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Mike Imprevento


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757-670-3884


Towne Pavilion Center, II

600 22nd Street, Suite 402

Virginia Beach, VA 23510

Fax: 757-299-8035


A native of Queens and Long Island, New York, Mike Imprevento came to Tidewater after serving in the United States Navy and decided to make it a home. The grandson of an immigrant bricklayer who pushed him to work hard and get a good education, Mr. Imprevento went to law school at Hofstra University in New York. After law school, he joined the Navy where he served as a Lieutenant in the Judge Advocates General’s Corps from 1982 through 1986. Since completing his service in the Navy, Mr. Imprevento has handled a wide variety of criminal and civil cases but his passion is products liability law. Mr. Imprevento is credited with victories in cases that other lawyers refused to tackle.

What do you like about law? I love products liability cases. A lawyer’s job requires him to vigorously represent his clients. Products liability lawsuits are responsible for advances in safety and design of automobiles, industrial equipment, farm equipment and countless household products. As a tool for social change, this area of law can be very rewarding. In products liability cases you can have a real effect on public safety while helping your clients. You can say what you want about lawyers, but I am confident we have affected positive change in the way large corporations do business.

What area of law is your favorite? When I started practicing products liability law here in Tidewater, few lawyers were pursuing these cases. These cases are difficult to prove, costly and required a lot of work and research. Defects in products that had killed, badly burned or injured people drove me to pursue these cases and I have become successful in achieving results. In one case where a man was scalded to death, his last words to a coworker before dying were to "take care of my family." This was a work place accident and I promised myself that I would leave no stone unturned, in proving that this accident did not have to happen. It is rewarding to help families harmed by corporate cost cutting and carelessness.

What’s been you most rewarding case? There was a case where a young boy was burned over most of his body by a defective heater. His father had to run through the flames to rescue him. He came to me with his son scarred and crippled and asked if I could help. My partners at my previous firm did not believe that we could win the case. The heater was a molten pile of charred plastic. I came to Breit, Drescher & Imprevento, hired expert engineers who discovered the defect that caused the fire. I was able to ensure that the boy is provided for for the rest of his life. I also handled a case where a child was killed as the result of a fire caused by a defective halogen lamp, which has a bulb that heats up to over 500 degrees. These lamps have been banned, but many are still in use. I had one halogen lamp removed from our local courthouse and another one was in use in our legislative building in Richmond.

Why would you recommend this firm to anyone? We have a good team of people. Each corner of the office has somebody that can handle anything in our field. We can really attack a problem.

In most cases, are you hoping for settlements, or do you like going to court? Yes, I like to go to court, but an appropriate settlement in a difficult case is very rewarding. You have to do what is best for the client, I don’t believe in trying a case just for ego.

How would you describe BDI? We’re aggressive and hard working, so if defendant doesn’t take us seriously, we will take them apart at trial.

What is a trait you most admire in others? Honesty, honor, integrity. I don’t like people who live by "political correctness."

What is your most treasured possession? My daughter and my Harley Davidsons. Motorcycling has been a great influence in my life.

Who are your heroes? Aaron Twerski, my law school professor who taught me torts and product liability law and is a reporter for the new Restatement (Third) of Torts Products Liability. He made the law come to life for me. Also, my grandfather who instilled in me the desire to attain the success that he dreamed for us in America. He fought in World War I and was wounded in combat. He insisted that we all serve in the military as a measure of honor and patriotism. He also fought anti-Italian prejudice on the streets of New York to earn a living.

Favorite Book: Hell’s Angel: The Life and Times of Sonny Barger and the Hell’s Angels Motorcycle Club by Ralph "Sonny" Barger

Favorite Music: Classic rock and roll, America, Steely Dan, Cream, Eric Clapton, and also Ozzy Osbourne

Education

Fordham University (B.A., History), 1979
Hofstra University (J.D.), 1982

Presentations and Speeches

Lecturer, Strategies for Success in Personal Injury Cases in Virginia, Spring 1994, 1995

Lecturer, Premises Liability: Preparation and Trial of a Difficult Case in Virginia, Fall 1995

Chairman, Moderator, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Advocacy Seminar, Fall 1995

Chairman, Moderator, Virginia Poverty Law Seminar "Virginia Discovery," 1995

Lecturer, Products Liability Update, Virginia Trial Lawyers Annual Convention, 1999

Author, "Exclusions or Disclaimers of Warranties: How to Preserve the Warranty Cause of Action," Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Products Liability Retreat, October 2000

Publications

Author, "The Economist," The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Fall 1992

Author, "Household Product Liability as a Household Name," Virginia Trial Lawyers Journal, Fall 1997

Author, "Damage Issues Unique to Products Liability Cases," The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Fall 1998

Author, "A Comparative Analysis of Warranty, Negligence, Strict Liability and Virginia’s Theories of Recovery for Product Defect, " Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Products Liability Retreat, October 1998

Author, "The Virginia Consumer Expectations Test for Product Defect: What Is It and Where Did It Come From?" Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Products Liability Retreat, October 1997

Author, "Kumho Tire: A Study of the User of Expert Testimony in Federal Court in a Products Liability Case," The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Volume 12, Number 1, Winter 1999-2000

Author, "Depositions of Experts in the Post-Daubert/Kumho Tire World," The Journal of Virginia Trial Lawyers, Volume 14, Number 2, Spring 2002. Reprinted: Journal of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Number 478, October 2002

Author, "It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It: The Current Virginia Standard of Admissibility of Expert Testimony is Superior to Daubert, and Our Gate Should Be Closed to Its Principles," Virginia State Bar Litigation News, Winter 2003

Professional Affiliations/Bar Admissions

Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (Vice Chair to Products Liability Section) American Association for Justice
Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association
American Bar Association (Litigation Section)

Admitted

Virginia State Bar (Litigation Section)
Virginia Supreme Court, 1984
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1986
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, 1986
United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, 1998 New York State Court of Appeals and all trial level and intermediate level Appellate Courts in the State of New York, 1983







Our Results
$14M catastrophic burn injuries

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

$20M for Brain Injury

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


$7.5M traumatic brain injury

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

$6M traumatic brain injury

$6,000,000 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


$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.



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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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