Benjamin J. Trichilo

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Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Fairfax, VA

McCandlish Lillard
 | 11350 Random Hills Road, Suite 500
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 571-418-6995
Fax: 703-273-4592
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1974
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Workers' Compensation: Claimant (20%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (10%),
  • General Litigation (10%),
  • Business/Corporate (10%)
Attorney Profile

Counsel at McCandlish Lillard, Benjamin J. Trichilo represents clients in Virginia and the District of Columbia in legal matters of personal injury, workers’ compensation, products liability and medical malpractice. A fellow to the Litigation Counsel of America, Mr. Trichilo has also been named one of Virginia’s Legal Elite, one of the Best Lawyers in America and one of America’s Top 100 Civil Litigators. Washingtonian Magazine also named him one of the Washington metropolitan area’s Top Lawyers, and for his high ethical standards and long list of successful results, he holds the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Trichilo is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, the United States Supreme Court, and in courts in the District of Columbia and Virginia. Mr. Trichilo graduated cum laude in 1971 from Georgetown University Business School with a Bachelor of Science before obtaining a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law.

A board member of Brain Injury Services and the Diversity Law Institute, Mr. Trichilo is also member of the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and the Northern Virginia Defense Attorneys. He is currently one of Fairfax Circuit Court’s neutral case evaluators and a member of the Fairfax Bar Association and the Virginia State Bar.

Mr. Trichilo has published articles in the Journal of Civil Litigation and Practice, The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and the University of Richmond Law Review. As a sought-after presenter, Mr. Trichilo shares his knowledge and experience with organizations such as the National Business Institute, Lorman Education Services and the Council on Education in Management.

* AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (40%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Workers' Compensation (20%)

Personal Injury - Products (10%): Products Liability

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (10%): Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury

General Litigation (10%): Litigation

Business/Corporate (10%)

Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Products Liability, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Litigation

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Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2019

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About Benjamin Trichilo

Admitted: 1974, Virginia

Professional Webpage: https://mccandlishlawyers.com/attorney/benjamin-j-trichilo/

Honors/Awards:

  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, the highest rating from Martindale-Hubbell®.
  • Virginia’s Legal Elite
  • Virginia Workers’ Compensation Inn of Court
  • “Top Lawyers” in the Washington metropolitan area by Washingtonian Magazine
  • “Virginia Super Lawyers®”, inclusion in The Washington D.C. Area’s Best Lawyers
  • Fellowship in Litigation Counsel of America
  • America’s Top 100 Civil Litigators
  • The Best Lawyers in America

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Board Member, Brain Injury Services 2018 Present
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Board Member, Diversity Law Institute
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Northern Virginia Defense Attorneys, President 1984-85
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, Director, 1993-97
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court
  • District of Columbia
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America; Workers' Compensation Inss of Court; Virginia Trial Lawyers Association; Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys; Best Lawyers in America; Virginia Legal Elite

