Local Bar Association Pays Tribute To Late Attorney
Posted: March 9, 2013
By CANDACE SIPOS
Kerri Turner (right) gets a hug from Kerri Wilson on Friday after a ceremony honoring her late husband, attorney Roy Dale Turner, in Rockingham County Circuit Court in Harrisonburg. (Photo by Michael Reilly / DN-R)
HARRISONBURG — Longtime local attorney Roy Dale Turner will be remembered as an upright lawyer, with a passion for advocating for the elderly and injured, among a multitude of other positive traits.
“You hear all these attorney jokes, and none of them apply to Roy,” said his father-in-law, Dan Swindell, who joined Turner’s widow, Kerri Turner, and son, Max Turner, 9, at a special session honoring the late lawyer Friday.
Turner died Nov. 2 at his home in Bridgewater after an 18-month battle with gastric cancer. He was 57.
Around 50 of Turner’s family members, friends and colleagues lined the benches of Rockingham County Circuit Court Friday for the event, which was hosted by the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Bar Association.
Shenandoah County lawyer J. Jay Litten read a resolution describing Turner as a decent, honorable and meticulous lawyer whose legal practice was an “exercise in compassion.”
“He was a man who lived life voraciously, traveling the world, flying planes, riding motorcycles, and finding joy wherever it could be found,” Litten read.
Turner graduated from the University of Hartford in Hartford, Conn., in 1980 and the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., in 1983.
In 2006, he established his own firm in Bridgewater advocating for the injured and elderly. All of the active cases at that practice have been referred out, according to Kerri Turner.
He was the founder and first chairman of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association’s Long Term Care Litigation Section and a former chair of the Nursing Home Litigation Group for the American Association for Justice.
He was active at Grace Covenant Church in Harrisonburg.