J. Gregory Webb

J. Gregory Webb

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Charlottesville, VA

MichieHamlett
 | 500 Court Square, Suite 300, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Phone: 434-951-7237
Fax: 434-951-7218
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1995
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (30%)
Attorney Profile

J. GREGORY (GREG) WEBB is an AV Rated attorney who advocates for individuals and families facing challenges from automobile and tractor-trailer crashes, construction and work-place accidents, automobile safety defects, wrongful death, products liability (defective consumer or manufacturing products), personal injury and asbestos litigation. After graduating from the University of Virginia in 1986, with a B.A. degree in Economics, Greg entered the United States Army for four years on active duty with the 10th Mountain Division, (Light Infantry). Greg entered law school in 1992 and graduated from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond in 1995, (Law Review, 1993-95), when he was admitted to the Virginia State Bar and Federal Courts in Virginia. Greg recently obtained one of the largest wrongful death verdicts ever in Virginia when an Albemarle County jury returned a $5.625 million verdict in a tractor-trailer crash that took the life of a 16-year-old high school honor student. He has tried many other cases to verdict in Virginia and New York.  Greg  was admitted to the West Virginia State Bar in 2001. He has been admitted pro hac vice in cases in New York and Florida that yielded settlements in the eight figures.

About Gregory Webb

Admitted: 1995, Virginia

Professional Webpage: https://www.michiehamlett.com/attorneys/gregory-webb/

Honors/Awards:

  • Signifies trial lawyers who have demonstrated exceptional skill, experience, and excellence in advocacy by acheiving a trial verdict, award or settlement in the amount of one million dollars or more., Life Member Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 2009
  • Greg Webb was named to Super Lawyers in 2011, Super Lawyers, 2010
  • Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession., Best Lawyers, 2012
  • Greg Webb was named Charlottesville's Best Lawyers Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Lawyer of the Year, 2012
  • Listed in Virginia Lawyers Weekly Top 10 Settlements of 2009

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, American Association of Justice
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Virginia State Bar Association
  • Member, West Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, Charlottesville Albemarle Bar Association
  • Member, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Greg Webb, Jim Cox participate in Piedmont Virginia Community College Career Day PVCC held its annual career expo for 7th graders from Albemarle County and Charlottesville City schools on Nov. 16 at UVA’s Newcomb Hall. The expo included speakers from many different local organizations.  MichieHamlett was well represented by Attorneys Greg Webb and Jim Cox.  They gave the students an overview of their backgrounds, as well as some words of advice.  Greg advised the students to focus on three primary areas:  education, leadership, and teamwork. Greg told the students he liked being an attorney because “every day is different – it’s never boring.”  He also emphasized the importance of good reading skills.  Both Greg and Jim talked about how they used reading in their jobs.  Jim also advised the students to take a typing or keyboarding class.  He said that helped him immensely over the years.  Both Greg and Jim felt one of their primary challenges was keeping up with current trends in the law. The audience included 7th graders from Fluvanna and Jouett Middle Schools. , 2009
  • President, Board of Directors, Building A Bridge
  • Co-President (2012) and Board of Directors, Ronald McDonald House of Charlottesville

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • There are some instances where an employer can be sued in tort for a workplace injury.  This article explains the way to successfully sue an employer in tort for an injury suffered during the course of one's employment.Click on link above, article at bottom of page under "publications", Suing the Employer in Spite of the Workers Compensation Act
  • Ten basic litigation and trial concepts learned during a wrongful death case, Trying a death case

