Jeremiah A. Denton, III

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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 primary focus now is defamation law, but he also handles other types of cases, particularly including legal malpractice and sexual harassment. 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 of nearly $10,000,000 and numerous lesser settlements.


- Virginia Beach Bar Association

- Norfolk-Portsmouth Bar Association

- Virginia State Bar

- Virginia Trial Lawyers Association

Articles authored by Jeremiah A. Denton III

- "From Stick &Rudder to IFR," ABS Magazine, April 2010

- "Malpractice Laws Benefit Doctors," The Virginian Pilot, August 2009

- "The Afflicted Society," The Virginian Pilot, April 2008

- "Cash Cows, Caps & Gowns, and Greed" The Virginian Pilot, November 2004

- "Learning about Hubris and Humility in Iraq," The Virginian Pilot, May 2004

- "Greekfest Excesses Not Fault of Police," The Virginian Pilot, September 1989

- "Family Law: Divorce Virginia Style," Virginia Bar News, June 1982

- "Aviation Law: The Miller/Mackey Connection," Virginia Bar News, February 1982

Areas of Practice (13)

  • Defamation Law
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Aviation
  • Libel and Slander
  • Wrongful Death
  • Divorce
  • Criminal Law
  • DUI
  • Traffic Violations
  • Felonies
  • Civil Litigation
  • Civil Trials

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
877-579-9883  Phone
757-340-4505  Fax
University Attended:
Old Dominion University, B.A., Political Science, magna cum laude, 1974
Law School Attended:
University of Virginia, LL.B., Law School Student Body President, 1977
Year of First Admission:
1980, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia; 1991, U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia; 1982, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit; 1977, Virginia; 1993, U.S. Supreme Court
Virginia Bar Association; Virginia Beach and Norfolk-Portsmouth Bar Associations; Virginia State Bar; Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.
Army Helicopter Pilot, 1968-1970
Birth Information:
Mobile, Alabama, March 9, 1947
Reported Cases:
Nationwide v. Smelser, 264 Va. 109 (2002); Dunham v. Hotelera Canco, 933 F. Supp. 543 (1996); Johnson v. Carter, 939 F.2d 180 (4th Cir. 1991); Former Special Project Employees Association v. City of Norfolk, 909 F.2d 89 (E.D. Va. 1990); Kulikowski v. Eastern Airlines, Inc., 870 F.2d 655 (4th Cir. 1989); York, et al. v. Howard W. Jones Jr. et al., 717 F.Supp. 421 (E.D. Va. 1989); Dukelow v. Dukelow, 2 Va. App. 21, 341 S.E.2d 208 (1986); Milligan v. City of Newport News, 743 F.2d 227 (4th Cir. 1984); Pennington v. McDonnell Douglas Corp., 576 F.Supp. 868 (E.D. Va. 1983); Wilson v. Piper Aircraft Corporation, 228 Ore. 61, 577 P.2d 1322 (1977).

Peer Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0
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  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

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