James H. Shoemaker, Jr.
James H. ("Jamie") Shoemaker, Jr. became an associate in the law firm of Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein ("PWHD") in 1993 after spending two years with a large firm based in Norfolk, Virginia. He became a partner in PWHD in 1996. His practice includes all areas of employment law, False Claims Act (whistleblower) and Fair Labor Standards Act (overtime) litigation matters. He has tried over seventy cases to verdict in state and federal courts of record, before arbitration panels, Administrative Law Judges and other forums. He has successfully resolved several times this number through settlement and mediation.
Jamie has significant experience litigating False Claims Act whistleblower cases. He has served as lead counsel or co-lead counsel in several FCA qui tam matters involving various types of healthcare fraud and fraud against the Department of Defense. Obtaining government interventions in these cases can be vital in achieving ultimate success. Jamie and his partners have obtained government intervention in a significant number of cases. One of his clients was among the eight successful relators in the 2009 recovery against Pfizer. This recovery totaled $2.1 billion dollars, and is one of the largest qui tam settlements in U.S. history.
Since 2006, Jamie has been listed in "Best Lawyers in America," a publication which seeks to identify the country's top practitioners through a national survey of lawyers and judges. For the past ten years Virginia Business Magazine has named Jamie to its "Virginia Legal Elite" listing of the state's top lawyers. In 2005, the New York chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association awarded him their Courageous Advocate Award at a ceremony in Manhattan. Jamie is a member of the Virginia State Bar, and has served as lead counsel in matters pending in several other states through pro hac vice admission including California, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina, Ohio, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. He has spoken at several seminars on employment law topics including non-compete agreements, wrongful discharge, sexual harassment, discrimination, wage and hour issues, the False Claims Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act.
Jamie attended the Virginia Military Institute on a Navy ROTC scholarship and received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from VMI in 1984. Following his graduation from VMI, he served four years as a naval officer on active duty and two years in the reserves. While in the Navy he served as Navigator and Tactical Action Officer aboard a destroyer and made two deployments to the Middle East. After his military service, he received his Juris Doctor from the University of Richmond in 1991.
Jamie is involved in many community activities and serves on various boards and commissions. Governor Allen appointed him as a commissioner of the seven member Hampton Roads Sanitation District Commission in 1995. HRSD is a public waste water utility with an annual budget of approximately $200,000,000.00. He was reappointed to HRSD by Governor Jim Gilmore in 2000. Jamie formerly served as president and trustee of the Sarah Bonwell Hudgins Foundation. He has also served on the Boards of the Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA, Peninsula Legal Aid, Christopher Newport University Sailing Foundation and St. Andrews Episcopal School. He is a former president of the Tidewater Federal Bar Association.
Jamie resides in Hampton, Virginia, with his wife, Kimberly, and their daughter, Jill.