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About me

I am a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia.  I graduated from Frank W. Cox Highschool in 1998.  I went on to earn a Bachelar of Science in Political Science at Longwood University in 2002.  I graduated from Regent School of Law with a Juris Doctor in 2005.  I have worked for several esteemed politicians including Senator John W. Warner and Congressman Owen B. Pickett.  I have also worked for several well respected attorneys including Debra Sagedy and my current employer John Merna. 


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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 20%
    10 years
  2. Bankruptcy: 20%
    10 years
  3. Chapter 7: 20%
    10 years
  4. Chapter 13: 20%
    10 years
  5. Foreclosure: 20%
    10 years



Fixed (always), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

The Merna Law Group, P.C.

11815 Fountain Way
Ste 300
Newport News, VA, 23606

The Merna Law Group, PC

3623 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA, 23452

The Merna Law Group, PC.

7400 Beaufont Springs Drive
Suite 300
Richmond, VA, 23225



VAAuthorized to practice law200603/31/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Reader's Choice Award for Best Law Firm (selected cities)The Virginian Pilot2011
Reader's Choice Award for Best Law FirmThe Virginian Pilot & HamptonRoads.com2009
Reader's Choice Award for Best Law FirmThe Virginian Pilot & HamptonRoads.com2008
Reader's Choice Award for Best Law FirmThe Virginian Pilot & HamptonRoads.com2007
Reader's Choice Award for Best Law FirmThe Virginian Pilot & HamptonRoads.com2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyThe Merna Law Group, P.C.2006 - Present
InternThe Merna Law Group, P.C.2004 - 2006
InternDebbie Sagedy2002 - 2004
InternSenator John W. Warner2000 - 2000
InternCongressman Owen Pickett1999 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMember2014 - Present
The Virginia Beach Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Tidewater Bankruptcy Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
United States Court for the Eastern District of VirginiaAdmitted to Practice2006 - Present
Virginia State BarMember2006 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Regent University School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor2005