CHRISTOPHER K. SPEED joined the firm as a shareholder in 1994 after representing plaintiffs in Virginia for 20 years. He has spent his entire career pursuing justice for victims of personal injury, medical and legal negligence, aviation accidents, and defective products.
Mr. Speed is also a founding member of the Northern Virginia Plaintiffs Bar, an organization of plaintiff lawyers dedicated to improving the ability of victims to pursue justice for their injuries. He often uses his experience as a licensed pilot to represent victims and their families involved in aircraft crashes.
Mr. Speed is a member of the Florida Justice Association, formerly known as the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers; the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association; and the American Association for Justice, formerly known as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. A sought-after public speaker, he has lectured on civil injury trials and in the fields of plaintiff’s personal injury and medical malpractice.
Mr. Speed has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for over 25 years.
Mr. Speed received a bachelor of arts degree from Georgetown University, and a law degree from the George Washington University Law School.
I worked full time to put myself through law school. I didn’t have time to join the clubs, I didn’t have time to get the summer job in a law firm, I didn’t spend time going to the courthouse. I went to law school and I worked. When I graduated from law school, I went out looking for a job, and – unbelievably – got one the first day I looked. I went to court the next day.
This firm has had an enormous impact on our community with the things they’ve done charitably. That’s one of the real attractions to this firm for me; in addition to doing great legal work, they are heavily involved in the community, helping on charitable projects and issues. That’s just something that I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to help with for a long time.
All of our cases involve folks who have somehow been treated improperly by the system, by a corporation, by an individual. So the score card is, yeah, we take the cases, we want to win them, that’s what we do as lawyers. But on the other hand, the real reward is seeing the good this does for those folks who have suffered an injury that wasn’t their fault, that someone else caused.
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