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  • Asbestos Contact Page | Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein, L.c.

    Case Evaluation Form ASBESTOS LITIGATION We ask that you complete as many questions below as possible, so our skilled attorneys are able to best understand your particular needs. If you require immediate assistance, please call us at (757) 223-4545 . First Name Last Name Phone Email Please select the Asbestos-related disease with which you or a loved one has been diagnosed Asbestosis Asbestos Related Lung Cancer Mesothelioma Other How do you believe you were exposed? (pick the one that best applies) In a Shipyard Aboard a Ship At an Industrial site At another Work Environment As a family member of an Asbestos worker I don't know Other If you were exposed at work, what was your trade or occupation? Submit

  • 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.

  • Geoffrey R. Grau | Patten Wornom Hatten & Diamonstein, L.C.

    GEOFFREY R. GRAU ATTORNEY Geoffrey R. Grau is an associate attorney with Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein, L.C. Mr. Grau joined the firm in 2022 with a primary focus on representing asbestos victims and their families. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Grau completed a two-year post-graduate judicial clerkship with the 7th Judicial Circuit in Newport News, wherein throughout his tenure he clerked for the Honorable Gary A. Mills, Bryant L. Sugg, Christopher R. Papile, Tyneka L.D. Flythe, Matthew W. Hoffman, Timothy S. Fisher, and C. Peter Tench. While attending William & Mary Law School, Mr. Grau externed for the Honorable Raymond A. Jackson, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia, as well as the City of Hampton Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office. He has also served as an extern with the William & Mary Law School Virginia Coastal Policy Center and as Senior Article’s Editor with the William & Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review, having published articles in both the former and the latter. Mr. Grau readily seeks to apply the skills necessary to effectively assist his native community in Newport News and the greater Tidewater Virginia area. Email: ggrau@pwhd.com Phone: (757) 223-4555 Practice Areas: Asbestos Litigation vCard Contact Education: College of William & Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law – Juris Doctor Christopher Newport University – Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, ​​ History ​Admissions: Virginia State Bar ​Honors: Senior Articles Editor, William & Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review Member, Alpha Chi Theta Honor Society Member, Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society Associations: I’Anson Hoffman American Inn of Court Newport News Bar Association

  • What Did Companies Know | Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein

    ASBESTOS LITIGATION What Did Companies Know? Read More ​ Asbestos Exposure What is Asbestos? What is Mesothelioma? Occupations at Risk Ship Builders, and Navy Veterans Asbestos Disease Claims Contact Us By the 1920s, the non-malignant disease of asbestosis, was known to kill or disable workers. By the 1940s, major medical journals began publishing articles linking asbestos to cancer. But companies continued to use the mineral in manufacturing and construction, failing to inform the public of the serious health risks associated with asbestos. Throughout 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, major journals published articles on asbestosis and how to protect workers and control the release of asbestos dust. And by the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, reports of a previously unheard-of asbestos cancer, mesothelioma, were published. If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos related disease like Mesothelioma, Lung Cancer, or Asbestosis, call us at 757-223-4545 ​ for a free consultation. You can also fill out our contact form for a free case evaluation. Asbestos Litigation Attorneys Robert R. Hatten Contact PWHD Hugh B. McCormick, III. Jean nette M. Dodson-O'Connell Geoffr ey R. Grau

