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Thomas Law represents small businesses and individual consumers in commercial litigation and consumer law matters.

Our goal is to provide our clients with the highest levels of service. We bring expertise, knowledge and care to the following practice areas:

Civil Litigation

Individuals and businesses face a myriad of issues brought about by varying economic conditions, and ever changing state and federal laws. These issues sometimes result in unpredictable litigation. Whether you need an attorney to pursue

05/01/2024

No filters…just me the day after a 10-hour mediation last week.

I find it difficult to take breaks . . . unless I am on vacation and that is a relatively new phenomenon.

I used to lug my laptop on every vacation and wake-up early on vacation to check emails and “stay on top of things.”

One of the permanent takeaways from my years in Atticus business coaching is that rest is as important as work.

My business coach used the example of a professional athlete and how they much invest in their bodies in order to maintain peak performance.

In the entrepreneurial realm, I understand this to mean that I can’t think big thoughts, push the envelope, and have the energy and focus to encourage and motivate my team if I am burnt out.

I struggle with this because I was born with a “hustle and grind” mentality.

Basically, I think that any moment I spend resting is a moment when someone somewhere else is doing more. Which makes me push myself to hustle more and grind harder.

Indeed, I found that when I force myself to take a break my idle mind was filled with more negative, self-focused, and past-oriented thoughts.

As the rumination process unfolds, however, I find my creativity flourishes during the downtime and that a break from the busyness of the world feels healthy and productive.

I have by no means mastered this concept.

I still struggle with saying “no.”

I still struggle with the concept that time is finite and that every moment I dedicate to one thing is a moment taken away from something else.

It takes conscious effort for me to remain present in a world filled with distractions.

I am proud of the fact that I don’t take my laptop (or iPad) on vacation. I don’t check any emails, take any phone calls, nor do I try to “stay on top of everything.” I lean into the uninterrupted family time and rely on the strength of my team.

I still feel like I have a long way to go in order to incorporate rest into my routine.

Another Atticus takeaway . . . “it is about progress, not perfection.”

Are you able to take breaks?

04/24/2024

There are many critical issues that as a parent we know we need to discuss with our kids, i.e. drugs, peer pressure, bullying, etc.

It is also important to me as a parent that my children understand and appreciate the entrepreneurial journey, even if they don’t inevitably choose this route.

My kids love to watch other kids play video games on Youtube.

I do not understand this fascination.

However, I thought it was a perfect segway into talking to my kids about IP – trademarks, copyrights, patents, trade secrets.

As you may recall, my son Ashton recently wrote a comic book which now finds its home on the Thomas Law website.

What a perfect time to introduce the topic of copyright protection and explain to him how copyright ownership enhances protection, and while it is not required, it makes enforcing his ownership rights easier.

He was an easy sell; he was immediately onboard with the idea of applying for a copyright to protect his work.

With the help of my colleague Stephanie Mathis, the copyright forms were prepared and submitted.

Yesterday, an envelope arrived in the mail addressed to Ashton.

He ripped it open and inside was his official copyright notice.

This issue is top of mind to me because a significant number of the business divorces we handle involve IP disputes – trademarks, copyrights, patents, and trade secrets.

Why? Because IP ownership is routinely and easily ignored in the early stages of entrepreneurship.

The copyright process was swift and painless.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

04/12/2024

Riley is back and we are more excited than ever!

She's returning to Thomas Law after completing her 2L year in law school. Before her law school journey, Riley worked at the firm as a legal assistant, then as a paralegal. She also joined us as a law clerk after her 1L summer.

We're incredibly proud of all her achievements!

Photos from Thomas Law Office PLC's post 04/08/2024

My routine on Saturday morning before my first competitive swim pentathlon (and my second competitive swim meet ever):

Listen to David Goggins.

A few of my favorites Goggins’ quotes:

"Don't stop when you're tired, stop when you're done."

"The most important conversations you'll ever have are the ones you'll have with yourself."

“Pain unlocks a secret doorway in the mind, one that leads to both peak performance and beautiful silence."

If you are ever faced with an insurmountable task, I urge you to turn on some Goggins, as mindset is key.

