About Attorney James H. Shoemaker, Jr.

Serving Clients in Virginia Beach, Hampton Roads, Washington D.C. & Throughout the U.S.

James H. (Jamie) Shoemaker, Jr., has practiced law at Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein (PWHD) since 1993 and has been a partner with the firm since 1996.

Practice Areas

Mr. Shoemaker focuses his practice on litigation matters involving:


For more than two decades, Mr. Shoemaker has sought justice for whistleblowers, victims of fraud and those clients adversely affected by unlawful employment practices such as sexual harassment and wage and hour violations.

He has tried more than 70 cases to verdict in federal and state courts, as well as before arbitration panels, Administrative Law Judges and other forums. He has successfully resolved hundreds of additional cases through settlement and mediation for his clients.

Mr. Shoemaker has served as lead counsel or co-lead counsel in several False Claims Act qui tam matters involving healthcare fraud and fraud against the Department of Defense. One of Mr. Shoemaker’s clients was among the eight successful qui tam relators in the $2.3 billion recovery against Pfizer in 2009 – one of the largest whistleblower settlements in U.S. history.

Mr. Shoemaker is a member of the Virginia State Bar and has served as lead counsel in cases in several other states through pro hac vice admission, including: California, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, the District of Columbia, North Carolina, Ohio, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.


Mr. Shoemaker’s excellence in practice has been recognized by several prestigious organizations, including the following honors:

  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell.
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2006. This publication seeks to identify the country’s top practitioners through a national survey of lawyers and judges.
  • Named to “Virginia Legal Elite” list by Virginia Business Magazine for the past twelve years.
  • Awarded the Courageous Advocate Award by the New York chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association in 2005.


Mr. Shoemaker has spoken at several seminars on employment law topics including:

Education and Military Experience

Mr. Shoemaker attended the Virginia Military Institute on a Navy ROTC scholarship where he studied Economics and earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1984. After graduating from VMI, he served as Navigator and Tactical Action Officer aboard a destroyer and made two deployments to the Middle East. Following four years of active duty, Mr. Shoemaker also served three years in the reserves while pursuing his Juris Doctor from the University of Richmond which he received in 1991.

Community Involvement

During his years of practice, Mr. Shoemaker has remained active in the community in several ways:

  • Former president of the Tidewater Federal Bar Association
  • Former president and trustee of the Sarah Bonwell Hudgins Foundation
  • Appointed by two Virginia governors to HRSD, Hampton Roads' sanitation utility, which has an annual budget of approximately $300,000,000.
  • Board member of Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA
  • Board member of Peninsula Legal Aid
  • Fort Monroe Authority Finance Committee
  • Board member of Christopher Newport University Sailing Foundation
  • Board member of St. Andrews Episcopal School

Mr. Shoemaker resides in Hampton, Virginia, with his wife, Kimberly, and their daughter, Jill.

If you need an experienced employment and whistleblower claims lawyer, call James H. Shoemaker, Jr.,today at 757-223-4580 for your consultation. We welcome clients throughout the United States.