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Harty Jewell PLLC News & Updates

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Today is National Love Your Lawyer Day

Lawyer jokes aside, we love what we do at Harty Jewell, PLLC. At Harty Jewell, we pride ourselves on being able to help our clients through stressful and unexpected situations and strive to always provide diamond level legal services. We offer a variety of legal services. If you need help, fill out our contact form by clicking on the button below, or give us a call! We look forward to hearing from you!

November is lung cancer awareness month. Join us at Harty Jewell, PLLC in bringing awareness about lung cancer. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women in the United States. Each year, over 218,000 people are diagnosed with lung cancer, and around 142,000 people die from lung cancer. 

Symptoms can vary from person to person, and many do not have symptoms until their cancer is advanced. Common symptoms include:  prolonged coughing, chest pains, shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing up blood, fatigue, and unexplained weight loss.


It has been known since the mid-1930s that inhalation of asbestos fibers is linked to an increased risk of lung cancer, and generally, as exposures to asbestos increase, the higher the individual’s risk of lung cancer. All 4 major types of lung cancer (squamous, adenocarcinoma, large-cell and small-cell) can be linked to asbestos. Those who worked in shipyards, construction trades, pipefitters, machinists, boilermakers, railroad workers, power plant workers, as well as veterans are at high-risk for asbestos-related lung cancer. Lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure is a latent disease, which means that the timeframe from an individual’s exposure to asbestos between diagnosis of lung cancer can be anywhere from 10 to 50 years. Often times, an individual may have had exposure to asbestos in the 1960s or 1970s and developed lung cancer caused or contributed to by asbestos exposure that is not diagnosed until present day.


If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with lung cancer and worked in one of the high-risk industries, or lived in the same household as a worker in one of those industries, you may be entitled to compensation. At Harty Jewell, PLLC, our attorneys investigate where our clients came into contact with asbestos and who can be held responsible. Call us for a free consultation to discuss your legal rights at 757-568-9633 or reach out to us on the web here: 

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Focus on Local Businesses

Harty Jewell appreciates our local businesses, and will profile those that stand out in our in our community. If you want world-class martial arts training in a friendly, encouraging, and non-egotistical environment, this is the place.


Will and his son started training at East Wind Academy of Martial Arts years ago and enjoyed every moment. The variety of arts taught at this school is amazing. From Kali, to Jeet Kun do, to Muy Thai, combat submission wrestling, jiu jitsu, and Tae Kwon Do, training here never gets stale.More than that, you know that you are getting excellent training because the instructors are certified directly under world renowned masters like Guru Dan Inosanto, Grand Tuhon Leo Gaje, Tuhon Mel Tortal, Ajarn Chai, and Eric Paulson.


After learning the basics, Wes, Trish, Randy, William and the rest of the instructors encourage students to learn more than just techniques or rote moves; they learn body mechanics and physical principals that are adaptable to any situation.


But best of all are the life-long friends that you'll meet. Will met some of his best friends here. If you want a fun, challenging, martial arts gym that is top notch but also down to earth, you cannot go wrong with East Wind Academy.

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Erin Jewell Representing the Firm in Virginia Beach

Attorney and Co-Founder, Erin Jewell, spent last Friday in Virginia Beach for the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association’s Board of Governors meeting. Jewell serves on VTLA’s Executive Council as the Treasurer, as well as its Board of Governors. 

Jewell also attended the Virginia State Bar’s Annual Banquet, where incoming VSB President, Stephanie Grana, was sworn in. Many congratulations to Stephanie!

PTSD Awareness Month

In 2014, the U.S. Senate designated the whole month of June as National PTSD Awareness Month. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, one of the most active participants in the fight against PTSD, has released a special June calendar that people can follow with daily events and activities to help spread awareness and assist those suffering from PTSD. You can find it here: Please join Harty Jewell, PLLC in making the PTSD awareness pledge. 

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Harty Jewell PLLC is proud to announce that Will Harty and Erin Jewell have both been named to the 2022 Super Lawyers list for Products Liability litigation - Plaintiffs for their work as asbestos mesothelioma lawyers. This is the tenth consecutive year that Will has been named to the list and the third consecutive year for Erin.  


Super Lawyers selects only the top 5% of attorneys in each state using a multiphase selection process based on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.  Read more on the Super Lawyers Digital Magazine (external link).


Erin Jewell had the privilege of attending the New Jersey Association for Justice Boardwalk Seminar to network with colleagues and hear about important developments in products liability cases. #boardwalkseminar2022 #triallawyers #legalhelp

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Harty Jewell PLLC congratulates Will Harty for being named to CoVa Biz Magazine’s 2022 Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia in the Products Liability category for his work as an asbestos mesothelioma lawyer and for other product liability matters. Recognition is based on peer surveys in the legal field to identify the attorneys who exemplify excellence in their various fields. Read more in the CoVa Biz 2022 Top Lawyers edition (external link).


Harty Jewell, PLLC pleased to announce that Attorney and Co-Founder, Erin E. Jewell, was recently named Treasurer of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (“VTLA”). As Treasurer, Jewell is a member of VTLA’s Executive Council and serves on VTLA’s Board of Governors.

Jewell has served on VTLA’s Board of Governors since 2012, has served as a VTLA District Governor, and is a past Chair of both the VTLA’s Women’s Caucus and Young Trial Lawyers Leadership Committee.

VTLA is a voluntary bar association established in Williamsburg in 1959, which is dedicated to enhancing knowledge, professionalism and skills of trial lawyers and is committed to improving the law and fairness of Virginia’s system of justice.

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Will Harty was honored to present a class on pretrial motions practice at the fall 2021 VTLA Advocacy seminar in Richmond, Virginia in October 2021. Will's presentation focused on the use of offensive pretrial motions to narrow the issues and streamline the evidence at trial.


Harty Jewell, PLLC is pleased to announce that Will Harty was recognized as one of six Appellate Advocates of the Year for 2019 by the Pound Civil Justice Institute.


The Pound Institute awards the Appellate Advocacy Award annually to recognize excellence in appellate advocacy in America. The award is given to "attorneys who have been instrumental in securing a final appellate court decision with significant impact on the right to trial by jury, public health and safety, consumer rights, civil rights, environmental justice, access to justice in civil cases, or other issues relevant to the work of the Pound Institute."


Will and his colleagues received the award for their win in the Supreme Court of the United States in Air & Liquid Systems Corp. et al. v. DeVries et al., 139 S.Ct. 986 (2019). Read more on the Pound Civil Justice Institute's website (external link)

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