I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from Dickinson College in 1992. I received my Juris Doctor law degree from George Mason University School of Law in 1995. I have practiced law in Hampton Roads since 1995. I am admitted to practice and have represented clients before the Virginia Supreme Court, the Virginia Court of Appeals, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. I have also represented numerous clients before the United States Department of Labor, the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission, the Social Security Administration, and various other state and federal courts. I am a member of the Virginia State Bar, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (VTLA), the Virginia Beach Bar Association, the Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association, and the Workers Injury Law & Advocacy Group (WILG). My outside interests include my family, playing soccer, reading, writing, and guitar.
Why I do what I do:
I am a lawyer and I handle the types of cases I handle because I like to help people. In workers' compensation, Social Security, and personal injury claims, I work on behalf of people who have sustained injuries or disabilities that severely impact their lives and well being. I work with them in an effort to maximize their recovery and help them move on with their lives in a positive direction. I find great satisfaction in winning and resolving cases on behalf of clients so they can do just that.
In the context of contract based and general civil litigation cases, I am likewise working on behalf of clients to address difficult situations in their lives. I therefore seek the best result possible to protect each client's interests so those circumstances can be put behind them.
Finally, on a more general level, I believe that our system of law, while not perfect, is a necessary instrument for protection of people in our society and our way of life, and a mechanism for positive change on behalf of people whose resources are limited. Through our system, and our system of representation within that system, if you are injured or otherwise wronged, you have a voice, and you can be heard. I enjoy working with and on behalf of people to make that happen.
Matthew H. Kraft, P.L.C. 317 30th Street Virginia Beach, VA 23451 Phone (757) 390-3340 Facsimile (757) 390-3344
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