Harry Ware is a trial attorney with over 30 years' experience in litigation and dispute resolution, practicing across the country in federal and state courts. His experience extends over products liability and toxic torts; asbestos litigation defense; insurance coverage; fire loss; business and contracts; partnership and shareholder disputes; maritime; commercial, estates and trusts; and real estate and construction litigation. He has successfully represented clients ranging from individuals and small companies to large, multinational corporations.

Harry defends products liability and toxic tort cases involving personal injury, wrongful death, premises liability, and property damage in state and federal courts throughout the nation. He has developed comprehensive strategies for handling large numbers of complex cases such as mass multi-jurisdictional toxic tort litigation and has successfully implemented those strategies in the courtroom, serving as national coordinating, regional, and Virginia trial counsel for clients in mass tort litigation. He frequently serves as local counsel for out of state firms representing clients in state and federal courts throughout Virginia.

Harry also has defended individual cases for manufacturers and sellers of an array of products including pharmaceuticals, water heaters, cranes, marine and land based turbines, turbine generators, and associated equipment such as pumps; motors, industrial laminates, wallboard, switchgear, brakes and gaskets. In addition, he has handled cases involving allegedly toxic substances such as asbestos, PCBs, and toxic fumes, as well as automobile, general negligence, premises liability, and defamation cases.

In his spare time, Harry enjoys hunting and spending time outdoors. He and his wife live in Manakin Sabot, Virginia with their three sons.


  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia (B.A., 1977)
  • University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law (J.D.) International Academy of Trial Lawyers Trial Advocacy Award (1983); Law Review: Editorial Board, 1982-83

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit

Representative Cases

  • In re Asbestos Products Liability Litigation (No. V): Estate of Raymond Stevens v. CBS Corporation, et al., 2014 WL 5012642, --- Fed. Appx. --- (3d Cir. 2014)
  • Kiser v. A.W. Chesterton Co., No. 11-1986, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 517 Fed. Appx. 109; 2013 U.S. App. Lexis 7299 (3d Cir. 2012.)
  • Contreras v. Thor Norfolk Hotel, L.L.C., 292 F.Supp.2d 798 (E.D.Va. 2003)
  • General Nutrition Corp. v. U.S. Fire Ins. Co., 173 F.3d 850; 1998 WL 998361 (4th Cir. Va.) 1998)
  • Circuit City Stores, Inc. v. OfficeMax, Inc., 949 F.Supp. 409, 65 USLW 2504, 42 U.S.P.Q.2d 1194 (E.D.Va. 1996)
  • Circle Lanes, Inc. v. Time Inc., 91 F.3d 129, 1996 WL 426866 (4th Cir. (Va.) 1996)
  • Miller v. American President Lines, Ltd., 989 F.2d 1450, 61 USLW 2590 (6th Cir.(Ohio) 1993)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Boyd-Graves Conference
  • Virginia Law Foundation, Committee on Continuing Legal Education
  • Virginia Bar Association
    • Past Chair, Civil Litigation Section Council
  • Virginia Bar Association, 2000 - 2002
    • Chair, Corporate Counsel Section
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Bar Association of the City of Richmond
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America 2015-2016 for Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Rated AV ® Preeminent™, the highest rating issued by Martindale-Hubbell

Community Involvement

  • Commonwealth Club
  • Deep Run Hunt Club
  • Keswick Hunt Club

Past Employment Positions

  • Cook, Ware & Heyward, P.C., 1993 - 2001
  • McGuireWoods, 1985 - 1993
  • May & Miller, 1983 - 1985
  • Southern Bank, Staff Auditor, 1978-1980

Birth Information

  • November, 1954, Richmond, Virginia