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Elizabeth Munson Wood

Divorce and separation Attorney at Virginia Beach, VA

4.8   17 reviews

also known as Elizabeth Wood-Hanna


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About Elizabeth

Learn Elizabeth’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    45%

    16 years, 2,000 cases

  2. Divorce and separation
    45%

    16 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Child support
    5%

    16 years, 1,000 cases

  4. Criminal defense
    5%

    16 years, 2,000 cases

Liz is a former prosecutor in both Norfolk and Portsmouth.  She has been in private practice as a general practitioner since 2010.  She has practiced in courts throughout the area and is familiar with all judges in the Hampton Roads area.  She has conducted over 50 jury trials and is an experienced litigator.  

Liz is a Hampton Roads native and grew up in Smithfield, Virginia.  She attended Christopher Newport University.  She graduated cum laude and received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2002, a full semester early.  She then went on to attend Regent University School of Law on an Academic Merit Scholarship, graduating with a Juris Doctorate in 2006.  

Liz is resides in Virginia Beach with her husband and twin daughters.   

Licensed for 16 years
State VA
Status Active
Acquired 2006
Updated 12/27/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Elizabeth

Elizabeth M. Wood, P.C.
249 Central Park Ave.
Ste. 300
Virginia Beach, VA, 23451

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  17 customer reviews
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Posted by Jennifer | March 16, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Custody Relocation
Mrs Wood is an amazing attorney. She is very professional, trustworthy, and reliable. Her prices are extremely reasonable. She is very communicative and informative. She helped me win a very tough custody relocation case and now I am able to move back to my hometown with my children. If you are looking for a lawyer with experience and who is just as passionate with your case as you are, look no further.
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Posted by Monika | March 3, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome!!!
Elizabeth handled a custody case for me which we won!!!! She is very knowledgeable, responsive and straight forward. She is very down to earth which is plus to me when dealing with lawyers. Didn't overcharge or charge high fees very reasonable. I would definitely recommend her she is the best !!!!!!
Posted by Briana | February 1, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ms Bri
Professional, Discreet and Reassuring. My first and hopefully last need of a lawyer. However, Liz made my process painless. She keep me updated, promptly returned my calls and I always felt my interest was her top priority. I would recommend her services for the first time need of a lawyer or after the not so nice lawyer experience. I would also add, even with the challenges of Covid-19, she made the process seamless. Can’t miss advocate. BRI
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Posted by anonymous | June 6, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best!
Liz Wood was a game changer for me in my custody case. Before I met with her, I was a stressed out mess and she took the weight off my shoulders for me and made me feel confident in what I was asking for. She was always responsive and easy to speak with. I got what I wanted without having to go broke to do so. She was honest with me from the start and I’m so so so grateful for her.
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Posted by Katherine | July 30, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
SEPARATION/DIVORCE
From the moment I called her I knew I had to hire her. Liz has been by my side since May of 2018 working on my separation and divorce. I am not stationed in Virginia anymore as I am on active duty but my ex-husband still lives there and she handled everything for me without hesitation. I didn't have to make a trip back to go to court and she insured that I got custody of my children. For 15 months she patiently dealt with me asking a million and one questions without ever making me feel like I couldn't trust her to have my best interest at heart. If every I need a lawyer in Virginia again I know who to call.
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Posted by Tim | October 23, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Custody, support, and visitation
My case involved custody, support, and visitation. Actions by the other party caused the case to be drawn out over an extended period. Elizabeth Woods represented me with great diligence and competence throughout the process and ultimately secured exactly the result that I was seeking. I found her to be effective, trustworthy, down-to-earth, understanding, and a great communicator. I felt well represented during this extended period and was impressed that she always knew the details of my case and what I was seeking even following long delays. I will not hesitate to seek her representation again, if needed, or her recommendation if the matter falls outside her expertise. I recommend her without reservation.
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Posted by Andre' | July 6, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Child Custody & Visitation
A phenomenal, trustworthy attorney with effective communication skills and a thorough understanding of law in her purview. An extremely humble and articulate attorney who speaks to your level of understanding. I reside in another State and as a Father, I harbored a legitimate concern with regards to retaining legal counsel to represent my child custody case. I did my research and minimized my legal counsel list to three (3) candidates, with Attorney Woods being at the top of the list. During our initial consultation, she was very forthcoming and genuinely interested in my momentous concerns. I was extremely impressed with her and immediately retained her services. During the litigation process, she definitely did not disappoint and truly set the bar, no pun intended. Attorney Woods demonstrated a great sense of decisiveness, promptness, patience, understanding, and availability. Not once did a feel alone during the entire process. It is satisfying to be able to give her my “highest recommendation”. Seldom have I been able to recommend someone without reservation. She has earned my trust!
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Posted by anonymous | May 17, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, quick, and on point.
I've had to go back and forth to the court concerning custody, support, and visitation. It is a very stressful and draining process every single time. Especially when you have an attorney that isn't much help. I can't say that about Elizabeth Wood. She is quick to get back to you when she can, professional, and knows what she's doing. She is usually in court, but just send her an e-mail or text message and before you know it, your request is fulfilled and/or you get an answer back from her. She made this last case a breeze. I expressed my concerns and she understood them. She made sure to cover the important details in the agreement. Keep in mind, she will help you realize the realistic view. So work with her and she'll work with you. Plan on having her represent me again in another city. I definitely recommend her.
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Posted by Misty | April 10, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very helpful!
I wanted to thank you for taking the time to give me legal advice regarding my daughter. I am taking your advice and contacting an attorney in Virginia tomorrow to get the first step I need to take. I very much appreciate all of your help!
Posted by Jesi | July 30, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney-Highly Recommended
Liz has assisted me on a few issues over the years & has always been thorough, professional, and clear. She worked on my divorce a few years ago and made what I expected to be a long, terrible process actually quite easy and seamless. She has also assisted me on a small claim against a landscaper who damaged my property a few years ago and the process was again easy and informative.
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Posted by Norm | July 12, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, confident, communicates well
After having Mrs. Wood represent me on a handful of traffic tickets, and getting a handle on how she communicates and walks you through every step in clear, concise language, I felt comfortable having her do my will and trust work. Never have I dealt with an attorney with more professionalism and better communication skills. You can't ask for much more when it comes to legal representation than to feel as if you have someone leaving no stone unturned on your behalf. That's what I've always gotten working with Mrs. Wood. Highest recommendation.
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Posted by Karen | July 12, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Business help
Ms. Wood was very helpful in helping set up and manage the legal requirements for several LLC's when I had to leave the area.
Posted by Ben | July 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An Excellent Attorney all around!!!
I have used Elizabeth twice. Once was for a traffic ticket that she was able to get me out of. She was very good at explaining the whole process to me as it was really my first time in court. She knew exactly what to say and coached me on how I should act. loved it. The second time was to draft up some legal documents for me including a will. She asked a ton of questions to find out what I really wanted. I even sent it back a couple times for changes and she was quick responding. Overall a great attorney and reasonably priced. You won't be disappointed
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Posted by anonymous | July 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Custody
She was very understanding with my concerns dealing with my son's disability and medical needs during my trial for custody. She kept me well informed with all the legal matters and answered all my questions, she also always had my best interest at heart. I was extremely satisfied with the outcome and how she handled everything in court.
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Posted by Paul | July 1, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Review of Elizabeth Wood
Mrs. Wood is a wonderful attorney. She is very responsive to questions and she takes the time to explain the process to you. I was very satisfied with her services and I would not hesitate to retain her services again.
Posted by Crystal | June 26, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Would recommend to anyone
Ms. Elizabeth Wood helped me with a very detailed power of attorney for both my husband and myself. She was very attentive and showed compassion for my situation. Would recommend her to all my friends and family.
Posted by anonymous | May 8, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Would not hire her again
Unfortunately, Mrs. Wood had a lot personally going on that easily distracted her from putting my case first. She treated my case as if it was the last thing on her mind and it showed in court. Even though she was available to communicate daily by text or phone, it was only to bill me for each message later, not to use any of the evidence in court to support the case. She would wait until moments before court to communicate or negotiate with the opposing parties. She would use her phone as a point of reference in front of the judge. Even the judge felt she was unprepared. When I tried to let her go, she came back with this extra $1000 invoice and illegally withheld my legal documents in order to get her money. It prevented me and prolonged me from continuing to fight in court even though I made arrangements to pay her. I had to hire another lawyer just to get my things back from Mrs. Wood and she still got her invoice paid in full. Ultimately, she helped put me in a worse position than I was before I hired her and charged me more than we originally agreed. She may be knowledgeable of the law, but I don’t think she has an enthusiasm for practicing anymore and it shows in her work. Reconsider hiring her if you have something very important.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Elizabeth M. Wood, P.C.
  • 2010 - 2017
  • Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney
  • Portsmouth Commonwealth's Attorney's Office
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney
  • Norfolk Commonwealth's Attorney's Office
  • 2006 - 2009

