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Christopher J. Pitera

Personal injury Attorney at Richmond, VA

5.0   51 reviews

Licensed for 11 years

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  1. Personal injury
    33%
    Attorney Pitera has been defending Virginians injured through no fault of their own and due to someone else's negligence for years. If you have been hurt in VA, call 804.409.7963 for a thoughtful case evaluation of your accident or injury today.

  2. Car accident
    32%
    Motor vehicle accidents are serious and they happen every day. When you are involved in a collision, it always makes sense to retain an attorney to help protect your interests while you recover and have your vehicle repaired. Call Attorney Pitera.

  3. Trucking accident
    15%
    Collisions with semi trucks or tractor trailers can have devastating impacts on regular vehicles. Moreover, exhaustion in the trucking industry can lead to needless collisions. Call 804.409.7963 now.

  4. Motorcycle accident
    10%
    Motorcycle accidents can result in devastating injuries and lost wages. If you have been injured by a distracted driver while operating a motorcycle call trusted motorcycle attorney, Chris Pitera, for a free case evaluation.

  5. Nursing home abuse and neglect
    5%
    If your loved one has been abused or neglected while under the care of a nursing home, assisted living facility, or group home, call Attorney Pitera at 804.409.7963, for a free case evaluation.

  6. Wrongful death
    5%
    If you have lost a loved one in an accident or due to someone else's negligence, call Attorney Pitera at 804.409.7963 in Richmond, Virginia for a free case evaluation immediately. Let him aggressively help you while you heal.

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Chris Pitera is a trial attorney practicing personal injury law at the firm of Cannella & O’Neal. Chris represents persons who have been injured through no fault of their own in courts throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. He is an experienced, passionate, and effective attorney-advocate. His main focus is promoting his clients’ total recovery. To that end, he works tirelessly and zealously so that his clients can obtain the best possible recovery in their case.

Prior to joining Cannella & O’Neal, Chris was an Assistant Attorney General with the Virginia Attorney General’s Office. In that capacity, he has tried numerous civil cases to verdict, settled hundreds more, and recovered millions of dollars for his clients. Among other things, Chris handled property damage claims on behalf of the Virginia Department of Transportation. He also handled hundreds of medical lien reductions on behalf of MCV Hospital, so he understands how to best maximize recoveries for plaintiffs.

Chris is a member of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Virginia State Bar – Young Lawyers Conference, Richmond Bar Association, and American Bar Association.

Chris has the highest AVVO.com rating of “Top Attorney” and received the AVVO.com Clients’ Choice Award for 2016 through 2020. He was named 2021 Virginia Rising Star by SuperLawyers.

Chris received his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York – Stony Brook, where he graduated magna cum laude and a member of the prestigious Honors College. Before going to law school, Chris was a White House and Congressional intern. He went on to receive his law degree from Liberty University School of Law, where he was the Student Works Editor for the Liberty Legal Journal, member and traveling competitor of the Moot Court Board, Vice-Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Board, and elected among his peers as 2L Senator. He also received the distinguished Spirit of Liberty Award, an honor granted by the faculty to one graduating law student.

In addition to his formal education, Chris has received Certificates of Training from the National Trial Advocacy College (Charlottesville, VA), NAAGTRI Depositions Training Course (Santa Fe, NM), and the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (Staunton, VA).

Chris resides in the greater Richmond area with his wife and two children.

