Historic Northumberland County Courthouse, Heathsville, Virginia. Built 1851.


We’re a constant in a world full of surprises


Trial attorneys at Dunton, Simmons & Dunton have played a prominent role in local courts for almost a century and we still work in the courts every day, representing clients in a variety of jury and non-jury cases. 

We have represented generations of local citizens and businesses with every conceivable civil and criminal problem. Driven by the economy and character of Northern Neck and Eastern Virginia, we have particular expertise in commercial disputes, riparian controversies, maritime matters and real estate litigation, but our practice is varied. Our civil litigation partner, Stan Murphy, has more than 35 years of experience in state and national cases. With an emphasis in family law and criminal matters, partner Beth Hurd is one of the busiest litigators in the region. Nearly all of our lawyers have experience trying cases in local courts.


In the last year alone, we have successfully concluded dozens of cases involving at least three dozen different types of disputes. But it’s not just in the trial courts. Our attorneys also have been successful and every level of the court system. In fact, two of our current attorneys have experience in the United States Supreme Court.  Learn more about the breadth of our work by clicking on the following button.





Where We Practice


Geographically, our practice is focused on Virginia counties that embrace the tidal Rappahannock and Potomac Rivers, including the counties of Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond, Westmoreland, Middlesex and Essex. We also appear regularly in courts for Gloucester, Mathews, King William, King and Queen and King George counties.

We are proud to travel statewide for our clients in significant matters and recently have managed cases in state courts for the cities of Richmond, Fredericksburg, Norfolk and Alexandria, and in federal courts for both the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia.


The Power of Collaboration


We’re not just trial attorneys. Dunton, Simmons & Dunton handles some of the most sophisticated legal problems that clients can bring to any law firm. If your court case involves a complex business, real estate, or fiduciary question, the answer is usually right down the hall from one of our trial attorneys.

In an uncertain world we’ve been standing up for our clients for 88 years.

Call us today with your questions about litigation.