Attorney Richard Serpe

Attorney Richard SerpeFor more than 37 years, Richard Serpe has represented victims of personal injuries and dangerous products.  Mr. Serpe has earned a reputation as a well-respected, hard-working attorney with a tenacious approach to every case.

Richard Serpe is frequently associated with complex litigation, managing cases with difficult scientific and medical issues.  Mr. Serpe has experience managing large case cohorts, including the extensive use of database and litigation support software.

He has commissioned over 200 neuropsychological assessments to document brain injury and is highly effective in demonstrating the extent of a victim’s loss. A substantial portion of Richard Serpe’s legal career has been devoted to protecting and representing innocent children injured by negligence.

Legal Specialties

Richard Serpe has obtained successful settlements and verdicts in all types of personal injury and dangerous product cases, including including car accidents, dog attacks, wrongful death, boat accidentsbirth injury, commercial truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, guardrail accidents and more.

Awards & Recognition


Richard Serpe is a 1986 order of the coif graduate of Tulane University, having also obtained a master’s degree in maritime law from Tulane University in 1991. He has been awarded Proctor status from the Maritime Law Association of the United States.  He has successfully represented clients under the Jones Act and the general maritime law.

  • B.A. (Econ.) 1983 University of Virginia
  • J.D. (Law)  1986 Tulane Law School
  • LL.M (Maritime) 1991 Tulane Law School

Bar & Court Admissions

Richard Serpe has successfully tried lawsuits in state and federal courts and resolved cases for victims in Georgia, Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, New York, Ohio, and Virginia. Mr. Serpe has been a member of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana since October 14, 1986. He has represented clients before the Louisiana and Virginia Supreme Courts and appeared before the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Circuits of the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Richard Serpe is admitted to practice in Virginia, Texas, and Louisiana.

  • Virginia State Bar (1991)
  • Virginia Supreme Court (1992)
  • State Bar of Texas (1987)
  • Texas Supreme Court (1985)
  • Louisiana State Bar (1986)
  • Eastern District of Louisiana (1986)
  • US Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit (1986)

Notable Cases

Richard Serpe was a member of the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee for the defective  Chinese Drywall MDL (MDL 2047) litigation, bringing justice to hundreds of families in Virginia and aiding in the litigation for thousands of families across the country. Mr. Serpe was lead counsel for the Virginia victims case consolidation in Norfolk Circuit Court.

Richard Serpe made history in Virginia when he received a $2,000,000.00 verdict, the largest verdict in the state for a victim of childhood lead poisoning.

Mr. Serpe also served as lead counsel for the Washington Park superfund personal injury victims case consolidation in Portsmouth, Virginia.

Giving Back

He is a frequent lecturer, speaking nationally on environmental and personal injury law and legal technology.  Mr. Serpe also serves as a Lynnhaven River Now board member Lynnhaven River Now, assisting in environmental restoration for the Lynnhaven River and other Virginia Beach waterways.


