Walter H. Peake, III

540-725-3362 (D)
540-772-9167 (F)


Walter Peake is a founding principal of the firm and is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He specializes in medical-malpractice defense and the representation of healthcare professionals in licensing, Board and privileges matters, as well as other healthcare matters. He also handles assisted living, long-term care neglect cases and products liability cases.

As an attorney, Walter Peake defends physicians of many specialties and other healthcare providers in medical-malpractice cases throughout southwestern and central Virginia in state and federal courts.  Walt has tried over 60 medical-malpractice cases to jury verdict, and has tried over 75 jury trials of all kinds. He also handles appellate work and has three reported cases in the Virginia Supreme Court.

He is a frequent speaker to healthcare professionals and medical-malpractice insurance carriers about the defense of medical negligence cases and other related topics.

Additionally, Walter has an administrative practice before professional licensing and regulatory boards, including the representation of health care professionals in disciplinary hearings. He advises healthcare providers on health care issues involving patient confidentiality, medical records, peer review, risk management and coverage under professional liability policies.


  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (B.A.)
  • George Mason University (J.D.)
    • Team Member, National Moot Court Competition
    • Member and Notes Editor, George Mason Law Review
    • 1st Place Team, First year Moot Court Competition

Areas of Practice:

  • Medical Malpractice and Healthcare Law
  • Long Term Care/ Nursing Home Litigation
  • Products Liability/Dangerous/Defective Products
  • Transportation

Bar Admissions:

  • Virginia
  • United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

Reported Virginia Supreme Court Cases:

  • Cherry v. D.S. Nash Construction Co., 252 Va. 241, 475 S.E.2d 794 (1996)
  • Mottesheard v. Castern, 256 Va. 11, 500 S.E.2d 512 (1998)
  • Holley v. Pambianco, 270 Va. 180, 180, 613 S.E.2d 425 (2005)
  • Simpson v. Roberts, 287 Va. 34, 752 S.E.2d 801 (2014)

Published Articles:

  • Co-author The Right to Confer with Your Client During a Deposition: No Bright-Line Rules, 27 J. Civ. Litig. 353 (2015)
  • Contributing Author to the Virginia CLE Publication “Medical Malpractice Law in Virginia” (2000 and subsequent editions)
  • Co-author “An Analysis of the Impact of the Dead Man’s Statute in Medical Malpractice Cases,” Virginia Bar Association Journal (2003)

Speaking Engagements:

  • Speaker on “Preparation for Mediation and How to Successfully Present Your Case,” VADA Mediation Workshop (2017)
  • Speaker on “The Trial of the Medical Malpractice Case from the Defense Perspective,” Virginia CLE (2003 and 2007)
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys- Medical Malpractice Section Meetings
  • Frequent Speaker for Risk Management Meetings for Physicians and other Healthcare Professionals and for Medical Malpractice Insurance Companies
  • Speaker, CNA Dental Professional Liability Risk Management Seminar (1995, 1997)

Professional Honors, Affiliations and Activities:


  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent Rated
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America
  • Listed in Virginia Super Lawyers for Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice and Civil Litigation Defense
  • Past Member – Medical Professional Liability Committee, Defense Research Institute


  • Member – Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
    • Former Board of Directors
    • Former Member – Judicial Endorsements Committee
    • Member – Long Term Planning Committee
  • Former Faculty – Virginia State Bar Law School Professionalism Course and Virginia State Bar Professionalism Course
  • Former Member – Bar and Media Relations Committee, Virginia State Bar


  • Master of Bench and Bar, Emeritus – The Ted Dalton American Inn of Court
  • Former Board of Directors member – Roanoke Bar Association
  • Former President – Roanoke Claims Association

Community Honors, Affiliations and Activities:

  • Former Board of Directors – Blue Ridge Public Television
  • Former Board of Directors- Junior Achievement of Southwest Virginia
  • Former Vestry Member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Roanoke, VA, Southwestern Virginia Diocese