Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein (PWHD) is Excited to Announce 8 of Our Attorneys have been Named to the 2020 Super Lawyers List.

About Super Lawyers

Only the top 5% of attorneys in each state are selected to the Super Lawyers List, which evaluates lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.  The objective is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys.  Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.  Virginia Super Lawyers can be found by searching the directory online at


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Donald N. Patten

15th time selected as a Super Lawyer

Donald Patten, a Newport News attorney, has represented individuals and businesses in product liability and negligence actions, commercial contract disputes and real estate business matters for over 50 years.  Patten, who represents firm clients in multi-jurisdictional asbestos related bankruptcy proceedings, has been named in Best Lawyers in America every year since 2001 and has been chosen as a Virginia Super Lawyer every year since 2006.  He is a former President of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and has been awarded the highest AV ranking by the Martindale-Hubbell® lawyer rating service.  Approximately 10% of all attorneys hold an AV Preeminent Rating, a designation trusted worldwide by buyers and referrers of legal services.

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Robert R. Hatten

15th time selected as a Super Lawyer

For over 40 years Bobby Hatten has been a pioneer and national leader in asbestos litigation, 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 25 years he has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America and chosen by Best Lawyers as Lawyer of the Year for 2019.  In 2010 he was chosen to be a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.  VTLA, ATLA, and Lawyers Weekly have each conferred special advocacy awards for his many contributions to the law.  Jury verdict in the Top 10 Verdicts in Virginia for 8 consecutive years (2006-2013) and 2016.

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Henry Duncan Garnett, Jr.

15th time selected as a Super Lawyer

Duncan Garnett has been fiercely representing persons severely injured through no fault of their own for nearly 50 years.  He is driven to achieve maximum results and believes each client should expect excellence.  Duncan is past President of the Newport News Bar Association, the Piedmont Bar Association and The Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.  For more than 20 consecutive years Duncan has been rated Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell® and listed in the Best Lawyers in America.  He has been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers continuously since 2006.  Duncan thrives on the aggressive and relentless pursuit of justice for each of his clients.

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James H. Shoemaker, Jr.

14th time selected as a Super Lawyer

James H. Shoemaker, Jr. is an attorney providing legal services covering Employment & Labor: Employee and Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff.  James Shoemaker, Jr., who practices law in Newport News, Virginia, was selected to Super Lawyers for 2007 - 2020.  Being chosen for multiple years is high recognition of peer and professional respect and achievement in legal practice, and other cogent factors.

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William W.C. Harty

8th time selected as a Super Lawyer

William W.C. Harty is a top-rated trial and appellate attorney who has been recognized as a Super Lawyer for Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff from 2013 to 2020.  Previously, he was recognized as a Rising Star for 2007 and 2010.  Will practices toxic tort and maritime litigation in state and federal courts.  He has been on trial teams winning several multi-million dollar verdicts and has been recognized in Virginia Legal Elite, as a “Top 100 Trial Lawyer” by The National Trial Lawyers, and has received the highest peer review rating available (“AV”) from Martindale-Hubbell®.  Will is also a skilled appellate attorney who has appeared in the Virginia Supreme Court, U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and Supreme Court of the United States.  Most recently, Will assisted in writing the Brief for Respondents on the merits in Air & Liquid Systems Corp. v. Devries, No. 17-1104, in the Supreme Court of the United States.

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Duncan G. Byers

7th time selected as a Super Lawyer

Duncan Byers is a firm partner recognized in Super Lawyers in the areas of Intellectual Property, Intellectual Property Litigation, and Business Litigation.  He focuses his practice in all aspects of intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright) and complex intellectual property and business litigation as well as state and federal appeals. He has successfully assisted his clients in obtaining, defending and enforcing intellectual property rights, resolving complex business disputes, and assisting clients in front of the US Patent and Trademark Office up through matters in front of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.  Prior to being selected as a Super Lawyer, Duncan was recognized twice as a Super Lawyers Rising Star. 

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Erin E. Jewell

1st time selected as a Super Lawyer

Previously selected as a Super Lawyers Virginia Rising Star 8 times

Erin E. Jewell is a firm shareholder and is a top-rated attorney whose practice primarily focuses on representing victims of asbestos-related disease, as well as those injured by other toxic chemicals and devices. In 2020, Ms. Jewell was selected as a Super Lawyer Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff.  Ms. Jewell was previously selected eight times as a Super Lawyer’s Rising Star in 2010 and in 2013 through 2019.  Super Lawyers Rising Stars selects the top 2.5% of Virginia Attorneys 40 years or younger or in practice ten years or less. Ms. Jewell has served on the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Board of Governors (“VTLA”) since 2013 and is a past Chair of VTLA’s Young Trial Lawyer’s Section and of the VTLA’s Women’s Caucus.  She also serves on the American Association for Justice’s Board of Governors.  Ms. Jewell was also recognized in 2019 by the National Trial Lawyers as a “Top 40 Civil Plaintiff Lawyer Under 40.”


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Andrew J. Dean

4th time selected as a Rising Star

Andrew J. Dean, a Newport News attorney, has been included on the Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Star's list since 2017.  Super Lawyers Rising Stars selects the top 2.5% of Virginia Attorneys 40 years or younger or in practice ten years or less.  He was also recognized in Coastal Virginia Business Magazine as a Top Lawyer for 2019.  Mr. Dean has served on the Virginia State Bar Committee on Technology and the Practice of Law since 2016 and is admitted to practice in Virginia and Florida state courts, the Eastern District of Virginia, the Middle District of Florida, and the Fourth Circuit.