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Edward Richard Atkinson

Personal injury Attorney at Norfolk, VA

4.4   13 reviews

also known as Ed Atkinson, Atkinson Law

  • Licensed for 15 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2008
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Edward

Learn Edward’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    I represent persons injured by dog bites, car accidents, and other forms of negligence. I handle wrongful death and medical malpractice cases in the Norfolk, Virginia area.

    16 years

  2. Car accident
    I have represented countless persons injured in Virginia automobile accidents.

    16 years

  3. Animal and dog bites
    I represent dog bite victims in Virginia.

    16 years

  4. Medical malpractice

  5. Wrongful death
    I represent families of persons killed by the negligence of others, in matters that include car accidents, dog attacks, medical malpractice and many others.

I enjoy training personal protection dogs in my spare time.  I have always been a dog lover, and when a family friend introduced me to protection dogs, I was hooked.  It amazes me how a good protection dog combines intensity and obedience.  I like to think that a good lawyer is not unlike a good protection dog: loyal to you, tough on your opponent!

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Atkinson Law - Serious Personal Injury
555 East Main Street
Suite 1212
Norfolk, VA, 23510

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4.4 / 5.0
  13 customer reviews
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Posted by Frank | June 3, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Mr Atkinson is one of the best lawyers i have ever had the pleasure of dealing with. He made the legal process a breeze.Very professional in every aspect of the law. He is my #1 attorney.
Posted by Elizabeth | April 19, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Thank you Mr. Atkinson
Ed Atkinson was a beacon of hope to my family at a time when our options appeared limited and the likelihood of a satisfactory resolution seemed impossible. Not only was he able to defend us from an unjust accusations and actions against us, his calm and empathetic demeanor offered emotional succor to myself and those I care about most. My family and I are eternally grateful for his service and I hereby recommend Mr. Atkinson without reservation. He genuinely cares about the little guys. He goes above and beyond to hold your hand and support you every single step of the process. My case was small and he never once made me feel unimportant or lost in what we were doing. He listened and fought tooth and nail for my civil case. Anyone that needs a personal injury or any legal matters taken care of do not hesitate to call him you will NOT regret it!! Thank you so much Mr. Atkinson and your employees, we will be forever grateful and will be recommending you to anyone we come across that needs legal services!!
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Posted by anonymous | March 27, 2018
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Excellent Representation
Ed handled a case for me last spring in which I was prosecuted by a city attorney on a personal injury claim. He was tenacious in clearing the case and provided excellent representation. He quoted me a fee and stuck to the quote and ultimately we prevailed and the case is scheduled to be set aside in a couple of months. I am well pleased with the out come.
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Posted by Bill | November 14, 2017
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Outstanding Attorney
Ed has represented me in court twice. The first time was for a traffic ticket that Ed got dismissed. The other time was for an occasion where my car was rear-ended and the other driver's insurance company refused to compensate me. We sued the insurance company and got an excellent result in court. Ed is an intelligent, well prepared lawyer who is quick on his feet in court. I would not hesitate to hire him for any future legal needs, and I highly recommend Ed to anyone seeking legal representation.
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Posted by Meghan | January 25, 2017
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Professional and Effective
I highly recommend Mr. Atkinson. I was nervous about hiring an attorney, but the insurance company's offer did not come close to covering my medical bills. Mr. Atkinson was calm, professional and personable when I went to see him. He was able to negotiate with the insurance company, and we reached a settlement that was over 5 times the original offer, and a fair result. I couldn't have asked for a better representative in my time of need.
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Posted by Reggie | January 23, 2017
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Legal services.
I hired Mr Atkinson to represent my interest on a marine worker injury case. Throughout the entire case he made me very much aware of the intricate details of matter. He certainly made me feel quite comfortable in his approach to defending my interest.. He is a attorney anyone would want to have in their corner. Thank you Mr Atkinson
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Posted by Jordan | January 23, 2017
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Gets the job done.
He new just what needed to be done. Talked to me about whay was going on. Got me the MAX I was owed. Would definitely hire him again.
Posted by Missy | December 3, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
This Lawyer is More than a 5 star rating
I went to see Ed after being in a car accident. Once he had all the facts all I had to was sit back and wait for the out come. Ed keeps you updated and informed of your case. Before I knew it I was getting my settlement check. Ed will answer all questions day and night for you.
Posted by anonymous | November 3, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Great personal injury lawyer!
I injured my ankle in a faulty staircase. No other lawyer wanted to help me with my case. Atkinson Law made sure that the owner of the staircase fully compensated me for my medical bills and pain and suffering. I have already sent a friend of mine to see Mr. Atkinson for a personal injury matter and would highly recommend him to anyone who needs a lawyer in the Norfolk area.
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Posted by John | August 31, 2015
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Successful recovery of money and property
Mr. Atkinson took a complicated case for me and guided me to a successful resolution that I did not think was possible. Mr. Atkinson was very professional and maintained regular communications with me throughout the process. He helped me understand all of the options available to me and my chances of recovering money with each option. I opted to go to trial. Mr. Atkinson laid out an impressive strategy, and thoroughly prepared me for testimony and cross examination prior to my court appearance. This relieved allot of stress and gave me a feeling of confidence. The day of trial, Mr. Atkinson met with the opposing counsel and was able to hammer out a deal that got me everything I asked for and even more!!! I was very impressed with the fact that the judge knew Mr. Atkinson and showed him a great deal of respect. No matter what your case is, if you are trying to collect compensation you are entitled to, Mr. Atkinson is the best attorney I have worked with. He is an excellent strategist and I felt completely confident with him handling my legal problems.
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Posted by anonymous | January 3, 2015
Highly recommend!
We were sued recently and this is very stressful and unfortunate. Ed was our vehement advocate! We were in the right and he got us everything we wanted! He is honest, smart, very determined, and got things done in a timely manor. I appreciated so much that he calmed our nerves, answered our questions, and was quick and astute with his words and actions. He was knowledgeable and had great ideas. I could not more highly recommend a lawyer!
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Posted by anonymous | March 29, 2017
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Please Do Not Use This Lawyer!
Mr. Atkinson was inexperienced and somewhat unprofessional around his colleagues. I hired Mr. Atkinson to help me with a personal injury case that was somewhat complicated. He assured me he could handle it and would get me top dollar with my settlement. He missed court dates and never wanted to discuss what he thought my case was worth. If you are willing to take pennies on the dollar for your personal injury case, please hire Mr. Atkinson. If not, do your research and hire someone with more experience and determination. Mr. Atkinson seems to believe that a $25,000 settlement is a great settlement. It seems that that is what he settles all of his cases for. Then, he takes his percentage and forces you to pay your medical bills out of the settlement even if you have negotiated to pay a lesser amount with your medical providers. Pay attention to his reviews. Most of them are written by friends and colleagues of his.
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Response from Edward Atkinson March 29, 2017
The "review" above does not describe any case or client I have ever dealt with. I appreciate honest criticism, but that's not what this is.
Posted by anonymous | April 2, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Inexperienced, dishonest lawyer
Mr. Atkinson portrays himself as very knowledgeable, however his work is not thorough or accurate. In my case he did not keep me up to date on developments in my case, he missed court dates and out right lied about certain aspects of my case. Mr. Atkinson made offers to opposing counsel without my knowledge or consent which completely discredited my case. If you make the mistake of hiring him as I did, do your homework and make sure you ask him for a complete accounting of all money coming and going from your settlement.
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Response from Edward Atkinson April 5, 2016
I support this reviewer's right to free speech and appreciate the feedback. Criticism is important and I take it very seriously. I would point out that this client made these same complaints to the Virginia State Bar, which concluded that all of these accusations were completely unfounded. What strikes me about this client is that she accepted the settlement offer voluntarily, and deposited her settlement check. It was only after she settled the case that she decided I was a bad lawyer for this or that reason (the reason always changes). I am deeply sorry about the injury this client suffered, and that she is dissatisfied with her result. I always try to do the very best for every client, and I am sad to hear that this client is unhappy, even though I know I provided professional, effective representation.
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AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Founder / Owner
  • Atkinson Law - Serious Personal Injury
  • 2014 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Franklin Public Defender's Office
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Trial Attorney
  • Joannou and Associate
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Attorney
  • Fraim and Fiorella
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Trial Attorney
  • Nationwide Insurance
  • 2009 - 2012
  • Law clerk
  • Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation
  • 2008 - 2008
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  • Florida State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2005
  • Maclay School
  • Diploma
  • 2001

