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Richmond, VA

J. Thompson Cravens

Managing Partner & President | Cravens & Noll, P.C.

J. Thompson Cravens has been recognized as a Distinguished Professional.

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J. Thompson Cravens is a distinguished attorney and the managing partner and 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 percent 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. Additionally, Mr. Cravens is a regular commentator on local TV and radio programs.

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.

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Professional Memberships & Community Involvement

  • Virginia State Bar
  • American Association for Justice
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Chesterfield County Bar Association
  • Richmond Bar Association
  • Henrico County Bar Association
  • Colonial Heights Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • St. Matthias Episcopal Church
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
  • American Legion
  • Robius Athletic Football
  • Reams Athletic Association
  • UVA Ridley Scholarship Committee


  • University of Virginia, B.A. 1984
  • College of William and Mary, J.D. 1987


  • Virginia, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1987
  • U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals, 1987

Awards & Honors

  • "Top 100 Plaintiffs Attorneys in Virginia" by the National Trial Lawyers (2018)
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum (2012 to present)
  • Super Lawyers®
  • “Distinguished” rating by Martindale-Hubbell® for legal ability and ethical standards
  • “Excellent” by Avvo Rue Ratings
  • “Best Attorneys of America” Lifetime Charter Member (2018)
  • Best Plaintiffs Attorneys: Top 100 (2016)

More Career Information

Speaker, Continuing Legal Education Instructor

  • 1988 - 1990: Adjunct Professor, Paralegal Studies, NOVA University, Panama Center
    • Courses:
      • Fall 1988 – Constitutional Law, Legal Writing
      • Spring 1989 – Civil Procedure, Corporate and Business Law
      • Summer 1989 – The Federal and State Courts, Legal Writing
      • Fall 1989 – Constitutional Law, Contracts 
  • June/1993: Speaker, U.S. Army Reserve Units - Ft. Pickett, VA –  Annual Law of War Training Seminar
  • Oct/1993:  Speaker, Virginia National Guard Units – Ft. Pickett, VA – Annual Law of War Training Seminar
  • Nov/1993: Speaker, 300th Area Support Group Gerow, U.S. Army Reserve Center, Ft. Lee, VA, “Rules of Engagement and the Law of War: Lessons learned Vietnam - Persian Gulf War”
  • Aug/1994:  Speaker, U.S. Army Reserve Units, Annual Law of War Training Seminar – Ft. Pickett, VA
  • 11/08/2002: National Business Institute, Continuing Legal Education Seminar – Richmond, VA, “Equitable Distribution in Divorce Settlements in Virginia”
  • Jul 2002: Speaker, 300th Area Support Group Gerow, U.S. Army Reserve Center – Ft. Lee, VA, “Rules of Engagement and the Law of War: Lessons learned Vietnam - Persian Gulf War”
  • 05/20/2005: Half Moon, Continuing Legal Education Seminar Virginia Beach, VA, “Military Issues in Family Law”
  • Oct/2005: Speaker, 300th Training Division, U.S. Army Reserve Center – Ft. Lee, VA, “Annual Law of War and P.O.W. Training”  
  • 10/11/2005: National Business Institute, Continuing Legal Education Seminar - Fairfax, VA, “The Criminal Trial from start to finish in Virginia – The Defense”
  • 10/27/2005: National Business Institute, Continuing Legal Education Seminar - Richmond, VA, “The Criminal Trial from start to finish in Virginia – The Defense”
  • 03/26/2007: National Business Institute, Continuing Legal Education Seminar, “The Criminal Defense Trial from Start to Finish”
  • 05/22/2008: Inst. Paralegal Education Seminar, “Paralegal Litigation Skills: Managing Civil Discovery”
  • 09/29/2009: Inst. Paralegal Education Seminar, “Automobile Cases from Start to Finish”
  • 03/24/2010: National Business Institute, Continuing Legal Education Seminar, “Settling Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Claims” 
  • 10/26/2011: National Business Institute, Continuing Legal Education Seminar, “Divorce Law Guide from A to Z”  
  • 09/17/2015: National Business Institute, Continuing Legal Education Seminar “Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Litigation from A to Z”
  • 10/29/2015: National Business Institute, Paralegal Education Seminar, “Trial Preparation from Start to Finish”
  • 08/26/2016: National Business Institute, “Major Elements of Local Procedure and Expert Examination—Daubert, Frye and Other Challenges”
  • 09/26/2017: NBI Seminar


Legal Commentator

  • WSB TV2, ABC Affiliate, Atlanta Georgia
    • Apr/2007: Commentary on Michael Vick Arrest and Charges
    • Aug/2007: Commentary on Michael Vick “Guilty Plea”
  • WVEC, ABC Affiliate, Norfolk Virginia
    • May/2007: Commentary on Michael Vick Case
  • Fort Lee Traveller
    • Aug/2012: Commentary for article regarding United States Supreme Court International Custody Case of Ft. Lee Soldier and its impact on military parents
  • The Jimmy Barrett Show, 1140 WRVA
    • 04/10/2015: Rolling Stone/UVA Fraternity Law Suit
    • 03/03/2016: Erin Andrews: Peeping Tom at Marriott
    • 08/26/2015: Ashley Madison Information Leak
    • 07/14/2016: Pokémon Go App: Potential Law Suits
    • 04/14/2017: David Dao: United Airlines
    • 08/16/2017: Protest in Charlottesville

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