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Timberlake Smith
The Virginia Building
25 North Central Avenue
Staunton, Virginia 24401Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 540-885-1517
Fax: 540-885-4537
www.timberlakesmith.com
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Mailing Address: P.O. Box 108, Staunton, VA 24402-0108
Established: 1927

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • State and Federal Courts
  • Trial and Appellate Practice
  • Automobile
  • Trucks/Heavy Equipment
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Product Liability
  • Toxic Torts
  • Business Law
  • Professional Liability
  • Fire
  • Casualty
  • Surety
  • Life and Health
  • ERISA
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Civil Rights
  • Workers' Compensation
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About Us
For more than 70 years Timberlake, Smith and its predecessor firms have provided a variety of legal services to clients in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia. The firm's litigation practice emphasizes the defense of civil cases including general defense matters for insurers, medical malpractice, civil rights litigation and workers' compensation. The firm includes three Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers and two former Presidents of the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys. Timberlake, Smith is organized into business, litigation and education practice groups. The education group represents school boards and schools throughout Virginia.
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Client Information
Insurance Clients
American International Group, Inc.Cincinnati Insurance Company
CNA Insurance CompanyContinental Insurance Company
The Doctors CompanyEMC Insurance Companies
Erie Insurance CompanyGEICO Insurance Companies
MAG Mutual Insurance CompanyProfessionals Advocate Insurance Company
Rockingham GroupSouthern Insurance Company of Virginia
Southern States Insurance ExchangeState Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
Travelers Insurance CompaniesUtica Mutual Insurance Company
Virginia Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company
Non-Insurance Clients
Crawford & CompanyCriterion Claim Solutions
Division of Risk ManagementKoch Trucking, Inc.
Piedmont Liability Trust
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Personnel Information
Firm Members
Wayt B. Timberlake, Jr. — (1908-1989)
Richard W. Smith — (1920-2006)
P. Donald Moses — (1943-2015)
Colin J. S. Thomas, Jr.
Staunton, VA
E-Mail:cthomas@timberlakesmith.com
Practice Areas
  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Business Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
Admitted
  • Virginia, 1962
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
Education:
  • University of Virginia, B.A., 1958
  • University of Virginia, LL.B., 1962
Born:1936
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Thomas G. Bell, Jr.
Staunton, VA
E-Mail:tbel@timberlakesmith.com
Practice Areas
  • Civil Litigation
  • Workers' Compensation
Admitted
  • Virginia, 1976
Memberships:
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys (Board of Directors, 1993-1996; President, 2004)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
Education:
  • University of Virginia, B.A., 1973
  • University of Virginia, J.D., 1976
Fraternity Information:
Raven Society
Born:1951
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J. Ross Newell, III
Staunton, VA
E-Mail:rnewell@timberlakesmith.com
Practice Areas
  • Civil Litigation
  • Employment Law
  • Insurance Defense
  • Transportation
Admitted
  • Virginia, 1985
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1992
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia
Memberships:
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
  • Defense Research and Trial Lawyers Association
Education:
  • Washington and Lee University, B.A. (cum laude), 1981
  • Washington and Lee University, J.D. (cum laude), 1985
Fraternity Information:
Omicron Delta Kappa; Burks Scholar
Born:1959
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C. J. Steuart Thomas, III
Staunton, VA
E-Mail:sthomas@timberlakesmith.com
Practice Areas
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Insurance Defense
Admitted
  • Virginia, 1986
  • District of Columbia, 1988
Memberships:
  • Virginia State Bar (Board of Governors Young Lawyers Conference, 1988-1994; President, 1992-1993; Council and Executive Committee, 1992-1993; Board of Governors, Sections on Education of Lawyers (1992-2001), Health Care (1995-2000, President, 1998-1999) and Litigation (2002-2005); Judicial Nominations Committee)
  • Virginia Bar Association (President Elect, 2017)
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys (Board of Directors, 2008-Present)
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • University of Virginia, B.A., 1983
  • Washington and Lee University, J.D., 1986
Fraternity Information:
Phi Delta Phi
Born:1960
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Randall T. Perdue
Staunton, VA
E-Mail:rperdue@timberlakesmith.com
Practice Areas
  • Appellate Practice
  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Business Law
Admitted
  • Virginia, 1996
Memberships:
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
Education:
  • University of Virginia, B.A., 1984
  • George Mason University School of Law, J.D., 1995
Clerkship:
Law Clerk to Honorable James H. Michael, Jr., Judge, U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia
Born:1962
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Rosalie Pemberton Fessier
Staunton, VA
E-Mail:rfessier@timberlakesmith.com
Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Civil Rights
  • Employment Law
  • Municipal Liability
  • Bodily Injury
  • Property and Casualty
Admitted
  • Virginia, 1995
  • Colorado, 2001
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Memberships:
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys (Vice Chair, Young Lawyers Division, 1998-1999; Committee Chair, Trial Tactics Workshop, 1997-1998)
Education:
  • Keene State College, B.A. (cum laude), 1991
  • Franklin Pierce Law Center, J.D., 1995
Born:1969
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James D. Mayson
Staunton, VA
E-Mail:jmayson@timberlakesmith.com
Practice Areas
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Insurance Defense
Admitted
  • Virginia, 2001
Memberships:
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys (Medical Malpractice Section)
Education:
  • Hampden-Sydney College, B.A., 1988
  • Emory University School of Law, J.D., 2001
Born:1965
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Tate C. Love
Staunton, VA
E-Mail:tlove@timberlakesmith.com
Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Civil Litigation
  • Criminal Defense
Admitted
  • Virginia, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
Memberships:
  • Virginia State Bar
Education:
  • William & Mary School of Law, J.D., 2000
Born:1974
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John W. Sills, IIIB. E. Brannock
G. Rodney Young, IIMandi M. Smith

Service Areas
Charlottesville, Virginia35 miles
Harrisonburg, Virginia26 miles
Lexington, Virginia35 miles
Waynesboro, Virginia10 miles
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