Mr. Hall has been trying serious personal injury and wrongful death cases for over 40 years. While primarily representing those seriously injured or the survivors of those killed by defective products, negligent health care professionals, and careless drivers, he has occasionally represented aircraft manufacturers and, pro bono, those facing execution following convictions of capital crimes.He helped uncover the fraudulent behavior of Dr. Cecil Jacobson, a self-professed specialist in infetility medicine who used his own sperm to inseminate his female patients while falsely reassuring them the anonymous donor was carefully selected to match the patients ethnicity, religion and intellect. Hall's work was recorded in the book Babymaker by investigative reporter Rick Nelson.For nearly 20 years Hall labored to have Earl Washington exonerated for his wrongful 1984 conviction for the rape and murder of Rebecca Williams. Once 9 days from a scheduled execution, Washington was granted clemency and eventually pardoned after DNA cleared him of involvement. A federal civil jury then awarded him $2.25 million in damages for the fabricated confession used against him. Mr. Hall's work in that case was honored in the book An Expendable Man by writer Margaret Edds.President of the prestigious International Academy of Trial Lawyers 2007 - 2008, he also served as President of the Virginia Trial Lawyers and is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
About Robert Hall
Admitted: 1964, Virginia
Professional Webpage: www.hallandsethi.com/lawyer-attorney-1872053.html
Honors and Awards:
- For his work on behalf of Earl Washington whose mental retardation resulted in a false confession, conviction, near execution and incarceration for 18 years., Dybwad Humanitarian Award, American Association on Mental Retardation, 2004
- President, International Academy of Trial Lawyers.Fellowship limited to 500 nationally. Selection is by confidential nomination based upon experience, quality of services rendered, integrity and screening by bench and bar., 2007
Pro bono/Community Service:
- Representation of death row inmates on a pro bono basis for post conviction review and assistance. Achieved the commutation of the sentence of death imposed on James T. Clar based upon the ineffective assistance of his trial counsel at sentencing, and the exoneration and full pardon of Earl Washington, Jr. following DNA testing., 1982
Scholarly Lectures and Writings:
Verdicts and Settlements:
- Award to Parents and Brother for death of 17 year old daughter and sister [for non-economic loss] - $1,000,000 [first case to employ a grief therapist as expert].Settlement during trial of case against national builder of townhomes for burns sustained by early purchaser when other homes under construction caught fire. While the cause of the fire was unknown, the fire spread to the finished unit because builder had omitted fire resistant materials to reduce cost of constructuion. $8.5 million settlement before trial against manufacturer of jacuzzi pump which trapped child on drain inches below the surface of the water, resultng in death by drowning. , 1986
Other Outstanding Achievements:
- Appointed by the Governor of Virginia to the Virginia Heatlh Reulatory CommissionAppointed by the Governor of Virginia to the Workgroup on Rural Obstetric Care.