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About Me

Experience counts.  I am listed as one of the Best Lawyers in America in the book Best Lawyers in America.  I have had several million dollar verdicts and settlements.  I have the distinction of obtaining the the largest personal injury verdict in Virginia history.   My goal is to continue helping injury victims obtain justice.  Although I have had many multi-million dollar cases, every client is important to me and I make sure that I give everyone personal attention.  If you are the victim of a serious injury, whether it is a car accident, truck accident or railroad accident, call me.  You will receive the assistance you need and the compensation that you deserve.


Languages Spoken: German, Czech, French

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Practice Areas


  1. Personal Injury: 100%
    31 years, 2.35 thousand cases



Contingent (25-40%), Free Consultation (120 minutes)

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • Lakota Robin Denton

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Lakota Denton Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Other

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    I endorse this lawyer. Francis' firm associated our firm as local counsel in a personal injury case in federal court in New Orleans. Throughout the litigation, which proved to be very complex, Francis provided even-handed leadership and excellent legal representation to his injured client, in the face of difficult circumstances. I for one learned a lot watching him practice, and I hope to work with him again one day. A true class act.


    Joseph Miller Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Wilson & Hajek, LLC

555 Rosemont Dr.
Charlottesville, VA, 22903


DCActive 199305/24/2015
VAAuthorized to practice law198403/11/2014

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Who's Who in American LawMarquis Who's Who in American Law2009
Who's Who in American LawMarquis Who's Who in American Law2008
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2007
Who's Who in American LawMarquis Who's Who in American Law2007
Advocate StausAmerican Association for Justice2007
Who's Who in American LawMarquis Who's Who in American Law2006
Who's Who in American LawMarquis Who's Who in American Law2005
Who's Who in American LawMarquis Who's Who in American Law2004
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyHajek, Shapiro, Cooper & Lewis1989 - 2009
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Virginia Squash Racquets AssociationDirector2002 - 2006
Norfolk Portsmouth Bar LibraryDirector1998 - 2003
Virginia Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1998 - Present
Academy of Rail Labor AttorneysBoard Member and general member1998 - 2006
American Bar AssociationMember1984 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Donald French v. Norfolk Southern Railway Co.$45 million verdict and $15 million interest
Adminstratrix of the Estate of Steven Carper v. Norfolk Southern Railway CompanySettlement of $2,000,000
Wilkerson v. Wintergreen Ski ResortVerdict of $150,000
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Publication NameTitleDate
Primer on the Federal Employer's Liability ActPrimer on the Federal Employer's Liability Act2003
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Richmond, The T. C. Williams School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
Yale UniversityHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1980
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Expert EvidenceTrial Evidence and Daubert Issues2007
Primer on the Federal Employer's Liability ActRailroad Personal Injury Litigation2005
Use of Vocational ExpertsVocational Rehabilitation Expert Evidence2001
Trial EvidenceEvidence2001