I have been married to the same man who is an attorney for over 30 years and we have one child a daughter, also an attorney. I did not set out to be a trial lawyer, a divorce lawyer or a family lawyer but the focus of the practice has developed over the years. My parents were divorced in 1953 when everyone was not doing it. Growing up in Richmond, Virginia, I was the only child in my class from a broken home all the way through my public school education. My family situation was complicated due to my dad's four marriages and children from each relationship. I identify most with the children in divorce. This background allows me to advocate with passion for clients in custody cases. Because of my family history, I can also understand the issues and stresses I have been actively engaged in the adventure which is the practice of law for over 30 years. I have spent those years helping individuals and families in distress and building relationships with people. I have clients who have been with me for decades and I now represent their grandchildren.
I became a lawyer to help people in distress, to direct the doubtful, to right wrongs, and to terminate contentions. In my spare time, I enjoy knitting, crochet and other needlework as well as graphic arts, music and good books, especially mysteries.
Virginia State Bar
Virginia Supreme Court
Virginia Court of Appeals
U.S. District Court, E.D. of VA
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, E.D. of VA
JD 1977 William and Mary
BA 1974 JMU, with high honors