In fact, one of the firm’s founding partners, David A. Harrison, Jr., secured the charter for the City of Hopewell, earning him the nickname, “Father of Hopewell.” He was Hopewell’s first Commonwealth’s Attorney as well as the city’s Mayor.
A picture of another one of our founding partners, C. Hardaway Marks, can be found hanging in the lobby of the Hopewell Circuit Court. The bridges over the Appomattox River were named in his honor in 1998.
In 2011, The Hopewell News & Patriot ran an excellent article on our firm’s 100 years of service to the Tri-Cities area.
Continuing our founding partners’ tradition of providing highly professional, skilled and aggressive legal representation to accident and injury victims are the two lead attorneys in our Hopewell office, Lee J. Bujakowski and Lori L. Smith.
Lee is well known throughout the community as the quarterback of Hopewell High School’s 2003 state championship football team who went on to captain the baseball team at James Madison University. He recently returned to his hometown to practice law after graduating from the Tulane University School of Law.
Lori is a highly experienced trial lawyer who brings a unique perspective to helping our personal injury clients after having spent 13 years working with insurance defense firms.
NBC 12 profiled Lori’s work on behalf of a spouse in a same-sex marriage who was fighting to access her spouse’s uninsured motorist coverage after an auto accident. You can read about the case here.
Joining Lee and Lori in our Hopewell office are a team of experienced paralegals: Lindsay Billmeyer, Tonda Huddleston, Evelyn Riviera, Julie Thomas and Vickie Turner.
For more than a century, Marks & Harrison, has represented clients in personal injury and wrongful death matters. Our goal in every case is to move efficiently and effectively towards pursuing the compensation our clients deserve. We immediately assign investigators to cases, and we prepare each case as if it is going to trial, which gives us leverage when seeking timely resolution of cases through settlements.
With our talent and resources, we can handle cases that include:
Our legal practice is not limited to personal injury. We can draw on our firm’s strengths and our lawyers can represent clients who are seeking workers’ compensation and Social Security disability benefits as well, including handling all levels of appeal that may be needed to secure the benefits that our clients need and deserve.
Our personal injury law firm continues to be highly involved with the community in and around Hopewell through various projects and activities, including working with the Hopewell Jaycees to make the annual Christmas Parade possible. We also sponsored the Hopewell Jaycees’ annual golf tournament to support James House and the Wounded Warrior Project.
Every September, you can be sure to find our booth at the Hooray for Hopewell Festival, where we hand out bottled water and help parents complete child identification kits.
We are also proud supporters of Hopewell High School athletics and sponsored a new scoreboard at the school’s field.
In June 2014, we participated in the first annual “Get Your Butts to Broadway” pork BBQ butt cooking competition, which was sponsored by the Hopewell Downtown Partnership.
As a resident of Hopewell, you may wonder where your personal injury case may be handled as it proceeds through the Virginia court system.
Hopewell is a part of the Sixth Judicial Circuit. If your case arises in the area, this means that it could go through one of six Circuit Courts, including the Hopewell Circuit Court located on East Broadway in downtown Hopewell. The other Circuit Courts are in nearby Lawrenceville (Brunswick), Emporia (Greensville), Prince George, Surry and Sussex.
Workers’ compensation and Social Security disability cases go through different systems.
For instance, Social Security disability applications are handled by a Social Security Administration field office. For Hopewell residents, the nearest office would be in Petersburg. If your application is rejected, and you pursue an appeal, you may be called to a hearing at the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review in Richmond.
Workers’ compensation cases go through the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission. If a hearing is required in your case, you may go to a hearing at the nearest regional office.