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

    JAMES H. SHOEMAKER, JR. PARTNER Jamie Shoemaker focuses his practice on whistleblower and employment law. He has tried more than 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 hundreds more of his clients' claims through mediation and negotiated settlement. Highly experienced in complex litigation, Jamie has served as lead counsel and co-lead counsel in some of the most significant False Claims Act (“FCA”) and employment cases in the United States. Jamie represented the successful whistleblower in U.S. ex rel Williams v. Reckitt Benckiser Group (“RBG”) which settled for a total of $1.4 billion dollars in 2019 – at the time it was the largest fraud settlement ever obtained related to the opioid crisis. In 2021, he represented the same client against a Reckitt subsidiary that resulted in an additional $600 million dollar settlement. 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 as to both cases and won a high eight-figure whistleblower award. Jamie also represented one of the eight successful relators in the 2009 recovery against Pfizer totaling $2.3 billion. The Pfizer and Reckitt settlements are each among the top 5 FCA settlements ever obtained. In 2017, Jamie obtained the largest FMLA verdict ever returned in Virginia, and one of the largest in the U.S. He has achieved wage and hour class action recoveries that are among the largest ever obtained in the Southeast. He was named one of Virginia’s ten “Go To Employment Lawyers” by Virginia Lawyers Weekly in 2022. Jamie holds Martindale Hubbell’s 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 sixteen years Virginia Business Magazine has named him 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 Jamie 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. Upon his graduation from VMI, he was commissioned as a naval officer and served four years on active duty and three years in the reserves. While on active duty, he served as navigator and tactical action officer aboard a destroyer and made two deployments to the North Atlantic and 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 wastewater 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 over ten years. He has also served on the Boards of the Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA, Peninsula Legal Aid, St. Andrews Episcopal School, the Fort Monroe Authority Finance Committee, and Christopher Newport University Sailing Foundation. He is a former board member and president of the Hampton Roads Federal Bar Association. Jamie currently serves on the Peninsula Regional Board of Old Point National Bank. Jamie resides in Poquoson, Virginia, with his wife, Kimberly. They have a daughter, Jill, who is a reporter and aspiring actress in Chicago. Education: University of Richmond School of Law - Juris Doctor Virginia Military Institute - Bachelor of Arts in Economics ​ ​ Military: U.S. Navy, 1984-1988: Surface Warfare Officer; Tactical Action Officer; Navigator; Lieutenant (0-3) U.S. Naval Reserve 1988-1991: Surface Warfare / Combat Patrol Craft Officer ​ Admissions: Virginia State Bar U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia United States District Court for the District of Columbia Pro Hac Vice admissions in cases serving as lead counsel in the following states: Florida, Tennessee, New Hampshire, Ohio, Illinois, Texas, Washington, New York and California Supreme Court of Virginia ​ Honors and Civic Service: Awarded "AV" rating by Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory Named one of Virginia’s ten “Go To Employment Lawyers,” Virginia Lawyers Weekly, 2022 The Best Lawyers in America (2006-Present) Super Lawyers (2007 - Present) Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the Year in Employment Law - Hampton Roads - (2024, 2018, 2016, 2012) Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Hampton Roads -Labor and Employment (2021) Virginia Legal Elite by Virginia Business Magazine (2009-Present) Courageous Advocate Award, New York Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association (2005) ​ Business & Community Service: Peninsula Regional Board, Old Point National Bank (2021 – present) Board member and president, Hampton Roads Federal Bar Association (2007‑2012) 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) President and trustee of the Sarah Bonwell Hudgins Foundation Board member, the Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA Member, Fort Monroe Authority Finance Committee Board member, Peninsula Legal Aid Peninsula Legal Aid Volunteer of the Year (1994) Board member, Christopher Newport University Sailing Foundation Trustee of St. Andrews Episcopal School Email: jshoemaker@pwhd.com Phone: (757) 223-4560 Practice Areas: ​​ ​ Whistleblower / Qui Tam: Heath Care Fraud Medicare and Medicaid Fraud Pharmaceutical Fraud DOD Fraud Contractor Fraud Anti-Kickback Statute 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 Employment and Labor: Litigation of all workplace issues​ Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault in the Workplace Racial Harassment 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 Personal Injury: Wrongful Death and Serious Injury Automobile Accidents​ Maritime Accidents Aircraft Accidents vCard Contact

  • Eleanor Weston Brown | Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein, L.C.

