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Shapiro & Appleton

Richard N. Shapiro

Richard N. Shapiro

Richard N. Shapiro

  • Shapiro & Appleton
  • 8 Juniper Trail, Suite 7 Kitty Hawk, NC
  • 1-800-752-0042

Rick has practiced personal injury law for over twenty years. He is a Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (ABA Accredited) and has handled personal injury cases throughout the eastern United States, including wrongful death, trucking, faulty products, railroad and medical negligence claims.

Rick received his college degree from the University of Maryland, served as staff assistant to U.S. Congressman Whitehurst, and graduated from George Mason Law School with distinction and was a member of the George Mason Law Review.  Rick went on to co-author “Railroad Health & Safety; a Litigator’s Guide” which appears in a leading law encyclopedia, “American Jurisprudence Trials”. 
Rick is now Board Certified in Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification of Massachusetts (ABA Accredited).  Rick was elected chair of the Railroad Law section of the American Association for Justice (AAJ, 2005-2006) and is an Executive Committee Member of the Railroad Trial Lawyers Association. He has lectured on evidence law to the AAJ, VTLA, Georgia TLA, as well as to Virginia lawyers.
To reach Rick, call our toll free number, 1-800-752-0042, or fill out a quick contact form which will be forwarded to Rick for review. 

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Rick's professional accolades and accomplishments

  • Recognized as a "Best Lawyer in America" by U.S. News & World Report (since 2009)
  • Rated "AV" Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. 
  • Recognized as a "Super Lawyer" by Law & Politics Magazine in the field of personal injury law (state: VA, since 2010)
  • Ranked as a top-100 trial lawyer by the American Trial Lawyers Association. 
  • Chairman of the Railroad Trial Lawyers Association
  • Rick is an inventor, holding 14 U.S. patents relating to compact, folding wheel axle technology applied to wagons, carts, jogging strollers and other products. He also has been granted several international patents and several of his designs are used on products sold in the US and internationally.  
     Best Personal Lawyer in North CarolinaNBLSC Member Website Medallion         


Presentations & Speeches

Prominent Reported Legal Decisions


  • Railroad Health & Safety; a Litigator’s Guide, Co-Author, 72 Am. Jur. Trials, p.1 (West). 
  • Using Medical Evidence to Maximize Personal Injury Case Damages, The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Vol. 21, No. 1, 39-46 (2009). 
  • Statistics Evidence in Injury Cases: Excluding It or Infusing It in Direct Exam?, The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Volume 23, No. 2, 3-6 (2012) (Link to article here).
  • Author and Editor for three health and safety blogs on The Legal Examiner.
  • Top 10 Civil Justice Stories, The Legal Examiner, 2015 and 2016

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Has litigated cases throughout the eastern U.S.

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • 4th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Numerous Federal courts

Community Activities

Rick donates to numerous charitable organizations outlined elsewhere on this website. Member: Norfolk-Portsmouth and Virginia Beach Bar Associations; Virginia State Bar; Virginia Trial Lawyers Association; American Association For Justice (Chairman, Railroad Section, 2005-2006); Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys.
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