Stan Barnhill is a litigation attorney who represents businesses and individuals in breach of contract, business torts, construction, professional malpractice, and other commercial disputes.

His experience includes representing media outlets in First Amendment, Freedom of Information, reporter privilege, and defamation matters.

Stan also represents business owners, contractors, and design professionals in contract formation, general business law, and litigation avoidance.

Stan joined Woods Rogers in 1983. He has been recognized for excellence by Best Lawyers in America for First Amendment law, business and commercial litigation, construction law, and professional malpractice defense. He has been cited by Super Lawyers for construction litigation and multiple times as one of Virginia Business magazine’s Legal Elite for construction law. Stan was featured in Virginia Business’s 2016 Legal Elite publication. His profile can be viewed here.

Stan attended law school at Washington and Lee University, where he graduated magna cum laude, was elected to the Order of the Coif, and served as lead articles editor of the Law Review. He earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Virginia Tech.

In addition to his law practice, Stan teaches a course on the First Amendment at the Washington and Lee Law School.

Affiliations

Virginia State Bar—Construction Law Section, Past Chair; Litigation Section

Virginia Bar Association—Construction Law Council; Litigation Council

American Bar Association—Litigation Section; Forum on the Construction Industry

Thought Leadership

Published Articles

  • “A Revolutionary Spark to Ignite a Flame: The Centennial of Freedom of Speech,” Virginia Lawyer Magazine, August 2019
  • “Annual Survey on Construction Law,” 43 University of Richmond Law Review 107
  • “Using the Statutory Employer Defense to Shield Contractors and Design Professionals,” Virginia Bar Journal
  • “Construction Law Damages,” Law of Damages in Virginia
  • “Disclaiming the Differing Site Condition Risk,” 23 Virginia Bar Journal 22
  • “Intentional Tort Liability and the Economic Loss Rule: Novel Theories to Recover Damages Incurred on the Construction Project,” Virginia Lawyer
  • “Does Virginia’s Statute of Repose Apply to Contract Claims?” Virginia Lawyer
  • “Annual Survey on Construction Law,” 27 University of Richmond Law Review 683
  • “Annual Survey on Construction Law,” 25 University of Richmond Law Review 699
  • “ Private Meetings and Good Cause Exceptions: Gulf & Western May Provide the SEC New Tools for Piercing the Corporate Attorney-Client Privilege,” 39 Washington & Lee Law Review 1225
  • “Administering the Death Penalty,” 39 Washington and Lee Law Review 101

Representative Cases

Virginia Supreme Court

  • Martin Bros. Contractors, Inc. v. Virginia Military Institute, 277 Va. 586 (2009)
  • Taboada v. Daly Seven, Inc., 271 Va. 313 (2006)
  • Hertz v. Times-World Corp., 259 Va. 599 (2000)
  • Adkins v. Dixon, 253 Va. 275 (1997)
  • City of Covington v. APB Whiting, Inc., 234 Va. 155 (1987)
  • Mosher Steel-Virginia v. Teig, 229 Va. 95 (1985)

Virginia Court of Appeals

  • Davenport v. Summit Contractors, Inc., 45 Va. App. 526 (2005)
  • In re Struzzi and Times-World Corp., No. 980145 (1998)
  • In re Times-World Corp., 25 Va. App. 405 (1997)
  • In re Times-World Corp., 7 Va. App. 317 (1988)
  • Parris v. Appalachian Power Co., 2 Va. App. 219 (1986)

