For over 35 years, Richmond Attorney Mark Paullin has fought for clients all over the state of Virginia. Call us today to work directly with lawyer Mark Paullin on your next legal matter, and put his years of insight, experience, and connections to work for you.

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  • 5 star review  Mr Paullin was straightforward and genuinely interested in the best outcome for me throughout the process of my case/claim. I would highly recommend him for anyone being stiffed by an auto insurance company. In my case I received 12.5x the insurance adjusters 'final offer' before retaining legal representation.

    thumb James Garbus

    5 star review  Paullin Law Firm is the greatest. Very polite and easy to work with. He stuck by me when another firm thought that it wasn't enough for them. He managed to get me more than my estimate was. I would use him again if I needed to.

    thumb Geraldine Chalmers

    5 star review  Mr. Paullin and Crystal were very knowledgeable about all aspects of my personal injury case and kept me informed at every step. It’s been a journey navigating through COVID, but they handled it swiftly and professionally. They answered all of my questions and were able to get a settlement for my case. I would highly recommend anyone to the Paullin Law Firm, they take the time to answer all of my questions and make me feel very comfortable! Thank you Mr. Paullin and Crystal!!

    thumb Ashley Sipes

    5 star review  Mr. Paullin was a delight to work with and his team. I highly recommend him if you have any legal issues or concerns.

    thumb Kevin Ayscue
  • 5 star review  Great attorney. He told me exactly what he could do to help me, and did exactly just that. Very personable and a great sense of humor. Excellent social skills which I consider a plus with dealing with other attorneys, prosecutors, and judges. I have absolutely no complaints at all, and I am ecstatic with my results. He is semi a hero in my book because he helped me get a piece of my life back that I was missing. Thank you from the bottom of my heart Mr. Paulin. If I need any more legal services you can best believe I will call him first!!!

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    5 star review  I cannot recommend the Paullin Law Firm any higher. Mr. Paullin is an expert in the courtroom where it counts, especially if you have messed up in the worst parts of Virginia. He will walk you through the process, and at times will even sound like a prosecuting attorney, but it’s all to your benefit, and to prevent you from making even more of a mess of your case than you already have. No one wins them all, but he is an expert in making the best of a bad situation.

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    5 star review  I’ve never needed a lawyer before but I was so glad to have Mark resolve an issue for me! I was told by another law firm “there was nothing They could do.” I knew that couldn’t be correct. Mark was a pleasure to work with and did everything he said he was going to do! In less than 24 hours my issue was resolved. All I can say is WOW!!

    thumb Erica Gartman

    5 star review  Mark and his staff are just the best. My lead foot got me in trouble in Virginia. 93 in a 65 is a reckless driving first degree misdemeanor in Virginia. I was from out of state working there. Mark explained how the system works to me. Told me what I needed to do help him help me in court. I followed through on his advice and he was able to negotiate the offense down to a speeding ticket. I would have been in a bad situation with the misdemeanor offense. So he was a life saver. I appreciated the fact that it was Mark and not a subordinate going to court for me. 5 stars

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  • 5 star review  The entire team at the Paullin Law Firm has your back and will be there every step of the process. Communication was constantly flowing and the advice was there the entire time. Crystal and Mark are going to work hard for you and make sure that you are taken care of. Thanks again!!!

    thumb Geoff Gascoigne

    5 star review  From the start, Mr. Paullins' recommendation, assurance and consolation is brilliant. He shares information in a reasonable and brief way that is highly favorable. He and his staff are greatly understanding and will take whatever time is important to protect your inquiries are completely replied. In court, or out, the Paullin group is proficient, educated, dedicated, and polite. After all is said and done, I wouldn't much consider giving my business to any other person. Each penny was well spent. They make a special effort to set your brain assured and mellow your feelings of trepidation. Incredible job Mr. Paullin!!!

    thumb Anthony harris

    5 star review  After doing research I hired Mark Paullin to represent me in an auto accident. He did a fantastic job, hands down. Mark and his staff (Crystal) are responsive, professional, and knowledgeable. Mark knows his stuff for sure. He was able to negotiate a very fair settlement for me. He took care of everything and even negotiated my hospital bill! I couldn't be happier.
    Thanks Mark!
    Job well done!

    thumb Rob McElroy

    5 star review  I couldnt thank or express my gratitude enough for Paullin and his team. Because of his hard work, professionalism, honesty , also caring manner, my husband has his rights restored. I knew from the first time and sat down during consultation he would be the one for our case , and would deliver results . Mr. Paullin is confident , aggressive! Thank you paullin!

