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Steven R. Minor

  • Shareholder


Bristol, Virginia





Steve Minor represents plaintiffs and defendants in jury trials and other proceedings in state and federal court in Southwest Virginia and surrounding areas. His practice has centered on a wide range of federal litigation, particularly civil rights and employment law claims, and diversity cases based on warranty or products liability claims. He has represented in litigation and provided counsel to local governments and small businesses from this area, and served as local counsel for national and international firms with business or litigation in Southwest Virginia. He has tried more than a dozen cases before juries or arbitration panels, sought and defended claims for injunctions in state and federal court, and argued seven appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and three state court appeals in Virginia. He has appeared before all the state and federal courts of record in the counties and cities that make up the Abingdon and Big Stone Gap divisions of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia. He is admitted to practice in the state courts of Tennessee and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, and has appeared in state or federal courts in Kentucky, West Virginia, North Carolina, the District of Columbia, and Ohio.

Areas of Practice

  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Civil Rights
  • Constitutional Law
  • Employment Law - Employer
  • Litigation and Appeals
  • Personal Injury - Defense
  • State, Local & Municipal Law
  • Warranty and Products Claims

Litigation Percentage

80% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 1989
  • Tennessee, 2001
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee, 1991
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of Virginia, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1990
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1993


  • The College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law, Williamsburg, Virginia
    • J.D. - 1989
    • Honors: American Jurisprudence Award in Constitutional Law
  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
    • B.A. - 1986
    • Major: Philosophy
    • Major: American Government

Published Works

  • Fourth Circuit Report, Certworthy, DRI Appellate Advocacy Committee Newsletter, Summer, 2007
  • Fourth Circuit Report, Certworthy, DRI Appellate Advocacy Committee Newsletter, Summer, 2006
  • Fourth Circuit Report, Certworthy, DRI Appellate Advocacy Committee Newsletter, Summer, 2005
  • Fourth Circuit Report, Certworthy, DRI Appellate Advocacy Committee Newsletter, Winter, 2005
  • Litigating the Motive of the Governmental Board - One Member at a Time, 14 Journal of Civil Litigation 373 (VADA), Winter, 2003
  • Why Local Government Should Not Be Subject to Punitive Damages Under the ADEA, 13 Journal of Local Government Law 2-4 (Local Government Law Section, VSB), September, 2002
  • Asserting Qualified Immunity in the Fourth Circuit, 12 The Journal of Civil Litigation 289, Fall, 2000
  • On Litigating Fraud in Virginia, 24 Journal of Civil Litigation 153 (VADA), Summer, 2012

Representative Cases

Honors and Awards

  • Virginia Lawyers Weekly, Leaders in the Law, 2008
  • Virginia Super Lawyers,

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Virginia Bar Association (Board of Governors, 2006 to 2009)
  • Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference, 2005
  • Board of Directors, Southwest Virginia Legal Aid Society, 2003
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Local Government Attorneys of Virginia
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Bristol Virginia Bar Association (President, 2004)
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys

Past Employment Positions

  • Hon. Judge Glen M. Williams, United States District Court Western District of Virginia, Law Clerk, 1989 to 1990

Practice Area

Office Location

Elliott Lawson & Minor, P.C.

110 Piedmont Avenue
Suite 300
Bristol, VA 24201

Phone: 276-466-8400
Toll Free: 800-814-1892
Fax: 276-466-8161

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