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James E. Brydges Jr.

James Edward Brydges Jr., one of the longtime leaders of the defense bar in Virginia, died Jan. 18 at his home in Virginia Beach. He was 77.

A native of Lynchburg, Mr. Brydges attended Duke University and earned his law degree from the University of Virginia law school in 1967. Mr. Brydges was a trial lawyer from day one of his career. He started his practice working for his uncle, Richard G. Brydges, later joining another firm. In 1982 he moved to Taylor & Walker, now TaylorWalker, with offices in Virginia Beach and Norfolk; at the time of his death, he was senior litigation partner with TaylorWalker.

He served as president of the Virginia Beach Bar Association in 1985. In 1998-99, he was president of the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys. He was a member of the Boyd-Graves Conference and a Fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation (Class of 2001).

From 1976 to 1992, Mr. Brydges served as a substitute judge in Virginia Beach general district court.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Esther; a daughter, Jennifer Overbo; a son, Brian Brydges; and four grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Feb. 27 at Galilee Episcopal Church in Virginia Beach.