Richard S. Samet


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Practice Areas

Civil Litigation


Richard Samet is a Partner. He is a member of the Firm’s Litigation Practice Group and focuses his practice on civil litigation. 


  • Defense Litigation in State and Federal Courts and Before Administrative Agencies
    • Liability defense
    • Coverage disputes
    • Property damage
    • Medical malpractice
    • Representation of healthcare professionals before the Va. Dept. of Health Professions
    • Representation of pilots and aircraft owners in FAA enforcement actions
  • Real Estate Litigation
    • Breach of contract or lease
    • Landlord/tenant disputes
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Legislative Advocacy at the Virginia General Assembly


  • Virginia Business magazine, “Legal Elite,” Civil Litigation, 2016 – 2018
  • Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory – AV (highest rating)


  • “Advanced Personal Injury Practice in Virginia,” March 2005
  • “Analyzing Medical Records for the Virginia Paralegal,” July 2004
  • “The Ethical Considerations of Jumping the ‘V’ – Going From a Defense to a Plaintiff’s Practice,” October 2001
  • “Pat Ellis v. Claude Hacker, M.D.: A Mock Trial for MCVHA and MCV Department of Orthopedics,” March 2001
  • Risk management lecturer to hospitals and medical schools


  • Using Medical Demonstrative Evidence in Trials, 5 VTLA Journal 2 (Spring 1993)
  • Indemnification Issues in Medical Malpractice, Vol. X, Journal of Civil Litigation 113 (1998)
  • Survey of Liability for Criminal Assaults of Third Parties, Vol. XX, Journal of Civil Litigation 31 (2008)


  • Admitted to practice in the following courts
    • Virginia state courts
    • North Carolina state courts
    • United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
    • United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia
    • United States Court for Veteran Appeals
    • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Member
    • Virginia State Bar
    • North Carolina Bar
    • Richmond Bar Association
    • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
      • Automobile and Property Casualty Section, Former Co-Chair
      • Legislative Committee member
    • Airplane Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)
      • Panel Attorney, 2011 to present


  • Jewish Community Federation of Richmond
    • President, 2014-2016 term
    • Past Chair, Community Relations Committee
    • Past Chair, Government and Legislative Subcommittee
    • Past Member, Allocations Committee
  • Richmond Jewish Foundation
    • Board Member
    • Member, Grants Committee
  • Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy
    • Executive Director, Search Committee
    • Past Board Member
  • Lewis Ginter Recreation Assocation
    • Past President


  • Hartman v. Retailers & Mfrs. Distrib. Marking, 929 F. Supp. 2d 581 (W.D. Va. 2013)
  • Imaginary Images, Inc. v. Evans, 593 F.Supp 2d 848 (E.D.Va 2008)
  • Allstate Insurance Company v. Timothy L. Wade, et al., 579 S.E. 2d 180, 265 Va. 383 (2003)
  • Clements v. MCV Assoc. Phys., 61 Va. Cir. 673 (2002)
  • Brooks v. Steele, 41 Va.Cir. 459 (City of Richmond, 1997)
  • Clevert v. Soden, 400 S.E. 2d 181, 241 Va. 408 (1991)


  • Wake Forest University, B.A., English, 1985
  • University of Richmond T.C. Williams School of Law, J.D., 1989