Philip L. Hatchett

    Managing Director
    Office: Newport News
    Admissions: Virginia


    Philip currently serves as managing director of the firm’s Newport News office. Philip’s practice emphasizes business formation and financing, as well as estate planning, tax and wealth transfer. Philip was a certified public accountant before attending law school. A native of the Peninsula, Philip has enjoyed many professional long term relationships.

    Representative Matters

    • Represented estate fiduciaries before the Internal Revenue Service
    • Served as counsel for creation of joint venture between client and Fortune 500
    • Represented multiple parties in contested estate administration matters including being the court-appointed attorney to the state’s largest defalcation
    • Represented and served as Virginia counsel in private-public military housing projects
    • Coordinated and organized multiple family partnerships and limited liability companies to expand management governess and financing opportunities

    Recognition & Honors

    • Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, Humanitarian Award, 2018
    • Best Lawyers in America, 2002-2023
    • Top Lawyers; CoVaBIZ, 2019-2021
    • Virginia’s Legal Elite, Taxes and Estates & Trust; Virginia Business Magazine, 2007-2008, 2012-2013, 2016, 2021-2022
    • American Red Cross, Hampton Roads Chapter Volunteer of the Year, 1996
    • Omicron Delta Kappa, 1983
    • The McNeil Law Society, University of Richmond, 1983
    • University of Richmond Law Review, 1982-1984


    • Commissioner of Accounts, 7th Circuit, Newport News, 1998-present
    • City of Newport News Employees Retirement Pension Board; Vice Chairman, 2013-present; Chairman, 2006-2009; Member, 2004-present
    • WHRO Board of Directors, 2008-2014
    • Hampton Public Library Foundation; Trustee, 2003-2013
    • Smart Beginnings of the Virginia Peninsula; Board of Directors, 2010-present; Chairman 2013-present
    • Peninsula Estate Planning Council, 1988-present; Board of Trustees, 2012-present
    • Office of Human Affairs; Board of Trustees, 2010-present
    • City of Newport News Investment Committee, 2007-present
    • Virginia Living Museum; Board of Trustees, 2012-present
    • St. Andrews Episcopal Church Foundation; Trustee, 2012-present; Chairman, 2004-present
    • Oyster Point Rotary Club, 2005-present; Board of Trustees, 2013-present
    • Newport News Bar Association, 1998-present
    • Virginia Bar Association; 1985 Trust and Estates Section
    • American Bar Association, 1994-present
    • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Certified 1979

    Court Admissions

    • Eastern District of Virginia, 1984
    • Federal Bar, 1984


    • Washington & Lee University; B.S., 1977
    • University of Richmond School of Law; J.D, 1984

    Past leadership positions

    • WHRO Foundation Board Member, 2001-2008
    • Regional Advisory Board RBC Centura Bank, 1998-2005; Co-Chairman, 2003-2005
    • Virginia Symphony; Board of Directors, 2000-2007
    • The Chesapeake Retirement Advisory Board, 2002-2008
    • Eastern Virginia Medical School Foundation Board, 1998-2008
    • Hampton Roads Chapter of the American Red Cross Board; Member, 1986-1996; Chairman, 1994-1995
    • Peninsula-Williamsburg American Heart Association Walk Board; Member, 2000-2003; Chairman, 2002
    • Hampton Bar Association; Treasurer, 1988-1989

    Reported opinions and published articles

    • Michael E. Mares v. Estate of David Murray, U.S. Bankruptcy Ct., Eastern Dist. of Va. (1993)
    • C.F. Garcia Enterprises v. Enterprise Ford Tractor, 253 VA. 104, 480 S.E.2d 497 (1997)
    • McCall v. Elver, 7 Cir 01638TF, 73 Va. Cir. 328 (2007)
    • Winfield v. Commonwealth; The Application of the Virginia Rape Shield Statute, University of Richmond Law Review, Vol. 18, No. 2 (1984)

    Press & Publications