Virgil F. Pryor, II
Mr. Pryor is a founding member of Oium Reyen & Pryor. He is a trial lawyer specializing in healthcare defense. Mr. Pryor has particular expertise in representing health care providers in professional negligence actions, matters involving the Medical Board of California, and counseling health care providers in risk management issues. Since 1990, Mr. Pryor has obtained trial verdicts, judgments before trial, dismissals, and favorable settlements for hundreds of healthcare providers throughout Northern California. He has also assisted physicians and medical groups avoid malpractice claims before they arise.
In 2022, Mr. Pryor and Priscilla DeGois represented a trauma surgeon who performed an emergency appendectomy for a minor patient. The patient alleged the appendectomy resulted in complications and subsequent surgery to remove a portion of her bowel. Despite overwhelming sympathy for the patient, Mr. Pryor and Ms. DeGois proved to the jury that the surgeon performed the appendectomy in accordance with current medical standards, and that the complication occurred in the absence of negligence.
In 2019, Mr. Pryor and Ms. DeGois represented a urologist who allegedly failed to diagnose invasive, profound trauma from impalement by a garden tool. The impalement led to the development of debilitating necrotizing fasciitis and multiple surgeries. The patient sought $3,000,000 in damages. After more than a month of trial, Mr. Pryor and Ms. DeGois proved to the jury that the urologist complied with the standard of care. The result was a unanimous verdict in favor of the urologist.
Other recent accomplishments include summary judgments in favor of a San Francisco thoracic surgeon and a Napa Valley family practitioner, and outright dismissals of physicians in cases involving birth injury, diagnosis of debilitating neurological injury, alleged negligent hand surgery, and alleged failure to monitor coagulation resulting in stroke.
Mr. Pryor was inspired to practice law by his father, who was the local prosecutor and general practitioner in Kentucky. Mr. Pryor was a director of the Moot Court Board at the University of San Francisco School of Law. He served as clerk for the Honorable Ira A. Brown, Jr., of the San Francisco Superior Court and original co-author of California Practice Guide: Civil Procedure Before Trial. In addition to these positions, Mr. Pryor supported himself through undergraduate and law studies as a construction laborer, painter, cook, and law clerk.
Mr. Pryor’s interests include year-round swimming in San Francisco Bay, fly-fishing with his dog in the Sierras, reading, playing baseball, and cooking.
University of Kentucky Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration, with Honors, 1985
University of San Francisco School of Law, J.D., 1990
Moot Court Board Director 1989-1990