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • “As Judges See It: Top Mistakes Attorneys Make in Civil Litigation,” moderated panel consisting of Hon. Lisa M. Baird, Prince William County JDR Court; Hon. Richard B. Potter, Prince William Circuit Court (Ret.); Hon. Lon E. Farris, Chief Judge, Prince William Circuit Court (Ret.); Hon. Douglas L. Fleming, Jr., Loudoun County Circuit Court; Hon. Lorraine Nordlund, Fairfax County Circuit Court (Ret.); Hon. Janine M. Saxe, Fairfax County JDR Court; Hon. John M. Tran, Fairfax County Circuit Court. National Business Institute (October 12, 2017)
  • “Subdivision Exactions: Virginia Constitutional Restrictions”, University of Richmond Law Review, Fall 1976
  • “The Applicability of the Workers’ Compensation Bar after Cinnamon v. IBM,” The Journal of Civil Litigation, Volume II, No.3 (1990)
  • “Workers’ Compensation Update: Expansion of the Estoppel Doctrine Where Voluntary Payments Are Made by the Insurer”, The Journal of Civil Litigation, Volume VII, No.1 (1995)
  • “Practice Pointer: Exclusion of Testimony of Attending Physician,” The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Fall/Winter 2005/2006
  • Institute for Paralegal Education (May 19, 2015) A Litigation Paralegal Guide to Case Management National Business Institute (October 11, 2013) As Judges See It: Top Mistakes Attorneys Make in Civil Litigation, moderated panel consisting of Hon. Michael F. Devine, Fairfax County Circuit Court; Hon. Lon E. Farris, Prince William County Circuit Court; Hon. Daniel S. Fiore, II, Arlington County Circuit Court; and Hon. William T. Newman, Jr., Arlington County Circuit Court. National Business Institute (August 28, 2013) Litigating the Uninsured & Underinsured Motorist Claim. National Business Institute (February 06, 2013). Advanced Workers' Compensation, participated as a speaker on a panel addressing litigation techniques; Medicare Secondary Payor Updates; disability in causal relationship issues; utilization of the second injury fund; and ethical obligations. National Business Institute (October 19, 2012) What Civil Court Judges Want You to Know, moderated panel consisting of Hon. William T. Newman, Jr., Arlington Circuit Court; Hon. Lon E. Farris, Prince William County Circuit Court; Hon. Jonathan c. Thacher, Fairfax County Circuit Court; and Jan L. Brodie, Fairfax County Circuit Court. National Business Institute (October 7, 2010) Handling the Workers' Compensation Case from Start to Finish. VADA Annual Seminar (October 29, 2009) 10 Things Every Attorney Needs to Know About Workers' Compensation. Virginia CLE (August 12, 2009) Witness Preparation: What's Essential, What's Effective, What's Ethical. National Business Institute (October 15, 2008)œResults-Oriented Hearing Strategies. National Business Institute (October 12, 2007). The Essentials of Law Office Management. Lorman Education Services (December 1, 2006) Workers' Compensation Update. National Business Institute (August 15, 2006)Workers' Compensation Case Preparation Techniques. VADA Spring Seminar (May 13, 2004) Insurance Policy Coverage. Fairfax Bar Association (April 24, 2003) Appellate Practice Seminar. Council on Education in Management (December 18, 2002)Fundamentals of Workers' Compensation. Virginia Continuing Legal Education Committee (May 16, 2002) Timely Issues in Virginia Workers' Compensation Practice". Virginia State Bar (May 18, 2000) Ethics Seminar. Council on Education in Management (December 7, 1998) Current Developments in Workers' Compensation. Council on Education in Management (July 25, 1998) Case Handling Strategies.
  • “Trends and Top Mistakes Attorneys Make.” National Business Institute (September 29, 2016)
  • Panel of five judges that included discussion of trial tactics and traps to avoid from the commencement of the case, trial, and preserving the record for appeal., Seminar Moderator, As Judges See It: Top Mistakes Attorneys Make in Civil Litigation., National Business Institute, 2017

