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Richard Shapiro Esq

Richard Shapiro Esq

Virginia Beach Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice
  • District of Columbia, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia
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I am proud of being a lawyer, and especially proud of being a trial attorney. My office has a framed poster with the title: "Where Would We Be Without Lawyers?" and it shows the nation's founding fathers in an artist's rendering with an empty silhouette for 35 of the famous faces--yes, 35 of the 55 framer's of the Constitution were lawyers, and 25 of our nation's presidents, including Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Franklin D. Roosevelt, were lawyers.

Part of my duty as an attorney is to stand between corporations, insurance companies and government attempts to limit or wipe out the ultimate check and balance: the courthouse and our jury system. I am a strong believer in the U.S. jury system as our system allows juries to decide important civil justice issues.

The U.S. jury system is vastly more important to our government system than most people realize and one of my roles is to see that the jury system is not eroded and that judges always recognize that most civil disputes should be resolved by juries, if they can not be settled before trial.

George Mason University School of Law
J.D. | Law
Honors: Graduated with Distinction
Professional Experience
Shapiro & Appleton
- Current
Secretary and Newsletter Editor
Railroad Law Section of the American Association of Justice
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.
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.
One of the Best Lawyers in America for Railroad Law
Best Lawyers in America
Virginia "Super Lawyer" for Personal Injury Law
Law & Politics Magazine
Named a Top 100 Trial Lawyer in Virginia
Association of Trial Lawyers in America
10.0 Superb Rating
"AV" Preeminent Rating
Who's Who in American Law
Marquis Who's Who In American Law
Professional Associations
North Carolina Advocates for Justice
- Current
Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys
- Current
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
- Current
American Association for Justice
Member & Formar Chair of the Railroad Section
- Current
West Virginia State Bar
- Current
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
District of Columbia
North Carolina
West Virginia
  • Free Consultation
  • Contingent Fees
Practice Areas
  • Personal Injury
  • Medical Malpractice
Additional Practice Areas
  • Railroad Worker Injuries and FELA Claims
  • Car Accidents
Social Media
Websites & Blogs
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All We Do is Injury Law

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

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.

Rick Shapiro - Virginia Beach Personal injury Attorney

Meet Rick.

Is Mesothelioma Preventable?

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

When to Hire a Rail Injury Attorney

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

Richard N. Shapiro Virginia Beach VA, Personal Injury Lawyer

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

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.

Virginia Beach Injury Law Firm Talks Preexisting Conditions - 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...

A Different Kind of Law Firm in Virginia Beach - 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...

Trucking Accident, Truck Wreck, Commercial Truck Federal Guidelines - 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...

Truck Crash, Car/Truck Accident, Federal Commercial Truck Law - 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...

Act Fast If Injured in a Truck Accident, Truck Wreck, Truck Crash, Trucking Accident - 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...

Dangerous Drug, Prescription Medication Side Effects, FDA Recall - 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...

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...

Contact & Map
Shapiro & Appleton
1294 Diamond Springs Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23455
Toll-Free: (800) 752-0042
Telephone: (757) 460-7776
Fax: (757) 460-3428
Firm's Norfolk Address
440 Monticello Ave
Suite 1800-1
Norfolk, VA 23510
Toll-Free: (800) 752-0042
Firm's Hampton Address
101 Eaton Street
Hampton, VA 23669
Toll-Free: (800) 752-0042
Firm's Suffolk Address
434 North Main Street
Suffolk, VA 23434
Toll-Free: (800) 752-0042
Firm's Portsmouth Address
355 Crawford Street
Seventh Floor
Portsmouth, VA 23704
Toll-Free: (800) 752-0042
Outer Banks Office
8 Juniper Trail
Suite 7
Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
Toll-Free: (800) 752-0042
Telephone: (252) 203-0066