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Richard Neal Shapiro Esq

Richard Neal Shapiro Esq

Top-Rated Personal Injury Lawyer Serving Clients in Virginia & North Carolin
  • Personal Injury, Asbestos & Mesothelioma, Products Liability...
  • District of Columbia, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia
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Summary

Richard Neal Shapiro takes great pride in his work as a trial attorney. He has dedicated his career to standing up for the "little guy" against big corporations, insurance companies, and government entities that attempt to use their vast resources and trove of defense lawyers to deny or fight legitimate claims. Rick is a strong believer in the U.S. jury system and believes it is a bedrock principle for a group of citizens to decide civil actions.

Rick's passion for the law has led him to tremendous success and a reputation for being a trailblazer in the field of tort law. For example, 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.

In addition, Rick has been invited to speak and write scholarly articles on various legal issues at the request of 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).

Practice Areas
  • Personal Injury
  • Asbestos & Mesothelioma
  • Products Liability
  • Medical Malpractice
Additional Practice Areas
  • Railroad Worker Injuries and FELA Claims
  • Car Accidents
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
District of Columbia
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North Carolina
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Virginia
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West Virginia
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Professional Experience
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Shapiro, Appleton & Washburn
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Secretary and Newsletter Editor
Railroad Law Section of the American Association of Justice
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Education
George Mason University School of Law
J.D. | Law
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Honors: Graduated with Distinction
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Awards
Lawyer of the Year
U.S. News & World Report
Rick was named 2019 “Lawyer of the Year” in railroad law by U.S. News & World Report's Best Lawyers publication (Norfolk, VA area). This is a highly prestigious accolade that is based on independent, peer review ratings.
One of the Best Lawyers in America for Railroad Law
Best Lawyers in America
Virginia "Super Lawyer" for Personal Injury Law
Law & Politics Magazine
Named a Top 100 Trial Lawyer in Virginia
Association of Trial Lawyers in America
10.0 Superb Rating
Avvo
"AV" Preeminent Rating
Martindale-Hubbell
Who's Who in American Law
Marquis Who's Who In American Law
Professional Associations
North Carolina Advocates for Justice
Member
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Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys
Member
- Current
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Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
Member
- Current
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American Association for Justice
Member & Formar Chair of the Railroad Section
- Current
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West Virginia State Bar
Member
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Do's & Don'ts When Injured at a Railroad - Your FELA Rights
The Law Firm of Shapiro, Cooper, Lewis, & Appleton, P.C.
Eyes on the Road: Common Factors Leading to Distracted Driving
The Law Firm of Shapiro, Cooper, Lewis, & Appleton, P.C.
Railroad Health & Safety; a Litigator’s Guide
72 Am. Jur. Trials, p.1 (West)
Statistics Evidence in Injury Cases: Excluding It or Infusing It in Direct Exam?
The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
Using Medical Evidence to Maximize Personal Injury Case Damages
The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
Websites & Blogs
Website
Website
Blog
Virginia Beach Personal Injury Lawyer
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Norfolk-Portsmouth Personal Injury Lawyer
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Northeast NC Personal Injury Lawyer
Videos
All we do is injury law. That is our firm slogan and we have remained committed to representing those in need since 1985.All We Do is Injury Law

All we do is injury law. That is our firm slogan and we have remained committed to representing those in need since 1985.

In this video, Virginia personal injury lawyers Rick Shapiro and Kevin Duffan, discuss what to do if you or a loved one is hurt in a hit and run accident.Virginia Beach Car Accident Lawyers - Hit and Run Accidents

In this video, Virginia personal injury lawyers Rick Shapiro and Kevin Duffan, discuss what to do if you or a loved one is hurt in a hit and run accident.

Meet Rick.Rick Shapiro - Virginia Beach Personal injury Attorney

Meet Rick.

Rick has handled numerous railroad mesothelioma claims. This video focuses on how railroaders wind up getting mesothelioma.Is Mesothelioma Preventable?

Rick has handled numerous railroad mesothelioma claims. This video focuses on how railroaders wind up getting mesothelioma.

