Chidi I. James

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Fairfax, Virginia

Blankingship & Keith, PC
Chidi I. James
Blankingship & Keith, PC

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Products Liability; view more

Licensed in Virginia since: 2001

Education: George Mason University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2007 - 2013
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Blankingship & Keith, PC

4020 University Drive
Suite 300
Fairfax, VA 22030 Visit website


Chidi I. James is a personal injury attorney in Fairfax, Virginia. A partner at the law firm of Blankingship & Keith, PC, Mr. James represents clients in Fairfax and throughout northern Virginia. He has over 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases involving product liability, inadequate security and wrongful death.

After earning a bachelor's degree in sociology from Texas A&M University, Mr. James graduated from George Mason University – Antonin Scalia School of Law. While attending law school, he was a founding member of the George Mason University Trial Advocacy Association and later spent time as a trial team coach.

Prior to joining Blankingship & Keith, PC, he clerked for the Arlington Circuit Court and completed a course at the Judge Advocate General’s School. He holds a license to practice law before all Virginia state courts, in the District of Columbia, and before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.

Mr. James is the recipient of many honors and awards for his accomplishments. He holds an AV Preeminent* peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell and is listed in the “Best Lawyers in America.” He has been recognized by publications including Arlington magazine, Richmond magazine, Virginia Business magazine, Virginia Lawyers Weekly and Washingtonian magazine.

Active in his legal community, Mr. James has held leadership roles for the northern Virginia Black Attorneys Association and the Virginia State Bar Standing Committee on Lawyer Discipline. He is a board member of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and belongs to the Virginia State Bar’s Fifth District Committee. He serves his local community by sitting on several boards and coaching youth sports.

*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

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death

  • 70% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 30% Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 2001, Virginia

Professional Webpage:

  • Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell, 2013 - Present
  • Top Young Attorneys in Virginia - Rising Star (2008) and Top Virginia Lawyers - Rising Star, Richmond Magazine, 2007
  • Outstanding Young Lawyers - Rising Star, Richmond Magazine, 2009
  • Legal Eagles - Most Respected Attorneys in the Commonwealth, Virginia Living Magazine, 2012
  • Top Attorneys – Legal Aid/Pro Bono, Arlington Magazine, 2021
  • Legal Elite - Legal Services Pro Bono, Virginia Business Magazine, 2021
  • Personal Injury, Virginia Lawyers Weekly, 2020
  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2007-2013
  • Super Lawyers, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Washington, DC and Virginia, 2013-2022
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiff and Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiff, U.S. News - Best Lawyers in America®, 2012-2022
  • Washingtonian Magazine - Washington’s Best Legal Minds (2011) and Washington, DC’s Best Lawyers, 2020
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Member, Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church
  • Member, Board of the Mount Pleasant Baptist Community Development Corporation
  • Member, Board of the Gainesville Basketball Association
  • Member, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Former Faculty Member, Virginia State Bar Henry L. Carrico Professionalism Course 
  • Former Adjunct Faculty Member, George Washington School of Law, Washington, DC.
Educational Background:
  • Texas A&M University, 1997
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Virginia State Bar, 2001
  • Member of the Virginia State Bar’s Fifth District Disciplinary Committee. 
  • Former Vice-Chair, Virginia State Bar’s Standing Committee on Lawyer Discipline 
  • Board Member, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association 
  • Former President, Northern Virginia Black Attorneys Association 
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, 2003
  • Eastern District of Virginia, 2003
  • District of Columbia, 2002

Office location for Chidi I. James

4020 University Drive
Suite 300
Fairfax, VA 22030

Phone: 703-688-9895


12 Years Super Lawyers
7 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2007 - 2013

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