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Meet Virginia Attorney Mark Paullin

As a Richmond, Virginia based Lawyer for 35 years, Mark Paullin’s experience with the law began in 1984 at the University of Richmond and its renowned T.C. Williams School of Law. His career has since spanned decades in private practice, insurance law, and his former role as the Assistant Attorney General of Virginia. In 2004, Mark founded his own firm to work hand-in-hand with clients, directly offering them his personal, practical, and experienced legal counsel. By choosing Paullin Law Firm, you are putting Mark’s years of experience, connections, and reputation to work for you. You’ve made the right choice.

See how Richmond, Virginia Lawyer Mark Paullin has helped others on

Areas of Practice and Successful Case Results


Personal Injury Lawyer
If you were injured due to the carelessness of another person or business, you need an experienced Richmond personal injury attorney who can guide you through the legal maze and help you receive the compensation you deserve for medical bills, property damage, lost wages, future damages, and pain and suffering. Having years of experience on the other side of the personal injury case as an insurance defense attorney, Mark Paullin offers inside knowledge of the tactics used by the insurance company attorneys to get you the compensation you deserve. (click to read successful case results)
Personal Injury Case Result Example 1 – Truck Driver – $850,000.00 Settlement (click to read)

Plaintiff was a truck driver who, over a few years, had delivered sand to a concrete company. The unloading area was set by the concrete company and required the driver to back his tractor and 53-foot trailer under an overhead power line. On the day of the incident, it was raining and the gravel area where the tractor and trailer were was wet and had puddles around it. When the trailer was dumping the sand, the high voltage wire “arced” and sent 50, 000 volts through the air, into the trailer – and then ran all the way through the tractor into the plaintiff’s left hand and out of his big toe, which was partly lost. He incurred $81,893.59 in medical bills and lost $36,809 in wages. The Insurance company settled the case for $850,000.00 after suit was filed and depositions had been taken.

Personal Injury Case Result Example 2 – Moped Bicycle Lane – $54,000.00 Settlement (click to read)

A man was riding his moped/scooter in the bike lane of a mid-sized road. As he rode straight, a car turned right heading onto a side street and crashed into the moped. The rider was thrown off of the moped/scooter. He suffered a neck injury and low back pain. His medical bills exceeded $25,000. The case settled for $54,000.00.

Personal Injury Case Result Example 3 – T Bone Crash – $65,000 Jury Award (click to read)

Plaintiff was the front-seat passenger in her husband’s Toyota sedan, which was T-boned by a vehicle going 60 MPH. Richmond Personal Injury Attorney Mark Paullin presented the case to a Chesterfield County, Virginia jury and won.  A verdict amount of $65,000.00 was awarded to the plaintiff (which was $20,000.00 higher than the offer made by the insurance company and $10,000 higher than the demand).  This story was published in Virginia Lawyer’s Weekly.

Diminished Value Lawyer
If your vehicle was involved in an accident, the value of the vehicle decreases even after it is repaired. Diminished value is the difference between the unwrecked value and the value after it is repaired due to an accident. The loss of value is almost always recoverable, but it is rarely paid by insurance companies if they are not pressured to do so. Many insurance companies pay for repairs, but discourage or even deny diminished value payments. The Paullin Law Firm has helped dozens of car owners recover diminished value from insurance companies. (click to read successful case results)

The following Diminished Value cases were filed in General District Courts in central Virginia. See how the insurance companies for the at-fault defendant generally offered roughly 1/2 of what was awarded by each court. The year, make, model, and mileage of each vehicle, value before the collision, plus whether the car suffered frame/unibody damage, the insurance company offer, judgment amount, interest, and costs awarded are set forth for each case.

