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Michele Susan Lewane

Workers compensation Attorney at Richmond, VA

4.9   35 reviews

also known as Michele Lewane

  • Licensed for 34 years
    State VA
    Acquired 1989
    Active No misconduct found

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About Michele

Learn Michele’s areas of practice.

Practice area
  1. Workers compensation
    We help injured workers across the state of Virginia. Get Michele's FREE book Ultimate Guide to Workers' Compensation in Virginia, before you talk to the insurance adjuster. We help people help themselves . You may not need a lawyer but you need to know your rights. Knowledge is power. The book is easy to understand. It will help you understand the workers compensation process in Virginia. Every state is different. Don't be a victim of the insurance company!

    34 years, 1,000 cases


    Michele is the principal owner of the INJURED WORKERS LAW FIRM. She limits her practice to ONLY REPRESENTING INJURED WORKERS ANYWHERE IN VIRGINIA.  Michele has a TEAM of legal professionals that include three other attorneys. She has her main office in Richmond and another office to meet with clients in Fairfax Virginia.

   Michele is the author of the book, “Ultimate Guide to Workers’ Compensation in Virginia”, Everything You Need To Know If You’ve Been Hurt On The Job. Michele has made it available for Free to anyone who orders it. Call our office to get it shipped to you FREE. Call toll free. Michele is an advocate to making certain every injured worker knows their rights.


    After completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia, she graduated in the top of her class from the University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law in 1989.  Immediately following law school, she clerked for the State Court of Appeals, gaining extensive experience and insight into workers’ compensation matters by researching and drafting opinions on the technical aspects of this area of law.  Michele began practicing law in 1990.  In 2007, she created Injured Workers’ Law Firm to help injured workers exclusively with their workers’ compensation needs across the state of Virginia.


    Be sure to visit for a lots of useful information. Michele has lectured and written about various areas of the law, including workers’ compensation seminars for other lawyers.  She is a member of many professional organizations, including the Virginia Trial Lawyers’ Association and Workers’ Injury Law and Advocacy Group.  Michele is a native of Richmond, with deep connections in this community.


