Humes J.  Franklin, III

Humes J. Franklin, III

125 S. Augusta Street
Suite 2000
Staunton, VA 24401

Humes J. Franklin, III


While he focuses on trial work and litigation, versatility and breadth of knowledge best describe the law practice of Humes J. “Tripp” Franklin, III.  A native of the Shenandoah Valley and well-acquainted with the city, county and federal courts throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and West Virginia, Tripp also handles appeals to the Virginia Supreme Court and the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Serving a variety of clients from individuals to publicly traded companies, Tripp’s ability to accurately and efficiently zero in on case requirements across a wide-spectrum of topics make him a valuable asset to your legal team.

Tripp is active in the community, serving on the boards of several nonprofits.  Born in Waynesboro and a 1994 graduate of Wilson Memorial High School in Fishersville, Tripp appreciates the value of strong roots and civic engagement.

Humes J. “Tripp” Franklin, III has successfully resolved cases ranging from personal injury, medical malpractice and products liability cases, real estate title disputes, specific performance of construction contracts, defense of felony and misdemeanor charges in both state and federal court as well as divorce, equitable distribution, custody, visitation and support, just to name a few.  Additionally, Tripp has also published the following articles:

“Examination Under Oath - The Insurer's Right, “The Claimsman, Virginia State Claims Association, Fall 2002.

“Rule 4:1 (b)(3) and the Meaning of Anticipation of Litigation,” Litigation News, Virginia State Bar, Vol. IX, No. 4, Fall 2002.

A few examples of Tripp’s experience include:

  • Successfully obtaining a defense verdict defending a products liability claim a Fortune 100 company in a week long jury trial in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Successfully winning a $4,000,000 verdict for a plaintiff against his doctor in a week long medical malpractice jury trial in Alexandria, Virginia.
  • Successfully obtaining a verdict granting title to client by adverse possession to 64 acres of mountainous land in West Virginia in a multi-day jury trial in Pendleton County, West Virginia.

Davidson College (B.A., 1998)

William & Mary School of Law (J.D., 2001)


Admitted to Practice

Virginia (2001)

West Virginia (2002)

Virginia's Legal Elite, Virginia Business Magazine

Named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers

Virginia State Bar

West Virginia State Bar

Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys (Chair, Young Lawyer Division 2006)

Virginia Bar Association

Past President, Augusta Bar Association

Board of Directors – Valley Pastoral Counseling Center

Founding Director and President of the Waynesboro YMCA Foundation

Past Board Member - Waynesboro YMCA

Past Board Member - Ronald McDonald House of Charlottesville

Past Board Member – Mental Health America of Augusta County

Member Grace Lutheran Evangelical Church, President of Church Council

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