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Mr. Thomas H. Roberts Esq.Principal, Roberts Law, Richmond, VA Staff Writer – Criminal Defense and Civil Rights Law
Mr. Roberts was admitted to practice law in Virginia in 1986 and before the United States Supreme Court in 1991. Mr. Roberts has a broad background of experience in litigation and business. His practice includes the successful representation of clientele in obtaining recoveries in cases of personal injury, in commercial disputes, and in civil rights. Additionally, Mr. Roberts has served as corporate counsel and director for several electronic technology corporations. Mr. Roberts is a founder and the principal member of the firm of Thomas H. Roberts & Associates, P.C. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in business and economics from Gordon College in New England and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Richmond Law School.
With a passion for liberty and justice, Mr. Roberts regularly represents individuals protecting rights and enforcing the constraints on government officials guaranteed by the Constitutions of the United States and Virginia. Mr. Roberts family arrived in the United States in 1667 seeking religious freedom – he continues that strong tradition in litigating matters involving religious freedom. Mr. Roberts lived four informative years in Afghanistan, and has witnessed first hand the dramatic differences between countries with deep traditions of religious liberty that have enabled the blessings of a people who understand the gravity of the words adopted on July 4, 1776, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Mr. Roberts was the first attorney in the history of Henrico County, Virginia to obtain a jury verdict in excess of $1 Million in the Circuit Court. He has worked on numerous trial and appellate cases over the last two decades that have involved briefing and argument of complex issues resulting in both reported and unreported decisions, including Wycoff v. Morrissey, (Henrico Circuit Ct. 2002)($1,040,000 Jury Verdict); Martin v. Univ. of Va. Med. Ctr., 2007 Va. App. 97 (2007);O’Brien v. Everfast, Inc., 254 Va. 326, 491 S.E.2d 712 (1997); Goad v. Virginia Bd. of Medicine, 2003 WL 21146593 (Va.App.,2003); Brubaker v. City of Richmond, 943 F.2d 1363 (4th Cir.1991); Thompson v. Town of Front Royal, 117 F.Supp.2d 522, (W.D.Va.,2000); Fobian v. Storage Technology Corp., 164 F.3d 887 (4th Cir.1999); Rector v. Approved Federal Sav. Bank, 265 F.3d 248, (4th Cir. 2001); Brown v. ABF Freight Systems, Inc., 183 F.3d 319 (4th Cir.1999); Francis v. Francis, 30 Va.App. 584, 518 S.E.2d 842 (Va.App.,1999); Taylor v. Virginia Union University, 193 F.3d 219 (4th Cir. 1999)(en banc); McCormick v. AT & T Technologies, Inc., 934 F.2d 531 (4th Cir. 1991)(en banc); Cornwell v. Sachs, 99 F.Supp.2d 695 (E.D.Va.,2000); WXGI, Inc. v. N.L.R.B., 243 F.3d 833 (4th Cir. 2001); Corker v. Jones, 955 F.2d 40, 1992 WL 29282 (4th Cir.1992); Cooley v. Tyson Foods, Inc., 257 Va. 518, 514 S.E.2d 770 (1999); Thurston v. Louisa County School Bd., 1999 WL 195676 (W.D.Va.,1999); United Leasing Corp. v. Thrift Ins. Corp.,247 Va. 299, 440 S.E.2d 902 (1994); Brown v. Ferguson, 1989 WL 641951 (Va.App.,1989)(unpublished); Cutts v. Peed, 17 Fed.Appx. 132, 2001 WL 963728 (4th Cir. 2001)(unpublished); Rector v. Wykle, 230 F.3d 1353, 2000 WL 1294238 (4th Cir. 2000)(unpublished); Phillips v. Peddle, 7 Fed.Appx. 175, 2001 WL 262655 (4th Cir. 2001)(unpublished); Fobian v. Storage Technology Corp., 217 F.3d 838, 2000 WL 870494 (4th Cir. 2000)(unpublished); Loney v. Miles, 213 F.3d 631, 2000 WL 530319 (4th Cir. 2000)(unpublished); Donnangelo v. Myers, 187 F.3d 629, 1999 WL 565834 (4th Cir. 1999)(unpublished); Prindes v. Winn-Dixie Raleigh, Inc., 111 F.3d 129, 1997 WL 195920 (4th Cir.1997) (unpublished); Fleming v. Worker’s Compensation Com’n of
Virginia, 78 F.3d 578, 1996 WL 93843 (4th Cir.1996)(unpublished); and Resolution Trust Corp. v. Shield,980 F.2d 727, 1992 WL 355183 (4th Cir.1992)(unpublished).
Mr. Roberts is a former member of the Virginia Polygraph Examiner’s Advisory Board
Devastating Injuries in healthcare Workers: Description of the Crisis and Legislative Solution to the Epidemic of Back Injury from Patient Lifting; Journal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants, 15(2)225-241 (2005). Coauthor w/ Richard F. Edlich, MD, PhD., et al.
“Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser – in fees, expenses, and waste of time. As a peacemaker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.”
The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln edited by Roy P. Basler, Volume II, “Notes for a Law Lecture”(July 1, 1850?), p. 81.
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