Richard C. Armstrong

Richard C. Armstrong
  • Richard C. Armstrong
    Attorney at Law

  • Phone: (434) 220-6110
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  • Kim Morris, Assistant

  • Phone: (434) 817-5199
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Richard Armstrong is a litigator, with a wide ranging practice that includes commercial litigation, employment discrimination defense, construction litigation, personal injury, wrongful death, trust & estate litigation, will contests, and white collar criminal defense. He brings the experience of more than 30 years of trial practice in the courts of Virginia and New York.  In addition to a full range of personal injury and wrongful death suits, recent work has included copyright and trademark infringement cases, breach of contract suits, and false claims act work.  He is also the author of numerous publications about trial practice and procedure.  Richard also accepts select referrals, and offers litigation assistance to other attorneys throughout Virginia.

Richard tried cases in Manhattan for 13 years before returning to his native Virginia to practice.  He was raised in Charlottesville and is a graduate of the University of Virginia with both an undergraduate and law degree.  Since returning to Virginia, Richard has argued cases in the Supreme Court of Virginia, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, as well as the Circuit Courts of Virginia and the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts.

Richard is married with two children who keep him busy with sports and school activities.  The family enjoys swimming, tennis, cross-country skiing and, of course, cheering for UVA sports teams.



  • Multi-Million dollar verdict in wrongful death case that was recognized as one of the top verdicts in Virginia for 2006. A jury awarded the family of the victim $4.5 million that included $3.5 million in compensatory damages and $1 million in punitive damages.  (Gray v. Rhoads)
  • Obtained verdicts and settlements on behalf of persons injured in car accidents and traumatic brain injury cases
  • Obtained numerous punitive damages verdicts on behalf of injured persons against drunk drivers
  • Obtained million dollar settlement for family of mother hit by wrong-way driver
  • Obtained policy-limits settlement for family who lost 5-year old son to drunk driver
  • Obtained policy-limits settlement for minor injured by negligent driver
  • Successfully pursued copyright infringement case against infringers in the United States District Court
  • Successfully defended attorney in legal malpractice suit
  • Prevailed at trial in will contest for farm in Shenandoah Valley
  • Prevailed at trial in dispute over use of Advance Medical Directive and end-of-life issues
  • Successfully represented employers against wrongful termination and employment discrimination suits
  • Successfully represented chain of restaurant stores in FLSA overtime and pay action
  • Successfully defended local business against FLSA claim
  • Successfully represented medical professional before Board of Medicine
  • Briefed and argued appeals in both the Supreme Court of Virginia and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Supervised attorneys and taught trial advocacy at the Legal Aid Society of New York
  • Was a frequent commentator for Court TV while practicing in New York
  • Taught at the University of Virginia School of Law


  • Virginia
  • New York
  • 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


  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Member
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Amicus Curiae Honor Roll

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Professional Involvement

  • "Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum®, The Top Trial Lawyers in America®"
  • American Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
    • Board of Governors (2011 - 2012)
    • Amicus Curiae co-chair (2011 - 2012)
    • Amicus Committee
    • Publications Committee
    • CLE Committee
    • Personal Injury, Criminal Defense, and Business Litigation Sections
  • Thomas Jefferson Inn of Court, President (2012 - 2013)
  • Charlottesville-Albemarle Bar Association
  • Association of Legal Aid Attorneys, Vice-President (1990 - 1995)

Community Involvement

  • Albemarle County Service Authority, Board of Directors (2016 - present)
  • Albemarle County Democratic Party, Chair of Scottsville District (2012 - present)
  • Jefferson Swim League
    • President 2014
    • Vice President 2013
    • Member (2010-present)
  • Madison House
    • Co-chair (2005-2007)
    • Board Member (2001-2007)
Practice Areas Education

University of Virginia School of Law
Charlottesville, Virginia
J.D., 1987

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia
B.A., with Distinction, 1984