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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.

  • Asbestos in schools: a crucial legal debate

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  • James H. Shoemaker, Jr | Patten Wornom Hatten & Diamonstein

    JAMES H. SHOEMAKER, JR. PARTNER James H. ("Jamie") Shoemaker, Jr. has tried over seventy cases to verdict in state and federal courts of record throughout the United States, before arbitration panels, Administrative Law Judges and other forums. He has successfully resolved several times this number through mediation and negotiated settlement. 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. Obtaining government interventions in these cases can be vital in achieving ultimate success. Jamie and his partners have obtained government intervention in a significant number of cases. Jamie represented the successful whistleblower in U.S. ex rel Williams v. Reckitt Benckiser Group which settled for a total of $1.4 billion dollars in 2019. Though Jamie’s client was the third to file against the Reckitt family of companies, he was the first lawyer to name the London-based parent, RBG. As a result, Jamie’s client was deemed first-filed and won a mid-eight figure whistleblower award. This is the fifth largest False Claims Act settlement in U.S. history and the largest related to the opioid crisis. One of his clients was among the eight successful relators in the 2009 recovery against Pfizer totaling $2.3 billion dollars – it is the second largest qui tam settlement in U.S. history. In 2017, Jamie obtained the largest FMLA verdict ever returned in Virginia, and one of the largest in the U.S. He has served as lead counsel in very significant employment cases around the U.S. resulting in numerous six and seven figure recoveries. Martindale-Hubbell has awarded Jamie their AV Preeminent rating, that firm’s highest rating for quality and integrity. Since 2006, Jamie has been listed in "Best Lawyers in America," a publication which seeks to identify the country's top practitioners through a national survey of lawyers and judges. For the past fifteen years Virginia Business Magazine has named Jamie to its "Virginia Legal Elite" listing of the state's top lawyers. In 2005, the New York Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association awarded him their Courageous Advocate Award at a ceremony in Manhattan. Jamie attended the Virginia Military Institute on a Navy ROTC scholarship and received a Bachelor of Arts in economics from VMI in 1984. Following his graduation from VMI, he served four years as a naval officer on active duty and three years in the reserves. While in the Navy he served as navigator and tactical action officer aboard a destroyer and made two deployments to the Middle East. In 1991, after his naval service, he received his Juris Doctor from the University of Richmond. Virginia Governor George Allen appointed Jamie as a commissioner of the seven member Hampton Roads Sanitation District Commission in 1995. HRSD is a public waste water utility with an annual budget of approximately $200,000,000.00. He was reappointed to HRSD by Governor Jim Gilmore in 2000. Jamie served as president and trustee of the Sarah Bonwell Hudgins Foundation for several years. He has also served on the Boards of the Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA, Peninsula Legal Aid, Christopher Newport University Sailing Foundation, St. Andrews Episcopal School and the Fort Monroe Authority Finance Committee. He is a former board member and president of the Hampton Roads Federal Bar Association. Jamie resides in Hampton, Virginia, with his wife, Kimberly, and their daughter, Jill. Email: jshoemaker@pwhd.com Phone: (757) 223-4560 Practice Areas: Federal Court Appeals State Court Appeals Commercial Litigation Employment, Restrictive Covenants, and Incentive Plans Agreements Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault in the Workplace Wage and Hour Overtime Violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act Non-Compete and Restrictive Covenant Litigation Employment Contracts and Severance Negotiations Wrongful Discharge Workplace Retaliation Employment Discrimination 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 vCard Contact Best Lawyers in America 2020 Super Lawyer 20th VA Legal Elite Education: University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law - Juris Doctor Virginia Military Institute - Bachelor of Arts in Economics ​ Admissions: Virginia State Bar ​ Honors: Awarded "AV" rating by Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory Lawyer of the Year (2021 Edition) The Best Lawyers in America (2006-Present) Virginia Legal Elite by Virginia Business Magazine (2009-Present) Awarded Courageous Advocate by New York Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association (2005) Appointed by Governor Allen as Commissioner of the seven member Hampton Roads Sanitation District Commission (1995) Reappointed by Governor Gilmore to Hampton Roads Sanitation District Commission (2000) Served as President and Trustee of the Sarah Bonwell Hudgins Foundation Served on the Board of the Peninsula metropolitan YMCA Served on the Board of Peninsula Legal Aid Served on the Board of Christopher Newport University Sailing foundation Served on the Board of St. Andrews Episcopal School Former Board Member and President of the Tidewater Federal Bar Association

