Isaac A. McBeth is an attorney and tactician who primarily focuses his practice on complex federal litigation, constitutional litigation, and medical malpractice cases. He was recently selected to the 2017 Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for civil rights litigation. This honor is reserved for the top 2.5% of attorneys in Virginia in each practice area.
As a former member of the military intelligence community and a former defense attorney, he possesses a unique ability to maximize traditional tools of legal advocacy such as writing and oral argument while simultaneously employing case-specific tactics to optimize his clients’ chances of victory.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. McBeth served in the United States Army for 8 years in the field of military intelligence. Following his discharge from military service, Mr. McBeth proved himself to be an enthusiastic student of the law. He graduated with a BA in Legal Studies from American Military University, achieving a GPA of 3.97. He then went on to seek his J.D. from the University of Richmond School of Law as a John Marshall Scholar (the law school’s most prestigious scholarship program, limited to 8% of his incoming class).
During his time in law school, Mr. McBeth earned a number of academic achievements, including serving as an Articles and Comments Editor for the University of Richmond Law Review, membership in the McNeill Law Society (an honor reserved for law students ranked in the top 10% of their class), publishing several articles in legal journals, and becoming a national champion in negotiation skills, as well as a regional finalist in trial skills and tactics. Mr. McBeth graduated 2nd in his class and was recognized for his demonstrated excellence in academics by being admitted to the Order of the Coif and for his demonstrated excellence in legal advocacy skills by being admitted to the Order of the Barristers. Notably, he also received the Charles T. Norman Award, the award given by the University to the best overall graduating student as determined by the law school faculty and administration.
Mr. McBeth began his legal practice at a large Richmond-area law firm and subsequently joined a boutique firm, where he specialized in malpractice and constitutional claims. His practice became exclusively focused on litigating complex federal cases involving alleged violations of constitutional rights under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, as well as prosecuting Federal Tort Claims Act claims on behalf of veterans who had been injured by the medical negligence of Department of Veterans Affairs’ employees.
Now, as an Associate Attorney with the Halperin Law Center, Mr. McBeth focuses his practice on representing those deprived of their constitutional rights by state and federal employees, particularly inmates and detainees whose constitutional right to receive medical care during incarceration has been violated. He also represents individuals who have been seriously injured as a result of medical malpractice and individuals who have been injured due to the negligence of others.
When not actively representing his clients, Mr. McBeth serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Richmond School of Law, teaching legal writing and pre-litigation tactics. He also serves as a regular coach for the law school’s mock trial team, teaching law students various trial advocacy skills and techniques for building a persuasive legal theory.