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Jason J. Ham

Mr. Ham is from the Isle of Wight, England. His father, a physician, brought his family to the United States when he was a child. An avid traveler, Jason has visited over half of the States, and to many parts of Canada and Europe. A naturalized US citizen, he has spent most of his life in the Valley. In his free time, Mr. Ham bikes or does something outdoors, enjoying the incredible beauty of the amazing place that he is lucky enough to call home. Mr. Ham lives in Harrisonburg with his wife, Jannelle and their four children.

Mr. Ham’s primary practice areas are civil litigation, local government and tax exempt finance.  

An experienced litigator and advocate, he has extensive trial experience and represents individual and institutional clients in the prosecution and defense of tort, contract, wrongful death and tax assessment litigation. Mr. Ham represents numerous different types of clients, from multimillion dollar businesses to individuals who have had terrible things happen to them or to their loved ones. 

As County Attorney for Warren and Shenandoah Counties and Town Attorney for the towns of Dayton and New Market, Mr. Ham performs local government work for his and the firm’s other municipal clients, which include two cities, two other towns, a housing authority, a regional sewer authority, two sanitary districts, an economic development authority, an industrial development authority, and two planning district commissions. He also represents individual and corporate clients concerning their business dealings and disputes with other localities.  

Mr. Ham performs municipal bond work and has acted as issuer’s, bond and bank counsel. He has represented the firm’s municipal and banking clients with regard to the issuance of tax exempt bonds, and has performed numerous bond closings. 

Mr. Ham also maintains a general practice of law, drafting wills, assisting clients in forming companies and partnerships and representing such entities in the conduct of their business including drafting contracts and consulting regarding employment matters, and performing other legal work on behalf of individual, corporate and municipal clients. 

$5,350,000.00 Jury Verdict 
On November 22, 2010 Jason Ham, along with co-counsel John Stepanovich of Chesapeake, Virginia obtained a jury award of $5,350,000.00 in the Norfolk Circuit Court. The case was a personal injury action against a mental hospital that our client claimed failed to provide proper security. Our client, a physician in Virginia Beach, was assaulted by a mental patient who fractured his skull and caused permanent damage to his eye.

Education

  • LeMoyne College, Political Science and History, B.A. with honors, magna cum laude, 1993.
  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1997.
  • Graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, 2002.

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Virginia State Bar
  • Western District of Virginia Federal Court

Honors & Affiliations

  • Virginia Legal Elite:
    Mr. Ham has been identified as one of Virginia's "Legal Elite" by Virginia Business Magazine for 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
  • Virginia Super Lawyers:
    Mr. Ham was listed among Virginia Super Lawyers’ “Rising Stars” in general litigation for 2009, 2010, and 2011, and selected as a “Super Lawyer” for 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. Only 5% of the attorneys in Virginia each year are name to the Super Lawyers list.
  • Virginia Super Lawyers “Top 100”:
    Mr. Ham was one of the top 100 in the 2014 and 2015 Virginia Super Lawyers nomination, research and blue ribbon review process. There are over 29,000 attorneys named to practice in Virginia.
  • Academic Honors:
    Mr. Ham graduated in the top 15% of his law school class, and earned both his law and undergraduate degrees magna cum laude.

Publications & Presentations

  • Publications:
    Author: “Sovereign and Charitable Immunity in the Commonwealth of Virginia” The Journal of Civil Litigation 10 (1999):367-391
  • Co-author: “Insurance Law in Virginia” Virginia CLE Publications, 2002 and the 2003, 2008, and 2014 supplements.
  • Speaker:
    Local Government Attorney’s Spring 2018 Conference: Don’t Let the Meetings of Your Governing Body Derail the Train.
 

 

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