What I learned during this journey of endurance, inclusion, and growth is that it begins with a simple choice, a decision, to embrace something unknown, uncomfortable, and seemingly out of reach.

This pentathlon goal was riddled with new challenges.

Namely, I didn’t know how to swim butterfly, and a swimming pentathlon requires a 50 M butterfly and a 25 M leg of butterfly in the IM. In addition to a 50 M Free, 50 M Back, 50 M Breast, and 100 M IM.

Butterfly has earned its reputation as the toughest swim stroke for numerous reasons, including complex coordination, strength demand, timing, and the law of inertia.

I struggled with completing a 25 M butterfly leading up to the meet.

I had two choices: I was either going to go into the event doubting whether I could do it, or I was going to envision myself doing it and believe that on gameday it was all going to come together.

In Goggins fashion, I went with the latter option.

Maybe it was endurance, providence, luck, mindset, or a combo of all of them because it all did come together on gameday.

But this wasn’t a finish line – it’s another starting point.

What can we take on next? Let's encourage each other to aim high.

04/04/2024

"𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐠𝐨𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞, 𝐰𝐨𝐧'𝐭 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 . . . "

One unique entrepreneurial trait is the ability to take risks and follow the road less traveled.

A successful entrepreneur must also be able delegate and lead a team.

Being able to attract, train, and retain good talent is really key.

There's a paradigm shift between what we can do on our own and what we can do with a team of people.

There are three types of hires:

𝐏𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐚 𝐣𝐨𝐛
𝐏𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐚 𝐜𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐫
𝐏𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐚 𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠

It is important to consider how to position our businesses to attract the third bucket.

Three tips I have picked up along the way, and try to implement, are:

𝐄𝐦𝐛𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐮𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐟𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐝𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐥𝐨𝐩𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭: lunch-and-learns, trainings, publications, etc.

𝐈𝐧𝐯𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐢𝐧 𝐨𝐧𝐛𝐨𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠: a comprehensive onboarding program that introduces new hires to the company culture, their roles, and the bigger picture.

𝐏𝐫𝐢𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐳𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐜𝐮𝐥𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞: Creating an environment where the mission of what we do is greater than the job responsibilities which involves being hyper-focused on culture: culture of identity, culture of performance, and culture of ownership.

What is your approach to teambuilding?

03/28/2024

Did you know that April is National Learn to Swim Month?

Neither did I until my swim coach mentioned it at the pool today, right before she asked if I was interested in volunteering at a few free adult learn to swim classes that will be taking place at my pool in April.

Before she finished the sentence, I told her “I’m in!”

If you have read any of my prior posts about my swim journey, so may know that I began taking adult swim lessons myself about two years ago.

Watching my kids participate with our neighborhood swim team really inspired me to take some classes and improve my swim game.

And since I have begun posting about my swim journey countless people have come up to me and shared encouraging words and stories about their swim journey and I love to hear it.

I frequently say that I think learning to swim is way more important than learning to ride a bike, I believe learning to swim is an invaluable life skill. This may explain why I have an almost 10-year-old who needs some work on two wheels.

However, I can confidently say that even though my son may never share my love of competitive swimming, he has overcome his fear of the water and become a very strong swimmer which I feel will result in a lifetime of enjoyment in the water.

I don’t know who needs to hear this today, but if a nagging fear of water keeps you anchored on the shore?

Trust me, this is a conquerable hurdle, and it is never too late to learn to swim!

03/26/2024

Many people overlook the importance of discussing key issues before entering a partnership, especially when it involves friends, family, or lifelong acquaintances. It's crucial to explore potential challenges and ensure alignment in goals and expectations. This can be done through various means, such as seeking advice from business coaches or asking probing questions. Building a business with someone familiar requires a shift in perspective, as personal relationships may not necessarily translate into effective business partnerships.

Watch the Episode that I did with Phil Risher of Phlash Consulting where I discuss strategies to stay out of legal issues and protecting your company.

03/08/2024

Happy International Women's Day!

In our journey through life, it's easy to overlook the countless ways we contribute to our families, workplaces, and communities. As women, we wear many hats and fulfill numerous roles — as mothers, wives, daughters, friends, colleagues, coaches, lawyers, and more. Beyond the titles and labels, women navigate a world where the fight for equality and recognition of their rights continues. Despite progress, many women still face barriers and injustices.

