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  • Patten Wornom Hatten & Diamonstein | Law Firm in Newport News VA | Newport News

    Reception Statue Lions Bridge NN Ship Building in distance 1/8 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

  • Will Harty | Patten Wornom Hatten & Diamonstein

    WILLIAM W.C. HARTY PARTNER Will Harty is partner at Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein, LC, where he represents clients in product liability, personal injury, and maritime tort trial litigation, and appellate practice. As a trial attorney, Mr. Harty and his colleagues have won several multi-million dollar product liability verdicts. In his appellate practice, Will has represented clients in complex legal issues before the Virginia Supreme Court, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Regularly consulted and retained by other firms across the nation on maritime issues; Gives national-level presentations and continuing legal education seminars on maritime law, tort litigation, and trial and appellate strategy; Member of the Boyd-Graves Conference, an invitation-only conference of Virginia attorneys, judges and legislators, which studies legal issues and makes recommendations for changes to Virginia law. Member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States. Former law clerk for Judge (now Virginia Supreme Court Justice) D. Arthur Kelsey of the Virginia Court of Appeals. Former U.S. Army Infantry officer and Airborne Ranger, 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, and 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (Opposition Forces). Combat Veteran, Operation Just Cause, Panama 1989 and First Gulf War, 1990-1991. Education: Regent University Law School - Juris Doctor Texas Tech University - Bachelor of Science ​ ​ Admissions: Supreme Court of Virginia Supreme Court of United States United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia ​ Honors: Pound Civil Justice Institute Appellate Advocate of the Year 2019 Virginia Legal Elite, Young Lawyer Category Virginia Rising Star 2007 and 2010 Virginia " " Products Liability 2013-2020 Super Lawyer Top 100 Trial Lawyer by The National Trial Lawyers ​ Associations: American Association of Justice Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Maritime Law Association of the United States Newport News Bar Association ​ Linked in ​ ​ Email: Phone: (757) 223-4540 Practice Areas: Federal Court Appeals State Court Appeals Maritime Litigation Jones Act Litigation Asbestos Litigation Talc Litigation Roundup Litigation 3M Litigation vCard Contact 2020 Super Lawyer

  • Principles Values | Patten Wornom Hatten & Diamonstein

    PRINCIPLES & VALUES PWHD believes that everyone is entitled to prompt, courteous, accurate and ethical legal advice on fair terms. We want to partner with our clients to obtain the very best results possible for the client, depending on the client’s needs and desires. This requires direct, open and honest communication and cooperation between our attorneys, staff members and clients. We endeavor to communicate with our clients on a timely basis, return their phone calls and inquiries promptly, and keep them fully involved in the conduct of their cases. ​ PWHD has a solid appreciation for the civil justice system and right of jury trial. We believe that all people should have the right to request a trial by a jury of their peers, and that they should be able to have their day in court. If your case is one that should be tried, we will represent you zealously and to the best of our ability. If we believe that an option other than trial may be better for your case, we will candidly and respectfully discuss that option with you. ​ Finally, PWHD believes that we have an obligation to support our community and neighbors through various volunteer and not-for-profit enterprises. As a firm, we are constantly learning, growing and seeking ways to improve our services to our clients and community. Through these activities we hope to help at risk children and other vulnerable members of our community to grow and thrive. PWHD HISTORY PWHD NEWS

  • News Updates | Patten Wornom Hatten & Diamonstein

    Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein, LC ​ News Updates August 17, 2020: Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein (PWHD) attorneys are closely following legislation currently introduced by Virginia lawmakers, as Virginia’s General Assembly prepares to meet for a special session convened by Governor Northam on August 18th to address COVID-19 related issues as well as law-enforcement related reform. To date, bills have been proposed which: prohibit the use of neck restraints which would restrict blood flow or breathing by law enforcement officers; potentially establish a Commission on Civil Rights and Policing to review civil justice, civil liberties, and policing further in the Commonwealth; a provision for school boards to provide appropriate technology and in some circumstances, internet services for districts with mandatory virtual public school learning and other proposed bills that deal with COVID-19 related issues. Each of these proposed bills must be passed by vote in the House of Delegates and Senate and signed into law by Governor Northam before becoming law, but the current text of proposed bills being offered can be read here: . PWHD will be monitoring this special session for changes to existing Virginia laws and any new laws passed which will impact our clients and our community. LIS > Bill Tracking > Bills and Resolutions > 2020 session

