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Philip G. Gardner

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Email: phil@ggbslawfirm.com

You would be hard pressed to find a more experienced trial lawyer – anywhere.  Over the last 40 years Phil has tried hundreds of jury trials – about half civil and half criminal.  In the Criminal arena those cases have covered everything from speeding to capital murder with a heavy emphasis on high profile – high stress murder cases.  On the civil side, the variety of cases is extensive.  While the majority of those cases involve plaintiffs’ personal injury, including motor vehicle, accidents, motorcycle, tractor trailer, premises liability, wrongful death, medical malpractice, nursing home cases and a wide variety of personal injury cases his civil experience also includes cases involving RICO, residential and commercial construction, trade secret, anti-trust, civil rights, sexual harassment and a wide variety of commercial litigation.  Phil counts as his most meaningful trial achievement is his 1998 election to the American College of Trial Lawyers, although he has also recognized yearly in peer review publications such as Super Lawyers, Top Lawyers and he holds Martindale Hubbell’s highest rating – AV Preeminent.  Phil’s appellate practice is also extensive and he is counsel of record for many reported appellate cases – both civil and criminal.  Phil and his wife of 45 years, Lynn have four sons, three of whom are lawyers and one is an Episcopal Priest and they have seven grandchildren.  On the rare occasions when Phil isn’t working or visiting with family, he is either working on the family farm or pursuing his hobby – fly fishing. 

Phil actively supports his community and has served on variety of charitable boards and organizations including a term as Chairman of the Martinsville Henry County Chamber of Commerce and President of the YMCA.  He has a long history of activity in the Episcopal Church.  Phil has also been active in lawyer extracurricular activities such as Board of Directors of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Directors of the Litigation Section of the Virginia State Bar, several terms on the District Ethics Committee, Virginia State Bar Counsel and he was recently inducted as a Fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation.   

Practice areas

  • General practice with an emphasis on trials

Attorney Gardner has tried approximately 400 jury trials, about half civil and half criminal. Most of the civil trials have been plaintiff's personal injury but have included RICO, trade secret, patent, tax fraud, antitrust, medical malpractice defense, cable TV rights, and constitution and commercial cases. Criminal cases have included everything from speeding to capital murder.

Bar admissions

Honors

Education

  • Martinsville High School, 1965

Employment

  • 1972–1973, Law Clerk to Honorable H. Emory Widener, United States District Court and 4th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • 1973–1976, Associate and Partner, Frith, Gardner & Gardner, Martinsville, VA
  • 1977 to present, Gardner, Barrow & Sharpe P.C. , Martinsville, VA

Professional associations

  • Board of Governors, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, two terms
  • Board of Governors/Litigation Section, Virginia State Bar, two terms
  • District Ethics Committee, two terms
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers (1998 to present)

Publications and presentations

  • Horizontal Territorial Restraints and the Per Se Rule,” Washington and Lee Law Review, volume 28, p. 457 (1971) cited at United States v. Topco Associates, 405 U.S. 596 (1972)
  • “Use and Misuse of the ‘Opening the Door’ Theory of Evidentiary Admissibility,” Litigation News, Spring 2002
  • “The Work Product Privilege – Don’t Waive It; Don’t Lose It,” Litigation News, Spring 2003
  • Medical Bills Presumed Reasonable at Last,” The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, 1994
  • Continuing Legal Education presentations include voir dire, depositions, premarital agreements, overview of custody law, proof of medical expenses, and various personal injury topics, including pleadings, discovery and trial.

