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$8.47M Verdict

In February, a jury handed down the multi-million dollar verdict to the family of John Bristow, a retired shipyard worker who died from mesothelioma.

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Leader in Asbestos Law

Attorney Robert R. Hatten has been recognized by Newsweek Magazine as a prominent leader in the representation of asbestos exposure victims.

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PWHD Responds to Fake News Story

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Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein - Local Lawyers with a National Reputation.

PWHD IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE, EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2020

LINDSEY A. CARNEY IS THE NEW MANAGING PARTNER.

 
Lindsey A. Carney joined the law firm of Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein, L.C. (PWHD) in 2004 after graduating from the Marshall WytheSchool of Law at the College of William & Mary where she served as an editor on the Journal of Women and the Law. Ms. Carney has extensive experience in commercial real estate representation in the areas of development, acquisitions and other transactions, as well as sales and leasing, land use and zoning, and general business counsel in the areas of entity formation, contract negotiation and transactions. Ms. Carney graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Governmental Administration with a concentration in Legal Studies from Christopher Newport University in 2001, where she was also a member of the women’s basketball team. Ms. Carney has been recognized by her peers to be chosen as a “Super Lawyer” and “Legal Elite”. She was recognized by her peers in 2015 as one of the most influential women in Virginia. Ms. Carney currently serves as Vice Chair of the United Way of the Virginia Peninsula; a member of the Board of Visitors of Christopher Newport University; Chair of the Christopher Newport University Athletic Advisory Council; a member of the Board of Directors of the Peninsula Fine Arts Center; and a member of the Peninsula Airport Commission. She is also adjunct faculty at Christopher Newport University. Ms. Carney is excited to have been elected as the Managing Partner of PWHD effective January 1, 2020 and looksforward to continuing the zealous advocacy of the firm for its clients and the community. Robert “Bobby” Hatten is a pioneer and national leader in the field of Asbestos Litigation. For over 45 years, he has been prosecuting cases across Virginia and the nation for shipyard workers, Navy veterans, industrial workers, and their families. His work has established landmark decisions relating to maritime jurisdiction, statutes of limitations, conflicts of law, monetary damages, and product liability. For over 25 years he has been recognized by his peers to be included in "The Best Lawyers in America" and has frequently been chosen as a "Super Lawyer" in the field of personal injury and product liability litigation. He was honored by Best Lawyers to be the "2019 Lawyer of the Year in Virginia". Mr. Hatten has served on the Board of Trustees of St. Andrews Episcopal School, Lexington Theological Seminary, Hampden-Sydney College, the General Samuel V. Wilson Leadership Center at Hampden-Sydney College, and the Board of Visitors of Christopher Newport University, where he is now the Rector. Mr. Hatten was the past Chairman of the Board of the United Way of the Virginia Peninsula and the current Chairman of the Board of Soundscapes. Mr. Hatten has served as the Managing Partner of Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein, L.C. (PWHD) since 1991. Mr. Hatten and all of the Partners at PWHD agree that Ms. Carney is the right person to direct the development and growth of the firm into the next decade. Mr. Hatten will continue to be the lead trial lawyer for the PWHD Asbestos Litigation team.
PWHD is the largest law firm on the north side of Hampton Roads, serving the cities of Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Portsmouth and Norfolk, and the counties of York, Gloucester, James City and Isle of Wight. In 2020, PWHD received the designation of “Best Law Firms” in Virginia by U.S. News and World Report

Virginia Mesothelioma Lawyers

Patten, Wornom, Hatten and Diamonstein is a dynamic Newport News, Virginia law firm with a national reputation as pioneers and champions of the rights of asbestos victims. Since 1975, this firm has won landmark decisions, dozens of jury verdicts and thousands of settlements for mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer victims against negligent asbestos product manufacturers. Read more about our firm successes in our Firm News Section.

Robert R. (Bobby) Hatten is the firm's manager and lead trial lawyer with a talented and experienced team of seven fulltime asbestos trial lawyers. Bobby's jury victories for mesothelioma victims were in the top 10 multi-million dollar verdicts of the year for 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011-the only Virginia lawyer to have top ten verdicts for all six consecutive years. His peers in the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and Virginia Lawyers Weekly have designated Bobby as a "Courageous Advocate for the Rights of Asbestos Victims" and a "Leader of the Law". Bobby has also been named as the "Norfolk Personal Injury Litigation Lawyer of the Year" for 2012 by Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.

Patten, Wornom, Hatten and Diamonstein is nationally recognized for their leadership in fighting for the rights of mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis victims. View our Asbestos Litigation Record to learn more about our firm's history in handling mesothelioma claims. If you have a mesothelioma claim, contact our attorneys today for a Free Case Evaluation.

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In Bobby's hometown of Newport News, nearly one thousand people have been diagnosed with mesothelioma in the last thirty-five years. Bobby has represented most of these victims and hundreds of victims who were diagnosed in other Tidewater Virginia hospitals including Hampton, Williamsburg, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Suffolk.

Asbestos is the only cause of malignant mesothelioma. Unfortunately, in the 19th and into the 20th century, asbestos was very popular with manufacturers due to its resistance to heat. Even after asbestos companies learned that it caused mesothelioma, asbestosis, and other lung diseases, they continued to manufacture asbestos products, such as gaskets, packing, pipe covering, asbestos insulated equipment, brake pads, and drywall. Consequently, malignant mesothelioma, asbestos related cancer and asbestosis have reached epidemic levels in Virginia; leading causes include exposure to asbestos:

  • In the shipyards
  • Aboard naval vessels, while serving in the military
  • In large industrial plants

The shipbuilding industry in Virginia is one of the primary sources of asbestos exposure. Because of the numerous shipyards, such as the Newport News Shipyard (the largest private shipyard in the world), the Norfolk Naval Shipyard (the largest naval shipyard in the world), and the Horne Brothers Shipyard, and Norfolk Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, hundreds of Virginia shipyard workers and dozens of family members have died from mesothelioma.

The numerous Virginia shipyards, especially in and around Norfolk and Newport News, as well as the U.S. Naval Base, are also responsible for exposing the crewmen on Navy ships to asbestos. Many have since contracted asbestos related cancers such as mesothelioma. Whether aboard ship, while stationed in Virginia or based in Newport News, or during an overhaul in the Norfolk Navy Yard, the close quarters and poor ventilation, along with countless tons of asbestos materials, have caused thousands of cases of Mesothelioma in Navy Veterans.

Firm Success

Our success in asbestos litigation has gained Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein both national and local recognition. For instance, several of our attorneys, including Robert R. Hatten, Donald N. Patten and William W.C. Harty, have been named "Super Lawyers," a title given to only 5% of practicing attorneys. For more on our awards and recent legal happenings, visit our news section.

Serving victims of asbestos exposure, the lawyers at Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein are dedicated to fulfilling your legal needs. Feel free to call us today at (888) 664-1783 or fill our our free case evaluation form.

Super Lawyers
Seriously Outstanding
only 5% selected each year


Super Lawyers
Seriously Outstanding
only 5% selected each year


Super Lawyers
Seriously Outstanding
only 5% selected each year


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