Our firm does a lot of co-counsel business, both referring cases to out-of-state attorneys that we desire to work with, or being contacted to be local co-counsel for out-of-state lawyers such as FELA attorneys or those seeking our services for a case that is based in one of our states of practice. This article is intended to clear up a few important questions some of our law colleagues ask us. First, which states are we licensed in? As you can see on the map below, we are licensed in a large swath of the middle Atlantic states including Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. Some of our friends thought we only were licensed in North Carolina and Virginia since we have law offices based in Virginia Beach, in several surrounding cities, and in northeast North Carolina, but we hold state law licenses across the Eastern U.S., as shown on the map.
The second question sometimes asked is if we actually practice in other states. Rick Shapiro and Randy Appleton have been involved in personal injury and wrongful death litigation in virtually every state in the eastern U.S. and nearly every one of the states displayed below.
If it is the right case, we will consider co-counseling on cases anywhere in the eastern USA.
This information is relevant in light of the new U.S. Supreme Court case, BNSF v. Tyrrell which limited the choices of states where personal jurisdiction can be brought successfully against businesses or corporations.