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    “There is no profession more meaningful than to serve as an advocate for someone who has suffered a tragic loss or injury through no fault of their own. It is an honor to protect the rights of accident victims and to work diligently towards achieving justice for them. I can look at all that we do for our clients with great dignity and fulfillment, knowing that we truly make a difference in the lives of those who need us most. And that is the reason why I am proud to be an attorney.”
    -Bobby O’Neal

    Robert O’Neal, ESQ.

    Attorney Robert “Bobby” O’Neal has worked very hard over the years to imagine justice by doing what is right for his clients. Bobby believes in achieving just results for everyone he represents, no matter how small or large the case. He enjoys being an attorney and embraces the opportunity to represent his clients with vigor and zeal. Bobby views his profession as more than just a job; it is a privilege. He understands the importance of strong advocacy towards the achievement of justice.

    Bobby has always wanted to be an attorney from a very young age. He grew up in a small town (near Tappahannock, VA) where the ideals of honesty, integrity, and hard work were instilled in him. He has a very close relationship with his family, his church, and his community.

    Attorney O’Neal still actively attends his home church and also attends other churches across the Commonwealth of Virginia. He is very involved in his community and with the youth. Bobby has been a mentor to many aspiring students seeking advice regarding college, law school and career development. Attorney O’Neal is often asked to speak in programs directed to inspire and encourage the youth in the community. He gives his time and financial support freely to worthy causes and feels a deep rooted obligation to give back to those who are less fortunate.

    Bobby graduated from the Air Force Academy Preparatory School in Colorado Springs, CO in 1988. He then attended the University of Virginia where he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Rhetoric and Communications. At UVA, Bobby was elected by the student body to serve as a student counsel representative. He was the President of the Rhetoric and Communication Society. He worked part-time while attending UVA and yet he still graduated a semester ahead of his class. Attorney O’Neal has always embraced challenges and still does so today by representing deserving clients on very tough cases.

    Upon graduating from college, Bobby worked for 5 years in the insurance industry as a claims adjuster. During his tenure with the insurance company, he achieved several promotions and accolades. One of the most prestigious was the Colonial Insurance Claims Employee of the Year. Mr. O’Neal’s experience handling automobile accidents and injury claims for the insurance industry gave him a very unique and valuable perspective. From this experience, he knows how most insurance claims offices operate and knows how to be most persuasive to insurance representatives in order to maximize your recovery.

    In 1995, Bobby attended the T. C. Williams School of law at the University of Richmond while working part-time to support his family. He was employed as a law clerk during his final year in law school by Stephen J. Cannella in 1997 and was hired as a full-time employee upon graduating from law school in 1998. Since law school, he has served as bar examination grader and has been invited to judge Moot Court competitions. He is a member of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, American Bar Association, Richmond Bar Association, Virginia Bar Association, and the Top Trial Lawyers in America – Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Over the past 15 years, Attorney O’Neal has worked his way to become partner of the firm (now Cannella & O’Neal), and has enjoyed helping clients achieve justice all over the Commonwealth of Virginia. He would be honored to represent you and your family.