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Richard Neal Shapiro Esq

Richard Neal Shapiro Esq

Top-Rated Personal Injury Lawyer Serving Clients in Virginia & North Carolin
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  • District of Columbia, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia
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Biography

Richard Neal Shapiro takes great pride in his work as a trial attorney. He has dedicated his career to standing up for the "little guy" against big corporations, insurance companies, and government entities that attempt to use their vast resources and trove of defense lawyers to deny or fight legitimate claims. Rick is a strong believer in the U.S. jury system and believes it is a bedrock principle for a group of citizens to decide civil actions.

Rick's passion for the law has led him to tremendous success and a reputation for being a trailblazer in the field of tort law. For example, he is a Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (ABA Accredited) and has litigated injury cases throughout the eastern United States, including wrongful death, trucking, faulty products, railroad and medical negligence claims.

In addition, Rick has been invited to speak and write scholarly articles on various legal issues at the request of the AAJ, VTLA, Georgia TLA, as well as to Virginia lawyers. Rick was elected chair of the Railroad Law section of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) twice (2013-2014 and 2005-2006) and was named President of the Railroad Accident Division of the National Trial Lawyers Association (NTLA 2013-14).

Education
George Mason University School of Law
J.D. | Law
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Honors: Graduated with Distinction
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Professional Experience
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Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp
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Boutique law firm focused exclusively on plaintiff's personal injury law.
Secretary and Newsletter Editor
Railroad Law Section of the American Association of Justice
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Do's & Don'ts When Injured at a Railroad - Your FELA Rights
The Law Firm of Shapiro, Cooper, Lewis, & Appleton, P.C.
Eyes on the Road: Common Factors Leading to Distracted Driving
The Law Firm of Shapiro, Cooper, Lewis, & Appleton, P.C.
Railroad Health & Safety; a Litigator’s Guide
72 Am. Jur. Trials, p.1 (West)
Preserving Survival Damages - When Your Case Morphs Into a Wrongful Death Action,
The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
Using Medical Evidence to Maximize Personal Injury Case Damages
The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
Awards
One of the Best Lawyers in America for Railroad Worker Injury (FELA) Law
Best Lawyers in America
Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. The process is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.
Virginia "Super Lawyer" for Personal Injury Law
Law & Politics Magazine
Prestigious accolade that less than five percent of practicing attorneys ever attain.
10.0 Superb Rating
Avvo
The Avvo rating is calculated using information collected from state bar associations and other organizations that license legal professionals, along with peer reviews and client reviews.
"AV" Preeminent Rating
Martindale-Hubbell
Lawyer of the Year
U.S. News & World Report
Rick was named 2019 “Lawyer of the Year” in railroad law by U.S. News & World Report's Best Lawyers publication (Norfolk, VA area). This is a highly prestigious accolade that is based on independent, peer review ratings.
Named a Top 100 Trial Lawyer in Virginia
Association of Trial Lawyers in America
Who's Who in American Law
Marquis Who's Who In American Law
Professional Associations
Legal Examiner
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Activities: Write and edit in-depth articles and blogs concerning legal issues related to personal injury and wrongful death law.
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North Carolina Advocates for Justice
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Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
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American Association for Justice
Member & Formar Chair of the Railroad Section
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West Virginia State Bar
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Virginia State Bar
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
District of Columbia
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North Carolina
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Virginia
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West Virginia
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Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Contingent Fees
Practice Areas
    Asbestos & Mesothelioma
    Products Liability
    Drugs & Medical Devices, Motor Vehicle Defects, Toxic Torts
    Personal Injury
    Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
    Medical Malpractice
    Birth Injury, Medical Misdiagnosis, Pharmacy Errors, Surgical Errors
Additional Practice Areas
  • Railroad Worker Injuries and FELA Claims
  • Car Accidents
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Websites & Blogs
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Blog
Virginia Beach Personal Injury Lawyer
Videos
All we do is injury law. That is our firm slogan and we have remained committed to representing those in need since 1985. Personal Injury Lawyers in Virginia Helping Clients Since 1985

All we do is injury law. That is our firm slogan and we have remained committed to representing those in need since 1985.

In this video, Virginia personal injury lawyers Rick Shapiro and Kevin Duffan, discuss what to do if you or a loved one is hurt in a hit and run accident. Virginia Beach Car Accident Lawyers - Hit and Run Accidents

In this video, Virginia personal injury lawyers Rick Shapiro and Kevin Duffan, discuss what to do if you or a loved one is hurt in a hit and run accident.

Meet Rick. Rick Shapiro - Virginia Beach Personal injury Attorney

Meet Rick.

Rick has handled numerous railroad mesothelioma claims. This video focuses on how railroaders wind up getting mesothelioma. Is Mesothelioma Preventable?

Rick has handled numerous railroad mesothelioma claims. This video focuses on how railroaders wind up getting mesothelioma.

