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 areas include employment law, False Claims Act, personal injury and wrongful death matters. He has successfully tried several cases to verdict in state and federal courts and before arbitration panels.
Mr. Shoemaker has been named to the 2006 and 2007 editions of "Best Lawyers in America," a publication which seeks to identify the country's top practitioners through a national survey of lawyers and judges. For six consecutive years Virginia Business Magazine has named Mr. Shoemaker to its "Virginia Legal Elite" listing of the state's top lawyers. He has spoken at several seminars on employment law topics including wrongful discharge, sexual harassment, discrimination, wage and hour issues and the Family and Medical Leave Act.
Mr. Shoemaker 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 serving in the Navy, he received his Juris Doctor from the University of Richmond in 1991.
Mr. Shoemaker 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 $110,000,000.00. He was reappointed to HRSD by Governor Gilmore in 2000. Mr. Shoemaker formerly served as president of the Sarah Bonwell Hudgins Foundation and remains a member of the board of trustees. He has also served as Secretary of the Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA and on the board of directors of Peninsula Legal Aid.
Mr. Shoemaker resides in Hampton, Virginia, with his wife, Kimberly, and his daughter, Jill.