Client's Choice 2022
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Licensed for 11 years
State VA
Status Authorized to Practice Law
Acquired 2011
Updated 10/01/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Client's Choice 2022
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Christopher received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2022
Posted by K'Von | September 19, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer for a First Time and Second Time Victim
Earlier this year I was in an accident, actually the first real accident I have ever been in where I was driving my own vehicle and sustained injuries. Initially I was against the idea of going through the legal process with a lawyer and was just going to leave it to insurance until a very close family friend recommended Chris Pitera from Canella & O'Neal. Chris Pitera was with me every step of the way along with his partner Tony Wilkerson. Chris answered all of my questions and was intensely passionate about getting justice for his clients. He sparred no room in making sure I was informed in order to make the very best decision for my situation. From paying medical and PT bills to taking care of the car rental process with the other persons insurance. A few months after my first accident someone hit me again and I wasn't nervous at all knowing that I had Chris in my corner. Just like the first accidnent Chris took care of me! Chris truly is a master in his craft and someone I will be turning to if this were to ever happen to myself, family members, or friends again!
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Posted by Cynthia | February 25, 2022
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Excellent Customer Service
There is nothing scarier than being hit by a drunk driver. I was clueless as to my rights after it took place. Chris, Tony and the team took me under their wings and made sure I was comfortable with the process and they took over from there. I know I must have had a thousand questions but they talked me through the entire process step by step. I hope no one needs to use a lawyer because someone is reckless in their choices but if you do please call Cannella & O'Neal. They will make you feel like family from the start till the end.
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Posted by Sara | February 23, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Great Attorney
Mr.Pitera was recommended to me by my daughters boss who is a local Immigration Attorney. My accident was pretty severe and throughout the entire case Mr. Pitera made sure that he went through all medical records, accident reports and more to ensure he would be able to get the best solution possible! Due to his honesty, attention and character I knew from the beginning that I could trust any recommendations or advice from Mr. Pitera with confidence knowing he was doing everything he could to resolve my case successfully. He communicated with me very effectively and made sure that I understood everything that was happening. He was very professional and polite even though my English is not the best. My case was successful and I will definitely be recommending family and friends to Mr. Pitera and if I ever need representation again I will 100% call him.
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Posted by Adela H | February 22, 2022
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Phenomenal Representation
Chris was recommended to me by a family friend and he went above and beyond what I expected! It was late at night at the time of my accident and he immediately responded to me, instructed me on what to do, and made me feel at peace with all the chaos happening. Throughout the entire case he maintained great communication, constantly updating me on what was going and what to expect, always very professional but most importantly he was HONEST and TRANSPARENT! Between Chris and his Paralegal Tony I knew I was in great hands and I was more than happy with the outcome of my case!! Definitely will refer friends and family to Mr. Pitera and anyone else who may need representation!
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Posted by James | February 10, 2022
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Thanks to this team !
My wife was involved in a serious automobile accident in Spotsylvania County late last fall and I was so frustrated to learn the gentleman that hit her head-on was unlicensed, uninsured and had previous convictions involving the misuse of motor vehicles. Because of the total loss of our own vehicle and the injuries my wife sustained, I sought legal consultation through Chris and his team to see what else could be done to ensure this individual was brought to justice and we were compensated appropriately. A friend of mine referred us to Chris and the communications between his office and us from Day 1 of the ordeal until the final settlement recently reached was nothing short of superb. I had immediate access directly to Chris whenever I called. The whole team was patient, understanding and clearly fighting for us every step of the way. I will highly recommend this team to all my family and friends and I will not hesitate to call them again should the need arise in the future. Thank you all.
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Posted by Shernet | February 8, 2022
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A thank you letter to my professional lawyer
I’m writing this letter to express my most sincere thanks to Christopher Pitera. My daughter and I met in an accident couple months ago. Someone run into us thank god we’re doing well now, I contacted mr Pitera and he took care of my case always checking in to see how I’m doing .keep me informed throughout the hold process.a special thank you I’m grateful thanks for your hard work on my case alone with your team , most professional job well done
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Posted by Ravene | January 29, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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The lawyer you NEED
Honestly, I couldn’t have gotten a better lawyer. He was extremely knowledgeable and tried every possible option to get what I deserve in regards to my terrible car accident that kept me out of work for almost 4 months. He is personable and always available to answer any concerns… No but seriously, always; but typically, he called me first. He would even call to check on my recovery process. If you want a lawyer who isn’t just a lawyer; but also a stellar person who is personable, honest and wants you to get the biggest payout for your troubles; Christopher is the right person for you!
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Posted by anonymous | January 29, 2022
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One of a Kind
