Patricia Bugg "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 products liability and toxic tort cases involving personal injury and wrongful death, insurance coverage disputes, construction disputes, contract and business tort cases, 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.

P.J. was raised in the Northern Neck of Virginia. During college, P.J. was a member of the varsity women's soccer team. Today, she is an avid runner and regularly competes in races throughout the state. She and her husband enjoy spending time outdoors with their three daughters.


  • Loyola University New Orleans School of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana (J.D., 2006) National Moot Court Team, Oralist, 2005-2006; International Environmental Moot Court Team, Oralist, 2004-2005; Loyola Maritime Law Journal, Comment and Casenote Editor, 2005-2006; National Member of the Order of Barristers
  • 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. 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

Representative Cases

  • Wayman v. Perdue Agribusiness, L.L.C., 2018 Va. Cir. LEXIS 64 (Chesapeake Cir. Ct. April 27, 2018)
  • Wilson v. AC&S, Inc., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 156743 (E.D. Va. Mar. 17, 2015), aff’d 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 20794 (4th Cir. Nov. 21, 2016)
  • Anheuser-Busch Cos. v. Cantrell, 2015 Va. LEXIS 55 (Va. Apr. 16, 2015)
  • In re Asbestos Products Liability Litigation (No. V): Estate of Raymond Stevens v. CBS Corporation,578 Fed. Appx. 160 (3d Cir. 2014)
  • Palaxar Group v. Williams, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 67872 (E.D. Va. May 13, 2014)
  • Commercial One Elec. Contrs. v. Trane United States, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 32554 (E.D. Va. Mar. 8, 2013)
  • Kiser v. A.W. Chesterton Co., 2013 Va. LEXIS 12 (Va. Jan. 10, 2013)
  • Jacobs v. AC&S Inc., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 111811 (E.D. Pa. July 25, 2011)
  • Holmes v. AC&S Inc., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 110390 (E.D. Pa. July 25, 2011)

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
    • Chair, Appellate Advocacy Section (2015-2016)
    • Vice-Chair, Appellate Advocacy Section (2014-2015)
    • Board of Editors, The Journal of Civil Litigation (2013-present)
    • Chair, Corporate and Commercial Litigation Section (2009-2010)
    • Vice-Chair, Corporate and Commercial Litigation Section (2008-2009) 
  • Bar Association of the City of Richmond, Member
    • Litigation Section, 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 2014-2019 for Personal Injury - Products: Defense