    ELEANOR WESTON BROWN PARTNER Email: ewbrown@pwhd.com Newport News: (757) 223-4456 Irvington: (804) 223-2804 Practice Areas: ​​ ​ Estate and Tax Planning Estate Administration Probate Trust Administration Business Succession Planning vCard Contact Eleanor Weston Brown leads the firm’s Estate and Tax Planning, Estate Administration and Wealth Transfer Practice. Eleanor’s focus on estate planning and estate administration synthesizes her education and experience in tax law with her creative ability to design and administer unique solutions to meet the wealth transfer goals of her clients in a tax-advantaged way. Highly sought after as a trusted advisor, Eleanor has devoted her practice to developing lifelong relationships with clients and their families. Known for her empathy and compassion, Eleanor is devoted to serving clients working through challenging family and business succession issues. Eleanor graduated from the University of Virginia in 1981 and received her law degree from the University of Richmond in 1985. She received an LLM in Taxation from the College of William & Mary Law School in 1987. Eleanor clerked at the Appellate Division of the Internal Revenue Service. ​ In the private practice of law since 1985, Eleanor has handled a wide range of complex transactions including structuring mergers, acquisitions, and tax-free reorganizations, tax exempt entities, and handled tax controversies at all levels of government. That transactional tax experience informs and augments her estate planning practice, which ranges from simple wills to complex generation skipping plans and charitable planning, including the use of charitable conservation easements and land preservation tax credits. Eleanor’s love of the law and desire to mentor young lawyers led her to teach law. Eleanor served as an associate professor with tenure at Regent University School of Law, where she taught Individual Federal Income Tax, Corporate Tax, Estate and Gift Tax, Wills and Trusts, Estate Planning and Business Associations. She was named multiple years by Regent University law students as Professor of the Year. Her publications include Transferable Conservation Easement Tax Credits, the Virginia Experience, CRITICAL ISSUES IN ENVIRONMENTAL TAXATION, INTERNATIONAL AND COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVES: VOL. VI, published by the prestigious Oxford University Press (2009). Eleanor is a frequent speaker on estate and tax matters including a number of continuing education programs for lawyers, accountants, certified life underwriters, and trust officers. She has been a guest speaker in the lifelong learning program at Christopher Newport University and has spoken at a number of forums presented by charitable organizations including Williamsburg Community Hospital, WHRO, Children’s Hospital of King’s Daughters and the Boys and Girls Club of the Northern Neck. Eleanor is a native of Hampton, Virginia and is active in many professional and civic associations. She was elected to Hampton City Council, where she led the city’s resiliency efforts, combining economic development initiatives with environmental stewardship goals. Former Governor Terry McAuliffe named Eleanor to the Virginia Outdoors Foundation Board of Trustees, where she served as Chairman for four years. She served for seven years as the Chairman of the Hampton Redevelopment and Housing Authority where she led the transition to a citizen board. During her tenure, she shepherded numerous redevelopment efforts. Eleanor also served as Chairman of the Hampton Economic Development Authority. She was selected to serve on the Board of Directors of Hampton First, a coalition of community leaders, where she served as Vice Chairman. Hampton First developed recommendations to the City Council for the revitalization of downtown Hampton. Other past service includes Member of the Virginia Board of Historic Resources (appointed by then-Governor Terry McAuliffe), Member and Treasurer, Foundation for Virginia’s Natural Resources Board of Trustees (appointed by then-Governor Tim Kaine), Member of the Pro Bono Council of the Virginia Bar Association, Member of the Virginia Peninsula Economic Development Council and President of the Peninsula Estate Planning Council . Eleanor is admitted to practice in Virginia and North Carolina, the United States Tax Court and the United States Supreme Court. Eleanor was appointed by the judges of the Hampton Circuit Court as Commissioner of Accounts for the City of Hampton. During her professional career, Eleanor has earned numerous honors, including the Faculty Award for Excellence in Service, Regent University, the