I began to practice law in 1982 in the Lynchburg area, and quickly developed a practice focused on family law and related issues such as custody, visitation, support and division of property, also known as equitable distribution.
This is the area of law in which I still practice. When I began practice, the only method of resolving family problems was the court system. Now, however, we have a number of alternatives that can be utilized as families go through the restructuring process, also known as divorce.
I have assisted clients in all of these processes which include litigation, mediation, collaboration, and negotiation.
IT IS MY PHILOSOPHY THAT LITIGATION SHOULD BE THE LAST RESORT FOR ANY CASE THAT INVOLVES FAMILY LAW MATTERS
Our court system, while the best in the world, is not set up to handle the specialized needs of families. And, while there are a limited number of cases for which litigation is the only option, my firm belief is that the other processes of Collaboration, Mediation and Negotiation better meet the needs of families.
- Substitute Judge 24th Judicial circuit 1994-2009
- Judge Pro Tempore 24th Judicial District
- Qualified as Guardian Ad Litem
- Serve as member of Virginia State Bar Fee Dispute Resolution Program
- Served on Medical Malpractice Review Panels
- Served as Special Justice
- Certified as inAccord Mediator
Founding member of Collaborative Practice Training Institute, a highly skilled group of Collaborative Professionals offering Collaborative Practice Training, negotiation and mediation skills training, and a variety of additional intermediate and advanced programs designed to assist the professional enhance his/her Collaborative skills.
Current Bar Memberships:
- Virginia State Bar
- Lynchburg Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP)
- Virginia Collaborative Professionals (VaCP)
- Virginia Collaborative Professionals of Lynchburg (VaCPL)
- Cornell University, 1978, BS
- William & Mary Law School, 1982, JD