Chris is professional, proficient and patient. His research is thoroughly above and beyond expectations. He repeatedly takes the time to explain any and all necessary documents. Most importantly to me, during a very sad and difficult time, Chris sincerely cared and understood. As a family man, he is truly empathetic. It was obvious that his encouragement to proceed with the case stemmed from his desire for justice and change. The legal profession should be honored to have Chris Pitera as one of their own and I will continue to highly recommend him.
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Posted by The Henry family | January 27, 2022
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Exemplary service!
Christopher is an outstanding attorney. His exceptional knowledge base, meticulousness and tenacity in conjunction with his compassion put us at ease. We knew he genuinely cared and would do his due diligence to obtain the most favorable outcome. He went above and beyond to obtain justice for our son. We would definitely use Chris again should the need arise as he is the best attorney that we've ever worked with thus far. We are forever grateful to him and the firm.
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Posted by Leeanna | January 27, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Injury Lawsuit
I am beyond happy with Chris Pitera and his team. Two days after my accident he met me at my residence so I could stay home and recover. Him and his team communicated with me the entire time. He was able to get me the full limits of the insurance policy, most importantly I was able to use the months after my accident to fully recover while he took care of everything for me.
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Posted by Al | January 26, 2022
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Awesome group of attorneys
Wonderful support and care by this group of attorneys they really know their stuff and made my case a huge success thank you so much highly recommend truly the best law firm around Virginia
Posted by ZU RAMADAN | January 25, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best layer in the state on Richmond va
He is the best lawyer you can have..true statement I hired a another law firm to help me out with my case at first but the suck so bad they where Emroch & Kilduff, I had fire them and go with Chris and his firm that’s how good he is and his firm… I will never believe or trust anyone as I would Chris with is Christopher.. he is the man very good and nice people… much love and respect and very truthful.. he the man.. love him and his firm…
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Posted by Crystal | January 25, 2022
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Christopher Pitera was wonderful!!!!
My first initial call he got on the phone with me, and spent the next hour getting all my info and the facts of my accident. He ended up getting TWICE the amount we both thought we’d get, which impressed me so much!! He was patient, always answered or returned my calls within a couple of hours, and made this so easy on me!! I highly recommend Mr. Pitera!!!
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Posted by Caitiln | November 6, 2021
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He made everything easy. I couldn't have asked for more.
I am so grateful to have been represented by Chris Pitera. I called Mr. Pitera mid day on a Friday almost a week after someone hit me, finally getting checked out with a concussion. He took on my case after hearing everything that I went through, and everything from there was extremely easy for me. Chris Pitera was very communicative, responsive, and professional. Any updates that I asked for or that he had, he would always call or have the paralegal call me if he couldn't. Though it felt like forever before everything settled, the lead up and time that was taken to make sure everything was to a T was worth any and all time that was spent on the case. I have never experienced something like this, and with it being my first time, I know I will be coming back to work with him again. I put my trust with him and he always exceeded my expectations. I highly recommend working with Chris. If there were more than 5 stars I would certainly not think twice about giving more. 100% satisfied! Thank you for representing me, and making the outcome of a horrible situation worth the sweat and tears.
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Posted by Herman | August 7, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Couldn’t have asked for more.
The other driver’s insurance company was denying an injury claim from an accident that was unquestionably the other driver’s fault. My attorney Chris and paralegal Tony worked hard every step of the way to make sure justice prevailed. We won and I’d recommend their team to anyone.
Posted by Alex | February 1, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Professional and helpful
I consulted Chris for a pending issue. He was courteous and answered all my questions even after stating I wouldn't need his services. Mr.Piteras thorough knowledge in his craft really eased my mind about my situation.
Posted by Kia | June 17, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer!
Chris worked hard to make sure I got what I deserved and made the process very easy and smooth. I would recommend him to anyone!! Thank you for settling my case!
Posted by Daman | May 12, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer
Like I said for the title excellent lawyer. He was able to help out with everything. Always has good feed back. Always professional and kept me up to date with everything ! I appreciate him so much!
Posted by anonymous | May 8, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Tractor trailer accident
I would highly recommend Chris Pitera. I hired him for a hit and run tractor trailer accident. He was very attentive, honest, and acted quickly to get the information needed to help resolve the case. His communication skills are top notch. He fought to settle my case in less than a year.
Posted by Shannon | May 5, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
One Happy Client
I am grateful to have been represented by Cannella & O’Neal and Chris handling my case. Chris was very professional, accessible, trustworthy, and compassionate. At one point, I was experiencing great discouragement with my injuries and worker’s comp and Chris was there to encourage me and ensured that I was okay. I will forever be grateful to him for this. He kept me updated about my case and worked diligently to ensure that I was properly compensated for my injuries/loss. I highly recommend Chris Pitera and would hire him again to represent me for personal injury. Shannon
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-40%

