Raphael E. Ferris

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Roanoke, VA

Ferris & Eakin, P.C.
 | 22 Luck Avenue, S.W., Roanoke, VA 24011
Phone: 540-685-1533
Fax: 540-344-6608
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1982
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Criminal Defense (30%),
  • Estate & Trust Litigation (20%)
Attorney Profile

As a partner at Ferris & Eakin, P.C., located in Roanoke, Virginia, Raphael E. "Ray" Ferris handles criminal and civil litigation for clients in Roanoke and the surrounding communities.  Ray's primary areas of focus include criminal and traffic defense, personal injury/wrongful death litigation as well as estate administration and litigation. His experience as a former prosecutor enriches the perspective that Mr. Ferris brings to his criminal defense practice.

Mr. Ferris graduated from Roanoke College with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1976 and subsequently enrolled in the University of Richmond School of Law, from where he earned his Juris Doctor in 1982. Admitted to practice in Virginia, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Always seeking to stay current with developments in his practice areas, Mr. Ferris is an active participant in several professional organizations, including the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, the American Association for Justice, the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. Between 1998 and 2002, he served on the Board of Governors for the Criminal Law Section of the Virginia State Bar.

Formerly on the faculty of the Virginia State Bar Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course, Mr. Ferris has been listed in Best Lawyers in America*, has a BV Distinguished** rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been identified by Virginia Business Magazine as a member of Virginia's "Legal Elite." He is a former member of the Roanoke City Council, where he served as Chair of both the Roanoke Valley Transportation Planning Organization and the City Council's Legislative Committee.  Mr. Ferris is a Paul Harris Fellow and an active member of the Rotary Club of Roanoke Valley.

*The Best Lawyers in America® 2010. Copyright 2009 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC

**AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used 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 confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (50%): Animal Bites, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Criminal Defense (30%): Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Theft, Traffic Violations

Estate & Trust Litigation (20%): Will Contests

Focus Areas

Animal Bites, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Theft, Traffic Violations, Will Contests

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Selected to Super Lawyers for 15 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2020

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About Raphael Ferris

Admitted: 1982, Virginia

Professional Webpage: http://www.roanokevirginialaw.com/ray-ferris-attorney-roanok...

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, ABA
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member, Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Former Faculty Member, Virginia State Bar Professionalism Course
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Former Member, Va. State Bar Criminal Law Section Board of Governors, 1998-2002

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Roanoke City Council member, elected in 2010 and again in 2014, which term ended on June 30, 2018.
  • I represent court appointed clients in the Roanoke County and Salem courts.  I also perform pro bono services for Blue Ridge Legal Services, Inc.
  • Member, Roanoke Valley Rotary Club & a Paul Harris Fellow

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Criminal and Traffic law, VTLA and VSB

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Plaintiff, a student at a Virginia public university, tied her hammock to two concrete columns in an open, public area on campus. One of the 800 pound columns fell on her, crushing her abdomen and pelvis. Plaintiff was flown to MCV in Richmond where she underwent several surgeries to repair her bilateral open-book pelvic fracture, tears and hemorrhage to her omentum and colon, and an acetabular fracture. Plaintiff had a difficult recovery, during which she endured 19 surgeries. Counsel for the plaintiff, Raphael Ferris and Lenden Eakin, and the Attorney General’s office agreed to a collaborative approach to resolving the claim, and a settlement proposal along with several supplements were sent to attorneys for the commonwealth. After approximately five hours of mediation, the case settled for $1,600,000. https://valawyersweekly.com/2018/08/24/student-hurt-when-column-at-state-school-fell-on-her-1-6-million-settlement/, 2018

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • I served on Roanoke City Council from July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2018.

Educational Background:

  • University of Richmond, TC Williams School of Law, JD, 1982
  • Roanoke College, B.B.A., 1976
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Office Location for Raphael E. Ferris

22 Luck Avenue, S.W.
Roanoke, VA 24011

Phone: 540-685-1533

Fax: 540-344-6608

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Last Updated: 11/11/2019

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