About Jamie Shoemaker

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


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

Practice Areas

Jamie focuses his practice on litigation matters involving:


Highly experienced in complex litigation, Jamie has served as lead counsel and co-lead counsel in some of the most significant False Claims Act (“FCA”) and employment cases in the United States. Jamie represented the successful whistleblower in U.S. ex rel Williams v. Reckitt Benckiser Group (“RBG”) which settled for a total of $1.4 billion dollars in 2019 – at the time it was the largest fraud settlement ever obtained related to the opioid crisis. In 2021, he represented the same client against a Reckitt subsidiary that resulted in an additional $600 million dollar settlement. Though Jamie’s client was the third to file against the Reckitt family of companies, he was the first lawyer to name the London-based parent, RBG. As a result, Jamie’s client was deemed first-filed as to both cases and won a high eight-figure whistleblower award. Jamie also represented one of the eight successful relators in the 2009 recovery against Pfizer totaling $2.3 billion. The Pfizer and Reckitt settlements are each among the top 5 FCA settlements ever obtained. In 2017, Jamie obtained the largest FMLA verdict ever returned in Virginia, and one of the largest in the U.S. He has achieved wage and hour class action recoveries that are among the largest ever obtained in the Southeast. He was named one of Virginia’s ten “Go To Employment Lawyers” by Virginia Lawyers Weekly in 2022.

Mr. Shoemaker is a member of the Virginia State Bar, is admitted to practice in all Virginia state and federal courts, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and has served as lead counsel in cases brought 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.
  • Named one of Virginia's ten "Go to Employment Lawyers" by Virginia Lawyers Weekly in 2022.


Education and Military Experience

Jamie attended the Virginia Military Institute on a Navy ROTC scholarship and received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from VMI in 1984. Upon his graduation from VMI, he was commissioned as a naval officer and served four years on active duty and three years in the reserves. While on active duty, he served as navigator and tactical action officer aboard a destroyer and made two deployments to the North Atlantic and Middle East. In 1991, after his naval service, he received his Juris Doctor from the University of Richmond.

Community Involvement

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

  • Old Point National Bank Peninsula Regional Board
  • Former president of the Hampton Roads 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.
  • Former Board member of Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA
  • Former Board member of Peninsula Legal Aid
  • Former Fort Monroe Authority Finance Committee
  • Former Board member of Christopher Newport University Sailing Foundation
  • Former Board member of St. Andrews Episcopal School

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

Contact us Today!

If you need an experienced employment and whistleblower claims lawyer, call James H. Shoemaker, Jr., today at 757.223.4560 for your consultation. We welcome clients throughout the United States.

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