Todd B. Stone is a trial lawyer and partner with the firm of Stone, Cardwell and Dinkin, PLC in the Shockoe Slip area of downtown Richmond, VA. Stone has worked hard over the years to achieve the best outcome in the courtroom whether it's a traffic matter or a murder trial. Whether it involves "fighting" or "cooperating" to resolve a case for his client's benefit, Stone remains focused that most important goal and mixes in a healthy dose of persistent hard word with a genuine concern for his client and their future. Many lawyers claim to be "aggressive fighters" but there's not a "one size fit's all" trait that a lawyer needs to best serve their client. Lawyers need to be flexible enough to change gears and it's always best to work towards the optimum resolution for the client. Stone's vast experience with the Virginia courts have given him the tools to adapt to the ever changing environment in the justice system.
The loudest voice isn't always the one who's heard. An effective trial lawyer must analyze a case then plot the course that will give the client the very best chance of success. The best defense strategy is one that implements a well reasoned, persistent approach rather than one based on always "fighting" with a prosecutor. As any former prosecutor understands, a trial lawyer advocates most effectively with genuine compassion, purpose and reason.
Stone grew up in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia in Harrisonburg, where he returned to prosecute criminal cases for a short time after law school. While serving in the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office for the City of Richmond, VA and Henrico County, he led both the violent crimes unit & the drug prosecution team. He was appointed as Special Counsel to the Multi-Jurisdiction Grand Jury for the City of Richmond & the Counties of Henrico, Hanover & Chesterfield. In 1999, as a Special Assistant United States Attorney, he served as co-counsel in the prosecution of a “takeover” capital murder & bank robbery case in federal court. After more than a year of preparation and a successful trial, he & his team were presented with the Director’s Award from United States' Attorney General, The Hon. Janet Reno, in Washington, DC.
The supervising attorneys for this case would later become Director of the FBI (Hon. James B. Comey) and Director of the ATF (Hon. Ken Melson). Stone has had the gift of learning from some of the best in our justice system.
Although he prosecuted numerous notable trials including murders, gang violence, the "fan area" serial rapist and drug conspiracies, perhaps the most memorable was one he chose not to prosecute. As a young prosecutor Stone was handed a high profile supermarket shooting case where he ultimately decided that it didn't pass the smell test. After visiting the scene, speaking with witnesses & reviewing numerous reports he continued to have serious reservations about the reliability of the cross-racial identification. Additionally he uncovered evidence that suggested the innocence of the young man charged. He dropped the charges shortly before trial stating, "Although a defense attorney's duties are to the client, a prosecutor's duty is to the justice system as a whole. Sometimes 'doing justice' means dropping a case when it's not right to prosecute it." His consistently exercising this level-headed discretion earned him a reputation as an earnest and forthright prosecutor who was aggressive when necessary while remaining reasonable and fair to the justice system.
As a lawyer & partner at Stone, Cardwell & Dinkin, PLC, he handles a select number of cases in order to devote the time & attention that each case deserves. His office is located in the historic Columbian Block building above the cobblestone streets of Shockoe Slip in downtown Richmond, VA. At Stone, Cardwell and Dinkin, PLC, he works with two of Virginia's finest trial lawyers & former prosecutors, Claire Cardwell & Bill Dinkin. Each of the partners at Stone, Cardwell & Dinkin, PLC, has received numerous peer based awards. Stone has been peer-voted “Superlawyer” for multiple years, the “Nation’s Top One Percent,” the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers,” the “Top Ten Attorneys,” the “Ten Best,” in addition to the Director's Award from U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno.
Todd Stone is regularly called as a legal analyst for several news outlets across Virginia & the U.S. including “NPR” National Public Radio, CNN, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, CBS This Morning & others.
Stone serves as a legal analyst in broadcast media.
He's proud to serve central Virginia's two most historic & relied upon news sources, WTVR CBS6 television news & WRVA news radio 1140 AM. WTVR CBS6 was the first television station established south of Washington, DC. WRVA-1140AM was established in 1925, was one of the first radio stations in the United States.