Shuttleworth, Ruloff, Swain, Haddad & Morecock, P.C.-

Shuttleworth, Ruloff, Swain, Haddad & Morecock, P.C.-

We don't rely on flamboyant lawyer advertising. At Shuttleworth, Ruloff, Swain, Haddad & Morecock, P.C., we believe there is a better way to choose a law firm: by its reputation in the legal community.

Firm Overview

Founded in 1987, Shuttleworth, Ruloff, Swain, Haddad & Morecock, P.C. is an AV-rated* law firm which is listed in the Bar of Preeminent Lawyers for both criminal and civil trial work. Eight of our attorneys are listed in the latest edition of The Best Lawyers in America, an independent lawyer listing service.

Honors like these have nothing to do with how much we spend on advertising. Rather, they are based on the skill and successes our attorneys have demonstrated in the courtroom.

Because of our reputations, many of our cases and clients come to us as referrals from other attorneys who tap us for our experience in trial advocacy, complex litigation, and cases involving complex medical and expert testimony.

If you need a lawyer for a significant personal injury, wrongful death, malpractice, business law or criminal defense, don't rely on flamboyant advertising. Ask other attorneys. Our firm counts among its clients high-profile athletes such as Newport News natives Michael Vick and Allen Iverson, as well as some of the oldest and largest businesses along the eastern coast of Virginia.

Our Virginia Beach office is located at 30th and Arctic Avenue, just a few blocks from the water, at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.

Attorney Consultation

To discuss your case with a lawyer at Shuttleworth, Ruloff, Swain, Haddad & Morecock, P.C., call 757-671-6000 or fill out the contact form at

* CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards, and policies. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.
Main Office
Main Office
317 30th Street
Virginia Beach  VA  23451
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Criminal Defense
At the law firm of Shuttleworth, Ruloff, Swain, Haddad & Morecock, P.C. in Virginia Beach, VA, our approach to representing a criminal defendant begins with an investigation of the facts and a careful examination of the relevant criminal statutes.
Negotiating With Prosecutors

If the state has a strong case against you, our defense lawyers may recommend that we negotiate with prosecutors and police to reduce the charge to a lesser-included offense. Our goal in these negotiations is to minimize the damages and spare you the consequence of a more serious criminal conviction.

If negotiations fail, our presentation of your case before a judge or jury may still result in conviction of a lesser offense where the evidence at trial supports the lesser offense. For this reason, when charged with a crime, it is important to have the benefit of a criminal defense lawyer who is familiar with Virginia law, the rules of evidence and with the particular facts of your case.

If you face sentencing for a criminal offense, our attorneys are experienced in presenting mitigating factors that can result in lesser fines, lesser periods of incarceration, and, in many cases, no jail time. Where appropriate, your attorney will also call witnesses at the sentencing phase, such as family members, clergy, employers, and others in a position to present favorable testimony.

Our attorneys are experienced in representing criminal defendants at trial and also on appeal in every types of criminal matter including:

White-Collar Crimes
Bank Fraud
Bankruptcy Fraud
Computer Hacking
Credit Card Fraud
Cyber Crime
Election Law Violations
E mail Interception
Health Care Fraud
Identity Theft
Insurance Fraud
Internet Fraud
Investment Fraud
Medicare Fraud
Money Laundering
Pyramid Schemes
Racketeering / RICO
Securities Fraud
Tax Evasion / Tax Fraud
Telemarketing Fraud
Wire Fraud

Drug Crimes (Cocaine, Heroin, Methamphetamine, Marijuana)
Possession for Sale
Prescription Fraud

Violent Crimes
Aggravated Assault
Assault and Battery
Domestic Violence
Hate Crimes
Weapons Offenses

Sex Crimes
Child Abuse
Child Enticement
Child Exploitation
Child Pornography
Child Procurement
Date Rape
Failure to Register
Indecent Exposure
Internet Porn
Lewd and Lascivious
Lewd Conduct
Marital Rape
Pimping / Pandering
Sexual Offense
Sexual Abuse
Sexual Assault
Sexual Harassment
Statutory Rape