Presidential Award for Outstanding Citizenship from Hampton University and recognition as one of Virginia Business Magazine’s Legal Elite, “Best Lawyers in Virginia” in the areas of Tax, Trusts, and Estates. ​ Eleanor and her husband, Bill, divide their time between their home at historic Ft. Monroe, Virginia and their cottage in the Northern Neck, where they enjoy sharing their love of the Chesapeake Bay with their children and grandchildren. Education: William and Mary Law School - LL.M in Taxation University of Richmond School of Law - Juris Doctor University of Virginia - Bachelor of Arts ​ Admissions: Supreme Court of United States United States Tax Court Supreme Court of Virginia Supreme Court of North Carolina ​ Academic Experienc e: Regent University School of Law, Virginia Beach, Virginia Associate Profes sor of Law with Tenure, 2011-2015 Associate Professor of Law, 2003-2011 Visiting Professor, 2002-2003 ​ ​ ​ Courses Taught: Individual Federal Income Tax Estate and Gift Tax Estate Planning Business Associations Corporate Tax Wills, Trusts and Estates Professional Skills Practicum, Wills and Corporations ​ ​ Publications: Book Chapters: Tax Sweets or Eliminate “Sweet” Subsidies from the American Diet? Can Taxation Make Us Healthier , MARKET INSTRUMENTS AND SUSTAINABLE ECONOMY (2012). Transferable Conservation Easement Tax Credits, the Virginia Experience, CRITICAL ISSUES IN ENVIRONMENTAL TAXATION, INTERNATIONAL AND COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVES: VOL. VI, Oxford University Press (2009). ​ Articles: ​ A Common Morality: Towards a Framework for Designing Fiscal Instruments to Respond to Global Climate Change, 15 U Widener L R 391 (2010). Healing Healthcare Through Tax Reform, 1 Regent J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 101(2010). Estate Administration in Virginia, NBI, March, 2005. S Corporation Reform under the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004, Virginia Bar Association Business Law Section Newsletter, Spring 2005. ​ ​ Honors: Hampton University Presidential Award for Outstanding Citizenship, January 2016 Faculty Award for Excellence in Service, Regent University, January 2013 3L Professor of the Year, Regent University School of Law (multiple years) 2L Professor of the Year, Regent University School of Law (multiple years) Virginia Bar Association Pro Bono Servant Charter Member, 2006 Virginia Business Magazine Legal Elite, “Best Lawyers in Virginia in Tax, Trusts & Estates” (multiple years) ​ ​ Professional and Community Memberships and Activities: Me mberships and Appointments: Commissioner of Accounts, Circuit Court for the City of Hampton, Virginia (Judicial Appointment 2019-2023) Elected to City Council of the City of Hampton, Virginia (July 1, 2018-December 31, 2022) Chairman, Virginia Outdoors Foundation (Gubernatorial appointee November 2017- 2019) Member, Virginia Outdoors Foundation Board of Trustees (Gubernatorial Appointment July 1, 2016- present) Member, Virginia Board of Historic Resources (Gubernatorial appointment July 1, 2015- June 2016) Chairman, Hampton Economic Development Authority (City Council Appointment January 2016-2018) Vice Chairman, Hampton Economic Development Authority (City Council Appointment January 2015-2016) Member, Hampton Economic Development Authority (City Council Appointment 2014-2018) Member, Hampton Redevelopment and Housing Authority (City Council Appointment 2007-2014; 2017- 2018) Chairman, Hampton Redevelopment and Housing Authority (City Council Appointment 2007-2014) Member, H2O Community Development Authority (City Council Appointment 2008-2018) Vice Chairman, Hampton First (City Council Appointment 2012-2018) Member and Treasurer, Foundation for Virginia’s Natural Resources Board of Trustees (Gubernatorial Appointment 2006-2011) Virginia Bar Association Community Service Council (Dean’s Appointment, 2004) Pro Bono Participant in Leave a Legacy, Christopher Newport University (May 2003) President, Peninsula Estate Planning Council (2001-2002) Member, Peninsula Estate Planning Council (1989-present) Member, Virginia Peninsula Economic Development Council (City Council Appointment 1992-1993) Member, Junior League of Hampton Roads (1986-1996), Chairman, Endowment; Sustainer (1996-present) Virginia Living Museum Capital Campaign Committee Hampton Yacht Club, Board Member (2011-2014) Member, Huntington Garden Club, Treasurer ( Merrimac Garden Club (President 2015-2016) St. John’s Episcopal Church, Hampton, Virginia (Stewardship Chairman)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Community | Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein

