Patricia B. "PJ" Turner

Attorney, Partner

P.J. Turner is a trial-level and appellate litigator who represents a diverse group of national, regional, and local businesses in state, federal, and appellate courts across the country. She has litigated a wide array of contested matters, including claims related to product liability, toxic exposure, maritime injuries, construction disputes, breach of contract, business torts, defamation, and other commercial disputes. In addition, P.J. has successfully handled multiple appeals to the Supreme Court of Virginia as well as appeals to the Third and Fourth Circuit Courts of Appeals.


  • Loyola University New Orleans School of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana (J.D., 2006)
  • Davidson College, Davidson, N.C. (B.A., Spanish, 2003)
  • St. Andrew's School, Middletown, Delaware (1999)

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit

Representative Experience

  • Succeeded on appeal in upholding summary judgment rulings by lower federal courts in several product-liability actions
  • Obtained summary judgment for publicly-traded corporation client numerous times in various product-liability actions
  • Represented product manufacturers, contractors, and premises owners in defense of numerous product-liability actions related to garage doors, pumps, air compressors, boilers, HVAC equipment, turbine-generators, electrical equipment, and other residential and commercial equipment
  • Assisted in preparing nationwide strategy for publicly-traded corporation client in defending certain asbestos-related products-liability actions
  • Successfully defended publicly-traded corporation client in discrimination and statutory business conspiracy suit in federal court
  • Represented insured in personal injury lawsuit involving a trucking accident

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Virginia Bar Association, Member
    • Appellate Practice Section; Civil Litigation Section; Construction/Public Contracts Law Section
  • Virginia State Bar, Member
    • Litigation Section; Construction Law Section
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, Member
    • Board of Editors, The Journal of Civil Litigation (2013-present)
    • Chair, Appellate Advocacy Section (2015-2016)
    • Chair, Corporate and Commercial Litigation Section (2009-2010)
  • Bar Association of the City of Richmond, Member
    • Litigation Section, Chair (2019-2020); Executive Committee
    • Judiciary Committee
  • Metro Richmond Women's Bar Association, Member
  • Defense Research Institute ("DRI"), Member
  • Associated General Contractors of Virginia, Member

Honors and Awards

  • Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2014-2020 for Personal Injury - Products: Defense

Off the Clock

P.J. is proud to have been raised in the Northern Neck of Virginia and is infinitely thankful that her family shares her love of the region. Whether in the Neck or elsewhere, P.J. and her husband enjoy spending time outdoors—on the water, in a field, or atop a mountain—with their three daughters. During college, P.J. was a member of the varsity women's soccer team.