Virginia Beach Law Firm Overview

Family law, real estate and business lawyers

At Joseph W. Hood, Jr. & Associates/Messman Law, PLC, I understand that you have many options when choosing an attorney.  For several years, I have been guiding the citizens of Virginia Beach and beyond through their family law and estate planning problems. I am conveniently located in Virginia Beach, and I serve clients throughout South Eastern Virginia. Joseph W. Hood, Jr. & Associates/Messman Law, PLC has earned a reputation through hard work and dedication to our clients.

More than 25 years of experience

The firm was founded by principal attorney Joe Hood in 1985 (retired). He has more than 25 years of legal experience, so he has likely encountered the same issues facing you while representing past clients. In addition to his invaluable practical experience, he has also taught family law to other lawyers and legal professionals, and has authored numerous legal form and reference books.

Prior to opening the practice in 1985, Mr. Hood served 25 years in the Navy, where he rose to the rank of Captain and held command at sea. He is also a former Comptroller at the Norfolk Naval base. As a former military man, he brings the discipline, commitment, and dedication, which made him successful serving our country to the practice of law.

Mykell L. Messman is an Active Duty Military Spouse and the proud parent of an Active Duty Soldier. Because of Ms. Messman’s  experience with the military and all the demands that military families endure, she proudly serves many military clients (and their non-military spouses) in military divorce and family law matters.

A commitment to personal service

While my experience may bring you in the door, it is my commitment to you, and the high level of personal service I provide that will keep you as a client. As a lawyer in Hampton Roads area, I understand that you cannot build a successful law practice that stands the test of time without many word-of-mouth referrals. My success is directly attributable to referrals I receive from satisfied clients and even from my adversaries who are impressed with the manner in which I handled my client’s cases.

You will appreciate my honest answers, my prompt communications, and my proactive notifications of any changes in the status of your case or any settlement offers we receive.

I believe in strong community and professional involvement

We have been fortunate in our success, and we believe in giving back to the community.  We at Joseph W. Hood, Jr. & Associates/Messman Law, PLC are very active in the Virginia Beach community. For example, family law attorney Joe Hood (retired) is an elder in the Presbyterian Church and is a founding Director and President of Virginia Beach Health Clinic.  He is also a past President of the local Legal Aid Society.  Joe Hood also holds several board positions, including serving on the Boards of Directors for the Virginia Beach Symphony, Hampton Roads Naval Historical Foundation, and the Virginia Beach Library, and served as a member of the City of Virginia Beach Resort Advisory Commission.

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To discuss your divorce or family law matter with an experienced Virginia Beach family lawyer, schedule your confidential consultation by calling us at or filling out the intake form. Let me put my experience, commitment and personal service to work for you.

Joseph W. Hood, Jr. & Associates/ Messman Law, PLC

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