Irvin V. Cantor

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Richmond, Virginia

Cantor Grana Buckner Bucci, PC
Irvin V. Cantor
Cantor Grana Buckner Bucci, PC

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Products Liability

Licensed in Virginia since: 1978

Education: University of Virginia School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2023

Cantor Grana Buckner Bucci, PC

7130 Glen Forest Drive
Suite 400
Richmond, VA 23226 Phone: 804-358-3804 Email: Irvin V. Cantor Visit website


With more than 45 years of legal experience and over 2,000 favorable verdicts and settlements won on behalf of injured plaintiffs, Partner-Attorney Irvin V. Cantor has continued to achieve remarkable results for clients of Cantor Grana Buckner Bucci. Focusing his practice on traumatic brain injury cases and other serious personal injury claims, he regularly secures multi-million dollar outcomes for injury victims throughout Richmond, Virginia, and the entire nation. A compassionate and caring voice for the injured, Attorney Cantor always puts his clients’ needs above his own, tirelessly seeking justice whenever negligence has occurred. An established author, legal lecturer, and honored member of the Virginia Lawyers Hall of Fame, he is considered one of the leading plaintiffs’ attorneys in Virginia.

As a Richmond personal injury attorney, Irv’s primary goal is the well-being of his clients. His approach, his leadership over the firm of Cantor Grana, and his personal practice are all shaped by his relentless compassion for those who have been injured or bereaved due to negligence. There is nothing more important than making sure innocent injury victims receive financial compensation to rebuild their lives while holding those at fault responsible.

Irv has been recognized by his peers as one of the Top 10 Virginia Super Lawyers® every year from 2012-2018. He was one of only 33 members named in Virginia Lawyers Hall of Fame's inaugural class in 2018. He was also voted Plaintiff Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year in Richmond by Best Lawyers in America® in 2014 and 2016, as well as Plaintiff Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year in 2020.

The vast majority of Irv’s cases are referrals from other trial lawyers. Many professionals in the field have asked Irv to represent them in their own injury cases, including attorneys, judges, claims adjusters, and physicians. He is a frequent lecturer throughout Virginia and the U.S. to other trial lawyers on numerous subjects, including traumatic brain injuries, truck accident cases, and elements of trial. He is the co-author with Judge Samuel Johnston of the book, The Art and Science of Mastering the Jury Trial.

Irv is the founder and President of Jury Impressions, a jury consulting company which, among other services, arranges mock trials and focus groups for trial lawyers throughout the country. Irv also serves as a mediator and arbitrator in a wide variety of cases dealing with catastrophic injuries and death.

Representing Victims of Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury cases comprise the largest portion of Irv’s practice. He has successfully handled brain injury cases for over 43 years. He wrote the chapter dealing with legal aspects of brain injury cases for the seminal medical textbook on the subject, Brain Injury Medicine. Irv was featured on the cover of the 2015 Virginia and West Virginia Super Lawyers® magazine, with the cover story featuring Irv’s career in handling brain injury cases.


First Admitted: 1978, Virginia

Professional Webpage:

  • $15,000,000 in truck accident case $4,700,000 in premises accident case $4,000,000 in tractor-trailer accident case
  • Over 60 verdicts and settlements exceeding $1,000,000.
Representative Clients:
  • 2022: currently representing multiple families in wrongful death cases, multiple individuals who have suffered traumatic brain injuries, and multiple individuals who have been injured in trucking collisions. The majority of these cases are referrals from, or joint ventures with, other trial attorneys.
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • I have been a longtime member of the Board of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Foundation, and am currently President of the Foundation. We are working on several programs to benefit the public and the trial bar in Virginia.
  • President, Virginia Trial Lawyers Foundation, 2023
  • American Association of Justice
  • Brain Injury Association of America, Chairman of National Legal Seminar (2008-2009)
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • Virginia Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, President (2006)
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, President (2002-2003)
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Insurance Coverage for Automobile Injury Cases VTLA Journal, Volume II, No. 4, Fall 1990
  • Handling an Automobile Negligence Case in Virginia Chapters 3, 4, 5 and 10, West Publishing, 2000
  • MedicoLegal Aspects of Severe Traumatic Brain Injury, VTLA Journal, Winter 2003-2004
  • Use of Demonstrative Evidence In The Trial Of A Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Case VTLA Journal, Spring 1995
  • How To Use A SPECT Scan In The Trial Of A Traumatic Brain Injury Case VTLA Journal, Summer 1998
  • Brain Injury Association of Virginia, winter newsletter
  • Chapter 62, “Medicolegal Aspects of TBI”, 2006
  • VTLA Journal, Volume 19, Number 3 2007 The joy and satisfaction of a trial lawyer representing persons who have suffered traumatic brain injuries
  • Co-Author, The Art and Science of Mastering the Jury Trial, VTLA Foundation, 2015
Educational Background:
  • J.D., University of Virginia Law School, 1978
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Board Member, Richmond Tennis Association, 2022
  • Volunteer, Brain Injury Association of Virginia
  • Volunteer, numerous civic associations
  • Volunteer, Brain Injury Association of America
  • , Legacy Award Recipient, Brain Injury Association of Virginia, 2023
  • "Legal Elite," in the category of Civil Litigation, named by Virginia Business magazine
  • Irv Cantor was elected to the inaugural class of the Virginia Lawyers Hall of Fame in 2018., Virginia Lawyers Hall of Fame, Virginia Lawyers Weekly, 2018
  • Best Lawyers in America for Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice (2007-present)
  • Honored as a “Leader in the Law” by Virginia Lawyers Weekly, for significant contributions to the legal profession and community at large (2010)
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards
  • Recipient, 2010 Weinstock Award from the Brain Injury Association of Virginia

Office location for Irvin V. Cantor

7130 Glen Forest Drive
Suite 400
Richmond, VA 23226

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