C. Dewayne Lonas

C. Dewayne Lonas

Shareholder 1211 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219

(804) 864-4820
(804) 421-6251 (fax)

C. Dewayne Lonas

C. Dewayne Lonas
1211 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219

(804) 864-4820
(804) 421-6251 (fax)

  • Moran Reeves Conn - Super Lawyers

Dewayne Lonas engages in complex, high stakes litigation across Virginia and around the country, primarily in the areas of commercial litigation and product liability. He also has extensive experience in the areas of premises liability, professional liability and trucking defense.

Dewayne’s product liability practice is focused on the vigorous defense of designers and manufacturers of outdoor power equipment, including construction, agricultural, landscaping and industrial equipment. He also serves as national coordinating counsel for a major designer of food processing equipment. Dewayne has tried numerous product liability cases involving wrongful death and catastrophic injury to verdict.  As a part of his product practice, Dewayne routinely provides risk management for his clients, which includes the drafting of product literature, instructions and warnings, and interaction with regulatory bodies.

As a commercial litigator, Dewayne 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, reorganization and contract negotiation.

Dewayne is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and has been selected a Virginia Super Lawyer in both business litigation and product liability defense. He is the 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 one of a handful of Virginia members of 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
      • Trial Attorneys of America
      • Defense Research Institute –  Commercial Litigation, Trucking Defense, and Product Liability;  chair, Agricultural, Construction, Mining & Industrial Equipment subcommittee
      • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, member
      • Board of Directors, Federal Bar Association, Richmond Chapter
      • Bar Association of the City of Richmond
      • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
  • Honors and Awards

      • Virginia Super Lawyers (Business Litigation, 2014-2016; Product Liability Defense, 2017-2020)
      • Virginia Business Legal Elite (Business Law, 2016)
      • AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Representative Cases

      • Arbitration award for damages and attorneys’ fees on behalf of German radioisotope manufacturer for cleanup of production plant and disposal costs (July 2018)
      • Summary judgment to lawnmower designer and manufacturer in wrongful death case alleging design and warnings defects (United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, October 2015, affirmed by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, July 2016)
      • Summary judgment to truck stop owner in case involving allegedly defective shower (United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, May 2016)
      • 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; (United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, April 2011 and July 2014; affirmed by Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, Jan. 2013 and May 2015)
      • 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)
  • Publications

      • “Misuse: Do Warnings Preclude the Availability of a Misuse Defense.”  Journal of Civil Litigation, Winter 2013-2014.
      • Defense Research Institute’s Warnings and Recall Compendium, Virginia chapter, 2012 and 2018.
      • Getting Out of Dodge – Removal to Federal Court: A Defendant’s Guide, Chapter contributor (Product Liability Advisory Council, April 2003).


  • Fraternities/Sororities

      • Phi Beta Kappa
C. Dewayne Lonas
1211 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219

(804) 864-4820
(804) 421-6251 (fax)

  • Moran Reeves Conn - Super Lawyers

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