Petty Theft
Simple Assault

Learn more about traffic court representation

Attorney Consultation

To discuss your criminal defense case with a lawyer at Shuttleworth, Ruloff, Swain, Haddad & Morecock, P.C., call 757-671-6000 or fill out the contact form at
Traffic offenses (especially misdemeanor offenses such as DUI and reckless driving) can have costs far beyond the fine you pay. Depending on the charge and the number of points assessed on your driver's license, you could face severe consequences.
At the law firm of Shuttleworth, Ruloff, Swain, Haddad & Morecock, P.C. in Virginia Beach, our defense attorneys have the knowledge to represent Virginia residents as well as out-of-state drivers who are charged with speeding tickets and other traffic court offenses such as:

Drunk driving (known as driving under the influence or DUI in Virginia)
Reckless driving
Driving under suspension or revocation
Driving without insurance
Commercial driver traffic offenses

Misdemeanor Traffic Offenses

In Virginia, misdemeanor traffic offenses require a court appearance and carry serious consequences such as court costs, a potential jail sentence, possible driver's license suspension and higher insurance premiums. An example of a misdemeanor traffic offense is reckless driving. You may be charged with reckless driving if you are caught speeding more than 20 miles over the speed limit, spinning your wheels or other offenses.

If you are charged with a misdemeanor traffic offense, our lawyers can negotiate with prosecutors with a goal of reducing the charge to a less serious ticket.

Appeals of traffic court convictions: In Virginia, everyone has a one-time right to appeal a traffic court conviction to a circuit court. This appeal (called an appeal de novo) in effect gives you the right to a whole new trial, regardless of what happened in your court case.

Attorney Consultation

To discuss your traffic court case with a lawyer at Shuttleworth, Ruloff, Swain, Haddad & Morecock, P.C., call 757-671-6000 or fill out the contact form at We represent people in traffic courts in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake and surrounding cities.

Edwin S. Booth

Ed Booth joined Shuttleworth, Ruloff, Swain, Haddad and Morecock in October of 2010 following employment as a Senior Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach. While he was a prosecutor, Mr. Booth handled many types of felony cases, from drug possession and distribution to violent crimes such as robbery, malicious wounding, and murder, and gained the unique and valuable courtroom experience that comes through service as a prosecutor.

Mr. Booth now focuses his practice on personal injury, criminal defense, and civil litigation. He believes that successful relationships between an attorney and client depend on communication and preparation. Navigating the legal system can be extremely confusing and intimidating, and people need to be able to contact their lawyer. Every client's phone calls and emails will be returned. You will understand what is happening with your case and why. You will understand the choices you have in a case, and what those choices can mean.

Sometimes those choices involve a settlement or plea agreement. It is an indisputable fact that most cases, both criminal and civil, are resolved by an agreement and there are many good reasons why this is true. It is also a fact that some cases simply need to be tried. Mr. Booth has tried criminal cases before juries in both Virginia Circuit Court and United States District Court, and is capable of taking your case to trial before a judge or a jury. He believes that solid preparation and an assumption that a case will go to trial is the best way to obtain a favorable outcome for his clients.

Richard D. Guy

Member, Virginia State House of Delegates, 1970-1972; President, Virginia Beach Bar Association, 1974; Commissioner in Chancery, Virginia Beach Circuit Court, 1977-2007; Chairman, Local Government Study Commission, 1985; Chairman, Mayor's Committee Concerning Freedom of Information Act, 1980; Former Chairman, Tidewater Community College Board; Former President, Virginia Beach Estate Planning Council, Foreman of Special Grand Jury investigating School Board activities, 1996.

Areas of Practice
Real Estate Law
Representation of Builders/Developers
Formation of Condominiums and Homeowners' Associations
Formation of Corporations and Limited Liability Companies
Subdivisions and all related matters

Bar Admissions
Maine, 1956
Virginia, 1960

American University, Washington College of Law, Washington, District of ColumbiaLL.B. - 1956

Portland (Maine) Jr. College and American UniversityB.S. - 1954

Professional Associations and Memberships
Virginia Beach, President, 1974
Virginia Bar Association, Member
American Bar Association, Member
Virginia State Bar, Real Property Law Section, Member

Robert J. Haddad

Bob Haddad has been practicing law since 1982. He attended the University of Louisville on a baseball scholarship and received his undergraduate degree in 1978. After playing a year of professional baseball, he entered the University of South Carolina Law School. He graduated from the University of South Carolina and did a clerkship with a Federal Judge in Norfolk, Virginia for one year. Obtaining a clerkship position with a Federal Judge is not only valuable as further education prior to beginning your legal career, but it is an extremely competitive position. Each Federal Judge is only allowed to hire two clerks per year. Only a select group of law school graduates are in a position to fill those clerkship slots every year.