  • Patten Wornom Hatten & Diamonstein |Virginia Lawyers| Mesothelioma - Asbestos

    PWHD Statement on Social Justice and Equality 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 Please leave this field empty.

  • Erin E. Jewell - Virginia Mesothelioma, asbestos, Navy, and shipyard attorney

    ERIN E. JEWELL PARTNER Erin E. Jewell is a partner with Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein, L.C. Ms. Jewell was admitted to the Virginia State Bar and joined the firm in 2005. Since that time, her practice has primarily focused on representing individuals suffering from asbestos-related diseases caused by occupational and household asbestos exposure, as well as those injured by toxic chemicals and devices. Ms. Jewell primarily works on the asbestos trial team in preparing and trying cases to verdict in state and federal courts. She has extensive trial experience and has served on trial teams involving multi-million dollar asbestos product liability verdicts, including two verdicts reported as “Virginia’s Largest Verdicts” in 2008 and 2012. Ms. Jewell has also recovered workers’ compensation benefits and disability compensation benefits for asbestos victims and other injured persons before the Department of Labor, Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission, and Veteran’s Administration. Her practice includes: Preparing and trying cases to verdict for asbestos victims; Representing a wide range of clients, including shipyard workers, veterans, railroad employees, refinery and power plant workers, boiler mechanics, construction workers and phone company workers; Representing wives and children with asbestos-related diseases as a result of household exposure to asbestos as a result of asbestos exposure from coming into contact with their a family member’s work clothing; Recovering workers compensation benefits for workers and spouses under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act; and Obtaining disability benefits for veterans who have asbestos-related diseases from the Veteran’s Administration. Education: Regent University Law School - Juris Doctor Old Dominion University - Bachelor of Arts in Communications, Minor in Spanish ​ Admissions: 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 ​ Honors: Super Lawyers, Personal Injury - Products, 2020 National Trial Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40, 2019 ​ Super Lawyers, "Virginia Rising Stars" 2010, 2013-2019 ​ Associations: American Association for Justice (“AAJ”) AAJ Board of Governors (2018-present) - Revitalization Board Seat AAJ State Delegate (2016-2018) AAJ Voter Protection Act Committee (2016-present) AAJ Women’s Caucus Fundraising Committee (2019-present) Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (“VTLA”) VTLA Board of Governors (2013-present) VTLA District Governor (2018-present) VTLA/AAJ Governor (2018-present) VTLA Torts Legislative Subcommittee (2019-present) VTLA Fundraising Committee Co-Chair (2020-present) VTLA Seminar Chair, Women’s Caucus – “A Trauma Informed Practice” (Richmond, May 2019) VTLA Convention Committee (2017-present) VTLA Women’s Caucus Leadership Committee (2014-present) VTLA Women's Caucus Chair (2018-2019) VTLA CLE Committee Chair (2017-2018) VTLA Diversity Committee Co-Chair (2016) VTLA Diversity Committee Chair (2015-2016) VTLA Young Trial Lawyer’s Section Chair (2013-2014) ​​Newport News Bar Association Email: ejewell@pwhd.com Phone: (757) 223-4523 Practice Areas: Federal Court Appeals State Court Appeals Maritime Litigation Jones Act Litigation Asbestos Litigation Talc Litigation Roundup Litigation Zantac BIOCELL and Cancer Hernia Mesh State Workers Compensation Longshore & Harbor Workers Compensation vCard Contact 2020 Super Lawyer

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