Kirk Becchi manages the firm’s Harrisonburg office and represents clients in the entire Central Virginia area as a Harrisonburg Personal Injury Lawyer. Kirk has been representing persons and entities in state and federal courtrooms across Virginia and in other states for over 27 years.
Before moving to Harrisonburg in 2003, Mr. Becchi spent about 17 years practicing with law firms located in Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia. He began his career as an insurance defense attorney, that is, defending persons and entities in civil lawsuits, and practicing with regional and national law firms. That experience afforded him immediate and extensive courtroom experience. After that, Mr. Becchi joined a law firm which practices intellectual property law, including litigation. He was part of a team of litigators who represented international clients in intellectual property litigation in multiple federal courts throughout the United States.
In 2003, Mr. Becchi began to manage the Harrisonburg office of a multi-office regional plaintiffs’ personal injury law firm. Later, he opened MartinWren, P.C.’s Harrisonburg office and has been managing the Harrisonburg office ever since. Mr. Becchi also maintains an office in MartinWren, P.C.’s Charlottesville location and regularly represents clients in the Charlottesville area as well.
Although Mr. Becchi spends considerable time representing clients in personal injury, elder abuse, and civil litigation, he has expanded his practice to include the defense of reckless driving charges and other serious traffic offenses.
Recognizing that the vast majority of cases are settled prior to trial, Mr. Becchi’s first approach to attempting to resolve his clients’ cases is through settlement negotiations. Settlement techniques generally are not taught in law school, but Mr. Becchi has been negotiating cases for nearly three decades. Mr. Becchi strives to have a clear understanding and command of the relevant facts and the law as he negotiates with opposing attorneys, insurance adjusters and/or other decision makers. He will keep his clients informed of the status of negotiations, and make recommendations on strategy. Mr. Becchi respects and appreciates that his job is to help guide clients through the confusing and obscure legal system to reach the best possible result for their matter.
Sometimes informal settlement negotiations are not successful and/or are simply inadvisable. In those circumstances, Mr. Becchi is prepared to mediate his clients’ cases before a neutral third party, often a retired judge, and Mr. Becchi has extensive experience working with both private and court appointed mediators.
Preparing and presenting a client’s case at mediation can be complex and demanding, and mediations can sometimes last an entire day or longer. Many, many decisions regarding settlement negotiations, e.g. responses to offers, typically have to be made during mediations. Mr. Becchi actively represents his clients in mediation, offering suggestions on strategy and advice, but he respects and acts upon his clients’ instructions.
Sometimes a trial is necessary. Mr. Becchi has successfully tried many cases to verdict. He has tried cases in numerous local counties and cities, as well as several more distant venues, both inside and outside the Commonwealth of Virginia. Mr. Becchi has conducted trials in the Circuit Courts and General District Courts across many parts of Virginia, and he has experience trying cases before both judges and juries.
When not practicing law, Kirk enjoys community service through his memberships in the Lions Club and the Elks Club. He also enjoys outdoor activities, spending time with his wife and two children, reading historical non-fiction, and playing with his always enthusiastic dog.