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    Defective Vehicle Wrongful Death
    Roanoke, Virginia
    Barge Accident Brain Injury
    Richmond, Virginia
    Carbon Monoxide Wrongful Death
    Portsmouth, Virginia
    Birth Injury
    Hampton, Virginia
    Drunk Driving Accident
    Eastern Shore, Virginia
    Suzanne, Google Review
    Their heart is with you
    I was severely injured by medication produced by a top corporate entity. I was unable to continue working, the whole situation seemed hopeless. The team at Serpe law offices was
    - Suzanne, Google Review
    Norma, Manassas, VA
    I strongly and sincerely recommend Richard J. Serpe
    “I strongly and sincerely recommend Richard J. Serpe. Understanding, Compassionate and trustworthy. They are very knowledgeable and they WILL GET THE MOST compensation for your case. I was just looking
    - Norma, Manassas, VA
    Eddie, Norfolk, VA
    A settlement that changed my life
    “After a major maritime accident on the water, I was scared and didn’t know where to turn. The Law Offices of Richard Serpe and his great staff treated me with
    - Eddie, Norfolk, VA
    Jackie, Chesapeake, VA
    Compassionate, Dedicated and Attentive
    “I would like to express my sincere appreciation for the excellent legal Services I received fron Attorney Richard J Serpe’ Law Firm. Mr. Serpe and staff were compassionate , dedicated
    - Jackie, Chesapeake, VA
    Attorney Patrick Malone, D.C.
    Hard Work and Zealous Devotion
    “A tip-top law firm led by one of the finest lawyers I know. In addition to the usual qualities of hard work and zealous devotion to the cause, Richard Serpe
    - Attorney Patrick Malone, D.C.
    Kelli, Portsmouth, VA
    He listened carefully to our concerns and gave us honest legal advice
    “My husband and I worked with Richard for the past year and had a wonderful experience. At our first meeting, he did not push us to sign anything or make
    - Kelli, Portsmouth, VA
    Shaniqua, Winchester, VA
    Richard Serpe, and his staff did a thorough investigation into the dog owner
    My 7-year-old daughter was outside playing with friends in front of our home when she was viciously attacked by our neighbor’s Rottweiler. The Rottweiler dug a hole under the fence,
    - Shaniqua, Winchester, VA
    Don, Virginia Beach, VA
    Absolute trust
    “My experience with Richard Serpe can be summarized in two words, “absolute trust.” I came to Mr. Serpe on the advice of a friend after a car hit me while
    - Don, Virginia Beach, VA
    Allena, Eastern Shore of VA
    Such a wonderful group of people to have by your side
    Such a wonderful group of people to have by your side! Genuinely cares and wants to help you and your family 🙂
    - Allena, Eastern Shore of VA
    Melissa Baumann, Norfolk, VA
    Richard acted as my advocate, my friend, my partner and my champion
    Within seconds of meeting with Richard Serpe, he identified a number of potential mistakes I was making – many of which could have been quite costly. Throughout the entire process,
    - Melissa Baumann, Norfolk, VA
    Art Serratelli, Virginia Beach Immigration Lawyer
    You will feel better — instantly
    “I endorse this lawyer. Richard is an extremely intelligent person and a very kind man. Not only is Richard a top-notch attorney, but he also is very compassionate one. You
    - Art Serratelli, Virginia Beach Immigration Lawyer
    Hallie, Williamsburg, VA
    I am very satisfied!
    “I highly recommend this Personal Injury Law Firm. They kept me in the loop with everything going on and gave honest advice. I am very satisfied!”
    - Hallie, Williamsburg, VA
    Janine, Virginia Beach, VA
    Mr Serpe is a kind, considerate professional
    Mr Serpe is a kind, considerate professional I would recommend to anyone who needs legal help recovering from an auto accident or other personal injury. I really enjoyed working with
    - Janine, Virginia Beach, VA
    Liz & Steve, Virginia Beach, VA
    Richard Serpe was the answer to our prayers for finding justice in the legal system
    Richard Serpe was the answer to our prayers for finding justice in the legal system. Our fight against the Chinese over the course of six years was emotional and difficult
    - Liz & Steve, Virginia Beach, VA
    Michael, Google Review
    Absolutely amazing what he has done for me!
    “My experience with Richard was great. He put in the time and effort to get what I needed done and in months he worked a miracle that I didn’t expect!
    - Michael, Google Review
    Angela W., Richmond, VA
    Richard Serpe was able to get an excellent recovery for my daughter
    When my daughter suffered an injury from lead poisoning, I did not know where to turn. There did not seem to be many lawyers who could help. The landlord responsible
    - Angela W., Richmond, VA
    Elizabeth C., Virginia Beach, VA
    Thank you Richard Serpe and your firm
    This firm has been beside us through the whole process from when we first found out that our home had been built with Chinese drywall until justice was served. They
    - Elizabeth C., Virginia Beach, VA
    Mikhal T., Richmond Virginia
    The people who work for him were always great to work with
    Richard Serpe handled the case for my daughter for injuries she received over 10 years ago. The people who work for him were always great to work with! They responded
    - Mikhal T., Richmond Virginia
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