This video features Rick talking about when a railroad worker should consider hiring a railroad accident attorney.When to Hire a Rail Injury Attorney

This video features Rick talking about when a railroad worker should consider hiring a railroad accident attorney.

Rick is an "AV" Preeminent rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell.Richard N. Shapiro Virginia Beach VA, Personal Injury Lawyer

Rick is an "AV" Preeminent rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell.

Rick talks about the potentially lethal "synergistic" effect of smoking and being exposed to asbestos.Asbestos and Cigarettes Increase Risk of Lung Cancer - FELA Lawyer in VA

Rick talks about the potentially lethal "synergistic" effect of smoking and being exposed to asbestos.

http://www.hsinjurylaw.com - Many attorneys turn down cases where a client has a preexisting medical condition because insurance adjusters love to use these against the client. As experienced injury lawyers we...Virginia Beach Injury Law Firm Talks Preexisting Conditions

http://www.hsinjurylaw.com - Many attorneys turn down cases where a client has a preexisting medical condition because insurance adjusters love to use these against the client. As experienced injury lawyers we...

http://www.hsinjurylaw.com - What makes our law firm different or better than the others?  Here are four things that make us different: multiple state licenses, state and national injury lawyer...A Different Kind of Law Firm in Virginia Beach

http://www.hsinjurylaw.com - What makes our law firm different or better than the others? Here are four things that make us different: multiple state licenses, state and national injury lawyer...

http://www.hsinjurylaw.com/practice_areas/virginia-beach-truck-accident-lawyers-norfolk-trucking-attorneys-va.cfm - Truckers must follow strict guidelines listed in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act such as driving in bad weather conditions or hours of service of the driver. There...Trucking Accident, Truck Wreck, Commercial Truck Federal Guidelines

http://www.hsinjurylaw.com/practice_areas/virginia-beach-truck-accident-lawyers-norfolk-trucking-attorneys-va.cfm - Truckers must follow strict guidelines listed in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act such as driving in bad weather conditions or hours of service of the driver. There...

http://www.hsinjurylaw.com/practice_areas/virginia-beach-truck-accident-lawyers-norfolk-trucking-attorneys-va.cfm - Trucks who move between states are subject to federal statutes and regulations and often multiple state laws apply.  This is why our lawyers are licensed to practice...Truck Crash, Car/Truck Accident, Federal Commercial Truck Law

http://www.hsinjurylaw.com/practice_areas/virginia-beach-truck-accident-lawyers-norfolk-trucking-attorneys-va.cfm - Trucks who move between states are subject to federal statutes and regulations and often multiple state laws apply. This is why our lawyers are licensed to practice...

http://www.hsinjurylaw.com/practice_areas/virginia-beach-truck-accident-lawyers-norfolk-trucking-attorneys-va.cfm - Truck accidents happen every day.  If you have suffered an injury or death related to a commercial truck accident you MUST act quickly.  The trucking company...Act Fast If Injured in a Truck Accident, Truck Wreck, Truck Crash, Trucking Accident

http://www.hsinjurylaw.com/practice_areas/virginia-beach-truck-accident-lawyers-norfolk-trucking-attorneys-va.cfm - Truck accidents happen every day. If you have suffered an injury or death related to a commercial truck accident you MUST act quickly. The trucking company...

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If you have suffered side effects by a dangerous drug/medication, please contact our law firm so you can talk to a real lawyer for free. Cases against drug...Dangerous Drug, Prescription Medication Side Effects, FDA Recall

http://www.hsinjurylaw.com/practice_areas/virginia-beach-fda-drug-recall-lawyer-prescription-drugs.cfm - If you have suffered side effects by a dangerous drug/medication, please contact our law firm so you can talk to a real lawyer for free. Cases against drug...

Virginia attorney Richard Shapiro discusses how his firm provides safety information to help people avoid injury and also assists injured people in recovering so they can move on with their...Rick Shapiro: Virginia Beach Injury Attorney

Virginia attorney Richard Shapiro discusses how his firm provides safety information to help people avoid injury and also assists injured people in recovering so they can move on with their...

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