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Mark S. Brennan Sr.

Office Location: Richmond, VA

Education
  • B.A., Political Science, University of Delaware
  • J.D., T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond
Judicial Clerkship
  • Law clerk to the Hon. David G. Lowe, United States Magistrate Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Richmond Division
Jurisdiction Licensed
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
Professional & Community Activities
  • Bar Association of the City of Richmond
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • West Virginia Bar Association
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute: Professional Liability Committee
  • Judge Advocate General Corp., United States Army Reserves (1992-99)
  • Professional Liability Underwriters Society, Southeast Region (2009-present)
  • Sons of the American Revolution, Virginia Society, President (2011-12)
  • Virginia Health Care Association, Health Planning Committee (2015-18)
  • Appointed by the Virginia Supreme Court to serve as a member on the Virginia State Bar Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board (2017-present)
  • Virginia Supreme Court Medical Malpractice Review Panel (2018-present)
Notable Accomplishments
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating
  • Virginia Business, “Legal Elite” (2005-present)
  • “Top Rated Lawyer” – Medical Malpractice Law
  • Virginia Lawyers Weekly, “Virginia’s Go To Lawyer,” Class of 2021

Mark has over 36 years of extensive trial and litigation experience in state and federal courts. Mark defends physicians, nurses, hospitals, nursing home/long-term care facilities, physical therapists, dentists, and all other categories of health care providers against medical malpractice wrongful death and personal injury claims.  Mark also represents health care providers in professional disciplinary proceedings.

In addition to medical malpractice defense litigation, Mark represents a major regional transportation system in defense of liability claims and subrogation matters, as well as numerous other clients in civil litigation matters involving subrogation, defense of personal injury and wrongful death cases, products liability, and employment discrimination claims.

Mark is admitted to practice in all federal and state courts of Virginia and West Virginia,  the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.  Mark has been a member of the law firm’s governing body, the Executive Board, for many years, and serves as the Practice Group Manager of the firm’s Workers Compensation and Professional Liability practice. He is also a member of the City of Richmond Bar Association, the Virginia Association of Defense Lawyers, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, the Virginia Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, North Carolina Bar Association, West Virginia Bar Association, The Defense Research Institute, and the American Trial Lawyers Association.

Mark currently serves as Chair of the Virginia State Bar Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board and as a member of the Virginia Supreme Court Medical Malpractice Review Panel. In addition, he was named by Virginia Lawyer’s Weekly as a “Go To Lawyers for Medical Malpractice”.  Mark is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and is regularly selected as one of Virginia Business’ “Virginia Legal Elite” in the field of Health Law.

Mark is also active in numerous civic, business and professional organizations, including committees of the Virginia Health Care Association, and Virginia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Mark received a B.A. from the University of Delaware and a J.D. from the University of Richmond, where he was an associate editor of The Law Review. He served as law clerk to the Honorable David G. Lowe, United States Magistrate Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and as an officer for eight years in the U.S. Army Reserves Judge Advocate General’s Corps, Headquarters, and XVIII Airborne Corps in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Representative Matters
  • Defense of a cardiologist and his professional practice group against a suit for $2,000,000 alleging puncture of a blood vessel during performance of a cardiac catheterization and subsequent failure to control bleeding/hematoma, resulting in surgical repair of a pseudoaneurysm and permanent disabilities. The suit was dismissed with prejudice on the eve of trial.
  • Defense of three nurses, urologist, and a physician’s practice corporation against allegations and claims for damages of $20,350,000 that a patient died as a result of improper administration (overdose/toxicity) of medications, failure to monitor, and improper use of restraints to subdue the hallucinating and violent patient. Defendants were dismissed with prejudice from the case.
  • Defense of physical therapist and physical therapy practice corporation against allegations of a young patient that defendants improperly removed her leg/hip brace after hip replacement surgery, failed to perform an adequate assessment, and failed to timely transport her to a hospital emergency room, resulting in a dozen or more subsequent dislocations and several major hip surgery revisions and replacements.
  • Suit requested $2,000,000 in damages and was resolved at mediation for nuisance value after two of plaintiff’s medical experts capitulated at discovery depositions.
  • Defense of long-term care facility against wrongful death suit for $2,000,000 alleging death of resident as a result of infections/sepsis caused by alleged failure to properly care for skin/decubitus ulcers. The suit was dismissed, first by a circuit court, then in an arbitration forum.
  • Defense verdict on behalf of a long-term nursing care provider against claims of sexual assault and failure to prevent falls resulting in a broken hip.
  • Defense verdict for health care provider against claims of whistleblower retaliation.
News
Mark S. Brennan Sr. honored as a Go To Lawyer for Medical Malpractice in Virginia
/ Firm News
Vandeventer Black LLP is pleased to announce that partner Mark S. Brennan Sr. has been included in Virginia Lawyers Weekly (VLW) “Virginia’s Go To Lawyers” group of honorees in Medical Malpractice law. According to VLW, this program recognizes top lawyers across the Commonwealth who are leaders in their field with a ...
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29 Vandeventer Black Attorneys Listed as 2021 Legal Elite
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Twenty-nine Vandeventer Black attorneys have been recognized as ‘Legal Elite’ for 2021 by Virginia Business magazine. The magazine partners with the Virginia Bar Association to grant this award to attorneys nominated by their peers for this recognition every year. The selected attorneys are: Christopher Ambrosio, Business Law Anne G. Bibeau, ...
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Vandeventer Black Attorneys Selected as 2020 Legal Elite
/ Firm News
Thirty Vandeventer Black attorneys have been recognized as ‘Legal Elite’ for 2020 by Virginia Business Magazine. Every year, the magazine partners with the Virginia Bar Association to grant this award to attorneys nominated by their peers for this recognition. The selected attorneys are: Christopher Ambrosio, Business Law Anne G. Bibeau, ...
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