WAW in the News: Don Showalter Marks 50 Years with Firm

Donald Showalter was recently recognized for 50 years of practice at Wharton, Aldhizer & Weaver, PLC.

Donald Showalter, 74, was recognized recently for his 50 years practicing with Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver. He’s had a long career but has no plans to retire soon. “I’ll stop,” he said, “when I get up one morning and don’t want to come to work.” (Photo by Austin Bachand / DN-R)

Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver PLC Inducted into International Society of Primerus Law Firms

Wharton, Aldhizer & Weaver PLC was named to elite group of small and mid-sized independent law firms by International Society of Primerus Law Firms.

Wharton, Aldhizer & Weaver PLC is proud to announce its recent induction into the International Society of Primerus Law Firms, a highly selective alliance of small and mid-size, independent law firms. WAW joins over 200 Primerus-member firms with a shared vision of providing valuable legal insight and advice to their clients.

Primerus only accepts into membership those law firms with a proven track record of providing trusted, honest and exceptional legal advice. Each member is rigorously screened to ensure its commitment to Primerus’s shared values of integrity, excellent work product, reasonable fees, continuing legal education, civility and community service. WAW is the first and only firm in western Virginia to join Primerus and is one of only three firms in Virginia to be invited into its membership.

“For over 170 years WAW has been recognized for delivering outstanding results to our clients in the Shenandoah Valley and the rest of Virginia,” said Humes (“Tripp”) Franklin, WAW’s Managing Partner. “Joining Primerus gives us the opportunity to significantly expand our visibility to clients world-wide, and provide them with exceptional legal representation in western Virginia. Membership in Primerus also gives WAW the unique ability in our market to provide clients with the national and international legal expertise they need to thrive in a connected, global economy.”

“We are excited to join Primerus and we look forward to joining its world-wide membership in delivering client-focus, high-integrity legal services,” said Franklin.

About Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver, PLC

Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver PLC is one of western Virginia’s leading law firms. For over 170 years it has guided its clients through complex legal, business and regulatory issues. With focuses in employment, business, real estate, intellectual property, litigation, construction and personal injury, WAW’s 17 lawyers serve clients out of its Harrisonburg and Staunton offices.

For more information, visit www.wawlaw.com, or contact:

Humes J. (“Tripp”) Franklin
Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver PLC
100 South Mason St.
Harrisonburg VA, 22801

Virginia Collaborative Professionals Elect P. Marshall Yoder as President

P. Marshall Yoder, an attorney with Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver PLC, has been elected president of the Virginia Collaborative Professionals by his peers.

The Virginia Collaborative Professionals is a non-profit association of attorneys, mental health, and financial professionals focused on using collaborative practice to resolve family and civil matters without the use of litigation. Collaborative practice requires that the parties commit to resolving their differences outside of court.

During Yoder’s term, the organization will focus on continuing to educate the public about collaborative practice, creating leadership opportunities for collaborative practitioners within their professional organizations and expanding collaborative practice beyond family law matters.

At Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver PLC, Yoder’s focus is collaborative practice and alternative dispute resolution. In addition, he practices in the areas of commercial law, non-profit and charitable organizations and in estate planning and administration.

Yoder received his bachelors degree from the University of North Carolina and his J.D. with honors from Campbell University. He has been named one of Virginia’s Legal Elite by Virginia Business magazine for the past seven years and also was recently selected to the Best Lawyers in America in the area of Collaborative Law.


Collaborative Practice offers individuals going through separation the support, protection and guidance of their own lawyers without going to court. Additionally, Collaborative Practice allows for beneficial teams of child and financial specialists, divorce coaches and other professionals to help families create lasting arrangements without going to court.

For further information on collaborative practice or the Virginia Collaborative Professionals, please contact:

P. Marshall Yoder, Attorney
Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver PLC
100 South Mason St.
Harrisonburg VA, 22801