Gianni Puglielli

Gianni is an attorney at Geoff McDonald and Associates and is a member of the firm’s personal injury practice, and he is currently licensed to practice in Virginia and Colorado. Gianni received a B.A. in Political Science from Virginia Tech in 2017 and then moved to Colorado to attend the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, graduating in 2020.

While growing up, Gianni never stayed in one place for too long. He was born in Jacksonville, Florida, but since then, he has lived in five other states (including Virginia) and a total of eight cities and towns, ultimately attending four different elementary schools, one middle school, and two high schools.

 

However, Gianni spent most of his adolescence in Midlothian and considers the Richmond community his home. By moving so often, he gained resilience and learned to empathize with others, and his parents ensured that he understood the importance of accountability, compassion, respect, and—above all else—treating every person fairly and equally. Gianni views his role as an advocate for personal injury victims as an opportunity to administer these values.

During his second year of law school, Gianni was a student attorney in the University of Denver’s nationally-ranked Environmental Law Clinic, where he represented communities of underrepresented demographics to challenge oil and gas developments in their neighborhoods. Gianni gained unique litigation experience and argued complex issues of first impression under Colorado state law, and he culminated his clinical experience with an oral argument in the Colorado Court of Appeals, becoming one of the few law students to ever argue in the Court. In his final year of law school, Gianni helped lead the University of Denver to the semi-finals in the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition.

Upon graduation, Gianni worked as an attorney at a top-rated personal injury law firm in Denver, Colorado, where he honed his litigation skills in both federal and state courts.

Gianni lives in Richmond with his yellow Labrador Retriever, Nilla. When he’s not at work, he enjoys playing guitar, trail running, playing sports, cooking, attending live shows, and watching Formula 1.

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