One of Joel’s grandfathers was a farmer, and the other grandfather was a minister. His father is an educator/minister. His mother has retired as a hospital lab technician/artist, but she works for the church in their print ministry creating artwork for their church brochures. He describes his upbringing as, “I know how to milk a cow; am comfortable in a church, a barn or a hospital; and have no ability to paint”.
In 2000, Joel and Jackey were married in Williamsburg, Virginia. They are passionate about organizations that focus on organ donation. In 2008, Joel had a kidney transplant. His donor…was his wife.
Old Dominion University (B.A. Political Science 1982)
Oklahoma City University Law School (J.D. 1986)
Admitted to Bar, Virginia and South Carolina
Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia
South US District Court of South Carolina, 1995
US Court of Appeals (4th Circuit)
The National College of Trial Advocacy-Diplomat of Trial Advocacy (highest level 400 hours)
The American Trial Lawyers Association- 100 Virginia Trial Lawyers
American Society of Legal Advocates-Top 100 Virginia Litigation Attorneys
Rue Ratings-Best Attorney in America
National Academy of Personal Injury Lawyers-Top Ten Attorney Award by
National League of Renowned Attorneys-Top One Percent of Lawyers
American Association of Justice
AAJ Trucking Litigation Group
Founding Member, North American Brain Injury Society
Shula’s 48oz. Club
Former Congressional Legislative Aide (Congressman William G. Whitehurst)
Former Virginia Legislative Aide (Delegate Melvin Spence)
Crossover Ministries Advisory Board
United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) (Spokesman)
National Kidney Foundation of the Virginia’s
Brain Injury Association of Virginia
Richmond Hero (Animal Protection Organization) (Spokesman)
Personal Injury Claims and Jury Trials, Car Accidents, Brain Injury, Trucking Injury, Pharmaceutical Claims and Devices, Dog Bites, Insurance Claims, Job Injury Claims
Reading, Chess, Exercise and watching lots of sports. That includes the Orioles, Wizards and Colts. His mom is an avid Redskins fan, so, Joel roots for his mom.
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