Robert E. Byrne, Jr.


Robert E. Byrne, Jr., Virginia Personal Injury Attorney

Taking a leave-no-stone-unturned approach to his civil trial practice, Robert E. Byrne, Jr. is an AV-rated Virginia Truck Accident Lawyer and Charlottesville Personal Injury attorney who focuses on personal injury litigation and truck accident injuries.  Bob primarily represents individuals who have been injured, whether from a car accident, a tractor trailer accident, or a dangerous product.  With trial experience in both state and federal courts, Bob is passionate about representing his clients through all levels of a case, from thoroughly researching and briefing complex issues of law to arguing motions and presenting cases at trial to a jury.

Drawing upon his own experiences with profound loss, Bob is also uniquely positioned to represent families in wrongful death cases. Bob has helped numerous families deal with the crushing weight of grief, and he considers his work on wrongful death cases to be the most important and personal work he does.

Bob has been recognized repeatedly by Super Lawyers Magazine and has also been named by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the “Top 100” Trial Lawyers in Virginia. Bob has earned an AV-rating of Preeminent by the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell attorney rating system, and Bob has repeatedly been named one of Virginia’s “Top Rated Lawyers” by The American Lawyer magazine. In 2010, Bob was named the Virginia State Bar’s Young Lawyer of the Year out of approximately 9,000 eligible attorneys.

In addition to serving as the Managing Attorney and President of MartinWren, P.C., Bob has also volunteered in a number of capacities with the Virginia State Bar and the Charlottesville Albemarle Bar Association.  Locally, Bob is a board member for New City Counseling, has served on committees for a water sanitation fundraising project to benefit communities in Africa, and has performed pro-bono work as a volunteer attorney with the Legal Aid Justice Center in Charlottesville. Bob also served on the Board of Directors of Computers 4 Kids and the Blue Ridge Chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Bob’s wife, Lauren, is a licensed attorney and formerly served as a prosecutor for the City of Norfolk and as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable D. Arthur Kelsey. Bob and Lauren live in Keswick with their five children, including twins.  Bob and Lauren are active members of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville where Bob also serves as an Elder, and they’ve been honored to assist with several ministries through the church, including Jobs for Life, Grief Share, and Mothers of Preschoolers.

Charlottesville Personal Injury Attorney

As a Charlottesville Personal Injury Lawyer, Bob has represented injured clients in a wide variety of litigation matters including traumatic brain injury litigation, truck accidents, serious car accidents, child sexual abuse, medical malpractice, workplace injury litigation and industrial accidents, workplace torts, false imprisonment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, trucking litigation and tractor trailer accidents.  Bob has experience representing numerous victims of traumatic brain injury, including several TBI victims who were injured in collisions with tractor trailers.

Virginia Truck AccidenT Lawyer

As a Virginia Truck Accident Lawyer, Bob has handled numerous dump truck and tractor trailer crash cases throughout Virginia involving sudden medical emergency, death cases, wheel-off cases, fatigued drivers, high-speed collisions, and a number of other scenarios.  Bob is skilled at investigating these cases, working with experts to secure critical information, and devising insightful strategies using Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations to establish liability. These cases oftentimes involve traumatic brain injuries, and Bob has worked closely with some of the top neurologists and physiatrists in the county to learn and apply this medicine in his cases.

Sample Representations

Personal Injury Litigation

  • Obtained $4,000,000 settlement in truck accident case involving polytrauma injuries, including traumatic brain injury and orthopedic injuries, for war refugee who was injured when a box truck exited its lane of travel, entered the median, and crashed into his tractor trailer
  • Co-counsel with Lauren Byrne in medical malpractice case in Fairfax Circuit Court resulting in $2,500,000 verdict (ZERO pretrial offer) for mother who sustained pain and suffering and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after she underwent an emergency cesarean section without adequate anesthesia when anesthesiologist failed to timely appear when called for emergency procedure
  • Obtained $1,750,000 verdict (plus prejudgment interest to give total verdict of $2.22 million), for mother who sustained a mild traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following collision with commercial dump truck on interstate 64 ($125,000 pretrial offer)
  • Represented several TBI victims in automobile and tractor trailer accidents who have suffered a variety of symptoms, including severe headaches, loss of balance, tinnitus, lost of smell, vision damage, psychiatric injuries including PTSD and bipolar disorder, and a number of other cognitive and behavior issues
  • Jury verdict for young man with torn shoulder labrum, in the amount of approximately $256,000, where highest pre-trial offer was $26,000
  • Jury verdict for sexual abuse victim against the abuser’s spouse, in the total amount of $275,000, plus pre-judgment interest of approximately $90,000
  • Part of litigation team that obtained confidential $1,750,000 settlement in wrongful death medical malpractice claim
  • Part of litigation team that obtained confidential $1,140,000 settlement in cerebral palsy birth injury case
  • Part of litigation team that received $850,000 jury verdict in federal court in tractor trailer accident that resulted in traumatic brain injury
  • Obtained confidential $750,000 settlement against resort for traumatic brain injury sustained in resort activity
  • Obtained confidential $750,000 settlement in tractor trailer crash case in bad weather, which caused the death of our client
  • Obtained $695,000 settlement in tractor trailer case when client injured in a wheel-off incident where a loose tire caused a serious crash
  • Confidential $700,000 settlement in trucking case that caused client to suffer a combined labyrtinthine (vestibular) and cerebral concussion
  • Obtained $400,000 settlement in traumatic brain injury case where client suffered brain injury as a child, his family indicated he was normal within months, but he developed psychiatric issues several years later
  • Obtained $250,000 settlement for driver in low-speed automobile crash who developed traumatic cervical dystonia as a result of the crash
  • Jury verdict in the amount of $125,000 in rural Virginia county where plaintiff had multiple felony convictions and jury awarded $100,000 in punitive damages against a drunk driver ($55,000 pretrial offer)
  • Successfully represented plaintiffs suffering disc herniations, spondylolisthesis, spondylolylis, and other lumbar, thoracic, and cervical spine injuries sustained in automobile accidents
  • Successfully represented driver in automobile products liability claim when her airbag failed to discharge in an accident, leading to facial fractures and a closed head injury
  • Represented child in civil suit against neighbor who committed multiple acts of child sexual abuse
  • Represented client injured in ATV (4 wheeler) accident
  • Represented driver injured in defective airbag products liability case against major automotive manufacturer
  • Represented plaintiff in medical malpractice action involving retained surgical sponge
  • Represented plaintiffs who sustained traumatic brain injuries, including post-concussive syndrome and subdural hematomas, and who have faced a variety of physical and psychological injuries
  • Represented minor plaintiff with facial scars sustained in car accident
  • Represented plaintiff in products liability action who was injured by defective trailer that fell and caused bone fracture
  • Represented numerous plaintiffs who were injured by drunk drivers
  • Represented clients suffering serious injuries ranging from closed head brain injuries, burn injuries, nerve injuries, scarring, broken bones, ligament damage, and other serious injuries



