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Richard J. Serpe

Norfolk personal injury lawyer
Attorney Richard J. Serpe is a highly skilled personal injury attorney with a reputation for meticulous trial preparation and presentation. He has a tremendous track record of success in obtaining substantial jury verdicts and settlements for his clients.

For over 34 years, he has focused his practice on helping victims of negligence get their lives back. A substantial portion of his career has been devoted to the representation of injured children.

Mr. Serpe is frequently associated with complex litigation, managing cases with difficult scientific and medical issues. He has experience managing large case cohorts, including the extensive use of database and litigation support software.

Awards & Recognition

Education

  • B.A. (Econ.) 1983 University of Virginia
  • J.D. (Law)  1986 Tulane Law School
  • LL.M (Admiralty) 1991 Tulane Law School

Bar & Court Admissions

Richard Serpe is admitted to practice in Virginia (1991), Texas (1987), and Louisiana (1986). Mr. Serpe has represented clients before the Louisiana and Virginia Supreme courts and appeared before the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Circuits of the US Court of Appeals.


A Fierce Advocate for Children Poisoned by Lead Paint

Richard Serpe has represented victims of toxic torts and environmental contamination across the country. He has successfully tried lawsuits in state and federal courts. He has resolved lead poisoning cases for victims in Georgia, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, and Virginia.

In 1999, he concluded actions for 90 families poisoned at the Abex Superfund site. Mr. Serpe represents the victims of brain damage from toxic and traumatic injuries. He has commissioned over 200 neuropsychological assessments to document the extent of brain injury and is highly experienced in demonstrating the extent of a victim’s loss.

LL.M. in Admiralty & Maritime Law

Attorney Richard Serpe has a Masters Degree (LLM) in maritime law from Tulane University School of Law and has obtained the highest ranking (Proctor) from the Maritime Law Association of the United States. He has successfully prosecuted cases under the Jones Act, bringing fair and just compensation to sailors who were injured while performing their duties. His main office is located just minutes from many of the major shipyards and ship repair companies in Norfolk.

Giving Back

Mr. Serpe is a frequent lecturer speaking nationally on environmental and personal injury law. Mr. Serpe also serves as a Committee chair, and board member of Lynnhaven River 2007, assisting in Oyster Restoration for the Lynnhaven River.


Successful Practice Areas

  • Maritime & Jones Act: tugboats, barges, fishing boats, cruise ships, cargo ships, maintenance and cure
  • Auto Accidents: involving cars, trucks, bicycles, pedestrians, motorcycles, uninsured/underinsured motorists
  • Dog Bites & Attacks: for children, adults, mail carriers, delivery truck drivers, pedestrians, joggers, etc.
  • Guardrail Accidents: defective, outdated, and improperly installed guardrails causing injury and death
  • Wrongful Death: the wrongful death of a loved one due to someone else’s negligence
  • Birth Injury: Inadequate training, defective drugs, and ineffective policies can all lead to medical mistakes.
  • Lead Poisoning: lead poisoning can cause long-term permanent cognitive injuries in children
  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: faulty equipment/appliances, improper repairs, improper venting, and faulty detectors
  • Traumatic Brain Injury: car accidents, lead poisoning, birth injury

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    Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer Settlements
    $5
    MILLION
    Defective Car Accident Death
    Roanoke, Virginia
    $3.5
    MILLION
    Maritime Barge Accident That Caused TBI
    Richmond, Virginia
    $2.5
    MILLION
    Carbon Monoxide Wrongful Death
    Portsmouth, Virginia
    $2
    MILLION
    Birth Injury Due To Medical Malpractice
    Hampton, Virginia
    $1.5
    MILLION
    Childhood Lead Poisoning Led to Brain Injury
    Portsmouth, Virginia
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    Kelli S., Portsmouth, VA
    He listened carefully to our concerns and gave us honest legal advice
    My husband and I worked with Richard for the past year and had a wonderful experience. At our first meeting, he did not push us to sign anything or make
    - Kelli S., Portsmouth, VA
    Shaniqua J., Winchester, VA
    Richard Serpe, and his staff did a thorough investigation into the dog owner
    My 7-year-old daughter was outside playing with friends in front of our home when she was viciously attacked by our neighbor’s Rottweiler. The Rottweiler dug a hole under the fence,
    - Shaniqua J., Winchester, VA
    Angela Woodson, Richmond, VA
    Richard Serpe was able to get an excellent recovery for my daughter
    When my daughter suffered an injury from lead poisoning, I did not know where to turn. There did not seem to be many lawyers who could help. The landlord responsible
    - Angela Woodson, Richmond, VA
    Elizabeth C., Virginia Beach, VA
    Thank you Richard Serpe and your firm
    This firm has been beside us through the whole process from when we first found out that our home had been built with Chinese drywall until justice was served. They
    - Elizabeth C., Virginia Beach, VA
    Mikhal Taylor, Richmond Virginia
    The people who work for him were always great to work with
    Richard Serpe handled the case for my daughter for injuries she received over 10 years ago. The people who work for him were always great to work with! They responded
    - Mikhal Taylor, Richmond Virginia
    Allena A., Eastern Shore of VA
    Such a wonderful group of people to have by your side
    Such a wonderful group of people to have by your side! Genuinely cares and wants to help you and your family 🙂
    - Allena A., Eastern Shore of VA
    Melissa Baumann, Norfolk, VA
    Richard acted as my advocate, my friend, my partner and my champion
    Within seconds of meeting with Richard Serpe, he identified a number of potential mistakes I was making – many of which could have been quite costly. Throughout the entire process,
    - Melissa Baumann, Norfolk, VA
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    I endorse this lawyer. Richard is an extremely intelligent person and a very kind man. Not only is Richard a top-notch attorney, but he also is very compassionate one. You
    - Art Serratelli, Virginia Beach Immigration Lawyer
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    Best Lawyers Recognizes Richard Serpe & Cindra Dowd
    Best Lawyers Recognizes Richard Serpe & Cindra Dowd
    Best Lawyers in America© has recognized both Richard Serpe and Cindra Dowd  in their 2021 edition. The prestigious honor recognizes the nation's very best legal professionals. Founded in 1981, Best
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