C. Ervin Reid


Ervin Reid, Workers Compensation defense attorney at Goodman Allen Donnelly

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When he joined the firm as a Shareholder in July 2006, Ervin Reid brought 20 years of extensive experience in litigation management. He has dedicated his practice primarily to the defense of manufacturers of medical devices and consumer products, and corporations in workers' compensation claims.

Ervin's experience in the courtroom extends from defending Products Liability, Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation cases in both state and federal courts, to summary judgment issues involving Preemption, and Workers' Compensation Bar and procedural requirements.

Ervin served as national counsel for a leading manufacturer of personal consumer products, regional trial counsel for a national pharmaceutical manufacturer and regional counsel for national workers' compensation insurers and third-party administrators. He also serves as Corporate Counsel for National retailers in Workers' Compensation matters and represents healthcare providers in medical malpractice and other litigation.

His litigation skills have earned him recognition as a Virginia Super Lawyer in the area of general litigation, Law & Politics, July 2006, and as one of the Best Lawyers in America in workers' compensation defense since 2013. 

C. Ervin Reid, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished rating 2021

Best Lawyers Award Badge - C. Ervin Reid, 2021

Professional Affiliations, Awards and Service

  • Virginia State Bar Association
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
  • City of Richmond Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Primerus Defense Institute

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  • College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, J.D. (1986)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, A.B. (1978)
Admitted to Practice
  • Commonwealth of Virginia 
  • United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit 
  • United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts 
  • United States Supreme Court Bar 
Reported Cases
  • Ross v. Pony Express, 71 O.W.C. 99 (1992)
  • Scott v. Scott, 16 Va. App S.E.2d 259 (1993)
  • Mayberry v. Alcoa Bldg. Products 18 Va.App. 18, 441 S.E.2d 349 (1994)
  • Phelps v. Safeway Stores, Inc. 77 O.W.C. 138 (1998), aff'd, Record No. 1246-98-4 (Va.Ct.App. 1999) (unpublished)
  • Antisdel v. Eli Lilly, Inc. et al., No. 171-CL06-386 (Shenandoah Va. Cir. Ct. 2008), aff'd, 279 Va. 42, 688 S.E.2d 163 (2010)
Publications and Presentations
  • Advanced Workers’ Compensation in Virginia – Continuing Legal Education (NBI 2012) (Overcoming Post-resolution Challenges)
  • Complex Workers’ Compensation Issues in Virginia – Continuing Legal Education (NBI 2014) (Selected Issues in Workers’ Compensation Law)
  • Advanced Workers’ Compensation in Virginia – Continuing Legal Education (SES 2015) (Vocational Rehabilitation and Medical Treatment)
  • Reid and Evers, Stress in the Workplace: Is it Compensable uner the Virginia Workers' Compensation Act?, Vol. 4, No. 1 J. Civ. Litigation
  • Reid, Overview of Workers' Compensation Law in Virginia (2006)
  • Advanced Workers' Compensation in Virginia-Continuing Legal Education (NBI 1995) (Vocational Rehabilitation)
  • Virginia Labor and Employment Law-Continuing Legal Education (NBI 1998) (Injuries in the Workplace-Examining the Workers' Compensation Process)
  • Advanced Workers' Compensation in Virginia-Continuing Legal Education (NBI 2001) (Recent Changes in the Law)
  • Advanced Workers' Compensation in Virginia-Continuing Legal Education (NBI 2001) (Selected Issues in Workers' Compensation Law)
  • Seventh Annual Virginia Workers' Compensation Seminar, Elaboration on the Concepts Arising Out Of and In The Course of Employment: Assaults (2004)
  • Eighth Annual Virginia Workers' Compensation Seminar, Employer's Applications for hearing: Rule 1.4 (2005)
  • Workers' Compensation: Tips and Tactics from Both sides of the Table- Continuing Legal Education (NBI 2007) (Hearings