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Gerald Gregory Lutkenhaus

Workers compensation Attorney at Richmond, VA

5.0   24 reviews

also known as Gerald G. Lutkenhaus


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About Gerald

Learn Gerald’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Workers compensation
    62%
    Rated BEST Lawyer for Workers Compensation in Central Virginia with Martindale Hubbell's Highest Rating of AV Preeminent.

    50 years

  2. Social Security & Disability
    20%
    I have over a 90% success rate in Social Security Disability cases. (Verdicts in all cases depend on various factors and circumstances which are unique to each case. Therefore, past results in cases are not a guarantee or prediction of similar results in future cases which I may undertake.)

    50 years

  3. Brain injury
    5%
    I settled a brain work injury case that will net the claimant a payout of $5,000,000. (Settlements in all cases depend on various factors and circumstances which are unique to each case. Therefore, past results in cases are not a guarantee or prediction of similar results in future cases which I may undertake.)

    50 years

  4. Trucking accident
    5%
    Virginia Workers' Compensation for truck drivers injured on the job.

    50 years

  5. Wrongful death
    5%
    Virginia Workers' Compensation survivorship benefits for the deceased worker's widow(er), minor children, and/or dependent parent.

    50 years

  6. Spinal cord injury
    3%
    Specialize in spinal cord injuries for injured workers.

    5 years, 2 cases

Richmond Magazine rated me one of the BEST Workers Compensation Lawyers in Central Virginia. I worked as a Legal Aid lawyer for 17 years. I developed expertise in Virginia Workers Compensation and Social Security Disability. I began to lecture on these areas to bar groups and client groups. I then decided to go into private practice focusing on representing injured and disabled workers. From 2003 to 2015, Martindale-Hubbell awarded me its highest rating of AV Preeminent for legal excellence and ethics based on a vote of my peers. AVVO has awarded me its highest superb rating from 2010 to 2015.

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Licensed for 49 years
State VA
Status Active
Acquired 1974
Updated 12/27/2022
State IA
Status Inactive
Acquired 1973
Updated 12/15/2022

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

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Gerald G. Lutkenhaus, Attorney at Law
4906 Fitzhugh Ave
Suite 201
Richmond, VA, 23230

