Chidi I. James


Blankingship & Keith, PC
4020 University Drive, Suite 300
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
United States

Tel: 703-691-1235
Fax: 703-691-3913


Attorney Chidi I. James is an AV rated attorney and a partner with the law firm of Blankingship & Keith, P.C. in Fairfax Virginia. His practice consists mostly of serious personal injury cases including wrongful death, products liability, and inadequate security cases. For the year 2013, his practice group had five cases reported in Virginia’s Lawyers’ Weekly annual list of verdicts and settlements in excess of $1 million.

Mr. James joined Blankingship & Keith as an associate in 2003, after serving as a Judicial Law Clerk to the judges of the Arlington County Circuit Court and completing the Judge Advocate General School Course at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. He also currently serves in the armed forces as the Staff Judge Advocate for the District of Columbia Air National Guard’s 113th Wing at Joint Base Andrews in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

Mr. James holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Texas A&M (1997) in Sociology and a Juris Doctorate from the George Mason University School of Law (2001). As a law student, Mr. James was the founding member of the George Mason University Trial Advocacy Association, where he continued to serve as Trial Team coach for many years.

In his private life, Mr. James is a member of the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He also serves on the Board of the Gainesville Basketball Association, the Mount Pleasant Baptist Community Development Corporation, and has volunteered as coach for multiple youth sports teams. Mr. James is married to local psychologist, Dr. Faith Jackson James, and has three children, ages 18, 14, and 13.

The Virginia Personal Injury Litigation Group is centered on representing individuals—real people, not corporations or insurance companies—who have been injured through the reckless, careless or intentional actions of others.

We limit the number of cases we take so that we may devote substantial resources, thought and attention to each of our personal injury cases. Several of our lawyers previously practiced in very large law firms, and we strive to provide extraordinary legal assistance to individuals who could never afford to pay the rates large law firm demand. In effect, we level the playing field by taking the “corporate law firm” approach used by large firms to defend corporate clients and using it to represent our personal injury clients in fighting insurance companies and corporations for civil justice. In today’s business-first political climate, the basic rights of individuals are rapidly losing ground to the prerogatives of big business and the companies that insure them. By making your fight our fight, we partner with our personal injury clients to make justice a reality.

Since its founding in 1979, Blankingship & Keith’s priority has been its clients. We strive to serve each client faithfully, expertly and completely, whether that client is a large corporation, a small business or an individual.

“We focus on providing excellent service—and results—for each client,” John Keith notes. “The talent, creativity and good judgment of our lawyers give us depth and flexibility not found in many firms our size.” This capability is critical.

Blankingship & Keith has 19 partners and 32 lawyers overall handling virtually every aspect of civil practice, including commercial litigation, personal injury, real estate, family law, education law, business, trusts & estates, and tax, from its offices in Fairfax and Prince William counties.