Our Attorneys

Choosing a lawyer to represent you is a very important and personal decision. Browning, Lamie & Gifford, P.C. has the following attorneys to assist you with your legal matters:

Larry Grant Browning

Larry Grant BrowningLarry was born in Grundy, Virginia and is a graduate of Grundy High School. He attended the University of Richmond for both undergraduate and law degrees. He returned to Southwest Virginia in 1972 to begin his law practice in Abingdon, Virginia, with James Russell Moore. He soon opened a Grundy, Virginia office and now exclusively represents Social Security Disability clients from our region. He maintains his office in Rosedale, Virginia, but can also be reached in our Grundy, Virginia, office. Larry was a pioneer in the exclusive practice of social security and administrative law in Southwest Virginia. He has over 40 years of experience appearing before Administrative Law Judges at the Social Security Administration, and takes pride in being an advocate for those needing disability benefits. He maintains a residence in Grundy, Virginia.

Contact Larry at lbrowning@blglaw.us

John M. Lamie

John M. LamieJohn was born in Saltville, Virginia. His family moved to Bristol, and he graduated from Bristol Tennessee High School and King College. He attended law school at the University of Tennessee, and after graduation moved to Abingdon, Virginia, to practice law with Browning, Morefield, Schelin and Arrington, which later became Browning, Lamie & Gifford. He practices out of the firm’s Abingdon office and see clients at all of the firm’s offices. He handles personal injury, bankruptcy, social security, disability insurance claims, and other civil litigation. His trial experience includes jury and non-jury matters in state, U.S. District and U.S. Bankruptcy courts. He has also argued appellate cases before the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals and the Virginia Supreme Court. In 2003, he appeared before the U. S. Supreme Court in the case of Lamie v. U.S. Trustee. His professional service has included two terms on the Board of Directors for the Bankruptcy Section of the Virginia State Bar and as a panel member of the 10th District Ethics Committee. The Supreme Court of Virginia appointed him to the panel of Administrative Hearing Officers in 1983. He served in that role for fifteen years and conducted hearings for the Division of Mines, various boards and other agencies of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Contact John at jlamie@blglaw.us

John J. Gifford

John J. GiffordJohn was born in Louisville, Kentucky. He attended Duke University as an undergraduate and earned his law degree at Washington and Lee University. He came to Southwest Virginia in 1982 to practice law with the Southwest Virginia Legal Aid Society, and moved his practice to this law firm in 1997. John maintains his office in Abingdon and represents our clients in Workers’ Compensation, Social Security and Bankruptcy matters. John is an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and also serves on the Boards of Directors of the Southwest Virginia Legal Aid Society and Appalachian Sustainable Development. He is committed to protecting the rights of the disabled, and was a staff attorney with the former Department for Rights of Virginians with Disabilities. John understands and speaks Spanish and has represented many Spanish-speaking clients. He is an avid runner and bicyclist who enjoys an annual week-long trek through the mountains of Appalachia.

Contact John at jgifford@blglaw.us

Ernest Craig Kendrick

Ernest Craig KendrickCraig grew up in Meadowview, Washington County, Virginia. He graduated from Patrick Henry High School and Emory and Henry College. Craig earned his law degree at Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University, Macon, Georgia. He practices out of the firm’s Abingdon office and maintains office hours in our other three offices to provide effective legal representation to clients there. Craig handles Social Security Disability, Bankruptcy, Workers Compensation, Real Estate and Wills. He has practiced law in Southwest Virginia since 1984, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Highlands Union Bank.

Contact Craig at ckendrick@blglaw.us

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Memberships

All four attorneys are members of the Virginia State Bar. John M. Lamie is a member of the Virginia Trial Lawyers’ Association John J. Gifford serves on the Board of Directors of the Southwest Legal Aid Society.

The firm is licensed to practice in:

  • U. S. Supreme Court
  • U. S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U. S. District Court for Western District of Virginia
  • U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • Supreme Court of Virginia
  • All Virginia State, County, and Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts