Michele Bartoli Cain
Founder of the firm, Michele Bartoli Cain practices in the following areas of law: Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Dental Malpractice, and Automobile Tort Litigation.

A native of Southern California who grew up in North Carolina, Michele Bartoli Cain attended undergraduate school at North Carolina State University, earning her Bachelor of Arts cum laude in 1980. Based on her academic performance she was inducted and became a member of the Pi Sigma Alpha, Blue Key and Golden Chain honor societies. Based on her university-wide contributions, she was named Outstanding Senior Sorority Woman.

While a law student at Wake Forest University, Michele concentrated on polishing trial and advocacy skills and she was a member of the National Moot Court Team and the Executive Moot Court Board. She served as an editor of the American Society of International Law Proceedings. At graduation Ms. Bartoli Cain was honored with induction into the Order of the Barristers. Following her graduation from Wake Forest School of Law in 1983, she became a trial attorney in the District of Columbia, and then later expanded her practice into Virginia, founding her own firm in Old Town Alexandria in 2005.

As a member of the bars of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the District of Columbia, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and the United States Supreme Court, Michele Bartoli Cain concentrates her practice in the litigation of personal injury matters and has extensive experience in complex commercial and international litigation.

Active in many professional organizations, Michele continues to hone her skills. Since 1984 she has been a member of the American Bar Association and The American Association for Justice and has been inducted into the Etheridge Society, the preeminent medical malpractice honor society. She is a charter member of the National Museum for Women in the Arts and an active member of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington D.C. and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.

Michele Bartoli Cain has been called upon to lecture to groups of physicians and dentists. She has presented a risk management seminar to the Annual Dental Meeting of the District of Columbia Dental Society. Michele has lectured to physician study groups such as the Northern Virginia Orthodontic Study Club on methods to reduce exposure to claims. She feels that part of her duty as an attorney is to not only litigate for justice, but also to assist physicians to improve the quality of health care they render to avoid injury to their patients.

Michele has obtained substantial verdicts and settlements for clients who have suffered failures to diagnose cancer and other diseases, failures to provide proper medical treatment, unnecessary and incompetently performed surgeries, permanent nerve injuries and the wrongful death of infants, children and adults.

Latest News

On March 1, 2019 Michele Bartoli Cain, Wallace B. Wason, Jr. of Bartoli Cain Wason in association with Tony Russell of Gentry Locke achieved a unanimous $625,000 jury verdict in the matter of Piller v. Corey C. Crigler a/k/a Corey C. Burgoyne, DMD et al, a zero offer oral surgery malpractice case tried in the Augusta County Circuit Court.

In the Piller case, the minor plaintiff had been injured during a wisdom tooth extraction at age twelve. The defendant, an oral surgeon, perforated the lingual plate with her drill and completely severed the left lingual nerve during the extraction. These injuries have resulted in numbness, hypersensitivity, discomfort and pain that will last for the rest of her life.

Michele states “The defendant refused to accept responsibility for her negligence, and we were forced to proceed to a jury trial to hold her accountable and to work to achieve safety in oral surgery – to protect the public from such injuries. It is cases such as this which provide justice in medical malpractice matters. Tony, Wally and I hope that this success brings our client and her family healing and comfort as our young client suffers due to the oral surgeon’s carelessness.”

Also of recent news, Michele’s reputation and her advocacy in such cases has earned her induction this March 2019 as a Fellow of the American Bar Association.


She is recognized by her peers as a top advocate in her field. She is rated AV ("preeminent") by Martindale-Hubbell, the leading attorney ranking service. She also is listed in Best Lawyers, has been named a Washington "Superlawyer," and repeatedly has been selected as one of the Best Personal Injury Attorneys in the Washington, DC area by Washingtonian magazine.

A dedicated resident of Alexandria, Virginia, Michele has consistently participated as an active community member. Married happily to Jonathan T. Cain for 33 years and the mother of two daughters, she has served on the boards of the Meeting House Cooperative Pre-School and the West Potomac High School Choral Boosters. Her children have always been priority and even with an active trial schedule, Michele was active in the PTAs of Waynewood Elementary School, Stratford Landing Elementary School, Carl Sandburg Middle School, West Potomac High School and the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. When her daughter became a medical student at Georgetown, Michele volunteered alongside the Georgetown students to provide Christmas gifts for all children residing in the Shelter at the former DC General Hospital.

When she is not litigating or parenting, Michele works in her garden and is avid about opera. She loves to bring opera to the young community and she serves on the board of directors of the Washington Concert Opera.

Michele is a passionate advocate for her clients, and looks forward to continuing to serve those persons who are injured due to the carelessness of others.



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The Atrium Building, Suite 310
Alexandria, VA 22314

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