Known for his skillful and compassionate client representation, Timothy S. Bird is a leading Southern Virginia family law attorney. With over twenty years of experience, he is the managing partner and co-founder of Gilbert, Bird, Sharpes & Robinson (GSBR), an eminent firm with offices in Roanoke, Lynchburg, and Moneta, Virginia. In recognition of his contributions to the law, Mr. Bird has been selected to the Virginia Super Lawyers® list since 2012, among other honors.
Though Mr. Bird had an interest in the law from a young age, it wasn’t until his second year of college that he made the decision to pursue it professionally. As he tells it:
I was studying to be an engineer at Virginia Tech because I was very good at math and science, so that’s what I was told I should do. After my first year, I spent the summer working for a guy who did nothing but design manhole covers. I found it to be the most boring work I had ever done. So when I got back to school, I decided to actually study what I wanted to, not just what others had told me I should do.
Mr. Bird earned his political science degree at the top of his class and went on to complete his Juris Doctorate at the College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law, graduating in 1994. Prior to GSBR, he was a partner at a large Northern Virginia law firm where he served as a commissioner in chancery, motions conciliator, and neutral case evaluator for the Nineteenth Judicial District. Mr. Bird co-founded GBSR in 2010 with the goal of making the legal system work for everyone, no matter the size of the case or the client’s specific circumstances.
Today, Mr. Bird concentrates much of his practice on family law, but also represents clients in the areas of personal injury and general litigation. Prioritizing transparency and communication in client interactions, Mr. Bird is approachable by nature and conducts his practice with compassion and care. Truly dedicated to protecting his clients’ rights, he strives daily to help clients navigate the complicated legal system at times and locations which are convenient for their busy schedules.
An attorney who possesses a wealth of experience with the difficult emotions involved in family law and personal injury, Mr. Bird advocates for settling matters out of court whenever possible in order to keep amicable relationships intact. However, should a case need to go to trial, he will put his extensive experience litigating at all levels of the Virginia Court system to work for his clients.
Outside of his law practice, Mr. Bird is a member of both the Virginia State Bar and the Franklin County Bar Association and also lectures for continuing legal education classes. As a leader in his field, Mr. Bird is privy to arising developments in family law. Recently, he has noticed that a societal shift away from marriage is, counterintuitively, causing a backup in the processing of certain family law cases. He explains:
These days, a lot of people are choosing not to get married. Traditionally divorce cases were done in circuit court. However, when a couple is not wed and there is a custody matter, it will go to juvenile domestic court instead. Now, these courts which are not designed to handle these kinds of cases are getting very jammed and it is causing all kinds of docket issues.
After more than two decades dedicated to law, Mr. Bird shows no signs of slowing down. Looking to the future, he plans to triple the size of his firm. With eight attorneys currently, GSBR hopes to employ twenty-four more and add multiple locations in the next ten years.
In his free time, Mr. Bird is actively involved in his local community, serving on the board of directors for organizations that include the United Way, Habitat for Humanity, Helping Hands, and the Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce.