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Jim handles a broad range of business issues and complex civil litigation matters in federal and state courts.  He has substantial jury trial experience and serves as adjunct Professor of Law, teaching Federal Courts and Trial Practice at Regent University School of Law.  His practice includes business law, complex civil litigation, maritime law, railroad law and subrogation matters.  Jim is licensed to practice law in Virginia and North Carolina and is Chairman of the firm’s Litigation Department.


Practice areas


  1. Maritime: 50%
    30 years
  2. Transportation: 30%
    30 years
  3. Business: 20%
    30 years

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Crenshaw, Ware & Martin

150 West Main Street, Suite 1500
Norfolk, VA, 23510-2111


VAAuthorized to practice law198203/31/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyers - Admiralty/Maritime & Commercial Litigation)Best Lawyers in America2015
Listed in Virginia Super Lawyers (Transportation/Maritime)Virginia Super Lawyers2014
Best Lawyers - Admiralty & Maritime and Commercial LitigationBest Lawyers in America2014
Listed in Virginia's Super LawyersVirginia Super Lawyers2013
Selected as a Top Rated Lawyer In TransportationAmerican Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell2013
Listed in Virginia's Super LawyersVirginia Super Lawyers2012
Listed in Virginia's Super LawyersVirginia Super Lawyers2011
Listed in Virginia's Super LawyersVirginia Super Lawyers2010
Listed in Virginia's Super LawyersVirginia Super Lawyers2009
Listed in Virginia's Super LawyersVirginia Super Lawyers2008
Listed in Virginia's Super LawyersVirginia Super Lawyers2007
Best Lawyers - AdmiraltyBest Lawyers in America2007
Listed in Virginia's Super LawyersVirginia Super Lawyers2006
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerCrenshaw, Ware & Martin1989 - Present
AssociateKaufman & Canoles1986 - 1989
CaptainUnited States Army, J.A.G. Corps1982 - 1986
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Railroad Trial CounselN/A1996 - Present
Maritime Law Association of the United StatesN/A1988 - Present
Southeastern Admiralty Law InstituteChairman - 19971986 - Present
Federation of Defense and Corporate CounselMemberN/A
Defense Research Institute, Law InstituteN/AN/A
I'Anson-Hoffman American Inn of CourtPresident, 2010-2011N/A
Virginia Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
National Association of Subrogation ProfessionalsMemberN/A
Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Housing Authority Defense AttorneysN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Norfolk and Portsmouth Belt Line Rail Road Co. v. M/V MARLINAwarded $286,456.00, plus prejudgment interest.
Norfolk and Portsmouth Belt Line Railroad Co. v. M/V MARLINVerdict for my client
MidAtlantic Int'l, Inc. v. AGC Flat Glass N. Am., Inc., 497 Fed. Appx. 279 (4th Cir. 2012)N/A
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washington and Lee University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
2014 Shipping & Martime Law RoundtableShipping & Maritime Law 20142014
NPBA SeminarDeconstructing a Jury Trial2011
SEALI Annual MeetingRed Letter Clauses in Marina Slip Leases2008
Handling Marine Claims - Recent DevelopmentsMarine Insurance Claims and Practice2007
Southeast Admiralty Law Institute Annual MeetingTen Tempting (But Improper) Closing Arguments2004