Peter C. Burnett
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  • 1988-present: Principal, Burnett & Williams, P.C., Leesburg, VA
  • 1978-1988: Attorney, Sole Practitioner, Leesburg, VA
  • 1977-1978: Instructor, Antioch School of Law, Washington, DC
  • 1977 Juris Doctor, Antioch School of Law, Washington, DC
  • 1972 Bachelor of Arts, Hobart College, Geneva, NY

  • Virginia State Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Loudoun County Bar Association
  • Winchester-Frederick County Bar Association
  • Virginia Women Attorney’s Association
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America


Peter C. Burnett is a 1972 graduate of Hobart College and a 1977 graduate of Antioch School of Law. He is licensed to practice in Virginia and the District of Columbia. Starting in 1988, he has limited his practice to personal injury law.

Peter has had several noteworthy cases including the largest wrongful death verdict ever returned at the time in Loudoun County, a two and one half million dollar medical malpractice verdict in the United States District Court in Charlottesville, and the first plaintiff’s verdict in a medical malpractice case ever returned in Grant County, West Virginia. The firm settled a case involving the wrongful death of a 14 year old boy for one million dollars, which is believed to be the highest death of a minor settlement in Loudoun County history.

Peter was a member of the 7th District Disciplinary Committee of the Virginia State Bar, having served as its Chair in 2002. He is the former Chairman of the Judicial Nominations Committee of the Virginia State Bar and served on its Special Committee on Fee Dispute Resolution. He was elected President of the Loudoun County Bar Association in 1999. Peter is a member of the Virginia State Bar, the District of Columbia Bar, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, the Virginia Women Attorneys Association, the Loudoun County Bar Association, and the Winchester-Frederick County Bar Association.

Peter participates in various civic activities. He has been particularly active as Chairman of the Loudoun County Bar’s Courthouse Planning Committee which received the State Bar’s Award of Merit in 1996 and 1998, the highest award given each year for outstanding local bar projects. In 1998, the State Bar’s Conference of Local Bar Associations recognized Peter’s leadership by naming him Local Bar Leader of the Year for the entire state. In 2000 the Board of Supervisors appointed him to the Courthouse Facilities and Grounds Task Force, which he chairs. In 2003 Governor Mark Warner appointed Peter to the Virginia Racing Commission. He was elected Vice Chairman in 2004. Prior to his appointment, Peter served as Vice President of the Virginia Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Charles Town (WV) HBPA. In 2003 he was elected to the Board of Directors of the North American Pari-Mutual Regulators Association.

Peter lives in Hamilton with his wife Diana and his two teenage daughters, Abigail and Elizabeth.


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