Michael J. Shevlin

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Fairfax, Virginia

Shevlin Smith, P.C.
Michael J. Shevlin
Shevlin Smith, P.C.

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice; view more

Licensed in Virginia since: 1992

Education: University of Virginia School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2024

Shevlin Smith, P.C.

3975 University Drive
# 405
Fairfax, VA 22030 Visit website


An AV Preeminent* peer-review rated attorney, Michael J. Shevlin serves as the principal at Shevlin Smith. He takes on cases from throughout Virginia and the District of Columbia, from his office located in Fairfax, Virginia. His practice is exclusively focused on personal injury, with special attention to medical malpractice cases and he has been serving the area for the past three decades. 

Mr. Shevlin secured his undergraduate degree in government and international studies from the University of Notre Dame in 1989. Later, he pursued law at the University of Virginia School of Law and graduated in 1992 with a Juris Doctor degree. Within a year of graduation, he joined the Office of the Fairfax Commonwealth’s Attorneys as an assistant lawyer. There, he played a significant role in prosecuting criminals facing charges of misdemeanor and serious felony offenses. 

Joining Shevlin Smith about two years later, Mr. Shevlin has been garnering experience working on cases involving catastrophic injuries such as limb amputations, serious burns, internal organ damage, and spinal cord and brain injuries. He understands the hopelessness that a victim experiences when they succumb to a serious injury or suffers a heart-wrenching loss of a loved one due to the neglect of others. He strives to be a trustworthy person that they can count on to help get their life back on track. His strong compassion for his clients, which is reflected in his interactions, has helped him achieve a 10/10 rating on Avvo.

Owing to his acumen and achievements in the field of law, Mr. Shevlin has been recognized with several honors, including being listed as one among America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators. Other acclaims to his name include:

· Lawyer of the Year (Washington, D.C.) – medical malpractice law – Best Lawyers

· America’s Top 100 Attorneys – personal injury and medical malpractice

· Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Virginia – The National Trial Lawyers

· President’s Award – Fairfax Bar Association

In addition to the many prestigious awards and inclusions, Mr. Shevlin is also a Leaders Forum member of the American Association for Justice and has affiliations with others, including the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and the Brain Injury Association of Virginia. He has secured an eight-figure settlement/verdict for a family suffering loss in a vehicle accident due to faulty brakes, which earned him a membership in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Accidents

  • 50% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 50% Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1992, Virginia

Professional Webpage: https://www.shevlinsmith.com/attorneys/michael-j-shevlin/

  • Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be included, a listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded within the legal profession as a signal honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers, 2008-Present, Best Lawyers in America
  • Fairfax Bar Association President’s Award, 2011 and 2016, Award
  • Membership in Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Award
  • Membership in Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Award
  • Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers, Top 25, Recognition
  • Top Lawyer in Northern Virginia, Northern Virginia Magazine
  • America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators, Recognition
  • America’s Top 100 Medical Malpractice Attorney, Recognition
  • America’s Top 100 Personal Injury Attorney, Award
  • Super Lawyers in Virginia for Personal Injury Law, 2008-Present, Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers in Virginia for Medical Malpractice Law, 2008-Present, Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers in Washington, 2009-Present, D.C. for Personal Injury Law
  • Super Lawyers in Washington, 2009-Present, D.C. for Medical Malpractice Law
  • Lawyer of the Year for Washington, 2023, D.C. in Medical Malpractice Law by Best Lawyers
  • Martindale’s Highest Peer Rating of AV, Award
  • American Trial Lawyers Association, Top 100 Trial Lawyers
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Virginia State Bar, 1992 District of Columbia Bar, 1995 Member, American Association for Justice - Leaders Forum Member, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Member, Trial Lawyers of the District of Columbia Fairfax Bar Association:  Board of Directors, 2010-2016; Chairman of Judicial Screening Committee, 2018; Vice-Chair of the Judicial Screening Committee, 2017; Budget Committee; Fairfax Law Library Committee Brain Injury Association of Virginia, Inc. County Bar Association.
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • Virginia Supreme Court
  • Member, Fairfax Bar Association Judicial Screening Panel, 2014; 2021
  • Fairfax County Bar Association, Member
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • A Patient's Guide to Virginia Medical Negligence Law
  • Co-Author “Expert Review” in Medical Malpractice Law in Virginia (2021)
  • Speaker, “Treaters & Testifiers”, VTLA CLE (2022)
  • Speaker, “Rebuttal Experts” (2019, 2022)
  • Speaker, "The Do's and Don'ts to Avoid A Medical Malpractice Case" (2014, 2016)
  • Speaker, "Road to Justice" (2002-2016)
  • Speaker, "Successful Strategies for Medical Malpractice Cases in Virginia" (2004)
  • Your Guide to Understanding Claim against Uber, Lyft and Others, 2017
Educational Background:
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A, 1989
Industry Groups:
  • American Association For Justice
  • Brain Injury Association Of Virginia
  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association

Office location for Michael J. Shevlin

3975 University Drive
# 405
Fairfax, VA 22030

Phone: 703-634-7350


17 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2024

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