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Attorney Robert T. Hall

Robert T. Hall

Biography

Robert T. Hall has worked as a personal injury lawyer in Reston and Northern Virginia for over 50 years, garnering respect in the community and a wealth of experience in Virginia law. He is an active and involved member of the community. Many of his cases have changed the landscape of law to the benefit of local residents. His name has become a staple in the Virginia legal community-and as a result, he is frequently asked to give lectures and seminars on various topics throughout the state. Some of his venues include the American Association for Justice, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, and numerous universities. In 2009, Mr. Hall was awarded the VTLA's Lifetime Achievement Award for his well-known and widely recognized work.

As a trial lawyer, Mr. Hall has been given the opportunity to stand beside fellow humans who have suffered some of life's worse indignities - some injured by products designed more for profit than for safety, others by drivers whose attention was not on the task at hand, and others who were wrongfully accused of crimes they did not commit.

Through numerous cases and against overwhelming odds, Mr. Hall has become a nationally recognized lawyer. Hundreds of his cases have been taken to trial with successful results. Believing his skills are best used when applied to noble causes rather than profit, Mr. Hall has done a large amount of pro bono work on behalf of people who were wrongly incarcerated.

Over 50 years of experience is not an asset many other attorneys can put on their resume. Mr. Hall has been involved in some of Virginia's most complicated and difficult cases. Some of his cases have even been the subject of books. His keen insight into the law has him frequently called on as an expert witness on legal matters in court.

Mr. Hall handled the high-profile case of Earl Washington, Jr. and was able to obtain exoneration in 2000. Earl Washington, Jr. was wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death in Virginia's electric chair in 1984. A civil verdict of $2,250,000 was awarded to Mr. Washington in 2004 for his wrongful conviction and incarceration.

Mr. Hall also achieved a civil settlement against Dr. Cecil Jacobson, a purported infertility expert, aggregating $2.4 million, for defrauding his vulnerable clients in his treatment of them.

Additionally, Mr. Hall achieved civil verdicts totaling $8 million on behalf of two families who lost daughters in the 2007 Virginia Tech mass shootings (verdicts which the Virginia Supreme Court later reversed).

Along with Grief Therapist Mila Ruiza Tecala, Mr. Hall co-authored Grief and Loss: Identifying and Proving Damages in Wrongful Death Cases. In the book, Mr. Hall breaks down the stages of grief, identifying the lifelong effects of loss, particularly as they pertain to wrongful death cases brought before a judge and jury. Together, Mr. Hall and Ms. Tecala help readers identify the traits associated with sorrow and provide commentary on how other legal counselors can best connect with grieving clients who are mourning the loss of a loved one. The book also includes helpful information about how these sorrows create life-altering experiences that can be presented in court as intangible damages. Highly recommended as one of the "best method[s] for presenting damages in wrongful death cases," Grief and Loss perfectly exemplifies the level of skill and compassion Mr. Hall offers to every client he represents in Virginia.

Mr. Hall grew up in the small town of East Liverpool, Ohio. It was a town of working class people; all bonded by hard work, love of family, adoration of children, and faith. He moved to Virginia at the age of 14 so that his mother, then single, could find an opportunity for employment. His mother worked hard and raised him to understand the benefit of a good education. Mr. Hall attributes his own personal and professional success to her gentle pushes to become a self-made man.

After graduation from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, he was granted the most remarkable of worldly gifts, a beautiful and loving wife with whom he now has celebrated 56 years of marriage, three wonderful sons, and three exceptional granddaughters.

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D. - 1964
  • Georgetown University
    • B.S. - 1960
    • Major: Foreign Service

Bar Admission

  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit

Published Works

  • “The Opening Act: Setting the State in Virginia with your Voir Dire,” Virginia College of Trial Advocacy, Williamsburg, Virginia, 2005
  • “False Confessions: The Earl Washington Case,” Marymount University, Ballston, VA, 2006
  • “Janus in the Doorway: 40 Years of Legal Beginnings, Endings and Beginnings”, VTLA Journal, 2007

Representative Cases

  • DNA Testing Exonerates Death Row Client
  • Success for 26 Patients in Fertility Doctor Medical Fraud Case

Honors

  • BEST Lawyers in America
  • Distinguished Service Award, 2002, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Dybwad Humanitarian Award, 2004, American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (Formerly the American Association on Mental Retardation)
  • Super Lawyers, Washington, D.C. and Virginia
  • War Horse Award, 2008, Southern Trial Lawyers
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, 2009, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Washingtonian’s Top Lawyers, Washingtonian Magazine

Classes & Seminars

  • Lecturer, Judicial Conferences of the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • “Litigation Practice,” Georgetown University
  • “Advocacy in Mediation,” Virginia CLE, 2002
  • “Personal Injury,” Fairfax Bar, Fairfax, VA, 2002
  • “Trials of Courage,” VTLA, Greenbrier, WV, 2002
  • “Mastering Trial Advocacy,” VTLA, College of William and Mary School of Law, 2003
  • “Discovery: The Successful Advocate’s Advantage, – Initiating, Preparing for, Taking and Defending Depositions,” Virginia CLE, Tysons Corner, VA, 2003
  • “The Social Worker as Expert Witness in a Court of Law,” NASW, Washington, DC, 2004
  • “Ethical Advocacy in Mediation,” Fairfax Bar Association CLE, Fairview Park Marriott, Falls Church, VA, 2004
  • “The Exoneration of Earl Washington – Post Conviction Proceedings”, University of Virginia School of Law, 2007
  • “Grief Therapists: What Do They Do and Why Do We Need Them,” VTLA Annual Convention, 2009.
  • “Ten New Ways to Look at Grief and Loss Damages,” American Association for Justice Annual Convention, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 2010.

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association – Member Since 1964
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association – Member Since 1966 & President from 1985-1986
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers – Fellow Since 1994 & President from 2007-2008
  • American College of Trial Lawyers – Fellow Since 1995
  • Virginia Bar Foundation – Fellow Since 1995
  • Virginia College of Trial Advocacy – Member since 2000 & Dean (2000-Present)
  • David E. Clarke School of Law Foundation, District of Columbia – Board Member
  • Marymount University’s School of Forensic Psychology – Member of the Advisory Board
  • Virginia Commission of Health Regulatory Boards – Former Member
  • American Association for Justice – Member & Lecturer