Bernard J. DiMuro.

Managing Partner

Bernard J. DiMuro, the managing partner of DiMuroGinsberg, is a highly regarded, experienced, and skilled litigator. He represents corporations and individuals in highly complex civil litigation in both the federal and state courts as well as administrative tribunals in many areas including business torts, corporate and employment law, securities fraud, product liability, professional liability and ethics, and defamation. He is often quoted in legal publications and is repeatedly called upon by other attorneys to provide legal insight into cases and to serve as an “Expert Witness.” For these reasons and others he is continually recognized by his colleagues as one of Virginia’s “Leaders in the Law.” Most importantly, Mr. DiMuro has always “given back” to the legal community through his active involvement in a myriad of issues facing Virginia’s legal community. Perhaps his greatest achievement to date is being chosen by his peers to serve as President of the Virginia State Bar.

Memberships:

  • American Bar Association
    • House of Delegates
    • Fellow
  • Litigation Counsel of America
    • Fellow
    • Trial Law Institute Member
    • Diversity Law Institute Member
  • Illinois State Bar
  • The District of Columbia Bar
  • Virginia State Bar
    • President, 2002-2003
    • State Bar Council, 1992-1997 & 1999-2003
    • Executive Committee, 1995-1997 & 2000-2003
    • Co-Chair, Advertising Task Force, 2004
    • Member, Appellate Rules Advisory Committee, 2005-2008
    • Member, Leadership task Force, 2004
    • Chairman, Task Force on Public Access to Disciplinary System, 2000-2001
    • Member, Task Force on Corporate Counsel, 2000-2003
    • Chairman of the Virginia Supreme Court Disciplinary Board, 1992-1995 (Member since 1988)
    • Member, Faculty, Virginia State Bar Course on Professionalism, 1995-1998;
    • Committee on Advertising and Specialization (1989-1990); Member and Chairman,
    • Eighth District Grievance Committee (1985-1988)
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (Member, Board of Governors, 1997)
  • Virginia Law Foundation, Fellow
  • The American Association for Justice
  • Public Justice Foundation
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Former Board of Directors, Special Olympics Virginia

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Representative Cases:

  • Obtained favorable settlement in international dispute over copyright violation of stolen source code for mobile device extraction tools.
  • Obtained multi-million dollar settlement in a wrongful death 1983 action involving a police shooting.
  • $12,900,000.00 jury verdict received for violation of Business Conspiracy Act.
  • Obtained $108,212.00 in sanctions for discovery abuse in IP case.
  • Lead counsel in defense of $100 million RICO action filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
  • Successfully represented a trade association in protection of its copyrighted software
  • Obtained favorable Virginia Supreme Court ruling on intentional infliction of emotional distress.
  • $3 million arbitration award including damages and attorneys’ fees upheld by D.C. Court of Appeals.
  • Obtained two Virginia Supreme Court rulings reversing disciplinary actions taken against attorneys
  • Obtained complete defense verdict at trial defending a government contractor in a defamation lawsuit.
  • Lead counsel in defense of $26 million fee petition, the largest fee petition in the history of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Honors & Awards:

  • Finalist, SmartCEO, Cornerstone Awards
  • Leaders in the Law, Virginia Lawyers Media, 2014
  • Best Lawyer in Commercial Litigation, U.S. News & World Report, 2012 – 2015
  • Top Rated Lawyers, ALM, 2012 – 2014
  • Legal Elite, Virginia Business Magazine, 2008 – 2013
  • Super Lawyer, Washington D.C. and Virginia Super Lawyers, 2007-2015
  • Finalist Trial Lawyer of the Year Award Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, 1996
  • Trial Lawyer of the Year Award, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, 1995

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Publications:

  • Co-author, “Understanding Virginia’s Business Conspiracy Act,” The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Nov. 2012
  • Co-author, Attorneys Fees and Sanctions, Virginia CLE, Aug. 2012
  • Co-Editor, Virginia Employment Law Letter, BLR
  • Rule Change Will Bolster Effective Disciplinary System; “Virginia Lawyers Weekly”, March 28, 1994.
  • Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: An Emerging Area of Law; Trial Magazine, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, July, 1995.
  • To Speak or Not to Speak: Public Employment and the First Amendment; The Journal of the Virginia
  • Trial Lawyers Association, Spring, 1996.

