AV-Rated (Preeminent)in Family Law, Litigation, Criminal Defense, and Entertainment Law by the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings system.
My practice focuses on representing clients in divorce, property settlement agreements, custody matters, pre-marital agreements and other domestic cases, as well as corporate clients in a variety of civil matters. Further, I offers services to those in the music industry and other artistic endeavors. Having been an active and working musician since the 1990's, I understand the particular needs of artists and music industry members.
I earned my J.D. from Quinnipiac University School of Law with a certificate in Criminal law. I earned my B.S. in Public Administration from George Mason University. While at Mason I was asked to participate as a foreign exchange student with Oxford University in Oxford, England. I finished my undergraduate studies at New College at Oxord with a concentration in History and Law.
I was admitted to the Virginia State Bar in 2005 and am the CLE chair of Domestic Relations Counsel for the Virginia Bar Association, a member of the Virginia Beach Bar Association, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and the American Trial Lawyers Association. I am also also a barrister with the l’Anson Hoffman American Inn of Court. I was accepted as Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers in 2017.
I began my legal career as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Danville,Virginia and eventually served as a Senior Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney in Virginia Beach, Virginia before going into private practice.
|VA||Authorized to Practice Law||2005||03/29/2021|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2018|
|Legal Elite||Virginia Business Magazine||2016|
|Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia||Coastal Virginia Magazine||2016|
|Shareholder||Pender & Coward||2012 - Present|
|Attorney||Clarke, Dolph, Rapaport, Hull, Brunick, & Garriott||2011 - 2012|
|Senior Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney||Virginia Beach Commonwealth's Attorney||2006 - 2011|
|Assitant Commonwealth's Attorney||Danville Commonwealth's Attorney||2005 - 2006|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Seton Youth Shelters||Treasurer||2018 - Present|
|Virginia State Bar, Family Law Section||Board of Governors Member||2017 - Present|
|American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers||Fellow||2017 - Present|
|Virginia Bar Association||CLE Chair of Domestic Relations Cousnel||2013 - Present|
|I'Anson-Hoffman American Inn of Court||Master||2012 - Present|
|Virginia Lawyers Weekly||Family Ties||2015|
|Quinnipiac University School of Law||Juris Doctor||2005|
|George Mason University||Bachelor of Science||2002|
|Winter Meeting||Parental Support in Virginia||2015|
|Winter Meeting||Same Sex Marriage in Virginia||2014|
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