To my daughter Aspen, I'm grateful that you live in a time AND place where society encourages you to break barriers and defy limitations. Do not be afraid to take space, and never diminish yourself to make others comfortable.

To my mom, thank you for teaching me the importance of embracing my true self and expressing my thoughts and needs while respecting others' boundaries.

As we celebrate International Women's Day, let's recognize the power and resilience inherent in every woman. Together, let's strive to create a world where every woman feels empowered to pursue her dreams and ambitions, where her voice is heard and valued, and where she can thrive unapologetically in all her endeavors.

To all the women, Happy International Women's Day!

03/05/2024

Listen to the podcast episode I did with Maximum Lawyer, hosted by Jim Hacking and Tyson Mutrux , for my thoughts on how to partner up in a law firm and what to focus on.

02/28/2024

I have always been a big proponent of mediation and alternative dispute resolution.

I think these should be included in every contract: every operating agreement, every shareholder agreement, every employment agreement. I believe these clauses save a lot of money. Having an agreement upfront that parties must make a good faith effort to resolve disputes before going to court or filing anything is a game changer when it comes to these agreements. The number of agreements that have mandatory mediation clauses is very low.

Many agreements have mandatory arbitration clauses, but people often don't realize that arbitration clauses are not mediation. Arbitration usually costs more than even litigation, especially when cases involve three arbiters and arbitration administration fees can be high. It becomes very expensive, very quickly, when people insert routine arbitration clauses, thinking they will resolve disputes inexpensively, but in practice, it's usually just the opposite.

People generally don’t understand the impact of mandatory mediation clauses. In many cases a neutral third-party mediating between two parties can resolve the case much faster and inexpensively than if it goes before a three-person arbitration panel or the courts. I believe introducing mediation early on and having these clauses in place can help resolve petty disputes effectively and efficiently.

We've had many situations where we mediated a case before a lawsuit was even filed, and we were able to resolve the dispute favorably to our client. So while people may be skeptical about mediation's effectiveness early on, I believe it can be very effective with the right mediator. If the parties are interested and genuinely work in good faith to resolve the agreement, mediation can save a lot of time and money.

02/26/2024

A lot has changed at Thomas Law over the years, but our core values have stayed the same:

- We are strategic, pragmatic, and zealous advocates for our clients.
- We are not afraid to stand up to bullies, but we’re smart enough to know when to pick our battles.
- We are not afraid to speak truth into power, even when it’s uncomfortable.
Too many business attorneys think the best way to get results is to be a “bulldog” — aggressive, relentless, unwilling to settle. Our proven track record of success, however, is a result of developing strategies supported by clear, concise, well-reasoned arguments starting with the goal in mind and always keeping our client’s desired outcome in focus.

While focusing on these values, the firm has expanded to accommodate more clients, and we have also narrowed down our focus, retaining what we do best while improving our processes and approach.

We think it is fitting to have a website that clearly reflects what we have become and our approach, values, commitment, and promise to our clients.

Please check out the revamped Thomas law site at: https://thomaslawplc.com

Photos from Thomas Law Office PLC's post 02/21/2024

I attended for the first time on Sunday the annual NOVABAA Black History Month Brunch.

To run into my mentor and supporter in all things, Judge Gerald Bruce Lee, made my day!

I also got a chance to catch up with so many friends and colleagues.

Fun was had by all, even Aspen who reluctantly decided to accompany me even after her brothers dropped out. Aspen filled up on tater tots and pink lemonade and gave the event 5 stars.

To Rex Flynn and all the NOVABAA members who organized this event, thank you for your hard work and dedication!

02/08/2024

I am honored to share that I have been inducted into the prestigious and powerful . We are a business development and advocacy community of the nation’s top 1% of most successful business owners. This community is a sisterhood of over 200 Black women business owners who partner together and compete for large-scale contracts in both the public and private sectors. Together, we represent more than $1.2 billion dollars in revenue!

The qualification and interview process was rigorous. So, sharing this news is a testament to the esteem of this group, but truly a reminder that Thomas Law is who we say we are for our clients.

