James Mick "Jamie" Kessel

James Mick "Jamie" Kessel has dedicated his career to fighting for the rights of Virginians who have been seriously injured or killed because of the negligence of others. He enjoys being in court and believes each and every case should be handled from the beginning as if it were going to be tried before a jury. Jamie is an experienced trial attorney and has handled cases in State and Federal Courts throughout Virginia. His practice focuses on representing accident victims and their families in cases involving: car wrecks; tractor trailer accidents; wrongful deaths; distracted driving; dog bites; and dangerous premises.

Virginia Super LawyersJamie graduated cum laude from West Virginia University and received his law degree from the University of Richmond. Early in his career he worked in defense litigation, giving him insight into how defense lawyers think and how to protect his clients' best interests. Before joining the Allen Law Firm, he spent eight years practicing as a personal injury attorney in Richmond, Virginia and West Virginia.

Jamie is dedicated to serving his legal community and is active in the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice where he served on the New Lawyers Division (NLD) Board of Governors for seven years. He also believes in the importance of helping law students understand the significance of the jury system and frequently volunteers to judge local and national moot court competitions.

As an advocate for driver safety, Jamie works to reduce and prevent distracted driving by educating high school students and community groups using the scientifically guided evidence-based End DD (End Distracted Driving) presentations.

Experience

  • Trial Attorney, Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen (2012 – Present)
  • Trial Attorney, Marks & Harrison (2005 – 2012)
  • Trial Attorney, James Mick Kessel, Attorney and Counselor at Law (2005)
  • Law Clerk & Associate Attorney, Stout, Howard, Billy & Seli (2002 – 2005)
  • Intern, Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney, Richmond, VA (2001)
  • Intern, Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service (2000)
  • Intern, Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Charleston, WV (1999)

Bar Admissions

Licensed to practice law in:

  • Commonwealth of Virginia
  • West Virginia

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Supreme Court of Virginia
  • Supreme Court of Appeals West Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia

Education

  • J.D., T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond (2002)
  • B.A., Political Science, Cum Laude, West Virginia University (1999)

Honors

  • Virginia Super Lawyers - Personal Injury Plaintiff (2013 - Present)
  • Virginia Super Lawyers - Top 50: Richmond (2015 - Present)
  • Virginia Super Lawyers - Top 100: Virginia (2015 - Present)
  • Virginia Super Lawyers - Rising Star (2010 - 2012)
  • Virginia Business Magazine - Legal Elite - Litigation (2010 - 2015)
  • Martindale-Hubbell - AV Preeminent - Peer Review Rating
  • American Association for Justice - NLD Award for Excellence 2013
  • Avvo Peer Rated, 10 out of 10

Professional Affiliations

  • Virginia State Bar Virginia
  • Trial Lawyers Association
  • Southern Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • West Virginia Bar
  • Henrico County Bar Association
  • Richmond Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Public Justice Foundation
  • West Virginia Association for Justice (former member)
  • Kanawha County Bar Association (former member)

Professional Service

  • Virginia State Bar – Member
  • Henrico County Bar – Member; Judicial Selection Committee (2011)
  • American Association for Justice – Member; New Lawyers Division (NLD) Board of Governors
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association – Member; former YLD Leadership Division; Continuing Legal Education Committee
  • Frequent Judge of Local and National Moot Court Competitions
  • Sponsor – NLD Party, American Association for Justice Annual & Winter Conventions (2010 - Present)
  • Presenter – Virginia Bar Association's First Day in Practice Seminar
  • Speaker - Personal Injury Law From Start To Finish CLE
  • Speaker – Southern Trial Lawyers Annual Convention CLE (2012)Organizer - Virginia Trial Lawyers Annual Paralegal Seminar

Community Service

  • Presenter - End DD (End Distracted Driving) Education Programs
  • Junior Board for the Faison School for Autism
  • Board of Young Professionals, Stop Child Abuse Now ("SCAN")
  • Past Member, Richmond SPCA's Associate Board
  • Speaker, High School Students on the Dangers of Distracted Driving
  • Volunteer, Special Olympics
  • Volunteer, Richmond Hospitality House
  • Volunteer, Families Are Magic "FAM"
  • Volunteer, Richmond Animal League
  • Volunteer, Muscular Dystrophy Association

Personal

Jamie Kessel and his wife, Erin, live in Richmond with their two young sons. He is a lover of the outdoors and is often found kayaking, skiing, fishing, or playing racket sports and soccer.

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