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • $5.725 million verdict in wrongful death case Aichs CasePlaintiffs' 16 year old daughter, Sydney Aichs, was turning onto Route 29, southbound,with a green left-turn arrow when she was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer driven by Kenneth Barbour. This crash occurred on Friday, May 9, 2008, as Sydney Aichs was on her way to Albemarle High School to take a History AP exam at about 7:08 AM. Kenneth Barbour was approximately two miles from the end of his all-night shift hauling mail for the Postal Service. Kenneth Barbour was employed by McCann Delivery Service, Inc., and was driving a tractor trailer owned by Don B. Swisher Trucking Corp.Two witnesses traveling behind Barbour reported that when the traffic light turned yellow, Barbour failed to slow down. They also reported that when the traffic light turned red, Barbour failed to slow down until he was in the intersection. One witness testified that the light  had been red for approximately five seconds before the crash. The second testified that the light had been red for five to six seconds or more before the crash occurred. A third witness had been stopped in a left-turn lane beside Sydney Aichs and testified that a sign to his immediate left blocked his view to the south, the direction from which Kenneth Barbour was coming. When the light turned red for northbound Route 29 traffic,there was a delay before the two green left-turn arrows appeared for him and Sydney Aichs. When the green left-turn arrows appeared, Sydney Aichs proceeded towards the intersection at what he described as a normal rate of speed and only as the tractor-trailer appeared in the intersection immediately before impact did this witness see the truck. He testified that the tractor-trailer did not appear to be slowing down. The impact drove the car 129 feet uphill north on Route 29 before both vehicles came to a halt. The driver's door was crushed inward 26 inches at mid-door. The witness beside Sydney Aichs was a physician with emergency medical experience. He rushed to Sydney Aichs' car, broke the passenger side window and climbed into the car where he testified he was able to reposition her head to enable her to breathe without difficulty as she died. Sydney Aichs died in her Chevrolet Cavalier before the rescue squad arrived.The point of impact was approximately 88 feet north of the stop line for northbound traffrc on Route 29. Skid marks left by the tractor-trailer began less than one tractor-trailer length away from the point of impact. The point of impact occurred in the center of the two northbound lanes of Route 29. The tractor-trailer had been traveling in the right lane and swerved to the left, striking the Cavalier squarely. The sight distance from the hill immediately before this intersection was measured by the Albemarle County Police Department as being 1,186 feet. The yellow light for the tractor-trailer lasted five seconds. When the tractor-trailer's light tumed red, there was a two second delay before the light turned green for traffic entering Route 29 from the Forest Lakes subdivision. Eyewitnesses estimated the tractor-trailer's speed at 50-52 mph. Officer Lytton of the Albemarle County Police Department testified that atractor-trailer driving 50 mph would travel 366 feet in the five seconds for that yellow light. Similarly, he testified that if the light had been red for five seconds, the tractor-trailer would have traveled another 366 feet. Defendants contended that Sydney Aichs was contributorily negligent for failing to look before she crossed into the northbound lanes of Route 29. Plaintiffs' counsel claim for punitive damages against the driver based upon wilful and wanton negligence was stricken by the Court at the conclusion of the Plaintiffs' evidence. The case went to the jury on the issues of negligence and contributory negligence.  Sydney Aichs was survived by her father Clinton Aichs, her mother Michele Aichs and her brother Kyle Aichs. Each of them testified at trial. Sydney Aichs had been born eight weeks premature and as a result was only ten months younger than her brother Kyle. They had grown up attending the same grade in school and shared many of the same friends and attended each other's sporting events. Kyle played football and Sydney played soccer. Testimony from the family and friends showed the deep, ever-present loss that father, mother and brother have each suffered since Sydney's death on that Friday morning.The jury deliberated for approximately three hours before returning its verdict of $1.75 million for each family member, plus interest at the statutory rate from the date of the crash., 2009
