1-MR-ANNOUNCE--300x157We are proud to announce and to welcome as partner Matthew A. Roberson.

Matt is an experienced and accomplished trial lawyer who shares our dedication to the highest standards of legal representation. He has spent a decade defending personal injury claims, giving him unique insight into how insurance companies and defense counsel approach these cases.

Upon completing a judicial clerkship with Fairfax Circuit Court Judge Charles J. Maxfield, Matt joined McGavin, Boyce, Bardot, Thorsen & Katz, P.C., where he spent 10 years defending personal injury and other civil claims, as well as defending administrative matters before Virginia and DC professional licensing boards. He has been repeatedly recognized by Virginia Super Lawyers, and in 2021 by Virginia Business Magazine as Virginia Elite in Civil Litigation. Matt is an active member of the Fairfax and Virginia State Bar Associations.

We’re hiring!

Frei, Mims and Perushek, a top-rated, boutique law firm, is seeking an associate to join our team of experienced personal injury lawyers. The successful candidahttps://www.virginia-injury-lawyer-blog.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/144/2023/01/Screen-Shot-2023-01-14-at-1.56.58-PM-300x271.pngte must have the drive and talent to become a top-notch trial lawyer, as well as courtroom presence and exceptional research and writing skills. A keen interest in helping those injured through medical malpractice, defective products, and catastrophic events will make you a strong applicant. We offer a relaxed work environment with generous health, leave and retirement benefits. Join our firm and you will fast-track your career by working with some of Virginia’s best trial lawyers, in a first-class office within walking distance of the Fairfax Courts.


by Gary Brooks Mims

A medical malpractice case is a complex and lengthy process. It ends either with a settlement or a jury trial and the jury’s verdict. If the plaintiff wins, the jury foreman will read, “We, the jury, on the issues joined, find in favor of the plaintiff and assess damages in the amount of…”


Medical malpractice attorney Gary B. Mims explaining the legal term “standard of care” to George Mason University students.

https://www.virginia-injury-lawyer-blog.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/144/2023/01/Screen-Shot-2023-01-14-at-1.56.58-PM-300x271.pngVirginia Lawyers Weekly has named Gary B. Mims as one of the state’s “Go To Lawyers” for medical malpractice. This honor is bestowed upon just 10 plaintiffs attorneys in the Commonwealth. He was nominated by his colleagues and chosen by a panel from the publication. The December 19 edition includes a brief bio of Gary’s 42- year career.  https://valawyersweekly.com/library-files/files/2022/12/Go-To-Lawyers-Med-Mal-December-2022.pdf



Need a good attorney? These lawyers are consistently some of the very best in Washington. Washingtonian Magazine, September 2022.

Gary Brooks Mims has been named to Washingtonian Magazine’s Top Lawyers Hall of Fame, a distinction the publication calls a “lifetime achievement” award for area attorneys. The Hall of Fame, featured in the September issue, lists attorneys who have been on a Top Lawyers list for at least 10 of the past 15 years. The publication sends surveys to hundreds of local lawyers, asking them whom they would trust if they needed legal counsel themselves. This means, according to Washingtonian, “...the ones who appear year after year are, in essence, the best of the best among their peers.

Mims has been honored as a Top Lawyer by Washingtonian for the past 15 years, since 2007, which recognizes the top 1% of personal injury attorneys.

(Fairfax, VA – August 11, 2022) Frei, Mims and Perushek is pleased to announce that all of its attorneys have been recognized by Best Lawyers. Steve Frei and Gary Mims have been named to the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America and Matt Perushek and Ben Charlton have been included in the 2023 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch.

gary-steve-smiling_DSF3520-Web-300x225Lawyers on The Best Lawyers in America list are divided by geographic region and practice areas. They are reviewed by their peers based on professional expertise, and undergo an authentication process to make sure they are in current practice and in good standing.

The firm’s attorneys are recognized for medical malpractice, personal injury, and product liability litigation.Ben-Matt-desk_TWZ9599-Final-4-Web-300x200

by Gary Brooks Mims

I am a medical malpractice attorney who has, unfortunately, represented many stroke victims. Failure to diagnose stroke occurs too often and leaves patients with debilitating injuries. And, all too often, those permanent injuries could have been avoided. I recently witnessed how the failure to diagnose stroke occurs when a friend of mine was rushed to the Emergency Room. It’s an instructive story for us all, about stroke, how it is diagnosed, and how it can be missed.

This is a personal story. I received an urgent call from a friend who said her husband — a 40-year-old in good health– suddenly developed headache, distorted vision and difficulty standing.  They had gone straight to the emergency room.  Since I’m a medical malpractice lawyer who’s represented many stroke victims, I was asked to meet them at the hospital.  When I arrived, the symptoms had subsided and I was told that stroke was ruled out. I asked how was it ruled out?   Well, he passed the NIHSS (National Institute of Health Stroke Scale) and a CT of the brain didn’t show a stroke.

delay-ct-of-appeals-300x251Plaintiffs who prevail in personal injury cases in Virginia now face another possible hurdle: delayed resolution due to the defendant’s new ability to appeal to the Court of Appeals.

A new law expands the jurisdiction of the Court of Appeals to include personal injury cases. Prior to the new law, litigants who lost in the Circuit Court (which hears jury trials) could only challenge the verdict by appealing to the Virginia Supreme Court.  In all personal injury, products liability, and medical malpractice cases, the losing party had to first ask the Virginia Supreme Court for permission to appeal. Permission – or a writ — was rarely granted.

Now, the result of any case may be appealed to the Court of Appeals. What does that mean for personal injury plaintiffs?

Most-Trusted--e1642714624286-300x136Frei, Mims and Perushek has been honored as the “Most Trusted Personal Injury Firm – Virginia” by The New World Report as part of its annual North America Business Awards. The online publication’s announcement said the awards “honour those whose efforts have yielded outstanding products and services and that all recipients are judged solely on merit…We only commend the businesses and services which stand out from the crowd and have gone the extra distance to ensure their client’s satisfaction.”

An-expert-hs-to-certify-or-medical-malpractice-1-300x251You believe you are the victim of medical negligence and you are, understandably, anxious to pursue your case. You’ve retained a medical malpractice attorney, obtained your medical records and now you want your suit filed ASAP. Before the case can be filed, however, under Virginia medical malpractice law an expert witness must first review the case and “certify” that your case has merit.

What’s the process for “expert certification?” How long does it take?

Medical malpractice is a very complicated area of law, involving legal definitions for “standard of care,” “negligence,” “damages,” and more. If you’ve retained an experienced medical malpractice attorney, you’ve already shortened the amount of time it will take to for your case to be “certified.” At Frei, Mims and Perushek, when our attorneys assess your case, they apply more than 40 years of trial experience and significant expertise in the medicine to advise whether your case will be seen as one with merit. The next step is for the firm to search and identify a leading medical expert to certify your case. “We’ve handled hundreds of cases of medical negligence, surgical mistakes, anesthesia errors, and failures to diagnose cancer,” explains partner Gary B. Mims. “Sad as that is, those cases have created for us a powerful, in-house knowledge bank and relationships with some of the leading medical experts in the country.”

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