Justin Sheldon


Practice Areas: Brain Injury, Product Liability, Wrongful Death, Nursing Home Abuse

Direct Office Line: (804)351-9040

Email Address: justin@bbtrial.com

After graduating cum laude from the University of Richmond School of Law in 2011, Justin Sheldon began his legal career with a large national firm doing high-stakes business litigation. He soon moved on to a boutique firm specializing in auto products liability litigation throughout the United States. In that role, he was on the trial team for Porsche, Honda, Toyota, Kia, and Hyundai when those companies were sued for the serious injury or death of car crash victims.

Finding that his sympathy and passion were with those who had been injured, Justin decided to change his legal career path and began representing injury victims and their families. From his experience as a defense lawyer, Justin knew that the single most powerful tool in representing injury victims and their families was the jury trial. As a plaintiffs’ attorney, Justin works every single case with the full intention of taking it to trial and having a jury decide. In the years that Justin has represented victims and their families, he has tried at least five jury trials each year, along the way winning a verdict of $1,250,000 in King William County, Virginia, which is currently the largest jury verdict in that county.

After several years representing injured people, Justin became aware of the growing crisis facing nursing home residents and their families.  He has developed a passion for helping those that have been badly injured and killed because of the neglect and abuse nursing home residents endure from the companies that are supposed to care for them.  Because much of the abuse and neglect is the direct result of financial decisions nursing homes and their parent companies are making, his business litigation experience has proved invaluable in navigating these complex cases.

Justin also served as counsel securing a $38.2 million settlement for a class action lawsuit that included more than 10,750 universal life insurance policy holders of Banner Life Insurance Co. and William Penn Life Insurance Co. The plaintiffs in these class actions alleged that the companies unjustifiably increased the cost of insurance charges on the policies for the sole purpose of benefiting shareholders and clearing their near-term liabilities.

Justin’s dedication to preparing every case for trial has also led to multiple settlements for individuals over $1,000,000. Refusing to be content with past success, he is constantly searching for ways to represent his clients better, attending conferences and reading books on trial skills. His dedication to improvement is reflected in the many recognitions that he has received, including being named a “Rising Star” by Virginia Super Lawyers® from 2015-2020 and a Super Lawyer 2021-2022, being named a “Top 40 Under 40” by the National Trial Lawyers, receiving the “Up & Coming Lawyer” award from Virginia Lawyers Weekly in 2021, and being selected by Best Lawyers® as “Ones to Watch” for 2022 and 2023.

Justin and his wife, Laura, have three young sons that keep them busy. Justin is very excited to raise his sons to be young men of character and considers that responsibility the most important calling he has.

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  • J.D., University of Richmond School of Law, cum laude
  • B.A., Roanoke College

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia

Previous Experience

  • Geoff McDonald & Associates
  • Spencer, LLP
  • LeClairRyan

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America® – “Ones to Watch” (2022-2024)
  • Virginia Lawyers Weekly – “Up & Coming Lawyer” (2021)
  • Virginia Super Lawyers® – “Rising Star” (2015 – 2020)
  • Virginia Super Lawyers® –  “Super Lawyer” (2021 – 2024)
  • National Trial Lawyers – “Top 40 Under 40” (2020)
  • Virginia State Bar – “Significant Service” Award (2013, 2016)

Professional Associations

  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association – Publications Committee Member
  • Richmond Bar Association – Member
  • Virginia State Bar Construction Torts Seminar – Speaker, “Economic Loss, Repose, Worker’s Compensation & Vicarious Liability (October 23, 2023)
  • VTLA’s Med School for Trial Attorneys – Event Co-Chair & Panel Leader (May 17, 2023)
  • VTLA’s Advocacy Seminar – Speaker “Telling the Story Across the Spectrum: Trial Persuasion” (October 25, 2022)

Wrongful Death

$6 Million

Wrongful Death

$4.7 Million

Brain Injury

$1.75 Million

Personal Injury

$1.25 Million

Car Accidents


Personal Injury


Sexual Assault


Personal Injury


Car Accidents


Car Accidents


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