Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein - Local Lawyers with a National Reputation.



Lindsey A. Carney joined the law firm of Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein, L.C. (PWHD) in 2004 after graduating from the Marshall WytheSchool of Law at the College of William & Mary where she served as an editor on the Journal of Women and the Law. Ms. Carney has extensive experience in commercial real estate representation in the areas of development, acquisitions and other transactions, as well as sales and leasing, land use and zoning, and general business counsel in the areas of entity formation, contract negotiation and transactions. Ms. Carney graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Governmental Administration with a concentration in Legal Studies from Christopher Newport University in 2001, where she was also a member of the women’s basketball team. Ms. Carney has been recognized by her peers to be chosen as a “Super Lawyer” and “Legal Elite”. She was recognized by her peers in 2015 as one of the most influential women in Virginia. Ms. Carney currently serves as Vice Chair of the United Way of the Virginia Peninsula; a member of the Board of Visitors of Christopher Newport University; Chair of the Christopher Newport University Athletic Advisory Council; a member of the Board of Directors of the Peninsula Fine Arts Center; and a member of the Peninsula Airport Commission. She is also adjunct faculty at Christopher Newport University. Ms. Carney is excited to have been elected as the Managing Partner of PWHD effective January 1, 2020 and looksforward to continuing the zealous advocacy of the firm for its clients and the community. Robert “Bobby” Hatten is a pioneer and national leader in the field of Asbestos Litigation. For over 45 years, he has been prosecuting cases across Virginia and the nation for shipyard workers, Navy veterans, industrial workers, and their families. His work has established landmark decisions relating to maritime jurisdiction, statutes of limitations, conflicts of law, monetary damages, and product liability. For over 25 years he has been recognized by his peers to be included in "The Best Lawyers in America" and has frequently been chosen as a "Super Lawyer" in the field of personal injury and product liability litigation. He was honored by Best Lawyers to be the "2019 Lawyer of the Year in Virginia". Mr. Hatten has served on the Board of Trustees of St. Andrews Episcopal School, Lexington Theological Seminary, Hampden-Sydney College, the General Samuel V. Wilson Leadership Center at Hampden-Sydney College, and the Board of Visitors of Christopher Newport University, where he is now the Rector. Mr. Hatten was the past Chairman of the Board of the United Way of the Virginia Peninsula and the current Chairman of the Board of Soundscapes. Mr. Hatten has served as the Managing Partner of Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein, L.C. (PWHD) since 1991. Mr. Hatten and all of the Partners at PWHD agree that Ms. Carney is the right person to direct the development and growth of the firm into the next decade. Mr. Hatten will continue to be the lead trial lawyer for the PWHD Asbestos Litigation team.
PWHD is the largest law firm on the north side of Hampton Roads, serving the cities of Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Portsmouth and Norfolk, and the counties of York, Gloucester, James City and Isle of Wight. In 2020, PWHD received the designation of “Best Law Firms” in Virginia by U.S. News and World Report

PWHD Business Law Group

The PWHD Business Law Group represents a wide range of clients, from start-up companies to Fortune 500 corporations. These lawyers have a broad range of experience in providing sound advice to corporate clients, forming new business entities, selling and acquiring businesses, acquiring, developing and selling real estate, prosecuting and defending commercial litigation, drafting wills and trusts, and administering estates. Attorneys in the Business Group frequently work with and appear before local, state and federal governmental entities, boards and commissions. In 2003, PWHD was ranked in the top 5 law firms in the Norfolk and Virginia Beach region by Board Members, Inc., in its national listing of "America's Best Corporate Law Firms". We focus on providing effective, efficient representation to assist our clients in understanding all their options and to achieve the clients' goals.

PWHD Capitol Consulting Group

The PWHD Capitol Consulting Group is a full-service issues management and government affairs group which operates as a sector of Virginia law firm Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein. Representing clients ranging from non-profit organizations to entertainment companies, the group understands that the basis for successful enterprise and public policy is founded on three key elements: accurate analysis, consensus building and effective communication. With this basic foundation in mind, PWHD’s business law group has built an impressive track record of results, as well as a renowned reputation for providing effective, innovative and strategic solutions for their clients.

Professional and Experienced Representation

While the success of the group can be seen in its results as a whole, its achievements and qualifications can also be demonstrated by its individual members. Chairman of the Group, Alan Diamonstein utilizes his 30 years of experience as a former elected official representing the Virginia Peninsula to his client’s benefit. Advising clients in public policy issues and economic development, he brings an extensive knowledge of the legislative and budget process, in addition to strong working relationships with elected and appointed officials in Virginia and across the country. Supporting the chairman in his business law endeavors, the other members of the Group use their experience from years of work in Virginia’s Capitol, and in public policy and legislative processes at the national, state and local level, to fully serve their diverse group of clients.

Strategic Business Solutions

Using the breadth of experience obtained among its members, the group has successfully handled cases on behalf a wide range of clients including:

  • Non-profit organizations
  • Local governments
  • Sports and entertainment companies
  • Business groups
  • Commercial and residential real estate development
  • Hospitality industry

Currently, the group is available to represent these and other establishments in a variety of business law matters ranging from shareholder agreements to entity formation and welcome inquires regarding their broad range of services. The PWHD Business Law Group works to provide effective and strategic solutions that can ensure new opportunities for clients in all types of ventures. Do not hesitate to contact us today.

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