Each of the attorneys at our firm are licensed in Virginia and a majority are also licensed in North Carolina among other states. Geographically, Southeastern Virginia and Northeast North Carolina are part of the same region. The fact that the Virginia/North Carolina border runs between Chesapeake, Virginia, and Moyock, North Carolina, is just a coincidence. The people of this region (sometimes called Hampton Roads) all have a lot in common. Many of us cross the border regularly to work, play, or go home. Thus, the lawyers at Shapiro & Appleton& Duffan it seems sensible that lawyers doing personal injury out of Virginia Beach, Virginia, should have North Carolina licenses as well. However, I doubt any other personal injury firms in Tidewater, Virginia (VA) have as high a percentage of lawyers with North Carolina licenses as we do.
One of the ways that we keep up to date on the law affecting automobile accident and other injury cases in North Carolina is to belong to organizations of trial lawyers in the state like the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers. Their web site is www.ncatl.org. With our association with the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, we make sure that we stay in touch with our fellow personal injury lawyers on the other side of the Virginia/North Carolina (VA/NC) border and with developments in the law affecting our personal injury clients. This way, when we handle a case in Roanoke Rapids or on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, we are in the best position to do the kind of excellent job that we expect from ourselves and which our clients have grown to expect over the years.
In many cases like medical malpractice or trucking accidents, there may be a Virginia (VA) and a North Carolina (NC) aspect of the case. Because we know the Virginia (VA) and North Carolina (NC) law of personal injury, we are better able to advise clients in these two state situations, where insurance and court rules are different in the two states. Our experience in Virginia (VA) and North Carolina (NC) law helps us to get the best result for our injured clients.