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Leonard C. Heath, Jr.

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Newport News, VA

Heath, Old, & Verser, P.L.C.
11832 Rock Landing Drive, Suite 201
Newport News, VA 23606
Phone: 757-697-5007
Fax: 757-599-0735
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2009, 2011 - 2012, 2016 - 2022
Licensed in Virginia Since: 1986
Practice Areas: Business Litigation (60%), Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (40%)
Attorney Profile

Leonard C. Heath, Jr. ("Len") was the 80th President of the Virginia State Bar in 2018-19. The Virginia State Bar is the agency of the Virginia Supreme Court that regulates the 32,000 licensed and in good standing lawyers in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He is a partner at Heath, Old & Verser, P.L.C., where he represents individual and business clients in a variety of areas including business litigation, personal injury claims (car, trucking, tractor trailer, and motorcycle accidents), traumatic brain injury cases, wrongful death cases, real estate litigation, and estate planning disputes (will, trust and estate litigation). Mr. Heath has handled cases across the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Admitted to practice in the state of Virginia, Mr. Heath is also admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. For his high ethical standards and long list of successful results, he is AV Preeminent* peer-review rated, the highest rating, through Martindale-Hubbell.

At the College of William and Mary, The Raymond A. Mason School of Business, Mr. Heath graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a focus in business management. He then moved on to the College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law, where he was an editor for the William and Mary Law Review and earned his Juris Doctor in 1986.

Mr. Heath has an Avvo “Superb” rating and is a Fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation and the Litigation Counsel of America. He is actively involved with many committees within the Virginia State Bar and the Newport News Bar Association and has served as president of both. He is also a member of the Williamsburg Bar Association, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and the Virginia Bar Association.

* 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
  • 60%Business Litigation
  • 40%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents

Selections

12 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2009, 2011 - 2012, 2016 - 2022

About Leonard C. Heath, Jr.

First Admitted: 1986, Virginia

Professional Webpage: https://www.hovplc.com/attorneys/leonard-c-heath-jr-/

Honors/Awards

  • , Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia, 2015, 2018-2021
  • Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2005- 2009, 2011, 2012, 2016-2021
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Listed in Virginia Business Magazine as among the Legal Elite in Civil Litigation, Legal Elite, Virginia Business Magazine, 2005
  • Fellow, Virginia Law Foundation, 2020
  • Highest rating provided by Martindale-Hubbell for practicing attorneys, AV Preeminent Lawyer, Martindale-Hubbell, 2009
  • Highest category rating for a practicing attorney, Superb Attorney, AVVO.COM, 2009

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Presenter, Creative Wellness Initiatives for Your Bar Association: The Virginia Lawyer Well-being Initiative, National Association of Bar Executives, Austin, TX, 2020
  • President’s Message, Forthcoming Report on the Occupational Risks of the Practice of Law, Virginia Lawyer Magazine, February 2019
  • Virginia State Bar Designee for Zoom call with The NYSBA Attorney Well-being Task Force, discussing origins, use, and impact of "The Occupational Risks of the Practice of Law," Report of the VSB President's Special Committee of Lawyer Well-being, 2020
  • Presenter, Remarks Regarding how the Report of the Virginia State Bar President's Special Committee on Lawyer Well-being is Being Used, VBA COVID-19 Law Practice Chat, 2020
  • The Occupational Risks of the Practice of Law, Report of the Virginia State Bar President’s Special Committee on Lawyer Well-Being, 2019
  • President’s Message, The Power of Words, Virginia Lawyer Magazine, August, 2018
  • President’s Message, A Shout Out to Virginia’s Voluntary Bar Associations, Virginia Lawyer Magazine, October 2018
  • President’s Message, Coming Soon: Virginia’s New JLAP, Virginia Lawyer Magazine, December 2018
  • Lawyer Independence: Atticus Finch, Emerging Technology, and the American Lawyer, Virginia Lawyer Magazine, December 2018
  • Faculty, Harry Carrico Professionalism Course, Virginia State Bar, presented in Richmond and Newport News, VA, 2009-2011
  • President’s Message, Virginia Lawyer Well-Being: “We keep moving forward…,” Virginia Lawyer Magazine, April 2019
  • A Hospital’s Dilemma: The Legal Implication of Promulgating Guideline Concerning Human Immunodeficiency Virus, 23 University of Richmond Law Review 30 (1988)
  • Why Lawyer Well-Being is Important to Society, 31 Regent University Law Review 1 (2018)
  • Teaching Assistant, Legal Writing Program, Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary, 1985-1986
  • Presenter, Personal Injury Practice on the Virginia Peninsula, Newport News, VA, 2996
  • Presenter, Preventing Legal Malpractice Claims and Ethics Complaints in your Law Practice, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual, 2008
  • Presenter, Practicing Law in the 21st Century, ALPS, 2010
  • Faculty, Law Student Wellness Summit, University of Virginia School of Law, 2019
  • Presenter, Protecting Access Rights, Southeastern Electric Exchange, Orlando, FL, 2014 
  • Presenter, Easements and the Changing Environment of Electric Transmission Corridors, Chicago Title, Farmville, VA, 2014
  • Presenter, Right of Way Preservation, Protection, Risk Management, and Other Issues, Southeastern Electric Exchange Real Estate Group, Williamsburg, VA, 2015
  • Presenter, Right of Way Litigation Communications, International Right of Way Association, Richmond, VA, 2015
  • Faculty, Professionalism for Law Students Program, Virginia State Bar, presented at University of Richmond School of Law, Liberty University School of Law, and Regent University School of Law, 2012-2018
  • Lecturer, Professionalism, Inaugural Lecture for Professionalism Series at Liberty University School of Law, 2018
  • Presenter, 2018 Hot Topics and Legal Ethics, Virginia State Bar, Newport News, VA, 2018
  • Panelist, Lawyer Well-Being, Regent University School of Law, 2018
  • Welcome and Opening Remarks, Virginia State Bar Tech show, Richmond, VA, 2019
  • Panelist, Bolch Judicial Institute, Duke Law School, Highlights of the Wellness Initiative in the Commonwealth of Virginia, Miami, FL 2019
  • Panelist, Lawyer Well-Being, Local Government Attorneys Association of Virginia Spring Conference, Norfolk, VA, 2019
  • Welcome and Opening Remarks, Harry Carrico Professionalism Course, Virginia Stat Bar, presented in Roanoke, Alexandria, Richmond, and Norfolk, VA, 2018-2019
  • Co-Presenter, Addressing Suicide in the Legal Profession, Virginia CLE, 2019
  • Panelist, Mentorship for Virginia Attorneys, Virginia CLE, Fairfax, VA, 2019
  • Presenter, How to Use the Report of the Virginia State Bar President's Special Committee on Lawyer Well-Being to Pursue Wellness in Your Career, Prince William County Bar Association, 2019
  • Welcome and Opening Remarks, Solo and Small Firm Practitioner Forum, presented in Wytheville, Suffolk, and Fredericksburg, VA, 2018-2019