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Benko v. Mid-Atlantic Sports Ventures, Inc., Law No. 20986, Circuit Court of Loudoun County; 2000 Va. Cir. LEXIS 337 (July 11, 2000).
  • Hooper v. DPC Corp., Law No. 11842 Circuit Court of Fairfax County; 1993 Va. Cir. LEXIS 850 (July 06, 1993).
  • WMATA v. Medley, 1 Va. App. 113, 335 S.E.2d 845 (1985).
  • Southland Corp. v. Parson, 1 Va. App. 281, 338 S.E.2d 162 (1985).
  • Commonwealth Dept. of Highways v. Williams, 1 Va. App. 281, 338 S.E.2d 660 (1986).
  • Audobon Tree Service v. Childress, 2 Va. App. 35, 341 S.E.2d 211 (1986).
  • Southwest Architectural Products, Inc. v. Smith, 4 Va. App. 474, 358 S.E.2d 745 (1987).
  • National Linen Service v. McGuinn, 3 Va. App. 73, 348 S.E.2d 42 (1986).
  • Judge v. Whitmer, 6 Va. App. 152, 366 S.E.2d 713 (1988).
  • Barnett v. D.L. Bromwell, Inc., 4 Va. App. 552, 358 S.E.2d 767 (1987).
  • National Linen Service v. McGuinn, 5 Va. App. 265, 362 S.E.2d 187 (1987).
  • Barnett v. D.L. Bromwell, Inc., 6 Va. App. 30, 366 S.E.2d 271 (1988).
  • National Linen Service v. McGuinn, 8 Va. App. 267, 380 S.E.2d 31 (1989).
  • First Federal Saving & Loan Assoc. v. Gryder, 9 Va. App. 60, 383 S.E.2d 755 (1989).
  • Bartholow Drywall Co. v. Hill, 12 Va. App. 790, 407 S.E.2d 1 (1991).
  • Seneca Falls Greenhouse & Nursery v. Layton, 9 Va. App. 482, 389 S.E.2d 184 (1990).
  • Richard E. Brown v. Caporaletti, 12 Va. App. 242, 402 S.E.2d 709 (1991).
  • Trammel Crow Co. v. Redmond, 12 Va. App. 610, 405 S.E.2d 632 (1991).
  • Metropolitan Cleaning Corp., Inc. v. Crawley, 12 Va. App. 1167, 408 S.E.2d 570 (1991).
  • WMATA v. Pender, 14 Va. App. 100, 415 S.E.2d 239 (1992).
  • Metropolitan Cleaning Corp. v. Crawley, 14 Va. App. 261, 416 S.E.2d 35 (1992).
  • Allegheny Airlines, Inc. v. Merrillat, 14 Va. App. 341, 416 S.E.2d 35 (1992).
  • Drywall Systems v. Dykes, Record No. 0689-94-4 (September 06, 1994); 1994 Va. App. LEXIS 576.
  • Specialty Auto Body v. Cook, 14 Va. App. 327, 416 S.E.2d 233 (1992).
  • Craddock Moving &Storage Co. v. Settles, 16 Va. App. 1, 427 S.E.2d 428 (1993).
  • East Coast Associates, Inc. v. Maddox, Record No. 2195-92-4 (July 20, 1993); 1993 Va. App. LEXIS 276.
  • Southland Corp. v. Senter, Record No. 0697-93-4 (February 08, 1994); 1994 Va. App. LEXIS 58.
  • Thomas v. R&T Const. Co., Record No. 1515-94-4 (May 02, 1995); 1995 Va. App. LEXIS 402.
  • Tucker v. WMATA, Record No. 0937-94-4 (February 21, 1995); 1995 Va. App. LEXIS 188.
  • Centreville Automobile v. Vanover, Record No. 1439-94-4 (February 28, 1995); 1995 Va. App. LEXIS 199.
  • Novacon v. Sturdivant, Record No. 1448-94-4 (March 21, 1995); 1995 Va. App. LEXIS 266.
  • Blackwell v. April Const. Co., Record No. 1842-94-4 (June 06, 1995); 1995 Va. App. LEXIS 500.
  • Arlington Renaissance Hotel v. Ramirez, Record No. 0176-95-4 (October 24, 1995); 1995 Va. App. LEXIS 778.
  • VDO Yazaki Co. v. Snyder, 21 Va. App. 605, 466 S.E.2d 750 (1996).
  • Wiggins v. Fairfax Park Ltd. Partnership, 22 Va. App. 432, 470 S.E.2d 591 (1996)
  • Canova Electric Constr. v. LMI Ins. Co., 22 Va. App. 432, 470 S.E.2d 591 (1996)
  • Manes v. TCB Constr., Record No. 0862-96-2 (September 24, 1996); 1996 Va. App. LEXIS 610
  • Falls Church Constr. Co. v. Laidler, Record No. 1628-96-3 (December 3, 1996); 1996 Va. App. LEXIS 761
  • Kenny’s Constr. v. Richards, Record No. 1627-96-3 (December 17, 1996); 1996 Va. App. LEXIS 763
