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Virginia Lee Story

Divorce and separation Attorney at Franklin, TN

3.0   9 reviews

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Practice primarily in Williamson County in family law area.  Mrs. Story is a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission appointed by the Supreme Court of Tennessee.  As a Mediator, Mrs. Story has developed skills which serve her clients well in working through the divorce process. 

Mrs. Story has practiced for 32 years and is an advocate for her clients and the familes that she has touched in the years of service to the legal profession.

Mrs. Story has been named as a Super Lawyer, Best Lawyer in American and Best Lawyer in Tennessee for many years.  Mrs. Story has been raised in the legal community with her Father an attorney in Western Kentucky since childhood. Mrs. Story has zealously represented her clients throughout the years with the knowledge of the law guiding her path.

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Licensed for 38 years
State TN
Status Active
Acquired 1985
Updated 01/17/2023

Contact Virginia

Story, Abernathy and Campbell
136 Fourth Ave S
Franklin, TN, 37064

Reviews

3.0 / 5.0
  9 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | July 16, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic
Our daughter went through a divorce a few years ago, which means it affects the whole family as well. We found Ms Story to know exactly what to do and when to do it. Since her focus is on the client, we were able to sit back and observe her in action. She was professional and thorough and kind. When anything has come up afterwards for our daughter she has been there immediately and effectively. She is very good!
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Posted by Bryan | February 11, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend Virginia Story
I hired Virginia in 2013 to help me with family law matters and have found her to be a dedicated and compassionate advocate. Virginia's many years of experience in middle Tennessee and history of success have given me comfort that my interests were being well served.
Posted by anonymous | March 17, 2015
A Professional Attorney With a Personal Touch
Ms. Story has been a practicing Family and Criminal Law attorney for over thirty years in Williamson County as well as other surrounding counties and has a superior reputation among colleagues, judges, and clients. She has a solid legal background but her experience is not the only reason that she is sought after. She also has a genuine concern for her clients; her approach is both logical and emotional and with each step of the legal process, she educates her clients as a means of support. She has a very high record of return clients and because of the this, she receives numerous referrals. One would be hard-pressed to find a more determined, ethical, knowledgeable, and professional attorney who truly cares. I highly endorse this attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | April 24, 2009
former client
Virginia is a great attorney that I would recommend to anyone. My only con is that it seems she needed additional or more qualified assistants to handle some of her paperwork.
Posted by anonymous | September 16, 2011
child custody with abuse from other parent!
Needs to pay more attention to what the client wants. Feels like you can't talk to her and let her know what you want! Too willing to give in too easy to the other party, not fight for client especially when abuse is involved from other parent! After she represented the the case that allowed the mother to take children to another country even after red flags were sent up in the case, then the father didn't see his children for years, that's when I knew I had to switch lawyers.
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Posted by anonymous | July 15, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Disappointed
Very disappointed in this legal console which cost me over $20,000 a few years ago. I felt she fought more for my ex than she did for me. She caved in the mediation which cost me over $250,000. Not to mention all follow-up advise that was given started off positive, then when it came down to action, she caved again. I wouldn't recommend hiring her.
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Posted by anonymous | April 24, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Divorce
Spent over $7000 in 3 months, just to have her quit our case. When told that we didn’t feel she was representing us she became angered. Save your money.
Posted by anonymous | May 20, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Awful
Ms. Story is not professional. Repeatedly went against my wishes, and did not listen. She was all about nickel and diming me, and very little concern with fighting for me. In the end, I wished I had not retained her.
Posted by anonymous | March 1, 2014
Would not recommend Virginia Story
Represented me in a divorce. Instructed me to get separate bank account. Then got ZERO from bank accounts that I contributed to for over 20 years. Got locked out of house and got very little marital property. She dismissed TPP without consent. She did more for the opposing attorney than she did for me. I would not recommend her!
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Response from Virginia Story November 11, 2016
Just wanted to say that there are many different factors that go into a division of a marital estate. I cannot think of any situation where getting a separate bank account would deprive a party of their share of the marital assets. It is also not common for anyone to be locked out of the house unless there was violence or threats of violence. The Court looks at any property acquired during the marriage as marital property and he/she will preserve the integrity of that property including an asset which is a marital home. I am very sorry that this client did not perhaps understand.
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Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 1989.

Publicly Censured issued in TN, 1989
updated on 07/27/2015

This means the attorney did something wrong, but the Bar did not suspend the lawyer. Typically in this case the lawyer's poor behavior is exposed to the public in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

Virginia's comment: “This action occurred over 26 years ago and it is not indicative of Mrs. Story's commitment to the Bar and her clients. Her integrity has been proven and it is unfortunate that an incident so many years ago would still be active.”

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Story, Abernathy & Campbell
  • 1985 - Present

Education

  • Nashville School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • Lipscomb University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1981

Associations

  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Williamson County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Tennessee John Marshall American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • N/A
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Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2016
  • Best Lawyers in Tennessee
  • Best Lawyers in Tennessee
  • 2016
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer 7 years
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 10
  • Top 10 Nationally Ranked Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2015
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2014
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2013
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2012
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (3)
Endorse Virginia
Family Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Virginia is a compassionate, intelligent and focused attorney. She is a leader in the field of family law in this community and is a great attorney - I highly recommend her."
Family Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Virginia is the gold standard for divorce lawyers. She is a walking encyclopedia of laws and cases that affect divorce and child custody. Her instincts for the likely outcomes of a case can come only from the years she has devoted to practicing strictly family law. Not only does Virginia know the law and how to use it to her client's best advantage, she is lovely to all parties, attorneys and court staff in the process. I highly recommend Virginia."
Family Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"I was presented with the opportunity to become an associate attorney with Mrs. Story's office in the summer of 2014. Since that time Mrs. Story has mentored me and helped me to grow my own practice. She has been practicing law for over 30 years and I greatly rely on her experience and expertise. She has a high return rate of clients, which speaks volumes about her professionalism and contacts in the community."
Family Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I worked in the same building as Virginia for a long time and I always found her to be caring and compassionate with her clients and tough but practical with opposing counsel. She is well-respected by judges and lawyers alike."
Divorce and separation
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Franklin Divorce and separation Lawyer Virginia Lee Story
Virginia Lee Story
Divorce and separation Attorney
Franklin, TN
Licensed for 38 years