James Mick Kessel

James Mick Kessel

Meet James

James “Jamie” Mick Kessel has dedicated his career to fighting for the rights of clients who have been seriously injured or killed due to the negligence of others. His goal is to protect vulnerable people from unfair treatment throughout the legal process.

Jamie 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. He is an experienced trial attorney and has handled cases in State and Federal Courts throughout Virginia and West 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.

Jamie 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 the 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 scientifically guided evidence-based End DD (End Distracted Driving) presentations.

Jamie 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.


  • Shareholder, Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen (2021-Present)
  • 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, Southern District of West Virginia


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


  • Virginia Super Lawyers – Personal Injury Plaintiff (2013 – Present)
  • Virginia Super Lawyers – Top 50: Richmond (2015 – 2023)
  • Virginia Super Lawyers – Top 100: Virginia (2015 – 2023)
  • Virginia Super Lawyers – Rising Star (2010 – 2012)
  • Virginia Business Magazine – Legal Elite – Litigation (2010 – 2016, 2018, 2023)
  • Martindale-Hubbell – AV Preeminent – Peer Review Rating
  • American Association for Justice – NLD Award for Excellence 2013

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association for Justice
    • Motor Vehicle, Highway, and Premises Liability Section, Secretary (2021)
    • Motor Vehicle, Highway, and Premises Liability Section, Online Editor (2020)
    • Motor Vehicle, Highway, and Premises Liability Section, Parlimentarian (2019)
  • Virginia State Bar Association
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Southern Trial Lawyers Association
  • 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 and Community Service

  • Virginia State Bar – Member
  • Henrico County Bar – Member; former Judicial Selection Committee
  • American Association for Justice – Member; Motor Vehicle Committee; former New Lawyers Division (NLD) Board of Governors
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association – Member; Continuing Legal Education Committee; former YLD Leadership Division
  • NLD Party – Sponsor; American Association for Justice Annual & Winter Conventions (2010 – Present)
  • Virginia Bar Association – Presenter; Virginia Bar Association’s First Day in Practice Seminar
  • Southern Trial Lawyers – Speaker; Southern Trial Lawyers Annual Convention CLE (2012)
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers – Organizer; Virginia Trial Lawyers Annual Paralegal Seminar
  • Presenter – End DD (End Distracted Driving) Education Programs
  • Junior Board Member for the Faison School for Autism
  • Board of Young Professionals, Stop Child Abuse Now (“SCAN”)
  • Past Member, Richmond SPCA’s Associate Board
  • Volunteer, Special Olympics
  • Volunteer, Richmond Hospitality House
  • Volunteer, Families Are Magic “FAM”
  • Volunteer, Richmond Animal League
  • Volunteer, Muscular Dystrophy Association

Personal Injury Resources

Dorothy from Richmond

I was driving to work early one morning, and it was still dark. I was going about 60 miles per hour on Route 360 when a tractor-trailer pulled out onto...

25 attorneys named to Virginia Super Lawyers

  • April 25, 2024
  • News

The Allen Law Firm is pleased to announce that 25 attorneys have been named to the 2024 Virginia Super Lawyers list. Those attorneys include Edward L. Allen, Jennifer G. Capocelli,...

Allen & Allen tops Virginia’s million-dollar settlements in 2023

  • March 28, 2024
  • News

We are thrilled to announce that The Allen Law Firm secured more million-dollar settlements than any other Virginia law firm in 2023. Virginia Lawyers Weekly compiled last year’s Million-Dollar Settlements,...

Three attorneys named to Legal Elite

  • December 1, 2023
  • News

Allen & Allen is thrilled to announce that three attorneys have been named to Virginia Business’s Legal Elite 2023! Bridget Long, James Kessel, and Kari La Fratta have been given...

Patrick from Richmond

I was involved in a hit-and-run accident. My car spun around, and I ended up with whiplash and lingering pain. I didn’t know what to do. I needed care, I...

25 attorneys named to 2023 Virginia Super Lawyers

  • April 28, 2023
  • News

The Allen Law Firm is pleased to announce that 25 attorneys have been named to the 2023 Super Lawyers list. Those attorneys include Edward L. Allen, R. Clayton Allen, Jennifer...

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