Thank you, Nicole Cober, Esq., and BOW leadership, for this and amazing opportunity.

Now that I am part of history, it’s time to make more history.

01/31/2024

On my quest to continue to push the limits of my comfort zone . . . today I did a thing.

I registered for a 2-mile open water swim race in St. Croix in November of this year.

Have I ever swam in open water? Nope.

Have I ever swam 2 miles? Nope.

But if I was to swim in open water for 2 miles, what better place to do than in the 70-degree waters of the Caribbean, right?!?

I was talking to my business coach about my big, hairy, audacious goals of 2024. They included the usual . . . grow business, increase profit, recruiting, and then she asked about personal goals.

I told her I wanted to do an open water swim race in St. Croix. Her face lit up and I can’t recall exactly what she said, but I left the meeting feeling like I could do it and maybe it wasn’t so farfetched. Which prompted me to sign up for the race.

She went on to talk about how it isn’t so much about completing the big, hairy, audacious goals, its more about the behavior changes that take effect when we set the goal, that move us into a routine, and how we start to internalize the qualities we need to succeed.

Then how we are drawn to resources and opportunities that support our goal, making seemingly serendipitous connections and aligning our path with our aspirations.

I love the movie Jerry Maguire, specifically the “Who’s Coming With Me?” scene, because it always reminds me that sometimes, the most important decisions we make are not based on logic or practicality, but on a gut feeling, hope, prayer, and a belief in something intangible.

What are your big, hairy, audacious goals for 2024?

The Difference Between Arbitration and Mediation - Business Dispute Resolutions (Mediator Podcast) 01/22/2024

Listen at mediatorpodcast.com, where Margeaux share thoughts about moving from arbitration to mediation in business disputes with Melissa Gragg.

Full episode in the comments below.

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Finding the Right Mediator for a Business Dispute Mediation - Moving from Arbitration to Mediation 01/18/2024

There are points in mediation where they need to say, 'Look, you have a weak case. Your case is not that strong. It won't be that persuasive, and your credibility on that issue is not the best because of these other things that you've done that conflict with what you're saying right now.' They need to do that without making the person feel bad. They cannot beat up on the person and then expect them to engage in this voluntary process and really get the outcome that they want.

I think that good mediators have a way of delicately saying that but allowing the person in the room to understand what they're saying. And there are people who just want to force information down their throat or say, 'Look, if you go to court, you're going to lose.' Like, that's not the way to get people to buy into the solution that they need.

Please consider listening at mediatorpodcast.com, where Margeaux share thoughts about moving from arbitration to mediation in business disputes with Melissa Gragg.

Full episode in the comments below.

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01/15/2024

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that," let's be inspired to be the light and love our world needs.

Today, we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, it's a day for reflection, service, and unity. In some states, this day is recognized as "Civil Rights Day" or "Human Rights Day," emphasizing the enduring importance of equality and justice. More recently, MLK Day has evolved into a 'Day of Service,' urging Americans to volunteer and uplift those in need.

Let's honor Dr. King's legacy by not just reflecting on his words but embodying them through acts of kindness, understanding, and service. Together, we can illuminate the path towards a brighter and more compassionate future.

What simple acts of kindness can you do today?

01/11/2024

BREAK UP OVER A CAKE?

Can you believe that something as simple as a cake can make or break a partnership?

Just a few months ago, as I put the finishing touches on a 6-layer rainbow explosion cake for Aspen's 5th birthday, I couldn't help but think that it might be the first time I finished a cake for my kids birthday with plenty of time to spare. I was done and decided to pop the cake in the fridge. However, fast forward an hour later, and the cake had literally imploded.

In a panic, I called my partner, Sherron, asking, “Why did my cake implode? Is it too late to bake an entirely new cake? Can anything be salvaged, or should we just get a cake from Giant and throw in the towel?”

In such situations, it can go either way. A partner can choose to be an unsupportive partner, playing the blame game, leaving a person to solve the problem alone, or not doing anything at all. Alternatively, a partner can be a rock.

So, what did we do? We communicated. I shared my dilemma about the problem, and my son suggested making cake pops, Sherron obtained the necessary supplies, and I received the help and resources I needed to pull it off.

