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Irvin V. Cantor

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Richmond, VA

Cantor Grana Buckner Bucci, PC
7130 Glen Forest Drive, Suite 400
Richmond, VA 23226
Phone: 804-358-3804
Fax: 804-358-2571
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2022
Licensed in Virginia Since: 1978
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

With more than 40 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 Breit Cantor Grana Buckner. 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 Breit Cantor Grana Buckner, 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.

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 40years. 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.


About Irvin V. Cantor

First Admitted: 1978, Virginia

Professional Webpage:


  • Over 60 verdicts and settlements exceeding $1,000,000.

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

Bar/Professional Activity

  • 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)


  • "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

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

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Office Location for Irvin V. Cantor

7130 Glen Forest Drive
Suite 400
Richmond, VA 23226

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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