2021 Super Lawyers
Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein (PWHD) is excited to announce that 8 of our attorneys have been named to the 2021 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 superlawyers.com
16th 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.
16th 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 over 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.
16th 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.
15th time selected as a Super Lawyer
Jamie Shoemaker has served as lead counsel in very significant employment cases around the U.S. resulting in numerous six and seven figure recoveries. He is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Highly experienced in complex litigation, Jamie has served as lead counsel or co-lead counsel in several False Claims Act Qui Tam matters involving various types of healthcare fraud and fraud against the Department of Defense. In 2019, he served as lead counsel representing the successful whistleblower resulting in the $1.4 billion recovery against Reckitt Benckiser Group and a related $600 million recovery against a former RBG subsidiary. As of 2019, this was the largest opioid-related fraud settlement in U.S. history.
9th 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 2021. 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.
8th 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. He has been awarded the highest AV ranking by the Martindale-Hubbell® lawyer rating service and has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America for Intellectual Property Litigation.
2nd 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 defective devices. In 2020 and 2021, 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 is the Parliamentarian of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (“VTLA”) and serves on VTLA’s Executive Council and Board of Governors, 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.”
5th time selected as a Rising Star
Andrew J. Dean is Litigation and Employment Law Counsel to PWHD and is a top-rated attorney whose practice primarily focuses on representing individuals and businesses in complex commercial litigation and employment law related claims. Mr. Dean 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. Mr. Dean has also been recognized as a Top Lawyer by Coastal Virginia Business Magazine every year from 2019 to the present. Mr. Dean is admitted to practice in Virginia and Florida state courts, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit Court.