Reviews

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Posted by Ethel | April 18, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest Representation 5+Stars
I was recently awarded my SSDI case with the help of GGL Law Firm. He, and his assistant, Anne are knowledgeable, professional, compassionate, determined, extremely responsive and organized. Calls were never screened and they pick-up or respond to you immediately. They made sure I understood the facts of my case. Mr. Lutkenhaus did not give false hope and most of all, encouraged me to be honest about my disability. It’s very hard to discuss the disabling conditions due to my young age, but he made sure that no favorable facts were unturned during my ALJ hearing. They continue to care even after the case was heard. I highly recommend this firm to anyone.
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Posted by Dr. Paul Kolmetz | January 7, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic NOSSCR social security disability law firm
A relative applied for social security disability benefits and had the claim denied. I was asked to help and began to research the social security disability application process. The statistics of denial although staggering were pretty easy to find. It seems that about 67 percent are denied initially and the figure jumps to about 87 percent for reconsiderations. Apparently your chances of success for reconsideration are even lower if you don’t appeal after the initial denial which was the case for my relative. Although I am retired while employed I valued contractors that had memberships in professional organizations specific to their trade or profession. This is the approach I used to help the relative retain a lawyer well versed in social security disability law and contacted NOSSCR – the National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives and asked for the names of local members. Much to my surprise only two members worked in the Richmond metropolitan area. Gerald G. Lutkenhaus had far better reviews. From the beginning it was clear that Mr. Lutkenhaus was well versed in social security disability law, rules and procedures. I actually read an entire book on SSA disability before I joined the relative for the initial meeting with the GGL Law Firm. Everything I read was confirmed ten times over. GGL had both the knowledge and the essential experience needed for these types of cases. I must confess that my dislike for most lawyers is that they charge you for every minute you talk to them and they nickel and dime you for everything and anything they can which is definitely not the case with GGL. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Anne the paralegal at GGL. Anne too has an encyclopedic knowledge of social security disability law and procedures and is extremely responsive to emails and phone calls. So what’s the bottom line? Our relative had a hearing 9 months after the first meeting with GGL and was granted a favorable outcome. GGL beat the statistics!!!! I certainly would recommend GGL without hesitation.
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Posted by anonymous | November 12, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
High work Ethic, Honest, Professional!!!
After thorough research I chose GGL law firm to represent me in my workers compensation case. I couldn’t have had a better experience! Gerald Lutkenhaus was always available via the phone or email. He never dodged my calls, He always called back if I had any questions. His paralegal Anne is also very professional and knowledgeable. They do everything in timely manner and put client’s interests first! This team is highly professional, honest and I just can’t thank them enough for obtaining a great settlement for me! I am just so thankful to them and it was definitely the right decision to use their services for my complicated case!
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Posted by Rachel | November 6, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Satisfied client
Timely responses to any communication. Very thorough in explaining the process along the way
Posted by anonymous | August 2, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Fantastic Lawyer
Gerald answered my forum question really fast even though he knew there would probably be no money in it for him. He was clearly knowledgeable about the subject and I would hire him in a second if needed.
Posted by anonymous | November 1, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Disability Attorney in Virginia
Won my case for me, that pretty much says it all. Thank you very much.
Posted by Wanda | September 28, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Workers Compensation
I needed a workers comp lawyer for my totally incapacitated husband. I contacted Jerry. He and Rose did a great job on his case and got him a settlement for $300,000 plus lifetime medical care and a home health aide at $600per week.
Posted by anonymous | April 19, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Straight forward, honest, and very knowledgeable
If I plan to move forward with this I will definitely be going with Mr.Lutkenhaus. When he called I was out of it, still trying to get over the initial shock of my situation. He had a lot of patience with me considering I was all over the place during our conversation. He was also bluntly honest about my options and showed confidence with his answers, it was obvious he had a lot of experience dealing with worker's compensation. Situations like these, last thing I needed was sugar coating or a "everything is going to be ok" speech. He explained that I need to be proactive and know my rights. I realized by then I should have contacted him in the beginning of all this. Thank you for the professional advice.
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Posted by William | October 26, 2014
This lawyer consults Attorney Gerald Lutkenhaus
I'm not licensed to practice law in Virginia, so when I needed to know Virginia law, I've consulted Gerald Lutkenhaus. He's experienced and knowledgeable. I'll continue to consult with him because he always knows the law or quickly gets back to me with right answers.
Posted by George | May 29, 2014
Great Injury Lawyer
Really helped me with my leg injury. I had called three other lawyers and they turned me down because I didnt report my accident right away.
Posted by Bill | May 12, 2014
Compassionate Lawyer
Jerry was very compassionate, caring, and empathetic. He acted upon my case immediately and kept me informed at all times. If I had a question, I received a call back right away with an answer. He was always there for me every step of the way, until he WON my case. His entire staff were amazing! Jerry fought hard for me and won! Jerry was never in a rush with me as most attorneys are!
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Response from Gerald Lutkenhaus February 3, 2021
