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J. Burton Hunter

Divorce and separation Attorney at Buckhannon, WV

4.6   10 reviews

also known as J. Burton Hunter III, John B. Hunter III

  • Licensed for 51 years
    State WV
    Acquired 1972
    Active No misconduct found

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

About J.

Learn J.’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    Divorce, custody, contempt, equitable distribution; alimony; modifications, domestic violence, and related areas; adoption, abuse and neglect, etc. And, representing parties at mediation

    48 years, 4,000 cases

  2. Personal injury
    General personal injury practice; auto collisions; deliberate intent; premises liability; industrial accidents; insurance bad faith, and truck collisions.

    52 years, 1,100 cases

  3. Lawsuits and disputes
    Boundary and right of way disputes; will and estate disputes; contract disputes, partition of real estate; any dispute between individuals or small businesses involving issue of substantial value.

    48 years, 750 cases

  4. Mediation
    Fully trained and certified in civil and family mediation; writes on mediation and alternate dispute resolution; and represent hundred in family and civil mediation.

    25 years, 500 cases

I am described by my clients and colleagues as being intense and passionate about what I do.A critic, ally of one of my opponents, called me uncaring and narcissistic.

I plead "not guilty". I suggest you go to my blog, , which is fully searchable, and see what I have shared in 1500 pages and 450 articles. This "rich content" is available as information, not "legal advice" to anyone who cares to view it. In it, I share my experience and my values, which include thinking of every child impacted by my efforts as precious, to me and my clients.  

I have a very wide perspective of interests, science, technology, history, philosophy, psychology, photography, and the law, and I read constantly. I like biographies, historical novels, science history, history, science fiction, and classics. I apply what I have learned to my legal practice. 

 Becoming a lawyer, and learning to think like one, was difficult for me. I did not like the "Socratic Method", and my handwriting was cramped and slow. I think that is one reason why I use technology and time-saving techniques. I can't just sit down and handwrite ten pages. And people can't read it if I do. So, I use Dragon Naturally Speaking, my keyboard, and dictation devices to get my point across. 

 I represent individuals and small businesses, hardly ever "the big guy". With an experienced staff of three persons, I see myself more as a stealth missile than a cluster bomb. Others use the term "pit bull", gentle and friendly, unless you rile me. Then I won't let go.

Practicing trial and family law is not stress-free, so a good lawyer knows how to manage that. Give us a call.

 Our job is "fresh starts". I write, write, and write, so you will have what you need to protect yourself and your family.

 If you are sneaky and abusive, I won't be just the lawyer for you. I will call you on it and try to help you mend your ways. I will protect you from bullies and work towards an honorable compromise, But, if you are persistently dishonest, we will part.

 If you are my opponent, I will be a good partner in working towards a solution, and I will keep my word to you. Abuse my client, treat me without respect, or cheat me or my client, and I will make you pay. Reminder, my writing can be found at "Perspectives of a Small Town Lawyer", and "WV Lawyer, Tips and Techniques".

Photos and videos

Multi-tasking; "Never Not Working".


