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J. Barbour Rixey, born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia, has resided in Virginia Beach since 1972. He is married and has three grown children, two of whom are attorneys, also practicing in the Norfolk/Virginia Beach area.


J. Barbour Rixey attended both public and private schools in Norfolk and went off to the University of Virginia for undergraduate school in 1968 where he graduated in 1972 with a B.A. in History. He worked for a local real estate company for two years and then attended George Mason University School of Law, graduating in 1977. He passed the Virginia State Bar in 1977.


Mr. Rixey comes from a long line of attorneys. He is a fourth-generation attorney in his family following his great-grandfather, his grandfather, his great-uncle, and his father, John F. Rixey, who was elected and served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1954 - 1959 and who  continued to practice law until his death in 2008.


J. Barbour Rixey began his law career by joining his father's firm in 1977, initially handling insurance defense work. In 1984, he and his father reinvented the old firm of Rixey and Rixey, (initially created by his grandfather and great-uncle in Norfolk in the 1920's) where he practiced until 1997. It was then he went into solo practice under the name of J. Barbour Rixey, P.C., and over the years, has gravitated to the practice of family law almost exclusively, offering professional and reliable legal services at the highest ethical levels to residents of eastern Virginia. He practices in all the state courts, including the Southside Courts of Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk; the Peninsula Courts of Hampton, Newport News and York County; and, the Eastern Shore Courts of Northampton County and Accomack County.


Mr. Rixey served as a Supreme Court certified Guardian Ad Litem for a number of years, advocating the best interests of children. He is an active member in his community, having served on boards of various organizations within the community focusing on family/children issues.


The law firm maintains access to private investigators when the case warrants and capable private process servers. It is Mr. Rixey’s goal to deliver the highest personal service to his clients. Clients are the number one priority and he strives to give peace of mind and the attention that each client deserves for his/her legal matter.


If you are involved in a legal dispute, you are going to want an attorney who will deliver results in a cost effective and professional manner. Mr. Rixey has the experience to cut to the heart of a controversy, analyze the details of a case, devise creative solutions and implement practical strategies for achieving the best results. His diligence and straightforward style of communication has earned the respect of his former clients, fellow attorneys and the judges before whom he practices.


Clients who face emotional proceedings, whether it involves a divorce, custody of children, child support or spousal support issues, criminal or abuse issues, or some other family law matter want an attorney who will make a personal investment in their success. Mr. Rixey and his able staff dedicate themselves to obtaining the best possible outcome for each and every client. They take the time to learn about their clients and their circumstances so they can identify the client’s goals and respond to particular concerns and needs. Mr. Rixey and his staff are readily accessible and promptly update clients on all progress in a case.


With J. Barbour Rixey, P.C., a client has a determined advocate in his/her corner.


The primary areas of practice of the firm are family law, divorce, traffic law, vehicular personal injury, and real estate closings.



Mr. Rixey can make a difference.


Practice areas


  1. Uncontested Divorce: 25%
    39 years
  2. Family: 25%
    39 years
  3. Divorce: 25%
    39 years
  4. Child Custody: 25%
    39 years



Hourly ($250-300/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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    It with great pleasure that I endorse Barbour Rixey who for 35 years has been a stalwart in the Hampton Roads legal community. Barbour is respected by his peers and appreciated by his clients for his skill, concern and advocacy. Barbour is committed to the service of his clients and the greater good of the whole community.


    Thomas Kelly Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Cartwright Rixey Reilly

    Mr. Rixey is extremely professional, very experienced and knowledgable, always well prepared, and fights to obtain the best possible outcome for each client. I highly recommend him.


    Cartwright Reilly Commercial Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

J. Barbour Rixey, P.C.

2901 S Lynnhaven Rd Ste 130
Virginia Beach, VA, 23452


VAAuthorized to practice law197709/15/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Certificate of AppreciationVirginia Beach Court Appointed Special Advocates, Inc.2014
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyJ Barbour Rixey, P.C.1997 - Present
AttorneyRixey and Rixey1984 - 1997
AttorneyRixey and Heilig1977 - 1984
Association namePosition nameDuration
Virginia Beach Court Appointed Special Advocates, Inc.Board Member (Executive Committee 2011-2014)2008 - 2014
Virginia Beach Bar AssociationMember1984 - Present
Virginia State BarMember1977 - Present
Family Law Organization of Greater Hampton RoadsMemberN/A
Virginia Bar AssociationMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
George Mason University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
University of VirginiaHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1972