James H. Shoemaker, Jr.

Handling Whistleblower Cases Nationwide from Newport News, Virginia

Jamie Shoemaker became an associate in the law firm of Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein (“PWHD”) in 1993 after spending two years with a large firm based in Norfolk, Virginia. He became a partner in PWHD in 1996.


His practice areas focus primarily on False Claims Act (Whistleblower) and employment law matters. He has tried more than fifty cases to verdict in state and federal courts of record, before arbitration panels and before Administrative Law Judges. He has successfully resolved several times this number through settlement and mediation.

Mr. Shoemaker has significant experience litigating False Claims Act cases. He has served as lead counsel or co-lead counsel in several FCA qui tam matters involving various types of healthcare fraud and fraud against the Department of Defense. Obtaining government interventions in these cases can be vital in achieving ultimate success.

Mr. Shoemaker has obtained government intervention in a number of cases. One of his clients was among the eight successful relators in the 2009 recovery against Pfizer. This settlement totaled $2.1 billion dollars, and is one of the largest qui tam settlements in U.S. history.

Awards & Recognition

Since 2006, Mr. Shoemaker has been listed in “Best Lawyers in America,” a publication which seeks to identify the country’s top practitioners through a national survey of lawyers and judges. For seven years Virginia Business Magazine has named Mr. Shoemaker to its “Virginia Legal Elite” listing of the state’s top lawyers. He has also been named to Virginia “Super Lawyers” by Virginia Law and Politics and the publishers of Richmond Magazine for three years.

In 2005, the New York chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association awarded Mr. Shoemaker their Courageous Advocate Award at a ceremony in Manhattan. Mr. Shoemaker is a member of the Virginia State Bar, and has served as lead counsel in matters pending in several other states through pro hac vice admission, including:

  • California
  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • Tennessee
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire

He has spoken at several seminars on employment law topics including wrongful discharge, sexual harassment, discrimination, wage and hour issues and the Family and Medical Leave Act.


Mr. Shoemaker attended the Virginia Military Institute on a Navy ROTC scholarship and received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from VMI in 1984. Following his graduation from VMI, he served four years as a naval officer on active duty and two years in the reserves.

While in the Navy he served as Navigator and Tactical Action Officer aboard a destroyer and made two deployments to the Middle East. After serving in the Navy, he received his Juris Doctor from the University of Richmond in 1991.

Community Involvement

Mr. Shoemaker is involved in many community activities and serves on various boards and commissions. Governor Allen appointed him as a commissioner of the seven member Hampton Roads Sanitation District Commission in 1995. HRSD is a public waste water utility with an annual budget of approximately $200,000,000.00. He was reappointed to HRSD by Governor Jim Gilmore in 2000.

Mr. Shoemaker formerly served as president and trustee of the Sarah Bonwell Hudgins Foundation. He has also served on the Boards of the Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA, Peninsula Legal Aid, Christopher Newport University Sailing Foundation and St. Andrews Episcopal School. He currently serves as vice president of the Tidewater Federal Bar Association.