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  • When Family Matters Need Legal Action

    These days, the definition of “family” has been evolving faster than ever, but its importance remains. Members are bonded together, often feeling a sense of belonging, happiness, financial security and love. But a host of factors can change the family dynamic and its needs – and that’s when it’s time to seek legal advice from PWHD. PWHD attorneys are experts on legal issues involving family relationships, such as adoption, divorce, and child custody, among others. We represent clients in family court proceedings and can also draft important legal documents such as prenuptial agreements, court petitions or property agreements. Since family law matters hit so close to home, having a trusted legal professional by your side can help ensure your loved ones are properly represented and protected during legal processes such as: Divorce: PWHD is highly skilled at dividing marital property, calculating spousal support, and proposing a plan for child custody, visitation, and support (if applicable). Child Custody/Support: Court orders involving both custody and support usually are included in the divorce case, but may be amended as conditions change. For instance, child support may be altered after the non-custodial parent's financial situation changes. Paternity: In most cases, paternity cases are filed by the mother in order to secure child support payments from an absent father. But sometimes biological fathers file for paternity in order to have a relationship with their child. Adoption/Foster Care: Adoption laws differ according to the type of adoption, where the child is from, variances in state laws, and other factors. Advocating for your interests In addition to family law, PWHD also specializes in criminal and personal injury law, and has broad experience in navigating the complexities of their many issues. We pride ourselves on a deep tradition of excellence in serving our clients — and we will work to ensure your legal rights are protected. For more information, give us a call today.

  • COVID: A Hot-Button Topic for Employment Litigation

    The coronavirus outbreak is has virtually upended the way we live, work, and interact with one another. “Work-from-home” and subsequent limited re-openings have required changes to employers’ everyday practices, impacting nearly all aspects of operations. Businesses have been faced with an unprecedented challenge: how to maintain operations while keeping their workforce safe. Now that stay-at-home orders are being lifted, there will be increased scrutiny about any new return-to-work policies that are implemented. For example, requests to work remotely—and denials of those requests—have been a hot litigation topic under the Americans with Disabilities Act in recent years. We anticipate unique post-pandemic litigation to raise several employment law issues, including these issues related specifically to the ADA: How have accommodations to work remotely or alternative schedules during the pandemic impacted employers’ ability to grant (or deny) requests to alter work arrangements under the ADA in the future? When are employers entitled to make medical inquiries of their employees, whether to assess an employee’s ability to perform the essential functions of the job or to determine if an employee presents a direct threat to the health and safety of the workforce? What factors should employers consider when deciding the order of calling workers back? Is it appropriate to consider an employee’s health or requests for accommodation in restoring the workforce? As we return to business as usual under the “new normal,” now is the time to carefully assess your response to COVID-19 and make informed and well-considered decisions moving forward. To minimize risk, employers should , review and update relevant policies, such as those that address attendance and work arrangements. Employers should also stay up-to-date on the latest guidance on workplace screening and return-to-work preparedness plans. Litigating for your interests At PWHD, we regularly represented clients in employment related lawsuits . Our goal is to aggressively represent our clients and, where possible, resolve these lawsuits as quickly and cost effectively as possible. For more information, give us a call today.

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  • 2022 Super Lawyers | Patten Wornom Hatten

    2022 Super Lawyers Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein (PWHD) is excited to celebrate with our attorneys that have been named to the 2022 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 17th time selected as a Super Lawyer Donald N. Patten 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. ​ ​ 17th time selected as a Super Lawyer Robert R. Hatten 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. ​ 17th time selected as a Super Lawyer Henry Duncan Garnett, Jr. 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. ​ ​ ​ ​ 16th time selected as a Super Lawyer James H. Shoemaker, Jr. 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 Duncan G. Byers 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.

