James R. Harpold was admitted to practice law in Virginia in 2007 and was trying cases on the second day of his professional career.  James is joining Franklin & Prokopik’s general liability, tort, and casualty defense lawyers in the firm’s Herndon, Virginia office.  There he will bring 14 years of litigation experience to bear, all while leaning on his years of experience and common sense to shift perspective, helping litigants view the hurdles before them as opportunities, often helping them find quick and less expensive resolutions to what had seemed intractable problems.

Prior to joining F&P, James worked at an Arlington, Virginia-based firm, Doumar Martin, PLLC, where he developed the firm’s Eminent Domain Practice, winning and managing work as outside counsel to the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia’s Right of Way Division, helping resolve condemnation of private property for expansion of the Virginia Department of Transportation’s roadways across Northern Virginia.  James litigated those matters, and myriad other civil and criminal cases, in Loudoun, Fairfax, Arlington, and Alexandria County Circuit Courts, and practiced before their General District Courts.  While most of his experience has been tied to the heart of Northern Virginia, working with VDOT allowed James to practice – and experience – in Virginia’s historic Circuit Courts, in locals further south and east of Washington, D.C., from Route 95 east along Virginia’s Route 3 to the edge of Virginia’s Northern Neck.

F&P Blog and Insight Articles

Spring 2023 – Virginia Modifies its Uninsured/Underinsured Motorists Law Again

Spring 2023 – Expanding Driver Qualification and Target Workforce – Combatting the Trucking’s Perennial No. 1 Issue: Driver Shortage


James loves water, is known to binge English History documentaries and podcasts, and when he feels truly nostalgic, will even read a book made of paper. Otherwise, if you don’t find him playing soccer, building legos, or engaging in other landlubber activities with his son, James is likely on a stand-up paddle board in a river, the Chesapeake, or the Atlantic.