My passion for finding solutions to complex legal problems, writing the perfect court brief, and going above and beyond for clients propelled me through 14 years as a litigator in global law firms. I left BigLaw for a military family move, but the desire to be a lawyer never left me.
I used my free time living in Japan to get a Master of Laws in Taxation and an additional graduate certificate in state and local taxation. I have also devoted more than 350 hours to providing free legal assistance to military families from 2017 to 2019.
My goal is to leverage my skills to serve individuals, military families, small and startup businesses and nonprofits on a virtual platform. My BigLaw roots have turned into virtual wings.
Founder & Managing Attorney
Oct. 2017 - July 2019
Marine Corps Base Camp Butler, Legal Assistance Office - Okinawa, Japan
Handled tax, family law, Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, and other legal matters for servicemembers and their families.
Sept. 2015 - July 2016
Senior Manager of Business Development
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP - New York, NY
Developed and executed firm-wide business development strategy and client-focused goals for global litigation and real-estate departments. Continued representation of former CFO of global company in bankruptcy adversary proceeding in federal court.
Feb. 2011 - Feb. 2013
DLA Piper LLP (US) - Washington, D.C.
Represented c-suite clients and companies in high-profile government investigations and federal court actions and appeals involving contract, business fraud, and bankruptcy matters.
Oct. 2003 - Feb. 2011
Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP - Washington, D.C.
Represented clients in complex federal and state court litigation matters and government and internal investigations, including matters concerning contract, trade secret misappropriation, business torts, false advertising, the False Claims Act, and appellate issues. Second-chaired a jury trial in federal court action. Handled numerous electronic discovery disputes, focusing on spoliation issues and forensic data analysis.
Aug. 2000 - Oct. 2003
Commercial Litigation Associate
McGuire Woods LLP - McLean, VA
Acted as lead associate in more than a dozen cases in federal and state courts, including brief writing, all stages of discovery, and a 6-day evidentiary summary judgment hearing in DC. Successfully resolved three state court contract matters in Virginia.
Villanova University Law School
(Fall 2018) (GPA: 4.0)
Certificate in State and Local Taxation
(Summer 2019) (GPA: 4.0)
University of Michigan Law School
Michigan Journal of Gender & Law (1998-2000)
Advanced Clinical Law Clinic (Fall Term, 1999)
Child Advocacy Law Clinic (Winter Term, 1999)
University of Virginia
McIntyre School of Commerce
Concentrations in International Business and Management
Minor in Foreign Affairs
The Cavalier Daily, Inc., Treasurer & Business Manager
District of Columbia
Navy Marine Corps Relief Society (2014 – Present)
Hiring Our Heroes Military Spouse Professional Network – Okinawa Chapter (2017 – 2019)
Military Spouse JD Network (2014 – Present)
National Association of Tax Professionals
National Society of Accountants
Article by Amy Bushatz interviewing me on the December 2018 Veterans Benefits and Transition Act amending the Military Spouse Residency Relief Act.
Article by Lizann Lightfoot interviewing me about the December 2018 Veterans Benefits and Transition Act and military spouse tax laws.