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West Virginia Attorney
Humes "Tripp" J. Franklin, III

Phone: 540.434.0316


Languages: English

Tripp focuses his law practice on trial work and litigation. His clients vary widely, from individuals to publicly traded companies. Tripp handles all sorts of matters including, business litigation, real estate litigation, domestic relations, construction litigation, administrative appeals, and alternative dispute resolution, among others. Tripp appears regularly in the city and county courts of the Commonwealth of Virginia and West Virginia as well as the United States federal courts in both states, and handles appeals to the Virginia Supreme Court and the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Tripp is a native of the Shenandoah Valley, having been born in Waynesboro, Virginia and is a 1994 graduate of Wilson Memorial High School in Fishersville.


  • Davidson College, B.A., 1998
  • William & Mary School of Law, J.D., 2001


  • Virginia, 2001
  • West Virginia, 2002

Areas of Practice:

  • Business and Commercial Law
  • Business Litigation
  • Construction and Real Estate Litigation
  • Employment Litigation
  • Insurance Defense and Policy Coverage
  • Family and Domestic Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Law
  • Real Estate and Land Use
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Business and Commercial Litigation
  • Civil Litigation, Trial and Appellate Practice

Books, Publications, and Articles:

  • “Examination Under Oath – The Insurer’s Right, “The Claimsman, Virginia State Claims Association, Fall 2002.
  • “Rule 4:1 (b)(3) and the Meaning of Anticipation of Litigation,” Litigation News, Virginia State Bar, Vol. IX, No. 4, Fall 2002.

Memberships & Awards:

  • Virginia’s Legal Elite, Virginia Business Magazine
  • Virginia State Bar
  • West Virginia State Bar
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys (Chair, Young Lawyer Division 2006)
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Waynesboro YMCA (Board of Directors, 2003-Present)
  • Ronald McDonald House of Charlottesville (Board of Directors)
  • Named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers

Representative experience:

  • Obtaining a defense verdict in a jury trial on behalf of an individual sued for damages as a result of a vehicle collision.
  • Successfully winning a jury verdict awarding clients title by adverse possession to approximately 64 acres of mountainous land in Pendleton County, West Virginia.
  • Successfully prosecuting a claim for specific performance of a real estate contract on behalf of a developer against a building contractor.
  • Successfully defending a veterinarian sued for malpractice.
  • Successfully defending a nationally traded company in a products liability action in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Personal Information:

  • Member Zion Lutheran Evangelical Church
  • Past President, Augusta Bar Association
  • Member of Board of Directors of Charlottesville Ronald McDonald House
  • Founding and current member of the Board of Directors of The Waynesboro YMCA Foundation, Inc.
  • Past member of Board of Directors of Waynesboro YMCA
  • Member and former chair of Young Lawyers Division of the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys


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Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver, PLC

100 South Mason Street
P.O. Box 20028
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
United States

Law Firm Contact: Thomas E. Ullrich / Jeffrey R. Adams

Tel: 540.434.0316

Fax: 540.434.5502



Member Since: 2014

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