Carol Thomas Stone

Phone: (703) 246-0900
Fax: (703) 591-3673

Carol T. Stone has more than 35 years of experience litigating civil matters in the state and federal courts in Virginia, the District of Columbia and West Virginia. Carol concentrates her practice in the areas of professional negligence defense, including lawyers, medical professionals, insurance brokers and agents, real estate brokers and agents, and accountants; serious personal injury and wrongful death, including premises liability and motor vehicle accidents; employment and contract disputes; intentional torts; and FDCPA and other statutory violation claims. In addition to her active trial and appellate practice, Carol serves as head of the Firm’s Liability Practice Team and as Administrative Partner.

Having successfully defended civil litigants in more than 100 jury and non-jury trials and arbitrations, numerous mediations, and hundreds of procedural and dispositive motions, Carol has been recognized by her peers for selection for The Best Lawyers in America for Legal Malpractice-Defendants and Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants since 2007, Super Lawyers, and Top Lawyers in Virginia and the District of Columbia for Legal Malpractice. She also has been accepted to the Martindale Hubbell Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers.

Carol is actively involved in the local legal community and is committed to promoting ethics in the legal profession. She served as a member of the Virginia State Bar Fifth District Committee for attorney discipline from 2002 to 2008, including terms as chair and vice-chair, and currently serves as a Conciliator for the Fairfax County Circuit Court. Carol belongs to the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, the Fairfax County Bar Association and the Counsellors; and regularly participates in the ABA National Legal Malpractice Conferences.

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Reported Cases

Virginia Supreme Court

Van Dam v. Gay, 280 Va. 457 (2010)(legal malpractice defense)

Lifestar Response of Md., Inc. v. Vegosen, 267 Va. 720 (2004)(vacating default judgment for improper service of process)

O'Connell v. Bean, 263 Va. 176, 556 S.2d 741 (2002)(trial counsel, legal malpractice defense)

Bhatia v. Mehak, Inc., 262 Va. 544; 551 S.E.2d 358 (2001)(premises liability defense)

MNC Credit Corp. v. Sickels, 255 Va. 314; 497 S.E.2d 331 (1998)(landmark decision that legal malpractice claims are not assignable)

Gemco-Ware, Inc. v. Rongene Mold & Plastics Corp., 234 Va. 54, 360 S.E.2d 342 (1987)(product liability defense)

Virginia Circuit Court

Langdon v. Doherty, 2005 Va. Cir. LEXIS 305 (Va. Cir. Ct. Mar. 10, 2005)(claims against fiduciary)

Leake v. Family Dollar Stores, Inc., 62 Va. Cir. 46 (2003) (plea in bar granted)

Bachelder v. Statkus, 46 Va. Cir. 381 (Loudoun 1998)(medical malpractice)

Howell v. Rutledge, 1998 Va. Cir. LEXIS 540 (Alexandria 1998)

Federal Court

Rattner v. Chubb National Insurance Co., No 1:17-cv-00136 (E.D. Va. April 24, 2017) (tortious interference with contract, motion to dismiss granted)

Gardner v. Town of Blacksburg, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 81468 (W.D. Va. June 10, 2013)(police civil liability)

Hara v. Hardcore Choppers, LLC, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 162552 (D.D.C. 2012)(strict liability, breach of implied warranty, negligence claims based on motorcycle redesign)

Stith v. Thorne, 247 F.R.D. 89, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 88136 (E.D. Va. 2007)(Va. consumer protection act claims)

Earth Tech, Inc. v. United States Fire Ins. Co., 407 F. Supp. 2d 763 (E.D. Va. 2006)(insurance coverage)

Dikun v. Streich, 369 F. Supp. 2d 781 (E.D. Va. 2005)(Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) claims)

Skippy, Inc. v. Lipton Investments, Inc., 2003 U.S. App. LEXIS 18944 (4th Cir. 2003)(legal malpractice defense)

Kanazeh v. Crosson, 2003 U.S. App. LEXIS 4106 (4th Cir. 2003)(legal malpractice defense)

Westport Ins. Corp. v. Lydia S. Ulrich Testamentary Trust, 2002 U.S. App. LEXIS 15354 (4th Cir. 2002)(legal malpractice/coverage dispute)

Kanazeh v. Mann, 2001 U.S. App. LEXIS 22433 (4th Cir. 2001)(legal malpractice defense)

Ratner v. Loudoun County Public Schools, 2001 U.S. App. LEXIS, 16941 (4th Cir. 2001)

Toms v. Allied Bond & Collection Agency, Inc., 179 F. 3rd 103 (4th Cir. 1999)(FDCPA)

Francisco v. Doherty, Sheridan & Grimaldi, 1999 U.S. App. LEXIS 7664 (4th Cir. 1999)(legal malpractice defense)

Commercial Energies v. United Airlines, 1994 U.S. App. LEXIS 14311 (4th Cir. 1994)(false arrest)

Aram v. Al-Harithy, 1994 U.S. App. LEXIS 4154 (4th Cir. 1994)(breach of contract)

Richardson v. Kruchko & Fries, 966 F.2d 153 (4th Cir. 1992)(legal malpractice defense)

Gill v. Rollins Protective Services Co., 836 F.2d 194 (4th Cir. 1987)(fire loss)

Auerbach v. Sverdrup Corp. 264 U.S. App. D.C. 390; 829 F.2d 174 (D.C. Cir. 1987)

Gill v. Rollins Protective Services Co., 773 F.2d 592 (4th Cir. 1985)

Kanazeh v. Mann, 1998 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 22432 (E.D. Va. 1998)(legal malpractice defense)

Kanazeh v. Mann, 1998 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 22431 (E.D. Va. 1998)

B.M.H. v. School Board, 833 F. Supp. 560 (E.D. Va. 1993)

Chrysler Credit Corp. v. Curley, 753 F. Supp. 611 (E.D. Va. 1990)(breach of contract)

Ago v. Begg, Inc., 705 F. Supp. 613 (D.C.D.C. 1988)(real estate fraud)