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Richard N. "Rick" Shapiro

4705 Columbus Street, Suite 304 Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464
Firm: Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp, P.C.
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Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp, P.C.

Years In Practice

Phone Number (757) 460-7776

Richard Shapiro served as a law clerk to Federal District Court Judge Robert G. Doumar in Norfolk, and now exclusively handles injury law. He co-authored “Railroad Health & Safety; a Litigator’s Guide” which appears in a leading law encyclopedia, “American Jurisprudence Trials”, and is Board Certified in Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification of Massachusetts (ABA Accredited). 

Rick was elected chair of the Railroad Law Section of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) for two terms and has lectured on evidence law to the AAJ, VTLA, and Georgia TLA, as well as to Virginia lawyers. Rick is also a Virginia "Super Lawyer" (since 2010) and possesses an "A V" Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, one of the most respected legal rating services in the country.   

Prominent Cases Rick Has Litigated During His Career


  • Railroad Health & Safety; a Litigator’s Guide, Co-Author, 72 Am. Jur. Trials, p.1 (West). 
  • Using Medical Evidence to Maximize Personal Injury Case Damages, The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Vol. 21, No. 1, 39-46 (2009).
  • Statistics Evidence in Injury Cases: Excluding It or Infusing It in Direct Exam? The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Volume 23, No. 2, 3-6 (2012).
  • Author and Editor for three health and safety blogs on The Legal Examiner.
  • Featured Author and Editor of the Top 10 Civil Justice Stories, The Legal Examiner (since 2015)

Admitted to Practice Law in the Following Jurisdictions

  • Virginia
  • North Carolina
  • West Virginia
  • Washington, D.C.
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Practice Areas

  • Car accidents
  • Wrongful death
  • Accidents involving 18-wheelers
  • Railroad worker injuries and disease claims
  • Bike accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Medical malpractice
What legal services does this lawyer offer?
How is this lawyer compensated?
Contingency Fees
This lawyer is compensated by clients, often based on a contingency fee.
Bar Admissions
District of Columbia
North Carolina
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
Lawyer of the Year recognition for Richard N. Shapiro
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
Railroad Law, Norfolk (2019)
  • Virginia Super Lawyer (since 2006)
  • AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Top-100 Trial Lawyer
Work Experience
Shapiro & Appleton
1990 - Current
George Mason University, J.D.
Graduated 1984
University of Maryland - College Park, BA
Contact Details and Office Locations
4705 Columbus Street, Suite 304
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464
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