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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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  • News Updates | Patten Wornom Hatten & Diamonstein

    News Updates Rector Robert R. Hatten, Esq. CNU Recognition September 23, 2022 2022 Super Lawyers September 9, 2022 Best Lawyers in America (Edition 2023) August 18, 2022 PWHD Attorneys Named to CoVa Biz Magazine’s 2022 Top Lawyers in Coastal Virginia February 09, 2022 Steven Meade, Esq., selected for a Spotlight segment in the 2022 Business Law November 29, 2021 Donald N. Patten receives honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from William & Mary Law School November 19, 2021 Lung Cancer Awareness November 16, 2021 Hatten Inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa November 3, 2021 2021 VTLA Advocacy Seminar October 28, 2021 Mesothelioma Awareness Day September 26, 2021 Lindsey A. Carney recently appointed to the Christopher Newport University Real Estate Foundation Board September 14, 2021 Best Lawyers in America (2022 Edition) August 19, 2021 CPAP Machines August 8, 2021 Soundscapes 2021 Golf Classic presented by PWHD June 8, 2021 Hatten Speaks at CNU Commencements for 2020 & 2021 May 26, 2021 VTLA Non-Economic Damages Retreat May 25, 2021 2021 Super Lawyers May 6, 2021 15th Annual Food Frenzy to Benefit the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank April 1, 2021 Governor Northam Signs Landmark Product Liability Bill into Law. March 26, 2021 PWHD Attorneys Named to CoVa Biz Magazine’s Fifth-Annual List of the 2021 Top Lawyers in Coastal Virginia. March 25, 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 January 27, 2021 Lindsey Carney and Duncan Byers Host Select Legal Issues Impacting Small and Middle-Market Businesses CLE October 28, 2020 Steve Meade Elected Chair Economic Development Authority August 25, 2020 Best Lawyers in America (2021 Edition) August 20, 2020 Lindsey Carney Reappointed to CNU Board of Visitors June 05, 2020 Rector Robert R. Hatten, Esq. Statement on Black Lives Matter and Social Justice CNU Board of Visitors June 04, 2020 2020 Super Lawyers May 07, 2020 Lindsey A. Carney Appointed Managing Partner January 01, 2020 20th Annual Virginia Legal Elite December 02, 2019

  • Patten Wornom Hatten & Diamonstein | Virginia Lawyers With a National Reputation

    PWHD Attorneys Awarded Best Lawyers in America (2023) 1/11 Virginia Lawyers With a National Reputation 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 Submit 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.

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