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Dale Truitt Berrett

Divorce and separation Attorney at Virginia Beach, VA

5.0   15 reviews
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State VA
    Acquired 1993
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About Dale

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Dale has been practicing in the area of family law for more than 23 years. Her family law practice includes divorce (contested and uncontested), custody, support, separation agreements, prenuptial agreement, equitable distribution, and adoptions.

Location

Kaufman & Canoles, A Professional Corporation
2101 Parks Ave Ste 700
Virginia Beach, VA, 23451-4160

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Posted by Stephen | March 16, 2022
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Outstanding Lawyer and Wonderful Human Being
After hiring an attorney I had known for a very long time who almost immediately became ill after taking my case, and then being passed along to another attorney in the same firm who was not providing me with the level of representation I was seeking, I decided to research family law attorney bios and their reviews. I then decided to hire Dale as my advocate after dismissing my former attorney. Dale immediately demonstrated a level of knowledge, capability, and empathy that was unsurpassed. When I first called her office to set up an initial consultation, I was even surprised that she answered her own phone directly. She immediately demonstrated compassion for my situation and moved quickly to take on my high conflict child custody case. She informed me of integral information that I had not received from my previous attorney and she also kept me informed of every action that I had to take, as well as every action she was going to take. She also gave me homework to do, so that she would not have to charge me as much for doing some of the work between herself and her staff, but then she still provided me discounts on my bills. Every time I met with Dale, it was evident to me that she was doing everything within her power to advocate for me. Her understanding of both family law and psychology made her an outstanding attorney who is like no other in her field. Dale is extremely professional, as she is attentive, kind, considerate, and a great listener with amazing ideas. While we unfortunately did not win our case, it was through no fault of hers because I was in a situation where many “cards” were stacked against me from beginning to end, especially a very non-responsive, biased, and unprofessional court appointed Guardian Ad Litem (GAL). While we knew it was going to be an uphill battle all the way, Dale never stopped trying to do her best for me. In summary, I don't believe I could have found a more caring advocate and attorney than Dale and those who worked with and for her at her law firm. If you want the best family law attorney, she is the best.
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Posted by Marian | August 30, 2020
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Brilliant Lawyer
Dale Berrett navigated my family through a very complex situation involving a legal battle to protect my deceased brother’s estate for his children. I am thankful we had Dale and her team on our side. Dale is sharp, organized, professional and gave us 100% of her attention. I would absolutely recommend her for your legal needs.
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Posted by J.Linton | August 18, 2020
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Barracuda!!
Mrs. Berrett, is by far the best lawyer to seek with any type of child custody, divorce or other related matters. I hired Mrs. Berrett from a personal friend referral, for my divorce and custody battle. Mrs. Berretts attention to detail and care and compassion for her job and the well being of her client far exceeds any other lawyer i have had the pleasure of working with. While she is nicknamed the Barracuda is because Mrs. Berrett is well known for being aggressive in and out of the courtroom representing the law! No doubt she is a bulldog and when she knows the law is not being adhered too she will fight extra hard to prove her point. I will say my case was a complex one with many moving parts, but together with her team at her practice we were able to prevail. You want the job done right the first time, then i highly recommend you give Mrs. Berrett a call ASAP
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Posted by Timothy | August 14, 2020
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Seperation and Custody
I first had contact with Dale in June 2020, at the urging of our marriage counselor, and right away her demeaner was aggressive, and very concise. My wife and I were on different ends of the spectrum with regards to custody. Dale drove fron Virginia Beach to Accomack Virginia to agrresively fight a continuance that opposing council wanted. We knew it was a ploy to stave off a Guardian Ad litem......dale fought hard and won, also she made sure the court forced wife to return two of the children back to Virginia, as they were being kept in Mass, which was denying me reasonable access to the children. Reasonable access was ordered by the Judge. Then she got a Guardian Ad litem to view both living situations right away, and made sure he had a report ready even before the pre-trial that was set for the next day. well....as the hour approached, Dale and opposing council met somewhere to hammer out aqn agreement. Council and my wife were panicking after knowing what the Guardian Ad litem was going to pretty much say. I got a very generous offer from my wife. Now I understand why she is a bit pricey...And why they call her the Barracuda. She is still my atty. And she makes you feel as if you are her only client. Very dedicated and highly intelligent. I am going to keep her on until the end. WOW! doesn't even begin to descibe how well she does her job.
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Posted by Veronica | July 22, 2020
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Outstanding
Dale Truitt Berrett is an outstanding Attorney. She makes you feel like your case is her only case. Nothing gets by her either. She genuinely cares about her clients and what is best for their children. She is authentic, and supportive. I could always count on her to be available when I needed and to put 110% into my case. She is honest, reliable, and caring. She has a remarkable understanding of the Virginia’s Judicial system and will do everything she can to assist you in acquiring the desired results that fall within the law. I sought her help with a very short deadline to trial, she met the deadline with full preparedness and went above and beyond to go over every detail. We obtained the desired outcome. I would HIGHLY recommend her for all of your family court needs.
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Posted by Tracy | April 8, 2018
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The Best!!!
Dale was great to work with during my divorce. She walked me through every action and provided sound, concise advice through out. Her performance during the court proceedings was spot on and professional. I highly recommend her.
Posted by Roger | February 15, 2018
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Rock Star!
Dale and her staff are simply the best. She assisted us with a particularly difficult custody case and we came out on top. She not only impressed with superb critical thinking and directness, but her entire staff impressed with their diligence and dedication. We owe our happy family to their efforts. We are forever grateful!
Posted by Jon | February 14, 2018
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Great lawyer
Ms. Berrett recently represented me in a divorce proceeding. She made this painful process so tolerable. Her advice was well considered and to the benefit of my case. She was extremely easy to communicate with and was very responsive. All aspects of my case were well managed and always in a timely manner. Her staff was extremely competent and friendly. In representing me to the opposing lawyer and at mediation Ms. Berrett was confident, well prepared, and was able to mediate my case fairly and protected me in all decisions and negotiations. All in all a pleasant, competent, and knowledgeable attorney.
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Posted by Carl G | August 10, 2016
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Very Helpful
Went to seek Dale's assistance to help with my divorce. Sought her help based on the positive word of mouth given to me by several acquaintances. Dale and her team were extremely helpful, professional, and patient in addressing all my questions. I also liked the fact that they were not afraid to tell me what I needed to hear versus what I wanted to hear. I highly recommend her and her team when you need someone who will fight for you and ensure you understand everything involved in the process of getting a divorce.
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Posted by Bill | August 5, 2016
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Great job and great staff
Dale is experienced and negotiated well for me. Her support staff took a personal interest in seeing me through the difficult process and made me feel appreciated. She was also very good to me on pricing her services, for which I am grateful.
Posted by Larry | May 11, 2016
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Worth every penny
After getting completely blindsided in court without proper representation, I knew some changes had to be made before returning to court again or face bankruptcy. Word of my ridiculous ruling spread, and soon several people suggested I call Dale Berrett and speak with her. After my consultation with her I knew my future was in better hands. I was never told what I wanted to hear, just realistic facts to expect and prepare for. My case had lots of moving parts with property, spousal support, retirement, taxes, etc. Mrs Berrett and staff were able to prepare and file all the necessary documents both to the court and opposing counsel immediately. I was kept in the loop of what and when papers needed to be filed the whole time. Our day in court arrived and Mrs Berrett was obviously well prepared. I was amazed how quickly she was able to bring my case to a very favorable close. Without her experience and fast acting staff to expedite things in all manors this outcome would not be possible.
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Posted by Henry | May 10, 2016
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Superb, Intelligent Divorce Attorney
After dealing with several attorneys in the Hampton Roads area I found Attorney Dale Berrett, who represented me in a complicated divorce case. Not only was she thorough, she did a great job of dealing with my wife’s attorney. Dale’s staff was fully committed to my case and responded within minutes or at most 24hrs depending on the complexity of my question. The attention to detail and service makes you feel you are their only client. After my spouse brought a protective order with a false allegation and causing me to not see my daughter for over 60 days, Dale’s expertise not only got the protective order dismissed, she negotiated overnight visitations and shared custody in a highly contested case. Above all she is a genuinely great human being who cares for her clients. If you are looking for a very smart and compassionate family attorney who knows her stuff, look no further. Highly recommended for anyone who wants a fighting chance!
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Posted by Katherine | May 10, 2016
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Dale is the best!
Dale has been handling disputes with my ex for several years now & I couldn't be happier. I had gone to at least three other attorneys before finding her & wish I had known about her when I first got divorced. I was able to get the child support that I was entitled to & a consent order that no longer has loopholes through which my ex could manipulate things in his favor. She and her staff are very responsive. Dale gives great, realistic advice. She is great in the courtroom, smart & quick on her feet. Her charges are reasonable, I have never felt like I was being overcharged, unlike some other lawyers I have had. I would highly recommend Dale and her firm to anyone going through a divorce or custody dispute.
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Posted by anonymous | May 10, 2016
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One of the best!
Ms. Berrett and her highly professional team have guided my family through a very difficult custody battle. Her advise and guidance through this process has been priceless. Ms Berrett has made herself available to my family on evenings, weekends and even holidays. Her teams meticulous preparation of court documents and hearing preparation has always made me feel confident that everything that could be done was being done for a positive outcome to our case.
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Posted by anonymous | May 10, 2016
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My hero
Ms Berrett and her staff absolutely saved my life during a custody dispute. I couldn't think straight as I was in a violent relationship. Ms. Berrett. handled everything so my daughter and I could focus on healing. I continue to use her for all legal issues regarding my ex. Dale is prompt, courteous, and personable.
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Work Experience

