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Hon. Thomas S. Shadrick (Ret.)

Areas of Experience

Personal injury, medical malpractice, product liability, contracts, general commercial matters, construction, condemnation, employment, real estate, and trusts & estates.

Professional Experience

  • Judge, 2nd Circuit Court, Virginia Beach, 1989-1997; Chief Judge, 1997-2008.
  • Former Managing Partner, Pender & Coward.
  • Former Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation.
  • Certified Mediator, Supreme Court of Virginia.


  • Past President, Virginia Beach Bar Association.
  • Current Member, Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee of the Judicial Inquiry and
    Review Commission.
  • Former Current Member, Executive Committee, Judicial Conference of Virginia.
  • Former Member, Second District Ethics Committee, Virginia State Bar.
  • Former Faculty, Virginia State Bar Professionalism Course.
  • Former Director, Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Hampton Roads.
  • Founder and Mentor, Seatack Elementary School Mentoring Program.
  • Former Director, Norfolk Forum.
  • Recognized as a “Super Lawyer” in Alternative Dispute Resolution by Super Lawyers magazine, 2014-2019.
  • Listed as “Legal Elite” in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution in Virginia Business, 2010-2013, 2017-2023.
  • Recipient of numerous awards including: 2008 Recipient of the Harry L. Carrico Outstanding Career Service Award; Human Rights Award from the Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission (2001); Governor’s Award for Outstanding Civic Engagement (2004); Community Service Award from the Virginia Beach Bar Association (2005).


  • College of William & Mary, J.D.
  • Mount Union College, B.A.

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