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Samuel W. Meekins Jr., a former President of the firm, has been with Wolcott River for over 30 years. During that time he has been principally involved in criminal and civil litigation. He has been the recipient of many awards and honors including selection as a “Legal Elite for civil litigation”, selection as a Virginia Super Lawyer in 2010 and 2011, and achieving an AV designation from Martindale Hubbell. Most recently Mr. Meekins was honored by the Virginia Beach Bar Association with the Joseph L. Lyle, Jr. PROFESSIONALISM award. He recently assisted a national utility company in a mock trial for purposes of assisting in trial strategies and also just concluded a case in Miami helping a beneficiary obtain a multi-million dollar distribution from a substantial estate.

Mr. Meekins (known to his client and friends as “Sam”) began his litigation career as an assistant commonwealth’s attorney in Portsmouth, Virginia. He was recruited from there by Wolcott Rivers where he has since developed into the experienced trial counsel that he is today. In the criminal area he has defended everything from capital cases (including a nationally covered espionage trial in federal court) to reckless driving in state courts.

In the civil area Mr. Meekins has been equally prolific. He had successfully defended national companies in wrongful death cases where millions of dollars were on the line. He has extensive experience in will contests, fiduciary litigation, stockholder fights, lender liability disputes, and commercial lease and mortgage transactions. On the other hand he has successfully sued several localities on behalf of citizens aggrieved by the abuses of power and processes. Included is a suit to enforce Religious Land Use rights (RLUIPA) and one to challenge a proposed sale of a public roadway.

Mr. Meekins has served his country as a decorated Viet Nam War veteran. He has served his community as Chairman of the Virginia Beach City School Board, President of the Virginia Beach Central Business District Association, and campaign chairman for the American Heart Association, Tidewater Chapter. He has served his profession as Chairman of the Virginia State Bar Litigation Section, and is currently Vice-President of the Virginia State Bar Senior Lawyer’s Conference. He is a husband of 40 years with four now grown children all of which he is very proud.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 100%
    36 years, 500 cases



Hourly ($275-350/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Joseph Franklin Verser

    Sam is an excellent trial attorney and a gentleman to work with. I endorse him without reservation.


    Joseph Verser Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Stephen Patrick Pfeiffer

    Sam Meekins is a consummate professional and one of the most impressive trial lawyers I have ever seen in court. I highly recommend Samuel Meekins.


    Stephen Pfeiffer DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Wolcott Rivers Gates

301 Bendix Road
Suite 500
Virginia Beach, VA, 23452


VAAuthorized to practice law198003/31/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Joseph L. Lyle, Jr. Award for ProfessionalismVirginia Beach Bar Association2012
Virginia Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Virginia Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Legal EliteVirginia Business Magazine2005
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Partner/Director WRG Corporate SolutionsWolcott Rivers Gates1982 - Present
PresidentWolcott Rivers P.C.1988 - 1995
Assistant Commonwealth's AttorneyPortsmouth Commonwealth's Attorney's Office1980 - 1982
Association namePosition nameDuration
Virginia Beach Bar AssociationMember1985 - Present
Virginia State Bar, Senior Lawyers ConferenceVice President2011 - 2012
Virginia Beach Central Business District AssociationFormer President2006 - 2009
Virginia State Bar, Litigation SectionFormer Chair2005 - 2006
Virginia Beach City Public School BoardFormer Chair1993 - 1995
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
United States v. WalkerGuilty after trial
Hegwood v. Virginia Natural GasDefense Verdict
Chase v. City of PortsmouthSubstantial Settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
Virginia Lawyer (Virginia State Bar)"Zoning Finds Religion"2006
Campbell Law Review"Declarations Against Penal Interest"1979
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
Old Dominion UniversityBusiness ManagementBS - Bachelor of Science1972
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Bridge the Gap SeminarsCriminal procedure in Virginia2002
Bridge the Gap SeminarsCriminal Procedure in Virginia2001