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James Mick Kessel - Richmond, VA

1809 Staples Mill Road Richmond, VA 23230

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Updated: 08/08/2022

Richmond Car Wrecks Lawyer


Jamie Kessel has dedicated his career to fighting for the rights of clients who have been seriously injured or killed due to the negligence of others. His goal is to protect vulnerable people from unfair treatment throughout the legal process.

Jamie enjoys being in court and believes each and every case should be handled from the beginning as if it were going to be tried before a jury...

About James Mick Kessel

Practice Areas

  • Car Wrecks
  • Tractor Trailer Accidents
  • Wrongful Death
  • Distracted Driving
  • Dog Bites
  • Dangerous Premises

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Partner and Trial Attorney


Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America
  • Virginia Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia

Other Affiliations

  • American Association for Justice, 2019 - Present (Executive Committee Parliamentarian, Motor Vehicle, Highway, and Premises Liability Section)
  • Virginia State Bar Association
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Southern Trial Lawyers Association
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Henrico County Bar Association
  • Richmond Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • West Virginia Association for Justice (Former Member)
  • Kanawha County Bar Association (Former Member)
  • Henrico County Bar (Former Judicial Selection Committee, Member)
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association – Member; Continuing Legal Education Committee; former YLD Leadership Division
  • NLD Party – Sponsor; American Association for Justice Annual & Winter Conventions, 2010 - Present
  • Past Member, Richmond SPCA’s Associate Board
  • American Association for Justice (Motor Vehicle, Highway, and Premises Liability Section, Secretary (2021))
  • American Association for Justice (Motor Vehicle, Highway, and Premises Liability Section, Online Editor (2020))
  • American Association for Justice (Motor Vehicle, Highway, and Premises Liability Section, Parlimentarian (2019))
  • American Association for Justice – Member; Motor Vehicle Committee; former New Lawyers Division (NLD) Board of Governors


  • University of Richmond, School of Law, Richmond, Virginia, May, 2002
  • West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, USA, 1999
    B.A., Bachelor of Arts
    Honors: cum laude
    Honors: 3.49
    Major: Political Science

Past Positions

  • Marks & Harrison, Trial Attorney, 2005 - 2012
  • James Mick Kessel, Attorney and Counselor at Law, Trial Attorney, 2005 - Present
  • Stout, Howard, Billy & Seli, Law Clerk & Associate Attorney, 2002 - 2005
  • Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney, Richmond, VA, Intern, 2001 - Present
  • Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service, Intern, 2000 - Present
  • Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Charleston, WV, Intern, 1999 - Present

Pro Bono Activities

  • Public Justice Foundation
  • Junior Board Member for the Faison School for Autism
  • Board of Young Professionals, Stop Child Abuse Now (“SCAN”)
  • Past Member, Richmond SPCA’s Associate Board
  • Volunteer, Special Olympics
  • Volunteer, Richmond Hospitality House
  • Volunteer, Families Are Magic “FAM”
  • Volunteer, Richmond Animal League
  • Volunteer, Muscular Dystrophy Association

Classes and Seminars

  • Presenter, Virginia Bar Association’s First Day in Practice Seminar, Virginia Bar Association
  • Speaker, Southern Trial Lawyers Annual Convention CLE, Southern Trial Lawyers, 2012
  • Organizer, Virginia Trial Lawyers Annual Paralegal Seminar, Virginia Trial Lawyers
  • Presenter, End DD (End Distracted Driving) Education Programs


Other Sources of Feedback About James Mick Kessel

Included on the 2024 Virginia list

Past Lists

  • 2023 Virginia Super Lawyers list
  • 2022 Virginia Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Virginia Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Virginia Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Virginia Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Virginia Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Virginia Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Virginia Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Virginia Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Virginia Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Virginia Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Virginia Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 Virginia Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 Virginia Super Lawyers list

View the profile for James Mick Kessel on Super Lawyers


  • Virginia Super Lawyers – Personal Injury Plaintiff, 2013 - Present
  • Virginia Super Lawyers – Top 50: Richmond, 2015 - Present
  • Virginia Super Lawyers – Top 100: Virginia, 2015 - Present
  • Virginia Super Lawyers – Rising Star, 2010 - 2012
  • Virginia Business Magazine – Legal Elite – Litigation, 2010 – 2016, 2018
  • Martindale-Hubbell – AV Preeminent – Peer Review Rating
  • American Association for Justice – NLD Award for Excellence 2013

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Office Information


1809 Staples Mill Road Richmond, VA 23230


  • 804-257-7589

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