Douglas Wessel

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Reston, VA

Wessel Law
 | 11921 Freedom Drive, Suite 550, Reston, VA 20190
Phone: 844-878-9791
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1979
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
    Attorney Profile

    Doug Wessel, Founder of the firm, is a Trial Lawyer and former Professional Athlete.

    We specialize in cases of Serious Personal Injury and Wrongful Death -- with a special focus on Brain Injury, Psychological Injury and Sexual Assault.

    Highest Personal-Injury Verdicts & Settlements in Virginia:

    .           Highest verdict in Virginia history (as of 1984): $6,000,000 (Brain Injury)

    .           2nd highest verdict in 2001: $1,500,000 (Brain Injury)

    .           6th highest verdict in 2005:  $1,800,000 (Brain Injury)

    .           2nd highest verdict in 2007:  $3,318,000 (Brain Injury)

    .           9th highest verdict in 2011:  $1,200,000 (Spinal Injury)

    .           5th highest settlement in 2015: $3,000,000 (Brain Injury)

    Honors: Super Lawyers (Virginia and D.C.) (honoring less than 5% of attorneys); National Trial Lawyers Association Top 100 Trial Lawyers; Million Dollar Advocates Forum; Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

    What Others Say:

    Wessel’s work is “the foundation for all that is known about sex abuse in the Boy Scouts of America” (Author of Scout’s Honor on Wessel’s forcing the Boy Scouts of America to produce for the first time its Confidential Files on Boy Scout leaders’ sexual abuse of boys).

    “By the grace of God, we got Doug. You saved John’s life and insured his future. You worked a miracle” (wife of brain-injured victim of assault; settlement for all insurance coverage of $3,000,000).

    “You actually saved someone’s life” (Top Doctor on Wessel’s representation of suicidal victim of car accident; settlement for all insurance coverage of $500,000).

    “You are a truly great lawyer; you had faith in me when I had lost faith in myself” (Assault victim). Wessel is “a great advocate; he helped turn my life around” (Sexual Assault victim).

    “Nobody else could have done this” (Opposing trial lawyer after Wessel’s $2,000,000+ verdict and settlement for brain-injured victim of car accident).

    Wessel is “tireless, imaginative, energetic, persistent and zealous” (leading Virginia Trial Lawyer & Super Lawyer).

    “You are relentless and awesome” (victim of car accident on Wessel’s forcing insurance company that had offered $25,000 of $100,000 insurance coverage to pay entire verdict of $600,000).

    Wessel is “a real soldier in a world of cowards” (Virginia Super Lawyer on Wessel’s history of fighting insurance companies).

    Our Core Values:  We welcome folks from all walks of life. We welcome you as you are -- with all fears, flaws and failings. We protect you. We relentlessly pursue full and complete Justice. We fight the insurance companies and all other obstacles to Truth, Fairness and Justice. We never give up. We go the distance. We respect the Law and the Court. We discover the truth. We tell the Truth. We tell your unique human story. We trust the Jury. We celebrate Justice.






    Practice Areas
    • 100%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    Motor Vehicle Accidents, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents


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    Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021

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    About Douglas Wessel

    Admitted: 1979, Virginia

    Professional Webpage:


    • Super Lawyers (Virginia + Washington, DC), Super Lawyers, 2020
    • National Trial Lawyers Association Top 100, National Trial Lawyers Association , 2020
    • Million Dollar Advocates Forum + Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 2020


    • $1,200,000 verdict (3rd highest personal-injury verdict in Virginia, 2011) (aggravation of pre-existing spinal condition), 2011
    • $1,500,000 verdict (2nd highest personal-injury verdict in Virginia, 2001) (brain injury)  , 2001
    • $1,800,000 verdict (6th highest personal-injury verdict in Virginia, 2005; upheld by Virginia Supreme Court) (mild traumatic brain injury), 2005
    • $6,000,000 verdict (at that time highest personal-injury verdict in Virginia history) (brain injury) , 1984
    • $3,000,000 settlement (policy limits) (brain injury), 2015
    • $3,300,000 verdict (2nd highest personal-injury verdict in Virginia, 2007) (brain injury), 2007

    Representative Clients:

    • People from all walks of life.

    Educational Background:

    • Vanderbilt University (B.A.), 1973

    Industry Groups

    • People from all walks of life
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    Office Location for Douglas Wessel

    11921 Freedom Drive, Suite 550
    Reston, VA 20190

    Phone: 844-878-9791

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    Last Updated: 11/16/2020

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