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James Edward Short

Criminal defense Attorney at Chesapeake, VA

4.9   45 reviews

also known as James E. Short, James E. Short, PLC

  • Licensed for 37 years
    State VA
    Acquired 1986
    Status
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About James

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James E. Short is a skilled lawyer who has over 30 years of experience. His practice is focused on a wide range of misdemeanor and felony criminal cases as well as DUI defense, family law and personal injury. As a former prosecutor, James E. Short, provides a unique perspective to assess your legal needs. He is committed to providing the highest level of service at an affordable price and fighting for the rights of his client. His successful track record has earned him the recognition of his colleagues and clients alike. Please call the office at to schedule an appointment.

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James Edward Short
652 Independence Pkwy., Ste. 120
Chesapeake, VA, 23320

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4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Wilkinson | October 1, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
excellent dui lawyer
James Short represented me with a dui charge. I was facing jail time with a real bad drinking record. Even though i pled guilty I had no jail time. i have fines but my freedom means more than money. So if your looking for a good dui lawyer James Short is your man.
Posted by Ana Miranda | September 29, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
He really listens!
James Short was not only a great lawyer that really wants what is best for his clients but he really listens to you. I had a complicated case, and we really thought it was going to go a certain way, but James Short never let that get in the way. He fought for me his client and in the end we ended up with the best results and I was so happy to have had him and have my case end the way we hoped for.
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Posted by anonymous | June 21, 2021
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Highly recommended
I first met Mr. Short in 2009 when I was going through a very complicated divorce. Since that time, Mr. Short has assisted me with numerous legal events in life. I would highly recommend Mr. Short to anyone seeking a fair, knowledgeable and highly qualified attorney.
Posted by William | April 12, 2021
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Outstanding Attorney that cares about his clients
Mr. Short was a great help to my family resolving a custody issue at a time when our options were limited. He resolved our issue, while his professionalism and caring demeanor gave us confidence throughout the process that our case was always given the attention it needs to obtain the best possible outcome. I’m grateful for the superb help we received, therefore I give Mr Short my strongest possible recommendation without reservation that you contact him if you need to hire one of the best attorneys in Virginia .”
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Posted by Clifton | March 19, 2021
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Excellent attorney
James Short advised and represented our family during a very difficult time. He and his staff were always available with honest, frank and insightful answers to many issues during a yearlong custody battle. We feel blessed to have had Jim Short in our corner.
Posted by anonymous | March 15, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
The Best Attorney in Chesapeake
I have used Mr. Short twice - once for custody and once for divorce. He is personable, professional, and will guide you through the process. He makes sure you are comfortable and allows you to ask any questions. His office is small yet home-like, which will put you at ease as well.
Posted by anonymous | February 5, 2021
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Excellent Experience
Mr. Short was communicative and highly efficient in meeting my legal needs. He maintained an air of professionalism at all times and his previous legal experience as a prosecutor provides insight not always found elsewhere. I would absolutely recommend him if you are looking to retain counsel.
Posted by Daniel | September 6, 2020
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Good Lawyer
Mr. Short was very professional and honest about my case and what to expect. He was good at listening to my concerns and answered all my questions with honesty. He represented me well and was able to reach a favorable outcome on my behalf. He is a good attorney to hire.
Response from James Short September 9, 2020
Thank you for the nice comments. It was a pleasure representing you. I am glad everything worked out. I wish you the best of luck in the future.
Posted by William | May 26, 2020
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William Harrell
James Short has done an awesome job with my case,he was in constant contact with me throughout the whole process.I discussed my case with him and i really didn't see how i could've handled it on my own so he took on a difficult case to say the least i was facing 20 years jim got me a decision that was the best avenue that i could take.He also presented a motion to the presiding judge and won the motion ! Great job mr. Short thank you and God bless
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Posted by anonymous | January 13, 2020
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Wonderful Lawyer
Attorney Short has been wonderful from start to finish. Clear communication, expert advice and he always replies in a timely manner. Mr. Short was able to facilitate matters on my behalf while I was out of state and Karen was also outstanding assisting with the process. !
Posted by Tamika | September 3, 2019
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Excellent Service
Attorney Short assisted me with my custody and visitation case. What sealed the deal for me retaining him as my lawyer was primarily due to his fair-minded qualities and candidness . The service he provides to his clients are immeasurable due to his knowledge and wisdom. If you are looking for someone to work for you during a stressful time, Attorney Short and Karen are your team! Thank you for all your hard work!
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Posted by Sharon | June 19, 2018
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professional and invaluable
Mr. Short was instrumental in assisting me with a traffic offense that could have negatively impacted my driving record and been quite costly.
Posted by Cindy | May 29, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
Honest and authentic
I initially contacted James for my daughter to see if he could challenge some of the sections in her separation agreement, which was filed in Virginia. She'd moved back to Texas and needed an attorney in Virginia. The first thing that impressed me was that James returned my call on a Saturday after I'd called his assistant Friday afternoon. My daughter emailed her papers and set an appointment for a few days later. James said there were some possibilities for argument, but the cost would likely outweigh the return. He was careful to explain everything in layman's language instead of legalese, was patient and took as much time as necessary to ensure that both of us understood everything about the process. I appreciated there was never an indication that he could get more than the agreement stipulated or recommend we should take it into a courtroom, although I believe he could have done that and enriched himself at our expense. James was completely above board and I felt good that he'd given my daughter the sound advice. I'm very impressed with his attitude, and I wouldn't hesitate to call him again if I need legal services. I only wish he practiced in my city.
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Posted by Steve | May 24, 2018
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Professional Attorney
I have used Mr. Short twice now with excellent results both times. He and his staff are very helpful, thorough and professional.
Posted by Sherri | April 6, 2018
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James Short is an excellent attorney
James Short represented my son in court and we are very pleased with the outcome. He explained how the courts look at these types of cases and what will usually happen. We were prepared when we went to court and my son was able to attend rehab. He was given time served. It is wonderful to have a lawyer who keeps in touch with the family, visits with his client, and keeps us updated. He truly cares about his clients and their future. I will recommend him to anyone who needs legal assistance. It makes a difference to have someone fighting for you who cares, not just because you paid them. James Short is that attorney. We are very thankful we chose him.
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Posted by anonymous | January 31, 2018
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Highly recommend
James Short is an excellent attorney. He represented me on unfounded criminal charges brought against me in maliciousness in regards to a custody battle. Throughout his time as my attorney, he proved again and again to be extremely reliable, supportive, respectful, and promptly returned all calls and answered all questions with informed, insightful, and competent manner. He was confident and composed in courtroom and quickly convinced the judge to drop the charges. I was very pleased with his performance and handling of my case.
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Response from James Short January 31, 2018
Thank you so much for your comments. It was my pleasure representing you.
Posted by anonymous | May 30, 2017
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Jeanne
I was pleased with Mr. Short and his office staff. It was an extremely difficult time in my life and they helped the process run smoothly. I am happy with the outcome and I have moved on with my life. He is intelligent, professional and kind attorney. Mr. Short was recommended to me by a friend and I would also recommend him to others.
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Posted by anonymous | April 19, 2017
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Top Notch
When it comes to a lawyer who cares they say. Mr.Short is above and beyond. My life is simple, yet I need a lawyer from time to time. Mr. Short provides a family base atmosphere, in a short time; maybe longer if you'd like. A lawyer that cares , and brilliant .... few and far between ! He's one of the best . Period
Posted by Todd | April 3, 2017
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An attorney who cares
It was a pleasure working with Mr. Short and his team in the resolution of my case. His entire staff was always available, responsive and professional. After having hired and "fired" 2 previous attorneys for poor service, it was a joy to finally have someone working with me. Thank you Mr. Short and to your entire team!!
Posted by Jake | March 22, 2017
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Honest and Straight Forward
My son received a speeding ticket and we had Mr. Short represent him. I was very impressed with him, not only as an attorney, but as a person. He was honest, straight forward and his advice was excellent. We had a good experience and I could tell he had a good rapport with the Judge also. I would recommend Mr. Short for sure.
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AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • James E. Short, PLC
  • 2007 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Roy, Larsen, Romm & Lascara, PC
  • 1998 - 2007
  • Owner
  • James E. Short, PLC
  • 1991 - 1998
  • Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney
  • Portsmouth Commonwealth's Attorney's Office
  • 1986 - 1991
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Education

