GravesWhetzel Law, PLLC
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Derrick W. Whetzel
  • Partner
Harrisonburg, VA



Derrick Whetzel's experience in a broad range of practice areas such as criminal defense, domestic, personal injury, civil litigation, collections, real estate litigation, wills and estates has enabled him to develop a practical and efficient approach to representation of his clients. Whether the client is in the midst of a domestic dispute, charged with a State or Federal crime, injured as a result of another's negligence or trying to protect their legal or contractual rights in litigation, Mr. Whetzel utilizes his experience to work with the client in all phases of the legal process to determine the approach that best meets the client's objectives.

Areas of Practice

  • Domestic Relations; Family Law; Divorce; Custody; Visitation; Support
  • Criminal Defense
  • Personal Injury

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 1998
  • West Virginia, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of West Virginia


  • Widener University School of Law, Wilmington, Delaware
    • J.D. - 1998
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia
    • B.S. - 1995
    • Major: Criminal Justice

Pro Bono Activities

  • Boys and Girls Club of Harrisonburg/Rockingham County - Executive Board of Directors, 2002 to 2014