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Jeffrey Breit

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Towne Pavilion Center, II
600 22nd Street, Suite 402
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Direct Dial: 757-670-3888
Fax: 757-670-3895

“…You can’t get good settlements unless you have good trial results”

Working with a Federal Court Judge in New Orleans while he was in college fueled Jeffrey Breit’s interest in the law. A native of the Tidewater area, his father, brothers and even his wife have all been attorneys at one time or another. In 1988, he left the firm where his father had practiced and together with Jack Drescher started Breit, Drescher & Breit specializing in representing injured victims. As past president of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Jeffrey has been instrumental in persuading Virginia’s General Assembly to raise the cap on damages plaintiffs may receive in medical malpractice suits. Throughout a successful career he has continued to work hard to improve the reputation of attorneys representing injured people. Jeffrey is an adjunct professor of law at William & Mary Law School. He has been characterized as tough, fair and honest.

What do you like about the law? I love helping people that otherwise wouldn’t get the help. The law fuels my competitive nature. I’ve always thought of what we do in terms of David against Goliath. Each victory where we force large insurance companies to compensate an injured person reminds me why I love this profession.

On choosing a lawyer: I encourage people to do some research before they select an attorney. Find out who consistently gets the best results. I think you’ll find we have a reputation for consistently large verdicts.

Are you generally looking to settle a case or do you like going to court? The thrill of trying a case is why we became lawyers. You can’t get good settlements unless you have good trial results. The fear of going to trial against our firm is what defense attorneys face. We think our reputation earns us good settlements but when we can’t settle the case we know how to win in court.

Most rewarding case: Virginia Power and Electric Company v. Dungee, 258 Va. 235 (1999), a $20 million verdict.

Most disappointing case: Carmen Daniels v. Basic Construction. We lost. It was very disappointing. I keep a reminder of that case on my desk so I won’t ever forget.

How would you characterize Breit Drescher Imprevento? We’re a firm of tough trial lawyers who like trying cases and get results. We’re not too big, so you know who is handling your case and can be confident that it will be thoroughly prepared. Without lawyers to help the people that come to us, big business, corporations and insurance companies would take away all our rights.

Favorite book: Trinity by Leon Uris.

Favorite music: Eric Clapton, Jackson Breit, Santana and Jackson Browne.

Hobbies: Playing with my four children, otherwise...tennis and surfing.

What people are saying about Jeffrey Breit: "He personally met with legislators for months, helping them to understand the need to raise the medical malpractice cap, which had been frozen for 17 years. That was a major triumph. He’s driven to be the best and has had far-reaching accomplishments that will be felt for years to come." Jack Harris, Executive Director of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.

Education

Tulane University of Louisiana (B.A.), 1977
Tulane University of Louisiana (J.D.), 1979

Professional Honors & Activities
 

MDL Deepwater Horizon (BP Oil Spill), Member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee
The Litigator Awards, Ranked Top 1% of Lawyers - 2014
William & Mary’s St. George Tucker Adjunct Professorship Award Recipient, 2008
Adjunct Professor of Law, William & Mary Law School
Voting Member of the GRAMMY Awards
Fellow, National College of Advocacy, AAJ
Listed, Best Lawyers in America
Listed, Who’s Who in American Law
Listed, SuperLawyers Magazine - One of the Top 100 Lawyers in Virginia 2013; 2014
Listed, SuperLawyers Magazine - One of the Top 50 Lawyers in Virginia 2007; 2009
Listed, SuperLawyers Magazine - One of the Top 10 Lawyers in Virginia 2006
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (Member, Williamsburg Society; Member, Board of Governors, 1983-1993; President, 1998-1999)
Member of Virginia, North Carolina, Louisiana, New York, and District of Columbia Bar Associations
Member of American Bar Association
Member of Virginia Beach and Norfolk-Portsmouth Bar Associations
Member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States
The American Association for Justice (Member, Board of Governors, 1988- present)
Member, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
Member, North Carolina Trial Lawyers Association
President, Operation Smile, 1986-1988
Member of the Board of Editors, Maritime Law Reporter, Butterworth, 1986-1988

Presentations & Speeches

Author, "Most Effective Techniques in Opening Statements", Colorado Trial Lawyers Association Convention, Steamboat Springs, CO, August 7, 2015

Author, "Effective Use of Demonstrative Evidence", North Carolina Advocates for Justice Winning with Experts Seminar, Greensboro, NC, Feburary 13, 2015

Author, "Technology in the Courtroom", North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, Raleigh, NC, October 10, 2008

Panel Discussions: "Having the Plaintiff at Trial" and "Effective Witnesses the Defense Does Not Anticipate", Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Brain Injury Retreat, Richmond, VA, September 27, 2008

Author, “Opening Statements”, Virginia Trial Lawyers - Virginia College of Trial Advocacy, Williamsburg, VA, May, 2008

Lecture on Focus Groups in Brain Injury Cases, Brain Injury Association of America Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV, April, 2008

