Richard Serpe has dedicated his 35-year legal career to helping victims get the justice and compensation they are rightfully owed. As a personal injury attorney, he advocates for those who have been injured due to the negligence of another person, dangerous product, or company. 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
- Best Lawyers in America® (2005 – Present)
Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
- Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year (Norfolk 2020)
- Admiralty and Maritime Law
- Martindale-Hubbell law directory: AV Preeminent (highest rating)
- “Super Lawyer”: top 5% of lawyers in Virginia (2006 – Present)
- Avvo.com : Rated 10/10 – “Superb”
- B.A. (Econ.) 1983 University of Virginia
- J.D. (Law) 1986 Tulane Law School
- LL.M (Admiralty) 1991 Tulane Law School
Bar & Court Admissions
- Virginia State Bar (1991)
- Virginia Supreme Court (1992)
- State Bar of Texas (1987)
- Texas Supreme Court (1985)
- Louisiana State Bar (1986)
- Eastern District of Louisiana (1986)
- US Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit (1986)
Child Brain Injury Cases
Richard Serpe has represented individuals and families affected by brain injuries across the country. He has successfully tried lawsuits in state and federal courts. He has resolved child lead poisoning cases for families 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
Richard Serpe has an additional Masters Degree (LLM) in maritime law from the Tulane University School of Law, internationally known for it’s maritime law program. He has successfully prosecuted cases under the Jones Act, bringing fair and just compensation to sailors who were injured while performing their duties.
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.