25 North Central Avenue

Staunton, VA 24401


About Ross

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Ross leads TimberlakeSmith’s Tort Defense practice. Ross’s tort defense practice is widely diversified and includes automotive liability, trucking and transportation, insurance coverage, premises liability, and products liability. Ross has significant trial experience having tried over 50 jury trials in state and federal courts. This broad trial experience allows Ross to offer his clients aggressive, effective, and cost-efficient representation. This representation includes Rapid Response to accidents and Early Resolution of claims before the suit is filed. He fully understands the unique needs of his self-insured and insurance company clients and maintains excellent relationships with his clients. On a selective basis, Ross also represents people injured in accidents.

Ross was educated at Washington and Lee University and its law school, where he now teaches trial advocacy as an adjunct professor. Ross was admitted to the Virginia State Bar in 1985 and the U.S. Supreme Court Bar in 1992.

Ross’s hobbies include travel with his family and various sports afield.


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Staunton, Virginia
1988 - Present

Christian & Barton
Richmond, Virginia
1985 - 1988


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J.D., Washington & Lee University School of Law, 1985
Cum Laude
Omicron Delta Kappa
Burks Scholar

B.A., Washington & Lee University, 1981
Cum Laude

Norfolk Academy, 1977

Bar and Court Admissions

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Virginia State Bar

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court


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Professional Recognitions/Affiliations

Rated AV - Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
Augusta Bar Association, Treasurer, 1989 - 1990
Virginia Bar Association, Past Chairman, Disaster Relief Committee
Virginia State Bar, Past member of Judicial Nominations Committee
Virginia State Bar, Disciplinary Committee for the 8th District, July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2014
Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
Virginia Business Magazine “Legal Elite” 2005 - 2010
The Best Lawyers in America®: 2009 - 2017

Community/Civic Affiliations

Trinity Episcopal Church, Past Vestry Member
Officer Board of Trustees, Valley Conservation Council, Past Member
Chair Board of Trustees, Hunter McGuire School, Past Member
Adjunct Faculty, Washington & Lee University School of Law (Trial Advocacy): 2014 - present
Virginia State Bar Professionalism Faculty: 2016 - present