About the Firm

legal staff and attorneysBurnett & Williams was founded in 1988, a time of great change in personal injury and insurance law.  Legal and social trends made it increasingly difficult for victims of negligence to get fair compensation for their injuries.  Peter Burnett had a successful general law practice, which included notable successes in personal injury cases, but he decided that he could do a better job for his injured clients by focusing all of his effort on becoming a personal injury and insurance law expert.  He made a bold decision to end his solo practice and Burnett & Williams was formed as the only firm in Loudoun County to focus entirely on personal injury law.

With more than two decades of personal injury specialization, Burnett & Williams has achieved notable verdicts, settlements, and appellate results in cases arising from wrongful deaths, medical malpractice, tractor trailer accidents, traumatic brain injuries, defective products, serious orthopedic injuries, and other significant injuries.  The keys to our success have been the personal attention we give our clients and the expertise gained through specialization.

Burnett & Williams has grown in recent years, with the addition of offices in Hopewell, Midlothian and Winchester, but our approach remains the same – give each client the best individualized representation.


Peter C. BurnettPeter C. Burnett

Peter C. Burnett is a 1972 graduate of Hobart College and a 1977 graduate of Antioch School of Law. He is licensed to practice in Virginia and the District of Columbia. Starting in 1988, he has limited his practice to personal injury law, one of the first to do so in Loudoun County. Peter has had several noteworthy cases including the largest wrongful death verdict returned at the time in Loudoun County …

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Donald S. CulkinDonald S. Culkin

Don Culkin is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to joining Burnett & Williams, he had a general practice that included a wide range of civil and criminal litigation matters, real estate, and land development. Since coming to Burnett & Williams, Mr. Culkin …

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 James WilliamsC. James Williams, III

Jim Williams joined Burnett & Williams in 2006 and operates out of Midlothian and Hopewell, Virginia. Jim has extensive legal experience, both as a plaintiff and defense attorney. His experience as a trial attorney with a large insurance company gives him tremendous expertise in the complexities of Virginia insurance law, which is perhaps the most difficult area of law encountered …

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staff_rmelone2Rebecca Melone

Rebecca Melone is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Rebecca received her Juris Doctor from The University of Toledo College of Law in 2012. She attended The University of Findlay, and earned a bachelor’s degree in International Business and an associate’s degree in Equestrian Studies. …

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