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Brian J Gillette

About me

     I went to law school because I wanted the opportunity to both help people and to work for myself.  After graduating from the College of William and Mary School of Law in 1992, much of my practice was focused on personal injury litigation; however, I noticed I derived the greatest satisfaction from helping my Social Security disability clients through the frustrating and confusing Social Security disability application and appeals process.  At the conclusion of a case, my clients would come in person to hug me, to thank me, and to tell me about the difference I had made in their lives. 


     When I started my own firm, in 2007, I decided to focus my practice primarily on representing people in Social Security disability claims.  One of the great things about starting your own practice is that you have the ability to create a practice that serves your life, instead of your life serving your practice. I have created a practice in line with my values. Of course, I want to make a living.  I have four kids, one in college, but I also want to do some good in the world while making a living.  I know that I am helping people to make smart choices to improve their lives.  I love my work!

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Social Security: 90%
    18 years
  2. Administrative Law: 5%
    8 years
  3. Litigation: 3%
    24 years
  4. Personal Injury: 2%
    24 years

Payment

Fees:

Contingent (25-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Darley Marie Richard

    I fully endorse Brian Gillette. He and I often have clients who could benefit from each other's services, and I never hesitate to recommend Brian to clients seeking Social Security help. Brian is also a stand-up guy in the community and a great mentor to other lawyers and business owners.

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  • Brian James Smalls

    Brian is a great attorney. Whenever someone needs assistance in his areas of practice, he is the only lawyer I refer clients to. He's patient and easy to work with, and most importantly he gets the results clients desire. I fully endorse Brian Gillette!

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    Brian Smalls Estate planning Attorney
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Contact info

Gillette Law Group, PLLC

1315 Jamestown Rd Suite 102
Williamsburg, VA, 23185

Gillette Law Group, PLLC

13195 Warwick Blvd, Suite 2-B
Newport News, VA, 23602

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
VAAuthorized to practice law199303/31/2016
DCActive 199307/06/2016
MDActive199209/20/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top ContributorAVVO2016
Best of Coastal Virginia Award WinnerCoastal Virginia Magazine2016
Clients' Choice AwardAVVO2016
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2015
Top ContributorAVVO2015
Best of Coastal Virginia Award WinnerCoastal Virginia Magazine2015
Top Lawyers of Coastal VirginiaCoastal Virginia Magazine2015
Clients' Choice AwardAVVO2015
Scholastic Achievement and ExcellenceGolden Key National Honor Society1989
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing AttorneyGillette Law Group, PLLC2007 - Present
AttorneyHuffman & Huffman1999 - 2007
AttorneyGreenberg & Bederman, LLP1995 - 1999
AttorneyLloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates1993 - 1995
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Virginia Trial Lawyers AssociationMember, Membership Committee2015 - Present
Bon Secours Mary Immaculate FoundationBoard Member2015 - Present
Knights of Columbus, Fr. Rizer Council 6828Lecturer2015 - Present
Center for Child and Family Services, Inc.Chairman, Board of Directors2012 - Present
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Social Security SectionChair2012 - Present
Virginia Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of Governors2012 - Present
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Legislative CommitteeMember2012 - Present
National Organization of Social Security Claimants RepresentativesSustaining Member2009 - Present
Knights of Columbus, Fr. Rizer Council 6828Advocate2008 - 2015
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Disability Insurance Benefits and SSI Claim 14-00028Fully Favorable
Supplemental Security Income Benefits Claim 12-00282Fully Favorable
Disability Insurance Benefits and SSI Claim 12-00235Fully Favorable
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Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
University of Maryland, College ParkFinance and MarketingBS - Bachelor of Science1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Virginia Peninsula Paralegal Association January 12, 2016 Membership MeetingSocial Security Disability Benefits2016
National Alliance on Mental Illness--Williamsburg Area, Support Group MeetingThe Social Security Disability Application and Appeal Process2015
Virginia Peninsula Paralegal Association February 8, 2011 Membership MeetingSocial Security Disability Benefits2011