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James C. Lewis

James C. Lewis

Practice areas:

Medical Malpractice, Car Accidents, Brain Injury, Wrongful Death, Slip and Fall Accident, Trucking Accident, Personal Injury, Defective and Dangerous Products

About Me

Hello. My name is Jim Lewis and I've practiced personal injury law for over 30 years. I'm licensed to practice law in Virginia and North Carolina and regularly handle cases in state and federal courts. I specialize in medical malpractice and complex personal injury cases. 


Through my 30 years of law practice, I've developed a strong reputation in the legal community. I have highest rating (AV) granted to attorneys from Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Rating Service and am listed as a Virginia "Super Lawyer" (since '06).


I've lectured to doctors and lawyers regarding injury law and am an active member of the American Association of Justice and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.


When I'm not practicing law, I enjoy NASCAR and am a licensed pilot. 







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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1979

  1. Medical Malpractice: 50%
    36 years
  2. Car Accidents: 20%
    36 years
  3. Defective and Dangerous Products: 5%
    36 years
  4. Personal Injury: 5%
    36 years
  5. Other: 20%
  6. More 



Contingent (33-45%), Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Attorney Endorsements

15 total 

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse James. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Gregory Lane Sandler

    Medical malpractice representation is unique and the attorneys locally that practice in this area are few. Jim continuously demonstrates the skills necessary to wage the wars that this type of litigation entails for his clients.


    Gregory Sandler Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Duffan, P.C.

1294 Diamond Springs Road
Virginia Beach, VA, 23455

440 Monticello Avenue
Suite 1800
Norfolk, VA, 23510

101 E. Elizabeth Street
Elizabeth City, NC, 27909

101 Eaton Street
Mill Point Center
Hamtpn, VA, 23669




VAAuthorized to practice law197903/11/2014

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Best Law FirmU.S. News & World Report2013
Virginia Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2012
Virginia Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2011
Firm Recognized as "Best Law Firm" for Injury LawU.S. News & World Report2010
Virginia Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2010
Invited Member Since 2009Million Dollar Advocates Forum2010
Recognized for Personal InjuryBest Lawyers in America2010
Named as a Virginia Super Lawyer in Personal InjuryLaw & Politics Magazine2009
Named as a Virginia Super Lawyer in Personal InjuryLaw & Politics Magazine2008
Named as a Virginia Super Lawyer in Personal InjuryLaw & Politics Magazine2007
Named as a Virginia Super Lawyer in Personal InjuryLaw & Politics Magazine2006
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell1994

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerShapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Duffan, P.C.2003 - Present


Association NamePosition NameDuration
William and Mary School of LawAdjunct Professor2010 - Present
Primerus International Society of Law FirmsMember2009 - Present
Primerus International Society of Law FirmsExecutive Committee Member for Plaintiff's Practice Group2009 - Present
Million Dollar Advocates ForumMember2009 - Present
North Carolina Bar AssociationMember1993 - Present
Virginia Bar AssociationMember1979 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Injury from a Failed Back Surgery$1.25 million
Injury from a Prescription Drug Error$200,000
$21 Million Structured Settlement for Child Who Suffered Brain Injury

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
University of VirginiaN/ABachelorsN/A

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Handling a Personal Injury Case: Phone Call to VerdictPersonal Injury Litigation Seminar2010
Grand RoundsMedical Malpractice2006
Bar Association MeetingPersonal InjuryN/A