Your Trusted Virginia Litigator

An effective trial attorney possesses a deep understanding of the law coupled with exceptional courtroom presence, persuasive communication skills, and the ability to anticipate and respond to opposing arguments with agility and confidence. 

We are Effecient and Effective Advocates

Waldrop & Colvin provide a dynamic duo for your business and litigation needs throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.   

Derek A. Colvin is a career litigator with proven success in presenting cases before Judges and Jurors. As a prosecutor, he developed and honed his skills as a fierce advocate through management and presentation of thousands of cases. He is well respected among his peers and is known for his diligence, honesty, and commitment. If your business is engaged in litigation, you need an efficient attorney who can communicate effectively and bring passion into the Courtroom. You can put Derek’s passion for business and litigation to work for you.    

John Allen Waldrop, III is a career business and commercial law attorney with decades of experience serving corporate clients. He has a proven history of success, advising management through challenges and opportunities by delivering world class contract expertise including negotiating complex transactions, resolving disputes, managing outside counsel in litigation, and implementing effective compliance programs. John Allen has seen almost any issue that can effect your business.    

We are dedicated to understanding what results you want. We are dedicated to helping you understand what actions we can take on your behalf. Waldrop & Colvin will bring the law to your corner. 

We provide Clear Legal Guidance

We will work with you every step of the way to make sure that you understand the choices you are making and feel empowered to make them. We are focused on providing business and corporate legal solutions.  

Who we serve

We represent clients in dispute resolution and litigation throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Our offices are located in Virginia Beach and Smithfield. We are closest to courts in the Hampton Roads area; however, we take cases in all corners of the state. We are also accessible to manage litigation throughout the United States; however, there are limits to our ability because we are only licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia. We can make appearances in other states where permitted by local rules and the court. Primarily, we represent clients on dispute resolution matters and manage litigation in matters arising from business transactions and commercial contracts. Further, our specialized knowledge in franchise law makes us uniquely qualified for franchisee litigation and franchisor litigation.  The first step is to see if we are the right attorney for your case.  We offer free phone and video consultations. 

What Do Our Litigation Client's Have to Say?
"We feel so blessed to have found Derek, he was absolutely amazing to work with on every level. He has everything that you would want and hope for in an Attorney Representing you. He is very experienced and it shows in the way that he guides and represents his clients. He knows how to read and handle situations very well and when to be aggressive when needed. Derek was extremely Responsive, Prompt, Patient and Efficient. He has a very high standard of Ethics and Integrity and he is extremely Honest and Trustworthy. We Truly Trust Him and we would highly recommend him to anyone." - Sarah C.
"I was extremely fortunate to have Derek Colvin on my side. He truly advocates for his client and keeps their best interests in mind. He is meticulous in his preparation and absolutely relentless in the courtroom. Because of this, we received the most favorable outcome imaginable. Would most definitely recommend!" - Bob A.
" We needed a lawyer who would be able to help resolve a dispute with a contractor. I searched in the Virginia Beach area looking for a solid, strong, reputable firm as well as a lawyer with an outstanding biography. What a refreshing surprise to find Derek Colvin. Derek is an outstanding listener and processed our case quickly and effectively. Abe Lincoln famously said, “time is a lawyer’s stock in trade”. Yes there are only so many hours in a day and to be the best at managing and delivering outstanding counsel is to understand that quote. Derek Colvin does indeed. Thank you for your outstanding and much needed service!" - Kelly P.
"The firm successfully negotiated a settlement on our behalf. We were very pleased with the outcome and the high level of communication. At all times we were heard and our input was considered. Overall, pleased with the outcome." - Robert S.
"I can not speak highly enough about my experience in dealing with Derek Colvin as an attorney. Not only is he very knowledgeable, but he is fast, conscientious and a great communicator." - Don W.
"Waldrop and Colvin are professional, confident and extremely experienced. Derek’s leadership, expertise and honesty is something that one needs in an attorney. I would recommend them to anyone." - Josh C.

Why Choose Our Law Firm?

World Class Legal

We empower clients to make informed decisions by providing premier legal talent.


We are accessible by text, call, e-mail, video-conference, or in person in Hampton Roads, Virginia. We make ourselves available for next-day appointments.


We respond to our clients within hours, not days. We value open and honest communication. You can count on us to pickup when you call.

Reasonable Fee

We work with clients on an hourly rate, fixed fee, or monthly subscription rate. Our competitive price and specialized knowledge are tough to beat.

We focus on results and work hard to deliver solutions. Schedule a free consultation today! 


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