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Graham K. Bryant


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Graham K. Bryant concentrates his practice on appellate advocacy while contributing to the firm’s defense of healthcare providers in complex litigation and regulatory cases. Graham draws on his experiences as a judicial law clerk at every level of Virginia’s appellate judiciary to help his clients navigate the labyrinth of appellate procedure. Whether appealing or resisting an appeal, Graham applies his recognized legal writing expertise in a holistic approach to each case.

Graham is a member of the Tribe twice-over, holding undergraduate and law degrees from William & Mary. During law school, he served as Senior Articles Editor of the William & Mary Law Review and graduated as a member of the Order of the Coif. Immediately following graduation, he had the honor of serving as law clerk to two of Virginia’s appellate jurists: then-Chief Judge Glen A. Huff of the Court of Appeals of Virginia and thereafter Justice William C. Mims of the Supreme Court of Virginia.

Graham is deeply involved in the legal community and holds leadership positions in both the Virginia State Bar and Virginia Bar Association. Notably, he serves on the VBA’s Appellate Practice Section Council and the VBA Young Lawyer Division’s Executive Board. Multiple VSB presidents have appointed him to various committees, and his service was recognized with VSB Young Lawyers Conference Significant Service Awards in 2019 and 2020. He has published numerous articles on topics including appellate advocacy, legal reasoning and writing, constitutional law, and lawyer wellbeing, and is a frequent speaker on these and other topics. Graham has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at William & Mary Law School since 2019.

Practice Areas

  • Appellate Advocacy

  • Medical Malpractice Defense

  • Health Regulatory Boards


  • Virginia

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Academic Credentials

  • William & Mary Law School, J.D., 2016
    Magna Cum Laude
    , Order of the Coif
    William & Mary Law Review, Senior Articles Editor

  • College of William & Mary, B.A.
    Summa Cum Laude, James Monroe Scholar

Associations and Professional Membership

  • Virginia Bar Association

  • YLD Liaison to Appellate Practice Section Council

  • Editor-in-Chief, On Appeal Section Newsletter

  • YLD Executive Board

  • Editor-in-Chief, Opening Statement YLD Newsletter

  • Virginia State Bar

  • Co-Chair, YLC Bench-Bar Conference

  • Special Committee on Technology and the Future Practice of Law

  • President’s Special Committee on Lawyer Well-Being (2018–19)

  • John Marshall Inn of Court

  • Executive Board Member

  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys

  • Volunteer amicus brief writer


  • Anticipating Appeals of Right in the Court of Appeals of Virginia, 9 OPENING STATEMENT (Va. Bar Ass’n), April 2021, at 10-11.

  • Recent Developments Make Interlocutory Appeals More Accessible, 6 ON APPEAL (Va. Bar Ass’n), April 2021, at 8-9, 17.

  • Oral Arguments by Videoconference: Avoiding Common Pitfalls, VIRGINIA LAWYER, October 2020, at 45–46.

  • Maintaining Young Lawyer Well-Being in a Pandemic, 8 OPENING STATEMENT (Va. Bar Ass’n), July 2020, at 6–8.

  • The Historical Argument for State Sovereign Immunity in Bankruptcy Proceedings, 87 MISS. L.J. 49 (2018).

  • The Disappearing Civil Trial: Implications for the Future of Law Practice, 30 REGENT U. L. REV. 287 (2018).

  • Blockchain: Beyond Cryptocurrency, THE BENCHER, Nov.–Dec. 2018, at 20–23.

  • Revealing the Logic of Legal Writing, 6 OPENING STATEMENT (Va. Bar Ass’n), July 2018, at 4–5.

  • The Disappearing Civil Trial and an Uncertain Future, VIRGINIA LAWYER, June 2018, at 56–57

  • Appellate Hypotheticals Are Opportunities for Advocacy, 4 ON APPEAL (Va. Bar Ass’n), Spring 2018, at 5–7.

  • Legal Writing in a Screen-Filled World, 5 OPENING STATEMENT (Va. Bar Ass’n), May 2017, at 4–5.

Speaking Engagements

  • “COVID-19 and a Troubled Economy: How to Maintain Lawyer Wellness,” Virginia CLE, May 4, 2020.

  • “Digital Detox: A Boot Camp for Lawyers,” Virginia CLE, September 27, 2019.

  • “Proactive Wellness: How to Identify, Understand, and Mitigate Lawyers’ Occupational Risks,” Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting, June 14, 2019.

  • “The Future of Law Practice: Confronting the Shifting Landscape,” Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting, June 14, 2019.

  • “What Does the Disappearing Civil Trial Mean? Reasons for the Decline and Implications Going Forward,” Virginia State Bar Professional Development Conference, September 29, 2017.