On December 21, 2012, Best Lawyers in America featured a 2013 “Washington, D.C. & Virginia’s Best Lawyers” supplement to The Washington Post, The Richmond Times-Dispatch, and The Virginian-Pilot. Its cover story is “The Powerful Trial Lawyers at Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein,” including Mr. Waterman who was recognized individually for both “Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiff” and “Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiff”.

“’We stand toe to toe with any big-city defense lawyers in the state,’ says partner Avery Waterman, a precedent-setting medical malpractice lawyer known as one of the top in the state. “We offer a level of sophistication and success that really is only found in a few firms’,” quotes the Best Lawyers’ Supplement at 3.

“’The people that we represent are families of permanently disabled breadwinners and deceased breadwinners who would never be on equal footing if we weren’t there to help’, says Waterman. ‘We give it everything at trial’.” Id.

“Indeed, says partner Avery Waterman, whose plaintiffs’ practice centers on medical malpractice litigation and catastrophic personal injury cases (such as brain injury, automobile and trucking accidents and the like), PWHD is known for being a go-to firm for some of the toughest cases to litigate. ‘The cases we take on require a significant commitment that is difficult to overstate,’ says Waterman, who has been with the firm since 1986, one of Virginia’s top medical malpractice attorneys. ‘In plaintiff’s practice, as we say, you only eat what you kill. So the risk is enormous but the reward for our clients is even greater’.” Id. at 15.