A native of Queens and Long Island, New York, Michael 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.
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- Fordham University (B.A., History), 1979
- Hofstra University (J.D.), 1982
Honors & Accolades
- AV Preeminent® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
- Selected for inclusion in the Super Lawyers® list
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)
- 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
Presentations & 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
- 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
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 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 co-worker before dying were to "take care of my family." This was a workplace 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 your 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 and 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 Breit Drescher Imprevento?
We’re aggressive and hard-working, so if the 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