Avery T. “Sandy” Waterman, Jr.
Avery T. “Sandy” Waterman, Jr.

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Personal Injury Lawyer!

Waterman Law Centers earned a “Metropolitan Tier 1 Ranking” in the 2022 Edition of the U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” Rankings for “Plaintiff Medical Malpractice” and for “Plaintiff Personal Injury” (Auto Accidents). That is because it delivers award-winning big-city/big-firm results for its personal injury and wrongful death clients like you!

(757) 881-9881

Do you want your case handled by an award-winning name partner with 40 years of valuable legal experience – or by a young partner, an associate, or even a law clerk “cutting their teeth” and “learning to practice law”? Experience and proven results make a difference!

I have obtained numerous settlements and verdicts for deserving families, bringing them healing and closure; and am ready to serve your case needs, to fight for you. Let me help you get justice!

No need to travel to Richmond, Norfolk, or Virginia Beach for a “Metropolitan Tier 1” lawyer. Just use one of our convenient offices in Williamsburg, Newport News, or Hampton.

Thank you,

Avery T. “Sandy” Waterman, Jr. Esq.

Car Accidents

For 2022, I was voted “Lawyer of the Year” by my fellow lawyers in Best Lawyers in America – the premier legal honorary in the United States – for “Plaintiff Personal Injury” for the Norfolk (Southeast) Region of Virginia. In fact, for 16 consecutive years from 2007 to 2022, I have been named in Best Lawyers in America for “Plaintiff Personal Injury”. Those recognitions are for my handling of auto accident cases on behalf of crash victims.

Medical Malpractice

For 2014, 2016, 2018, and 2020, I was voted “Lawyer of the Year” by my legal colleagues in Best Lawyers in America – the premier law practice honorary in the United States – for “Plaintiff Medical Malpractice” for the Norfolk (Southeast) Region of Virginia. In fact, for 16 consecutive years from 2007 to 2022, I have been named in Best Lawyers in America for “Plaintiff Medical Malpractice”. Those recognitions are for my handling of medical malpractice cases on behalf of victim patients.

Specific Areas of

Medical Malpractice Expertise

Patient Falls

Falls by hospital patients and nursing facility residents are daily occurrences that usually are the fault of healthcare providers. I successfully have pioneered patient/resident falls as a viable genre of medical malpractice for decades.

Hospital Neglect

The two most common types of medical malpractice in hospitals are medication errors and patient falls. I handle both regularly, plus surgical and other errors.

Nursing Homes

The two most common types of medical malpractice in nursing facilities are pressure wounds and resident falls. Again, I handle both regularly.

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Case Examples

Avery T. “Sandy” Waterman, Jr.


I established the right of medical malpractice victims to obtain healthcare incident (accident) reports and staff educational/training materials and to use them as evidence at trial. My landmark opinion from the Virginia Supreme Court still stands today and, moreover, continues to be controlling legal authority for patients obtaining and using other types of records about them that healthcare providers inappropriately segregate, withhold, and claim are privileged from disclosure.

Brain Injury Lawyer Newport News, VA


I employed cutting-edge 3.0 Tesla MRI – most MRIs still are the less-revealing 1.5 Tesla – to neutralize defense expert claims that my brain injury client simply was exaggerating and malingering, obtaining a $6,000,000.00 jury verdict in Gloucester. I reportedly was the first lawyer in any Virginia Circuit Court to introduce brilliant Diffusion Tensor Imaging (“DTI”) into evidence at trial to prove brain injury, obtaining a $3,500,000.00 jury verdict in Newport News.

Avery T. “Sandy” Waterman, Jr.


I pioneered Virginia patients obtaining by printout, by electronic copy and/or by on-site (expert) inspection all of the audit trails and metadata for their electronic medical records maintained by healthcare providers. The half-dozen favorable opinions and orders I obtained from Virginia Circuit Courts are published authority, used by other lawyers and even taught in continuing legal education seminars.

Avery T. “Sandy” Waterman, Jr.


As zealous advocate, I think outside the box and push the envelope, creatively and progressively. For decades, for example, I have championed obtaining insurers’ accident reports, witness recordings/statements, and other claim files for my car accident clients; and obtaining healthcare providers’ policies/procedures, pilot programs, and investigative materials for my medical malpractice clients – resulting in dozens of published Court orders and opinions.

“A jury consists of 12 persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer.” Robert Frost “In Virginia, just 7 jurors decide. But the truth is that your lawyer really matters. A lot – a whole lot!” Sandy Waterman

Client Review

“Mr. Waterman is an excellent personal injury attorney. He exacted me a settlement for a motor vehicle accident that was beyond my expectations. His presentation (including professionally done illustrations) was so powerful that opposing counsel settled rather than proceed to trial. My experience with Sandy could not have been better!”
Paul Lamont
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