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PWHD IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE, EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2020

LINDSEY A. CARNEY IS THE NEW MANAGING PARTNER.

 
Lindsey A. Carney joined the law firm of Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein, L.C. (PWHD) in 2004 after graduating from the Marshall WytheSchool of Law at the College of William & Mary where she served as an editor on the Journal of Women and the Law. Ms. Carney has extensive experience in commercial real estate representation in the areas of development, acquisitions and other transactions, as well as sales and leasing, land use and zoning, and general business counsel in the areas of entity formation, contract negotiation and transactions. Ms. Carney graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Governmental Administration with a concentration in Legal Studies from Christopher Newport University in 2001, where she was also a member of the women’s basketball team. Ms. Carney has been recognized by her peers to be chosen as a “Super Lawyer” and “Legal Elite”. She was recognized by her peers in 2015 as one of the most influential women in Virginia. Ms. Carney currently serves as Vice Chair of the United Way of the Virginia Peninsula; a member of the Board of Visitors of Christopher Newport University; Chair of the Christopher Newport University Athletic Advisory Council; a member of the Board of Directors of the Peninsula Fine Arts Center; and a member of the Peninsula Airport Commission. She is also adjunct faculty at Christopher Newport University. Ms. Carney is excited to have been elected as the Managing Partner of PWHD effective January 1, 2020 and looksforward to continuing the zealous advocacy of the firm for its clients and the community. Robert “Bobby” Hatten is a pioneer and national leader in the field of Asbestos Litigation. For over 45 years, he has been prosecuting cases across Virginia and the nation for shipyard workers, Navy veterans, industrial workers, and their families. His work has established landmark decisions relating to maritime jurisdiction, statutes of limitations, conflicts of law, monetary damages, and product liability. For over 25 years he has been recognized by his peers to be included in "The Best Lawyers in America" and has frequently been chosen as a "Super Lawyer" in the field of personal injury and product liability litigation. He was honored by Best Lawyers to be the "2019 Lawyer of the Year in Virginia". Mr. Hatten has served on the Board of Trustees of St. Andrews Episcopal School, Lexington Theological Seminary, Hampden-Sydney College, the General Samuel V. Wilson Leadership Center at Hampden-Sydney College, and the Board of Visitors of Christopher Newport University, where he is now the Rector. Mr. Hatten was the past Chairman of the Board of the United Way of the Virginia Peninsula and the current Chairman of the Board of Soundscapes. Mr. Hatten has served as the Managing Partner of Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein, L.C. (PWHD) since 1991. Mr. Hatten and all of the Partners at PWHD agree that Ms. Carney is the right person to direct the development and growth of the firm into the next decade. Mr. Hatten will continue to be the lead trial lawyer for the PWHD Asbestos Litigation team.
PWHD is the largest law firm on the north side of Hampton Roads, serving the cities of Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Portsmouth and Norfolk, and the counties of York, Gloucester, James City and Isle of Wight. In 2020, PWHD received the designation of “Best Law Firms” in Virginia by U.S. News and World Report

Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein

Patten, Wornom, Hatten, & Diamonstein, L.C. is a law firm which has become nationally and locally renowned for its history, experience and unique qualities. The firm's lawyers have successfully combined the traditional practice of a full service private law firm with the specialized experience of a boutique litigation practice. Focusing on personal injury, asbestos litigation and business law, PWHD is dedicated to fulfilling the legal needs of businesses and individuals alike.

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Newport News Law Firm History

Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein was founded in Virginia in 1954. Since then, our practice has grown to cover several areas of law including personal injury, asbestos litigation, elder law, business law, product liability, technology law, labor and employment, as well as consulting services. With more than 20 attorneys and a knowledgeable support staff, our law firm provides an extensive range of services to defend your legal rights.

Asbestos Litigation

While the firm practices in business and personal injury law today, it began by defending the rights of those injured as a result of negligent asbestos manufacturers. From 1954 to present day, the firm has advocated on behalf of mesothelioma victims, gaining national recognition for its success in asbestos litigation. In fact, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association awarded the first Courageous Advocacy Award to Robert R. Hatten, the manager partner at our firm who continues, to this day, to advocate for and try cases on behalf of asbestos victims. Learn more about our asbestos litigation practice.

Virginia Personal Injury Lawyers

The Virginia personal injury lawyers at our firm have dedicated themselves to assisting Newport News and Hampton Roads accident victims recover maximum compensation for their injuries. Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein began by serving asbestos victims and has therefore seen the devastating consequences another's negligence can have on unsuspecting victims. Their experience in the asbestos field has bestowed upon them a relentless commitment to individuals who were harmed by another's failure to exercise a certain standard of care. Providing personal attention, aggressive representation and fast action, our Virginia accident attorneys have built an enviable record of settlements and verdicts and take pride in their efforts to help injury victims get their lives back on track following a medical error, car crash or other type of accident in Virginia.

Virginia Business Law Group

The attorneys in our business law group focus on offering sound advice to corporate clients, ranging from Fortune 500s to start-up entities. The business lawyers in the group handle cases involving business mergers, government contracts, commercial trials and appeals and technology and internet law, among others. Attorneys in the firm’s business sector routinely work with and appear before federal, state, local and government commissions, board and entities. Like the personal injury and asbestos litigation groups at the firm, PWHD has also been recognized for its success in the business field, as it was named one of the top 5 law firms in the Norfolk and Virginia Beach region in the national listing of America’s Best Corporate Law Firms. Learn more about our business law group.

Virginia Attorneys – Super Lawyers

The success of our Newport News accident law firm can be demonstrated not only in its impressive verdicts and settlements, but also in the personal achievements of the attorneys which provide a strong foundation for our practice. Eight of our attorneys, Robert Hatten, Donald N. Patten, Alan A. Diamonstein, Lindsey A. Carney, William W.C. Harty, H. Duncan Garnett, Jr., Avery T. "Sandy" Waterman, Jr. and James H. Shoemaker, Jr., have been named "Super Lawyers," a title given to only 5% of practicing attorneys. Furthermore, partner Robert Hatten has achieved the honor of being named "Norfolk Personal Injury Litigation Plaintiffs' Lawyer of the Year" for 2015 by Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.

Serving both individuals and business, the lawyers at Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein are dedicated to fulfilling your legal needs. Feel free to call us today at (800) 459-1881 or fill out our free case evaluation form for a no cost, no obligation case review.

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