    COMMUNITY Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein is proud to be an active member in the community. We are privileged to support and participate in many programs. CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT UNIVERSITY PWHD is a proud supporter of Christopher Newport University, a public liberal arts university located in Newport News, Virginia. ​ Robert R. Hatten, Lead Asbestos Litigation Partner and PWHD’s Managing Partner from 1991-2019, was appointed to the Board of Visitors of CNU by former Governor Terry McAuliffe in 2015. Hatten was also reappointed to a second four-year term in July 2019 by Governor Ralph Northam. He was also elected Rector of the University in September 2018, and re-elected Rector in 2019 and continues to serve in that capacity. Before that, Hatten was Chairman of the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Visitors from 2016-2018. PWHD Partner James H. Shoemaker, Jr. has served on the Board of the CNU Sailing Foundation, which is a non-profit to help promote development of sailing at the collegiate level and to develop the CNU Varsity Sailing Team. ​ Former PWHD Partner, the late Alan A. Diamonstein (Virginia House of Delegates 1968-2002), was also an avid supporter of CNU, who earned the nickname “Mr. CNU” as a result of his advocacy and support of the university. To recognize Diamonstein’s steadfast support, CNU named the Alan and Beverly Diamonstein Concert Hall at Ferguson Center for the Arts in their honor as a result of their incredible vision to provide a performing arts venue for students and citizens alike. BIG BROTHERS, BIG SISTERS OF HAMPTON ROADS PWHD has long been a proud supporter of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Robert R. Hatten first became active with the Big Brothers program of the United Way in 1976, and he was an active Big Brother to three boys for five years while also serving on the Board directors of that organization. For many years, Hatten and others at PWHD also sponsored families in need at the holidays and provided holiday meals and gifts to local children and their families. UNITED WAY FOR THE VIRGINIA PENINSULA PWHD has taken an active role in the United Way for the Virginia Peninsula since the late 1970s. Robert R. Hatten first became involved through the Big Brothers program of the United Way in 1976. Since that time, he and PWHD have been actively involved in fundraising for the United Way. In 2007, Hatten served Chairman of the United Way campaign, raising a record $7.2 million dollars to serve non-profit charitable organizations throughout our community, including Hampton, Newport News, York County and Gloucester. Following his service as Chairman of the United Way Campaign, Hatten continues to serve on the Board of Directors of the United Way, including four years as Chairman of the Board. Hatten also continues as Chair of the Peninsula lawyers’ fund-raising section of the annual United Way campaigns. ​ In 2019, in conjunction with its internal United Way campaign, PWHD also held an internal toy drive and collected a variety of toys to donate to Edmarc’s Hospice for Children. Edmarc provides family-centered care for children with catastrophic illness, and it is also one of the many great organizations partnered with United Way. SOUNDSCAPES PWHD Partner Robert R. Hatten is a founding member of the Board of Directors of Soundscapes and has served as its Chairman of the Board since its inception in 2010. The late Alan A. Diamonstein, former PWHD Partner, was also passionate about Soundscapes’ mission and also served as a founding member of the Board of Directors of Soundscapes since its inception until Diamonstein passed away in 2019. ​ Soundscapes is a music education and intervention program designed to change the lives of underserved children by training them to play classical music in an orchestra with violins, horns, percussion and other instruments. Soundscapes instills transformative life skills in children in our community by using intensive music study and frequent ensemble performances. The program has been proven to improve academic performance, social behavior, self-confidence and executive functions essential for becoming a productive citizen. Soundscapes now serves 400 elementary and middle school in summer and academic school year programs in five underperforming public schools and students meet between 128 and 320 hours per year, as well as appear in 25 or more public concerts. ​ In addition, both Hatten and Diamonstein were recognized for their commitment and support to Soundscapes for the last decade at its gala on September 28, 2019, where five-time Grammy winner and Denbigh native, Victor Wooten, performed with the Soundscapes students. At the performance, Wooten stated “We often worry about the world we are leaving for our children. What about the children we are leaving for the world?” ​ PWHD is dedicated and committed to supporting organizations in our community, such as Soundscapes, to positively impact the lives of children in our community, and in addition to the contributions of Hatten and Diamonstein to this organization, the firm as well as many other PWHD partners, attorneys and staff individually support the organization’s mission, including Donald N. Patten, Hugh B. McCormick, III and others. FOODBANK OF THE VA PENINSULA For almost seventy years, PWHD has sought to help those in need and give security to those who find themselves in difficult circumstances. For this reason, PWHD has long supported the Peninsula Foodbank and the Legal Food Frenzy in its mission to end hunger and food insecurity in our community. Since 2007, PWHD has participated in the Legal Food Frenzy, which is a friendly competition amongst the legal community in Virginia to see who can collect the most food and funds to help our local Foodbanks. PWHD’s contributions have provided thousands of meals to those in need on the Peninsula. In 2019, PWHD was recognized as a Regional Winner (large law firm category) in the regional competition for the firm’s contributions to the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank. PWHD was presented the gavel award by Attorney General Mark Herring in recognition of the firm’s hard work and dedication to the Legal Food Frenzy. In addition, PWHD attorneys and staff have volunteered at the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank, packing bags of food which equated to 8,472 pounds of food and 7,060 meals provided to the elderly and those in need in our community. The firm also participates in events to support the Foodbank, such as the “Wear Orange” day to bring awareness to the Foodbank’s Hunger Action Month. GLOUCESTER COMMUNITY FOUNDATION Robert R. Hatten was appointed to the Gloucester Community Foundation (“GCF”) in approximately 2003 and served on that Board until 2011, acting as Chairman of the Board for two of those years. The GCF’s mission is to preserve and enhance the quality of life for residents of Gloucester and provides a mechanism for charitable donations to work in the local community. GCF annually provides grants of money to nonprofit charitable service organizations throughout Gloucester, Virginia, for such services as food, housing, elder care, child care, job training, public services and health to those in need, including organizations such as the Gloucester Mathews Care Clinic, Gloucester Arts on Main, Gloucester Housing Partnership, Literacy Volunteers of Gloucester, The Samaritan Group, and other non-profit charitable organizations. VIRGINIA LIVING MUSEUM The Virginia Living Museum, located in Newport News, Virginia, is a combination aquarium, zoo, botanical garden and science center, exhibiting animals and plants native to Virginia. The Virginia Living Museum has tons of wonderful, hands-on learning activities for kids and those who are kids at heart. PWHD and many of its individual partners are proud supporters of the Virginia Living Museum, including PWHD Partner Donald N. Patten, who previously served on the Virginia Living Museum’s Board of Trustees, and who continues to serve on in an advisory capacity on its Board of Advisors. ​ PWHD has long supported the Virginia Living Museum’s Oyster Roast. The VLM Oyster Roast is an official “Green Festival,” which means that the shells of the fresh Virginia oysters enjoyed by guests of the festival are collected during the event and shipped to the VCU Rice Rivers Center in Richmond, where they are later used to seed baby oysters. This results in potentially 300,000 oysters being returned to the Chesapeake Bay. In addition to the environmental impact of this event, the Oyster Roast benefits the museum and its efforts to educate the community about wildlife and aquatic culture. PWHD Partner Hugh B. McCormick, III, has long supported this eco conscious event, and volunteers as an oyster shucker at the annual event. VIRGINIA CENTER FOR INCLUSIVE COMMUNITIES Many PWHD Partners and attorneys have long-supported the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, which has a long history of helping schools, businesses, and communities across Virginia to achieve success through inclusion. Several PWHD Partners have been recognized with a Humanitarian Award from the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, which is presented to individuals and organizations who have demonstrated a commitment to the promotion of respect and understanding among people of diverse racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. Alan A. Diamonstein (deceased) received the award in 1977, Donald N. Patten received the award in 1980, and Robert R. Hatten received the award in 1998. PWHD is committed to its continuing support of Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities and its work on the Peninsula and surrounding community. Disclaimer: PWHD may provide links to third party websites. These links are provided only as a convenience. Linked websites are not reviewed, controlled or examined by PWHD. PWHD is not responsible for the information, advertising, products, resources or other materials, of any linked site or any link contained in a linked site. The inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by PWHD. In addition, please be aware that your use of any linked site is subject to the terms and conditions applicable to that site. Please direct any questions regarding linked sites to the webmaster of that site.