  • Covid-19 | Patten Wornom Hatten & Diamonstein

    PWHD Partner, Erin E. Jewell, spoke at and attended the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association’s Advocacy Seminar with fellow trial lawyers yesterday in Richmond, Virginia. This year’s seminar was entitled “Advocating Through The COVID Crisis, Creative Ways to Overcome Challenges and Succeed.” Ms. Jewell spoke at the seminar about ways to preserve testimony during these tumultuous times, when many civil jury trials are being continued or delayed substantially. Ms. Jewell is part of PWHD’s asbestos litigation team and represents veterans, shipyard workers, and housewives who have been diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases, as well as those injured by other toxic chemicals and devices. Get to know more about attorney Erin Jewell

  • Careers | Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein

    CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein (PWHD) has been serving the Newport News area since 1954 with measurable success. We pride ourselves on a deep tradition of excellence, and ensuring only the highest quality service. We understand the challenges and pressure that comes with every case. We are currently seeking a to join the PWHD team. Learn more on Real Estate Assistant Also, connect with us on Facebook and LinkedIn to stay informed. Facebook Indeed LinkedIn

  • H. Duncan Garnett, Jr. | Patten Wornom Hatten & Diamonstein

    H. DUNCAN GARNETT, JR. PARTNER Newport News native, H. Duncan Garnett, Jr., is a trial lawyer with more than thirty years of success in the trial of personal injury and wrongful death claims. ​ He enjoys the highest Martindale-Hubbell rating for legal competence, has been selected by his peers for publication in "The Best Lawyers in America" and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. ​ Mr. Garnett focuses his practice on the settlement and trial of cases involving serious injury and death caused by car, tractor-trailer and other vehicular collisions, by medical negligence, by defective products and by nursing home abuse. In addition, he has a special interest in pursuing mass torts such as pharmaceutical or drug litigation as well as cases involving fraud on the government which are often referred to as “whistle blower cases.” ​ Mr. Garnett is published in the Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, is a chapter author of the lawyers’ textbook, How to Try an Automobile Negligence Case in Virginia, published by the West Group in 1997, is a past member of the Virginia Bar Association Committee which annually publishes A Guide to Virginia Evidence, a past member of the faculty for the Virginia State Bar Professionalism Course and is a frequent lecturer in Continuing Legal Education. ​ Mr. Garnett is the immediate President of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and a board member of the Virginia College Trial Advocacy. He is a Stalwart of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and a Patron of the Virginia Bar Association, a past representative to the Virginia State Bar Council representing the City of Charlottesville and the counties of Central Virginia and a past President of the Piedmont Bar Association. He currently serves on the Board of the Southern Trial Lawyers Association and is a member of the Litigation, Torts and Insurance Law Sections of the American Bar Association, a member of the Thomas Jefferson Inn of Court in Charlottesville, Virginia and an active member of the Louisa, Richmond, Newport News and Hampton Bar Associations. He is also a member of Trial Lawyers for Public Justice and the Roscoe Pound Foundation. ​ Mr. Garnett is admitted to practice before all of the courts of the Commonwealth and the Virginia Supreme Court, the Supreme Court of the United States, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia. ​ Mr. Garnett was educated in the Newport News public schools, attended Christopher Newport University and received his undergraduate degree in American History and his law degree from the College of William and Mary where his accomplishments were recognized by selection for membership in Omicron Delta Kappa, a national fraternity which honors conspicuous attainment and leadership in collegiate activities. ​ Mr. Garnett and his wife, Diana, reside in downtown Hampton and on their farm in Louisa County. They enjoy salt water sports, bird dogs and retrievers, and farming. Email: Phone: (757) 223-4550 Practice Areas: Birth Injury Misdiagnosis Car Accidents Motorcycle Accidents Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect Pedestrian Accidents Premises Liability Slip and Fall Accidents Tractor Trailer Accidents Brain and Spinal Injuries Uninsured Motorist Claims Dog Bites Boating Accidents Maritime Litigation Jones Act Litigation Medical Devices v Card Contact 2020 Super Lawyer Best Lawyer in America Education: College of William & Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law - Juris Doctor College of William & Mary - Bachelors in American History ​ Admissions: Association Federal Bar Virginia State Bar ​ Honors: Rated A.V. Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell for twenty consecutive years Listed in Best Lawyers for the last twenty-four consecutive years (1997-2021) ​Selected for inclusion in Virginia Super Lawyers continuously since 2006 . Associations: Board of Governors of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association American Bar Association Virginia Bar Association Newport News Bar Association National Trial Lawyers Association Southern Trial Lawyers Association Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America American Brain Injury Trial Lawyers Association Brain Injury Association of Virginia American Association for Justice Mass Tort Trial Lawyers Association