Diminished Value Case Result Example: Chesterfield County (click to read)

1. 2002 BMW 330XI AWD 4 door sedan – 40.7% diminished value recovered

Mileage – 77,871

Value before collision – $13,325

Repairs – $6,313.99, including 5.0 hours frame/unibody

Offer – $3,972 by USAA (29.8%)

Judgment – $5,430, plus $.89/day interest from date of accident, plus costs

Diminished Value Case Result Example: Fairfax County (click to read)

1. 2007 Chevrolet Corvette 2 Door Coupe V8 – 30% diminished value recovered

Mileage – 17,714

Value before collision – $35,025.00

Repairs – $7,814.80

Offer – $3,500.00 by Progressive 9.99%

Judgment – $10,507.50, plus $1.75/day interest from date of trial, plus costs

Diminished Value Case Result Examples: Henrico County (click to read)

1. 2008 Ford Taurus X SEL Wagon – 33.6% diminished value recovered

Mileage – 56,785

Value before collision – $17,850

Repairs – $7,883.32, including 3.0 hours frame/unibody

Offer – $3,972 by Farmers Ins. (22.2%)

Judgment – $6,000, plus $.99/day interest from date of accident, plus costs

2. 2007 Hyundai Sonata SE 4 door sedan – 20% diminished value recovered

Mileage – 4,177

Value before collision – $17,575

Repairs – $9,710.75, including 4.0 hours frame/unibody

Offer – $1,586 by USAA (9%)

Judgment – $3,500, plus $.58/day interest from date of judgment, plus costs

Diminished Value Case Result Example: Loudoun County (click to read)

1. 2012 Buick LeSabre 4 door sedan – 18.5% diminished value (settled) recovered

Mileage – 10,743

Value before collision – $29,675

Repairs – $18,475.06, including 2.0 hours frame/unibody

Offer -$3,300 by Geico (11.1%)

Settlement – $5,500

Diminished Value Case Result Example: Portsmouth City (click to read)

1. 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302- 16.3% diminished value (settled before trial)

Mileage – 8,500

Value before collision – $40,000.00

Repairs – $12,475.77, including frame/uni-body

Offer – $3,052 by USAA (7.6%)

Settlement – $6,500.00

Diminished Value Case Result Example: Richmond City (click to read)

1. 2006 Honda Civic 4 door sedan – 28.4% diminished value recovered

Mileage – 13,521

Value before collision – $14,075

Repairs – $4,537.88, including 3.0 hours frame/unibody

Offer – $2,140 by USAA (15.2%)

Judgment – $4,000, plus $.66/day interest from date of accident, plus costs

Diminished Value Case Result Examples of Claims Settled With No Suit Filed

1. Manassas, Virginia

2010 Cadillac CTS – 23% diminished value (settled) recovered

Mileage: 31,000

Value before collision: $26,000

Repairs – $15,710.23 (no frame)

Offer before Paullin Law Firm retained – $3,000.00 (Progressive) (11.5%)

Settlement: $6,000.00 (23%)

2. Chesterfield, Virginia

Mercedes Benz C300 – 8.7% diminished value (settled) recovered

Mileage: 37,844

Repairs – $3,211.60 9 (no frame)

Value before Collision – $28,600

Offer – GEICO offered 0.00 before Paullin Law Firm retained

Settlement: $2,500.00

Financial Collections Lawyer
Do you have a client or customer who is refusing to pay? Paullin Law Firm has the experience and attitude needed to put legal pressure on non-paying clients and customers and help you recover the income you’ve rightfully earned. (click to read successful case results)

Are you owed money by someone refusing to pay? Paullin Law Firm’s successful collections cases include victories in:

  • a fraudulent conveyance case in which the tenant had “given” his girlfriend his $400,000 house,
  • collections for a billing company that worked for medical practices, and
  • commercial contract disputes between providers of services to their customers.

