J. Thompson Cravens is a distinguished attorney and the Managing Partner/President of Cravens & Noll, P.C. Based in Richmond, Virginia, Mr. Cravens brings over three decades of professional experience to his work in the areas of personal injury law, criminal law, domestic relations, and military law. A decorated military service member and sought-after speaker and educator, he has been recognized by Super Lawyers® and is also a lifetime member of Best Attorneys of America and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an honor received by less than 1% of all trial lawyers in the United States.
Today one of the top attorneys in his area, Mr. Cravens notes that he has had his eye on a career in law since childhood:
I have been very lucky. I knew when I was nine years old that I wanted to be an attorney. I loved the idea of helping others find justice. Although I grew up with little money, I had the advantage of a huge and loving family. Their richness of character, age and experience plied me with all of the great lessons I would need for life and the practice of law. And the journey continues.
Mr. Cravens graduated from the University of Virginia with a major in History and minors in Military Science, International Affairs, and Literature in 1984. He was accepted to William & Mary School of Law, where he was elected as the class representative to the student government and was the senior editor of the Law Journal as well as a member of the National Moot Court Team. Mr. Cravens graduated with his Juris Doctorate in May of 1987.
After law school, Mr. Cravens attended Judge Advocate General’s school, finishing in 1988 and serving his country as a Medical Claims and Trial Defense Judge Advocate in Panama and Honduras. Over the next several years, Mr. Cravens served on active duty in military operations such as “Operation Just Cause” and then as the Chief of International and Operational Law for “Operation Desert Shield” and “Desert Storm” for the 101st Airborne Division.
Once his time in the military ended, Mr. Cravens spent several years gaining a wide variety of valuable experience as an associate attorney at Sands, Anderson, Marks & Miller. There, he worked in products liability, personal liability, and insurance defense, gaining skills he would later use as the founder of his own firm.
In 1995, Mr. Cravens founded J. Thomas Cravens & Associates, P.C., and in 2005, that evolved into his current firm, Cravens & Noll, P.C. Today, the Richmond-based firm is sought-after for a wide variety of legal services, including family law and divorce, bankruptcy, personal injury, criminal defense and DUI, environmental law, and more.
Known for his unmatched litigation skill and his determination to advocate for his clients, Mr. Cravens utilizes the professionalism and discipline he learned in the military, along with the benefit of over three decades practicing law, to ensure that each client receives the personalized and competent legal services they deserve. For his dedication and skill, Mr. Cravens holds a “Distinguished” rating from Martindale-Hubbell® and an “Excellent” rating from Avvo.
Today, Mr. Cravens is also an author and speaker who has written articles like “Chesapeake Bay: Its magnificence and itself.” He has spoken and taught regularly since his own graduation from law school, including seminars while he worked in the military. Recent seminars include Continuing Legal Education courses on criminal defense, litigation, personal injury, and more. He is a dedicated member of professional legal associations including the American Association for Justice, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, and the National Trial Lawyers Association.
As a clear leader in his field, Mr. Cravens is in a unique position to observe trends and changes as they occur in his areas of expertise. Recently, he is cognizant of bigger-scale changes, noting:
I’ve been paying more attention to the national news—issues with North Korea, for example, and the transition of the legal industry from a more moderate judiciary to a more conservative one under our current president.
Looking forward, Mr. Cravens has ambitious plans for his firm, intending to add five attorneys and double its revenue over the next several years. Personally, he hopes to do more speaking, contributing his decades of experience to the next generation of lawyers.
Outside of the office, Mr. Cravens is an avid fly fisherman and world traveler who has visited over forty-eight countries and vacations annually in Europe. He also enjoys farming and fixing up old tractors, and is the owner of a farm in western Kentucky.