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  • Adam M. Hawks | Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein, L.C.

    ADAM M. HAWKS ATTORNEY Adam Hawks is an associate attorney with Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein, L.C. He began working with the firm in 2023 and focuses on representing plaintiffs and their families. Before joining the firm, Adam worked at Washington and Lee’s prestigious Advanced Administrative Litigation Clinic (Black Lung). At the Black Lung Clinic, Adam assisted former coal miners suffering from coal dust-induced lung diseases like pneumoconiosis and silicosis in applying for federal benefits. He helped the former coal miners navigate their cases through the Administrative Law Courts. Adam also served a summer internship with the Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Western District of Virginia. He also served as a Lead Articles Editor with the Journal of Social and Racial Justice. ​ Education: Washington & Lee University, School of Law – Juris Doctor Montana Technological University, Bachelor of Science, with Honors, Liberal Arts and Professional and Technical Communications ​Admissions: Supreme Court of Virginia United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia ​Honors: Lead Articles Editor, Washington & Lee Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice Associations: Virginia State Bar American Association for Justice Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Email: ahawks@pwhd.com Phone: (757) 223-4457 Practice Areas: Products Liability L itigation Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Litigation Employment Litigation vCard Contact

  • Attorneys | Patten Wornom Hatten & Diamonstein

    Partners: Our Team Partners Partner Robert R. Hatten Practice Areas: Products Liability Litigation ​ ​ ​ ​ Partner Eleanor Weston Brown Practice Areas: Estate and Tax Planning Estate Administration Probate Trust Administration Business Succession Planning Partner Kenneth R. Yoffy Practice Areas: Whistleblower / Qui Tam Litigation Partner C. Thomas Turbeville, Jr. Practice Areas: Whistleblower / Qui Tam Litigation ​ ​ ​ ​ Partner James H. Shoemaker, Jr. Practice Areas: Whistleblower / Qui Tam Litigation Employment Litigation Partner Hugh B. McCormick, III Practice Areas: Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Litigation Products Liability Litigation Partner Scott L. Reichle Practice Areas: Whistleblower / Qui Tam Litigation Trial Co-Counsel Partner Nathan D. Finch Practice Areas: Asbestos Exposure Toxic Exposure Associates Associates: Our Team Associate Jeannette M. Dodson-O'Connell Practice Areas: Products Liability Litigation ​ ​ Associate Geoffrey R. Grau Practice Areas: Products Liability Litigation ​ ​ Associate Adam M. Hawks Practice Areas: Products Liability Litigation Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Litigation Employment Litigation ​ ​

  • Patten Wornom Hatten & Diamonstein, L.C. | Virginia Lawyers With a National Reputation

    Have You or a Loved One Been Diagnosed With Mesothelioma? Virginia Lawyers With a National Reputation Contact PWHD We ask that you complete all the information in the form below so our lawyers are able to understand your particular needs. If you require immediate assistance, please call us at (757) 223-4500. Disclaimer Submit Contact Us

  • Careers | Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein

    CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein (PWHD) has been serving the Hampton Roads area since 1954 with measurable success. We pride ourselves on a deep tradition of excellence, and ensuring only the highest quality of service. We understand the challenges and pressure that comes with every case. If you are looking for a fun, challenging, and rewarding team environment check out our current opportunities available. PWHD Careers Connect with us on Facebook and LinkedIn to stay informed. Facebook Email Human Resources LinkedIn Blank Page: About

  • CNU Rector Robert R. Hatten | Recognition | Patten Wornom Hatten & Diamonstein

    CNU Rector Robert R. Hatten, Esq. Recognition "In grateful appreciation of your service as Rector to the Board of Visitors of Christopher Newport University" 2018 - 2022 In Appreciation PWHD is honored to share that Robert R. Hatten, Esq. has been recognized by the Christopher Newport University Board of Visitors for his continued dedication to the University and selfless service as its Rector.

  • Have You or a Loved One Been Diagnosed With Mesothelioma? | Patten Wornom Hatten & Diamonstein