  • Confidential  SETTLEMENT The plaintiff, a single school teacher was hit head on by a large truck on his way to work one morning. The truck crossed the center line and hit the vehicle of the plaintiff, pushing plaintiff off of the road with the truck resting partially on the vehicle of the plaintiff when the vehicles came to rest. Plaintiff had to be cut from the vehicle and evacuated by helicopter for emergency medical care. Plaintiff had life-threatening injuries and remained in the hospital for months.
  • Allman v. Swailes and Froehling & Robertson, Inc.  $525,000  Motor vehicle crash where claimant was waiting to make a left-hand turn into a gas station on a two-lane road, stopped, with his left turn signal on, when potential defendant, in a company pick-up truck pulling a trailer, crashed into the rear of claimant's Volvo sedan. The crash occurred in the middle of a nice, summer day and the weather was not a factor. The potential defendant was traveling at approximately 55 miles per hour when he crashed into the rear of claimant's sedan. Upon impact, claimant's sedan was driven into the oncoming lane and struck by atractor trailer. The claimant suffered severe orthopaedic injuries, but, given the severity of the crash, was lucky to have survived. Prior to the crash, the claimant was a 39-year-old, self-employed engineer and business man who operated a construction company. He was also a single parent who was physically active. As a result of the crash, claimant experienced hip pain, numbness, stiffness, and weakness in his left leg, although his condition improved substantially in the year after the crash. Dr. Kahler was prepared to testify, if litigation occurred, that the claimant would probably require a total hip replacement in an effort to alleviate the claimant's symptoms and to provide better left extremity function
  • Confidential SETTLEMENT Plaintiff accepted a $10,000,000 confidential settlement in a products liability case filed against major automobile manufacturers. Plaintiff elected not to structure or accept any of the proceeds over time.
  • Harding v. Snapp $325,000 The plaintiff did not testify in this jury trial, which resulted from a nearly head-on vehicle crash where plaintiff was driving a loaner vehicle from a local business while his own vehicle was being repaired. Defendant had $25,000 in liability coverage. Plaintiff only had $25,000 in UIM coverage. The loaner vehicle the plaintiff was driving had UIM coverage of seven figures.
  • Estate of Ellias v. Porter Equipment et al.  CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT Ten-year-old Hayden Ellias was killed on May 7, 2007, when a 200-pound portable soccer goal tipped over onto him. At the time of Hayden's death, since 1979 there had been 35 deaths and 55 injuries from falling soccer goals in the United States - nearly 2 deaths per year.
  • Automobile Crash Confidential  SETTLEMENT Plaintiff was the Executrix of her 48-year- old sister's estate. Decedent was a maried, 48-year-old mother of two girls, ages 9 and 12. The Decedent and her two daughters died in a motor vehicle crash in Nelson County, Virginia in 2007. The deceased mother was not working at the time of the crash, but was going to begin a part-time job in the fall when her children went back to school. There were no appreciable special damages in this case. The surviving statutory beneficiaries of the deceased mother were a 80 year old father and a husband.
  • Theresa Ann Olivo v. Timber Truss Housing Systems, Inc. et al. SETTLEMENT On November 5, 2001, Defendant tractor trailer driver failed to yield the right-of-way to oncoming traffic and pulled his tractor-trailer across an intersection in front of Plaintiff’s 1988 Honda Accord. Truck Driver’s attempt to clear the intersection of Route 250 Eastbound at I-64 Westbound in his tractor-trailer, in the face of oncoming traffic, resulted in a crash that caused Plaintiff to sustain serious and permanent injuries to her legs.
  • Nancy B. Watkins v. Shawn Jones and Ememessay Inc.  $3.4 million The plaintiff, a forty-two year old married mother of two, was going to work in Farmville, traveling on Route 15 northbound, when she attempted to pass the defendant driver. As the plaintiff began overtaking defendant driver’s truck, defendant swerved into the southbound lane to begin a pass of the vehicle in front of him. When defendant driver swerved into the plaintiff’s lane of travel, the plaintiff took evasive action and swerved to the left to avoid a collision, causing her to lose control of and roll her vehicle. The plaintiff was ejected during the rollover and became paralyzed from the chest down because of the accident.
