Jason Messersmith was admitted to the Virginia State Bar in 2008 and joined the firm of Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein, L.C.’s business law group that same year. He is a litigation partner within the firm’s business law group where he handles a wide array of matters including matters involving environmental law, construction law, commercial litigation, personal injury, defamation, land use, business disputes, estate disputes, landlord/tenant disputes, and traffic matters. Mr. Messersmith has extensive experience in state and federal courts and has tried both bench and jury trials.

Mr. Messersmith has represented, and continues to represent, residential and construction contractors within the Hampton Roads region. He has handled complex construction matters such as mechanic’s lien litigation and claims of defective construction. Mr. Messersmith has also litigated real estate matters such as title disputes, boundary disputes, valuation disputes, partition actions, and land use disputes. He has handled personal injury matters as well as business disputes and defamation actions. He has been lead counsel and tried complex cases before general district courts and circuit courts throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Mr. Messersmith has also appeared before the Supreme Court of Virginia.


  • College of William & Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law - Juris Doctor

  • Old Dominion University - Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics


  • Virginia State Bar

  • 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

  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia


  • William and Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review Member (2006-2008)

  • National Trial Lawyers - Top 40 Under 40 (2012-Present)

  • Super Lawyers - Rising Stars (2015)


  • Virginia State Bar

  • Virginia Bar Association

  • Newport News Bar Association

  • Hampton Bar Association