  • Vulcan Materials Co. v. Crawford, Record No. 1886-96-2 (February 18, 1997); 1997 Va. App. LEXIS 108
  • Electrodyne Inc. v. Harrison, Record No. 2374-96-4 (February 18, 1997); 1997 Va. App. LEXIS 377
  • Prince William County Service Authority v. Harper, 25 Va. App. 166, 487 S.E.2d 246 (1997)
  • Amoco Foam Products v. Johnson, Record No. 00324-97-4 (December 30, 1997); 1997 Va. App. LEXIS 765
  • Alexandria Kitchen & Bath v. Hare, Record No. 2259-96-3 (July 29, 1997); 1997 Va. App. LEXIS 512
  • LMI Ins. Co. v. Foley, Record No. 2670-96-4 (July 29, 1997); 1997 Va. App. LEXIS 503
  • ARC Electric v. Godwin, Record No. 2037-97-2 (December 23, 1997); 1997 Va. App. LEXIS 780
  • Pro Football, Inc. v. Uhlenhake, 37 Va. App. 407, 558 S.E.2d 571 (2002)
  • Carpet Palace v. Salehi, 26 Va. App. 357,494 S.E.2d 870 (1998)
  • Casper v. Commercial Interior Constr., Record No. 3012-97-2 (May 12, 1998); 1998 Va. App. LEXIS 285
  • Hunan Imperial Restaurant v. Lam, Record No. 1990-98-4 (January 26, 1999); 1999 Va. App. LEXIS 46
  • White v. C.J. Coakley Co., Record No. 2346-98-2 (May 4, 1999); 1999 Va. App. LEXIS 261.
  • Patrick v. Tenneco Packaging, Record No. 0201-99-3 (June 15, 1999); 1999 Va. App. LEXIS 354
  • Manes v. TCB Constr., Inc., Record No. 0019-99-3 (June 22, 1999); 1999 Va. App. LEXIS 374
  • William Hazel Cos. v. Creswell, Record No. 2477-99-2 (May23, 2000); 2000 Va. App. LEXIS 395
  • Allmond v. Homeplace & Royal Ins. Co., Record No. 0441-04-4 (June 22, 2004); 2004 Va. App. LEXIS 289
  • MWAA v. Bailey, Record No. 2790-01-4 (August 13, 2002); 2002 Va. App. LEXIS 463
  • MWAA v. Bispo, Record No. 0905-03-4 (August 19, 2003); 2003 Va. App. LEXIS 442
  • MWAA v. Lusby, 41 Va. App. 300, 585 S.E.2d 318, 2003
  • Henderson v. H.F. Copies, Inc., Record No. 3177-03-04 (April 6, 2004); 2004 Va. App. LEXIS 159
  • King George Custom Homes, Inc. v. Hernandez, Record No. 3135-05-4 (July 05, 2006), 2006 Va. App. LEXIS 299
  • Genesys Conferencing, Inc. v. Harper, Record No. 1307-05-04 (November 1, 2005); 2005 Va. App. LEXIS 289
  • Peck v. R. G. Mgmt. Services, Record No. 1401-06-4 (October 10, 2006), 2006 Va. App. LEXIS 448
  • The Estate of Alejandro Ho v. Information Technology Solutions, Record No. 2742-05-4; (October 17, 2006); 2006 Va. App. LEXIS 460
  • Seminario v. Fairfax County, Record No. 0362-14-4 (December 9, 2014); 2014 Va. App. LEXIS 397
  • Chemical Producers and Distributors Association, Inc. v. Perry, Record No. 1716-08-4; (June 9, 2009); 2009 Va. App. LEXIS 259
  • Vasquez v. Randstad North America, Record No. 2284-12-4 (July 2, 2013); 2013 Va. App. LEXIS 193
  • United Airlines, Inc. v. Smolak, Record No. 0556-13-4 (November 19, 2013); 2013 Va. App. LEXIS 337
  • Blakey v. University of Virginia Health System, Record No. 0837-14-4 (February 18, 2015); 2015 Va. App. LEXIS 52.
  • Marboah v. Ackerman, 877 A.2d 1053, 2005
  • Carter v. Arlington Public School Systems, 82 F. Supp. 2d 561, 2000
  • Richardson v. Econo-Travel Motor Hotel Corp., 553 F. Supp. 320, 1982
  • Webb v. Regua Ltd. Partnership, 624 F. Supp. 471, 1985
  • Estate of Krasnow v. Texaco, Inc., 773 F. Supp. 806, 1991
  • Transportation, Inc. v. Falls Church, 219 Va. 1004, 254 S.E.2d 62, 1979
  • Sargent Electric Co. v. Woodall, 228 Va. 419, 323 S.E.2d 102, 1984
  • John Driggs Co. v. Somers, 228 Va. 729, 324 S.E.2d 694, 1985
  • WMATA v. Harrison, 228 Va. 598, 324 S.E.2d 654, 1985
  • Klingbeil Management Group Co. v. Vito, 233 Va. 445, 357 S.E.2d 200, 1987
