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Randall Eugene Appleton

About me


Hi, my name's Randy Appleton and I've been a personal injury attorney for nearly 30 years. I've handled injury litigation in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Georgia, Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Tennessee throughout the years.


I was first licensed to practice law in 1982 in Virginia and am now admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States.


Based in Virginia Beach, I am ready to serve clients throughout Hampton Roads -- Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Suffolk -- as well as the communities of Virginia's Eastern Shore and northeastern North Carolina.


I am a member of the American Association for Justice, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, and a past president of the Portsmouth Bar Association. 


I truly enjoy helping people and love being a lawyer. 



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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 40%
    33 years
  2. Medical Malpractice: 30%
    33 years
  3. Trucking Accident: 20%
    33 years
  4. Car Accidents: 10%
    33 years



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

Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael S. Waddington

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


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Larry Walter Lockwood Jr.

    Randy is an attorney I have tried several cases with in the past. His abilities, reputation, and dedication to ethics and his clients is at the highest possible level of any attorney practicing in Virginia.


    Larry Lockwood Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Shapiro, Appleton & Duffan

1294 Diamond Springs Road
Virginia Beach, VA, 23455

101 Eaton Street
Mill Point Center
Hampton, VA, 23669

440 Monticello Avenue
Suite 1800
Norfolk, VA, 23510

8 Juniper Trail
Suite 7
Kitty Hawk, NC, 27949



SCGood Standing200603/07/2013
WVAuthorized to practice law199210/30/2015
KYAuthorized to practice law199102/17/2010
VAAuthorized to practice law198209/15/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2013
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2013
Best Law FirmsU.S. News & World Report2012
Top 100 Trial Lawyer in VirginiaThe National Trial Lawyers2012
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2012
MemberMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2009
Boss of the YearNorfolk-Portsmouth Area Legal Secretaries Association1989
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerShapiro, Appleton & Duffan2006 - Present
LawyerBondurant and Appleton1988 - 2004
LawyerMoody, Strople and Kloppel1982 - 1988
Association namePosition nameDuration
Railroad Accident/FELA Law BlogEditor2010 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember2009 - Present
Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard BlogEditor2007 - Present
Norfolk Injuryboard BlogEditor2007 - Present
Virginia Beach Injuryboard BlogEditor2007 - Present
South Carolina Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
Portsmouth Bar AssociationPresident1993 - 1993
North Carolina Bar AssociationMember1992 - Present
West Virginia Bar AssociationMember1992 - Present
North Carolina Academy of Trial LawyersMember1992 - Present
Kentucky Bar AssociationMember1991 - Present
Virginia Bar AssociationMember1982 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1982 - Present
Norfolk-Portsmouth Bar AssociationMember1982 - Present
Virginia Beach Bar AssociationMember1982 - Present
Virginia Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1982 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Railroad Employee Recovers Confidential Sum for Injuries Suffered in a Lifting InjuryConfidential Sum
Railroad Conductor Injured BackConfidential Sum
Car Accident Death on Eastern ShoreConfidential Sum
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Publication nameTitleDate
Virginia Injury Lawyer Info: Understanding Your Car Insurance PolicyVirginia Injury Lawyer Info: Understanding Your Car Insurance Policy2012
Motorcycle Accident Injury GuideMotorcycle Accident Injury Guide2012
North Carolina Motorcycle Accident Injury GuideNorth Carolina Motorcycle Accident Injury Guide2012
Railroad Accident/FELA Lawyers BlogUnderstanding FELA Law - Pt. 12010
Railroad Accident/FELA Lawyers BlogUnderstanding FELA Law - Pt. 22010
Railroad Accident/FELA Lawyers BlogUnderstanding FELA Law - Pt. 32010
Injuryboard Consumer Safety BlogSevere Injuries in Motorcycle Accidents2009
Injuryboard Consumer Safety BlogCommon Causes of Amputation Injuries and Your Rights2009
Injuryboard Consumer Safety BlogWhat Qualifies for a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?2009
ArticleHead injury: forgotten trauma2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Wake Forest University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
Hampden-Sydney CollegeN/AN/A1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Selected Topics in Personal InjuryKey Virginia Case Law on Personal Injury Damages2012
Handling a Personal Injury Case: Phone Call to VerdictPersonal Injury Litigation Seminar2010
Annual Tort Law SeminarVoir Dire Demonstration-Jury Panel Randomly Selected from the Community1990