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Richard James Serpe

Personal injury Attorney at Norfolk, VA

5.0   15 reviews
  • State Years
    Virginia - VA 32 years
    Louisiana - LA 37 years
    Texas - TX 36 years
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State VA
    Acquired 1991
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State LA
    Acquired 1986
    Eligible to Practice Law No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1987
    MCLE Non-Practicing No misconduct found

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

About Richard

Learn Richard’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    Virginia personal injury lawyer Richard Serpe has dedicated his 37-year legal career to helping the injured get justice.

    37 years

  2. Animal and dog bites
    We know Virginia dog bite injury claims. If you were injured by someone else's dog, contact us for a free consultation.

    37 years

  3. Car accident
    If you were injured in a Virginia car accident that wasn't your fault, contact the Serpe Firm to for a free consultation.

    37 years

Richard Serpe has represented victims of personal injuries for over 37 years. Especially passionate about the fate of injured children, he's devoted much of his career to representing society's most vulnerable victims. He is frequently associated in complex litigation, managing cases with difficult scientific and medical issues. He has experience managing large case cohorts, including the extensive use of database and litigation support software.

Richard Serpe is listed in The Best Lawyers in America ®, and has received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell law directory, which is the highest given. He has been named a “Super Lawyer” – among the top 5 percent of lawyers in Virginia, by Virginia Super Lawyers since 2006. Mr. Serpe is admitted to practice law in Virginia, Texas and Louisiana.

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Richard Serpe, a respected Virginia brain injury lawyer, has established an extraordinary reputation for helping Virginia brain injury victims. If you've been injured in an accident contact Richard Serpe for a free case evaluation
$3.5 Million maritime accident for victim with severe brain injury.

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Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, P.C.
580 E. Main St.
Norfolk, VA, 23510


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Posted by Chris | April 27, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Total tenacity!
Richard Serpe is and will always be our hero. He fought for us for 11 years as China put up roadblock after roadblock, but he was successful. If you need a lawyer who will not quit, no matter what, Richard is your man. We highly recommend him!
Posted by anonymous | April 27, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Defective Drywall
In 2010, we discovered our home was built with a significant amount of defective Chinese Drywall. To remedy the problem, we had to move out of our home for nearly 8 months to essentially demolish the interior of our house to the studs, then rebuild. Since none of these expenses were covered by our homeowner’s policy, we engaged the law offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC to represent our interests in Virginia law suits and a national class action lawsuit. Given the country of origin of the primary defendant, we never thought we’d ever recover a dime. After nearly 10 years, this complicated case finally reached a successful conclusion. To say we were stunned by the successful outcome of this national class action suit as well as the previous Virginia suits and the fact that we were nearly made whole for our out-of-pocket expenses is an understatement. As this sad case has finally drawn to a close, we cannot thank Mr. Serpe enough for his honesty throughout the entire process, his dogged persistence, determination, attention to detail, professionalism, and the business risks he took over the past decade on behalf of those of us afflicted by this product.
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Posted by Kelli | September 2, 2019
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Honest legal advice- I highly recommend!
My husband and I have been working with Richard for the past year and had a wonderful experience. At our first meeting, he did not push us to sign anything or make us feel pressured to choose him as our lawyer; he actually would not let us sign anything and gave us a copy of the contract to read at home before deciding to work with him. My schedule was very busy and we had to relocate soon after starting the legal process. Richard always worked very hard to schedule appointments and phone calls around my schedule, even though it was my husband's lawsuit. He listened carefully to our concerns and gave us honest legal advice. We never felt that he was leading us towards decisions that were more in his interest than ours. I highly recommend the Law Offices of Richard Serpe!
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Posted by Leandra | November 29, 2018
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Top of the Line!
BEST by far. Helped me with my car accident case. I would definetely recommend to everyone 5 stars!!!
Posted by Shaniqua Jones-lewis | May 23, 2018
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Child Dog Bite
My 7-year-old daughter was outside playing with friends in front of our home when she was viciously attacked by our neighbor’s Rottweiler. The Rottweiler dug a hole under the fence, escaped, and ran straight towards the children. The dog ended up attacking my daughter by the calf, pulling her to the ground and dragging her several feet before letting go. When she arrived at the hospital, she was treated for two large lacerations and numerous small bites and puncture wounds before being transferred to CHKD where she had to have surgery. My lawyer, Richard Serpe, and his staff did a thorough investigation into the dog owner, and were able to secure a settlement for my daughter. The settlement allowed us to pay her medical bills, as well as set aside funds for her future education. I am so glad I decided to contact Richard Serpe. Even though his office was 4 hours away, he and his staff handled all of the complicated legal issues so that I could focus on my daughter’s health and healing. If you’ve been hurt because someone else was careless, I highly recommend you call Richard Serpe no matter where you are in Virginia. THANK YOU! [
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Posted by Arshia | July 11, 2017
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Dog attack
When I passed a woman walking her dogs, I had no idea the dogs would lunge at me. The attack left me with serious injuries on my face and arm. I still have the scars today. Thankfully, I reached out to Richard Serpe, who handled everything for me. The whole process was much easier than I ever expected, and his entire team was so easy to work with. Thanks to them, I got a settlement beyond anything I could have expected. I would like to thank Mr. Serpe and his entire staff, specially Meg Cudden who went out of her way to help me numerous times throughout my case. If you're considering hiring a lawyer for a dog attack, or any other type of personal injury, don't hesitate to give Richard Serpe a call.
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Posted by Liz and Steve | January 28, 2016
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Outstanding Attorney
Richard Serpe is a wonderful attorney. He was by our side throughout our ordeal with Chinese drywall. He is passionate about his job and seeks justice for all he represents!
Posted by Don | May 20, 2015
Absolute Trust
My experience with Richard Serpe can be summarized in two words, “absolute trust.” I came to Mr. Serpe on the advice of a friend after a car hit me while riding my motorcycle. I immediately sensed that Mr. Serpe was an exceptionally capable and professional attorney whose sole objective would be to look out for my best interests; and that’s precisely what he did. He was candid and thorough when discussing the circumstances of my case and always ensured I understood the legal process and what to expect next. His advice was invaluable and enabled me to reach a settlement that fairly compensated me for the injuries I sustained and provided me with financial security. I would not hesitate to contact Richard Serpe again if the situation necessitated it; I would recommend him to anyone.
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Posted by Janine | May 20, 2015
Best help ever!!
Mr. Serpe represented me in an auto accident claim. He was super form beginning to end. Totally understanding and knowledgeable. I am really happy he was recommended to me. He helped me resolve a very stressful problem with my insurance company.
Posted by Eddie | May 4, 2015
A maritime accident settlement that changed my life.
After a major maritime accident on the water, I was scared and didn't know where to turn. The Law Offices of Richard Serpe and his great staff treated me with the utmost respect and attention that I needed. They treated me like a member of the family. I was awarded a settlement that changed my life and my family’s life, and I thank the law firm for that. Not only during the case, but after as well, the law firm has looked after me. If I had to recommend anyone, I would recommend Richard Serpe.
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Posted by Elizabeth | April 29, 2015
Justice for Victims of Chinese Drywall
Richard Serpe was the answer to our prayers for finding justice in the legal system. Our fight against the toxic drywall case over the course of six years was emotional and difficult to live with every day. Richard was with us the entire way to help us get through this nightmare. He always made us feel like we were more than just clients... he treated us like we were family! We highly recommend him to help with product liability issues. Hopefully, we will never need him again. If we do, he will be the one we will call. He was professional but concerned for our welfare as if we were his extended family. The Serpe Firm was always there to help us out when we needed assistance and answers to questions.
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Posted by Fred Michaux | April 28, 2015
Lawyers you can trust!
Our family has been represented for the last five years in a federal and state suit against parties responsible for our home being built with faulty drywall. We have always found everyone at their firm to be kind, caring, compassionate, diligent, and very skilled! They were able to procure a settlement for us and many others through this ordeal when so many others said it would be impossible. They were patient with our many questions and always timely with their responses!
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Posted by Jerry | April 26, 2015
Battle against toxic Chinese drywall
We are deeply appreciative of Richard Serpe's perseverance and relentless pursuit of justice in representing us in our battle against Taishan Gypsum. We realize that it was only due to the tireless efforts of Richard and his associates that justice prevailed.
Posted by Melissa | April 11, 2014
Bringing in Richard Serpe was my best decision!
Within seconds of meeting with Richard Serpe, he identified a number of potential mistakes I was making - many of which could have been quite costly. Throughout the entire process, from the accident, to physical therapy to court dates and depositions, Richard acted as my advocate, my friend, my partner and my champion. He was meticulous in his gathering of evidence, he was thoughtful in how he handled documentation. There were days when I couldn't focus on the future because the present was just too challenging. Richard often checked in on me, took phone calls and emails and was incredibly responsive. He took all the heat so I could focus on recovery. I can't imagine how I would have been able to make it through this process without having Richard by my side.
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Posted by anonymous | December 30, 2008
client comments
Richard is without question the most competent attorney I've ever met, and his character is above reproach. When I need legal advice, he is always the first person I call.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-40%