  • Daniel Constr. Co. v. Baker, 229 Va. 453, 331 S.E.2d 396, 1985
  • Gudnason v. Life Ins. Co., 231 Va. 197, 343 S.E.2d 54, 1986
  • Williamson v. Old Brogue Inc., 232 Va. 350, 350 S.E.2d 621, 1986
  • Cinnamon v. IBM, 238 Va. 471, 384 S.E.2d 618, 1989
  • Southwood Builders, Inc. v. Peerless Ins. Co., 235 Va. 164, 366 S.E.2d 104, 1988
  • Morris v. Morris, 238 Va. 578, 385 S.E.2d 858, 1989
  • Doe v. Dewhirst, 240 Va. 266, 396 S.E.2d 840, 1994
  • Craddock Moving & Storage Co. v. Settles, 247 Va. 165, 440 S.E.2d 613, 1994
  • GEICO v. Moore, 266 Va. 155, 580 S.E.2d 823, 2003
  • Falls Church Construction Co. v. Laidler, 254 Va. 474, 493 S.E.2d 521, 1997
  • Amoco Foam Products v. Johnson, 257 Va. 29, 510 S.E.2d 443, 1999
  • Pro Football, Inc. v. Uhlenhake, 265 Va. 155, 580 S.E. 2d 288, 2003
  • Ford Motor Co. v. Benitez, 273 Va. 242, 639 S.E.2d 203, 2007
  • Mulford v. Walnut Hill Farm Group, LLC, 282 Va. 98, 712 S.E. 2d 468 , 2011
  • Eberhart v. Fairfax County, 283 Va. 190, 721 S.E. 2d 524, 2012
  • Driver killed due to negligence of truck driver. Settlement for the estate in the amount of $3,850,000.00., 2014
  • Work related knee injury. Case settled for $135,000.00 plus future medical benefits., 2015
  • Injury abroad while employed by defense contractor. Defense Base Act/Longshore settlement in the amount of $265,000.00., 2014
  • Work related back injury. Case settled for $175,000.00., 2015
  • Injury while working abroad for defense contractor. Defense Base Act/Longshore Act settlement for $225,000.00., 2015
  • Injured worker's employment terminated after work injury. We believed that termination was a pretext to avoid responsibility for WC benefits. Case settlement for $125,000.00, 2018
  • Worker injured due to negligence of another driver while driving to job site. Combined personal injury and worker's compensation settlements in the amount of $162,500.00., 2016
  • Rear end collision while stopped for traffic signal. Settlement of personal injury claims for $250,000.00., 2016
  • Workers' compensation claim for injury to left knee settled by agreement for $200,000.00., 2016
  •  œDefective protective screen caused facial fracture. Settlement for $195,000 reporting $195,000.00., 2015

Representative Clients:

  • Employee injured at work due to negligence of third party. Action against negligent party resolved by agreement for $425,000.00, 2017
  • Worker injured while working overseas for defense contractor. Defense Base Act/Longshore claim settled for $75,000.00., 2015
  • Employee injured while driving company owned vehicle. Third party claim settled for $130,000.00., 2016
  • Automobile accident while employee was traveling to work. Combined workers' compensation and personal injury settlement of $300,000.00., 2016
  • Employee sustained work related brain injury. Settlement of workers' compensation claim for $315,000.00., 2018

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Educational Background:

  • Georgetown University Business School, B.S., cum laude, 1971

Industry Groups

  • Construction
  • Professional Football
  • Self Insured
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Office Location for Benjamin J. Trichilo

11350 Random Hills Road
Suite 500
Fairfax, VA 22030

Phone: 571-418-6995

Fax: 703-273-4592

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Last Updated: 2/21/2019

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