Lectures on Professional Responsibility & Ethics

  • 18thAnnual Advanced Real Estate Seminar
  • Ethical Issues for Business Lawyers
  • Advanced Business Litigation Institute, Virginia CLE
  • 19th Annual Trust & Estates Seminar, Virginia CLE
  • “Ethics in the Information Age,” Alexandria Bar Association
  • “Ethics Update for Virginia Lawyers”, Virginia CLE
  • “Ethics for Virginia Practitioners,” Virginia CLE
  • “Ethics Update,” Fairfax Bar Association Annual Convention
  • “Professionalism and Civility,” Virginia Bar Association
  • “Ethics in Bankruptcy,” Northern Virginia Bankruptcy Association
  • Annual Ethics Seminar, Virginia State Bar
  • Virginia CLE: 1998 Ethics Course, Virginia CLE
  • Professionalism Course, Virginia State Bar
  • 29th Annual Advanced Business Law, Virginia CLE
  • “Trial Now and Year 2000,” Virginia Trial Attorneys Association
  • 18th Annual Construction Law & Public Contracts Seminar, Virginia CLE
  • 28th Annual Advanced Business Law Seminar, Virginia CLE
  • Ethics for Virginia Practitioners, Virginia CLE
  • 6th Annual Ethics Seminar, Arlington County Bar Association (1996)
  • “Ethics for Virginia Lawyers: A Potpourri of Hypotheticals,” Virginia CLE
  • “Ethics Update for Virginia Lawyers,” Virginia CLE
  • “Ethics and the Association Counsel,” 17th Community Association Institute’s Seminar
  • 16th Annual Construction Law and Public Contracts Seminar, Virginia CLE

Lectures on Employment & Labor Law

  • Employment Law In Virginia: Age Discrimination, Virginia CLE
  • Annual Employment Law, Fairfax Bar Association
  • 6 Annual Employment Law Update, Virginia CLE
  • Employment Law Update, Alexandria Bar Association
  • Council on Education in Management 7th Annual Virginia Personnel Law Update
  • “Defending Sexual Harassment Claims,” National Business Institute
  • “The Borderline Employee: Keep or Fire?” Council on Education in Management Annual District of Columbia Personnel Law Update
  • “The Borderline Employee: Keep or Fire?” Council on Education in Management 6th Annual Virginia Conference Personnel Law Update
  • Metropolitan Washington Employment Law Association Annual Seminar
  • “Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: The Law & Litigation Tactics,” Alexandria Bar Association
  • “Defending Wrongful Discharge Claims Under Virginia Law,” National Business Institute
  • “Damages Issues In Jury Trials,” Virginia Bar Association Annual Labor Conference
  • Employment Law Update, Virginia State Bar CLE
  • Council on Education in Management Personnel Law Update Conference26th Annual Advanced Business Law Seminar, Virginia CLE
  • “Ethical Considerations,” First Annual Lawyers Helping Lawyers Conference
  • Annual Ethics Seminar, Arlington County Bar Association
  • “Ethics Traps for Unwary Practitioners,” Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Family Law Seminar
  • Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Conference
  • Annual Ethics Seminar, Prince William Bar Association
  • A Disciplinary Process in Virginia – Practical Advice,” Virginia Law Foundation CLE
  • Annual Ethics Seminar, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • “Nuts & Bolts of the State Bar Disciplinary Process,” Alexandria Bar Association
  • Annual Convention Ethics Seminar, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Lawyers and Clients’ Secrets and Confidences,” VTLA 3rd Annual Paralegal Seminar
  • Ethics Panel Seminar for U.S. Attorneys, Department of Justice
  • Fourth Annual Ethics Seminar, Arlington Bar Association
  • “Bad Faith Litigation in Virginia,” National Business Institute
  • “Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility,” Arlington Bar Association
  • “Ethical Issues For Everyday Practice,” National Education Network
  • “Legal Ethics of Advocacy,” Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • 18th Annual Meeting: “Ethics and Trial Advocacy,” Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
  • Open Forum on Ethics: “Ethics For The Trial Attorney,” Alexandria Bar Association
  • “Legal Ethics,” Virginia Law Foundation CLE
  • “Lawyer and Client – The Perils of Practice,” Loudoun Bar Association
  • “Child Abuse and Ethics,” Fairfax County Bar Association
  • “Ethics and Professional Responsibility,” Arlington County Bar Association
  • “Practical Considerations In The Ethical Practice of Law,” Virginia Bar Association Young Lawyers Conference

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Bernard J. DiMuro

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Tel: 703-684-4333
Fax: 703-548-3181

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Areas of Practice:
  • Appellate practice
  • Business torts
  • Corporate law
  • Employment & labor law
  • Expert witness testimony
  • Litigation
  • Professional liability & ethics
  • RICO
Admissions:
  • Virginia, 1979
  • Illinois, 1980
  • District of Columbia, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth and District of Columbia Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Education:
  • J.D., George Washington University, 1979
  • B.A., Northwestern University, 1976
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