Philosophy

The Elder & Watkins difference focuses around several cornerstone values. These values sum up the small town ideals most formative for the attorneys of Elder & Watkins.

  • Careful listening

At Elder & Watkins, listening to clients is priority one. Each case is different, as are each client’s needs.  

  • Prompt service

The attorneys and staff at Elder & Watkins understand that clients want their needs to be addressed in a timely fashion. They are prompt in returning phone calls and emails and completing tasks for their clients. Elder & Watkins is attentive to every step of their client’s journey.

  • Real relationships

Elder & Watkins believes that establishing authentic relationships with clients is essential to providing the best possible legal services. A comprehensive knowledge of the individual allows the attorneys of Elder & Watkins to construct a tailored approach to every case.. This “whole person” approach is key to firm’s people-focused standard of practice.

  • Creative strategies

Avoiding a one-size-fits-all style of practice, Elder & Watkins excels at thinking outside of the box to solve their clients’ problems and meet their needs. The attorneys believe that good lawyering is much like preventative medicine; it requires skilled planning to anticipate a client’s future needs and meet them accordingly.  

  • Community commitment

Created and operated by Southside Virginia natives, Elder & Watkins offers an unmatched level of local understanding. Intimately acquainted with the people, politics and problems of Southside Virginia, the attorneys of Elder & Watkins have long-standing relationships with other local attorneys, clerks and government officials. This first-hand contact and awareness gives Elder & Watkins its most defining value: continued commitment to and investment in the community.

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Attorneys Gary Elder, David Watkins and Matt Friedman bring a wide range of experience to the clients they serve. They also bring their life-long love of Southside Virginia and a desire to invest in its communities. Elder and Watkins has offices in Farmville and Charlotte Court House.