After working in Federal Court for a year, he began his career with a local law firm in the Virginia Beach area. Three years later, he, along with several other attorneys from that firm, began the firm of Shuttleworth, Ruloff, Swain, Haddad & Morecock. He has spent his career representing folks who have been injured either through automobile accidents, medical malpractice, or by some defective product. He, along with his partner, Doug Hornsby, were the attorneys in a medical malpractice case which resulted in the largest medical malpractice wrongful death verdict ever rendered by a jury in Virginia.

Mr. Haddad is married and the father of six children. He is active in the community in working with various children's organizations, including coaching and participating in numerous school activities.

Mr. Haddad is the past President of the local chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and he was the lead attorney in the seminal Supreme Court case on common law punitive damages in drunk driving cases in Virginia, Huffman v. Love, 245 Va. 311 (1993). He was also the attorney in the Supreme Court case of Barkley v. Wallace, 267 Va. 369 (2004) that significantly broadened the right of injured persons to have their medical bills admitted into evidence in their personal injury suit, even though they had been previously discharged in bankruptcy. Mr. Haddad is a regular speaker at continuing legal education seminars and routinely receives referrals from other attorneys, asking him to participate in trials for their clients.

Areas of Practice
Medical Malpractice
Personal Injury

Bar Admissions
Virginia, 1982
South Carolina, 1982
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia, 1982
U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1983
U.S. Supreme Court, 1983

University of South Carolina School of Law, Columbia, South CarolinaJ.D. - 1982

University of LouisvilleB.S. - 1982
Major: Commerce

Honors and Awards
Listed in "Best Lawyers in America"

Professional Associations and Memberships
Norfolk Bar Association
Federal Bar Association, Tidewater Chapter, Past President
American Bar Association
Virginia State Bar Association
South Carolina Bar Association
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
American Association for Justice

Andrew M. Hendrick

Areas of Practice
Civil Litigation
Trusts and Estates

Bar Admissions
Virginia, 1998
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia
U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court

University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, VirginiaJ.D. - 1998
Law Review: Virginia Tax Review, Member and Articles Editor

The Citadel - The Military CollegeB.A. (Cum Laude) - 1995

Professional Associations and Memberships
Virginia Beach Bar Association
Virginia State Bar Association
Federal Bar Association

Past Employment Positions
the Hon. J. Calvitt Clarke, Jr., Senior U.S. District Judge, Eastern District of Virginia, Law Clerk, 1998 - 1999

Charles B. Lustig

Areas of Practice
Criminal Defense
Personal Injury
Medical Malpractice
Civil Litigation
Products Liability
Appellate Practice

Bar Admissions
Virginia, 1988
District of Columbia, 1989
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia, 1989

University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, VirginiaJ.D. - 1988

University of VirginiaB.A. - 1985
Major: With Distinction

Professional Associations and Memberships
Virginia State Bar, Member

Robert G. Morecock

Areas of Practice
Criminal Trial Practice
Personal Injury

Litigation Percentage
95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions
Virginia, 1979
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia, 1979
U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1979

Washington and Lee University School of Law, Lexington, VirginiaJ.D. - 1978

Washington & Lee UniversityB.A. (Magna Cum Laude) - 1975

Honors and Awards
Listed in "Best Lawyers in America"

Professional Associations and Memberships
Virginia Beach Bar Association, Member
American Bar Association, Member
Virginia State Bar, Member
Virginia College of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Member
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Member
American Association for Justice, Member
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member

Edwin J. Rafal

Edwin J. Rafal is of Counsel to the Law Firm. Having practiced with a firm which he co-founded for over thirty years, he came to Shuttleworth, Ruloff, Giordano & Swain in 2001. He was attracted to the firm by the commitment of excellent people to the rights of patients injured as a result of physician/health care provider negligence.

