyers of America; 1996 to 2008 Thomas Jefferson Inns of Court, 2004 to 2006, Program Director; 2002 to 2008: member VTLA 1200 Club, 2002-2013.

1998 and 1999, Board Member, Toy Lift Foundation, Secretary 1999; 1999 to 2005, Board Member, Albemarle County Police Foundation, President in 2003; 2003 to present, Board of Trustees, Blue Ridge Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Vice-President 2004 – 2005, Secretary 2006.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Photos and videos

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Contact info

Tucker Griffin Barnes P.C.

307 West Rio Road
Charlottesville, VA, 22901-1311

Tucker Griffin Barnes - Lake Monticello Branch

Jefferson Centre, Suite 111
265 Turkey Sag Trail
Palmyra, VA, 22963

Tucker Griffin Barnes - Harrisonburg Branch Office

590 Neff Avenue, Suite 2000
Harrisonburg, VA, 22801


Practice areas


  1. Car Accident: 48%
    24 years
  2. Personal Injury: 47%
    24 years
  3. Spinal Cord Injury: 5%



Contingent (25-40%), Free consultation (120 minutes)

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    I endorse this lawyer. Yvonne enjoys a great reputation in the legal community because she provides not only top quality legal services but does so in a manner that is respectful and compassionate to her clients.


    Robert Byrne Personal injury Attorney
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VAAuthorized to practice law198803/31/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Litigation Lawyers in VAASLA2014
Favorite Law Firm in CharlottesvilleDaily Progress2014
Best Law Firm in CharlottesvilleC-Ville2013
Top 100 Lawyers in Virginia for 2013American Society of Legal Advocates2013
Best Law Firm in CharlottesvilleC'ville Weekly2012
Best Law Firm in CharlottesvilleDaily Progress2012
Best Law Firm in CharlottesvilleC'ville Weekly2011
Best Law Firm in CharlottesvilleDaily Progress2011
Distinguished DozenDaily Progress2011
Top 3 Favorite Law Firms in CharlottesvilleDaily Progress2010
Favorite Law FirmC'ville Magazine2009
Favorite Law FirmDaily Progress2009
Favorite Law FirmC'ville Weekly2008
Favorite Law FirmDaily Progress2008
Family Friendly BusinessYouth and Family Services2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerTucker Griffin Barnes PC1993 - Present
Assistant Commonwealth's AttorneyHampton Commonwealth's Attorney's Office1988 - 1990
Association namePosition nameDuration
Charlottesville Albemarle Bar AssociationMember1993 - Present
Virginia State BarMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationPrior MemberN/A
Charlottesville-Albemarle Bar AssociationBoard of DirectorsN/A
Virginia Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of Governors2004 - 2014
Board of Trustees, Blue Ridge Chapter of Nat'l MS SocietyVice-President2004 - 2006
Albemarle County Police FoundationPresident2003 - 2006
Thomas Jefferson American Inn of CourtProgram Chairman1998 - 2008
American Association for JusticeN/A1996 - 2008
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Brain injury case$3,500,000.00
T-bone auto accident$300,000.00
cerebal palsy case$1,600,000.00
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Publication nameTitleDate
Charlottesville Personal Injury Lawyer BlogHow Long Do I Have To File Suit?2014 Typically Available in a Personal Injury Lawsuit2014
Practical Legal Tips BlogCrozet, VA Hit and Run2013
The Charlottesville LawyerWrongful Deaths Result From Hazing at University2013
The Journal (VTLA)Premises Liability and the Delegation of Duties2012
EzinearticlesPremises Liability and the Delegation of Legal Duties2010
The VTLA Law JournalFull FaithFull Faith and Credit: Does a Sister State Trump a Citizen?2004
The John Marshall Law ReviewWilson v. Slater1988
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
Northwestern State University of LouisianaBusiness AdministrationMBA - Masters1985
Georgia Southern UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1980
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
CLEElectronic Files for Lawyers2011
CLE presentationElectronic Files for Lawyers2010
VTLA Solo and Small Firm ConferenceEffective use of paralegals2006
Virginia Trial Lawyers Evidence SeminarHearsay2006
CABA CLE SeminarHearsay2006