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William H. Shewmake

919 East Main Street
Twenty-Fourth Floor
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone:  804.783.7595
Mobile Phone:  804.241.0453
Fax:  804.783.7695


Mr. Shewmake received his Bachelor of Arts from the College of William and Mary in 1982 and his law degree from William and Mary’s Marshall-Wythe School of Law in 1985. He was an Editor of the William and Mary Law Review and is a member of the Order of the Coif.

Mr. Shewmake enjoys extensive experience in zoning and land use law. In addition to representing clients on commercial and residential land use issues, Mr. Shewmake has previously served as a Planning Commissioner in Chesterfield County and served as the Commission’s Chairman in 1998. Mr. Shewmake is a mediator and has mediated a wide range of civil law matters, from personal injury cases to multiparty business disputes. His skills as a mediator are particularly helpful in the context of obtaining rezoning and conditional use permits for his clients. He has also served as an arbitrator in commercial disputes involving closely held businesses. In addition, Mr. Shewmake is a trained collaborative law practitioner, and has been included in Virginia Business' Legal Elite in the area of alternative dispute resolution. He is the past Chairman of the Joint Alternative Dispute Resolution Council of the Virginia Bar Association and the Virginia State Bar.

Mr. Shewmake also is a civil litigator and has handled a variety of complex commercial, administrative law, construction, and injury cases. He has authored and co-authored articles on covenants not to compete, administrative and antitrust law and has lectured on both appellate practice and trial litigation.

Mr. Shewmake is active in the community. In addition to serving as a Planning Commissioner, Mr. Shewmake sat on Chesterfield’s Advisory Committee for Gifted Education and has served on Chesterfield County’s Committee on the Future, the Commonwealth Attorney’s Drug and Violence Task Force, the Richmond Bar Association’s CLE Committee and the Greenfield Elementary PTA, as well as the Board of Directors of the Huguenot Little League, the Midlothian YMCA, the Midlothian Rotary Club, the Midlothian Rotary Foundation, and Chesterfield’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission. He is currently a director of the FC Richmond Soccer Club and he is the Chairman of the College Assurance Partnership, a 501(c)(3) organization that he founded to encourage and support Richmond Public School students in achieving a two-year or four-year Science, Technology, English, Math – Health (STEM-H) degree.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Virginia Bar Association


  • Listed in Virginia Business magazine's "Legal Elite" for Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2011-2014 and 2016-2017

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  • J.D., Order of the Coif, William and Mary School of Law, 1985, Editor, William & Mary Law Review
  • B.A., College of William & Mary, 1982

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia
  • Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court