J. Penn Crawford

J. Penn Crawford

The Johnson Injury Firm

Recognized since 2021

Richmond, Virginia

Practice Areas

Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

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A Richmond native, Penn earned his undergraduate degree from East Carolina University and went to work on Capitol Hill as part of the Oversight and Investigations staff for the House Commerce Committee.

Eager to pursue a career as a lawyer, Penn enrolled at the University of Richmond’s T. C. Williams School of Law, where he served on the Journal of Law in the Public Interest and was the recipient of the school’s prestigious Williams Scholarship.

As a law student, Penn says, he heard the best advice that he ever received from the Honorable Robert R. Merhige Jr., who was longtime judge with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

“Judge Merhige told my law school class to always remember that it is a privilege to represent people as an attorney and that if we remembered that it would put all of the difficulties and challenges of law into perspective,” Penn says.

Upon graduation, he joined a general practice law firm and gained experience in a wide range of legal matters, including criminal defense law and commercial litigation. One of the cases he worked on led to the Virginia Supreme Court’s first interpretation of the Virginia Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) Act. Penn also served as a guardian ad litem for Richmond-area children.

“Having previously served in a general practice firm, I was able to see the interaction of many other areas of the law,” he says. “These experiences have helped me to see how judges interpret statutes and how juries react to different factual scenarios. When seeking results for your clients, it’s important to recognize these subtle patterns.”

Penn received the “Top 40 Under 40 Trial Attorneys” standards of excellence award from The National Trial Lawyers in 2012 and 2013.

Best Lawyers in America 2021-2023
Superlawyers 2020-2023

Penn has authored several published legal articles and served as a speaker at educational seminars. In 2013, he was named to the Board of Commonwealth Community Trust, which administers third-party trusts for people with disabilities, and served as President of the Board from 2021-2022.

Outside of his work, Penn enjoys spending time with his family, playing sports and getting out into the great outdoors.

  • 5501 Staples Mill Road
    P.O. Box 28057
    Richmond, VA 23228-0057
  • University of Richmond, J.D., graduated 2002

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
    • National Trial Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40 Trial Attorneys
    • Academy of Trucks Accident Attorneys (ATAA)
    • Commonwealth Community Trust, President (2019-present)
    • Best Lawyers in America 2021-2022
    • Superlawyers 2020-2023

Tell us a little bit about your practice and what makes it unique.

We are a boutique firm that provides individualized attention to each case.

What common questions are you asked by clients, and what are your answers?

Q: Why should we pick you over the advertising firms?

A: We offer an individualized approach, where you interact with a real Virginia attorney rather than a chatbot or out of state attorneys who do not understand the complexities of Virginia law

Describe one of your most interesting or memorable cases in the past year.

We had a hard working client who was on the job making deliveries when the defendant tried to squeeze in between her car and another car parked on the side of the road. The defendant vigorously denied liability. We obtained the police bodycam video where the defendant stuck to his story, but we noticed he said something to his passenger as the officer was walking away. The officer clearly did not hear the defendant but we had the audio enhanced and were able to produce the defendant's statement which contradicted what he had told the police--this won the case for our client.

What is most challenging about your area(s) of expertise?

The insurance defense industry is a multi-billion dollar industry designed to prevent injured parties from making fair recoveries for their injuries. Many insurance companies make their money by keeping it and investing it rather than paying out claims in a timely and fair manner.

Were there any particular inspirations (people or events) that spurred your interest in your practice area(s)?

Becoming a personal injury lawyer allowed me to advocate for these individuals and be their voice in the legal system. I am passionate about helping people rebuild their lives after an accident and holding negligent parties accountable. Ultimately, my motivation comes from the desire to make a positive impact on the lives of those who have been wronged.

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