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W. Hunter Old


W. Hunter Old is a partner at Heath, Old & Verser, P.L.C., and is head of Aviation Law Center, the firm’s aviation division. He has been in private practice for more than 20 years, more than 15 of which have been in service to the Peninsula region. He has maintained a varied civil litigation practice throughout that time and presently focuses on litigation matters involving aviation, residential and commercial construction, inheritance disputes, and contested real property matters. He regularly accepts referrals from other attorneys and former and existing clients.

A resident of Williamsburg, Hunter’s career reflects a belief in service to the community. Locally, he has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations and is presently the Chair of the Board of Williamsburg Faith in Action, a local charity that aims to help seniors remain in their homes. For the aviation community, he is a board member for the Virginia Aeronautical Historical Association. In the legal community, he has represented Virginia’s 9th Judicial District on Bar Council, which acts as the Board of Directors of the Virginia State Bar. He sits on the Virginia State Bar’s MCLE Committee, and on the VSB’s Judicial Candidate Education Committee. He also has served on the Special Committee on Bench-Bar Relations, including two years as the Board’s chair. Over the years, he has held every officer position in the Williamsburg Bar Association.

Hunter was in the U.S. Army Reserves for 14 years as an aviator and officer and flew both UH-1s (Hueys) and CH-47s (Chinooks). In 2003-04, he was deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he served as a company commander. He holds a commercial, rotary-wing pilot’s license with instrument rating. He is married to Lisa and has two college-aged children. A fan of all things that fly, he can frequently be found on weekend mornings at one of several disc golf courses in the local area.

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit


  • George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, Virginia
    • JD, 1998
    • George Mason American Inn of Court – Student Bar President
    • Moot Court Member
  • College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia
    • BA (English Literature), 1991
  • U.S. Army, Initial Entry Rotary-Wing Aviator Course, Fort Rucker, Alabama, 1992
  • Pro Se Law Clerk, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia (Alexandria Division), 1998 – 1999
  • Virginia State Bar, Bar Council Representative for 9th Circuit, 2014 – 2020
  • Virginia State Bar, Special Committee on Bench-Bar Relations, Member, 2011 – 2015 (Chair, 2013 – 2015)
  • Williamsburg Bar Association, Immediate Past President (President, 2012 – 2014)
  • Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association, 2009 – Present
  • International Air and Transportation Safety Bar Association, 2010 – 2017
  • Newport News Bar Association
  • Williamsburg Faith in Action, Board Member, 2018 - Present, Chair 2020-2022
  • Virginia Aerospace Business Association, Board Member, 2014 - 2021
  • Williamsburg/James City County Community Action Agency, Board Member, 2013 – 2017
  • Housing Partnerships, Inc., Secretary, 2009 – 2015
  • Williamsburg Symphonia, Board Member, 2010 – 2014
  • Youth Aeronautics Education Foundation, Board Member, 2010 – 2013
  • Alzheimer’s Association, Southeast Chapter, Board Member, 2006 - 2009