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Jeremiah A Denton III

Personal injury Attorney at Virginia Beach, VA

4.6   10 reviews

also known as Jerry Denton

  • State Years
    Virginia - VA 43 years
    Oregon - OR 45 years
  • Licensed for 43 years
    State VA
    Acquired 1979
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 45 years
    State OR
    Acquired 1977
    Suspended - Non-Disciplinary No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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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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Jeremiah A Denton III
477 Viking Drive, Suite 100
Virginia Beach, VA, 23452


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Posted by Bridget | November 21, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Attorney
I was referred to Jerry Denton after meeting with several other personal injury attorneys. I knew immediately after meeting with him, this was who I wanted in my corner. Mr. Denton is personable and compassionate with his clients, yet a very skilled and aggressive negotiator. He not only met but exceeded my expectations in every aspect of my case.
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Posted by Linda | July 30, 2017
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Excellent Representation
I was represented by Mr. Jeremiah Denton in a complex case spanning over two years involving custody of children, a veteran, complex mental health issues, financial issues and much more. The outcome I sought was very rarely granted in the state of Virginia. However, it was granted in my favor. Without question I know that it was Mr. Denton's extremely competent representation and broad experience in presenting this complex case that brought the resolution I hoped for. Two able opposing attorneys put great energy into their presentation of their case. But it was Mr. Denton's measured cross examinations that delivered a clear understanding of the facts which the judge followed with interest. Mr Denton played no games; he was prepared on complex facts and spoke to the point. During the course of this case he was always available to meet and he and his entire team delivered support during a very difficult time. Anyone seeking an attorney would be very fortunate to have his representation.
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Posted by Karen | January 18, 2016
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Dedicated & diligent!
We met Jeremiah A. Denton III when searching for a lawyer to handle our son's defense against a civil suit. We regret not having met him earlier in this process for the criminal defense as we are certain things would have been different for our son today. However, we did find him for the civil suit and he believed in our case. Jerry Denton and his team fought an uphill battle for our son. He took what appeared to be a lost cause and turned it around to let a jury see the truth of what actually happened in our son's case. He was dedicated and tough. He was knowledgeable, competent, and confident in and out of court. He treated us with compassion and understanding. Jerry's team was also diligent and supportive! Our experience with Jerry and his team has given us hope that someone is on our side and will stand by us.
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Posted by Carter | May 20, 2014
Knowledgeable and Professional
We consulted with Jeremiah Denton on a breach of contract matter, and received direct and forthright advice on how to proceed. Mr. Denton's expertise and professionalism led us to ultimately resolving the issue in the most smooth and straightforward manner possible. He and his team of exceptional staff members come highly recommended!
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Posted by Cody | May 20, 2014
The Best Out There
If it wasn't for this man and his staff I would not have had such a great outcome with my case. Everyone at this firm is very knowledgeable, gentle but stern, and straight to the point. Never in my life did I see such wrong doings going to be done to me but Mr. Denton knew what had to be done to get what was deserved. Justice, peace of mind, my life back on track, these are just a few out of several to list that this firm did for me and without them who knows what would of happened but I will say, I trust these people with everything and I couldn't have had any better legal representation from any other firm. Thank you guys so much.
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Posted by Jack | May 14, 2014
Brilliant and ethical
We were referred to Attorney Denton from a trusted friend. It is not an understatement to say he changed our lives and restored our faith in the legal system. From the first meeting of our defamation suit against a large corporation he provided a clear understanding of our case and the possible directions it would take. Over the next two years he would update us as he continued to refine, analyze and research for trial. I don't feel we would have reached the same conclusion with another attorney and would wholeheartedly recommend Attorney Denton and his staff.
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Posted by Ed | May 11, 2014
Lancair Accident
Jerry guided me through the legal maze of a very high profile aviation accident where a pedestrian was fatally injured. This accident occurred while attempting an emergency landing with zero visibility because of an oil-covered windshield. The oil came from a broken crankshaft, which resulted in loss of the aircraft propeller. When the first hearing was convened, there were eleven lawyers in the courtroom, quite an intimidating experience for an average citizen. Jerry provided professional guidance and defense thru this entire ordeal which lasted almost four years. Jerry was steadfast, compassionate and professional in my defense and worked tirelessly to bring about a settlement. This lawsuit didn't result as I had originally hoped for, but given all of the options, the outcome could have been much worse. Thanks Jerry.
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Posted by Rhonda camps | May 9, 2014
Deframation client
I just want to take the time out to thank u mr jerry Denton for making a difference in my life as well as my child thank u for fighting for my right and making me feel comfortable at the same time believing in me the staff was so respectful professional and also treated me oh so great deframation is a serious thing thanks for lawyers that knows that like mr Denton:) your the best we love you and thanks again !
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Posted by Phil | May 7, 2014
Zeal and Enthusiasm
Jeremiah Denton won two huge defamation cases for our family. He was professional and passionate. Jeremiah and his staff were hard working legal experts. He was thoroughly prepared and presented his case with zeal and enthusiasm. He was always honest and open in his advise to us. I could not have found better legal counsel.
Posted by LT | May 4, 2015
What a waste
The guy has swagger, no doubt, and he will tell you that you can file suit against someone and "oh yes, we can do this for you!" type of attitude which is great. But the billing is astronomical and what's worse is your $5k retainer will be eaten up right away and well before you go to trial and then they want you to pay it forward, you cannot pay your fees in installments with this firm. And Jerry has no problem calling you like a collection agency and demanding to know where your bill's payment is or else they can't proceed (and he'll talk to you like you are a convict just making excuses to not pay, it's extremely upsetting when you've already paid thousands). So you're really caught in a hard spot because you've spent so much to date and accomplished nothing and then you realize your attorney has no problem treating you like you are a deadbeat, so you really don't want to deal with him after that point. Far from a class act. He wanted $25k to defend a small $6k judgement but he wasn't up front about that estimate until the 5k retainer was used up. He should have informed us it would have cost far more than $6k for his services in the matter, this would be ethical. I would rather have lost the $6k and not attempted to retain his services. I wish he had been more honest. We're military officers and we thought we could trust him but this guy makes a lot of money without ever going to trail, I imagine, from people just like us. We had far better relations with a much larger firm that's not known for trial work but at least they gave us excellent and straightforward advice and used our money effectively. Our work with Jerry was impersonal and extremely expensive and came to nothing. Beware
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Response from Jeremiah Denton July 6, 2015
I dealt personally with the client who wrote this complaint. Lawyer ethics concerning the confidentiality of communications between client and lawyer preclude me from commenting about this or any client’s case. I simply ask that prospective clients who have read her remarks also read the reviews submitted on this site by other former clients.
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  • Contingency 33%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Partner
  • Jeremiah A. Denton III, P.C.
  • 1979 - Present
  • Helicopter Pilot
  • U.S. Army
  • 1968 - 1970