  • Parker v. Hyundai Motor Company and Hyundai Motor America  CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT The plaintiff, a 35 year old, married mother of 2 children, was involved in a single vehicle rollover accident in December 2003 when returning home early one morning from a friend’s home. The plaintiff was driving on a 2 lane road in Fluvanna County, in stormy weather, when she lost control of her vehicle, struck an embankment, and rolled her 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe approximately 2 1/4 to 3 1/4 times. The number of rollovers was in dispute, with Hyundai alleging the higher number. There were no witnesses to the accident and the plaintiff had no memory of the accident because of her head injury. The plaintiff alleged defects in the roof structure and occupant protection system (seatbelt, airbags and roof) of the vehicle. Hyundai disputed these defects and alleged that the plaintiff was traveling at too high a rate of speed, was inattentive, used poor judgment in driving home in the middle of a winter storm, and was or may have been impaired because of consumption of alcohol at a Christmas party she had just left. The plaintiff was rendered a C-5 incomplete quadriplegic in the accident and also suffered a mild traumatic brain injury. The plaintiff sued Hyundai Motor Company of Korea, Hyundai Motor America (the U.S. distributor) and the local dealer. The dealer was later nonsuited. The case settled about 9 days before trial.
  • Laura Ward et al. v. Lockheed Martin Corp. et al. Plaintiffs, 272 residents of Tallevast, Florida, a small community in Florida, mediated and ultimately settled their groundwater contamination cases against Lockheed Martin Corporation. The Tallevast community is located between the cities of Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida in southern Manatee County and is a blend of single-family residential homes and light commercial and industrial development. From 1962 until 1996, the American Beryllium Company and its successors operated a facility at 1600 Tallevast Road. The facility housed a machine parts manufacturing plant where metals were milled, lathed, and drilled into various components. Chemicals used and wastes generated at the facility included oils, petroleum based fuels, solvents, acids, and metals. In 1996, Lockheed Martin ("LMC") merged with Loral, thus acquiring the liabilities of the American Beryllium Company and taking possession of the facility. In 2000, LMC sold the property. In 2004, the residents of Tallevast were notified that the groundwater surrounding the plant and throughout the Tallevast community contained elevated (exceeding federal limits) levels of Volatile Organic Compounds ("VOC"), primarily TCE, TCA, DCE, DCA, and vinyl chloride. The disclosure of the contamination came more than 8 years after LMC had acquired the liabilities for the former Loral / ABC site and more than four (4) years after LMC had sold the site. Plaintiffs alleged that LMC knew, or should have known, of the high concentrations of VOC’s, and their migration offsite into the nearby, surrounding Tallevast Community, in 1996. Plaintiffs also alleged there were multiple homes that had been consuming well-water contaminated with the VOC’s. In 2005, approximately 272 plaintiffs, including the six bellwether trial plaintiffs, filed a single lawsuit for: (1) the damages they suffered to their property as a result of the Defendants’ release of hazardous chemicals into Plaintiffs’ neighborhood; (2) the damages they suffered as a result of the nuisance created by the Defendants; and (3) damages for emotional distress. The suit was filed under a variety of legal theories, including strict liability, negligence, violation of Fla. Stat. § 376.313, trespass, private nuisance, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The case ultimately resolved at the end of 2010., 2010

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • U.S. Army, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), 1986-1990, Platoon Leader 1987-1990
  • Law Review, University of Richmond, 1993-1995

Videos:

  • DePuy has recalled artificial hips with metal on metal design, which may cause health problems. If you've had a hip replacement surgery since 2003, and you are experiencing problems, see your doctor.  We may also be able to help., DePuy Hip Replacement, 2010

Educational Background:

  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va., B.A. (Attended on Four-Year Army ROTC Scholarship), 1986
  • Law Review, University of Richmond School of Law, 1993
  • University of Richmond, TC Williams School of Law, J.D., 1995

Industry Groups

  • American Association Of Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
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Office Location for J. Gregory Webb

500 Court Square, Suite 300
Charlottesville, VA 22902

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Last Updated: 1/31/2019

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