Reported cases

  • Gruettner v. Gruetter, November 6, 2004, Court of Appeals of Virginia, Case #0916043
  • Tudor and Harmon v. Allstate Insurance Company, 216 Va 918, 224 S.E.2d, 156 (1990)
  • Kilby v. Scruggs and Pickurel, 240 Va 271, 396 S.E.2d, 666 (1990)
  • Bergman v. Bergman, 25 Va.App. 590 S.E.2d 264 (1997)
  • Fowlkes v. Fowlkes, 42 Va.App. 1, 590 S.E.2d, 53 (2003)
  • Nationwide v. Hylton, 260 Va 56, 530 S.E.2d, 421 (2000)
  • McGhee v. Commonwealth, 221 Va 422, 270 S.E.2d,729 (1980)
  • Stockton v. Commonwealth, 227 Va 124, 314 S.E.2d 371 (1984)
  • Commonwealth v. Sands, 262 Va 724, 553, S.E.2d, 733 (2001) 33 Va.App. 669, 536 S.E.2d, 461 (2000)
  • Commonwealth v. Dickerson, 226 Va 14, 581 S.E.2d, 195 (2003) 35 Va.App. 172 (2001)

Hoyett L. "Len" Barrow, Jr.

Attorney Len Barrow

Email: len@ggbslawfirm.com

Len Barrow is a Martinsville native admitted to the Virginia Bar in 1976, having graduated from the University of Richmond School of Law with his J.D. The Martinsville personal injury attorney’s practice areas range from family law to real estate law to criminal and civil litigation.

Practice areas

  • Family law
  • Separation
  • Divorce
  • Custody
  • Visitation
  • Child support
  • Personal injury
  • Social Security disability
  • Real estate law
  • Foreclosures
  • Criminal and civil litigation

Bar admissions

  • Virginia, 1976
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia, 1978

Honors

  • BV® Distinguished™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®

Education

Professional associations

Martinsville-Henry County Bar Association

Secretary-Treasurer, 1978-1979
President, 1990
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
Virginia State Bar

Personal information, activities and hobbies

Len and his wife, Bonnie, are life-long residents of Martinsville and Henry Counties and have two children. Bonnie, a full-time mom and volunteer, holds a B.S. degree in psychology from Averett University and has taught exceptional children for the last four years in the Pittsylvania County School System. Britney, their oldest child, was Co-Valedictorian of the Martinsville High School class of 2000. She received a B.A. degree in both economics and English in 2004 from the University of Virginia and is presently employed as a financial analyst with Pacific Alternative Asset Management Company in Irvine, California. Their son, Cabell, also a graduate of Martinsville High School, is presently finishing up his second year at Hampden-Sydney College. Cabell was recently elected to the Student Court and admitted to The Society of 1791, as well as the Wilson Center Public Service Certificate Program.

Len's greatest enjoyment has always been spending time with his wife and kids. In his spare time, Len especially enjoys fishing and duck hunting. Duck hunting in Stuttgart, Arkansas with his son, Cabell, has been an annual event for many years now. This has become a valued tradition for Len, and is much like experiences that Len shared with his own dad. Also, periodic jaunts to California allow Len and Bonnie to catch up with their daughter, Britney, and have a little fun in the sun.

Len has been a member of Starling Avenue Baptist Church since childhood, and he continues to be active in that congregation.

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B. Patrick Sharpe

Attorney B. Patrick Sharpe

Email: pat@ggbslawfirm.com

Pat Sharpe was born and raised in Martinsville, and returned to practice law in 1985 after obtaining his J.D. from Campbell University School of Law.

Practice areas

  • Criminal defense
  • Personal injury
  • Social Security disability
  • Medical malpractice
  • Products liability

Bar admissions

  • Virginia, 1985

Honors

  • BV® Distinguished™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®

Education

Professional associations

  • Martinsville/Henry County and American Bar Associations (Past President, Martinsville/Henry County Bar)
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (Member, Board of Governors, 1999 to present)
  • M. Jean Calhoun Award for Trial Advocacy
  • Qualified for Capital Murder Case Defense by the Virginia Public Commission (Certified as a Criminal Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy)

Personal information, activities and hobbies

Pat is a life-long resident of Martinsville and Henry Counties. He has two children, Ben and Jake. Pat enjoys spending time with his sons, and in his spare time he enjoys boating, fishing, and other water sports. Pat also collects and renovates old British sports cars, including MGs and Triumphs. Along with his addiction to old British cars, Pat also enjoys motorcycles, including new models as well as old classic British bikes.

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