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About me

I'm a partner at Shapiro, Appleton & Duffan in Virginia Beach, VA specializing in personal injury law.  I grew up in Virginia Beach and went to both college and law school in Virginia, earning my undergraduate degree from James Madison University and my law degree from William & Mary.

The entire focus of my legal career has been litigation and trial law, first as a prosecutor for almost five years, and then as an in-house litigation manager for a NASDAQ listed company in Norfolk for a little more than a year.  My focus continues to be on trial law with the firm.


I'm currently licensed to practice in all Virginia courts including all Federal District Courts in Virginia, and in all North Carolina state courts.  I am a member of the Virginia Bar Association, Virginia Beach Bar Association, the Norfolk-Portsmouth Bar Association, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice and the I'Anson-Hoffman American Inn of Courts.  I hold board positions on the Virginia Beach Bar and Virginia Trial Lawyers Associations.



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Practice areas


  1. Medical Malpractice: 50%
  2. Personal Injury: 50%



Contingent (20-40%), Free consultation (60 minutes)

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  • Christopher Matthew Baker

    I first met Kevin while working at the Commonwealth Attorney's office. I observed first-hand his work ethic and his command of the courtroom. Since then, I have seen Kevin earn his place as one of the most respected personal injury attorneys in the area. I endorse this attorney without reservation.


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  • Kevin Edward Martingayle

    Kevin is talented, unafraid and energetic. He is also a leader in the profession. Highly recommend.


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Contact info

101 Eaton Center
Mill Point Center
Hampton, VA, 23669

440 Monticello Avenue
Suite 1800
Norfolk, VA, 23510

8 Juniper Trail
Suite 7
Kitty Hawk, NC, 27949



VAAuthorized to practice law200509/15/2015
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
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2013
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Top 40 under 40National Trial Lawyers2012
Best Law FirmU.S. News & World Report2012
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2012
Best Law FirmU.S. News & World Report2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerShapiro, Appleton & Duffan2011 - Present
Associate CounselPortfolio Recovery Associates2009 - 2011
Senior Assistant Commonwealth's AttorneyVirginia Beach Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney2005 - 2009
Association namePosition nameDuration
Virginia Trial Lawyers AssociationN/A2011 - Present
American Association for JusticeN/A2011 - Present
Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar AssociationN/A2011 - Present
I'Anson-Hoffman American Inn of CourtN/A2010 - Present
Fraternal Order of PoliceN/A2007 - 2009
Virginia Beach Bar AssociationN/A2005 - Present
Virginia Association of Commonwealth AttorneysN/A2005 - 2009
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
$150,000 Settlement for Client Injured in Outer Banks Boat Accident$150,000
Pharmacological Error Case SettlesSettled for $240,000.00
Undetected Bowel Perforation Results in $750,000 settlementSettled for $750,000
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Publication nameTitleDate
HSInjurylawThe Boating Accident Injury Guide2011
HSInjurylawThe Traumatic Brain Injury Guide2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
William & Mary Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
James Madison UniversityN/AN/A2001
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Virginia Beach Bench Bar ConferencePersonal Injury2013
Selected Topics in Personal InjuryArbitration and Mediation2012
Auto Injury Litigation from Start to FinishCase Intake & Pre-suit Investigation2012
VBBA CLE seriesPersonal Injury 1012011