  • C. Thomas Turbeville, Jr. | Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein, L.C.

    C. THOMAS TURBEVILLE, JR. PARTNER Tom began litigating False Claim (Qui Tam) cases in 2003. He presently devotes his practice exclusively representing relators in State and Federal False Claim matters. Tom’s representation as co-counsel includes several of the most significant recoveries in the history of the US Department of Justice, totaling billions of dollars. ​ Tom was involved in the landmark settlement of Pfizer Inc.’s illegal promotion of false labeling of pharmaceutical products in 2009, resulting in a civil and criminal recovery of $2.3 billion dollars. Recently in 2019 and 2020 Tom served as co-counsel for the prime relator in assisting the Justice Department to obtain a settlement of $2 billion dollars; the largest case in United States history related to the Opiod crises. Reckitt Benckizer and Indivior pharmaceuticals agreed to pay the recovery to settle their alleged scheme of the illegal promotion Suboxone Film. Tom is a 1983 graduate of the College of William and Mary. He successfully completed the Virginia Law Reader program in 1989. Tom holds Martindale Hubbell’s AV Preeminent rating. He has been in private practice since October of 1989. ​ Tom is a member of the Taxpayers Against Fraud. Email: tturbeville@pwhd.com Phone: (757) 223-4595 Practice Areas: ​​ ​ Whistleblower / Qui Tam: Heath Care Fraud Medicare and Medicaid Fraud Pharmaceutical Fraud Academic Research Fraud Contractor Fraud Anti-Kickback Statute 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

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