Edwin S Booth
|LOCATION||Virginia Beach, VA|
I’ve been a lawyer since 2004, when I graduated from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond. I spent the early part of my career practicing criminal law, including service as a Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Virginia Beach.
I handle personal injury law cases, including car accidents, trucking accidents, dog bites, slip and fall cases and medical malpractice and I enjoy helping people in their time of need. You can’t alter what happened to cause an injury, but you can improve your client’s life by obtaining the maximum settlement or verdict possible. It is a good feeling to help real people work their way through a system that can be overwhelming to someone who is - understandably - not familiar with this process.
I've been recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star, a recognition for only the top 2.5% of lawyers under 40 in Virginia, a Coastal Virginia Magazine Top Lawyer for 2016 in the field of personal injury law, and I maintain an Avvo 10.0 Superb Rating, and have won a multi-million dollar jury verdict, the 5th Largest Jury Verdict in Virginia from 2015.
CHOOSING A LAWYER:
I strongly believe that the most important part of selecting a lawyer is talking with them, preferably in person. Use all the resources available to you to consider potential lawyers. But if your case goes to trial, your lawyer will be the one standing beside you in court. So you need to be comfortable with them, and a face-to-face meeting is a good way to figure out if you are comfortable.
A prosecutor has the highest burden of proof known to the law: beyond a reasonable doubt. Criminal and civil law are different, of course, and the standards of proof are lower in a civil case. But I bring the same mindset I had as a prosecutor to personal injury cases, and I will set about proving your personal injury case in the same way.
Negotiation is a wonderful thing - and as you might expect the vast majority of cases are resolved by agreement - so if I can settle a case in less time and with less expenses that is a great benefit to my client. But I have no hesitation about putting a case in front of a judge or jury if a settlement offer is not what it should be. Unsurprisingly, a lawyer's willingness to try a case is DIRECTLY related to the offers made by insurance companies.
You will be able to reach your lawyer and get a response. I communicate the same way you do. Texting for a simple question? No problem. Email for a longer one? Of course, it's one of the best ways to convey information. Need a large document, like your medical records? We'll send you a Dropbox link. Or just pick up the phone - I'll give you my direct line. My 5-Star reviews frequently mention communication skills.
In the same way I value technology as a means to communicate, I value it in the courtroom. If you go to a jury trial with me, expect to see me walking around the courtroom with my iPad, wirelessly pulling up photos and jury instructions with TrialPad, and otherwise doing everything possible to give jurors something closer to (real court is never like TV) the experience they expect from a trial. Technology does not replace good lawyering - at best it only enhances it - but it makes it easier to deliver information in an effective way.
Your case is not just another file. It’s your only case and it is important. You deserve a lawyer who is excited about their craft. Too many lawyers are cynical, burned-out, or focused exclusively on profit. To do this well you must have the energy for the work. The third Ethical Rule for Virginia Lawyers is diligence – “a lawyer should act with commitment and dedication to the interests of the client and with zeal in advocacy…” This follows just after Rule 1, which is competence. You can’t zealously advocate for your clients if you lack enthusiasm.
YOUR INDIVIDUAL CASE MATTERS:
I've been practicing over a decade and I'm 38 years old, so I am not new to this...but not all of my hair is grey yet, either. Yes, I am competent to handle tractor trailer collisions and catastrophic injury cases, but I value all my cases, and will give you the same service no matter the ultimate value of the case. I believe that if I handle 100 cases over the course of the year, regardless of size, that is 100 relationships with people and their families I've built. I take very seriously the confidence that my clients show in me when they choose me to be their lawyer, and - while case results are determined by facts and law - I make sure they get exactly what they deserve from an attorney in terms of representation. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK WITH ME ABOUT A CASE, PLEASE GET IN TOUCH BY USING THE CONTACT FORM, OR BY GIVING ME A CALL.
More About Edwin
- University of Richmond, The T.C. Williams School of Law, Richmond, Virginia - J.D. 2004
- North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina - B.S. in Business Management 2001
- Virginia Bar
- North Carolina Bar
- Virginia Supreme Court
- United States District Court
- United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- Super Lawyers
- Virginia Bar Association
- Virginia Beach Bar Association, Committee Chair
- VTLA Board of Governors