Bio

My law practice focuses on estate planning, trust and estate administration, probate, and related legal matters.

I am licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the State of Maryland, and the District of Columbia, providing continuity of legal services throughout the region.  I am also admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Tax Court.

I have been honored by my peers for my legal ability and adherence to ethical standards with an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell.  My significant publicly reported cases are Burwell v. Burwell, 700 A.2d 219, D.C., 1997 and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research v. Zaleski, 156 Md. App. 527, 2004.

I received my J.D. from Catholic University of America and my B.S. from Georgia State University.  Prior to that I was a journalist and a Congressional staffer.  As a journalist, I worked for CNN when it went on the air, moved to local TV news, and then The Atlanta Constitution.

As a Congressional staffer, I served as press secretary for U.S. Representative Michael A. Andrews, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, and U.S. Senator Wyche Fowler Jr.; and U.S. Senator John Heinz, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Aging.  I also served as Deputy Director of the Congressional Sunbelt Caucus and the Sunbelt Institute.

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Associations in: Virgina, Maryland, District of Columbia, City of Alexandria, Fairfax County, and Montgomery County
  • Co-chaired the Fairfax Bar Association’s Wills, Trusts, and Estates Section
  • Member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
  • Member of the Virginia Women Attorney’s Association

Legal expertise

Lectured to legal and accounting communities on legal issues including: D.C. Uniform Trust Act, Drafting for Religious, Cultural, or Ethnic Considerations, Probate 101 for the Non-Probate Practitioner, and The 2001 Tax Act.

Community Service

  • Board of Directors of Senior Services of Alexandria
  • Worked for the National Commission on Children, and for many years opened my home to foster children
  • Member, Board of Directors, United Community Ministries (UCM)
  • Founding Board member and officer, Friends of UCM
  • Development Committee for Burgundy Farm Country Day School, where her daughter attended
  • Graduate of the Leadership Alexandria Class of 2007
  • Co-Chair of the Alexandria TRIAD, established by the Alexandria Sheriff to protect elderly citizens
  • Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Ivy Hill Cemetery Historical Preservation Society
  • Campagna Center, Planned Giving Advisory Council
  • Volunteer, ABA Military Pro Bono Project and Operation Stand-By

Speaking Engagements

2015

  • ABA Brown Bag Series, How to Capture and Keep Clients, Second Edition: Marketing Strategies for Lawyers, Section Author and Webinar Speaker
  • Alexandria Bar Association and Senior Services of Alexandria, “Senior Law Day”
  • DC Bar, Practice 360: A Day for Lawyers and Law Firms, “Social Media Ethics 4 Lawyers: Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda?,” Moderator
  • GW Community School, presentation to senior class: “So You’re 18″

2014

  • Alexandria Bar Association and Senior Services of Alexandria, “Senior Law Day”
  • DC Bar CLE, “Fee Agreements in the District of Columbia”
  • GW Community School, presentation to senior class: “So You’re 18″
  • Small Firm Lunch and Learn Series, DC Bar, “A Day in the Life of an Estate Planning Lawyer: What to Really Expect in Your Estate Planning Law Practice”
  • Estate Planning talk at Mount Vernon Unitarian Church
  • Having a Successful Trusts, Estates, and Elder Law Practice, Alexandria Bar Association, Wills, Trusts, & Estates Section

2013

  • Northern Virginia Pro Bono Law Center CLE, “Simple Estate Planning” – train lawyer volunteers to assist low income seniors and people with disabilities with estate planning
  • Alexandria Bar Association and Senior Services of Alexandria, “Senior Law Day”
  • GW Community School, “So You’re 18” presentation to parents and high school students

2012

  • Fairfax Bar Association, Wills, Trusts and Estates section, “Durable General Powers of Attorney”
  • Alexandria Bar Association and Senior Services of Alexandria, “Senior Law Day”

2011

  • Northern Virginia Pro Bono Law Center CLE, “Simple Estate Planning” – train lawyer volunteers to assist low income seniors and people with disabilities with estate planning.
  • Alexandria Bar Association and Senior Services of Alexandria, “Senior Law Day”

2010

  • Fairfax County Library, Sherwood Hall Branch, “Living Wills”

2009

  • Attorneys and staff, State Farm regional office, spoke on estate planning and estate administration
  • State Farm office of Anh Nguyen, addressed staff members on estate planning

2006

  • Fairfax Bar Association CLE, “Probate 101 for the Non-Probate Practitioner”
  • American Bar Association, First Annual GP|Solo and Small Firm National Conference, CLE
  • Kositzka Wicks and Company, CPA firm. Taught two sessions, estate planning and probate

2005

  • Fairfax Bar Association CLE, “District of Columbia Uniform Trust Act”
  • Virginia CLE, 24th Annual Trust and Estates Seminar, “Drafting for Religious, Cultural or Ethnic Considerations”

2002

  • American Bar Association, Annual Meeting

2001

  • Maryland Association of CPAs, “The 2001 Tax Act”
  • Alexandria Bar Association, Tax Committee, CLE, “The 2001 Tax Act”