Construction Lawyer
Mark Paullin’s experience in Construction Law includes Arbitration and Mediation, Bankruptcy Creditor’s Rights, Building Contractors, Business Counseling, Commercial/Business Law, Construction, Highway Construction, Homeowner Associations, Insurance Coverage, Landlord/Tenant, Mechanic’s Liens and Miller Act Bond Claims, Real Estate Matters, and more.
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Contractor’s License disputes – Mark Paullin has represented Virginia contractors before the Department of Professional and Occupational Law regulation, including one case in which the revocation of a contractor’s license was appealed to the Circuit Court. The judge in that case overturned the license revocation and the contractor was reinstated.

Real Estate Lawyer
Mark Paullin has years of experience facilitating closings, deeds, LLC operating agreements, eminent domain, and many other facets of Real Estate law. Additionally, he has successfully filed suit against real estate professionals who have misrepresented properties or otherwise breached their duties.

Civil Litigation Lawyer
This category includes many types of lawsuits in which damages are sought, including warrant in debt cases, breach of contract cases, homeowner versus contractor cases, collection matters for businesses, suits about the sale of property and or businesses, disputes over wills, suits against the city for negligent maintenance of a water or sewer system, fraudulent car sale transactions and more.

Speeding Ticket & Reckless Driving Lawyer
The Virginia Code specifies that a driver traveling in excess of 80 mph or greater ― or traveling 20 mph or more over the posted speed limit ― will automatically receive a ticket for reckless driving. Penalties for reckless driving tend to be significantly higher than those for standard speeding tickets. In Virginia, reckless driving is considered a class 1 misdemeanor, with fines starting at $250 (up to $2,500.00), and possible jail time (up to 12 months). A reckless driving conviction will also result in six points on your driver’s license, and remain on your record for eleven years. Mark Paullin has extensive experience handling cases like these, and will fight to get you the best possible outcome. (click to read successful case results)
Speeding Ticket & Reckless Driving Case Result Example 1 (click to read)

A military soldier stationed in North Carolina was charged with reckless driving for traveling 91 miles per hour in a 60 mph zone. There was a conviction the prior year in another state for speeding 9 mph over and a seat belt ticket and speeding in a safety zone in Virginia two years prior. The 91 in a 60 was reduced to speeding 79 in a 60, contingent on completing a driver improvement school, plus payment of court costs and a fine.

Speeding Ticket & Reckless Driving Case Result Example 2 (click to read)

A school bus driver (with a commercial driver’s license) was driving a personal vehicle going 96 miles per hour in a 60 mph zone. She claimed that the officer “had the wrong vehicle.” The court noted that commercial drivers were held to a higher standard than regular drivers, but only imposed a fine of $200.00, 2 days in jail (eligible for weekend service) and suspended the right to drive for 90 days, with permission to seek a restricted license (to drive to/from work, medical appointments, children’s medical needs, religious services, etc.).

A defendant who was charged with reckless driving due to going through a stop sign at a T intersection was found not guilty after defense counsel moved to strike the Commonwealth’s case, since the evidence did not match the statute upon which the charge was based.

Several defendants who had been charged with reckless driving for falling asleep and having single vehicle crashes had their charges reduced to improper driving after a trial.

Driving Under the Influence DUI Lawyer
A DUI is one of the most serious criminal charges many people will ever face in their lives. Don’t let an honest mistake or a wrongful charge ruin your life when you could have your charge reduced or dismissed. Call Paullin Law Firm today. (click to read successful case results)

DUI Case Result Example 1 (click to read)

A defendant was charged with DUI after sliding off the road in a neighborhood due to a deer that jumped out onto the road. A six pack of beer found behind the passenger seat had a few broken bottles. The defendant’s car had been hosed down by the fire department after it had caught fire. Defendant was found not guilty after trial on the merits.

DUI Case Result Example 2 (click to read)

A woman whose car had a defective computer chip, which affected her ability to steer, was stopped and arrested for DUI. The dash cam showed her asking the officer to turn down the radio. The officer asked the lady if it bothered her, and when she said yes, the officer turned the music up. The officer testified that he had charged the lady with both DUI and Breathalyzer Refusal. However, he had not charged the defendant with Breathalyzer Refusal. He was asked in court whether the oath on the arrest warrant was substantially similar to the oath he had taken in court before he testified to something that was not true. The defendant was found not guilty.

