As a trial lawyer for over 30 years, Bruce Blanchard understands the pressure, expense, frustration, and uncertainty that litigation imposes upon a client. In order to achieve a desired outcome in court, Bruce works with his clients to define their priorities and develop a strategy that achieves the clients’ objectives. He brings common sense, an affinity for people, and a commitment to ethics in both his civil and criminal practice. Bruce believes hard work, preparation, and identification of important issues and themes are necessary to develop a winning strategy for trial.
Bruce has spent the majority of his career trying complex civil and criminal cases and serves both corporate and individual clients with matters in Virginia state and federal courts. His clients include municipal governments, international trade corporations, national and local business enterprises, professional partnerships and joint ventures, and individuals.
In his civil litigation practice, Bruce has tried commercial, contract and construction disputes; land use and zoning actions; copyright and trademark infringement cases; and labor and employment claims. He has also represented both plaintiffs and defendants in product liability litigation, as well as bodily injury and wrongful death cases. As a former prosecutor, and as a criminal defense attorney, Bruce is familiar with all aspects of criminal investigations and prosecution. In his criminal litigation practice, Bruce routinely defends individuals and corporations on state and federal offenses, including complex white collar crimes. This experience allows him to work with businesses on internal and external investigations involving allegations of embezzlement or corporate wrongdoing.
In addition to receiving an AV rating, the highest rating given by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ for his legal ability and general ethical standards, Bruce was selected as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Virginia by The National Trial Lawyers. He has also been listed among Virginia Business magazine’s “Legal Elite” eight times, as well as selected for inclusion in the Virginia Super Lawyers lists since 2007, and the Washington D.C. Super Lawyers lists since 2008. Most recently Bruce was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015 list for Commercial Litigation.
Bruce received his Bachelor of Arts, with Distinction, from the University of Virginia, and graduated from the T. C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond, where he was a member of the Law Review.
Bruce and his wife Ann have three children—all three of whom are also University of Virginia Cavaliers. Bruce has been active in his local community, serving as a member of the Manassas Regional Airport Commission and the Board of the Prince William Health System Foundation. He is also a former member of the Board of the Fairfax Law Foundation and a former member of the Fairfax Bar Association Board of Directors.
Northern Virginia Community Hospital v. Loudoun County Bd. of Supervisors — Represented Loudoun County and the Board of Supervisors in land use litigation challenging the County's denial of a zoning application for a hospital. Despite the developer's receipt of a Certificate of Public Need from the Virginia Department of Health, Mr. Blanchard was successful in having two lawsuits against the County and Board dismissed, affirming the County's denial.
Salahi v. Journey, et al. — Mr. Blanchard represented Neal Schon and the rock band Journey in a business tort case in Warren County, Virginia.
Gary and Pam Golden v. City of Brunswick — Mr. Blanchard represented a family in an action against the City of Brunswick, Maryland for negligently damaging their property and exposing them to toxic mold as the result of a sewer malfunction. While the City vigorously contested the Plaintiff's allegations, at trial a jury awarded Mr. Blanchard's clients a verdict in excess of $1.2 million dollars.
Knight v. Dewberry & Davis, LLC, et al. — Mr. Blanchard represented a family in a wrongful death action arising out of an automobile accident at an intersection where road construction was being performed under a contract between Fairfax County, the Virginia Department of Transportation, and a privately owned construction company. While there were complex issues of sovereign immunity and while liability was contested, Mr. Blanchard was successful in obtaining a multi-million dollar settlement for the surviving widow and sons of the individual killed in the underlying collision.