Joseph R. Lassiter,
Jr. has litigated cases in all courts in Tidewater, Virginia for over 30 years. His particular areas of concentration include business and other civil cases, family law including contested divorce and custody matters, family law related criminal matters and personal injury matters.
Joseph graduated from the University of Richmond in 1974 and received his law degree from William & Mary Law School in 1978. After serving as law clerk for Judge Walter E. Hoffman of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, he joined the law firm of Hofheimer Nusbaum (now Williams Mullen) in 1979, becoming a partner in 1983. In 2001
Joseph formed his own firm, and is a founding member of Roussos, Lassiter, Glanzer & Barnhart, PLC.
Joseph regularly represents small business clients and individuals in business related matters. Other civil litigation includes cases involving will disputes, partition suits, litigation involving accountings, covenant not to compete cases, and matters which used to be known as equity and chancery practice. In the area of family law,
Joseph represents spouses in divorce proceedings in circuit courts, and mothers and fathers (and grandparents and third parties!) in custody disputes and foster care proceedings in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts and on appeal to the circuit court. Other cases involve child support, spousal support, show cause hearings for nonpayment of support, protective orders and defense of criminal and traffic charges.
Joseph was one of the first lawyers in Virginia to be certified as a mediator by the Virginia Supreme Court, and has often served as a mediator. He strongly believes in the use of alternative dispute resolution to resolve business and family disputes, thereby avoiding the expense of
Service to the community and the bar has been a continuing facet of
Joseph's career as a lawyer. He is currently a member of the Old Point National Bank Norfolk Regional Advisory Board and the vestry of St. Andrews Episcopal Church.
Joseph served on the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board for six years after serving on the Second District Committee for six years, including a term as chair. He has served as president of the
d'Art Center and the Tidewater Artists Association, as a member of the board of directors of Hope House Foundation, and as a member of the Homelessness Advisory Committee of the City of Norfolk.
Joseph has been named to
Virginia's Legal Elite in the fields of Domestic Relations and Alternative Dispute Resolution by Virginia Business magazine, and recognized by Hampton Roads
Magazine as a Super Lawyer. He serves in various judicial capacities, sitting as a substitute judge in the general district and juvenile and domestic relations courts and serving as a commissioner in chancery for the Norfolk Circuit Court and as a Supreme Court hearing officer.