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C. Dewayne Lonas
100 Shockoe Slip, 4th Floor,
Richmond, Virginia 23219

(804) 864-4820
(804) 421-6251 (fax)
dlonas@moranreevesconn.com

C. Dewayne Lonas

Attorney, Shareholder
C. Dewayne Lonas
100 Shockoe Slip, 4th Floor,
Richmond, Virginia 23219

(804) 864-4820
(804) 421-6251 (fax)
dlonas@moranreevesconn.com

  • Moran Reeves Conn - Super Lawyers

Dewayne Lonas engages in a statewide commercial litigation practice and a national product liability practice. He also has substantial experience in the areas of premises liability, professional liability and trucking defense.

As a commercial litigator, Mr. Lonas has tried numerous cases to verdict in matters involving breach of contract, insurance coverage, business torts, and real estate and construction law. He also provides advice and counseling to many of his business clients, guiding them through formation and contract negotiation.

Mr. Lonas’ product liability practice is focused on the vigorous defense of designers and manufacturers of outdoor power equipment, including construction, agricultural, landscaping and industrial equipment. Mr. Lonas also serves as national coordinating counsel for a major designer of food processing equipment. As a part of his product practice, Mr. Lonas routinely provides risk management for his clients, which includes the drafting of product literature and warnings.

Mr. Lonas is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and has been selected a SuperLawyer in the area of business litigation from 2013 to the present. He is the vice-chair of the Agricultural, Construction, Mining and Industrial Equipment litigation group of DRI, and sits on the board of directors of the Richmond Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. He is also Virginia’s only representative in the prestigious Trial Attorneys of America.

  • Education

    • University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1999; J.D.

      • Law Journal: Virginia Environmental Law Journal, Member, Managing Board, 1998 – 1999
      • Hardy Cross Dillard Fellow in Legal Research and Writing, 1997 – 1999

      University of Virginia Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, Charlottesville, VA

      • Coursework towards M.A. in English, 1992-94

      Centre College, Danville, Kentucky, 1991; B.A

  • Bar Admissions

      • Virginia, 1999
      • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia
      • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia
      • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • Professional Associations and Memberships

      • Virginia State Bar
      • Trucking Industry Defense Association
      • Board of Directors, Federal Bar Association, Richmond Chapter
      • Bar Association of the City of Richmond
      • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
      • Defense Research Institute
      • Trucking Defense, Commercial Litigation and Product Liability (Agricultural, Construction, Mining & Industrial Equipment subcommittee)
      • Civil War Preservation Trust
  • Honors and Awards

    • Virginia Super Lawyers, 2013 – 2016

  • Representative Cases

      • Summary judgment to defendant premises owner in negligence case involving alleged defective parking lot (United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, April 2012)
      • Successful motion to strike all of plaintiff’s contract claims on behalf of defendant professional basketball player (Fairfax County Circuit Court, Feb. 2012)
      • Plaintiff’s verdict in slip-and-fall case against owner and operator of show cave (Page County Circuit Court, June 2011)
      • Summary judgment in breach of contract case for German manufacturer of radioactive sealed sources and award of attorneys’ fees as prevailing party; both judgments affirmed on appeal (United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, April 2011; United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Jan. 2013)
      • Defense verdict in $2 million wrongful death case against bulldozer manufacturer (Loudoun County Circuit Court, September 2010)
      • Plaintiff’s verdict for general contractor in construction dispute with Richmond homeowners (Richmond Circuit Court, September 2008)
      • Defense verdict in $10 million product liability case against backhoe manufacturer (Henrico County Circuit Court, March 2007)
      • Summary judgment for construction equipment manufacturer in multi-million dollar product liability case (McDowell County, WV Circuit Court, May 2006)
      • Defense verdict in breach of contract action against occupational accident insurer (Richmond Circuit Court, December 2005)
      • Plaintiff’s verdict for compensatory and punitive damages in conversion case (Henrico County Circuit Court, September 2005)
      • Plaintiff’s verdict involving a slip-and-fall on an icy parking lot (Caroline County Circuit Court, November 2004)
  • Fraternities/Sororities

      • Phi Beta Kappa
C. Dewayne Lonas
100 Shockoe Slip, 4th Floor,
Richmond, Virginia 23219

(804) 864-4820
(804) 421-6251 (fax)
dlonas@moranreevesconn.com

  • Moran Reeves Conn - Super Lawyers

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