Newport News native, H. Duncan Garnett, Jr., is a trial lawyer with more than thirty years of success in the trial of personal injury and wrongful death claims.

He enjoys the highest Martindale-Hubbell rating for legal competence, has been selected by his peers for publication in "The Best Lawyers in America" and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

Mr. Garnett focuses his practice on the settlement and trial of cases involving serious injury and death caused by car, tractor-trailer and other vehicular collisions, by medical negligence, by defective products and by nursing home abuse. In addition, he has a special interest in pursuing mass torts such as pharmaceutical or drug litigation as well as cases involving fraud on the government which are often referred to as “whistle blower cases.”

Mr. Garnett is published in the Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, is a chapter author of the lawyers’ textbook, How to Try an Automobile Negligence Case in Virginia, published by the West Group in 1997, is a past member of the Virginia Bar Association Committee which annually publishes A Guide to Virginia Evidence, a past member of the faculty for the Virginia State Bar Professionalism Course and is a frequent lecturer in Continuing Legal Education.

Mr. Garnett is a past President of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and a board member of the Virginia College Trial Advocacy. He is a Stalwart of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and a Patron of the Virginia Bar Association, a past representative to the Virginia State Bar Council representing the City of Charlottesville and the counties of Central Virginia and a past President of the Piedmont Bar Association. He currently serves on the Board of the Southern Trial Lawyers Association and is a member of the Litigation, Torts and Insurance Law Sections of the American Bar Association, a member of the Thomas Jefferson Inn of Court in Charlottesville, Virginia and an active member of the Louisa, Richmond, Newport News and Hampton Bar Associations. He is also a member of Trial Lawyers for Public Justice and the Roscoe Pound Foundation.

Mr. Garnett is admitted to practice before all of the courts of the Commonwealth and the Virginia Supreme Court, the Supreme Court of the United States, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia.

Mr. Garnett was educated in the Newport News public schools, attended Christopher Newport University and received his undergraduate degree in American History and his law degree from the College of William and Mary where his accomplishments were recognized by selection for membership in Omicron Delta Kappa, a national fraternity which honors conspicuous attainment and leadership in collegiate activities.

Mr. Garnett and his wife, Diana, reside in downtown Hampton and on their farm in Louisa County. They enjoy salt water sports, bird dogs and retrievers, and farming.

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  • College of William & Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law - Juris Doctor

  • College of William & Mary - Bachelors in American History


  • Federal Bar Association

  • Virginia State Bar


  • Rated A.V. Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell for twenty consecutive years

  • Listed in Best Lawyers for the last twenty-four consecutive years (1997-2021)

  • ​Selected for inclusion in Virginia Super Lawyers continuously since 2006



  • Board of Governors of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association

  • American Bar Association

  • Virginia Bar Association

  • Newport News Bar Association

  • National Trial Lawyers Association

  • Southern Trial Lawyers Association

  • Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America

  • American Brain Injury Trial Lawyers Association

  • Brain Injury Association of Virginia

  • American Association for Justice

  • Mass Tort Trial Lawyers Association