Les Brock

Les Brock

As a new attorney, Les Brock made the conscious decision to work for a defense firm.

That decision would shape the rest of his career, just not in the way he thought it would.

There is a general opinion in society that there is too much litigation, particularly tort litigation, and Les bought into that. He thought that by working for a defense firm, he was taking the high road and could help defeat frivolous claims. And corporations get sued a lot, so working at a defense firm would provide him with the opportunity to gain extensive trial experience early in his career.

This last part proved true —  even as a young lawyer, Les was defending multinational insurers and corporate clients in front of juries in state and federal courts across Virginia. However, after defending large corporations for several years, Les came to the realization that the problem is not too much tort litigation, the problem is that there are too many torts being committed.

There are a lot of honest, well-meaning companies. There are also a lot dishonest companies and companies that view harming people or damaging other businesses as simply a cost of doing business. “When you represent large corporations, particularly insurance companies, they expect you to handle every case —  both good and bad. But I grew tired of representing faceless corporations whose only concern was saving money, even when they were at fault,” he says.

After more than a decade and a breadth of trial experience, Les had a desire to start his own firm. Les decided to turn his law practice to helping members of his community — both individuals and businesses — that have been injured or taken advantage of by others. Les now focuses his career on holding people and businesses accountable in personal injury, tort litigation, and commercial disputes. “Having a community-based practice is very important to me,” he says. “I really enjoy helping the people and businesses in my community faced with significant legal challenges.”

Les received his undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Georgia and his law degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law. After graduating from law school, Les served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable A. Christian Compton, Senior Justice on the Supreme Court of Virginia.

University of Georgia, A.B., cum laude, 2000

  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Presidential Scholar

Washington & Lee University School of Law, J.D., 2004

  • Environmental Law Digest

Legal Elite – 2016, 2018, 2019

Super Lawyers – 2017, 2018, 2019

Virginia State Bar

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia

Virginia Trial Lawyers Association

Virginia State Bar

  • Circuit Co-Representative – 14th Circuit, 2011-2015
  • Construction Law & Public Contracts Section
  • Young Lawyers Conference
  • Chair, Committee on Admission and Orientation, 2011-2012
  • Sponsors Coordinator & Ad Hoc Admissions, 2010-2011

Richmond Bar Association

  • Executive Committee Member, Young Lawyers Section, 2011-2015
  • Co-Chair, Social Committee, Young Lawyers Section, 2011-2015

VADA, 2006-2019

  • Board of Directors, 2011-2014

DRI, 2006-2019

  • Products Liability Committee
  • Construction Law Committee

Gauthreaux v. U.S., 694 F.Supp.2d 460 (E.D. Va. 2009)

Supchak v. Fuller Const. Corp., et al, 86 Va. Cir. 517 (Chesapeake 2013)

Maggard v. Essar Global Ltd., et al, 2015 WL 1498965 (W.D. Va. 2015)

Maggard v. Essar Global Ltd., et al, 2015 WL 1780838 (W.D. Va. 2015)

Allstate Ins. Co., a/s/o Hillel at Virginia Tech, Inc. v. Structures Design/Build, LLC, 2016 WL  1071040 (W.D. Va. 2016)

Hensel Phelps Const. Co. v. Thompson Masonry Contractor, Inc., et al, 791 S.E.2d 734 (Va. S. Ct. 2016)

Trial win in multiple lawsuits brought on behalf of children injured in a bus accident.

Trial win in a lawsuit against an apartment complex for injuries sustained as a result of a dangerous condition on the premises.

Trial win in a lawsuit for personal injuries sustained in an auto accident.

Trial win in a lawsuit against an amusement park for injuries sustained on a roller coaster.

Trial win in a lawsuit against a grocery store for injuries sustained in a slip-and-fall accident.

Trial win in a lawsuit against an apartment building owner and property manager in a premises liability action involving a slip-and-fall accident.

Trial win in a lawsuit against a car dealership for false advertising.

Arbitration win in an action against a construction contractor for breach of contract in a design-build project.

Trial win in a lawsuit against a general contractor for breach of contract and unjust enrichment.

The cases referenced above do not represent the lawyer’s entire record.  Each case must be evaluated on its own facts.  The outcome of a particular case cannot be based on past results.

Meet Les

John and I both spent most of our careers at the same defense firm where we regularly defended corporations and insurance companies in a variety of commercial and personal injury cases. There is a common culture in the defense world, and we learned the inner workings of how companies and law firms defend lawsuits. We know their playbook, and we can use that experience to our clients’ advantage in numerous invaluable ways. Most other lawyers lack that perspective.

To me, an excellent client relationship is the most important aspect of every case. You can’t fully understand your client’s situation unless you really get to know your client and all of the details that go into the case. This requires an ongoing relationship and an open line of communication. Direct access is critical. I give my clients multiple ways to contact me, depending on their preference. Whether it’s by email, phone, or text message, I keep my clients informed every step of the way.

Whether to settle the case or take it to trial is always the client’s choice. I advise my clients on the pros and cons of each option and give them my personal recommendation, but whatever choice they make I am behind them 100%. If they don’t want to settle, I am eager to take the case to trial. However, I always strive to get my clients the best offer before trial so that they can make an intelligent and informed decision.

There’s an assumption that pretty much all attorneys spend their days in the courtroom and are experienced trying cases, but that is far from the truth. Many attorneys rarely see the inside of a courtroom. Even attorneys who call themselves “litigators” often have little or no trial experience. I know many experienced “litigators” who have not tried a case in years, preferring instead to settle every case than risk losing in court. Trial experience is obviously important if your case goes to trial, but it is just as important even if it doesn’t. Attorneys with a reputation for trying cases (and winning) are taken more seriously, and that reputation can help you obtain a better settlement.

My family is my hobby. When I’m not at work, I’m with them. I have two young sons and have found that few hobbies can compete with spending time with them, so you can often find me chasing them around a playground somewhere in Richmond.