  • Employment & Labor | Patten Wornom Hatten & Diamonstein

    Attorneys : ​ James H. Shoemaker Duncan G. Byers EMPLOYMENT AND LABOR Our Employment Law Practice Group approaches this critical and constantly evolving area of law with broad experience and balanced perspective. We have represented businesses of all types and sizes in nearly every kind of workplace dispute. In addition, in significant cases, we have represented individual plaintiffs and groups of plaintiffs in wrongful discharge, employment contract disputes, and harassment and discrimination cases. ​ For our business clients, we recognize that building and administering an effective workforce is fraught with challenge. The firm believes strongly that proactive implementation of well-crafted personnel policies and effective training is vital to achieving a productive work environment and reducing the risk of employee lawsuits. We have extensive experience drafting employee handbooks, drug-free workplace programs and the myriad policies required by the constantly evolving field of employment law. In addition, we have extensive experience crafting employment agreements, non-solicitation and non-competition agreements and provisions to protect confidential and proprietary information. ​ Finally, and most importantly, our experience and expertise derives from litigating employment law issues and seeing, first hand, how judges and juries react to employers who have not been proactive in their compliance efforts. We have a depth of experience representing businesses and individuals on the many kinds of employment law disputes. This gives us a perspective that is truly unique. Whether you have found yourself in a lawsuit, contemplating one, or you simply want to ensure that your business has done everything it can to reduce the risk of becoming embroiled in employment litigation, our Employment Law Practice Group has scaled the complex "learning curve" associated with employment law issues and can quickly and effectively address your needs. ​ If you need help, please contact James H. Shoemaker, Jr., Esq . at (757) 223-4580 or Duncan G. Byers, Esq . at (757) 223-4500 .

  • Patten Wornom Hatten & Diamonstein | Virginia Lawyers

    2022 Super Lawyers Announced PWHD 12350 Jefferson Ave Newport News, VA Reception NN Ship Building in distance PWHD 12350 Jefferson Ave Newport News, VA 1/9 WHY IS PWHD DIFFERENT? PWHD is nationally and locally renowned for its excellence in all legal practice areas. We have been at the forefront of asbestos litigation for the past 50 years, winning our first asbestos verdict against Johns-Manville in 1978. Since then our Virginia asbestos attorneys have obtained compensation for thousands of Virginia shipyard workers, industrial workers, and Navy veterans in Virginia state and federal courts. Our business and real estate practices, likewise, have earned the respect of clients, peers and governing bodies across the Commonwealth for their counsel in complex business, land use and real estate matters as well as commercial litigation. Our real estate section has been instrumental in major mixed-use, multi-family and commercial developments in multiple localities, and our business law section has guided medical practices, large corporations and financial institutions through intricate transactions. In asbestos litigation, 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). For six consecutive years, PWHD’s verdicts against the asbestos industry were listed in the Top 10 Verdicts for the state of Virginia. We have also helped changed Virginia statutory law to benefit Virginia asbestos disease victims by lobbying for a discovery statute of limitation for disabling asbestos claims, and establishing a “two disease” rule so that a diagnosis of a non-malignant asbestos disease will not preclude claims for a later diagnosed asbestos cancer. PWHD’s attorneys represent both businesses and individuals in many other areas including: other products liability matters; business formation, mergers and acquisitions; commercial real estate and land use planning; employment litigation; intellectual property matters; personal injury; and qui tam litigation. As the largest local law firm in Newport News, Virginia, we can help you with virtually any legal matter. Contact us at (800) 459-1881 or locally at (757) 223-4500. 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 (800) 459-1881. Disclaimer Thank You, Your information has been submitted to an attorney for immediate processing. Please note: Every case evaluation form is examined and handled by the appropriate department within 24 hours. Every effort is made to respond to you within 24 hours, however, on occasion it may take longer. If you have not heard back from us within 48 hours, we apologize for the inconvenience. Please email or call our offices. Thank you very much for contacting us and we look forward to helping you with your case. Viewing the PWHD site, or communicating with PWHD by Internet e-mail or through this site, does not constitute or create an attorney-client relationship with anyone. The content and features on this site do not create, and are not intended to create, an attorney-client relationship, and shall not be construed as legal advice. This content and features of this web site, including means to submit a question or information, do not constitute an offer to represent you. Submit

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