James L. Chapman  IV - Crenshaw, Ware & Martin, P.L.C.

James L. Chapman IV

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007

Jim is a veteran trial lawyer. Whether it's a bet-the-company case, shipping disaster or shareholder dispute, his extensive trial experience and accumulated knowledge give him the insight to efficiently sift through complicated facts and provide wise counsel in the thorniest of cases. Jim frequently advises governing boards and senior leadership regarding risks and resolution strategies in high-profile cases. His service as counsel to several corporations, and as a director and officer of non-profit boards, has further enhanced his ability to guide other clients and organizations. As chair of the firm’s litigation department, he pursues an efficient and collaborative approach to developing innovative solutions for his clients.

In 2013, Jim was appointed to serve on the governing board of Virginia Tech, currently serves as its Rector, and previously chaired the Finance and Audit Committee. Today, Virginia Tech is a leading research university with an annual budget of $1.4 billion, serving over 30,000 students. The University’s motto is Ut Prosim, Latin for “That I May Serve,” which Jim does with passion for both his alma mater and his clients.

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBA 1979Washington and Lee University School of LawJ.D. 1982
Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel I'Anson-Hoffman American Inn of CourtMaritime Law Association of the United StatesDefense Research InstituteSoutheastern Admiralty Law InstituteHousing Authority Defense AttorneysNational Association of Railroad Trial CounselNational Association of Subrogation ProfessionalsNorfolk & Portsmouth Bar AssociationVirginia Bar AssociationAmerican Bar AssociationVirginia Law Foundation

Office Location

150 West Main Street, Suite 1500
Norfolk, VA 23510
United States

Practice Areas

Admiralty and Maritime Law
Commercial Litigation

Other Information

Gender: Male