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Jeremiah A Denton III

also known as Jerry Denton

About me

Mr. Denton has practiced law for 35 years. He has won many difficult cases that other lawyers would never have taken, some of which resulted in verdicts of a million dollars or more. A former Vietnam helicopter pilot, his first legal specialty was aviation accident litigation, which he practiced exclusively in Portland, Oregon for two years. He then returned to his hometown, Virginia Beach, Virginia, and opened his own law practice. He has devoted his career to righting wrongs against high odds. His current and former adversaries comprise a long list of powerful corporations and prestigious lawyers and law firms. He likes to go to trial. He has been given a "Pre-Eminent" rating by the leading lawyer rating service in the country. Since early 2011, he has won jury verdicts totaling nearly $10,000,000 and numerous lesser settlements.


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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 40%
  2. Criminal Defense: 30%
  3. Libel / Slander: 20%
  4. Medical Malpractice: 10%



Contingent (33-40%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

8 total 

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  • Kevin Edward Martingayle

    Jerry is one of the best defamation lawyers in Virginia. He is also a gentleman and true professional in every way. I refer clients to him often.


    Kevin Martingayle Appeals Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Jeremiah. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

477 Viking Drive, Suite 100
Virginia Beach, VA, 23452


VAAuthorized to practice law197909/15/2015
ORSuspended - Non-Disciplinary197711/16/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Client Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2015
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2013
Virginia's Largest VerdictsVirginia Lawyers Weekly2012
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2010
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2009
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior PartnerJeremiah A. Denton III, P.C.1979 - Present
Helicopter PilotU.S. Army1968 - 1970
Association namePosition nameDuration
Virginia Bar AssociationMember2012 - Present
Virginia Beach Bar AssociationMember1982 - Present
Virginia State BarMember1982 - Present
Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar AssociationMember1982 - Present
Virginia Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1982 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Walsh v. WAVY-TV$1.2 Million Jury Verdict
Nicholson v. Fossen$420,000 Jury Verdict
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Virginian PilotMalpractice Laws Benefit Doctors2009
The Virginian PilotThe Afflicted Society2008
Virginia Bar NewsAviation Law: The Miller/Mackey Connection1982
Virginia Bar NewaFamily Law: Divorce Virginia Style1982
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of VirginiaLawLL.B - Bachelor of Laws1977
Old Dominion UniversityPolitical ScienceN/A1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
CLE"Trying the Wrongful Death Case in Virginia: Strategies in Preparation and Valuation"1997