    Have You or a Loved One Been Diagnosed With Mesothelioma? Let Our Team Fight for You - Local Lawyers with a National Reputation Contact PWHD Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer which develops in the mesothelium, the protective lining that covers many of the body's internal organs and is caused by asbestos exposure. ​ Many veterans as well as individuals who worked in shipyards, power plants, refineries, railroads, factories, and other industrial settings were exposed to asbestos during the course of their employment and are at risk for contracting mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases, including lung cancer and asbestosis. Housewives and children who lived with family members who worked in these industries are also at risk for mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. L et our team fight for you! We have been at the forefront of asbestos litigation for the past 50 years. Our accomplishments include : ​ The first successful consolidation of more than 1,000 lawsuits, the first national settlement program with the asbestos industry. ​ The first Virginia punitive damage jury verdict against the asbestos industry (1991) and the largest punitive damage verdict in an asbestos case (2011). ​ For 6 consecutive years, PWHD's verdicts against the asbestos industry were listed in the Top 10 Verdicts for the state of Virginia. These included the following multi-million-dollar verdicts for mesothelioma victims: ​ ​ ​ $7,500,000 (201 6); $25,000,000 (2011); $5,977,482 (2010); $3,800,000(2009); $4,390,000 (2008); $9,300,000 (2007); $10,000,000 (2006). ​ If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, you can discuss your potential claim with us at NO COST by calling us locally at 757-223-4545 for a free consultation or fill out our contact form . We will come to you. ​ Disclaime r: Past successes of PWHD litigation does not guarantee success in any new or future case. The information contained within this website does not constitute a guarantee, warranty or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter. The outcome of each legal case depends upon many factors, and no attorney can guarantee a positive result in any particular case. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. Mesothelioma Attorneys Robert R. Hatten Hugh B. McCormick, III. Jean nette M. Dodson-O'Connell Geoffr ey R. Grau Read More​ Asbestos Litigation What is Asbestos? What is Mesothelioma? What did Companies Know? Occupations at Risk Asbestos Disease Claims Contact PWHD

  • Hatten Awarded Martindale-Hubbell AV | Patten Wornom Hatten & Diamonstein

    Robert R. Hatten, Esq. Awarded Martindale-Hubbell A V Preeminent For Thirty Years "Highest Possible Peer Review Rating In Legal Ability & Ethical Standards " 1992 - 2022 In Recognition PWHD is honored to share that Robert R. Hatten, Esq. has been recognized by the Martindale-Hubbell for 30 years of being rated as AV Preeminent. "The pinnacle of professional excellence earned through a strenuous Peer Review Rating process that is managed and monitored by the world's most trusted legal resource."

  • Hernia Mesh | Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein

    PRODUCTS LIABILITY LITIGATION Hernia Mesh Read More ​ Products Liability Home Asbestos Benzene Exposure Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit CPAP Machines Medical Devices Paraquat and Parkinson’s Disease Roundup Sunscreen and Benzene Talc Zantac Contact Us What Is A Hernia? Hernias can occur in a variety of ways, but most occur when an organ or tissue protrudes through a weak spot in the abdominal muscles. This often results in a bulge in the groin or stomach region that aches and burns. Depending on where the hernia occurs, it may also cause swelling of the testicles, heartburn, and vomiting. The primary concern with a hernia is small intestine strangulation. This occurs wh en the hernia blocks blood supply to the small intestines. Hernias typically require either open or laparoscopic surgery and may also require the use of hernia mesh. Hernia mesh is used to repair both ventral and inguinal hernias. ​ What Are Hernia Mesh Products? There are a wide variety of hernia mesh produc ts. Hernia meshes are loose, flexible meshes that are used during hernia surgery to support weakened or damaged tissue in order to aid in the healing process and prevent future hernias. Some patients who had a hernia mesh implant to treat a hernia have experienced complications including infections, adhesions, hernia recurrence, additional corrective surgery hernia recurrence, bowel perforation or obstruction, or other medical conditions. ​ There are a variety of hernia mesh products still in use today that have not been recalled by the FDA. PWHD’s attorneys are currently investigating hernia mesh claims related to the following products. Polypropylene Hernia Mesh Products: PHYSIOMESH Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh is a type of polypropylene hernia mesh made and released by Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary, Ethicon, in October 2010. Physiomesh is intended for use in laparoscopic surgery and is designed to reinforce the abdominal wall to prevent future hernias from occurring. In April 2010, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted 510(k) clearance to Physiomesh, meaning Physiomesh was not required to undergo FDA review or clinical trials to evaluate its safety before it was placed on the market. Johnson & Johnson recalled its product in May 2016, after unpublished studies demonstrated that Physiomesh had a higher hernia recurrence and reoperation rate than the average rates of other meshes on the market. The FDA has analyzed potential hernia repair surgery complications in situations where hernia mesh was used, and this review found that the most common adverse effects include pain, infection, hernia recurrence, adhesion, and bowel obstruction. Other potential complications include mesh migration and mesh shrinkage. ​ C.R. BARD HERNIA MESH C.R.Bard is the manufacturer of a variety of hernia mesh products, including SepraMesh, Ventralex, Bard 3D Max, Kugel, Kugel Composix Mesh, PerFix Plug, Ventrio, Ventrio ST, Composix E/X Mesh, Visilex, Spermatix and Marlex. C.R. Bard meshes are made of a material called Marlex HGX-030-01, which is a polypropylene resin. Extensive scientific research shows that polypropylene degrades in the human body. When the material degrades, it can break off inside the body resulting in injuries and complications. ​ PWHD is currently investigating claims for individuals who have undergone hernia surgery involving Physiomesh, C.R. Bard, and other hernia meshes, and who later experienced medical complications. ​ If you or a loved one have undergone hernia surgery using a hernia mesh product and have experienced medical complications, our products liability attorneys would like to talk to you. You can discuss your potential claim with us at no cost by calling us today at 757-223-4500 or filling out our online contact form . Products Liability Attorneys Contact PWHD Hugh B. McCormick, III.