  • College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1986
  • University of Richmond
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1983

Associations

  • Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Committee - First District
  • Committee Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • National Association of Disability Representatives
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Portsmouth Sports Club Foundation
  • President
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Attorney Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Chesapeake Bar Association
  • Past President
  • 1998 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Attorney Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Attorney Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • Portsmouth Sports Club Foundation
  • Vice President
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Chesapeake Law Library Board
  • Former Chairman
  • 2005 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • 2015 Top Lawyers
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine
  • 2015
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • 5 Star Google Rating
  • Google
  • 2014
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
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Given (6)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Other
"Highly respected and overall a great attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James has the expertise and experience to assist you in your legal matters. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Short is an aggressive attorney who has the knowledge and experience to get results for his clients. Mr. Short approaches every case with the highest level of professionalism and utmost service to his clients. I recommend attorney James Short without exception or qualification. Attorney Short is an attorney you can count on when you have a tough legal issue and you need someone you can trust"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse James. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've referred clients to James in the past. He has a well-deserved reputation as an excellent DUI attorney. I recommend him highly."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James Short is a dedicated lawyer who works zealously on behalf of his clients. I have known him for about ten years and refer to him regularly because I trust his judgment and experience."
Family Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this lawyer as an expert in his field. He serves his client's well in many ways - he's attentive, responsive, caring and talented - and his fees are fair and reasonable."
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