Peter S. Everett - Blankingship & Keith, PC

Peter S. Everett

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1999

Peter Everett is a trial lawyer who devotes his practice to representing persons injured by the reckless or careless acts of others. His practice includes four broad areas. First, Mr. Everett represents clients seriously injured as a result of motor vehicle collisions, with special emphasis on tractor-trailer accidents. He is a member of and has served on the Executive Committee of AAJ's Interstate Trucking Litigation Group. He has represented victims of commercial motor vehicle collisions arising from accidents in California, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C. and Maryland, as well as in state and federal court in Virginia.

Second, Peter represents individuals who have suffered traumatic brain injuries resulting from tractor-trailer crashes, defective products, motor vehicle collisions, bicycle accidents and other circumstances. Mr. Everett is a member of the Brain Injury Association of Virginia and co-authored Counsel's Role in Recognizing the Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury and Assisting Medical Professionals in its Evaluation, VTLA Journal. In 2005 he lectured at a national conference on brain injury to health care and other professionals, and at a September 2008 retreat of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, he spoke on the use of learned treatises in TBI cases, and on trial tractics in TBI cases.

Third, he represents victims of violent crimes in inadequate security cases against shopping malls, hotels, apartment buildings and other commercial buildings. He has testified before Congress on legislation designed to regulate the security guard industry and has addressed victim's rights issues on CNN's Larry King Live, ABC's 20-20 and The Oprah Winfrey Show. He has published several works in this area, including articles entitled "Establishing the Standard of Care in Inadequate Security Cases," published in the Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Establishing a Duty, Reaching the Promised Land, "Direct Examination of Security Experts" and "Violence Comes to the Mall," published in Trial magazine. Mr. Everett served for ten years as a member of the Executive Committee of the Inadequate Security Litigation Group of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA) and co-chaired that national litigation group from 1999-2003. he has assisted in the representation of clients in inadequate security matters in Arizona, California, Florida, New York, the District of Columbia, Maryland and West Virginia, as well as in federal and state courts in Virginia.

Finally, Peter litigates on behalf of persons injured by defective conditions in buildings or real estate such as defective roadways, balcony railings and recreational trails, with a special emphasis on representing injured children.

University of VirginiaBA 1975University of Virginia School of LawJ.D. 1979

Case History

$1,500,000 Settlement

Woman raped in apartment complex; misled about neighborhood risks

Arlington County: Virginia state court action in which we represented a young woman raped by intruder in dangerous complex; victim moved into complex after leasing agent misrepresented criminal history.

$2,025,000 Jury VerdictTrash truck hits passenger vehicle in Reston

AAA trash truck hit passenger car from rear in Reston near the Dulles Toll Road. Truck brakes were defective, driver was inexperienced and truck was overloaded. Case tried in Fairfax Circuit Court. Company offered $135,000 prior to trial; Jury Verdict of $2,025,000.

$2,100,000 Settlement

Metrobus strikes pedestrian in crosswalk

Washington, D.C. Metrobus wheeled around the corner and struck client in cross walk, crossing with the light.  Bus driver never saw her, and continued to drive; she grabbed a bike rack in the front of the bus and clung for her life, as the bus drove 37 feet down the street, stopping only when passengers screamed at the driver.  Injuries required surgery, resulting in  permanent injuries and chronic pain.

$3,026,000 Settlement

Trucker disregards DOT regulations, dangerous road conditions: accident leaves woman with brain injury

Prince Georges County, Md: Tractor Trailer lost control in icy roadway conditions on Route 95, in violations of DOT regulations against driving in dangerous conditions. Case settled in Prince Georges County Maryland circuit court.

Office Location

4020 University Drive, Suite 300
Fairfax, VA 22030
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs of the Washington DC Metro Area
Peter S. Everett has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!

Practice Areas

Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs (Automobile Collision, Brain Injury, Catastrophic Injury, Insurance, Premises Liability, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death)