About us

Steven P. Hammond

Steve-HammondMillion Dollar Advocate Life member logoAlways a client favorite, Steve has a friendly, outgoing, and understanding manner.  But he is also an aggressive courtroom advocate with a driving desire to win.  For over 20 years, Steve has been in the courtroom fighting for his clients.  His first experience as a trial attorney was in the United States Marine Corps.  He served as a prosecutor and defense attorney handling hundreds of cases at courts-martial.  Only two years out of law school, Steve served as a defense attorney for a capital murder case. His selection for that case that early in his career indicated the high regard the Marine Corps had for his trial skills.  Steve left active duty in 1995 and continued as a reserve officer until his retirement in 2003 as a Lieutenant Colonel, United States Marine Corps Reserve.   During his service as a Marine, he was awarded: the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation Medal, Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal and the National Defense Medal.

In the 15 years, since leaving military active duty, Steve has represented injured persons in their pursuit of fair compensation.  As a trial attorney in a large personal injury law firm, Steve handled hundreds of personal injury cases and tried most of that firm’s large cases across Virginia.    His courtroom excellence has continued resulting in what was reported to be the two highest personal injury verdicts ever in Augusta County, one of the highest verdicts ever in Waynesboro and a multi-million dollar settlement in a case that settled on the third day of trial in Harrisonburg.

With the establishment of the law firm of HammondTownsend, Steve is expanding his practice to a general litigation practice.  His extensive prior experience in criminal and personal injury provides an excellent base for his expanded practice.  He believes that this law firm will enable him to be even more committed to protecting the rights of his clients and serving the community.

In serving the community and youth in our area, Steve dedicates many hours each month to volunteer work with the Stonewall Jackson Area Council Boy Scouts.  He serves on the Council Key 3 as the Council Commissioner.   He is an Eagle Scout, with an Eagle Scout son.


  • B. A. Virginia Tech (1977)
  • J.D. Washington & Lee University School of Law (1989)
  • Naval Justice School (1989)
  • Licensed to practice law in Virginia

Professional Affiliations

  • Virginia State Bar
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Augusta County Bar
  • Charlottesville-Albemarle Bar


George Townsend

George-TownsendMillion Dollar Advocate Life member logoGeorge was born and raised in Roanoke, Virginia.  He was active in the community playing hockey and baseball.  He was a member of Boy Scout Troop 7.  He attended St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church.  He graduated from Patrick Henry High School in 1980.

George attended Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, Virginia.  He graduated in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science.  While at Bridgewater College he met his future wife, Cindy Smith, who is a native of Augusta County and whom he married in 1985.

George enlisted in the United States Army in 1984.  After completing his basic and advanced infantry training and airborne school he was stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky as a proud member of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).  At Fort Campbell he successfully completed the air assault school and sniper school.
In 1986 George was assigned to the 1st Armored Division in, then, West Germany primarily patrolling the Czechoslovakian border.  He was honorably discharged in 1998.  During his tour of duty he attained the rank of Sergeant, obtained a top secret security clearance and was awarded numerous honorary citations including four Army Achievement Awards and one Army Commendation Award.
George attended the T. C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia.  He graduated in December of 1992 with Juris Doctorate degree.  While attending law school he worked at the law firm of Thomas, Ballenger, Vogelman & Turner in its real estate section.  He also worked at the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission as a law clerk to the Honorable William E. O’Neill, Commissioner and Chairman of the Commission.

Upon graduation George founded the Law Firm of George L. Townsend in Chester, Virginia concentrating on real estate and workers’ compensation.  The success of the his practice lead him to become the head of the workers’ compensation section of the Chandler Law Group, formerly Chandler, Franklin & O’Bryan, a position he held for fifteen years.
George has lived in Fishersville since 1997.  His older daughter, Meredith, graduated from Wilson Memorial High School in 2007.  His younger daughter, Rachel, will graduate in 2012.  His wife, Cindy, has been employed at Augusta Health as a respiratory therapist since 1994.  George attends church at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Waynesboro, Virginia where he has served on the vestry multiple terms and as senior warden.


2029 Woodbrook Court
Charlottesville, Va 22901
Phone: 434-220-8007
(By Appointment Only)


P.O. Box 939
Fishersville VA 22939
Phone: 540-946-0029
Fax: 540-941-0029


35 South Gate Court
Suite 101
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Phone: 540-437-9820


227 Albemarle Avenue SW
Roanoke, VA 24016
Phone: 540-769-8590