Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver, PLC

Harrisonburg, Virginia Business, Commercial & Litigation Lawyers

Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver, PLC

100 South Mason Street
P.O. Box 20028

Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801-7528

Phone(540) 434-0316
Fax (540) 434-5502

Website www.wawlaw.com
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Other Offices: Staunton (VA)  

Law Firm Overview

Wharton, Aldhizer and Weaver PLC in Harrisonburg, VA, represent clients in a number of areas. The firm provides high-quality legal advice in personal injury cases, business law, child support, litigation and estate planning cases. The firm uses a team approach, relying on the diversity of members' expertise and practices.

Attorneys in the firm are experienced in areas other than law, such as civil engineering, chemical engineering and building contracting. They also understand licensing and taxation. They use these experiences to address problems clients have with unique perspectives that get results. The sum of specialization and legal knowledge allows the attorneys to provide sophisticated legal services for all clients.

Lawyers at Wharton, Aldhizer and Weaver PLC is dedicated to making sure clients have superior service in a client-friendly setting. They believe in being responsive to clients and value them above all else. Their values set them apart from other lawyers who want to make the most money possible without caring about clients. As a result, they are able to get favorable outcomes for clients.

Year this Office was Established: 1845

Areas of Law

Additional Areas of Law: Spousal Support, Hospital Law, Insurance Defense, Willful Desertion or Abandonment, Cruelty, Adultery, No-Fault Divorce, Professional Liability, Creditors' Law, Environmental Regulation, Municipal Transactions, Municipal Law, Nonprofit and Charitable Organizations, Estate Administration, Securities Law, Professional Malpractice, Breach of Contract, Partnership Disputes, Unfair Competition, Stock Options and Shareholder Disputes, Commercial Finance.

Areas of Law Description

Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver PLC, commonly known as WAW provides legal representation and services in the following areas of law:

- Business and Corporate Areas of Law

• Bankruptcy and Creditors' Law

Our lawyers represent secured and unsecured creditors, creditors’ committees, bankruptcy trustees and other parties affected by financial insolvency issues. We afford forceful and resourceful counsel regarding the varied issues that arise under the unique circumstances of each case.

• Business and Commercial Law

Businesses must always defend themselves from private action taken by the consumers of their service or by the government in regulating their businesses. Although, many disputes are handled between the two parties outside of court, a business is prudent to document their policies and practices.

• Commercial Finance

Our commercial finance lawyers provide broad-scope, experienced legal services to borrowers and lenders in commercial lending facilities and related transactions. Our in-depth knowledge, business acumen and long history of structuring creative solutions allows us to be effective partners in a wide variety of such deals.

• Construction and Environmental Regulation

Our construction practice covers many areas of financial and commercial, industrial and residential construction work. Our attorneys can assist you with all types of issues related to construction projects. We have the experience and knowledge needed to represent owners, developers of commercial, industrial, and residential real estate investors, lenders, etc.

• Corporate, Securities, Municipal and Commercial Transactions

Our firm is actively engaged in advising clients in a wide variety of corporate transactions, corporate financings, and securities law compliance matters. We can provide our business clients with legal representation that is timely and proactive because our business law attorneys make it a priority to stay current on legal issues and recent developments.

• Environmental Law

Our attorneys who specialize in environmental law can help you address many types of environmental issues. We help you identify and prevent potential environmental problems and apply our legal skills to solve existing ones. We work with our clients to develop creative solutions, and use our trial experience and litigation skills in pursuit of our clients' objectives if necessary.

• Municipal Law

We represent and advise numerous municipalities and governmental units throughout the Shenandoah Valley and Virginia. We have served as bond counsel for matters ranging from $750,000 to $25 million.

• Nonprofit and Charitable Organizations

Our firm is experienced in creating and advising nonprofit and charitable organizations, such as private foundations, churches, schools and colleges, business leagues, political parties and country clubs. Although these organizations are typically tax exempt, a nonprofit or charitable organization may have to pay an unrelated business income tax.

• Real Estate and Land Use

For more than 70 years our firm has helped Virginia grow through our work with residential and commercial developers, government entities, and lending institutions. We can assist you in acquiring and developing land, getting necessary permits, zoning, financing, and more.

• Taxation and Tax Planning

We represent individuals and businesses in a broad range of tax-related issues, from tax planning to audits, from business formation to retirement planning. Our tax attorneys will help you evaluate complex tax-related issues that affect your personal finances or your business.

• Wills, Estates, Trusts and Estate Administration

Our estate lawyers offer you confidentiality, sensitivity and experience, and a broad understanding of current issues affecting trust, will and estate administration. We can help you write your will, living trust, and other documents to ensure that your estate is dispersed according to your desires while preserving family wealth.

- Litigation and Dispute Areas of Law

• Alternative Dispute Resolution

Our firm recognizes that a lawsuit may not be the most efficient or ideal method for resolving a dispute. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) methods are generally faster, less formal, less expensive and often less adversarial than a court trial and give greater control of the outcome to the parties.

• Business and Commercial Litigation

Our experienced trial attorneys have done so on many occasions. But in other situations, the client’s interests are best served by resolving the case short of trial, through a settlement achieved either by direct negotiation or by engaging in alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation or arbitration.

• Civil Litigation, Trial and Appellate Practice

Our lawyers are experienced in litigation, trial and appellate practice. We have successfully represented clients before appellate courts in Virginia and many Mid-Atlantic states in federal and state courts relating to civil matters. Civil Law is a litigation process that resolves a disagreement between two or more people.