This video features Rick talking about when a railroad worker should consider hiring a railroad accident attorney. When to Hire a Rail Injury Attorney

This video features Rick talking about when a railroad worker should consider hiring a railroad accident attorney.

Rick is an "AV" Preeminent rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell. Richard N. Shapiro Virginia Beach VA, Personal Injury Lawyer

Rick is an "AV" Preeminent rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell.

Rick talks about the potentially lethal "synergistic" effect of smoking and being exposed to asbestos. Asbestos and Cigarettes Increase Risk of Lung Cancer - FELA Lawyer in VA

Rick talks about the potentially lethal "synergistic" effect of smoking and being exposed to asbestos.

http://www.hsinjurylaw.com - Many attorneys turn down cases where a client has a preexisting medical condition because insurance adjusters love to use these against the client. As experienced injury lawyers we... Virginia Beach Injury Law Firm Talks Preexisting Conditions

http://www.hsinjurylaw.com - Many attorneys turn down cases where a client has a preexisting medical condition because insurance adjusters love to use these against the client. As experienced injury lawyers we...

http://www.hsinjurylaw.com - What makes our law firm different or better than the others?  Here are four things that make us different: multiple state licenses, state and national injury lawyer... A Different Kind of Law Firm in Virginia Beach

http://www.hsinjurylaw.com - What makes our law firm different or better than the others? Here are four things that make us different: multiple state licenses, state and national injury lawyer...

http://www.hsinjurylaw.com/practice_areas/virginia-beach-truck-accident-lawyers-norfolk-trucking-attorneys-va.cfm - Truckers must follow strict guidelines listed in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act such as driving in bad weather conditions or hours of service of the driver. There... Trucking Accident, Truck Wreck, Commercial Truck Federal Guidelines

http://www.hsinjurylaw.com/practice_areas/virginia-beach-truck-accident-lawyers-norfolk-trucking-attorneys-va.cfm - Truckers must follow strict guidelines listed in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act such as driving in bad weather conditions or hours of service of the driver. There...

http://www.hsinjurylaw.com/practice_areas/virginia-beach-truck-accident-lawyers-norfolk-trucking-attorneys-va.cfm - Trucks who move between states are subject to federal statutes and regulations and often multiple state laws apply.  This is why our lawyers are licensed to practice... Truck Crash, Car/Truck Accident, Federal Commercial Truck Law

http://www.hsinjurylaw.com/practice_areas/virginia-beach-truck-accident-lawyers-norfolk-trucking-attorneys-va.cfm - Trucks who move between states are subject to federal statutes and regulations and often multiple state laws apply. This is why our lawyers are licensed to practice...

http://www.hsinjurylaw.com/practice_areas/virginia-beach-truck-accident-lawyers-norfolk-trucking-attorneys-va.cfm - Truck accidents happen every day.  If you have suffered an injury or death related to a commercial truck accident you MUST act quickly.  The trucking company... Act Fast If Injured in a Truck Accident, Truck Wreck, Truck Crash, Trucking Accident

http://www.hsinjurylaw.com/practice_areas/virginia-beach-truck-accident-lawyers-norfolk-trucking-attorneys-va.cfm - Truck accidents happen every day. If you have suffered an injury or death related to a commercial truck accident you MUST act quickly. The trucking company...

http://www.hsinjurylaw.com/practice_areas/virginia-beach-fda-drug-recall-lawyer-prescription-drugs.cfm - 
If you have suffered side effects by a dangerous drug/medication, please contact our law firm so you can talk to a real lawyer for free. Cases against drug... Dangerous Drug, Prescription Medication Side Effects, FDA Recall

http://www.hsinjurylaw.com/practice_areas/virginia-beach-fda-drug-recall-lawyer-prescription-drugs.cfm - If you have suffered side effects by a dangerous drug/medication, please contact our law firm so you can talk to a real lawyer for free. Cases against drug...

Virginia attorney Richard Shapiro discusses how his firm provides safety information to help people avoid injury and also assists injured people in recovering so they can move on with their... Rick Shapiro: Virginia Beach Injury Attorney

Virginia attorney Richard Shapiro discusses how his firm provides safety information to help people avoid injury and also assists injured people in recovering so they can move on with their...

In this video, Rick discusses whether a Power of Attorney is sufficient to secure a copy of your medical records related to treatment in the wake of an accident. Is a Power of Attorney Effective to Get Medical Records If S

In this video, Rick discusses whether a Power of Attorney is sufficient to secure a copy of your medical records related to treatment in the wake of an accident.

Our personal injury law firm offers free, confidential case reviews to all prospective clients. Schedule a Free Case Review

Our personal injury law firm offers free, confidential case reviews to all prospective clients.

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Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp
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Virginia Beach, VA 23462
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Portsmouth, VA 23704
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Outer Banks Office
8 Juniper Trail
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Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
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