I worked as a legal aid lawyer for 17 years. I developed expertise in Social Security Disability and Virginia Workers Compensation. I began to lecture on these areas to bar groups and client groups. I then decided to go into private practice focusing on these two areas. In 1999, Richmond Magazine recognized me as one of the best Workers Compensation lawyers in Central Virginia. In 2003 Martindale-Hubbell based on a vote of my peers awarded me its highest rating (AV) for legal excellence and legal ethics.