  • Asbestos Main Page | Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein

    ​ : Attorneys Donald N. Patten Robert R. Hatten Hugh B. McCormick William W. C. Harty Jennifer W. Stevens Erin E. Jewell Jeannette M. Dodson-O’Connell Samantha P. Graham ​ ​ : Read More What is Asbestos? What is Mesothelioma? What did Companies Know? Occupations at Risk Ship Builders, and Navy Veterans Asbestos Disease Claims Contact Us ASBESTOS EXPOSURE AND MESOTHELIOMA In PWHD’s hometown of Newport News, nearly one thousand people have been diagnosed with mesothelioma in the last thirty-five years. The firm has represented most of these victims and hundreds of victims who were diagnosed in other Tidewater Virginia hospitals including Hampton, Williamsburg, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Suffolk. If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos related disease like Mesothelioma, Lung Cancer, or Asbestosis, call us at or locally at for a free consultation. We will come to you. 1-800-459-1881 757-223-4545 ​ Asbestos Exposure Due to its heat resistance and insulation properties, was used in thousands of products, including gaskets, packing, drywall, ceilings, pumps, valves, thermal insulation, boilers, turbines, blowers, automotive and industrial brakes and clutches, floor tiles and more. Working with these products using normal work practices caused the asbestos in the products to be released into the worker’s breathing zone to be inhaled by the worker. ​ Asbestos is the only cause of malignant mesothelioma. Unfortunately, throughout the 20th century, asbestos was very popular with manufacturers due to its heat resistance, availability, and relatively inexpensive cost. Even after learning that asbestos caused deadly diseases like asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma, companies continued to manufacture asbestos-containing products such as gaskets, packing, thermal insulation and lagging, pumps, valves, distilling units, fans, generators, turbines, brakes, clutches, electrical components, plasters, mastics, and refractories. Consequently, malignant mesothelioma, asbestos related cancer and asbestosis have reached epidemic levels in Virginia. ​ Anyone who comes into contact with asbestos dust and fibers may be at risk. However, certain occupations have shown a high incidence of asbestos related disease due to their consistent and regular work with asbestos products. These include machinists and Navy machinist mates, pipefitters, pipecoverers, steamfitters, drywall and sheetrock workers, maintenance workers, automotive and equipment mechanics, electricians, boiler workers, plumbers, roofers, riggers, and shipyard workers to name a few. Members of the same household as asbestos workers have also shown an increased risk of asbestos related diseases. ​ The shipbuilding industry in Virginia is one of the primary sources of asbestos exposure. Because of the numerous shipyards, such as the Newport News Shipyard (the largest private shipyard in the world), the Norfolk Naval Shipyard (the largest naval shipyard in the world), the Horne Brothers Shipyard, Colonna Shipyard, Metro Machine, Norfolk Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, and others, hundreds of Virginia shipyard workers and dozens of family members have died or been severely disabled from mesothelioma, asbestos lung cancer, or asbestosis. ​ The many Virginia shipyards, especially in and around Norfolk and Newport News, are also responsible for exposing the crewmembers of Navy ships to asbestos. Many have since contracted asbestos related cancers such as mesothelioma. Whether aboard ship, while stationed in Virginia or based in Newport News, or during an overhaul in the Norfolk Navy Yard, the close quarters and poor ventilation, along with ubiquitous use of asbestos materials, have caused thousands of cases of mesothelioma, asbestos lung cancer, and asbestosis in Navy Veterans. ​ ndustrial plants such as the Yorktown Amoco refinery, the Yorktown boiler plant, the Hopewell Allied Chemical plant, various Virginia Power Company plants and others. Other leading environments for exposure include large i ​A utomobile repair shops are also sources of asbestos exposure through brakes, clutches, and gasket work. ​ In addition to the foregoing environments, however, there have been many instances of “take-home” exposure through dust brought home on workers’ clothes and personal belongings. ​ If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestos lung cancer, or asbestosis, call us at or locally at for a free consultation. 1-800-459-1881 757-223-4545

