Richard Shapiro

Shapiro, 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.


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)

Selected to the Top 100 Trial Lawyers of Virginia, by the National Trial Lawyers

"AV Preeminent" rating from Martindale-Hubbell

Recognized as a "Best Lawyer" for railroad worker injury and personal injury litigation

Recognized as a Virginia Super Lawyer, a distinction less than 5 percent of practicing attorneys receive.

Law School:

George Mason University, J.D., with distinction, 1984.

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).
Ratliff v. Norfolk Southern Railway Co., 2009 WL 649268 (March 12, 2009) (Link to WV Supreme Court Opinion)
Payne v. CSX Transportation, Inc., No. 2-231-07, (Dec. 27, 2013) (Link to June 2015 TN Supreme Court Opinion)
Bilenky v. Ryobi Technologies, Inc.,, No. 2:13-cv-00345 (E.D. Va. June 26, 2015) (Link to Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals opinion upholding $2.5 million jury verdict)

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.