Case Results

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

Important Note: Past case results as reported in this website do not guarantee and are not an adequate basis on which to predict similar results in future cases. The outcome of any lawsuit depends upon a variety of factors that are unique to each case.

Mr. Shoemaker has over 20 years of experience in handling very significant cases in the areas of employment law, False Claims Act, personal injury and wrongful death litigation. The following are selected case summaries of a few of the cases handled by Mr. Shoemaker over recent years:

  • Three separate Fraternal Orders of Police have chosen Mr. Shoemaker to represent urban police forces in wage and hour matters.  Two of these cases resulted in more than $3.8 million in settlements and a third case is still in litigation.

  • Mr. Shoemaker represented a group of African-American employees who asserted claims of race discrimination, racial harassment and retaliation against a large corporate employer.  After months of litigation, hearings on various issues and numerous depositions, Mr. Shoemaker recovered a settlement for his clients just prior to trial in the amount of $4,000,000.

  • Mr. Shoemaker represented a senior executive of a Fortune 100 company.  The executive asserted that he was denied promotion opportunities because of his race.  Mr. Shoemaker obtained a settlement for the executive in the amount of $1,400,000.

  • Mr. Shoemaker represented two executives who claimed that they were retaliated against in violation of the False Claims Act and, more specifically, 31 U.S.C. §3730(h).  Mr. Shoemaker obtained a recovery of $350,000 for the executives without having to file suit.

  • Mr. Shoemaker represented a young African-American executive in a race discrimination case. Under his former supervisor, the young man excelled and was named Employee of the Year. After being assigned a new supervisor, things changed. The new supervisor used the most toxic racial epithets when discussing the young manager behind his back and treated him in a disparate and discriminatory manner. The new supervisor eventually fired the young man. Mr. Shoemaker gathered witnesses from across the country (California, Texas and South Carolina) and, serving as sole trial counsel against a multi-lawyer team from a large law firm, tried the case before a jury in United States District Court. The trial lasted for five days. The jury returned a verdict for Mr. Shoemaker's client in the amount of $620,000. Mr. Shoemaker successfully defended the company's attempts to reduce or dismiss the verdict post-trial.

  • Mr. Shoemaker represented the family of a 41 year old woman who died as a result of a physician's negligence. After a lengthy mediation, he obtained a settlement for the woman's family in the amount of $2.1 million dollars. The unique aspect of this recovery was that it occurred in a state which limited recovery for pain and suffering in medical cases to approximately $900,000, which the defendants readily agreed to pay. The decedent was a housewife and did not have substantial earnings, yet Mr. Shoemaker made use of a nationally renowned economics expert and obtained an additional settlement for economic damages (on which there was no limit) in the amount of approximately $1.2 million dollars for a total recovery of $2.1 million.

  • Mr. Shoemaker represented an executive in a False Claims Act case who was fired after reporting false claims submitted by his employer under a government contract. Mr. Shoemaker brought claims for a qui tam recovery as well as a claim for wrongful termination under the False Claims Act. As a result of the case, substantial sums were returned to the U.S. Treasury and Mr. Shoemaker's client received a substantial six figure recovery.

  • In another wage and hour case, Mr. Shoemaker represented a group of employees in a service business who did not receive overtime to which they were entitled. Mr. Shoemaker's clients obtained a recovery in excess of $240,000

  • Mr. Shoemaker represented a woman who was fired shortly after rebuffing a supervisor's sexual advances. He obtained a total recovery for his client in the amount of approximately $185,000.

  • Mr. Shoemaker has handled five hostile environment sexual harassment cases that have resulted in six-figure recoveries. He has handled several more that have resulted in recoveries between $50,000 and $100,000.