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate Trial Attorney
  • Cannella & O'Neal
  • 2016 - Present
  • Assistant Attorney General
  • Office Of The Attorney General Of Virginia
  • 2013 - 2016
  • Associate Attorney
  • RTJ Law Group PLLC
  • 2011 - 2013

Education

  • National Trial Advocacy College
  • Certificate
  • 2015
  • Liberty University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • State University of New York, Stony Brook
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2008

Legal Cases

  • $677,070.25 - Settlement (Personal Injury/Auto)
  • Settlement
  • $200,000 — Settlement (Personal Injury/Car Accident)
  • Settlement
  • $850,000.00 – Settlement involving a complex property damage claim.
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Associations

  • United States Supreme Court
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2020 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2014 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2014 - Present
  • Richmond Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar, Young Lawyers Conference
  • Chairperson
  • 2011 - Present
  • Supreme Court of Virginia
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2011 - Present
  • National Association of Attorneys General
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • 2020 Client Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2020
  • 2019 Client Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2019
  • 2018 Client Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2018
  • 2017 Client Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • Significant Service Award
  • Virginia State Bar
  • 2017
  • 2016 Client's Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Spirit of Liberty Award
  • Liberty University School of Law
  • 2011
  • Pro Bono Award
  • Liberty University School of Law
  • 2011
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Speaking Engagements

  • Annual Structure and Bridge Leadship Conference
  • Maximizing Recoveries in Tort Claims against Tractor-Trailer Defendants
  • 2018

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (10)
Unknown Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Chris for many years, including our time in the same legal office and working in different legal offices. Chris is a compassionate, dedicated, and effective lawyer, putting 100% of his attention and effort into every case he handles. Chris possesses a keen and unique eye for finding the winning legal strategy and is a formidable ally and opponent. Clients who hire Chris act wisely. I certainly would hire him as my personal lawyer any day of the week."
Personal injury Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this Chris. I have known Chris for some time and he has always been as smart as he is aggressive. I have no doubt that Chris is capable of handling anything in front of him. Chris approaches the practice of law with tenacity and really takes the time to explain the process to his clients because he cares about them."
Car accident Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Chris is a bright, dedicated and determined warrior for accident victims. He will not (and does not) give up until justice is served, and cares deeply about the best outcome for his clients. I highly recommend him."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I've worked with Chris a couple of times and I have always found him to be an excellent lawyer who knew his case file backwards and forwards."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had cases with Chris and he was always well prepared and represented his client zealously but was always fair to deal with."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Chris since law school, and I cannot say enough about his character. He is an honest and diligent attorney."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Pitera is a very effective negotiator. He did an excellent job representing a client who was holding a lien in a personal injury case. I found Chris to be cooperative and pleasant to work with. We were able to reach a resolution that was in the best interest of all parties."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Chris is an excellent attorney. He does great work for his clients."
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