phone 703.385.1000
fax 703.385.1555

Steven W. Bancroft

RetiredSteven Bancroft - Arlington Traffic/DUI Lawyer
9990 Fairfax Boulevard, Suite 400
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
(703) 385-1000 Telephone
(703) 385-1555 Facsimile

Areas of Practice

Civil litigation and trial practice in Federal and State Courts throughout Virginia, with emphasis in the areas of:

  • Wrongful death
  • Brain injury
  • Products liability
  • Premises liability
  • Construction litigation


  • Undergraduate: Washington & Jefferson College
    1968 - 1969
  • United States Marine Corps
    1969 - 1971
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
    B.A. 1974
  • Graduate: George Mason University School of Law
    J.D. 1978


  • Principal,  Bancroft, McGavin, Horvath & Judkins, P.C.
    1990 - present
  • Principal, Lewis, Trichilo & Bancroft
    1983 - 1990
  • Associate, Lewis & Trichilo
    1980 - 1983
  • Associate, Brault, Lewis, Geschickter & Palmer
  • Law Clerk with Brault, Graham, Scott & Brault, Washington, D.C.
    1976 - 1978
  • PGA Golf Professional
    1973 - 1975
  • U.S. Marine Corps
    1969 - 1971

Bar Membership

  • Virginia, 1979

Martindale-Hubbell Rating

  • AV Preeminent

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, (4th Circuit), 1979
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia, 1979
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, 1979
  • Virginia Supreme Court, 1979


  • Top Attorneys Washington, DC Metro area selected by the American Registry
  • Super Lawyers Virginia
  • Super Lawyers Washington, DC Metro Area
  • Washington's Best Legal Minds - Washingtonian Magazine 2013
  • 2016 Northern Virginia Magazine Top Lawyers

Professional Associations

  • Virginia State Bar
  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
  • Northern Virginia Defense Attorneys
    President, 1988 - 1990
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Who’s Who in American Executives
  • Selected as a Super Lawyer and Top Attorney in Washington Metro Area
  • Inn’s of Court Master
  • Top 100 civil lawyers in Virginia
  • GMUSL Alumni Association

Reported or Published Cases

See website list.

Professional Activities

  • Panel Member for Medical Malpractice Hearings, Appointed by Virginia Supreme Court 1985 - present
  • Fairfax Circuit Court Neutral Case Evaluator
  • Judge, Moot Court Competitions for Law Schools

Lectures and Seminars

  • Lecturer, Fairfax Bar Association Seminars Trial Practice, Personal Injury and Evidence
  • Lecturer, Virginia Continuing Legal Education Trial Practice, Personal Injury and Premises Liability
  • Lecturer, Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys Trial Practice, Personal Injury, Premises Liability and Defense Strategies
  • Lecturer, Virginia Claims Association Trial Practice
  • Lecturer, Northern Virginia Claims Association Personal Injury Claims
  • Lecturer, Professional Educational Systems Trial Practice and Evidence
  • Lecturer, Custom Home Builders Counsel Construction Law, Construction Defects, Mold and EIFS
  • Lecturer, No. Va. Association of Defense Attorneys
  • Lecturer to Insurance Industry Trial Practice, Personal Injury, Brain Injury and Premises Liability
  • Lecturer, Northern Virginia Orthopedic Medical Society Forensic Medicine and Trial Testimony


  • Author, “Contributory Negligence is Alive and Well in Virginia”, published Journal of Civil Litigation, 2004
  • Numerous research papers and seminar booklets in area of trial practice.

High Profile Cases

Over the past 25 years, Mr. Bancroft has been involved in a number of significant cases that have created law in various legal areas including a number of high profile products liability cases,

  • Ford Motor Company v. Bartholomew, 224 Va. 421 (1982);
  • Reliance Insurance Company v. J.W. Burris, Inc. , 247 Va. 418 (1994).

Mr. Bancroft recent appellate cases include

  • Coalson v. Canchola, 287 Va. 242 (2014);
  • In re Charles Brewster Squires, Jr., 134 S.Ct. 77, 187 L.Ed.2d 270 (2013);
  • Badawy v. Classic Drainage, Inc.., 2011 Va. LEXIS 174 (Record No. 111158).

Mr. Bancroft has also litigated a number of significant premises liability cases including

  • Jane Doe v. Spotsylvania Mall Company, 1998 U.S. App. LEXIS 7806 (4th Cir. 1998);
  • Kaney O'Neill v. Windshire Copeland & Associates, et al., 372 F.3d 281 (2004).

In the area of construction, Mr. Bancroft successfully litigated one of the first "synthetic stucco" cases filed in Virginia and had the case affirmed by the Virginia Supreme Court.

  • Helen Parker Smith v. West Homes, et al., 262 Va. 432 (2001).

Mr. Bancroft successfully represented Susan Cummings in the wrongful death case filed against her arising out of her nationally publicized murder trial. In the spring 2004, Mr. Bancroft successfully represented the beneficiaries in a wrongful death medical malpractice trial and received a substantial verdict in favor of the beneficiaries which received state and national attention.

Bancroft, McGavin, Horvath, & Judkins, P.C., handles civil and business litigation defense, insurance law and defense, government and municipal law, workers' compensation, and DUI/traffic defense  cases throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and in the District of Columbia.


Office Location

9990 Fairfax Boulevard, Suite 400
Fairfax, VA, 22030



Super Lawyers 2016

Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated 2016

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