Having practiced for over 50 years, during the last 35 Ed Rafal has devoted his career to the cause of the medically injured realizing that those clients need an advocate who is familiar with the medical issues and who is willing to visit the best doctors both locally and in other areas to gain support for their cause.

Ed Rafal was educated at the University of Virginia where he received his Undergraduate Degree in 1956 and his Law Degree in 1959. At the conclusion of his schooling, he worked for eleven years with Frederick T. (Bingo) Stant who was regarded by many in our area as one of the premier local attorneys ever to address a jury in our Courts. After mentoring with Bingo, Ed Rafal practiced for some years as a general practitioner.

After a catastrophic injury came to his attention, an injury caused by medical error, he has devoted himself to representing the medically injured. Medical errors are a leading cause of death and injury in America. A study published approximately 10 years ago, made this information available to health care providers.

In 2009, a second study was published which revealed that in the 10 years since the initial publication, little has been done to correct a completely unacceptable circumstance.

The latest investigation documented medical error as the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, exceeding the toll on our roads.

Medical mistakes were found to kill approximately 200,000 people a year and injured many more.

The study concluded that secrecy built into the medical system has kept both the scope of the crisis and particular problem areas out of the public view.

Often the only way to find the truth is through the litigation process. Because the health care industry appears to be incapable of policing itself, it remains the duty of committed lawyers and dedicated judges and juries to find the hidden truth.

Ed Rafal's challenge for many years is to help in finding the truth for his clients and he is challenged to even the field between health care providers and patients who are harmed rather than helped by care or a lack of care.

In addition to his concerns for patients harmed by medical negligence, Ed Rafal has been increasingly concerned for those injured and made severely ill by impurities in our Nation's food supply. His background in medical negligence cases has caused Ed Rafal to become a willing advocate for those severely hurt by foods that all of us have a right to believe will nourish us rather than causing us to become ill.

Responsible malpractice lawyers and lawyers who have gone the extra step to learn the medicine:, have provided check on those who would continue to cause harm to a believing and trusting citizenry.

Ed Rafal has for years been listed in the Best Lawyers in America. He has the highest rating afforded by Martindale Hubbell Lawyers Directory, an AV rating. He served many terms as Chairman of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Medical Malpractice Committee and he has lectured to lawyers and physicians/health care providers in his field of practice.

Ed Rafal has succeeded on behalf of many injured patients and other persons who have entrusted their cases to him. That success is a source of great personal and professional pride.

Areas of Practice
Medical Negligence Law
Medical Disciplinary Proceedings
Medical-Legal Law
Medical Products Liability

Litigation Percentage
75% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions
Virginia, 1959

University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, VirginiaLL.B. - 1959

University of VirginiaB.A. - 1956

Honors and Awards
Listed in "Best Lawyers in America"

Professional Associations and Memberships
Norfolk-Portsmouth Bar Association, Member
American Bar Association, Member
Virginia State Bar, Member
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Past Chairman, Medical Malpractice Subcommittee
American Association for Justice, Member

Kendal D. Raspberry

Born in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Graduated from F. W. Cox High School, Class of '98. Enjoys music, theatre, beaching, swimming and bike riding. Professional interests include financial solutions for people of all income levels, the local business economy, wildlife and natural resource preservation and elder law.

Areas of Practice
Estate Planning & Probate Practice
Powers of Attorney
Advanced Medical Directives
Estate Tax Planning
Contracts & Leases

Bar Admissions
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia, 2008

Regent University School of Law, Virginia Beach, VirginiaJ.D. - 2008

James Madison UniversityB.A. - 2002

Professional Associations and Memberships
Virginia Beach Bar Association
Virginia Bar Association
Virginia State Bar

Previous Names
M. Kendall Drew

Robert E. Ruloff

Areas of Practice
Real Estate Law

Bar Admissions
Virginia, 1973
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia, 1985

Washington and Lee University School of Law, Lexington, VirginiaJ.D. - 1973

West Virginia Institute of TechnologyB.A. - 1968

Honors and Awards
Listed in "Best Lawyers" in America

Professional Associations and Memberships
Virginia Beach Bar Association, Member
Norfolk-Portsmouth Bar Association, Member
Virginia State Bar, Member

Thomas B. Shuttleworth

Tom Shuttleworth is the senior partner in the firm. As the son of working class parents, he worked his way through college and law school in a variety of jobs including parking cars, waiting tables, working in construction, working in hospitals, as a police officer, and the law library.