Educational Background

  • College of William and Mary, The Raymond A. Mason School of Business, Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Business Management, 1982

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Chair, Jazz 4 Justice Committee for Christopher Newport University Program, 2013 - Present

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Supreme Court Lawyer Well-Being Committee, 2017-2018
  • Magistrate Judge Reappointment Merit Selection Panel, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, 2019-present
  • Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program, Board of Directors, 2019-present
  • Newport News Bar Association, Co-Chair, Continuing Legal Education Committee, 1993-1997
  • Newport News Bar Association, Member, Judicial Screening Committee, 2000-2002
  • Newport News Bar Association, Co-Chair, Ethics Committee, 2000-2002
  • Virginia State Bar, Vice-Chair, Virginia State Bar Emergency Legal Services Task Force, 2007-2010
  • Virginia State Bar, Member, Special Committee to Study Litigation Costs and Delays, 1989-1993
  • Virginia State Bar, Bar Council Representative for 7th Circuit (Newport News), 2011- 2017
  • Virginia State Bar, Study Committee on the Future of Law Practice, 2017-2019
  • Virginia State Bar, Lawyers Insurance Committee, 2009-2019
  • Virginia State Bar, President’s Special Committee on Lawyer Well-Being, 2018-2019
  • Virginia State Bar, Nominations Committee, 2017-Present
  • Virginia State Bar Budget Committee, 2017-Present
  • Virginia State Bar, Bench-Bar Relations Committee, 2017-Present
  • Virginia State Bar, Better Annual Meeting Committee, 2017-Present
  • Virginia State Bar, President, 2018-2019 
  • Virginia State Bar, Executive Committee, 2014-Present
  • Virginia State Bar, President-elect, 2017-2018
  • Virginia State Bar, Immediate Past President, 2019-2020
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Bar Council Representative, 7th Circuit, Virginia State Bar, 2011
  • Chair- Judicial Screening Committee of the Newport News Bar Association, 2012
  • Member, Virginia State Bar Standing Committee on Legal Ethics, 2002
  • Chair, Virginia Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board, 1998
  • Virginia State Bar, 1986
  • Williamsburg Bar Association
  • Member- Board of Directors of the Newport News Bar Association, 2013
  • Member, Virginia State Bar Lawyer Malpractice Insurance Committee, 2009
  • Member, Virginia Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board, 2010
  • President, Newport News Bar Association, 1997
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Chair- Virginia Mandatory Legal Education Board, 2013
  • Faculty, Virginia State Bar Harry Carrico Professionalism Course, 2008
  • Faculty- Professionalism for Law Students Program, Virginia State Bar, 2012
  • Vice-Chair, Virginia State Bar Emergency Legal Services Task Force, 2007
  • Vice-Chair, Virginia Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board, 1995
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Office Location for Leonard C. Heath, Jr.

11832 Rock Landing Drive
Suite 201
Newport News, VA 23606

Phone: 757-697-5007

Fax: 757-599-0735

Last Updated: 11/16/2021

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