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Injured Workers Law Firm
7826 Shrader Road
Richmond, VA, 23294
Injured Workers Law Firm
5270 Shawnee Rd
Alexandria, VA, 22312
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4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | April 19, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great information and professional.. Friendly staff and get back to you right away.
Posted by Gigi | August 12, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very responsive
While I didn’t speak directly with an attorney, I was contacted the next day by her staff. They offered to guide me through the maze of workers compensation. Receiving information of best next steps has provided some comfort. I appreciate knowing I can call if I require further legal help.
Posted by SRao | June 9, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Information, patience and probably the best place to start after a work injury
The team is fantastic. I was super stressed at my work accident and they were available via phone all the time. They never rushed me and suggested realistic avenues to get the medical assistance I needed from the insurance company. So thankful, if you’re hurt at work, start your search for more direction here.
Posted by Corey | April 27, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Results Injured Law Firm Top Rated
Michele and her team got you’re back. I hired her a month after I was reinjured from my job. But she was helping me out the entire time before I even hired Michele Thanks injured law firm Family you are the best!!!
Posted by Shamika | April 6, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Transparent and Informative.
I had the daunting task of trying to get sound advice after my work related injury. Several lawyers just started quoting prices for their services. No real advice was given. And while I was sharing my frustrations with an associate, I was referred to them. It was the most refreshing encounter. They sent me so much information and have been consistently checking on my progress. I have to be honest by sharing that this journey has been made easier for me because of Team. Everyone I spoke to had the same energy. If you need any help on you case, I would definitely recommend this team. You'll be glad you called.
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Posted by Reginald | March 19, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
I would recommend this law firm to anyone who are having issues with work related injuries, these people really listen to your problems with patience and passion.
Posted by Carolyn | November 19, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Personalized Services
Ms. Lewane and her staff assisted me with a workers' comp claim. They were excellent at communicating and explaining the stages of the process. They listened to me and what I needed and helped me achieve a resolution that has allowed me to move on successfully.
Posted by anonymous | July 12, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
While in search for an injury lawyer, I came across Michele Susan Lewane, a Workers Compensation attorney. She was totally honest with me and quickly referred me to appropriate attorney for my case whom I hired immediately. Even though she is not representing me, she sent me a 147 pages book she wrote about workers compensation in Virginia. The book is detailed and self-explanatory. Michele is an expert in workers compensation and I recommend her to anyone needing that type of assistance.
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Posted by Jill | December 16, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Michele Lewane is an EXCELLENT attorney! I found her to be kind, compassionate, ethical, very knowledgeable about Worker's Compensation law, and dedicated to protecting me and my rights. Michele helped me through a very difficult time and I will be forever grateful! She was my voice when I didn't have one. I was distraught when a new adjuster decided I was no longer disabled from doing my job, and abruptly terminated my medical and financial benefits. Michele gathered factual documentation from my doctors and filed a petition to have my benefits re-instated. After being heard by opposing counsel and presenting the necessary documentation, Michele was not only able to get my benefits re-instated, but also sought reimbursement for years of mileage to and from doctor's appointments, reimbursement for years of Cost of Living Adjustments, was successful in getting unpaid surgical bills paid in full and off of my credit report, and eventually, settled my case. I don't know where I would be without her. Her staff is amazing, too! Someone from her office is in constant contact with you via e-mail, phone, or U.S. Postal service. They promptly return your inquiries and are always helpful and friendly. I would HIGHLY recommend Michele and her team of professionals to handle your Worker's Compensation case! Thank you Injured Worker's Law Firm! Your grateful client, Jill S.
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Posted by Celia | December 5, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Michele and her staff were very helpful and friendly. Not knowing anything about workers comp claims was very stressful. Michele and her staff put us at ease and made a stressful and painful situation easier to handle. They never treated us as if we were a bother and always answered our questions as quickly as possible. I will definitely recommend Michele.
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Posted by Shane | January 25, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Finally found help, phenomenonal firm
After being taken advantage of by the insurance company for almost a year, and blown off by other attorneys, I have finally found a firm that truly cares about their clients whether they anticipate being hired or not and are openly willing to give advice even if they don't believe I would've needed her. Bob Bush answered my initial phone call and offered the sense of relief I've been hopelessly searching for without any luck, he was incredibly kind and genuinely cared about helping. I look forward to working with Michele Lewane.
