Robert F. Donnelly


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Bob Donnelly is one of the founding members of the law firm of Goodman Allen Donnelly. For over thirty years, he has focused his career on trial advocacy by defending physicians, hospitals and other health care professionals sued for medical malpractice in Virginia’s state and federal courts. In the course of representing hundreds of health care providers, he has tried more than 70 jury trials to verdict. Bob’s trial experience has been consistently demonstrated, achieving at least one of the “Top Ten Defense Verdicts” in Medical Malpractice each year since 2005 as reported by Virginia Lawyers Weekly. In a single calendar year he took six high exposure cases to trial, achieving five of only sixteen statewide reported “Million Dollar Med Mal Defense Verdicts.”. His success both in and out of the courtroom has earned him recognition in Best Lawyers in America® for Medical Malpractice Defense; US News and World Report and Best Lawyers Magazines, Virginia’s “Legal Elite” in civil litigation; Virginia Business Magazine and as a “Virginia Super Lawyer” in Medical Malpractice Defense; Law and Politics and Virginia Super Lawyers Magazines. Bob is a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, a national trial lawyer honorary society and frequently is an invited lecturer on health care liability issues.

Bob has used his success as a trial lawyer to effectively represent lawyers in professional malpractice claims, as well as small businesses involved in commercial litigation disputes

Professional Affiliations, Awards and Service

  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Best Lawyers in America-Medical Malpractice Defense 2010-present
    Best Lawyers in America-Medical Malpractice Defense
    Lawyer of the Year, Richmond 2018
  • Virginia’s Legal Elite in Civil Litigation, Virginia Business Magazine , December 2008, 2009, 2017
  • Virginia Super Lawyer in Personal Injury -Medical Malpractice Defense; Law and Politics and Virginia Super Lawyers Magazines , 2008-present
  • Member, Board of Governors, Health Law Section of Virginia State Bar, 2000-2003
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Richmond Bar Association
  • Henrico Bar Association
  • John Marshall American Inn of Court

Practice Areas


  • The Catholic University of America, J.D. 1988
  • University of Virginia, B.A., cum laude , 1983

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