Shepherd D. Wainger


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  • Emory University, JD, 1991
  • Duke University, BA, 1988
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Member, Bench/Bar Liaison Committee, Virginia Beach Bar Association

Shepherd is a litigator who focuses on the defense of complex commercial disputes, including toxic torts, business torts, business and contract disputes, commercial lease and real estate matters, municipal liability, civil rights litigation, labor and employment matters, and personal injury claims. Shepherd serves as national pathology counsel for a major U.S. automaker, managing expert retention for a major U.S. automaker’s asbestos cases and trying mesothelioma cases throughout the United States. As a former deputy commonwealth's attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, Shepherd uses his expertise in Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendment issues to defend police officers in wrongful death/excessive force civil rights actions.

Shepherd has tried more than 75 jury trials and hundreds of bench trials. He has appeared in federal and state courts throughout the United States and has argued appeals before the Supreme Court of Virginia.

Shepherd D Wainger
T: +1 757 640 3718F: +1 757 640 3701World Trade Center
101 West Main Street
Suite 9000
Norfolk, VA 23510-1655

National pathology counsel for major U.S. automaker for all asbestos cases.

Trial counsel for major U.S. automaker, defending mesothelioma suits throughout the United States.

Defends police officers in §1983 wrongful death/excessive force suits.

Representation of police officers in a Taser-related wrongful death suit.

Representation of two national motel chains on premises liability actions.

Representation of defendants in mild traumatic brain injury cases.

Representation of video production company on use of images for commercial purposes without consent case.

Representation of a fireplace installation company in a fire/wrongful death action.