Carl N. Lauer

Carl N. Lauer

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  • Dulaney, Lauer & Thomas
  • 1516 N. Shenandoah Avenue, Suite C
    Front Royal, VA 22630
  • 540-636-7100
2023 Northern Virginia Magazine Top Lawyers Martindale-Hubbell Client Champion Silver 2023 badge AV rated personal injury attorney Virginia

Carl Lauer started his career as a military attorney in the U.S. Army, achieving the rank of Captain in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).  In addition to practicing law as a trial attorney he actively participated in military life, earning his Air Assault badge and playing on the All Army rugby teams for two consecutive years.  He considers his early military experience, with focus on duty, service, and preparation, as a vital foundation for his career as a lawyer.  

Following his release from active duty, Carl has focused on serious personal injury law and wrongful death cases, auto accident law, and worker's compensation law.  He's handled hundreds of serious injury and worker's compensation cases throughout Virginia, and is managing partner of our Front Royal office in Warren County, VA.

Carl is well known in the personal injury and workers’ compensation fields. Carl is an active member in the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association worker’s compensation section. In addition, Carl is a member of the Virginia Workers’ Compensation American Inn of Court and currently serves on its Executive Committee. This organization is a group of claimants’ and defense attorneys dedicated to the ethical practice of workplace injury law. Finally, Carl serves as a board member of the Workers Injury Law Group (WILG), a national advocacy organization for the rights of injured workers. 

Carl has earned the highest rating ("AV Preeminent") from Martindale-Hubbell, based on the opinions of fellow Virginia attorneys and judges.  Holding the highest rating ("Superb") from Avvo, Carl is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.  In addition, he has been recognized as one of Virginia's "Go To Lawyers, Workers' Comp Law" by Virginia Lawyers Weekly and has been listed by Northern Virginia Magazine as a Top Personal Injury Lawyer. 

Carl and his wife Susan live just outside Winchester, and Susan is a retired kindergarten teacher who taught in the Frederick County Virginia school system.  Carl has always been active in local affairs, previously serving with the Jaycees (Warrenton, VA) and making numerous speaking appearances at local schools.  Furthermore, Carl and Susan previously served as team officials for the Sherando Warriors high school swim team, and as volunteers for the Sherando Sharks summer swim team (Frederick County Rec).

When not practicing law, Carl values time with Susan and his daughters, exercising, golfing, and supporting local sports teams.  


  •  Bachelor of Arts, Government, Hamilton College (1982) Magna Cum Laude
  • Juris Doctor, Washington and Lee University School of Law (1985)
  • United States Army, Judge Advocate General School's Officer Basic Course (1986) Commandant's List

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Captain, U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) 1986 -1989
  • Member, All-Army Rugby Football Club 1987 & 1988
  • Member, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Rated Superb by Avvo

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia State Bar (1985)

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Virginia
  • United States Army Court of Military Review
  • Community Activities:
  • Former member and Registered Agent, Warrenton- Fauquier Jaycees

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Working with Andrew and his team has been--without exception--one of the most pleasant, productive, and professional experiences of my adult life. I was seriously injured in an accident in July, 2018, in Virginia. I was driving a company vehicle that was registered in Maryland, for a company that was based in Wisconsin. And I live in New Jersey, where my personal vehicles are insured. The several jurisdictions involved presented a very unique case that demanded an experienced and nuanced strategy. I found Andrew Thomas (of Dulaney, Lauer, & Thomas) through some online research. And it is noteworthy that Andrew has worked the other side of the aisle--he used to work with insurance companies. Andrew took on my case with the assurance that he would work it with no less energy than he does each of his cases. At each turn, and with each question I had, Andrew and Paralegal Misty kept me informed, returned my calls, provided detailed explanations, and kept me feeling like I was in the loop and there was an eventual end to our journey. Nearly five years after the accident, we settled out of court for a significant sum in recognition of my personal injuries. The settlement was much more than I had expected. And without Andrew & Misty, I am sure the award would have been much less. If you are looking for professionalism, knowledge, dedication, answerability, responsiveness, integrity, and human-level communication from a personal injury attorney--look no further. You have found him. Thank you, Andrew and Misty. Gary Daley