M. Bryan Slaughter
Bryan is a partner at Michie Hamlett Lowry Rasmussen & Tweel, and concentrates his practice on complex cases involving serious injury and wrongful death. He represents clients injured by defective products, truck and auto accidents, or the carelessness of negligent corporations.
Bryan has extensive experience in the courtroom. In 2004, he obtained an $8.3 million jury verdict arising out of the negligence of a Virginia ski area. That verdict was listed as the largest in Virginia for that year. Other cases he has prosecuted include those involving defective medical ventilators, circuit breakers, braking systems, coal mining equipment, dangerous trucking companies, and many others. Bryan has also appeared before the Virginia Supreme Court on several occasions.
Bryan is listed in the current edition of Best Lawyers in AmericaÂ®, and as a Virginia Rising Star in Super Lawyers magazine. Over his career, he has been very involved in the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, where he has served on its Board of Governors since 2001. He has chaired a number of committees, and was also president of the Young Lawyers Division. He served for two years as chairman of the products liability section. Bryan has also published several articles in legal journals, and spoken to various lawyer groups in continuing legal education seminars.
Bryan has represented, pro bono (without pay), numerous victims of 9/11 through the program Trial Lawyers Care. He is also heavily involved in charitable organizations within the Charlottesville community. He is currently President of the Board of Directors for the Charlottesville Ronald McDonald House and is general counsel for Second Street Gallery.
Bryan lives in Charlottesville with his wife Jennifer, and two daughters, Jane and Libby.
J. Gregory Webb
Greg is a partner with the Michie Hamlett firm, focusing his practice on representing people injured in accidents or by defective products. Greg takes pride in not representing corporations or insurance companies, but instead representing people who need a voice against those powerful interests.
Greg spent the first part of his career as a criminal defense lawyer, trying cases ranging from traffic cases to capital murder. Beginning in the late ’90’s, when he joined the Michie Hamlett firm, he began focusing his practice on representing injured people, in cases involving automobile accidents, premises accidents, and defective (unsafe) consumer products, including asbestos and automobile defect cases. Greg has also continued to handle selected criminal defense cases.
In 2004, Greg and Michie Hamlett, as well as other established law firms in the Southeast, began representing citizens of the small community of Tallevast, Florida for toxic chemical contamination that has affected their groundwater, soil, property values, and other aspects of their lives. These chemicals, including tricholorethylene (TCE), have been dumped and/or have leaked from an industrial plant built right in the middle of their community decades ago.
Greg has tried or settled many cases that have resulted in recoveries in excess of $1,000,000, including a $10,000,000 settlement in 2005 against major American automobile manufacturers for a defective and unsafe product, a $3.4 million settlement for a client rendered a paraplegic in an automobile accident, a $2.7 million jury verdict as co-counsel for a police officer injured by a runaway truck, and very recently he and his partner obtained a $1,000,000 settlement for a client injured in an automobile accident involving a large truck. Greg currently has multiple unsafe consumer product cases pending, including cases against automobile manufacturers, asbestos manufacturers, and other consumer products including lighters and industrial equipment.
In 1986, Greg graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Economics. From 1986 to 1990, Greg was an active duty Army officer, spending 3 years with the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) as a platoon leader. Greg was airborne qualified in 1985. He attended law school at the University of Richmond School of Law from 1992 to 1995, being a member of the Law Review from 1993 to 1995.
Greg is a member of both the Virginia State Bar (since 1995) and the West Virginia State Bar (since 2001). He belongs to the Virginia and West Virginia Trial Lawyers Associations, the American Association of Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America), Public Justice, and the Charlottesville-Albemarle Bar Association. Greg has been admitted to practice in Virginia and West Virginia, as well as all of the federal trial courts in those states. He has also been admitted to practice pro hac vice in New York, New Jersey, and Florida for specific cases pending or once pending in those states.
Greg has been married for 20 years to his wife Susan, who is a nurse. He has two daughters, Gabbi, age 11, and Sydney, age 7.