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Jeffrey Breit
Member, Plaintiff’s Steering Committee in the BP litigation

Last October, Jeffrey Breit was named by a federal judge in New Orleans as one of 15 attorneys on the committee that oversees all BP litigation regarding the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Without collecting a fee, Breit dispersed $7 million in BP oil-spill compensation payments last year, including checks for his clients - Virginia commercial fishermen of Omega Protein Corp. and fishermen of a Louisiana based-company, Daybrook Fisheries Inc.

Working with a Federal Court Judge in New Orleans while he was in college fueled Jeffrey Breit's interest in the law. A native of the Tidewater area, his father, brothers and even his wife have all been attorneys at one time or another. In 1988, he left the firm where his father had practiced and together with Jack Drescher started Breit, Drescher & Imprevento specializing in representing injured victims. As past president of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Jeffrey has been instrumental in persuading Virginia's General Assembly to raise the cap on damages plaintiffs may receive in medical malpractice suits. Throughout a successful career he has continued to work hard to improve the reputation of attorneys representing injured people. Jeffrey is an adjunct professor of law at William & Mary Law School. He has been characterized as tough, fair and honest.

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