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Richard N. Shapiro

Richard N. Shapiro

  • Shapiro, Appleton & Duffan, P.C.
  • 1294 Diamond Springs Road Virginia Beach, VA 23455
  • 757-460-7776
Rick has practiced personal injury law for over two decades. 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.

To reach Rick, call our toll free number, 1-800-752-0042, or fill out a quick contact form which will be forwarded to Rick for review. 

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Professional Accolades

  • "AV" Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized as a Virginia "Super Lawyer" by Law & Politics Magazine (since '10)
  • 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)
  • Selected to the "Top 100 Trial Lawyers" of Virginia, by the American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 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.
 NBLSC Member Website Medallion  Best Personal Injury Lawyer in Virginia Beach




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.

Presentations & Speeches

  • Rick has lectured nationally and locally before lawyers with the AAJ, VTLA and GTLA, for Virginia CLE on evidence law and railroad/FELA law, and published an article entitled "Using Medical Evidence to Maximize Personal Injury Case Damages, in the VA Trial Lawyers Law Letter Vol. 21, No. 1 (2009).
  • Invited Presenter:  AAJ Seminar on Railroad Release Law (June 2009), and has been an invited speaker at a number of national and regional lawyer seminars.
  • Invited Presenter: AAJ National Lawyer's Seminar on Corporate Represenative Depositions (February 2012).
  • Invited Presenter: "End Distracted Driving", Jamestown High School in Williamsburg, VA (January 2013).

Prominent Reported Legal Decisions


  • 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) (Link to article here).
  • Author and Editor for three health and safety blogs on The Legal Examiner.
  • Top 10 Civil Justice Stories, The Legal Examiner, 2015 and 2016

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Washington, D.C.
  • North Carolina
  • Has litigated cases throughout the eastern U.S. with co-counsel under pro hac vice admission.

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • 4th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Numerous Federal courts
  • State bar licensed in VA, WV, NC, and Washington, D.C. 


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