J. Thompson Cravens

Top 30 Matrimonial and Family Law
Cravens & Noll, PC
9011 Arboretum Pkwy Ste 200
Richmond, VA 23236
(804) 330-9220

Joe Thompson Cravens Is the President of Cravens & Noll, P.C. in Richmond where he practices in the areas of personal injury, criminal law, domestic relations and military law. Mr. Cravens received his B.A. degree from the University of Virginia and his J.D. degree from the College of William & Mary. Commissioned an officer in the United States Army, 1984, Commissioned a United States Army Judge Advocate (JAG) 1987. Veteran of "Operation Just Cause", Panama, December 1989-February 1990. "Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm", Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Kuwait, August 1990 - May 1991.

He is a past adjunct professor at Nova University and has spoken on law of war to service members, pre-deployment and reservists. Mr. Cravens is a member of the Virginia State Bar, and the bars of the U.S. Court of Claims, the U.S. Court of Military Review, the U.S. Court of Military Appeals, the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, The American Association for Justice, the Richmond, Chesterfield/Colonial Heights, Henrico County, and American Bar Associations.

Mr. Cravens is a Life Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, which is an organization of attorneys who have received verdicts or settlements in excess of $1,000,000.00. Less than 1% of all trial lawyers in America qualify for membership.

Bar Admissions

Virginia, 1987
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia, 1987
U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia, 1987
U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1987
U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals, 1987


The College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law, Williamsburg, Virginia
J.D. - 1987
Law Journal: The Colonial Lawyer, Senior Editor, 1986 - 1987
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
B.A. - 1984
Honors: Deans List
Major: History
Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee
Honors: With Honors
Honors: Deans List 6 Quarters Out of 6 Attended
Major: History & Political Science

Published Works

Is It the Minor's Right, The Minor's Abortion Decision in Virgina, The Colonial Lawyer, 1986
The Chesapeake Bay, The Colonial Lawyer, 1986


Equitable Distribution in Divorce Settlements in Virginia, National Business Institute, 2002 - 2004
Military Issues in Family Law, Halfmoon CLE Continuing Legal Education, 2005
Criminal Trial from Start to Finish, National Business Institute, 2005 - 2007

Professional Associations and Memberships

American Association for Justice
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
Chesterfield - Colonial Heights Bar Association
Richmond Criminal Bar
Henrico County Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

U.S. Army Judge Advocate Generals Corp., Judge Advocate, 1987 - 1991
Sands Anderson Marks & Miller, P.C., Litigation Associate, 1991 - 1994
Joynes & Bieber P.C., Richmond, Managing Attorney, 1994 - 1995


Pi Kappa Alpha

Personal Affiliation

St. Matthias Episcopal Church
Veteran of Foreign Wars
American Legion
United States District Court East
United States District Court West
United States Army Court of Claims
US Army Court of Military Appeals
Robius Athletic Football
Reams Athletic Association
Judge Advocate General School
VA Trial Lawyer Association