Avery T. Waterman

Firm Overview

Recognition is for the broad sophisticated personal injury practice, including asbestos, wrongful death, brain injuries, vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, sexual abuse, crime victims, and other civil litigation. Founded in 1955, it is now one of the two largest based on the Virginia Peninsula.

Example cases

Riverside Hosp. Inc v. Johnson, 272 Va.518, 636 S.E. 2d 416 (2006) was a medical malpractice case tried to jury verdict for $1,670,000 and upheld on appeal by the Virginia Supreme Court in a landmark opinion. In another recent case, I successfully obtained a confidential settlement for 115 clients in class action litigation certified by United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Additionally, court opinions of my cases are published. E.g., Kane v Hargis, 987 F.2d 1005 (4th Cir. 1992); Alley v. Chrysler Credit Corp., 767 F.2d 138 (5th Cir. 1985); Webb v. Stevens, 2008 U.S. Dist. Lexis 61480 (E.D.N.C. Aug. 11, 2008); Choimbol v. Fairfield Resorts, Inc., 2006 U.S. Dist. Lexis 19340 (E.D. Va. 2006); Zhu v. Rocco Farms, Inc., 1998 U.S. Dist. Lexis 21781 (W.D. Va. 1998); Amchem Prods., Inc. v. Newport News Circuit Court Asbestos Cases Plaintiffs, 264 Va. 89 (2002); Waterman v. Halverson, 261 Va. 203 (2001); Carr v. Carr, No. 0096-09-1 (Aug. 18, 2009) reh. denied en banc (Va. App., Sep. 22, 2009); Pais v. Automation Prods, Inc., 36 Va. Cir. 230 (Newport News 1995); Treitler v. American Druggists' Ins. Co., 474 So.2d 475 (La. App. 1985); Evans v. Detweiler, 466 So.2d 800 (La. App. 1984); Duckworth v. GEICO, 464 So.2d 907 (La. App. 1984); Landaiche v. Lou-Con, 461 So.2d 1107 (La. App. 1984); In re Tutorship of Werling, 459 So.2d 758 (La. App. 1984); and Mayeur v. American Cyanamid Co., 459 So.2d 292 (La. App. 1984).

Main Office
12350 Jefferson Avenue
Suite 300
Newport News  VA  23602
  • (757) 881-9881
  • (888) 881-7881
  • (757) 223-4499


Free Initial Consultation?
All initial consultation for personal injury cases are FREE.
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
Except for special cases accepted on an hourly fee basis, all cases are on a contingency fee basis (where the client is responsible for an attorney fee ONLY if there is a recovery by settlement or award).
Hourly Rates
$395 (ONLY for non-contingency fee cases).

Office Information

Office Hours
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Emergency after hours: Flexible special appointments.
Office Manager
Jeanne Varco: (757) 223-4568 and Megan Pham: (757) 223-4469.
Emergency After Hours
Languages Spoken

Other Offices

Williamsburg, VA
322 East Landing
Williamsburg,  VA  23185

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

Initially, I pursued personal injury litigation because of liking the individuals practicing in at my first law firm. Subsequently, I switched from defending to prosecuting personal injury cases because vindicating victims was more rewarding.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I encourage my clients and prospective ones to be as legally informed as possible, including particularly by visiting my legal website and my legal blog.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I review all pertinent documents (regardless their preparer) for cases I am undertaking legal representation.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

Unfortunately, court rules and professional liability insurers effectively preclude me from ghost-writing lawsuit papers and advising pro se litigants.

Avery Waterman

(1982-1986) Associate, McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC, New Orleans, Louisiana; and (1982) Adjunct Professor, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana. Also, I have served without compensation as a judge at Mock Trial Competition of Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Moot Court Competition of University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia; and Moot Court Competition at William and Mary School of Law, Williamsburg, Virginia.

I received an excellent education at Virginia's top college and law school, which was all the more meaningful for having put myself through those educational institutions on my own financially. I have had sophisticated work experience, first at a leading regional defense firm and now at the area's leading plaintiff law firm. Persevering successfully through multiple personal hardships has sensitized me to victim clients and toughened me for litigation.

My hardworking style is to be aggressive, tenacious and creative. I am uniformly strong across all facets of litigation: from investigation to discovery, from mediation to settlement, from trial to appeal, and otherwise.

Personal interests:

I enjoy family and friends; working out, cycling, running and kayaking; concerts and festivals; movies, theater and arts; black-tie and sporting events; mountains and beaches; and some free time.

  • Bar Number: 27118
    Virginia , 1987
  • Bar Number: 444977
    District of Columbia , 1995
  • Bar Number: 01636
    Louisiana , 1982

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