Gary B. Mims
Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Fairfax, VA
Consistently ranked as one of the region's top trial lawyers, Gary B. Mims has been helping clients in Virginia and the Washington, D.C. area for over 40 years. As a plaintiff's lawyer, he represents individuals and their families who have suffered catastrophic and life altering injury through the negligence of others. Gary's experience covers the spectrum of personal injury cases, including medical malpractice, car/truck/train accidents, premises liability, and product design and manufacturing defects. He has successfully represented clients suffering injury and death by a massive train wreck, defective golf course design, and a defective storm retention pond, among others.
Gary has a special interest and significant experience in medical malpractice. He was named the Best Lawyers' Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year, as voted by his peers. He has successfully represented clients in complicated cases involving failure to diagnose cancer, failure to diagnose stroke, defective joint prostheses, anesthesia-related injuries, and harm suffered from pharmaceutical drugs and weight-loss drugs. Success in medical malpractice cases requires deep knowledge of medicine, as well as of the law. Through these complex cases, Gary has developed relationships with some of the nation's leading medical experts, who have helped him secure favorable outcomes for his clients.
For the first half of his career, Gary was a defense litigator, defending companies and their employees in personal injury cases. Having spent 20 years defending the same types of cases he now pursues on behalf of his clients, Gary has unmatched expertise in identifying actionable negligence, anticipating defendant tactics, negotiating fair and deserved settlements, and litigating cases through trial to a beneficial outcome for his clients.
Gary has earned many accolades during his distinguished career but his greatest reward is earning justice for his clients. Gary often goes beyond seeking justice in the form of compensation. Sometimes, justice takes the form of negotiating and securing changes in policies and procedures needed to prevent a victim's injuries from being repeated.
He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1974. While attending the George Mason School of Law, he worked full-time for the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. He served as counsel to the U. S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics on several major investigations and then went into private practice. Since 2007 he has partnered with Steve Frei in one of the most experienced personal injury firms in Northern Virginia. Gary has, and has had since 1984, an AV Peer Review Rating by Martindale Hubbell and is included in The Best Lawyers in America and Washington, DC's and Virginia’s Super Lawyers. Washingtonian Magazine has honored him since 2007 as among the top one percent of personal injury attorneys in the region and Northern Virginia Magazine named him to the roster of Legal Lions. He is a member of the Fairfax and American Bar Associations; the Virginia State Bar; the D.C. Bar; the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice.
About Gary B. Mims
First Admitted: 1979, Virginia
Professional Webpage: https://www.freimims.com/gary-brooks-mims.html
- Best Lawyers In America, 2005-present; Top Attorneys, (Top 1% Personal Injury Attorneys), Washingtonian Magazine, 2007-present; Legal Lions, Northern Virginia Magazine. Member, The National Trial Lawyers Association, limited to 100 trial lawyers in Virginia.
- Named Plaintff - Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice, 2020 Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2020
- Named Best Lawyer,Top Tier for Washington, DC region for plaintiff's medical malpractice and personal injury, Best Lawyer, Best Lawyers in America, 2019
- Medical Malpractice--Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers, 2017
- University of Virginia, BA, Political Philosophy, 1974
- Settled case against trash truck manufacturer for defective winch system which caused permanent injury to a workers hand when in became intangled in a cable. Case settled for insurance limits of $2,000,000.00., 2014
- $950,000 for Failure to Diagnose Malignant Melanoma Plaintiff's dermatologist failed to recognize and diagnose melanoma. Plaintiff subsequently died of malignant melanoma. The defense argued that the disease was aggressive and earlier diagnosis would not have altered the outcome. , 2019
- $800,000 for Failed Corrective Eye Surgery, Victim Now Unable to Open EyeIn preparation for her wedding, a 60-year-old woman sought cosmetic surgery to remove puffiness surrounding her eyes. The blepharoplasty surgery is known as relatively simple procedure to remove fat from the eyelids. Unfortunately, the surgeon went too deep and cut the muscle that controls the upward and downward movement of the eyelid. The plaintiff is forced to use tape to hold her eyelid up. The defendant offered $200,000 to settle the case which the plaintiff declined. Partner Gary Mims asked the jury to award $800,000 – which they did., 2018
- Corrective Facial Surgery Performed on Wrong Side, Resulting in New Nerve InjuryA 50-year-old woman had suffered a nerve injury to the left side of her face during a car accident in Massachusetts. The trigeminal nerve injury left the victim in extreme, unrelenting pain. She came to Virginia to undergo treatment with the Gamma Knife procedure, a type of radiation treatment that would “kill” the pain-causing nerve. In a tragic error, the procedure was performed on the opposite side of her face, injuring her otherwise healthy trigeminal nerve, leaving the victim now with pain on both sides of her face. Partner Gary Mims filed suit against the doctor and the hospital. When the hospital offered to settle the case for $300,000, the defending doctor declined to settle stating that the hospital’s offer was enough. We accepted the hospital’s settlement and took our suit against the doctor to trial. The jury deliberated just 20 minutes and returned a verdict for the plaintiff for $800,000., 2017
- $1 Million for Oxygen-Deprivation Brain Damage and Death of 16-Year-Old Plus Policy ChangesThe 16-year old daughter of a British Air Force officer died at a military hospital after displaced intubation caused catastrophic oxygen loss and permanent brain damage. That sentence seems simple and clear, however, after years of communication and appeals, it was only through this lawsuit that the parents were able to learn how and why their daughter had died. In this case, the parents came to us to get answers. Not just answers, but they also sought to ensure that something like this would never happen again. Partner Gary Mims succeeded in both counts: the family learned that the girl’s breathing tube had become displaced and was not corrected in time to prevent brain damage and death. Further, the government-run military hospital put in a letter to the parents the new policy it had adopted that would prevent a similar error to occur. In addition, a $1 million settlement was achieved, 2019
- Representative Cases $1.245 Million for Failure to Diagnose Prostate Cancer $4.87 Million for Victims of Defective Knee Prostheses Train Derailment/Wrongful Death Suit Settles for $4.57 Million $3.05 Million for I-95 Crash Victim Motorcycle Car Collision Plaintiff Awarded $1.7 Million $2 Millon product liability claim against trash truck manufacturer for hand injury to worker from winch cable. $1.7 million for gastric bypass patient with esophageal injury. , 2013
- Adjunct faculty, Trial Advocacy, the Antonin Scalia Law School, 2017
- Appointed to the faculty, Virginia State Bar Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course, 2018
- Elected to the Board of Governors, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, 2019
Last Updated: 5/15/2022