  • Covid-child-hunger | Patten Wornom Hatten & Diamonstein

    COVID: Child Hunger The coronavirus outbreak has upended the way we live, work, and interact with one another. “Work-from-home,” school closings, job furloughs, and limited re-openings have required all of us to change our everyday routines and practices, impacting nearly all aspects of family and public life. ​ Low income families in Hampton Roads and throughout Tidewater have been faced with an unprecedented challenge: how to put food on the table in the midst of these troubling times. As of March of this year, the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank reported that more than 17,000 children on the Greater Virginia Peninsula were “food insecure.” In other words, as of March nearly 15 percent of children in Virginia Peninsula communities did not know whether they would get food from one day to the next. This number has only increased over the course of the Covid-19 Pandemic, with school lunch programs unable to provide meals to children in need, and the need for assistance with food insecurity rising from 9.4% to 22% as a result of the pandemic. ​ Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA), as Chairman of the House Committee on Education and Labor, and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to reverse its decision and take action to provide healthy meals to students for the duration of the school year. As many as 17 million children did not get enough to eat this summer, so as a result of their efforts, the USDA reversed its previous position and will extend summer meal waivers until the end of the year. ​ In addition to the school lunch programs, the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank provides additional programs for children in need and others in our community facing food insecurity. PWHD is a longtime supporter of the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank. Established in 1986, the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank has served Virginians struggling with hunger in the cities of Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, and Williamsburg, and the counties of Gloucester, James City, Mathews, Surry, and York. PWHD has also participated in the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank’s Legal Food Frenzy since its inception and is continuing its support of the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank by participating in the 2020 Virginia Peninsula Foodbank’s Legal Food Frenzy. PWHD continues to support the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank, and we hope you will as well. Contributions can be made directly to the Foodbank here: ​ No child should have to go hungry in our community. Representing your interests At PWHD, we have represented individuals and businesses for over 70 years. If you need legal representation, give us a call today at 757-223-4500 or visit us at .

  • Best Lawyers in America | Patten Wornom Hatten & Diamonstein

    Congratulations to the PWHD Attornerys awarded Best Lawyers in America (2021 Edition) (Year) First year the lawyer was listed in any practice area. Donald N. Patten (2001) Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Robert R. Hatten (2001) *Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs *Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs H. Duncan Garnett, Jr. (1997) Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs James H. Shoemaker, Jr. (2006) * "Lawyer of the Year" award recipient! * Employment Law - Individuals * Litigation - Labor and Employment Hugh B. McCormick III (2021) * Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs * Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Duncan G. Byers (2021) Litigation - Intellectual Property Show More