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.

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  • Regent University Law School - Juris Doctor

  • Texas Tech University - Bachelor of Science


  • 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


  • Pound Civil Justice Institute Appellate Advocate of the Year 2019

  • Virginia Legal Elite, Young Lawyer Category

  • Virginia Rising Star 2007 and 2010

  • Virginia "Super Lawyer" Products Liability 2013-2020


  • American Association of Justice

  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association

  • Maritime Law Association of the United States

  • Newport News Bar Association

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