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Irving M. Blank Esq.
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Richmond, VA

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804-353-1839

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Virginia Leader in the Law, 2011, Virginia Lawyers Hall of Fame, 2018, Virginia Israel Advisory Committee, 1996-Present, Phi Alpha Delta; Omicron Delta Kappa; Alpha Kappa Psi. Author, "Trial Tactics for Premise Liability Cases," The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Summer, 1994. Treasurer and Founder, Virginia Congressional Committee, 1985-Present. Member, Executive Committee, National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council, 1981-1984 and 1991-1994. National Council of AIPAC, 1982-1988 and 1992-1995. Commonwealth of Virginia, Virginia-Israel Commission, 1986-1988. Virginia-Israel Partnership, 1994-1996. Board of Directors of the Central VA Legal Aid, Inc. Virginia Israel Advisory Board, 1996-2013. Panel of Arbitrators, American Arbitration Association, 1978-1998. Attorneys Arbitration and Mediation Services, Inc. 2006-2013. Listed, Virginia Super Lawyer, 2006-2018. Member of the Virginia State Bar Select Commission on Professionalism, 2008-2009. Board of Visitors, Averett University, 2010-Present. Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers; Fellow, Virginia Law Foundation. Member, Boyd-Graves Conference 2015-Present.

Areas Of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Premise Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Criminal Law

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 1967
  • District of Columbia, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia, 1967
  • U. S. Court of Military Appeals, 1972
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1972
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1972

Education

  • University of Richmond, The T.C. Williams School of Law, Richmond, Virginia
    • J.D. - 1967
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia
    • B.S. - 1966
    • Honors: Alpha Kappa Psi; Member of Civilian Honor Court; Co-Captain of the Tennis team
    • Major: Public Administration

Published Works

  • Trial Tactics for Premise Liability Cases, Journal of Va. Trial Lawyers, Summer, 1994

Representative Cases

  • Lee v. Southland Corp., 219 Va. 23, 244 S.E.2d. 756., 1978, Va., 1978132059
  • Memco Stores, Inc. v. Yeatman, 232 Va. 50, 348 S.E.2d. 288, 1986, Va., 1986145330
  • Shope v. Commonwealth, 228 Va. 203, 321 SE2d 282, 1984, 1984147905
  • Waters v. Safeway Stores, Inc.,, 246 Va. 269, 435 SE2d 380, 1993, 1993177717
  • Bowers v. Sprouse, 254 Va. 428, 492 S.E.2d. 637, 1997, 1997221899
  • Williams v. Condit, 265 Va. 49; 574 SE2d 241, 2003
  • Safeway, Inc. v. Yowell, Record Number 921160
  • Car and Truck accident- $5M. Settlement for death of two infant passengers
  • Over $1M in verdicts for motor vehicle accidents in Arlington Circuit Court
  • $900K settlement against Greater Richmond Transit Authority
  • $1M settlement on motorcycle accident
  • $1.15M settlement on slip and fall case
  • $1M settlement product liability for defective jack
  • $380K verdict in police brutality and malicious prosecution case in Richmond Circuit court
  • $500K settlement on a slip and fall case

Classes/Seminars

  • Instructor, Constitutional Law, Richmond Police Academy, 1970 to 1975
  • Presenter, Discovery Problems, Richmond Bench/Bar Conference, 1998 to 1998

Honors and Awards

  • Tree of Life award from Jewish National Fund
  • Virginia Super Lawyer 2006 - 2018
  • Virginia's Leaders of the Law 2011
  • 2011 Virginia Leader of the Year in the Law
  • Fellow of Virginia Law Foundation
  • Fellow of American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Inaugural Class of Virginia Lawyers Hall of Fame – 2018

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council, Member, Executive Committee, 1981 to 1984
  • National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council, Member, Executive Committee, 1991 to 1994
  • American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Member, National Council, 1982 to 1988
  • American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Member, National Council, 1992 to 1995
  • Richmond Jewish Community Relations Board, Chairman, 1984 to 1994
  • Richmond Bar Association, Member, Board of Directors
  • Central Virginia Legal Aid, Inc., Member, Board of Directors
  • Virginia Congressional Committee, Treasurer and Founder, 1985
  • Virginia-Israel Partnership, Member, 1994 to 1996
  • Virginia Israel Advisory Board, Member, 1996 to 2018
  • American Arbitration Association, Panel of Arbitrators, 1980 to 1996
  • District of Columbia Bar, Member, 1978 to Present
  • Richmond Bar Association, Member, Committee Administration of Justice, 1980-1984; Attorney Client Relations, 1982-1983; Member, Board of Directors, 1982-1985, 1980 to Present
  • Virginia State Bar, Council Member, 2003 to 2012
  • American Bar Association, Member, Committee on Specialization, Section of Criminal Justice, 1974 to 1976
  • American Bar Association, Member, Committee on Environmental Matters in Criminal Law, Section of Criminal Justice, 1974 to 1976
  • Richmond Criminal Bar Association, Founding Member
  • Richmond Criminal Bar Association, Secretary, 1973 to 1973
  • Richmond Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, Member
  • John Marshall Inns of Court
  • Jewish Family Services, Member, Board of Directors
  • Richmond Jewish Community Federation, Member, Board of Directors and Executive Committee
  • Richmond Bar Association, Member, Judiciary Committee
  • Richmond Bar Association, Member, Board of Directors, 2002 to 2003
  • Virginia State Bar, Executive Committee, 2006 to 2012
  • Richmond Jewish Community Federation, Community Relations Committee, 1984 to Present
  • Virginia State Bar, President-Elect, 2009 to 2010
  • Virginia State Bar, President, 2010 to 2011
  • Richmond Bar Association, Executive Committee, 1982 to 1985
  • Richmond Bar Association, Executive Committee, 2001 to 2005
  • Richmond Bar Association, Judicial Committee, 1999 to 2005
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Legal Ethics Professionalism Committee
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Virginia State Bar Judicial Endorsement Committee, 2008 to Present
  • Virginia Law Foundation, President, 2016
  • Virginia Holocaust Museum, Board of Directors, 2009 to Present
  • Chairman of the Nuremberg Courtroom Exhibit Committee, 2008 to Present
  • Virginia Continuing Legal Education, Board of Directors, 2008 to Present
  • Faculty Member, Carrico Professionalism Course
  • Boyd-Graves Conference, Member, 2015 to Present
  • Super Lawyer, 2006 to Present
  • 7 Governors have appointed him to Boards and Commissions

Past Employment Positions

  • Military: Captain Judge Advocate General's Corps, United States Army Reserve, 1968 to 1974

Pro Bono Activities

  • Central Virginia Legal Aid, Board of Directors
  • Legal Aid Justice Center, Board of Directors

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity
  • Alpha Kappa Psi

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