J. Burton Hunter
1 W Main St
Buckhannon, WV, 26201-2235


4.6 / 5.0
  10 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | March 3, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
As professional as they come
I just recently retained Mr, Hunter in a custody case that could have been long and difficult. I couldn’t have asked for a more clean cut case. His office was very professional and informative and his response to any questioned I had in between court dates and mediation was within an hour most of the time, if not sooner. Very knowledgeable about family law and has many articles on what to make of everything as you take each step of the way. Hope to not have any need of a lawyer again but he will most certainly be my first call and I will definitely refer him to anyone.
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Posted by Madison | February 11, 2017
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Completing our family with Adoption
My husband and I got married three years ago and I was blessed with not only loving him, but getting to love his two children. After 2 years I finally had the chance to adopt these beautiful children and I am so glad that we chose Burt Hunter to take our case. We had many obstacles during our 60 days waiting for our Adoption hearing and he took on those obstacles and challenges and made sure that we got what we deserved all along. I can not thank him and his staff for everything they did for us. We will forever celebrate our "Gotcha Day" as my youngest calls it. Thank you, Burt, Letetia and everyone else that helped with our case! You all are like family and will always be my first choice for anything we need!
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Posted by Dennis | January 23, 2017
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Fire damage
After I had a fire in my house I hired J. Burton Hunter to represent me against the insurance Co. With his help I was able to get a fair and equitable settlement. He even consulted with his advisor to help me.
Posted by anonymous | July 2, 2015
Very professional law firm.
We are very satisfied with the outcome of our association with Mr. Hunter's law firm. His staff was always accessible, extremely informed, professional and very courteous. We would not hesitate to obtain their services in the future and would recommend them to others in need of a competent law firm.
Posted by Megan | December 4, 2014
Best lawyer around
I had Burton Hunter as my lawyer for a minor car accident. I had never had a lawyer before and I will never have another that isn't Mr. Hunter. They kept me well informed on everything, including the tiniest details. They also treated my case with as much concern and respect that they do with bigger cases, which was one of the main things that I loved. You definitely cannot go wrong having Burton Hunter represent you! Recommend, recommend, recommend!
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Posted by Amber | August 21, 2014
Work Injury Referral and Family Matter Representation
Mr. Hunter and all of his assistants and employees are wonderful. I sought his counsel after my now exhusband and I were hurt at work. He looked over my case and realized that we needed represented by attorneys that specialize in the work force related injury claims. He has been the go between home town lawyer for us since February 2012, working respectfully with the other 2 law firm I sought for representation. He was there for us through every step, providing wonderful advice, a shoulder to cry on when our marriage ended during the middle of our case and even helped me with a family matter that was a very emotional and intense case. He worked so very hard on everything I came to him with. I felt very respected and important whenever I had business to take care of regarding my case. I will always recommend Mr. Hunter as a first choice attorney. I have settled my case but know that Burton will be there if I need representation in the future. I am 100% satisfied with my choice in representation!
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Posted by Vanessa | August 11, 2014
Mr. Hunter renewed my faith in our Legal System
I am a former client of Mr. Hunter and I can honestly say that he and his staffs’ hard work and dedication had a tremendous impact on both my family’s life and mine. Like most cases, my legal issues were one full of emotions and the results of the case directly affected my child(ren). Mr. Hunter taught me not to allow my emotions overcome rational thoughts and actions. He renewed my faith in the legal system. He is honest, he is fair, he is a realist, he is straightforward and most importantly he is passionate about the work he does. He most impressed me when, at one point, my case involved religious beliefs/practices. Though we are both Christians, we do not share the same faith. However, Mr. Hunter fought hard on my behalf so that my family could preserve and continue to practice our faith. This example itself proved to me that he believed in our legal system and practices in a manner based on correct principles without allowing his personal beliefs to interfere with his professional abilities. He has developed a staff that work well together and share the same core values that one would expect in a law firm. His genuine kindness and concern for my family and I made it impossible not become his friend. My case may be closed but he continues to bless my life not as my attorney but as my friend. Thank you Mr. Hunter and your staff for a job well done! Best regards.
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Posted by Jessie | July 31, 2014
Mr. Hunter provides peace of mind for my parents.
Mr. Hunter sat down on a number of occasions to meet with my parents about their estate planning that included property, acreage, and general assets. He was able to help them understand their options and was like a family member every time. They trusted his knowledge and advice which helped tremendously when my father passed away just 2 months ago. It is time for me to update my mother's will and we look forward to again finding the peace of mind that all will be addressed confidentially and with great care.
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Response from J. Hunter August 4, 2014
It was easy to help such nice people who sacrificed much in service to their country in WWII and Korean War Eras. Felt like they were my own parents.
Posted by Frank | July 30, 2014
Inheritance nightmare
Mr. Hunter helped us out of a sticky situation involving an inheritance from a neighbor. The family felt very comfortable with him, we are pleased with the way he handled the situation. He resolved our problems without a lot of complicated appointments on our part. We would recommend him to anyone. He is very pleasant and easy to talk to. Thank you Mr. Hunter.
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Posted by anonymous | February 20, 2022
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Go to Another Lawyer!
Handed two children to a proven abuser and was egotistical about it. Mr. Hunter talks to hear himself talk. Read through his Facebook page. You will see it screams narcissistic. He does not care about morals or doing the right thing just about looking good. No matter how he does it. Even under false allegations and duress.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 150-200 per hour
  • Contingency 15%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Lead Attorney
  • J. Burton Hunter III and Assocs
  • 1990 - Present
  • Partner
  • Holy, Hunter, and Morris
  • 1979 - 1983
  • Associate
  • Rexroad and Rexroad
  • 1976 - 1979
  • Assistant Staff Judge Advocate
  • USAF JAG Corp
  • 1972 - 1976
  • Title V Job Counselor, and Social Worker
  • WV Department of Welfare
  • 1968 - 1969
  • Laborer - Faced Sledge Hammers
  • Warwood Tool Co.
  • 1965 - 1967
  • Farm Laborer - Summers
  • Everbreeze Farm
  • 1959 - 1964
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  • WV University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1972
  • WV Wesleyan College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1968
  • Linsly Military Institute
  • High School Diploma
  • 1964

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Lee v. Lee
  • WV Supreme Court reversed the Family and Circuit Courts.
  • Linger v. Rohr
  • The appeal was granted and Circuit Court reversed, and deed determined to be valid.
  • Cunningham v. Riley
  • Appeal granted, Circuit Court reversed. The Supreme Court Ruled the insurance company was estopped from asserting the statute of limitations, and case promptly settled.
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  • American Bar Association
  • Member, Family Law, and Small Firms Sections
  • 2008 - Present
  • WV Association for Justice
  • Board Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • WV State Bar
  • Member, Committees Member
  • 1972 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Member of the Year
  • WV Trial Lawyers Association, Now WVAJ
  • 1995
  • President's Award
  • WV Trial Lawyers Association, now WVAJ
  • 1994
  • Air Force Commendation Medal
  • US Air Force
  • 1972


  • WV Lawyer (WV State Bar Magazine)
  • Dealing With Social Media and The Internet
  • 2012
  • The Advocate (WVTLA Magazine)
  • Tips for Lawyers Representing Clients in Civil Mediation
  • 2004
  • The Advocate (Magazine of WVTLA)
  • Tips For Lawyers Representing Their Clients in Domestic Mediation
  • 2004
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Speaking Engagements

  • West Virginia Continuing Legal Education
  • Low Tech solutions for Low Tech Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Sound Practices in Taking Depositions
  • Depositions
  • 2002
  • Lewis-Upshur Bar Associations CLE Seminar
  • Management of a Family Law Practice
  • 2002
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (9)
Endorse J.
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Hunter is a kind and compassionate lawyer. He always thinks about long term ramifications for his clients and is concerned with not only improving his clients' current legal position but their overall quality if life."
Family Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Burt is always honest, fair and reasonable. He works hard for his clients."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A top notch West Virginia attorney. Mr. Burton is a well respected member of the West Virginia Bar."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer as an experienced senior member of the bar who is diligent, effective and totally tech savvy."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."