Harrisonburg Office

Address:1951-D Evelyn Byrd Ave, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Phone:(540) 432-9988
Fax:(804) 278-9634
Hours:Mon. - Fri., 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Consultations by appointment only.

Richmond Office

Address:3 W. Cary St., First Floor, Richmond VA 23220
Phone:(804) 644-9700
Fax:(804) 278-9634
Hours:Mon. - Fri., 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Consultations by appointment only.

If you would like to schedule a consultation, please call us during normal business hours or complete the form on this page.

Before we can discuss your case, we must get some of your basic identifying information, primarily so that we can get back in touch with you if, for some reason, we lose contact. We will also ask you for the name of the adverse party, so that we can check and make sure that your case is not a matter that we are already involved in. We will not contact the adverse party in any way.

If we have no conflict, one of our paralegals will contact you for details of your situation. For ethical reasons, our paralegals cannot provide legal advice but will set up a consultation meeting, which we can do in person at one of our offices or over the phone. The consultation will last up to one hour and the cost is $250. Often during a consultation we can advise or recommend a course of action that will resolve your issue entirely or recommend why additional engagement is appropriate. We will defer, waive, or reduce our consultation fee in appropriate cases of financial hardship.

Office Consultations

Initial office consultations are by appointment only and typically require payment of a consultation fee that we will determine in advance, based upon the attorney's hourly rate, the time involved, and the complexity of the matter. In our discretion, we will defer, waive, or reduce office consultation fees in cases of financial hardship.

Contingent and Hourly Fees

In many cases, we will agree to represent a client on a contingent fee basis. In a contingent fee case, we will provide our services in exchange for the greater of:

  • forty percent (40%) of the gross amount recovered in settlement or at trial, or
  • the amount awarded by a court or arbitrator as fees.

In contingent fee cases, we only earn our fee if we win. Please note, though, that even in contingent fee cases, the costs that we incur remain the client's responsibility, regardless of the outcome of the case.

Our hourly fees are based upon a number of factors, including the time and labor involved, the complexity or novelty of the matter, the experience of the billing attorney, the amount in controversy, and whether the particular engagement will preclude other engagements of the lawyer.


Our Rules of Professional Conduct permit us to advance court costs and expenses of litigation, provided the client remains ultimately liable for such costs and expenses. Accordingly, such costs and expenses ultimately belong to the client, regardless of the outcome of the case.

Our firm promotes and supports efforts to ensure that low income and other vulnerable, under-represented members of the public have access not only to the courts but also to a full range of affordable legal services.

We will defer, waive, or reduce our hourly fees in cases of financial hardship. If you want us to consider a fee waiver because of financial hardship, we will ask that you provide us with evidence of your current income, your net worth, and your living expenses. If, in our sole discretion, you are unable to pay, we will make arrangements with you to defer, waive, or reduce our hourly fees in order to provide you with affordable representation.

If you decide to hire us, we require that you sign a written engagement letter that describes our fee agreement, the scope of our representation of you, and the other terms of the engagement. Our representation of you does not begin unless and until we have reduced the terms of our agreement to a writing, signed by you and an authorized representative of Shelley Cupp Schulte, P.C.

The sole purpose of this web site is to provide the public with information regarding the availability of competent, independent legal counsel. Nothing contained in this website is intended to create an attorney-client relationship nor should anything contained herein be considered legal advice. Nothing herein is intended to solicit legal work.

This website and its materials are provided for general reference only and should not be used as a replacement for complete and informed representation by a duly licensed lawyer. Shelley Cupp Schulte, P.C., does not guarantee that any materials provided on this site will be or have been updated. While certain of the materials have been gleaned from sources which Shelley Cupp Schulte, P.C., deems reliable, there are no assurances, and the firm does not warrant that any information provided herein is accurate or up to date.

Rule 7.1 (e) Disclosure: Rule 7.1 (e) of the Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct provides that "Any communication made pursuant to this Rule shall include the full name and office address of an attorney licensed to practice in Virginia who is responsible for its content." That information is as follows:

Blackwell N. Shelley, Jr. (VSB#28142)
Shelley Cupp Schulte, P.C.
2020 Monument Avenue
Richmond, VA 23220-2733