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Richard N. Shapiro

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2010

Shapiro, Appleton & Duffan, P.C.

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, 2005-2006) and has lectured on evidence law to the AAJ, VTLA, Georgia TLA, as well as to Virginia lawyers. Rick is also a Virginia "Super Lawyer" (since 2010) and possess an "A V" Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, one of the most respected legal rating services in the country.   

Rick is admitted to practice law in Virginia, West Virginia, Washington, D.C., and North Carolina, and has litigated cases throughout the eastern U.S. 

Case History

  • Record-Setting Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Verdict in Virginia — Our firm obtained the largest personal injury verdict in Virginia history as of 2000, for a gas station attendant who suffered a brain injury and other orthopedic injuries when he was pinned inside a partly demolished gas station when a Norfolk Southern train derailed due to a wrong switch position.   We obtained a $46 million jury verdict ($60 million with interest).

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Client Comments

  • "I was injured in a car accident and decided to hire another injury attorney, but he never returned my calls. That is when I talked to a friend and he referred me to Rick Shapiro. I was impressed by Rick's diligent effort and the fact that he stayed on top of my case. There were times when he even called me three times a week. Rick did an incredible job and he made sure my needs were taken care of through the settlement with the insurance company. I want to thank him and his personal injury firm."

    J. W.

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