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If you have been arrested for  DUI  or any other criminal offense, you've come to the right place.  You've also come to the right place for your family law and social security disability needs.  I have been in practice for over 25 years and specialize in these areas.


Being a former prosecutor provides me with a unique perspective to assess your legal needs.  I pride myself on being responsive to my client's needs.  I want to get to know my clients and build a long term relationship with them.  As a result, my clients consistently refer their friends and business associates to me.  When you set up a consultation, you will be meeting with me and not a paralegal.  I practice in all local and state courts and handle criminal cases in federal court. 


I look forward to meeting with you to discuss how I can assist you in all your legal needs.  Contact me today so that we can address how my legal expertise can benefit your case.


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Practice areas


  1. Family: 25%
  2. DUI & DWI: 25%
  3. Criminal Defense: 25%
  4. Social Security: 20%
  5. Guardianship: 5%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Ashley Etheridge Nimitz

    Jim is a sharp, dedicated attorney who ensures his client has the best opportunity to succeed in Court. He is well respected for his demeanor, good ideas, and overall integrity. I endorse this attorney.


    Ashley Nimitz Estate planning Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Brian Kenneth Miller

    I have known Mr. Short for over 20 years. I have referred him several cases over this time, either out of a conflict of interest or for his expertise. I can confidently say that each of Mr. Short’s clients receive personal attention from their attorney and extremely good legal representations. On the occasions that I have worked jointly with Mr. Short, I always come away impressed with his professionalism, knowledge of the law, and ability to work a case for his client’s best interest. I highly recommend Mr. Short should you find yourself in need of legal services in the Hampton Roads area.


    Brian Miller Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Suite 120
652 Independence Parkway
Chesapeake, VA, 23320


VAAuthorized to practice law198603/31/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
2015 Top LawyersCoastal Virginia Magazine2015
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
5 Star Google RatingGoogle2014
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerJames E. Short, PLC2007 - Present
AttorneyRoy, Larsen, Romm & Lascara, PC1998 - 2007
OwnerJames E. Short, PLC1991 - 1998
Assistant Commonwealth's AttorneyPortsmouth Commonwealth's Attorney's Office1986 - 1991
Association namePosition nameDuration
Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Committee - First DistrictCommittee Member2015 - Present
Portsmouth Sports Club FoundationPresident2014 - Present
National Association of Disability RepresentativesMember2014 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2008 - Present
United States Supreme CourtAttorney Member2008 - Present
National Organization of Social Security Claimants RepresentativesMember2004 - Present
Chesapeake Bar AssociationPast President1998 - Present
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth CircuitAttorney Member1994 - Present
United States District Court for the Eastern District of VirginiaAttorney Member1994 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present
Virginia State BarMember1986 - Present
Portsmouth Sports Club FoundationVice President2013 - 2013
Chesapeake Law Library BoardFormer Chairman2005 - 2011
Publication nameTitleDate
The ShopperJames E. Short2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
University of Richmond, The T. C. Williams School of LawPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Divorce 101Divorce 1012014
Divorce 101Divorce 1012013