Author, “Tort Law Update”, Virginia Trial Lawyers Annual Convention, The Homestead, March, 2008

Author, "Use of Demonstrative Evidence for Direct and Cross Examination:Entertaining Story With Pictures and Words", Kentucky Justice Association Annual Convention, Lexington, KY, September 27, 2007

Author, "Use of Demonstrative Evidence for Direct and Cross Examination: Entertaining Story With Pictures and Words," North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, Sunset Beach, NC, June 16, 2007

Author, "Opening Statements," Virginia Trial Lawyers Annual Convention, April 2006

Author, "Enhancing Damages by Proving a Defendant’s Bad Conduct," ATLA Annual Convention, Toronto, July 2005

Author, "The Things They Didn’t Teach You in Law School," ATLA Annual Convention, Toronto, July 2005

Author, "Damages in Opening Statement," New Approaches to Damages Seminar, ATLA, New Orleans, LA, October 2004

Author, "Tips to Motivate a Jury in a Traumatic Brain Injury Case," VTLA Brain Injury Retreat, Richmond, VA, October 2004

Author, "Dealing with Defenses," NABIS Annual Conference, Vail, CO, September 2004

Author, "Improving the Jury Using Juror Questions," ATLA Annual Convention, July 2004

Author, "Conflict Between Attorney and Client on Settlement v. Trial," Virginia Trial Lawyers Annual Convention, April 2004

Author, "The Wired Courtroom," Virginia Bar Association, January 2004

Author, "Supreme Court Update, 2003," VTLA Annual Convention, 2003

Author, "Using the Jury’s Imagination to Maximize Damages," New Jersey Trial Lawyers Annual Convention, April 2003

Author, "Responding to Difficult Courtroom Situations: Ethical Considerations," "Direct Examination," "Closing Argument," ATLA NCA Trial Advocacy College, Harvard Law School, March 1999

Author, "Deflating Defense Counsel’s Arguments at Voir Dire," Association of Trial Lawyers of America, July 1999

Author, "Negligent Hiring and Retention in Violent Crime Cases," ATLA NCA Premises Liability Seminar, Phoenix, AZ, February 1999

Author, "Premises Liability (3rd Party Criminal Attacks) Inadequate Security," Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, New Orleans, Louisiana, December 1998

Author, "Tort Law Update - Virginia Supreme Court," VTLA Annual Convention, March 1998

Author, "The Thing They Didn’t Teach (in Law School) - Now I Know that the Following Are Bad Things To Do," VLTA Annual Convention, April 1996

Author, "Thoracic Outlet Syndrome," ATLA, March 1993, Colorado Author, "Cross Examination of Experts and Other Ways to Lose a Case," ATLA, March 1993

Author, "Excessive and Inadequate Verdicts," Trial Advocacy Seminar, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, 1994

Author, "Payback of Worker’s Compensation and Health Care Liens," Trial Advocacy Seminar, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, 1994

Author, "Proving Loss of Society & Services in Wrongful Death," Association of Trial Lawyers, New Orleans, LA, April, 1993

Author, "Premises Liability," Lawyers Alert, 1989 Author, "Crafting the Closing and Rebuttal Argument & Closing Argument," Association of Trial Lawyers, Reno, NV, October, 1992

Author, "Personal Injury and Death in Maritime Law," Virginia Trial Lawyers, 1987

Author, "Wrongful Death-Wage Earner," Virginia Trial Lawyers, 1986

Publications

Editor-in-Chief, Tulane Maritime Law Review, 1978-1979

Bar Admissions

Virginia
Louisiana
New York
North Carolina
Washington, D.C.

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth and Fifth Circuits
U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court

Community Activities

President, Operation Smile, 1986-1988




  



    


 

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Our Results
$20M for Brain Injury

$20,000,000 Award for automobile collision resulting in traumatic brain injury


$60M for Brain Injury

$60,000,000 Award for head-on collision involving commercial vehicle resulting in traumatic brain injury.


$20M power station fence negligence

$20,000,000 Award for negligently maintained power station fence resulting in catastrophic burn injury to minor child


$7.5M traumatic brain injury

$7,500,000 Award for city vehicle which struck pedestrian resulting in traumatic brain injury.

$6.5M traumatic brain injury

$6,500,000 Award for Tractor trailer collision resulting in traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries and left side paralysis.

$14M catastrophic burn injuries

$14,000,000 Award for products liability case involving negligently designed parking attendant vehicle resulting in catastrophic burn injuries.

$6M traumatic brain injury

$6,000,000 Award for automobile collision resulting in traumatic brain injury.



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The attorneys of Breit Drescher & Imprevento handle Hampton Roads personal injury cases including car accidents, wrongful death, medical malpractice, traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, Traffic accidents and Personal liability cases in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Hampton and Newport News, Virginia. Case results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each case. Our firm's prior case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any future case.
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