  • University of Virginia
  • LL.B - Bachelor of Laws
  • 1977
  • Old Dominion University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1974

Legal Cases

  • Walsh v. WAVY-TV
  • $1.2 Million Jury Verdict
  • Nicholson v. Fossen
  • $420,000 Jury Verdict


  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Virginia Beach Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
  • Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Client Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2013
  • Virginia's Largest Verdicts
  • Virginia Lawyers Weekly
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • CLE
  • "Trying the Wrongful Death Case in Virginia: Strategies in Preparation and Valuation"
  • 1997

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (5)
Endorse Jeremiah
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. None better. Jerry is the first person I go to for personal injury cases."
Libel and slander Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Jeremiah. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Libel and slander Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Libel and slander Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. I came to work for him based upon his reputation among other lawyers and his profound experience."
Unknown Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. He is an inspiring boss and an excellent lawyer!"
Libel and slander Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Family member
"I am honored to endorse my brother Jeremiah Denton, III. His record speaks for itself. Not only has Jerry won many, many high profile cases against highly formidable opponents and earned multiple verdicts in excess of a million dollars, he has often done so when taking on cases that most attorneys would shy away from. He is a brilliant attorney who has the courage of his convictions. When he sees a wrong that needs to be righted, he takes on the cause, and he doesn't give up. His example inspired me to become a lawyer myself, and I aspire to fight in the same way for my clients. I highly recommend Jeremiah Denton, III."
Personal injury Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Family member
"I endorse this lawyer. My father and boss -- he leaves no stone unturned."
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Virginia Beach Personal injury Lawyer Jeremiah A Denton III
Jeremiah A Denton III
Personal injury Attorney
Virginia Beach, VA
Licensed for 45 years