Cheryl E. Gardner graduated from the University of Denver School of Law in 1984 and like David, early in her career she also accepted the challenge and passed three demanding state bar exams, and is licensed to practice law in Virginia, Maryland, D.C. and Colorado. Cheryl joined David Bernhard in partnership in 1991, bringing with her years of litigation experience in such diverse fields as family law, civil, criminal and traffic matters. In addition to her litigation practice, Cheryl is managing partner of Bernhard & Gardner, and supervises and guides the staff of attorneys and support personnel. Cheryl oversees the firm's divorce practice, civil and appellate litigation, and frequently handles criminal and traffic matters in the courts in Northern Virginia and Maryland. Cheryl has developed the Firm's innovative divorce practice which is designed to provide high quality professional service at low cost without the necessity of the parties to appear in Court while encouraging a cooperative spirit among spouses who face the difficulty of an end to their marital relationship. Cheryl's pro bono work includes participation in the George Mason Law School clinical program providing free divorce services to qualified clients while training interns placed with firm. A skilled writer, Cheryl is often responsible for the luster and the qualitative edge of the Firm's pleadings, including trial memoranda and appellate briefs. Throughout her years of practice, Cheryl has served as an accessible mentor to new attorneys, is consulted by her peers in a wide variety of areas for her versatile expertise,and has attained a high level of respect from many judges and colleagues.