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Posted by Cherry | October 15, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mrs. Lewane Came to the Rescue!
My former Iwlf attorney, new to the firm when he got my case, failed miserably! Thanks to Michelle Lewane, being the professional & caring for ALL of her firm's clients, she picked up where he dropped the ball and got my settlement from my former employer. I think she did a great job considering where she had to pick up the pieces. IWLF called numerous times to follow up on me. I also have my husband's case with her firm. The book for injured workers she offers is very important for employees to read. I recommend the firm to anyone injured at work and highly recommend her book. The IWLF is caring and able to answer all of your questions.
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Posted by Ebony King | September 13, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
They really care!
Michele and the whole staff at were so great. They were very patient and kept me in loop about everything that was going on. I went to them not sure if I even had a solid case. At the end of the whole process I ended up receiving so much compensation that it was extraordinary more than what I expected. I just want to thank every one at that location for really helping me get back on my feet. I really don't know what me and my family would have done without them. Michele really was concern about me and making sure I was treated fairly. I really feel that she went above and beyond. Not only her but everyone in that staff we great! From the emails, mailings and phone calls, everything was done in a professional matter. I am not sure how many cases they were tending to but I always felt like I was of high importance. So thank you to the staff and Michelle for all of the help, encouraging words and warm hugs!
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Posted by William Olmo | May 11, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Absolutely a Firm that cares
She is great , made me feel like a person . Really genuine and straight to the point. i spoke with many other lawyers about workers compensation. She was the most informative .She was willing an able to answer all of my questions, without hesitation. All in All GREAT LAWYER SHE WILL FIGHT FOR YOU !!! THANK YOU for helping me get my life back...
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Posted by Noel | March 31, 2015
There are some lawyers that just go through the motions and collect their fees, This Law firm is not one of them. There are some lawyers that think they are too important to answer your questions. This is not that kind of Law firm. If you are looking for men and women who are truly one your side from day one, Injured Workers Law Firm is what you are looking for. They worked with me hard for (4) four years, advising me every step of the way. They assisted when I could not get my medication approved due to the stalling tactics of the opposition. When i had questions about how my case was progressing i was answered with positive and assuring answers. If we ran into roadblocks they worked with me to clear them up. I a case that lasted as long as mine i was never in any doubt that they were constantly working on it. When they had not heard from me in any length of time, they called me to see if everything was going good. When i moved out of state before the case was concluded they still worked for me until everything was resolved to my satisfaction. One point that i want to make clear, in a case that involved this much time lawyers and perspective can change. When my original lawyer moved on i was notified not only my my original lawyer but the new lawyer as well to reassure me that i was still in good hands. Even the personnel that answered the phone inquires were up to date on my case. All of these points are the reasons why i would recommend Injured Worker's to anyone who has a workmen's compensation case that needs litigation. I am thankful to all of the members of this wonderful firm.
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Posted by James | September 4, 2014
passion and knowledge of the law
The absolute best worker's comp lawyer in the business hands downs passionate trustworthy dedicated determined. Great staff if you can only make one phone call please let be to Ms.Lewane office the worker's injured firm.
Posted by Judith | July 24, 2014
Michele is THE Lawyer for Workmans Comp!
Previously I had submitted a review about how much help I've received from Michele and I was not even a client. Now I'm submitting a review as a client! After being taken advantage of by the insurance company; I finally had to hire Michele. She is simply the best! She is even more awesome (which I would not have expected) than before! She really cares on a personal level! The entire time she and her team made me feel as though the entire company gets up each morning just to take care of me! Who gets that kind of treatment nowadays? Anyone who hires Michele, that's who!!
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Posted by Tonya | July 24, 2014
I would like to make more comment on Michelle Lewane
Michelle Lewane was my lawyer. The best there was.Yes I did receive a settlement. I am just writing to say me@ my family are so blessed. She made things happen. And they still are.
Posted by anonymous | May 3, 2014
My experience with Injured Workers Law Firm
I hired Michele Lewane's law firm last year .She and her team were very professional and efficient. They handled my case very well and kept me informed at every turn. Each time I talked with them they were very personable and talked to me in words not over my head. I would hire them again.
Posted by Norman | February 20, 2014
Michele Lewane and her team is the best!!!
My name is Norman my injury was on March 2008. I highly recommend Michelle, Stephanie, Gillian, and Bob they are truly the best legal team. I consider myself blessed to have them representing me!!
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner and President
  • Injured Workers Law Firm
  • 2005 - Present
  • Clerk
  • Virginia State Court of appeals
  • 1989 - 1989
  • Partner
  • Hubard, Samuels and Lewane
  • 1989 - 2008


