Attorney

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I concentrate my practice in the areas of estate planning and administration.  I am a member of the Wills and Trusts Committee of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Bar Association, and a member of the Central Virginia Estate Planning Council.  I received my law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2000. While at the University, I served as a technical editor of the Virginia Journal of Law and Technology.

Born in Cocoa Beach, Florida, I grew up in a community closely tied to NASA and the space program. I attended Florida State University, graduating magna cum laude with a B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science in 1978 at age nineteen.  I was a computer programmer for several years before leaving the workforce to become a stay-at-home mom. Once my children were school age, I got a job as a paralegal in the trusts and estates practice area at McGuire Woods.  My paralegal years not only provided bottom up experience in the field, but taught me how important proper estate planning and administration can be.   In 1996, I decided to attend law school, and had an advantage over so many of my fellow students as I already knew the area of law in which I wished to practice.  While still having three children at home often made the rigors of law school more difficult, I am proud of the example I set for my children by making the effort.

I worked with the wonderful attorneys at Richmond & Fishburne since I graduated from law school except for one year which I spent at McGuire Woods.  While I enjoyed my year at McGuire Woods, I learned that I preferred practicing at a smaller firm and decided to return to Richmond & Fishburne.  After considering the idea for awhile, in early 2014 I

l have four children, Brenden, Ryan, Carolyn, and Adrienne, and two stepchildren, Graham and Allison.  Brenden works for Pixar in California, and Ryan is working on his Phd at UNC.  Carolyn lives in North Carolina with her husband and my two granddaughters.  Adrienne works here in Charlottesville for RKG.  Graham is a professional photographer living in Richmond and Allie, who will soon be a mother, works in IT in northern Virginia.  

I have called the Charlottesville area home for over twenty-five years.  My past volunteer activities include the Charlottesville Free Clinic and the Blue Ridge Mountain Rescue Group, an organization that manages and assists in the search and rescue of lost people and aircraft throughout Virginia and its bordering states.  

I and my husband Ken, often with some combination of our children, have traveled extensively, especially enjoying numerous trips to southern Africa and Latin America.   Our most recent international trip was to the states of Tamil Nadu and Karnakata in southern India.  Recently we have enjoyed seeing more of this great United States, car camping in Ken’s specially outfitted minivan.