My Professional Background
I graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Arts in Russian and a minor in Business. During my undergraduate years, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Moscow and to experience a true Russian winter. I returned with a newfound love for living in large cities and after graduating, moved to New York City. There I worked for two years as a paralegal and administrative assistant and, encouraged by the bright and dedicated attorneys around me, decided to pursue a career in the legal field.
I headed to Philadelphia to attend Villanova University School of Law. During my first year, I became a research assistant for the head of the Federal Tax Clinic and continued my position there throughout law school. Serving as a representative on behalf of low income taxpayers, I became passionate about helping individuals navigate the complexities of tax law and corresponding with the Internal Revenue Service to resolve disputes. I also worked in the International Corporate Services department at an accounting firm, conducting due diligence for corporate restructuring and preparing corporate tax returns.
After law school, I accepted a position as a staff attorney at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, alongside a group of incredibly intelligent and collegiate individuals. As a staff attorney, I drafted memoranda and opinions for presentation to the Court, which allowed me to research many areas of the law, including criminal and constitutional challenges on appeal.
In private practice, I focus on counseling families through the estate and trust administration process, as well as on estate planning for individuals and families. My experience in the intricacies of income and estate tax law allows me to counsel clients with regard to their unique situations and to assist in understanding their own tax circumstances.
Several years ago, my father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Since that day, I have been dedicated to the goal of finding a cure and the efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association for the first survivor. I currently am serving as the Volunteer Chair for The Longest Day in the Southeastern Virginia Chapter, as well as an Advocate for the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement.
My personal experience with Alzheimer’s and my involvement with the Alzheimer’s Association have continued to shape my perspective as an estate planning attorney and my commitment to helping everyone implement a plan for their care.
In My Free Time
My husband and I live in Virginia Beach with our two smiley sons and our beautiful dog. As my husband is from West Virginia and I am from Western Virginia (Roanoke), we escape to the mountains as often as we can.
Court Admissions and Bar Memberships
Supreme Court of Virginia
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Board of Governors Section on Trusts and Estates, Virginia State Bar
Young Lawyers Conference, Virginia State Bar