The Litigation Group of CWM has an uncompromising strategy:  we strive for the earliest, most favorable and cost-effective outcome possible for our clients.  In about 90% of cases, the firm achieves early resolution of claims, either through summary judgment, mediation or settlement, thus avoiding the attendant high costs of trial and trial preparation.

However, not every case can be resolved outside the courthouse.  When  our client determines that trial is the best course of action, it is with the confidence instilled by the experience and ability of our seasoned trial attorneys.  The firm’s Litigation Group is known for successfully championing its clients’ interest at trial, whether before judge or jury, in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies.

The attorneys who comprise the firm’s Litigation Group provide clients with an outstanding level of practical and legal expertise.  Among these attorneys, one teaches at a local law school, two are former commissioned officers in the United States Military, one recently served as Chair of the Civil Litigation Council for the Virginia Bar Association and several have been recognized for their practice-specific expertise in the annual Virginia’s Legal Elite, published by Virginia Business magazine.  These skilled professionals represent clients’ interests across a broad spectrum of industries including banking, construction, creditors’ rights, employment, environmental, government contracts, insurance, manufacturing, maritime, railroads, real estate and services.

While our overarching concern is to help our clients avoid the expense of courtroom battles, clients are assured of the exceptional care, competence and zeal with which Crenshaw, Ware & Martins’ attorneys pursue favorable resolution at trial when necessary.

We are prepared to assist with the following litigation matters:

  • Admiralty and Maritime
  • Appellate Litigation
  • Arbitration
  • Banking
  • Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights
  • Business and Commercial Disputes
  • Complex Litigation
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment
  • Environmental
  • ERISA and Disability
  • Federal Court Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Mediation
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Railroad
  • Real Estate
  • Riparian Rights
  • Subrogation
  • Toxic Tort Claims
  • Wrongful Death

The firm also serves as local counsel and co-counsel in the Eastern District of Virginia in patent and other intellectual property cases.

Articles & Presentations

J. L. Chapman, “Deconstructing a Jury Trial,” presented at NPBA Seminar (2011)

Donald C. Schultz , W. Ryan Snow , “Recent Developments In The Admissibility Of Expert Witness Testimony Under State And Federal Law” , (February 28, 2002)

Representative Clients


Government Agencies


Insurance Companies


Third Party Administrators

News and Updates
U.S. News – Best Lawyers releases the 2017 “Best Law Firms” metropolitan rankings.
Posted on October 31, 2016
U.S. News – Best Lawyers has released the 2017 “Best Law Firms” metropolitan rankings.  Crenshaw, Ware & Martin, P.L.C. is proud to announce that the firm received a Tier......
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Seven Crenshaw, Ware & Martin PLC Attorneys Named to 2017 Best Lawyers® in America
Posted on August 15, 2016
Crenshaw, Ware & Martin is pleased to announce that seven of its lawyers have been named to the 2017 Edition of Best Lawyers in America. Delphine G. Carnes Project Finance Law Public Finance......
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CWM is pleased to announce seven lawyers named to the 2016 Edition of Best Lawyers in America
Posted on September 1, 2015
Crenshaw, Ware & Martin PLC is pleased to announce that seven of its lawyers have been named to the 2016 Edition of Best Lawyers in America. Delphine G. Carnes - Project......
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CWM announces eight lawyers selected for inclusion in 2013 Virginia Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars
Posted on May 1, 2013
Crenshaw, Ware & Martin, P.L.C. is pleased to announce that eight of its lawyers were selected for inclusion in the 2013 Virginia Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars lists appearing in......
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