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Francis P Hajek

Francis P Hajek

Practice areas:

Personal Injury

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

Licensed since 1984

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



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

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

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    I endorse this lawyer's work. Mr. Hajek worked for our firm for 3 years, and we were very sorry to see him go. He is intelligent, thorough, conscientious, and professional in every aspect of his practice of law. I have no reservations about recommending Mr. Hajek.


    Edward Stein Trusts Attorney
    Relationship: Supervised lawyer

  • Richard N Shapiro

    I have known Francis professionally for over 30 years, first when we clerked for federal judge’s right out of law school, and then later as a law colleague at the same law firm, and more recently as a practicing attorney with his own law firm in Charlottesville, Virginia. Francis is one of the top plaintiff injury trial attorneys in the Eastern United States. I base this on a number of trial verdicts and settlements he achieved. He has practiced FELA/railroad injury law since 1990 representing workers all over the Eastern United States. He worked on a railroad derailment case in Northern Virginia for over two years and along with co counsel, obtained a $60 million jury verdict for the victim. At the time, it was the biggest jury verdict ever returned for an individual in the State of Virginia. The case went up on appeal, and was confidentially settled during the appeal process and Francis negotiated the settlement with the railroad’s general counsel.


    Richard Shapiro 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