DUI Case Result Example 3 (click to read)

A defendant who had a very bad single car wreck had a blood alcohol content over .20 (a BAC of .08 or greater is a DUI charge in Virginia. This defendant’s BAC was more than double that amount.) A plea deal was reached by which the defendant received a “standard” DUI first resolution.

DUI Case Result Example 4 (click to read)

A plea deal was reached for a defendant whose job depended on him not being convicted of a DUI (and who refused the “field” and “station” blood alcohol breath tests). He was given a “wet” reckless driving conviction rather than a DUI conviction, and was able to keep his job.

Eminent Domain Lawyer
Eminent domain is the power of the government to take land from private property owners for public use. In cases like these, it is essential to have experienced legal counsel to protect what property you can. Former Assistant Attorney General Mark Paullin has the government and legal experience you need to navigate such a difficult situation. (click to read successful case results)

The City of Chesapeake took .039 acres (1,679 sq. feet) of a farm that bordered an industrial area to create a drainage pit, but denied that the residue of 14.31 acres was damaged by the drainage pit. The City at first said the highest and best use of the property was “residential” and valued the take at $2,753.00. After the landowner protested, the City changed appraisers and acknowledged that the highest and best use of the property was “commercial.” The take was then valued at $6,455.00, but damage to the residue was again denied.

After a two-day trial, a jury of five Chesapeake landowners agreed that the residue was devalued and awarded damages to the residue of $55,000.00, plus the value of the take, $6,455.00, for a total of $61,455.00, plus interest.

City employees testified that there was “no problem” with the mechanics of the drainage pit, but the City’s drainage contractor had estimated that it could “repair” any problem with the pit for $2,500. This inconsistency contributed to the overall lack of credibility of the City’s case.

Tractor Trailer/Big Rig Trucking Lawyer
A member of the National Trucking and Heavy Equipment Claims Council (NTHECC) for years, Mark Paullin has extensive experience as a trucking lawyer in Virginia. From trucking personal injury cases to trucking accident cases and everything in between, you’re always covered with Mark. (click to read successful case results)

Mark Paullin represented a truck driver who was involved in a crash with two other vehicles. One of the vehicles drove away. The driver of the other vehicle said she was struck from behind and didn’t know who did it. The case could not settle, and suit was filed. After the deposition of the car driver, both the car driver’s insurer and the trucker’s insurer contributed to a fair settlement.

Car Accident Lawyer
Surviving a car accident can be a traumatic experience in itself – not to mention the ensuing costs and potential for conflict. Mark Paullin has handled traffic and car accident cases for decades. He can help you to recover. (click to read successful case results)

Our client was a victim in a T-bone accident at an intersection and spent several days in the hospital. With Mark’s help, this case was settled without the need to file suit against the at-fault driver. The client received the full limit of the at-fault driver’s insurance policy.

Our client was a victim in a T-bone accident and suffered a broken left arm and other injuries. We unraveled a complex multiple-insurer situation, and recovered from: 1) the at-fault driver’s insurer, 2) the insurer for the owner of our client’s car (which had been borrowed with permission), 3) our client’s underinsurance, and 4) our client’s parents’ underinsurance insurance.

Business Lawyer
For legal business agreements and formation: Corporations, Limited Liability Corporations (LLCs), Joint Ventures, Partnerships
Sole Proprietorships, etc. The Paullin Law Firm provides legal counsel to businesses of all sizes. Whether your organization is large or small we work with you to determine the legal entity that best suits your organization’s goals.
 (click to read successful case results)

Mark Paullin has assisted hundreds of founders, buyers, and sellers of new and existing businesses, and reviewed and revised contracts, including noncompete clauses and other issues.

Gun Rights Restoration Lawyer (click to read)

Successful cases have been won in Chesterfield, Henrico, City of Richmond, Powhatan, Nottoway, Dinwiddie, Caroline, King George, and other jurisdictions. Knowledge of the statute and case law arms Paullin Law Firm with the ability to successfully overcome the objections of prosecutors and regain gun rights for clients.


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Paullin Law Firm, P.C.
575-A Southlake Boulevard

North Chesterfield, VA 23236
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