ERIN E. JEWELL

PARTNER

Erin E. Jewell is a partner with Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein, L.C.  Ms. Jewell was admitted to the Virginia State Bar and joined the firm in 2005.  Since that time, her practice has primarily focused on representing individuals suffering from asbestos-related diseases caused by occupational and household asbestos exposure, as well as those injured by toxic substances chemicals and defective devices.

 

Ms. Jewell primarily works on the asbestos trial team in preparing and trying cases to verdict in state and federal courts.  She has extensive trial experience and has served on trial teams involving multi-million dollar asbestos product liability verdicts, including two verdicts reported as “Virginia’s Largest Verdicts” in 2008 and 2012.

 

Ms. Jewell has also recovered workers’ compensation benefits and disability compensation benefits for asbestos victims and other injured persons before the Department of Labor, Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission, and Veteran’s Administration.  Her practice includes:

  • Preparing and trying cases to verdict for asbestos victims;

  • Representing a wide range of clients, including shipyard workers, veterans, railroad employees, refinery and power plant workers, boiler mechanics, construction workers and phone company workers;

  • Representing wives and children with asbestos-related diseases as a result of household exposure to asbestos as a result of asbestos exposure from coming into contact with a family member’s work clothing;

  • Representing individuals who suffer from latent injuries as a result of exposure to toxic substances, and defective drugs and devices;

  • Recovering workers compensation benefits for workers and spouses under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act; and

  • Obtaining disability benefits for veterans who have asbestos-related diseases from the Veteran’s Administration.

 

Education:

  • Regent University Law school - Juris Doctor

  • Old Dominion University - Bachelor of Arts in Communications, Minor in Spanish

Admissions:

  • Supreme Court of Virginia

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

  • United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia

Honors:

  • Super Lawyers, Personal Injury – Products, 2020 & 2021

  • National Trial Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40, 2019

  • Super Lawyers, “Virginia Rising Stars” 2010, 2013 through 2019

Associations:

  • American Association for Justice (“AAJ”)

    • AAJ Board of Governors (2018-present) - Revitalization Board Seat

    • AAJ PDC Virginia Co-Chair (2021-present)

    • AAJ State Delegate (2016-2018)

    • AAJ Voter Protection Act Committee (2016-present)

    • AAJ Women’s Caucus Fundraising Committee (2019-present)

  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (“VTLA”)

    • VTLA Parliamentarian (elected March 2021)

    • VTLA Executive Council (2021-present)

    • VTLA Board of Governors (2013-present)

    • VTLA District Governor (2018-present)

    • VTLA/AAJ Governor (2018-present)

    • VTLA Torts Legislative Subcommittee (2019-present)

    • VTLA Fundraising Committee Co-Chair (2020-present)

    • VTLA Seminar Chair, Women’s Caucus – “A Trauma Informed Practice” (Richmond, May 2019)

    • VTLA Convention Committee (2017-present)

    • VTLA Women’s Caucus Leadership Committee (2014-present)

    • VTLA Women's Caucus Chair (2018-2019)

    • VTLA CLE Committee Chair (2017-2018)

    • VTLA Diversity Committee Co-Chair (2016)

    • VTLA Diversity Committee Chair (2015-2016)

    • VTLA Young Trial Lawyer’s Section Chair (2013-2014)

  • ​​Newport News Bar Association

 

Publications/Speaking Engagements

  • VTLA Non-Economic Damages Retreat, “Conceptualizing Non-Economic Damages in Wrongful Death Cases,” May 2021.

  • VTLA Advocacy Seminar, “Methods to Preserve Testimony & Foster Negotiations,” October 2020.

  • VAPPA Paralegal Association, “Technology While Working Remotely,” September 2020.

  • Women of Plaintiffs’ Asbestos Litigation (PALS), “Expanding Your Network,” May 2020.

  • The Supreme Court of Virginia Reaffirms the Duty Principles of RGR, LLC v. Settle in Quisenberry v. Huntington Ingalls, Inc., VTLA Law Journal, Issue 37 (2019).

  • VTLA Paralegal Seminar, “Building a Basic PowerPoint,” November 2018.

  • Client Intake and Representation Agreements, Ethical Pitfalls, Red Flags and Keys to a Successful Interview, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, September 2015.

  • First Day in Practice Seminar, Virginia State Bar, Fall 2013.

Community Service

  • Legal Food Frenzy, Firm Coordinator (2008-present) (Led the firm to win regional recognition and award for contributions to the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank by the Attorney General in 2019 for the collective contributions of the firm).

  • Volunteer Youth Soccer Coach, York County Parks and Rec (2016).

  • One City Marathon, Race Day Volunteer (2015).

  • Mock Trial Competition, Volunteer Judge, Regent University (2010).