We try to give every case individual attention. We are not perfect but we are so pleased that we were able to help you in your situation.
Posted by Billy | May 6, 2014
He won my occupational disease case!
My occupation as a baker resulted in a severe Baker's Asthma, and I could barely breathe. Mr. Lutkenhaus was able to get a great settlement from the insurance company for me.
Response from Gerald Lutkenhaus February 3, 2021
This man had a rare disease. We were able to convince the Commission he should be awarded benefits. Thank you for providing us your review.
Posted by jonny | May 6, 2014
Great Back Injury Lawyer
I had a back injury in Midlothian, Virginia that was appealed to the Virginia Ct of Appeals & he did a wonderful job resolving it when I thought all hope was gone.
Response from Gerald Lutkenhaus February 3, 2021
When the insurance company appeals to the Virginia Court of Appeals, they think they could take away your benefits. Fortunately, that Court did not agree and we were able to preserve your benefits.
Posted by Herman | April 29, 2014
Injured both shoulders at work and he helped me big time!
I hurt my right shoulder in Sandston, Virginia an accident. Due to this injury, I overused my left shoulder and injured it also. Mr. Lutkenhaus got me 500 weeks of compensation and a settlement for $125,000.00 based on the loss of both my shoulders. I was very pleased with the way he and his staff handled my case. I think he does a pretty good job.
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Response from Gerald Lutkenhaus February 3, 2021
When you suffer injury to two extremities, it gives one the opportunity to get lifetime benefits. In your case, we were able to convince the insurance company that your Virginia Workers' Compensation benefits should be extended. Thank you.
Posted by John | April 24, 2014
A Winning Disability Lawyer
I was unable to work due to MS. I chose him based on his expertise in Disability cases. We had bad luck and got the judge who denies almost all cases, so we lost the first time. But he did not give up; he appealed the case and got us a new hearing. My case started in 2009, but he fought this judge every step of the way for 4 years to win. He has that winning heart and never gives up. He and his staff were very professional and showed me much kindness.
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Response from Gerald Lutkenhaus February 3, 2021
Over the years we have had a number of disability cases involving MS. We have been very successful in getting the Social Security Disability judges to recognize this is a severe disability. Thank you for being a great client and all the best.
Posted by David | April 22, 2014
Helped Me with my Injured Hand
I injured my arm at my work place and I could not work anymore at that job. I ended up doing security guard work. I contacted Mr. Lutkenhaus and he got me on workers compensation and eventually got me a settlement.. I was lucky I contacted him.
Response from Gerald Lutkenhaus February 3, 2021
This man lost his high paying job due to a shoulder injury. He had to take a low paying security job. We were able to convince the Commission that he should be awarded Virginia Workers' Compensation benefits for the difference. We then reached a settlement. Thank you for contacting us.
Posted by Travis | April 11, 2014
Wonderful Richmond Injury Lawyer
I had fallen from a scaffold in Caroline County, Virginia and injured my head and wrist. My Workers' Compensation case was denied because I had recently smoked marijuana. Mr. Lutkenhaus proved the marijuana had nothing to do with my fall and serious injury. His paralegal Rose kept me informed and answered all my questions. She was a delight.
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Response from Gerald Lutkenhaus February 3, 2021
An illegal drug can cost you your benefits in a Virginia Workers' Compensation accident. Fortunately, we found an expert who was willing to testify that marijuana even if it was in your system did not cause your fall. Rose also thanks you for your comments.
Posted by Sarah | April 11, 2014
He Won My Disability Case
I retained Mr. Lutkenhaus to get my disability. As a college customer service rep, I attempted to continue working even though I had suffered neck problems that resulted in multiple cervical operations. Finally, I was unable to work and filed for disability. When I was denied, I went to Mr. Lutkenhaus because I was told he was one of the best disability lawyers in Richmond. He and his staff were very patient with me because I did not understand the Social Security Disability process. They helped me win my hearing which included 2 years of back benefits. They do great work in disability cases, so I will be referring anyone who needs a top-notch disability lawyer to Mr. Lutkenhaus
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Response from Gerald Lutkenhaus February 3, 2021
We have been doing Social Security Disability cases for over 35 years. We were pleased we could put that expertise to work for you.
Posted by Pamela | April 9, 2014
Good Richmond Workers Compensation Attorney
I slipped and fell at work in Petersburg. I tried to return to my job as an operating room nurse, but my injury to my arm turned into painful RSD and I could not use my arm anymore. The insurer sent me to their doctor who basically said the pain was all in my head and I should be able to work. I contacted Lutkenhaus for help. He fought their doctor and kept me on compensation until I got a settlement. He and his staff met every expectation. They always returned phone calls and kept me abreast of everything going on my case. I would never dream of calling any other workers' comp lawyer.
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Response from Gerald Lutkenhaus February 3, 2021
RSD is a terrible painful disorder. We were pleased we were able to get the Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission to recognize this in your case. Thank you.
Posted by Phil | April 7, 2014
Very Helpful Injury at Work Lawyer
I got a severe foot injury at work and needed help. It happened in Richmond, Virginia. My claim was denied. I contacted Lutkenhaus for my workers comp claim. We had a hearing and won the claim. They appealed and we won that too. Finally, the case settled.
Response from Gerald Lutkenhaus February 3, 2021
Even though you win a Virginia Workers Compensation hearing before a Hearing Commissioner the insurance company can appeal. Fortunately, we won both the hearing and the appeal and then the insurance company offered a great settlement.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Contingency 20%-25%
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Gerald G. Lutkenhaus
  • 1990 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • J. Sargent Reynolds
  • 2001 - 2002
  • Managing Attorney
  • Central Virginia Legal Aid Society
  • 1978 - 1991

