Irv Cantor

Legal Consultant

Irv is an active trial lawyer, whose law practice is limited to the representation of plaintiffs in catastrophic injury and medical malpractice cases. He is President of the Richmond, Virginia law firm, Breit Cantor Grana Buckner, PLLC. Irv graduated from the University of Virginia Law School in 1978, served as a law clerk for the Supreme Court of Virginia the next year, and has been in active trial practice since 1979. He is a Past President of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, the American Board of Trial Advocates – Va., and the Brain Injury Association of Virginia. In 2016 and 2014, Irv was voted by his peers as “Richmond Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs Lawyer of the Year” in Best Lawyers in America. In 2018, he was one of only 33 members inducted into the inaugural class of the Virginia Lawyers Hall of Fame. Irv has also been voted by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America in both personal injury and medical malpractice law (since 2007), Virginia Super Lawyers (Top 10 in Virginia – 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017), and the Virginia Legal Elite. He has obtained over 50 verdicts or settlements exceeding one million dollars for his clients.

Irv was featured on the cover of the 2015 Super Lawyers Magazine for Virginia and West Virginia. The feature article on Irv is entitled, The Brain Behind Brain Injuries, and discusses Irv’s experience and expertise in the field of brain injury litigation.

Irv has co-authored The Art and Science of Mastering the Jury Trial with Judge Samuel Johnston.

Irv began using mock trials and focus groups in the preparation of his cases in the early 1980s. Since then, he and his trial team have used mock trials and focus groups in virtually every major case – testing trial themes, case values, venue choices, witnesses, evidence and arguments. Irv and his multimedia engineer, Alan Michaelis, developed over the years an effective and cost-efficient system for conducting mock trials and focus groups. Jury Impressions was started in 2005 to make this mock trial system and consulting services available to trial lawyers. Irv has conducted hundreds of focus groups in his career.

Elliott Buckner

Legal Consultant

Elliott has earned a reputation as a tireless advocate and trial attorney for individuals and families dealing with the aftermath of traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, defective products, wrongful death, tractor-trailer accidents, and motor vehicle accidents. He has achieved over 45 recoveries exceeding $1,000,000. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America for Personal Injury Litigation, has been named to Virginia’s “Legal Elite” by Virginia Business magazine and has been included in the Top 100 Virginia Super Lawyers for several years. Elliott is the President of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association for 2020.

Elliott previously defended cases involving almost every type of accident, personal injury, wrongful death, and insurance coverage dispute. Having made the career move to representing injured persons, Elliott’s prior experience gives him a unique and strategic perspective which is invaluable to the clients he passionately represents.

Elliott has designed and conducted numerous focus groups and mock trials in his career. He has become quite skilled at developing innovative strategies to maximize the information obtained from jurors.

Joseph Cantor

Legal Consultant

Joseph has worked with Jury Impressions since 2010, beginning first as an intern, advancing to a focus group assistant, and since 2016, as a focus group specialist. Joseph has assisted with the preparation, organization, and operation of numerous focus groups and mock trials.

In addition to his duties for Jury Impressions, Joseph serves as an associate at Breit Cantor Grana Buckner, a law firm specializing in serious plaintiff’s cases. Joseph graduated cum laude from the University of Richmond School of Law in May 2017, and was admitted to the Virginia Bar in October 2017. He was recently recognized by Virginia Super Lawyers as a Rising Star for 2019.

Joseph has handled over 100 focus groups in his career and has developed very effective techniques for juror debriefing and discussion so as to maximize the insight gained from the jurors. Such experience is invaluable for the trial consulting services Joseph provides for the clients of Trial Impressions.

Reid Attaway

Legal Technology Expert

Reid Attaway has been working with computers and audio/video technology for 25+ years, gaining extensive experience with focus groups, depositions, day-in-the-life videos, surveillance video enhancement, trial presentation and legal technology of all types.  Reid owns and operates Videoworks of Virginia, which has been serving the Richmond legal community since 1986.

Reid combines a deep understanding of presentation and recording technologies with years of experience in the litigation process, having overseen technology and consulted on presentation effectiveness for plaintiffs’ attorneys in courtrooms all over Virginia.  Reid is a husband, father and musician on his better days, and can usually be found fixing tech problems that arise in trial, office, recording studio, concert or home.

Janie Devers

Trial Support Specialist

Janie is an experienced paralegal, with many years of experience in complex litigation cases involving catastrophic injury, wrongful death, and medical malpractice. Janie has a degree in paralegal studies–litigation, graduating summa cum laude.
In addition to her role as a focus group specialist for Jury Impressions, Janie also provides consulting services for law firms, including Breit Cantor Grana Buckner, PLLC.
Janie has participated in numerous focus groups and mock trials since 2005. Her extensive, varied legal background and her years of experience with focus groups and mock trials provide Janie with a rich foundation as a focus group specialist. She is a valuable member of the Jury Impressions team.
As a trial support specialist, Janie has experience in jury pool investigation, jury selection, shadow juries, and trial preparation and production.

Greg Boyajian

Director of Operations

Greg is a licensed private investigator and trained legal assistant. For the past 23 years, Greg has worked primarily with the Richmond, Virginia law firm of Breit Cantor Grana Buckner, concentrating in catastrophic injury case investigation and development. He has also managed all of the firm’s mock trials and focus groups.

Greg has arranged and staged over 300 mock trials and focus groups in his career. Numerous law firms in Virginia and other states have asked Greg to handle the planning and execution of their focus groups and mock trials. Greg has extensive experience in all aspects of mock trial and focus group operations.

In his role as Director of Operations for Trial Impressions, Greg oversees the logistics involved in trial preparation and production, multimedia requirements, the jury selection process, and shadow juries.

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