While he was in college, Jeffrey Breit worked with a Federal Court Judge in New Orleans, fueling his interest in the law. A native of the Tidewater area, Mr. Breit’s father, brothers, and 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. The firm focused on representing injured victims, something we still do today as Breit Drescher Imprevento.
As past president of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Mr. Breit has been instrumental in persuading Virginia’s General Assembly to raise the cap on damages plaintiffs may receive in medical malpractice suits. Throughout his successful career, he has continued to work hard to improve the reputation of attorneys representing injured people. Mr. Breit is an adjunct professor of law at William & Mary Law School.
Mr. Breit has been characterized as tough, fair, and honest. According to Jack Harris, Executive Director of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, "[Mr. Breit] 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.”?
Contact Breit Drescher Imprevento at (757) 330-4099 to schedule a complimentary case evaluation with one of our Virginia Beach personal injury lawyers.
- Tulane University of Louisiana (B.A.), 1977
- Tulane University of Louisiana (J.D.), 1979
Honors & Accolades
- The Litigator Awards, Ranked Top 1% of Lawyers - 2014
- William & Mary’s St. George Tucker Adjunct Professorship Award Recipient, 2008
- Listed, Best Lawyers in America®
- Listed, Who’s Who in American Law
- Listed, Super Lawyers® Magazine - One of the Top 100 Lawyers in Virginia 2013; 2014
- Listed, Super Lawyers® Magazine - One of the Top 50 Lawyers in Virginia 2007; 2009
- Listed, Super Lawyers® Magazine - One of the Top 10 Lawyers in Virginia 2006
- New York
- North Carolina
- Washington, D.C.
- 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
Professional Memberships & Affiliations
- MDL Deepwater Horizon (BP Oil Spill), Member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee
- Adjunct Professor of Law, William & Mary Law School
- Fellow, National College of Advocacy, AAJ
- 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
- Voting Member of the GRAMMY Awards
- Editor-in-Chief, Tulane Maritime Law Review, 1978-1979
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, February 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
- President, Operation Smile, 1986-1988
The entire staff at Breit, Drescher, Imprevento provided excellent legal counsel and sound direction on which you can depend.
- G. Conklin
I never once had to worry about my case or had to figure anything out on my own, they were by my side every step of the way until my case was successfully settled.
- T. Parsons
Everyone who worked on my son’s case made me feel like it was a top priority. Their diligence allowed me to focus on my son’s health. They did everything else. They are like family.
- R. Dalton
+ - 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… tennis and surfing