Virginia Circuit Courts

  • Hicks Excavating, Inc. v. Lee County., CL0707-194 (Lee Co. Cir. Ct. 2015)
  • Kahn Development Co. v. Balzer and Associates, Inc., CL 12000186 (Roanoke Co. Cir. Ct. 2013)
  • Clatterbuck v. Burkett, CL 11-1952 (Roanoke Cir. Ct. 2011)
  • Allegheny Construction Co. v. Hidden Valley Villas, LLC, CL 09-1008-00 (Roanoke Co. Cir. Ct. 2011)
  • Virginian Pilot Media Cos. v. City of Norfolk, 81 Va. Cir. 450 (Norfolk Cir. Ct. 2010)
  • C. Monroe Construction Co. v. Brice Building Co., CH 050002150 (Rockbridge Cir. Ct. 2010)
  • Times-World Corp. v. City of Radford, 79 Va. Cir. 553 (Radford Cir. Ct. 2009)
  • F&W Mgt. Corp. v. American Shelter Corp., 70 Va. Cir. 243 (Roanoke Co. Cir. Ct. 2006)
  • Carilion New River Valley Med. Ctr. v. HKS, Inc., 68 Va. Cir. 298 (Roanoke Co. Cir. Ct. 2005)
  • Krisha v. Times-World Corp., 62 Va. Cir. 33 (Roanoke Cir. Ct. 2003)
  • Lewis v. Edwards, 54 Va. Cir. 257 (Roanoke Cir. Ct. 2000)
  • A. Plymouth, Inc. v. Landmark Builders of Dublin, Inc., No. 98088 (Radford Cir. Ct. 1999)
  • Maiolo v. Beale, Balfour, Davidson, Etherington & Parker, P.C., LE-284 (Richmond Cir. Ct. 1998)
  • Linda Lee Corp. v. The Covington Co., No. 90-701 (Bedford Cir. Ct. 1993)
  • Natural Bridge of Virginia, Inc. v. Penick, No. 31-92 (Rockbridge Co. Cir. Ct. 1993)
  • Buchanan Co. School Board v. Smithey & Boynton, P.C., No 249-87 (Buchanan Co. Cir. Ct. 1992)

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

  • Bowers v. Martin, 116 F.3d 472 (4th 1997)
  • Donner v. Hodges, 110 F.3d 59 (4th 1997)
  • Avis Construction Co. v. Palma, Inc., 37 F.3d 1492 (1994)
  • Wingo v. Celotex Corp., 834 F.2d 375 (4th 1987)
  • Karana v. Jones, 833 F.2d 1005 (1987)
  • Vess v. Davis Electrical Construction, Inc., 818 F.2d 30 (4th 1987)
  • Norfolk & Western Ry v. Brotherhood, 795 F.2d 1169 (4th 1986)

Federal District Courts

  • Thompson v. Wise General Hospital, 707 F. Supp. 849 (W.D. Va. 1989)
  • Commonwealth of Virginia v. Bowen, 683 F. Supp. 148 (W.D. Va. 1988)

Federal Bankruptcy Court

  • In re Valley Steel Corp., 208 BR 388 (1997)
  • Vogel v. Costa. No. 7-85-0264 (1987)

Recognition

Thirty-nine Woods Rogers Attorneys Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America for 2020 | August 16, 2019

Twenty-two Woods Rogers Attorneys Named 2019 Virginia Super Lawyers | April 11, 2019

Virginia Business Names 26 Woods Rogers Attorneys as 2018 “Legal Elite” | December 5, 2018

Thirty-nine Woods Rogers Attorneys Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America | August 16, 2018

Twenty-three Woods Rogers attorneys awarded honors by Virginia Super Lawyers Magazine | April 20, 2018

Twenty-four Woods Rogers Attorneys Named by Virginia Business as 2017 “Legal Elite” | December 1, 2017

Thirty-six Woods Rogers Attorneys Are Recognized by Best Lawyers in America | August 15, 2017

Twenty-one Woods Rogers attorneys awarded honors by Virginia Super Lawyers Magazine | May 1, 2017

Twenty-seven Woods Rogers attorneys named by Virginia Business as 2016 “Legal Elite” | December 5, 2016

Thirty Woods Rogers Attorneys Recognized as 2017 The Best Lawyers in America | August 16, 2016

Twenty-two Woods Rogers Attorneys Awarded Honors by Virginia Super Lawyers Magazine | April 7, 2016

Nineteen Woods Rogers attorneys named by Virginia Business as 2015 “Legal Elite” | December 1, 2015

Thirty Woods Rogers Attorneys Recognized as 2016 Best Lawyers in America | August 19, 2015

Twenty-Two Woods Rogers Attorneys Awarded Honors by Virginia Super Lawyers Magazine | April 9, 2015

Eighteen Woods Rogers attorneys named by Virginia Business as Legal Elite | December 1, 2014

Thirty-four Woods Rogers Attorneys Recognized as 2015 Best Lawyers in America | August 22, 2014

20 Woods Rogers Attorneys Recognized as Virginia Super Lawyers or Rising Stars | July 10, 2014

2013 Legal Elite | December 2, 2013

33 Attorneys Named Best Lawyers in America 2014 | August 15, 2013

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