Courtney Allen Van Winkle
Attorney and partner Courtney Van Winkle has a proven record of success in handling traumatic brain injury (TBI) cases both in and out of the courtroom. A trial lawyer for more than twenty years, she has dedicated her entire legal career to the representation of men, women, and children who have been injured due to the negligence of others. Courtney is a member of the Brain Injury Association of Virginia and the AAJ Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group. Working with these organizations allows her to network with their members, share important information about medical experts, and learn about the latest medical breakthroughs in the care and treatment of brain injured patients. She is the current president of the Virginia Women’s Attorneys Association – Richmond Chapter and frequently lectures to fellow lawyers on trial strategies and tactics.
Courtney is a forceful advocate for those who have suffered massive brain injuries. Yet, she understands that clients with “mild” brain injuries may also struggle with serious cognitive, emotional, and physical deficits that adversely affect their families, their employment, and their everyday lives.
Courtney forms a personal bond with her brain injured clients and their family members. During open and frank discussions, she pays attention to reports describing changes in a client’s behavior. She takes into consideration accounts of a client’s diminished capacity to handle ordinary tasks at work or school.
Courtney is experienced and enjoys working with children who have sustained a traumatic brain injury. She may meet with a brain injured child’s teacher or principal to help ensure the child gets specialized educational help. She may suggest that a client consult a specialist and undergo an examination or series of tests designed to determine the extent of his neurological impairment and its affect on his ability to learn.
Courtney knows it is essential to establish strong relationships with the many medical specialists who treat and care for the seriously brain injured. After all, it is these experts who will be called on at trial to explain to a jury the subtleties and complexities of a client’s injuries in terms jurors can easily understand.
Likewise, Courtney recognizes the importance of identifying friends, co-workers, and family members who have observed changes in a friend or loved one’s behavior, mood, or ability to perform well at work. She may ask these eyewitnesses to describe to jurors at trial the many ways in which their relative, friend or co-worker’s life has changed at home, on the job, or with regard to his recreational activities.
Insurance companies and their defense attorneys respect trial lawyers who stand ready, willing, and able to take cases to trial because they know that’s what it takes to get the best settlement or verdict for a brain injured client. Courtney understands this, and from the first day a client steps into her office she begins putting together a legal strategy that will help bring her client’s case to a favorable conclusion.
1809 Staples Mill Road
Richmond, VA 23230
7255 Mechanicsville Tpke.
Mechanicsville, VA 23111
Short Pump Office
11577 West Broad Street
Henrico, VA 23233
p: (866) 388-6412