  • Jeannette M. Dodson-O'Connell | Patten Wornom Hatten & Diamonstein, L.C.

    JEANNETTE M. DODSON-O'CONNELL ATTORNEY Jeannette M. Dodson-O’Connell is an associate with Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein, L.C. She began working for the firm in 2016 and was admitted to the Virginia State Bar in 2017. Her practice focuses on representing asbestos victims and their families. Regent University School of Law conferred upon Ms. Dodson-O’Connell her Juris Doctor in 2009. In 2006, she received her Bachelor of Science degree from Old Dominion University in Political Science with concentrations in Pre-Law and International Relations as well as a minor in Geography. ​ Though not a native, Jeannette has been proud to call Newport News home since her family moved to the peninsula in 1981 and she started first grade with Newport News Public Schools. She and her husband, Leo Kevin O’Connell, along with their four children, stay very active in the community between a wide variety of children’s sports teams, boy scouts, and various civic and charitable organizations Education: Regent University School of Law - Juris Doctor Old Dominion University - Bachelor of Science in Political Science ​ ​ Admissions: Virginia State Bar District of Columbia State Bar United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia ​ Honors: Gamma Theta Upsilon International Geographical Honor Society Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society Alpha Phi International Fraternity member of the Theta Phi chapter ​ Associations: American Association for Justice Virginia Trial Lawyers Association American Bar Association Newport News Bar Association Email: JDodson-O'Connell@pwhd.com Phone: (757) 223-4504 Practice Areas: Asbestos Litigation CPAP Machines Talc Litigation vCard Contact

  • Hatten Inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa | Patten Wornom Hatten & Diamonstein

    Robert R. Hatten Inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa PWHD is honored to share that Robert R. Hatten was inducted on November 3, 2021, into the National Leadership Honor Society of Omicron Delta Kappa for his superior leadership and philanthropy devotion. Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society, recognizes and encourages superior leadership and exemplary character. O∆K encourages collaboration among members across the five pillars of leadership celebrated by O∆K: academics, athletics, service, communications, and arts.

  • Whistleblower / Qui Tam | Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein

    LITIGATION AREA Whistleblower / Qui Tam Whistleblower (also known as Qui Tam) cases under the Federal False Claims Act, state acts, or government agency whistleblower program, such as the SEC or IRS whistleblower programs, are complex. While successful cases can lead to substantial recoveries by both the government and the whistleblower, not every case is a strong one. In general, the most successful cases are ones in which the government takes an interest and “intervenes.” A skilled whistleblower attorney understands how those intervention decisions are made and know how to position the case to increase the likelihood of intervention. The PWHD Whistleblower team understands the difficulties that whistleblowers face in deciding whether to pursue a case. We recognize that for some whistleblowers, the decision could have an enormous impact on their professional lives. That is why we take great care to counsel whistleblowers not only about the strengths and weaknesses of their case, but also about the road ahead that may await someone who blows the whistle on fraud. Successful False Claims Act whistleblower cases can require significant resources – both in developing the case that is filed and, in some instances, in litigating against the defendant. PWHD has those resources. In cases involving complex, fraudulent schemes in the world of business, finance, and health care, we have helped our clients recover the profits and penalties due when fraud and wrongdoing occurs. For a confidential case evaluation, please contact us at 1.888.563.1378 . We handle cases nationwide in all 50 states. The Anti Fraud Law Group at PWHD is an integral part of a nationally recognized plaintiffs’ litigation firm. When you choose PWHD to handle your whistleblower lawsuit, you can expect your case to be backed by big-firm resources and your journey through the legal process to be handled with boutique-firm personalized attention. If you are aware of fraud or illegal activity that you are considering reporting, we can advise you about your rights and how to protect yourself as a whistleblower. Call Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein today at (757) 223-4536 for your free and confidential consultation. We help whistleblowers pursue justice for fraud against the government and recover awards for their efforts in cases involving: Health Care Fraud Medicare and Medicaid Fraud Pharmaceutical Fraud Contractor Fraud Procurement Fraud General Services Administration (GSA) Fraud Financial Services Fraud SEC Dodd-Frank Violations Stark Violations IRS Tax Fraud Foreign and Corrupt Practices Nursing Home and Hospice Fraud Education and Grant Fraud Whether your case falls under the Federal False Claims Act, state acts, or government agency whistleblower program, such as the SEC or IRS whistleblower programs, our attorneys have the experience and resources necessary to steer your case through years of the legal process. We are committed to seeing that justice is served and you are rewarded for coming forward as a whistleblower. Are you ready to blow the whistle on fraud against the government and claim your reward for providing necessary information to the case? Call our experienced whistleblower lawyers today at (757) 223-4536 for your consultation, which is always free and confidential. Whistleblower / Qui Tam Attorney ​ Contact PWHD James H. Shoemaker, Jr.

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