  • University of Richmond, The T. C. Williams School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • University of Virginia
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1986

Legal Cases

  • Death benefits for widow
  • Death benefits awarded and payment of medical bills


  • American Inns of Court
  • Attorney Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • ECPI University
  • Board Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Workers Injury Law and Advocacy Group
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Henrico County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • Kid's Chance of Virginia
  • Vice President
  • 2011 - 2018
  • Kid Chance of Virginia
  • Vice President
  • 2010 - 2018
  • St. Mary's Endowment Fund
  • President
  • 2007 - 2018
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • 2015 Virginia Super Lawyers list
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2018
  • 2015 Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent™ Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • AV Preemnent
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Pillar of Strength Award
  • Missing Children Campaign
  • 2012
  • Going The Extra Mile
  • Keep Henrico Beautiful
  • 2010
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  • Word Press Publications
  • Ultimate Guide to Workers' Compensation in Virginia 5th Edition
  • 2017
  • Word Association Publisher
  • Ultimate Guide to Workers' Compensation in Virginia
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • American Inns of Court
  • Death Cases and Guardian Ad Litem
  • 2018
  • Lunch and Learn
  • FCE's/ AMA Guidelines 6th Edition Medical Fee schedules Pitfalls filing a Claims for Benefits incorrectly
  • 2012
  • Handling the Workers' Compensation Case from Start to Finish
  • Preparing your Case:Procedures for the Claimant;Determining the Value of a claim; and Settlement options(Including MSA Considerations)
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (34)
Given (48)
Endorse Michele
Workers compensation Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Lewane is a highly skilled attorney who I recommend without reservation. I regularly refer injured workers to Ms. Lewane and her team."
Workers compensation Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known and admired Michele for several years. She is a woman of high integrity, consummate trial skills and has a zeal for representing her clients effectively and with passion. I recommend her without reservation."
Brain injury Attorney | Oct 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michele is an exceptional attorney and a trusted advisor in all brain injury, wrongful death and workers compensation matters. I endorse Michele for her work ethic, depth of knowledge and history of great service to her clients."
Workers compensation Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Workers compensation Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am very happy to endorse Michele for her expertise in Workers' Compensation. She has spent a lot of time, effort, and energy educating the public about their rights if they are injured at work, and she does an excellent job with her clients, and provides them with the best information available."
Workers compensation Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. She is a top workers compensation lawyer. In fact, she has written a book on the subject of workers compensation. She is so successful that she is able to pick and choose the cases she is willing to handle. Her assistant is very well qualified and is most helpful to both her and her clients."
Workers compensation Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If you have been injured on the job in Virginia, usually your only remedy is through the Workers Compensation. Michele Lewane has a tremendous amount of expertise and success in achieving great results for her clients."
Workers compensation Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michele is a fabulous worker's compensation attorney in central Virginia. And I would definitely recommend you get her book and visit her website to get the answers you need for Virginia worker's compensation questions."
Workers compensation Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Other
"Michele knows workers comp extremely well. I endorse her and recommend her to anyone looking for an excellent, conscientious attorney."
Workers compensation Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"If you have been hurt at work in Virginia then your first call should be to Michele at the Injured Workers Law Firm. The name of her law firm tells you what she does, but from working with her over the years I can tell you that this is just the beginning. Her firm will listen to you, treat you with the respect you deserve and provide you with the best legal service possible in your Virginia workers comp. case."
Workers compensation Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Being injured on the job can be devastating for you physically and to your family financially. If you have been injured on the job there is one attorney you should call and that is Michele Lewane. As a lawyer for over 30 years I can recommend her without reservation!"
Workers compensation Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Michelle is an accomplished worker's compensation attorney familiar with Virginia workers' compensation."
Workers compensation Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the pleasure of working with Michele in the field of workers compensation. We practice in different states and I needed knowledge about Virginia workers compensation. Fantastic. Whether referring her a case or having her handle your case, you are in good hands!"
Workers compensation Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse Michele Lewane without hesitation. She is well-respected among her peers and highly regarded as a top workers' comp attorney in the Richmond, VA area."
Workers compensation Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Other
"Michele is an extremely dedicated and skilled attorney. For Virginia residents she offers tremendous resources and information. If you are interviewing and evaluating lawyers in Virginia, Michele should be at the top of your list."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Michele Lewane as a superb workers compensation lawyer in Virginia. Without a doubt, Michele will handle the needs of anyone who has been seriously injured on the job with the care they deserve. I have no reservations about endorsing Michele."
Workers compensation Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Michele is constantly seeking to provide her clients with the best experience possible during difficult times in their lives. I recommend her highly."
Workers compensation Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Injured workers have a friend in Virginia in Michele Lewane. As a personal injury attorney I find it necessary to consult with worker's compensation attorneys on a regular basis. Michele is a wealth of knowledge. Do yourself a favor if you have been injured on the job and give Michele a call."
Unknown Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"With Michele Lewane on their side, people dealing with worker's compensation matters should be at ease. The Injured Worker's Law Firm is committed to helping their clients achieve results that are nothing less than excellent. I proudly endorse Michele Lewane."
Workers compensation Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Michelle's law firm, The Injured Worker's Law Firm does a fantastic job for their clients. She operates a fantastic law office and really looks out for customer service and the client experience."
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