Burnett Selected for Virginia Lawyers Hall of Fame

         Virginia Lawyers Weeklyincluded Leesburg lawyer Peter C. Burnett among 25 living inductees selected for inclusion in the Virginia Lawyers Hall of Fame.

The honor recognizes attorneys aged 60 and older who have made a lasting mark on the legal field. Criteria for selection includes career accomplishments, contributions to the profession and to the development of the law, and efforts to increase access to justice.

“I have enjoyed almost every day of my 42 years as a Virginia lawyer. It is an absolute honor to be recognized. What is even more gratifying is to be included in a class comprised of such distinguished lawyers,” Burnett stated.

A longtime Loudoun County resident, Burnett maintained a general law practice in Leesburg for 10 years beginning in the late 1970s. In 1988, Burnett co-founded Burnett & Williams, P.C., now considered one of Virginia’s oldest and most experienced personal injury law firms.

During his career, Burnett has obtained many seven-figure verdicts and settlements. In 2012, for example, Burnett obtained what remains the highest wrongful death verdict ever returned by a Virginia jury—$15,000,000. That eclipsed a record previously held by Burnett in the 1990s for the highest wrongful death verdict ever returned in Loudoun County.

An active member of the Virginia State Bar for decades, Burnett was intimately involved in obtaining full conference status and funding for the Virginia State Bar’s Diversity Conference. As president of the Loudoun County Bar Association from 1999 to 2000, he created the Loudoun County Law Foundation, which was instrumental in funding the acclaimed Thomas D. Horne Leadership in the Law Program, the Beat the Odds scholarship program for at-risk youth in Loudoun County, and other worthwhile Loudoun County programs.

In 2009, the Town of Leesburg recognized Burnett’s community leadership with its highest honor, the George C. Marshall Award, which is designed to “celebrate an individual who has demonstrated an exemplary commitment to the community above and beyond business contributions.” Burnett is the only two-time recipient of the award having also been recognized in 2003.

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