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About me

I represent people who are harmed by the negligence of others - personal injury law. These cases include medical malpractice, and wrongful death. I handle many auto accident cases, of course, but also less common cases like dog bites, premises liability, and food poisoning cases. 

Choosing a lawyer: 

I strongly believe that an important part of selecting a lawyer is talking with them, preferably in person. Use all the resources available to you to consider potential lawyers. But if your case involves litigation, and it goes to trial, your lawyer will be the only person standing beside you in court…so you need to be comfortable with them, and a face-to-face meeting is a good way to figure out if you are comfortable.


Until 2010 I was a Senior Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney with the City of Virginia Beach, and prosecuted a variety of serious cases. I left that office to enter private practice. My practice exclusively focuses on helping injured people.


Communication is important, and I communicate the way you do. Email? Of course, it's one of the best ways to convey information. Texting for a simple question? I text with clients frequently. Need a large document, like your medical records? We'll send you a Dropbox link. If you are out of town or just need a face-to-face meeting mSkype and Google Hangouts are not a problem. Or you can call me. Either way I aim to get back in touch with clients quickly.

Bar Admissions:

I am a Member of the Virginia State Bar, and admitted to practice in all Virginia courts, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. I’m also a member of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (VTLA), and active in the organization as co-chair of the VTLA Publications Committee of the peer-reviewed Journal, on the Board of Governors, and a Committee Chair (Legal Studies) for my local bar, the Virginia Beach Bar Association. 




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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 75%
  2. Medical Malpractice: 25%



Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

14 total 

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  • Richard N Shapiro

    I endorse Ed for his ability and skills in the field of personal injury and medical malpractice law. Ed is a competent and highly qualified attorney who focuses on getting the best results for his clients.


    Richard Shapiro Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Randall Eugene Appleton

    I endorse Ed. He is a highly skilled litigator. The proof is in the proverbial pudding - he obtained a $3.5 million jury verdict on behalf of a client (with the assistance of co-counsel). To secure a verdict of that size requires impressive legal talent. Ed has this talent in spades.


    Randall Appleton Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Shapiro, Appleton & Duffan, PC

1294 Diamond Springs Road
Virginia Beach, VA, 23455


VAAuthorized to practice law200409/15/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
5th Largest Jury Verdict in Virginia - 2015Virginia Lawyers Weekly2016
Tier 1 Best Law Firm for Personal Injury LawU.S. News & World Report2015
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AssociateShapiro, Appleton & Duffan2015 - Present
AssociateShuttleworth, Ruloff, Swain, Haddad & Morecock, P.C.2010 - 2015
Senior Assistant Commonwealth's AttorneyVirginia Beach Office Of The Commonwealth's Attorney2007 - 2010
Senior Assistant Public DefenderVirginia Beach Public Defender's Office2005 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2014 - Present
Virginia Trial Lawyers AssociationEditorial Board of the Journal2013 - Present
Virginia Beach Bar AssociationChair - Legal Studies Committee2013 - Present
Virginia State BarMember2004 - Present
Virginia Beach Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
murder trial (from time as prosecutor)
Federal Criminal DefenseN/A
Rios v. Hicks$3.5 Million Jury Verdict
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Legal ExaminerEditor2015
The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Volume 25 Number 1, 2014Depositions • Preparing, conducting and using depositions at trial • Dealing effectively with objections • Deposition misconduct2014
The VTLA Journal, Volume 22, Number 4. , VTLA JournalCo-Author, Direct Examination, from a series: Trial Notebook – Part One2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Richmond, The T. C. Williams School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
North Carolina State UniversityBusinessBS - Bachelor of Science2001
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Selected Topics in Personal Injury LitigationPersonal Injury Law2015
News reportUnrest in Ferguson2014
L.E.T.A. (Law Enforcement Training Academy)Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure2009