Walter H. Peake, III

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540-772-9167 (F)
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Martindale-Hubbell® AV Rated

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 and long-term care neglect cases, general insurance defense litigation, including products liability, premises liability and commercial transportation cases.

As an attorney, Mr. Peake defends physicians of many specialties and other healthcare providers in medical malpractice cases throughout southwestern and central Virginia in state and federal courts.  Mr. Peake has tried over 50 medical malpractice cases to jury verdict, and has tried over 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, Mr. Peake 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:

  • Long Term Care/ Nursing Home Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice and Healthcare Law
  • Premises Liability
  • 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)

Published Articles:

  • 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 “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 Rated
  • Selected to “Best Lawyers in America,”
  • Selected to “Super Lawyers” for Personal Injury Defense:  Medical Malpractice and Civil Litigation Defense
  • Past Member – Medical Professional Liability Committee, Defense Research Institute


  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, Former Board of Directors; Member (Medical Malpractice Section)
  • Former Faculty – Virginia State Bar Law School Professionalism Course
  • Former Faculty – Virginia State Bar Professionalism Course
  • Former Member – Bar and Media Relations Committee, Virginia State Bar


  • Member [“Barrister” status], Ted Dalton Inn of the American Inns of Court
  • Former Board of Directors – 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
  • Vestry Member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Roanoke, VA, Southwestern Virginia Diocese
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