Rita Ros-Planas, ESQ.

Attorney Rita Ros-Planas has been practicing law full time since 1985 and is committed to protecting the rights and interests of individuals facing family law, personal injury and criminal legal disputes. She provides personalized service, focused on achieving desired results for every client. From your initial consultation, she will take the time to understand your unique position, including your long-term goals and objectives. She works collaboratively with clients to devise legal solutions that suit your time and budget constraints, while also protecting your rights.

With her extensive record as a public defender and attorney in the Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Chesapeake areas, she is familiar with the judges, knows the court system, and knows how to use that experience to the advantage of every client. In addition to her experience in law, she holds a Master’s of Science in Psychology, allowing her to understand and work with psychologists and social workers who may become involved in family law or criminal matters. Since 1989, Ms. Ros-Planas has been a mediator, working with individual clients and their families to effectively develop lasting solutions to family legal disputes.

Ms. Ros-Planas is originally from Cuba and is fluent in Spanish, her native language. She can assist the Hispanic community in all of their legal matters.


Family Law, Divorce, Custody & Visitation, Separation & Property Agreements, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Agreements, Child & Spousal Support, Equitable Distribution, Criminal Defense, Traffic Violations, DUI/DWI, Personal Injury/Auto Accidents, Mediation


  • William & Mary Law School, Williamsburg, VA, Doctor of Jurisprudence 1985
  • Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, Master of Science 1980
  • Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, Bachelor of Science 1978
  • Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, Bachelor of Art 1982


  • Mediation
  • Guardian Ad Litem (“GAL”)


  • Spanish & English


  • Teaching Assistantship, Old Dominion University, Psychology Department 1978-1980
  • Member, Phi Sigma Phi Scholastic Honor Society 1978
  • Old Dominion University Outstanding Foreign Language Student Award 1980
  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude, Old Dominion University Undergraduate & Graduate Degree
  • William & Mary Law School Regional Competition Representative in Client Counseling 1983
  • William & Mary Law School Regional Competition Representative in Trial Advocacy 1984


  • All Courts in Virginia, 1985


  • Phi Sigma Phi


  • Virginia State Bar Association, Member
  • Virginia Beach Bar Association, Member
  • Virginia Beach CLASS Program (Counsel Advocating Spousal Safety) Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, Pro Bono Attorney
  • Virginia Beach Bar Association, Member, Mentor Committee
  • Hampton Roads Alliance Against Sex Trafficking, Member
  • Samaritan House, Former Board Member
  • Virginia Beach Bar Association Seatack Elementary School Mentoring Program, Former Member
  • YWCA, Former Board Member
  • Virginia Beach Chamber of Commerce, Former Member, Sister Cities Project Committee
  • Hispanic-American Society of Tidewater, Former Officer and Board Member
  • Multicultural Alliance of Tidewater, Former Member
  • Tidewater Legal Aid Society Pro Bono Panel, Former Member Attorney
  • Tidewater Legal Aid Society, Former Board Member
  • Virginia Beach Bar Association, Former Member, Domestic Relations District Court Liaison Committee


  • Psychology Dept., Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, Research Assistant 1977-1978
  • Psychology Dept., Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, Teaching Assistant 1978-1980
  • Tidewater Legal Aid Society, Norfolk, Virginia Legal Extern 1983
  • Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, Legal Extern 1983
  • Public Defender Office’s, City of Virginia Beach Assistant Public Defender 1984
  • Part-time, Free Lance Translator 1979-1984
  • Phillips & Planas, General Law Practice 1985-1990
  • Rita Ros-Planas, Esquire, PC, General Law Practice 1990 to 2015
  • Fuller, Hadeed & Ros-Planas, P.L.L.C., General Law Practice 2015 to 2018
  • Rita Ros-Planas, Esquire, P.L.L.C., General Law Practice 2018 – Present

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