Communication can make or break a relationship. Indeed, at the core of most business divorce cases is a communication issue, unmet expectations, and resentment. Business divorces are not unlike regular divorces, because the business was built with a partner that at some point was liked and trusted. In successful business partnerships it is essential to take note of what the other party wants and ensure that it's agreeable to both. If there is a point of impasse where the partners have fundamental differences about the future of the business, one of the worst responses is to ignore the red flags and not address the underlying problems. In such cases, involving another party, like my son and husband in my situation, can offer a fresh perspective and help with problem-solving.

Have you found yourself in a cake implosion situation? How did you find a solution?

12/22/2023

This holiday season is filled with good spirits, gratitude, giving, and the promise of new beginnings.

Reflecting personally, this year holds a special place, as my son dubbed me a superhero. The book I co-authored is now available, and I've had the honor of being a guest on numerous podcasts, connecting with wonderful people and gaining wisdom—like adopting a "just do it" attitude.

From turning a disaster into a rainbow cake to updating my headshots. Venturing out of my comfort zone, I joined the St. James Masters Swim Team and achieved the milestone of swimming a mile!

Bringing my kids to conferences, where I saw how responsible they are now, becoming a newly appointed board member of the ODBA, and being honored as Virginia Lawyers Weekly's "Leaders in the Law."—these are just a few significant events that occurred in both my personal and professional life.

It's been a year of growth and surprises! Me and my team at Thomas Law are incredibly grateful for all the opportunities and for our clients who believe in us, as well as for the connections we've made.

We are excited for the upcoming New Year, anticipating new goals and accomplishments for our firm. We promise that it will be better than the last.

May your holiday season be as smooth as our mediation process! At Thomas Law, we wish you joy, peace, and successful resolutions in the coming year!

12/11/2023

New book alert!!

A book that I had the pleasure of contributing to as a co-author is now available.

Commercial Lending Law, 3rd Ed.

The second edition was released in 2017 and was a great resource that I had the great pleasure of contributing to as a co-author. Now, the 3rd edition is available!

Since the second edition there have been considerable developments in statutory and case law relevant to commercial lending growing out of the litigation and legislation.

I am incredibly grateful to my coauthors, especially my former colleagues at Williams Mullen, including Rakesh J. Parikh, and incredibly proud of this book.

If you are a commercial litigator like me, I urge you to grab a copy.

Secure your copy here: https://www.americanbar.org/products/inv/book/436173746/

11/07/2023

Episode 64 of The Priggya Arora Show we discuss:

👉 How poor communication is the primary cause of most business conflicts
👉 The importance of proper documentation for businesses, big or small
👉 How the Snapchat dispute can illustrate some of the problems regarding assignment of IP rights
👉 Why ownership and information issues should be addressed even in the early stages of any business
👉 How business can avoid making conflicts worse (and lose less money in the process)
👉 Why mediation can be a very important tool in business dispute resolution
👉 Why IP is likely to be even more impactful in the future for businesses

Link in the comment section.

10/31/2023

Last week I traveled to Richmond to attend the awards ceremony for the 2023 class of honorees in Virginia Lawyers Weekly's "Leaders in the Law" program. The program seeks to recognize attorneys who are setting the standard for other lawyers - those who changed practice, advanced the law or improved the justice system in Virginia. It was an honor to receive this recognition!

It was a bit of a challenge caravanning my family to Richmond mid-week, but we made it. I really wanted my kids and my mother to be a part of this experience, so it meant a lot that they were all able to attend. It was also great to see so many of my friends and colleagues also receive this distinction, including Donna Banks a trailblazer who received the Leader of the Year award, so well deserved!

10/20/2023

I was just on the Winning on Main Street small business podcast with Gordon Henry Thryv. Give it a listen and let me know your thoughts.

09/28/2023

From your perspective, when it comes to caucusing or not in mediations, are you a fan of joint sessions or separate rooms for the parties?

