About Richard Serpe

Norfolk personal injury lawyer
Richard Serpe is a distinguished personal injury lawyer with a reputation for meticulous trial preparation and presentation. Mr. Serpe has a tremendous track record of success in obtaining favorable jury verdicts and settlements for his clients.

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


  • 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.

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.


    Car, Truck, & Other Vehicle Accidents

    After a vehicle-related accident, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed out. Your injuries, the insurance company, the at-fault party, and the legal system are a lot for anyone to face alone. Richard Serpe has dedicated legal career to representing innocent victims harmed because someone else was negligent. Our Virginia personal injury law firm can help you seek compensation for pain and suffering (physical pain and emotional anguish), medical bills, lost wages, and other financial losses you’ve suffered after a Virginia car accident.

    Learn more: car accidentstractor-trailer accidentsmotorcycle accidentsbicycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents.

    Dog Bites/Attacks to Adults & Children

    Our law firm specializes in Virginia dog bite personal injury cases. Our clients, who reside across the state, include: children, seniors, mail carriers, delivery drivers, contractors, joggers, neighbors, and many others. No amount of money can turn back the clock and prevent the dog attack from happening, but a settlement can help you get justice. Settlements may cover your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, scarring and disfigurement, plastic surgery, permanent injuries and disabilities, as well as loss of earning capacity or a wrongful death.

    We’ve helped a lot of innocent people attacked by dogs in Virginia. If you’re looking for a Virginia personal injury lawyer who specializes in dog attacks, give us a call to discuss your potential case.

    Learn more about Virginia personal injury dog bite cases.

    Boat, Jet-Ski, & Maritime Accidents

    After law school, Richard Serpe obtained a Master of Laws in Maritime & Admiralty (LL.M.) law from the Tulane University School of Law. Tulane’s School of Law is one of only a handful of universities in the U.S. offering maritime law degrees and is internationally known. Richard Serpe has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America® for his work in personal injury and maritime law (2005 – present).

    Learn more: boat accidentsjet-ski accidents, and maritime law.

    Birth Injury

    Medical malpractice can occur virtually anywhere, including the delivery room. When medical negligence occurs at birth, it often results n life-long challengers for mother and baby. Over the last 35 years, a substantial portion Richard Serpe’s practice has been devoted to children with brain injuries. He is frequently associated with complex litigation, managing cases with difficult scientific and medical issues, and is highly skilled in demonstrating the extent of a victim’s loss.

    Learn more about Virginia birth injury cases.

    Wrongful Death of a Loved One

    No matter the circumstance, losing a loved one is always hard. But losing a loved one because of someone else’s carelessness can feel like an injustice. In some cases, it’s just that. Navigating the legal waters surrounding a loved one’s death – while grieving – can be overwhelming. That’s where we come in.

    Learn more about Virginia wrongful death cases.

    Nursing Home Neglect

    It’s an incredibly difficult choice: an elderly relative is unable to care for himself or herself, and your family has made the decision to place them in a nursing home or an assisted living facility. As hard as the choice was to make, you assumed that your loved one would be safe there—that is, after all, the reason they were to live in the facility in the first place.

    Learn more about Virginia nursing home neglect cases.

    Nationwide Guardrail Accidents

    Richard Serpe, and his colleagues, represent guardrail accident victims across the United States. We investigate serious and fatal car accidents related to malfunctioning, outdated, or improperly installed guardrails. Injuries caused by dangerous guardrails are often horrific and incredibly traumatic. Victims often face amputation, permanent life-long disability, and wrongful death.

    Guardrail accidents claims and lawsuits are incredibly complex and have strict legal deadlines. We offer risk free consultations.  If you believe the guardrail malfunctioned, give us a call to discuss your legal options as soon as possible.

    Learn more about dangerous and defective guardrail cases.

    Rock 'n Play & Inclined Sleeper Cases

    Millions of infant inclined sleepers have been recalled due to a design flaw that allegedly causes infants to suffocate. Babies who roll over in the inclined sleeper may be put in a position that cuts off their airway, resulting in asphyxia. Pediatricians advise parents only to let their babies sleep flat on their back without bedding to prevent asphyxia. Lawsuits allege that the infant inclined sleeper design violates this well-known rule.

    Although nothing can undo the tragedy you’ve experienced, filing a claim may provide a measure of closure. It might also inspire positive changes that save other infants’ lives in the future, and any financial award can be used to cover the damages related to your child’s injury or wrongful death.

    Learn more about these dangerous baby products: Fisher Price Rock ‘n Play and Other Dangerous Inclined Sleepers

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    Roanoke, Virginia
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    Richmond, Virginia
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    Portsmouth, Virginia
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    Hampton, Virginia
    Childhood Lead Poisoning
    Portsmouth, Virginia
    Our Clients Say It Best!
    Jackie M., Chesapeake, VA
    Compassionate, Dedicated and Attentive
    I would like to express my sincere appreciation for the excellent legal Services I received fron Attorney Richard J Serpe’ Law Firm. Mr. Serpe and staff were compassionate , dedicated
    - Jackie M., Chesapeake, VA
    Attorney Patrick Malone, D.C.
    Hard Work and Zealous Devotion
    A tip-top law firm led by one of the finest lawyers I know. In addition to the usual qualities of hard work and zealous devotion to the cause, Richard Serpe
    - Attorney Patrick Malone, D.C.
    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
    Don, Virginia Beach, VA
    Absolute trust
    My experience with Richard Serpe can be summarized in two words, “absolute trust.” I came to Mr. Serpe on the advice of a friend after a car hit me while
    - Don, Virginia Beach, VA
    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
    Art Serratelli, Virginia Beach Immigration Lawyer
    I endorse this lawyer
    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
    Eddie Stodghill, Richmond, VA
    I would recommend Richard Serpe
    After a major maritime accident on the water, I was scared and didn’t know where to turn. The Law Offices of Richard Serpe and his great staff treated me with
    - Eddie Stodghill, Richmond, VA
    Hallie, Williamsburg, VA
    I highly recommend this Personal Injury Law Firm
    I highly recommend this Personal Injury Law Firm. They kept me in the loop with everything going on and gave honest advice. I am very satisfied!
    - Hallie, Williamsburg, VA
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