Education

  • University of Iowa College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1973
  • Iowa State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1970

Legal Cases

  • Jane Doe v. the Circus
  • Confidential six figure settlement.
  • Chipper v. Barum
  • Settlement

Associations

  • West Richmond Rotary Club
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives (NOSSCR)
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Henrico County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • Richmond Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1978 - Present
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1974 - Present
  • American Inns of Court
  • Member
  • 2021 - 2021
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Highest Rating of "AV"
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Superb Workers' Compensation Attorney
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • Highest Rating of "AV"
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Superb Workers' Compensation Attorney
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Highest Rating of "AV"
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Superb Workers' Compensation Attorney
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Community Service Award
  • West Richmond Rotary Club
  • 2015
  • Paul Harris Community Service Award
  • West Richmond Rotary
  • 2014
  • Client's Choice - Workers' Compensation Attorney
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels
  • Commonwealth of Kentucky
  • 2010
  • One of Central Virginia's Best Workers' Compensation Attorneys
  • Richmond Magazine
  • 1999
  • Service Award
  • Central Virginia Legal Aid Society
  • 1991
  • Outstanding Young Men of America
  • OYM
  • 1985
  • History Honorary Society
  • Phi Alpha Theta
  • 1969
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Publications

  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Social Security for the Workers Compensation Lawyer
  • 2020
  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • Issues that could damage your Virginia Workers' Compensation Case
  • 2007
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Fiesta Book
  • Social Security and Workers' Compensation
  • 2007

Speaking Engagements

  • Virginia Workers Compensation
  • Workers Compensation: Nuts and Bolts
  • 2015
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Workers Compensation Advanced Retreat
  • Social Security Tips for the Workers Comp Lawyer
  • 2013
  • Central Virginia Legal Aid Radio Show
  • How to win your disability case
  • 2010
  • Handling a Social Security Disability Case
  • How to succeed at the Hearing
  • 2008
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Fiesta 2007
  • Workers Compensation Claim Practice
  • 2007
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Annual Meeting
  • Social Security Disability Tips
  • 2003
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Fiesta
  • Workers Compensation and Social Security
  • 2002
  • AFL CIO Virginia State Meeting
  • Workers Compensation & Social Security Disability
  • 2002
  • Introduction to Workers' Compensation in Virginia
  • The Claimant's Perspective
  • 2001
  • Virginia Workers Compensation for Self-Insured
  • Recent Developments in Virginia Workers Compensation
  • 1996
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Attorney endorsements

Received (39)
Given (28)
Endorse Gerald
Workers compensation Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have practiced Claimant's Virginia Workers' Compensation law for 18 years, and without question, Mr. Lutkenhaus is one of the top Claimant's Workers' Compensation Lawyers in Virginia."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I send my client's to Mr. Lutkenhaus when they need a worker's compensation advocate."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer based on his knowledgeable Social Security responses on Avvo."
Workers compensation Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Other
"Without any reservation, I endorse this lawyer.Attorney Gerald Lutenhaus provides solid pragmatic advise to uses of the Avvo.com website backed by his wealth of experience litigating workers' compensation and Social Security disability claims in the Richmond Virginia area."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse this lawyer. Jerry is knowledgeable and truly concerned about his clients. When I have questions about Virginia law, I always trust his advice."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Other
"Mr. Lutkenhaus is an exceptionally knowledgeable and dedicated attorney. He generously donates his time helping many people on Avvo. His answers demonstrate his vast legal knowledge and experience."
Workers compensation Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer.Mr. Lutkenhaus's many endorsements indicate the respect he has earned among his peers."
Workers compensation Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Great advocate for Injuries and Accidents!"
Workers compensation Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Brain injury Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Lutkenhaus. He has an impressive knowledge of Social Security law."
Brain injury Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A brilliant and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lawyers who serve the avvo community as much as Mr. Lutkenhaus are few and far between. It takes passion, concern and dedication to devote so much time. You have my endorsement and kudos."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Workers compensation Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Lutkenhaus is a well-respected Workers Compensation / Social Security / Brain Injury / Wrongful Death attorney. I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking a lawyer who truly cares about protecting the rights of clients and getting them the most favorable result possible. Mr. Lutkenhaus is a terrific lawyer. I endorse Mr. Lutkenhaus to anyone looking for a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer."
Workers compensation Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Wrongful death Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. His AVVO posts demonstrate his deep understanding of complex legal issues. His answers are always thoughtful, accurate, and they evidence his genuine interest in helping people."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Other
"Based on the detailed and thoughful answers provided by Mr. Lutkenhaus, I endorse this attorney."
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