25 North Central Avenue

Staunton, VA 24401


Colin J.S. Thomas, Jr.

General Civil Litigation

About Cal

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Cal is Of Counsel for TimberlakeSmith—his years of experience and extensive network of contacts make him an unparalleled asset as he provides advice and assistance in all areas of law. He earned both his B.A. and LL.B. degrees from the University of Virginia before being admitted to the Virginia State Bar in 1962.

During his career, Cal has been admitted to all federal courts in Virginia, and has been a member and served as president of several notable law organizations, including the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys. He has also been honored to be included in The Best Lawyers in America© for more than 30 years. For nearly 40 years, Cal served on the faculty for University of Virginia’s Trial Advocacy Institute and the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. Cal is a Fellow of The American College of Trial Lawyers.


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Staunton, VA
1962 - Present


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LL.B., University of Virginia, 1962
B.A., University of Virginia, 1958

Bar and Court Admissions

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US District Court for the Western District of Virginia


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Faculty, Trial Advocacy Institute, University of Virginia, 1983 - 2016
National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Faculty 1980 - 2000
Professional Affiliations
Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
Fellow, Virginia Law Foundation
Fellow, International Society of Barristers
Augusta Bar Association, President, 1982 - 1983
Virginia Bar Association, Chairman, Committee on Professionalism, 1987 - 1990
Virginia State Bar

  • Member: Council, 1981 - 1987, 2002 - 2003
  • Executive Committee, 1984 - 1987
  • Committee on Lawyer Discipline, 1987 - 1989
  • Chairman, Legal Ethics Committee, 1986 - 1987
  • Chairman, Senior Lawyers Conference, 2002 - 2003

Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys (President, 1984 - 1985)

Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell
Named to Virginia Business Magazine's “Legal Elite”, 2004 - 2016
The Best Lawyers in America®, 1986 - 2016
“Virginia Super Lawyers” for Civil Litigation Defense and Business Litigation, 2006 - 2017
Military Service
USMCR, 1958 - 1963