The preference for joint sessions or separate rooms depends on the type of mediation. In certain cases, as an attorney, I usually have never met or spoken to the party on the other side. In such situations, having the other party present in the room while their attorney presents arguments allows me to assess their reactions, credibility, and demeanor, even if they do not actively participate in the discussion. This can be very helpful, as it is rare to have everyone together at a table outside of a deposition.

However, there are instances when emotions run high, and having the parties together in one room can hinder progress. It can create negative momentum where people become fueled by emotions, making it challenging to have a productive conversation. In such cases, it is important to calm the parties down before they can effectively engage in the mediation process. Therefore, it's crucial to assess the clients involved and the dynamics of the situation.

For example, in disputes involving business owners or individuals who still have a working or familial relationship, bringing everyone into the same room can be effective. However, in cases involving a victim and an accuser or where there is a more adversarial relationship, having joint sessions may not be as beneficial. Each situation needs to be evaluated based on the specific circumstances.

Additionally, attorney-only sessions can be highly effective when utilized at the right time. Attorneys who frequently work within the same practice area often know each other well. Having the mediator and both attorneys in a room together can facilitate productive discussions and help in resolving key details.

Managing parties' emotions and avoiding negative momentum is crucial in mediations. Anger, in particular, needs to be managed appropriately as it impairs participants' ability to perceive risks and may lead to impulsive decisions or rejecting settlement offers without careful consideration.

Are you a fan of Caucusing?

09/26/2023

Making sure every client's needs are met is our top priority.

09/20/2023

I am in awe when I see how easy it is for my kids to adapt to change.

My kids can change schools, join new activities, camps, etc. without blinking an eye.

Is it because they are more resilient? Their brain development? Their lack of experience – they have not experienced as many changes, making it easier for them to adjust to new situations?

I am quite envious of their ability to adjust to new situations with ease.

Me on the other hand, I worry about how change creates an unfamiliar environment and requires meeting new people. I have to balance this with my desire to grow, which requires discomfort.

I try to make a conscious effort to lean into that discomfort.

I recently finished up the summer master’s swim program at my local pool and I went back to swimming on my own at the pool.

I immediately missed the community, the routine, the desire to push harder when being surrounded by so many experienced swimmers with beautiful and elegant strokes.

I knew I needed a new program.

I knew I needed a stronger program than the one I was in last fall, but at the same time I was very tempted to just go back to a program that I was familiar with, even though I knew it wouldn’t push me to the next level.

To be clear, I am not sure what that next level is, but I get this feeling in my gut that there is something more ahead of me.

Today was the today.

New program, new pool, new coach, new community.

Mind you I was supposed to do a test run of this program several times, but I didn’t show up.

Today I knew I needed to drown the feelings of self-doubt and just start. That simple . . . get dressed, go to new pool, get in new pool, and then the rest would be taken care of.

Thank you Jacqueline M. Baker for your timely words about giving yourself permission to start.

Have you given yourself permission to start?

09/19/2023

Meet Kate our enthusiastic Legal Assistant!

Kate’s love for improving processes, keeping things organized, and taking on intellectually stimulating projects makes her a valuable asset to the firm.

Fun facts about Kate:
• She loves spending time outdoors, whether it's hiking, paddle boarding, or tending to her yard and garden.
• She enjoys mindful hobbies like knitting, whittling, and embroidery.
• On weekends, she volunteers as a tour guide at a historic home.
• An avid collector of antique books, with a focus on domestic history, and she loves hunting for them in used bookstores during her travels.
• One of her fave quotes: "You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes a day, unless you’re too busy. Then you should sit for an hour."

Welcome to the team!

09/12/2023

NOVABAA is delighted to announce that this year 6 of our members were selected by Virginia Lawyers Weekly as Leaders in the Law / Up and Coming Attorneys!

On their behalf, we thank the Virginia Lawyers Weekly for recognizing their incredible talents and how they’ve used them both in the profession and in the community. We are proud of the tremendous things that our members continue to do, and excited that others are seeing what we’ve seen for a long time!

NOVABAA’s recipients for 2023 Leaders in the Law are: Donna Banks, Carla Brown, Marcia Payne, and Margeaux Thomas.

NOVABAA members Veronica Holmes and Natasha Hudgins were selected as 2023 Up and Coming Attorneys.

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