• Construction Litigation

Our attorneys are experienced in assisting construction industry clients, with a wide variety of business and litigation issues. Whether you’re a general contractor, sub-contractor, architect, engineer, developer, owner, lender or supplier, we’re available to work with you on matters ranging from mechanics’ lien claims and payment disputes to highly complex cases.

• Real Estate Litigation

Our firm has many years experience helping Virginia clients, many in the Shenandoah Valley, with their real estate legal needs. We are focused on achieving results for businesses and individuals throughout Western Virginia and our real estate dispute lawyers have many years of combined law practice and trial experience.

• Criminal Law

We are experienced Virginia lawyers who understand the local criminal system. Throughout the years, our attorneys have become familiar with the judges and prosecutors who will be handling your case. We draw on this experience to help you know what to expect at trial and in other interactions with the criminal justice system.

• Employment Law and Litigation

Employment law can be very complicated, involving the interplay of several state and federal laws and regulations. As an employer, there are many factors to consider when making decisions regarding company policy and practices. As an employee, it can also be very difficult to determine how company policies and laws apply to you and your situation.

• Family and Domestic Law

We represent clients in all aspects of family law including marital dissolutions, separations, premarital (ante nuptial) agreements, post-decree modifications, child custody matters, adoptions and other related issues. WAW’s attorneys specialize in taxation, estate planning, real estate and corporate representation.

• Hospital Law

Hospital law applies to a wide range of areas including medical and non-medical staff matters such as recruitment, retention, training, discipline, peer review, compensation, and employment contracts; corporate and business matters such as policy development, joint ventures, financial transactions, contract preparation, corporate structure and taxation.

• Health Care Law

Our law firm has a long history of providing comprehensive counsel and representation to the healthcare industry, including physicians and other health professionals on an individual and group basis, clinics, hospitals, long-term care facilities, and managed care providers.

• Insurance Defense

Our firm can assist insurance carriers, corporations and individuals with a broad range of insurance and insurance-related issues. We have handled the defense of claims on a continuous basis for over thirty insurance carriers and our firm is listed in A.M. Best's Directory of Insurance Counsel.

• Intellectual Property Law

If you’re seeking to market a new product or technology, our attorneys can assist you with patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and other core assets. We can review and assess the intangible assets of your enterprise, and give you specific recommendations for increasing revenue, cutting costs, and protecting value.

• Medical Malpractice

We have the experience to properly help people who are injured due to medical malpractice. As Harrisonburg, Staunton and Lexington medical malpractice attorneys, we aggressively pursue compensation for clients with injuries caused by the negligence of doctors, nurses and other medical staff.

• Personal Injury Litigation

An important key to a successful personal injury case is proving that other parties were responsible for your injury. Much of the evidence for your case comes directly from you, from photos, police reports, witness statements, and other physical items you retained from the accident scene.

• Auto Accidents

If you or a loved one suffers an injury in a Virginia car accident, you need local attorneys on your side. These attorneys must be familiar with Virginia traffic laws and possess experience and expertise handling accident cases in the Rockingham County and Augusta County areas.

• Truck Accidents

While any traffic accident may lead to serious injuries, accidents involving tractor-trailers do so more frequently. Tractor-trailer collisions subject passenger cars too much greater forces than conventional accidents, and the severity of injuries suffered by people in those cars rises proportionately.

• Products Liability

We have cultivated a reputation for our efforts on behalf of our product liability clients throughout the Mid Atlantic states and many other states on the Eastern coast. We go about our case preparation in a businesslike, cost-efficient, discreet manner that provides protection of client’s interests.

• Professional Liability

WAW’s attorneys have almost 100 years of combined experience in defending professionals. Our Harrisonburg, Stanton and Lexington, Virginia professional liability attorneys have defended virtually every type of professional, including: hospitals, doctors, residents, agents, attorneys, architects, engineers and dentists.

• Workers' Compensation

Our law firm has extensive experience in workers' compensation litigation. Our Harrisonburg, Staunton and Lexington worker comp attorneys work as a team with insurers, self-insured employers and third-party administrators to bring about successful and efficient resolutions for our clients.

• Wrongful Death

Our lawyers understand your grief after the loss of a loved one. We also know that your pain is heightened when you believe that another person's negligence was responsible for the death. While it may seem impossible to put a monetary value on a life lost, there are valid reasons to seek damages when your relative's death has been caused by negligence.

- Wills and Probate

• Wills and Probate

The lawyers at Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver, PLC (WAW) understand the complexities of probate and estate administration in the Commonwealth of Virginia. We assist and simplify the intricate tax and financial matters to ensure your loved one’s estate is administered professionally, cost-effectively and efficiently.

• Estates, Trusts, and Estate Administration

Careful estate planning ensures that your wishes about how, when and to whom your assets are to be transferred are carried out. Our skilled estate planning lawyers work with you to construct an estate plan that avoids probate costs and minimizes state and federal taxes.


David Klass Mr. David I. Klass
Business and Industry, Civil Rights, Employment, Litigation, Medical Malpractice

Matthew Light Mr. Matthew W. Light
Business and Industry, Employment, Estate Planning, Litigation, Real Estate

Donald Showalter Mr. Donald E. Showalter
Agricultural Law, Business and Industry, Estate Planning, Litigation, Nonprofit Organizations

Gregory St. Ours Mr. Gregory T. St. Ours
Antitrust and Trade Regulation, Business and Industry, Employment, Ethics, Health Care and Social

Thomas Ullrich Mr. Thomas E. Ullrich
Business and Industry, Employment, Insurance, Litigation, Personal Injury



  • Virginia State Bar
  • West Virginia State Bar
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
  • Virginia Bar Association

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