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Law Office of Richard J. Serpe, PC
  • 2007 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Glasser and Glasser, PLC
  • 1992 - 2007
  • Associate
  • Martzell & Bickford, Apc
  • 1986 - 1992


  • Tulane University School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws in Maritime
  • 1989
  • Tulane University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1986
  • University of Virginia
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts in Economics
  • 1983

Legal Cases

  • ATV Fell off Forklift, Striking Victim
  • $1,550,000.00
  • Maritime Accident Victim with Brain Injury
  • $3,500,000.00
  • Germano v. Taishan, Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law


  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Lecturer, Member
  • N/A
  • Norfolk-Portsmouth Bar Association
  • Lecturer, Member
  • N/A
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Proctor in Admiralty
  • N/A
  • Member of Texas, Louisiana, and Virginia Bar
  • N/A
  • MDL 2047 Chinese Manufactured Drywall Products Liability Litigation
  • Plaintiff Steering Committee
  • 2010 - 2020
  • Virginia Bar Association, Civil Litigation Council Section
  • Vice-Chair
  • 2002 - 2003
  • Virginia Bar Association, Civil Litigation Council Section
  • Secretary
  • 1999 - 2001
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Virginia Super Lawyer 2006 - 2021
  • Virginia Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Best Lawyer in America 2005 - 2021
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2021
  • AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Lawyer of the Year (Personal Injury - Plaintiffs - Norfolk)
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2020
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Speaking Engagements

  • 2015 Annual Convention: Courage to Fight Injustice
  • Strategies to Harness the Power of a Paper-less Office
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (3)
Endorse Richard
Car accident Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Richard is an extremely intelligent person and a very kind man. Not only is Richard a top-notch attorney, but he also is very compassionate one. You will feel better -- instantly -- just knowing that he is working with you."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Richard Serpe is one of the top attorneys in the United States for catastrophic injury and wrongful death lawsuits,. He represents his clients with the highest degree of skill and integrity and has a track record of significant settlements and jury verdicts. If he is willing to accept your case, you should consider yourself very fortunate."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Richard. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I worked for Richard before I went to law school and he was an advocate for me. I certainly endorse Richard in his practice."
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Norfolk Personal injury Lawyer Richard James Serpe
Richard James Serpe
Personal injury Attorney
Norfolk, VA
Licensed for 37 years
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