About Attorney Joseph T. “Chip” Buxton, CELA*
Attorney & Counselor at Law Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation
Chip Buxton is a native of Newport News and the Founder and President of TrustBuilders Law Group. He began private practice in 1978 after several years as Associate General Counsel and Corporate Attorney with Newport News Shipbuilding. After nearly four decades of practice, he remains widely regarded as one of the most experienced attorneys in the state in the areas elder law, estate planning and trust administration.
Mr. Buxton received his B.A. from Denison University and his J.D from The College of William and Mary. He is a graduate of the Navy’s Officer Candidate School and the U.S. Naval School of Justice and holds the rank of USNR (Ret.) Mr. Buxton is a member of the Virginia and Florida Bars and the past President of the Tidewater Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, the Peninsula Estate Planning Council and the Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.
Mr. Buxton is most proud of his advocacy to the Peninsula’s aging community. He is one of less than five hundred attorneys in the country accredited as a Certified Elder Law Attorney (C.E.L.A) by the National Elder Law Foundation and currently sits on the Board of Governors for the Virginia Senior Lawyer Conference. He is also actively involved in the Virginia Law Foundation’s Division of Continued Legal Education as an advocate, teacher and co-author of its annual elder law guide.
Over the years, Mr. Buxton has been appointed to numerous judicial and academic positions including Commissioner in Chancery for the Middlesex Circuit Court, Escheator for Middlesex County and adjunct law professor (Advanced Estate Planning) at the Regent University School of Law.
Mr. Buxton is joined in the practice by his son, Wake Buxton, and daughter-in-law, Lori Buxton. He and his wife, Mary Wakefield Buxton, a published author and columnist, live in Urbanna, Virginia.