Education

  • Regent University School of Law
  • Law
  • 2006
  • Christopher Newport University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002

Legal Cases

  • Juvenile custody case
  • Father awarded custody of children with no visitation to mother.
  • Commonwealth v. Hodges
  • Not guilty verdict, tried with a jury.

Associations

  • Virginia Women's Attorney's Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Norfolk Portsmouth Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Portsmouth Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in Norfolk
  • Expertise.com
  • 2021
  • Best Lawyers in Virginia Beach
  • Expertise.com
  • 2020
  • Top Lawyer
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine
  • 2018
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • 2nd Place
  • John Jay Gibbons Moot Court Competition
  • 2006
  • Thomas Munson Scholarship
  • Thomas Munson
  • 2005
  • Academic Merit Scholarship
  • Regent University School of Law
  • 2003
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (8)
Endorse Elizabeth
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Liz is excellent in the courtroom and has a strong reputation handling domestic relations matters, including custody and support. As a local attorney myself, I can attest to her talents in the courtroom."
Child custody Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I’ve had the pleasure of having Ms. Wood as my GAL and of working with her together on several matters. She’s a brilliant attorney who is more than comfortable in a courtroom and truly advocates for her clients. She is reasonable and easy to work with and I fully endorse her!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Elizabeth Wood is an advocate for her clients and very knowledgeable."
Child custody Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Other
"No problem here endorsing Ms. Wood. She has a firm understanding of child custody. On Ms. Woods website is an excellent article written by her explaining Virginia child custody law. ."
Child custody Attorney | Jun 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have watched Ms. Wood handle many criminal cases. She is able to think quickly on her feet and understands the process well. Ms. Wood brings the experience of a former prosecutor to each of her cases."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Liz is a zealous advocate and is committed to achieving the best results possible for her clients."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Liz is a fantastic defense attorney with a passion for what she does. She has been an amazing mentor and it is always a pleasure to work with her."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Liz zealously represents her clients and gets vested in her cases. I have found her to be very skillful in her presentations to the Court."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"A very talented attorney, who is passionate about representing her clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have know Liz for over ten years. She is a zealous advocate for her clients, and she cares about the outcome of her cases. I highly recommend her."
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