Sample of Legal Cases

  • settled for $62,600.00
  • Verdict of $25,000.00
  • settled for $61,000


  • Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Young Lawyers' Section - Norfolk Portsmouth Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Inns of Court
  • member
  • 2006 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • French
  • German
  • Greek

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Virginia Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Phillips Prize for Latin Translation
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
  • 2002
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Speaking Engagements

  • Prelaw Lunch
  • Law School, Solo Practice
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (4)
Endorse Edward
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have had an opportunity to work with Ed on the same side as well as on opposing sides. He is always prepared and is an excellent advocate for his clients. I give Ed my highest recommendation."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ed is very professional and gets great results for his clients."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ed is a well-qualified and knowledgeable attorney who provides quality representation to all his clients."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ed is a skilled and compassionate lawyer, who provides world class representation for his injured clients."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ed Atkinson is an experienced and skilled personal injury attorney. If I needed a personal injury attorney, I would hire him without hesitation."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Atkinson is knowledgeable and one of the highest-rated personal injury attorneys in Norfolk. He is patient and makes the time to explain everything to clients, even taking calls on the weekends."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ed is the attorney you want to see for dog bites, he has really become the go-to guy for this area of law. He can also help you with other types of personal injury cases such as car accidents and injuries to children."
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Norfolk Personal injury Lawyer Edward Richard Atkinson
Edward Richard Atkinson
Personal injury Attorney
Norfolk, VA
Licensed for 15 years
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