Divorce Attorney in Virginia Beach

Joseph W. Hood Jr.

Principal

Virginia Beach lawyer Joe Hood has been practicing law for 25 years (retired). Prior to obtaining his law degrees, Mr. Hood was a captain in the Navy; he served as a fighter pilot, and held command at sea. His last active duty position was as Comptroller for Naval Base Norfolk. He is a leader in the community, having received, among other accolades, a City of Virginia Beach Human Rights Award, the purpose of which is to officially recognize individuals, community groups, or organizations for meritorious service in pursuant to cultural diversity and advocacy of human rights which benefit Virginia Beach citizens. He also serves on many volunteer boards. He was a founding Director of the Beach Health Clinic 25 years ago, and has served as its President for the last fifteen (15) years. He is a Past-President of the Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia, Past-President of the St. Andrews Society of Tidewater, a former commissioner for the City of Virginia Beach Resort Advisory Commission, member of the City of Virginia Beach Library Board, President of the Friends of the Library, and is an elder in the Presbyterian Church.

He founded the law firm in 1985, and it has grown into a service-oriented firm that takes pride in its ability to meet the needs of clients.

Areas of practice (retired)

Bar admissions

  • Virginia, 1984
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia, 1985
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1985

Education

  • William and Mary Law School, Williamsburg, Virginia, 1987, LL.M., Taxation
  • University of Richmond, The T.C. Williams School of Law, Richmond, Virginia, J.D.
  • U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, 1973, M.S., Financial Management

Honors and awards

  • City of Virginia Beach Human Rights Award, 2000
  • Pro Bono Award, Norfolk/Portsmouth Bar Association, 1990
  • Pro Bono Award, Norfolk/Portsmouth Bar Association, 1991
  • Pro Bono Award, Norfolk/Portsmouth Bar Association, 1993

Professional associations and memberships

  • Beach Health Clinic
    • Founding director and president
  • City of Virginia Beach Library Board
  • Friends of the Virginia Beach Public Library
    • President, director
  • Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia
    • Director and past president
  • St. Andrews Society of Tidewater Virginia
    • Director and past president
  • Symphonicity, The Symphony Orchestra of Virginia Beach
    • Director
  • City of Virginia Beach Resort Advisory Commission
    • Former member

Pro bono activities

  • Presbyterian Church, Elder

Fraternities

  • Phi Delta Phi

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