Richard Shapiro

Founding Partner at Shapiro, Appleton & Washburn Injury & Accident Attorneys
Virginia Beach, Virginia, 23455

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Winning for Clients Since 1985

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  • Law Firm Name
  • Shapiro, Appleton & Washburn Injury & Accident Attorneys
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  • Shapiro, Appleton & Washburn Injury & Accident Attorneys Law Firm Logo by Richard Shapiro in Virginia Beach VA
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  • 1294 Diamond Springs Rd
    Virginia Beach, Virginia, 23455
    United States

    Lawyer Background

  • Year Licensed
  • 1985
  • Education
  • Richard N. Shapiro received his college degree from the University of Maryland, served as staff assistant to U.S. Congressman Whitehurst, and graduated from George Mason Law School With Distinction. Rick also served as a member of the George Mason University Law Review, 1982-1984. He had an article published in the Law Review's 1984 publication.
  • Honors, Awards & Affiliations
  • Professional Accolades

    Was named peer reviewed 2019 “Lawyer of the Year” in railroad law by Best Lawyers (Norfolk, VA area).
    Recognized "Best Lawyer" by U.S. News & World Report (since '10)
    10.0 perfect rating on Avvo, a lawyer rating service
    Board Certified by the National Board of Legal Specialty (ABA Accredited)
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    Selected to the "Top 100 Trial Lawyers" of Virginia, by the National Trial Lawyers
    Recognized as a Top 10 Trial Lawyer for truck accident litigation by the National Trial Lawyers' Trucking Association
    "AV" Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, one of the most prominent and respected lawyer rating organizations in the world.
    Recognized as a "Client Champion" by Martindale-Hubbell (since 2018)
    Recognized as a "Super Lawyer" by Law & Politics Magazine (since '10)
    Chairman of the American Association of Justice Railroad Section (two terms)
    Executive Committee Member for the Railroad Trial Lawyers Association
    Selected to Who’s Who in American Law (2009)
    American Inventor, granted more than 18 U.S. Patents, with several licenses granted.
    Author of Amazon #1 Best Selling Suspense Thriller, "Taming the Telomeres."

More About Attorney Richard Shapiro

Rick has practiced personal injury law for over two decades in Virginia, North Carolina, and throughout the Southeastern United States. He is a Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (ABA Accredited) and has litigated injury cases throughout the eastern United States, including wrongful death, trucking, faulty products, railroad and medical negligence claims.

He has written and lectured on evidence law to the AAJ, VTLA, Georgia TLA, as well as to Virginia lawyers. Rick was elected chair of the Railroad Law section of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) twice (2013-2014 and 2005-2006) and was named President of the Railroad Accident Division of the National Trial Lawyers Association (NTLA 2013-14). 

Rick is also a prolific U.S. inventor and designer of consumer wheeled products, holding 18 US patents and numerous foreign patents, and is an international award winning fiction thriller author, who wrote an Amazon #1 best selling suspense novel.  Check out an interview of Rick about his fiction thriller, Taming the Telomeres.

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