Mr. Shuttleworth is a trial lawyer who tries both personal injury and criminal cases. He is admitted to the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference and has in the past served in leadership roles in the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. He graduated in 1973 from Washington & Lee University Law School where he was a member of the Washington & Lee Law Review. He is listed in the Best Lawyers in America under both civil and criminal and is AV rated in The Martindale-Hubbell. He is one of the lawyers in Virginia Beach listed in the Legal Elite who has been listed under both civil and criminal law. He was chosen as the 2009 Personal Injury Lawyer of the year by Best Lawyers in America for the Norfolk/Virginia Beach area and he was chosen as the 2012 Medical Malpractice Plaintiff

Stephen C. Swain

An experienced trial lawyer who understands the effect of catastrophic injuries on working people.

Stephen Swain is an injury trial lawyer with many years of experience and hundreds of trials representing people injured in workplace, shipyard and industrial accidents, medical malpractice injuries including birth injuries, cerebral palsy, brachial plexus injuries, anesthesia and surgical injuries, nursing home and neglect and abuse injuries and truck and 18 wheeler, car accidents, motorcycle and bicycle accidents. He has tried cases in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Colorado.

Shipyard and maritime injuries have involved deck hands, tug boats, naval vessels, merchant ships and ships under repair in shipyards in Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Hampton, and Newport News. Injuries have included severe burns, loss of life, crush injuries and neck and back injuries.

Workplace and industrial injuries have involved conveyor belt injuries with defective or no guards resulting in loss of limbs, crush injuries and falls.

He has represented many mothers who were injured in child birth and whose babies were injured. Injuries included cerebral palsy, Erbs Palsy or brachial plexus injuries. He has also litigated many cases against trucking companies that employ drivers who are not well trained; work without proper sleep or rest; didn

Jeffrey T. Talbert

Bar Admissions
Virginia, 1978

Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, PennsylvaniaMaster of Law - 1983
Major: Taxation

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Detroit, MichiganJ.D. - 1977

College of William & MaryB.A. - 1974

Honors and Awards
Listed in "Best Lawyers" in America

Professional Associations and Memberships
Virginia Beach Association, Member
Virginia Bar Association, Member
Virginia State Bar, International Practice Section, Member, Board of Governors
American Immigration Lawyers Association, Member
Hampton Roads Estate Planning Council, Past Member, Executive Committee

Lawrence H. Woodward, Jr.

Lawrence H. Woodward, Jr. has an exceptionally diverse and successful law practice. He has been successful in obtaining multi-million dollar jury verdicts for individuals injured by negligence and medical malpractice. He has also secured acquittals from juries in criminal cases for individuals charged with criminal offenses ranging from murder, fraud, conspiracy and drug offenses.

Mr. Woodward has an extremely busy civil and criminal practice in all state and federal courts. His litigation practice includes successfully representing high-profile individuals in various civil and criminal cases that have garnered national attention. In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Woodward has negotiated numerous endorsement and team contracts valued at hundreds of millions of dollars for NFL and NBA players. Mr. Woodward also represents numerous businesses in Virginia in their litigation and contract matters. He is frequently called upon by companies and individuals nationwide to represent their interests in Virginia.

Mr. Woodward is married with two children and resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Areas of Practice
Criminal Trial Defense
Medical Malpractice
Personal Injury
Entertainment Law
Sports Law

Bar Admissions
Virginia, 1982
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia, 1984
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, 1984
U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1984
U.S. Supreme Court, 1984

University of Richmond, The T.C. Williams School of Law, Richmond, VirginiaJ.D. - 1982

Honors and Awards
Listed in "Best Lawyers in America"

Professional Associations and Memberships
Portsmouth Bar Association, Member
American Bar Association, Member
Virginia State Bar, Member

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