Bob is frequently asked to speak to other attorneys about litigation and trial strategies. Recent speeches and lectures include the following:

2023:  Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Sources of Coverage Seminaor, Richmond, VA, “Tractor Trailer Insurance Coverages”

2023: Trial Lawyers University Webinar, Discussing $2,500,000 Medical Malpractice Verdict in Anesthesia Case

2023: Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Annual Convention, Greenbrier Resort, WV, “Taking a Fresh Look at Negligent Entrustment Claims in Virginia.”

2023:  American Association for Justice Trucking Litigation Group, Nashville, TN, “How to Handle Hazardous Conditions Trucking Cases.”

2022:  Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Tractor Trailer Retreat, Williamsburg, VA, “How to Handle Bad Weather Trucking Cases in Virginia.”

2021:  Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Richmond, VA, “The Glories and Pitfalls of Virtual Lawyering.”

2021:  Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Advanced Automobile Retreat, Wintergreen, VA, “Lost Earning Capacity Claims.”

To learn more about Bob’s services as a Christian personal injury attorney, Virginia Truck Accident Lawyer, Virginia Tractor Trailer Crash Lawyer, or a Virginia Wrongful Death Attorney, please call Bob at 434-817-3100

  • Virginia (2002)
  • United States Supreme Court (2007)
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (2005)
  • Eastern District of Virginia (2005)
  • Western District of Virginia (2005)
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar
    • Litigation Section, Member of Board of Governors, Chairman (2022)
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
    • Public Affairs Committee, 2021-22
    • Amicus Curiae Committee, 2018-20
    • Co-chair Ethics Committee, 2017-18
    • Judicial Nominations Committee, 2015-16
    • Annual Convention Committee, 2015-16
    • Ethics and Professionalism Committee, 2009
  • Charlottesville Albemarle Bar Association
    • Secretary, 2015
Honors and Awards
  • AV-rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • Named one of Virginia’s Top Rated Lawyers by “The American Lawyer”
  • Edwin Burnette, Jr. Award, Virginia State Bar Young Lawyer of the Year, 2010
  • Top 40 Under 40 Trial Lawyer in Virginia, National Trial Lawyers
  • Virginia Super Lawyer, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024
  • Rising Star in Personal Injury Litigation, 2014 “Super Lawyers Magazine”
  • Rising Star in Business Litigation 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 “Super Lawyers Magazine”
  • 10 out of 10 *Superb* rating, AVVO
  • Significant Service Award, Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference, 2009
Publications and Lectures
  • Ethical Issues With Virtual Lawyering, VTLA 2022 Advocacy Seminar
  • Working With Vocational Rehabilitation Evidence, From Report to Trial, VTLA 2021 Advanced Automobile Retreat
  • Author of Virginia Trial Practice, a blog offering perspective on legal issues and trial practice
  • Non-Compete Agreement Litigation Strategies, Strafford Publications, national audience, March 2014
  • Avoiding Tort Liability in Breach of Contract Actions, Strafford Publications, national audience, October 2013
  • Employment Law Update, 2013, Charlottesville-Albemarle Bar Association Presentation with John Simpson
  • Advising Your Clients in the Web 2.0 Economy, CLE Presentation to Charlottesville Albemarle Bar Association Business Law Section, June 2012
  • Breach of Contract Disputes, BNI CLE Presentation, November 2011
  • Supreme Irony? Appellate Practice in a Trial Court, “Docket Call,” Summer 2009
  • Disclosure Requirements in a post-John Crane Virginia, “Docket Call,” Winter 2009
  • The Don’ts of Closing Arguments, “Docket Call,” Spring 2008
  • The Importance of Jury Instructions, “Docket Call,” Winter 2008
  • How Many Interrogatories Does a Subpart Make?, “Docket Call,” Fall, 2007

Contact Our Virginia Lawyers

We serve clients throughout Virginia — from Charlottesville and Central Virginia to metropolitan Richmond; Harrisonburg and the Shenandoah Valley to Roanoke; and the cities of Hampton Roads to the Northern Virginia cities of  Fairfax, Alexandria and Arlington.

To speak with one of our attorneys, please call us at (434) 817-3100.

Our Virginia personal injury lawyers at MartinWren, P.C. have a statewide practice and offer free consultations at a time and location that is convenient for you.  We will gladly meet with you at your home or at the hospital, even on nights and weekends.


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