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The Office

Griffin Law is located at 102 S. Kent Street in historic Old Town Winchester, one block south of the courthouse.  Formerly known as The Old Fort George, the early 19th century log structure has been renovated into a convenient office building.  Free parking and handicapped access is available.


Phillip S. Griffin, II
Licensed to practice in Virginia

     Phillip S. Griffin, II has practiced law for over 20 years.  He graduated from John Handley High School in 1985, the University of Virginia in 1989, and the University of Richmond School of Law in 1992.  Mr. Griffin started his own law firm in August 1998.  

     Mr. Griffin provides representation in criminal defense and traffic cases, civil and commercial litigation, drafting and reviewing contracts, debt collection, estate plannng, wills, trusts, powers of attorney, estate administration and landlord/tenant relations.  Mr. Griffin also handles domestic relations, including divorce, custody and visitation matters.

     Mr. Griffin is a past president of the Top of Virginia Chamber of Commerce, past chairman of Belle Grove Plantation and former legal counsel for the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival.



Michelle Cooper is the office manager and paralegal for civil cases.  Michelle has worked in the legal profession for over twenty years including the U. S. Army JAG corps in Wildflecken, Germany.  She is a native of Frederick County, Virginia.  She graduated from James Wood High School in 1989 and Mount St. Mary's University in 1993.  Michelle and her husband, Wes, have two daughters, Allie and Gracie Cooper.  

Anna G. Thomson is the paralegal for criminal cases. A long-time resident of Winchester, she graduated from John Handley High School in 1980.  Mrs. Thomson received an Honor's Degree, Phi Beta Kappa, from Mary Baldwin College in 1984, and attended graduate school at the University  of Virginia School of Architecture.  She served as Executive Director for Preservation of Historic Winchester for 15 years.  She and her husband, Paul have three sons, Sam, Jim and Gus Thomson.

Law Clerk

Earl L. Partlow, III, is a native of Frederick County.  He graduated from Appalachian School of Law in May 2023.

Paul H. Thomson
Executive Legal Assistant​​

     Preparation is the key to success in law.  Paul H. Thomson provides extensive experience in criminal law to assist in preparing cases.  Mr. Thomson's resume includes serving as the elected Commonwealth's Attorney for the City of Winchester for 16 years and practicing criminal defense for nearly 10 years.  

     Mr. Thomson served as a Captain in the U. S. Army.  He graduated from Washington & Lee University in 1977 and Washington & Lee School of Law in 1983.  Mr. Thomson received the Rising Star Award by the Virginia Democratic Party when he was elected prosecutor for the City of Winchester.  He has tried over 200 felony jury trials and thousands of other cases in his career.   


Griffin Law is pleased to provide internships for local students interested in a career in the law.  Pictured are three interns who worked for Griffin Law and are now licensed attorneys. Gus Thomson (left) graduated from West Virginia College of Law in 2022; Allie Cooper (center) graduated from Elon University School of Law in 2021; and Jim Thomson (right) graduated from Appalachian School of Law in 2020.  

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Summer 2019


(Back row) Samuel S. Thomson, Phillip S. Griffin, II, Paul H. Thomson, Augustus T. Thomson and Riley T. Buettner 

(Front row) James W. Thomson and Lou, the Legal Beagle.  

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