We are pleased to announce McDermottWard will merge with the practice of Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein effective July 1, 2021.  As we move from the first floor to the third floor of the PWHD building, we will continue to provide exceptional service to our clients.  We hope you share in our excitement that this merger with PWHD.

Areas of Practice

Bank Counsel

Our attorneys provide counsel to banks and credit unions who are considering loans to businesses or agencies for the purpose of securing real estate, making capital improvements and other high-dollar transactions.

Business and Corporate Law

From advising clients in complicated business transactions such as stock and asset sales to mergers and liquidations.

Commercial Real Estate Law

Whether on the buyer's or seller's end of financial transactions, we help our clients to navigate the real estate process.

Elder Law

We listen carefully and patiently to clients' concerns in order to provide guidence in the appointment of reliable and trustworthy trustees and agents, who will make decisions when unable to do so themselves.

Guardianship and Conservatorship

We represent petitioners in this process including with preparation of the petition, orders, and during all hearings. 

Non-Profit Law

Our services extend to providing practical advice to our non-profit clients, including help with selecting appropriate directors and officers and in defining the roles for nonprofit organizations.

Probate and Trust Administration

We counsel and assist trustees in administration of trusts both during the trust beneficiary’s lifetime and at their passing. We are also familiar with administration of trusts that include estate tax planning, special needs beneficiaries, and other specialized provisions.

Wills, Trusts, and Estates

Counseling clients regarding their estate plan and drafting the related documents.

Additional practice areas:

  • DUI
  • Criminal
  • Traffic
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Adoption
  • Landlord-Tenant
  • Warrant in Debt

A Sophisticated Level Of Legal Expertise

Experience, Advocacy & Compassion



A sophisticated level of legal expertise

Complex legal issues affecting your estate, business or future are difficult to handle alone. The successful resolution of such issues depends on the skilled legal representation of an experienced attorney. At McDermottWard, our attorneys leverage more than 40 years of combined legal experience to serve Virginia Peninsula residents, businesses and nonprofit organizations. We know how important it is to address legal issues quickly and efficiently, and we are committed to obtaining the best resolution possible.

Highly skilled negotiators


Contact us today to discuss your specific legal needs

The attorneys at McDermottWard provide honest, detailed advice when you need it. To schedule a consultation, contact us online or call 757-722-0611 today.

How Can We Help You?


12350 Jefferson Avenue
Suite 140
Newport News, Virginia 23602

757-722-0611 phone
757-722-1312 fax

McDermottWard is located in Newport News, VA and serves clients in and around Fort Eustis, Newport News, Williamsburg, Seaford, Lackey, Yorktown, Hampton, Poquoson, Lightfoot, Rescue, Battery Park, Isle Of Wight County, and York County.