  • Adjunct Professor
  • William & Mary School Of Law
  • 2013 - Present
  • Member
  • Kaufman & Canoles
  • 1997 - Present

Education

  • University of Virginia
  • J.D.
  • 1992
  • Randolph-Macon College
  • B.A.
  • 1987

Associations

  • Virginia Beach Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • N/A
  • Phi Delta Phi
  • N/A
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Chairperson
  • 2000 - 2001
  • Family Law Organization of Greater Hampton Roads
  • President 2004
  • 1999 - 2004
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Past Vice Chair
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1993 - 1998
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Legal Elite
  • Virginia Business Magazine
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Legal Elite
  • Virginia Business Magazine
  • 2014
  • Legal Elite
  • Virginia Business Magazine
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Legal Elite
  • Virginia Business Magazine
  • 2012
  • Legal Elite
  • Virginia Business Magazine
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2007
  • Legal Elite
  • Virginia Business Magazine
  • 2006
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Divorce and separation Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I strongly endorse this lawyer. Dale Berrett is an exceptionally capable and effective family lawyer. In addition to her traditional, domestic relations litigation practice, she also is a collaborative divorce lawyer. I have worked with Ms. Berrett in both environments. In litigation, she is a tough, thorough, and forceful advocate for her client's interests. As collaborative counsel, she is solution-oriented, insightful, and quite good at promoting her client's objectives in that process. Dale Berrett brings well-developed advocacy skills, years of legal experience, and an understanding of family dynamics to her domestic relations practice."

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Virginia Beach Divorce and separation Lawyer Dale Truitt Berrett
Dale Truitt Berrett
Divorce and separation Attorney
Virginia Beach, VA
Licensed for 31 years