Terrence Graves is the chairman of the Coverage and Casualty Litigation Group.  He focuses his practice on the defense of commercial trucking, toxic torts, products liability, landlord liability and premises liability cases. A significant portion of his practice also includes first party actions involving insurance coverage issues. He is a past president of the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, an 850 member statewide bar association whose primary focus is the leveling of the playing field in civil litigation through education, advocacy and fellowship.    

Recent successful cases handled by Terrence include:

  • Obtaining a defense verdict for our client, the operator of a tractor-trailer in a case following a three day trial in which it was alleged that the truck driver made an unsafe lane change which caused a pick up truck carrying a family to a wedding to lose control and go through a concrete jersey wall into the on-coming express lanes.
  • Obtaining a defense verdict following a two day jury trial in a case that involved allegations of negligence including a claim for punitive damages against our client, a truck driver, that arose due to the client having to avoid deer in the highway.
  • Obtaining a defense verdict for our client, the owner of a apartment building, following a two day jury trial in a case that involved claims of negligent maintenance and repair of a set of common area stairs that were located on the outside of the apartment building that the plaintiff alleged were slippery due to the formation of mildew and algae.
  • Representing a client in multiple matters arising out of a major gasoline spill involving claims of property damage and personal injury, which were ultimately resolved following two mediations and on terms that were very favorable to our clients.
  • Obtaining a defense verdict in two cases involving claims by both plaintiffs that they were injured following the collapse of the ceiling in a home they rented from our client.
  • Obtaining summary judgment and dismissal of a case involving catastrophic injuries resulting from an electric shock received while the plaintiff was moving steel beams delivered by our client at a construction site.
  • Obtaining summary judgment and dismissal of a case that involved the alleged lead poisoning of an infant plaintiff with allegations of permanent brain damage.
  • Obtaining a defense verdict in a premises liability case involving the partial severing of the plaintiff's ear while the plaintiff and the defendant were working on a pickup truck.

He also has extensive experience in defending and advising self-insureds and in coordinating post-accident/pre-litigation investigations. Terrence also represents and advises insurance companies and insureds in first party actions regarding coverage issues. Terrence's work in the toxic torts area has allowed him to become well acquainted with the regulations promulgated by Virginia's Department of Environmental Quality. An additional focus of his practice involves the extensive use of mediation and arbitration in appropriate cases.

Terrence is the author of Insurance Law in the University of Richmond Law Review, November 1998. He is listed in "Best Lawyers in America©" from 2010-2015, "Super Lawyers®" in 2007-2014 and Virginia Business' "Legal Elite" in 2006-2013. In 2008, Terrence was selected as a 2008  "Leader in the Law" by Virginia Lawyers Weekly for his service as the first African-American President of the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys. Terrence has also been named to the 2011 list of "Virginia's Top Lawyers" by the Richmond Times Dispatch and has been designated as a "Virginia Legal Eagle" by Virginia Living Magazine for 2012.

Terrence has been recognized by his peers by being inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2012. Fellowship is extended by invitation only, after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and those whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Membership in the College is limited to no more than 1% of the total lawyer population of any state or province.

Terrence is a frequent lecturer on many aspects of the law at the local, state, regional, and national levels.  He has given presentations on Virginia procedure, transportation law, trial tactics, legal technology, general liability, and landlord/tenant law to name a few. 

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Get to Know Terrence 

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Education

B.A., Howard University, 1986, cum laude
J.D., University of Virginia, 1991

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • Virginia

Professional Affiliations

  • Virginia State Bar; Professionalism Course instructor as appointed by
    Chief Justice Hassell, 2003-2006
  • American College of Trial Lawyers (Fellow)
  • Bar Association of the City of Richmond, Member of Board of Directors,
    2005-2009; 2011-Present (Former chair of the Young Lawyers Section)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys (President 2007-2008,
    Member of the Board of Directors 1997-2009)
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • Litigation Council of America (Fellow)
 

■ Quick Facts

 

Get to Know Terrence 

Terrence Graves YouTube
YouTube Video

Education

B.A., Howard University, 1986, cum laude
J.D., University of Virginia, 1991

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • Virginia

Professional Affiliations

  • Virginia State Bar; Professionalism Course instructor as appointed by
    Chief Justice Hassell, 2003-2006
  • American College of Trial Lawyers (Fellow)
  • Bar Association of the City of Richmond, Member of Board of Directors,
    2005-2009; 2011-Present (Former chair of the Young Lawyers Section)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys (President 2007-2008,
    Member of the Board of Directors 1997-2009)
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • Litigation Council of America (Fellow)