About our firm

Founded in 1990 as Bricker & Associates, Bricker Anderson & Johnson is a firm of trial lawyers specializing in personal injury and medical malpractice litigation. Personal injury encompasses an array of claims, to include auto and truck accidents, premises liability, products liability and wrongful death. 

We recognize that few things impact you and your family more than an unexpected injury. It often sets off a chain of events from which it can be extremely difficult to recover, both physically and financially. Medical bills, lost wages, stress, and the inability to enjoy life as you did before your injury can be emotionally overwhelming. The more serious the injury, the greater the impact. If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, we have the experience to guide you and your family through the complex mind-field of injury litigation so that you can concentrate on the things that matter the most---your recovery and your family. At Bricker Anderson & Johnson, we pride ourselves on being a small, family oriented firm. Our size allows us to devote our collaborative experience and skill to every claim we pursue. This was our founding partner’s philosophy and we take great pride in continuing his legacy in our approach to our clients' cases. A history of successful verdicts and settlements has also afforded us the resources and connections necessary to pursue the most serious of injury claims in-spite of the number of lawyers the negligent party can afford to employ.

Within our firm, and in dealing with our clients, we are committed to the principles of diversity, decency and respect. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality of legal services to our clients. Contact us today for a free consultation. 

Our Attorneys

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Stephen W. Bricker (1947-2016)      Founding Partner 

Founding partner, Stephen W. Bricker passed away in October 2016 after a hard fought battle with Multiple System Atrophy. Steve, as he was affectionately known to his friends and colleagues, practiced law for over 40 years. His practice throughout that time emphasized complex civil litigation and trial work in both state and federal courts. Over the years, he handled and tried a wide variety of personal injury, medical malpractice and civil rights cases. In addition to cases in Richmond, he tried cases throughout Virginia, from Big Stone Gap in far southwestern Virginia to the

Tidewater region. 

He received his law degree from the University of Virginia and his BA from Ohio Wesleyan University.

Throughout his life Steve fought passionately for the rights of others. He was widely respected as a champion for the under-represented and he took on cases that others would have turned away simply because they were difficult to pursue. While at UVA he worked with the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia. He began a Post-Conviction Assistance Program to represent indigent prison inmates, which was copied by students at other law schools. He was a staff attorney for the Rochester, New York legal aid office. At the ACLU he headed the new Children’s Rights Project of Virginia. It enabled over 8,000 children in foster care to be released from a legal limbo in order to be able to be placed for adoption. Steve served as legal counsel for the Virginia office of the ACLU litigating a variety of cases on behalf of civil rights and civil liberties. He was on the legal team with the ACLU National Prison Project that won a landmark settlement in 1979 for a Virginia inmate crippled by prison medical care.

Steve was well respected by his fellow trial lawyers. In that regard, he served as President and Vice President of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, as well as a member of its Board of Governors. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society and the Commonwealth Community Trust.

In private practice since 1978, his predominant focus was on medical malpractice and accident cases – as always, advocating for the injured and victims of injustice. He always preferred the small law firm atmosphere in order to maximize direct contact with his clients.

Chris Anderson and Thomas Johnson both consider it a privilege to have practiced with such a stalwart in the legal profession.  His legacy will forever live on through Bricker Anderson & Johnson.  

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Christopher Anderson          Partner

Chris Anderson has been practicing law in the Richmond area for more than 25 years. Emphasizing in trial work, his practice predominantly involves civil litigation. His practice focuses upon representing persons who have suffered severe and catastrophic injuries as the result of the negligence of others in automobile and tractor trailer accidents. He also represents patients who are injured as a result of medical malpractice. Chris also occasionally represents persons who find themselves charged in serious criminal matters such as felonies involving large quantities of controlled substances and murder. 

Chris completed his undergraduate study at James Madison University and earned his law degree from The North Carolina Central University School of Law. An Ashland native, he graduated from

Patrick Henry High School.

Earlier in his law career, Chris spent several years as an Assistant Public Defender for the City of Richmond. He then served 2 years as a Special Prosecutor with the Petersburg Commonwealth Attorney's Office, prosecuting violent crimes and drug cases. He was also an associate at a Richmond law firm that specialized in defending physicians accused of medical neglect; after serving as in-house counsel for The St. Paul and USF&G Insurance Companies. Chris has many years of trial experience and thoroughly enjoys going to court. 

Chris is active in a variety of community and service affairs. He lives with his wife and their daughters in Glen Allen.

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Thomas Johnson, Jr.     |      Partner

Thomas Johnson has been trying cases in Richmond and surrounding areas since 1995. His practice primarily consists of civil litigation representing victims who have suffered injury through no fault of their own in automobile or commercial vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, and wrongful death claims. Having experience in every aspect of criminal law, to include capital murder, Thomas also represents individuals charged with serious criminal matters resulting in felony prosecution throughout the state. 

A former career prosecutor, Thomas has spent his entire practice in the courtroom.  He began as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Richmond where he was soon recognized as one of the areas top homicide and violent crime prosecutors during a time when Richmond’s homicide rate was at a record high.  After four years in Richmond, Thomas joined a firm specializing in insurance defense.  While there, he also developed a strong criminal defense practice.  From there, he went on to another Richmond area firm representing personal injury victims, all while continuing to grow his criminal defense practice.  In 2012, after returning to prosecution in Richmond for several years, Thomas was asked to serve as Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney in Henrico County where he served as a homicide prosecutor and director of the DUI and vehicular manslaughter team. He joined what was then BrickerAnderson, PC as an associate in January of 2016 and became a partner

six months later.

Thomas completed his undergraduate studies at the College of William & Mary in 1992 and earned his law degree from the Wake Forest University School of Law in 1995. An avid supporter of his undergraduate Alma Mater, Thomas was the recipient of the 2019 Douglas N. Morton Alumni Service Award for his work as president of the Hulon Willis Alumni Association.  He also is a past president of the Greater Richmond Criminal Bar Association.  A native of Tappahannock, Virginia, Thomas is also a proud graduate of Essex High School. Thomas remains active in community and civic affairs in his hometown as well as in Goochland County where he resides with his wife and two children.