Richard Shapiro

Shapiro, Cooper, Lewis & Appleton, P.C.
1294 Diamond Springs Rd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23455

He served as a law clerk to Federal District Court Judge Robert G. Doumar in Norfolk, and now exclusively handles injury law. He co-authored “Railroad Health & Safety; a Litigator's Guide” which appears in a leading law encyclopedia, “American Jurisprudence Trials”, and is Board Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by the N.B.T.A. Rick was elected chair of the Railroad Law section of the American Association for Justice (AAJ, 2005-2006) and has lectured on evidence law to the AAJ, VTLA, Georgia TLA, as well as to Virginia lawyers. A member of Primerus Society of Law Firms.


RICHARD SHAPIRO received his college degree from the University of Maryland, served as staff assistant to U.S. Congressman Whitehurst and graduated from George Mason Law School With Distinction.

Professional Honors & Activities:

Recipient, George Mason Law Alumni Honor Scholarship, 1984. Member, George Mason University Law Review, 1982-1984 (Article Published-1984)

Law School: George Mason University, J.D., with distinction, 1984.

Member of the Primerus International Society of Law Firms Rick is an inventor, holding 13 U.S. patents relating to compact, folding wheel axle technology applied to wagons, carts, jogging strollers and other products.

He also has been granted several international patents and several of his designs are used on products sold in the US and internationally.

Presentations & Speeches:

Rick has lectured before lawyers with the AAJ, VTLA and GTLA, on evidence law and railroad law.


Railroad Health & Safety; a Litigator's Guide. Co-Author, 72 Am. Jur. Trials, p.1 (West).

Reported/Published legal decisions: Bray v. Ins. Co. of State of Pa., 917 F2d 130 (4th Cir. 1990).

Bar Admissions:

He is admitted to practice law in Virginia, West Virginia, Washington, D.C., and North Carolina, and has litigated cases throughout the eastern U.S.

Court Admissions:

U.S. Supreme Court, 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, numerous Fed. courts

Community Activities:

Rick donates to numerous charitable organizations outlined elsewhere on this website.

Member: Norfolk-Portsmouth and Virginia Beach Bar Associations

Virginia State Bar

Virginia Trial Lawyers Association

American Association For Justice (Chairman, Railroad Section, 2005-2006)

Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys.