Colleen Marea Quinn

Colleen Marea Quinn

Richmond, Virginia
Attorney, Partner Locke & Quinn

Phone: (804) 285-6253 (Main)
Phone: (804) 545-9406 (Direct Dial)
Fax: (804) 545-9411
Email: Contact Me

Graduated with a B.A. in English and Philosophy from the College of William and Mary in 1985. She graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1988. She was admitted to the Virginia State Bar in 1988. She is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia, and the U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit. She is a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys. She is a member of the American Association for Justice, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, the Virginia State Bar, the Richmond Bar Association, the Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association, the Richmond Women’s Business Consortium, and the National Association of Women Business Owners.

When asked what kind of law she practices, Colleen Quinn answers: building families and re-building lives. That is because she is a leader in the law in not just one but several practice areas: adoption-surrogacy and in personal injury and employment law. Over the years, Colleen founded the Quinn Law Centers which are now located at Locke & Quinn and include: the Adoption & Surrogacy Law Center, the Women’s Injury Law Center and the Personal Injury and Employment Law Center. She excels in all these areas of the law, having made outstanding contributions to the practice of law, making significant achievements, providing leadership in improving the justice system and providing important contributions to the legal community and community at large.

Colleen Marea Quinn is a director and equity owner in the law firm of Locke & Quinn, and has achieved an AV rating, the highest given, by Martindale Hubbell. She was honored in 2009 as a Leader in the Law by Virginia Lawyer’s Weekly, in May 2009 by the Richmond NAWBO Enterprising Women of Excellence Awards as a Finalist for the Altria Rising Star Award, and in 2008 with the Congressional Angels in Adoption award. She has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 by Richmond magazine and, in 2005 by Virginia Business magazine as one of Virginia’s Legal Elite.

Litigating cases since 1989, Ms. Quinn represents clients in all aspects of personal injury including motor vehicle accidents, premises and product liability cases, assaults and batteries, sexual assaults, wrongful deaths, industrial accidents and complex actions. She is especially familiar with serious injuries including sexual assaults, head injury or traumatic brain injury (TBI) cases as well as spinal cord injury cases. Ms. Quinn brings a rare blend of prior experience in insurance defense and coverage issues and ongoing practice in employment law to her personal injury practice. She also handles employment cases for both employers and employees, handles insurance coverage issues and litigates civil rights cases.

Colleen Marea Quinn also has provided representation to hundreds of adopting parents, birth parents, adoptees, intended parents, surrogates, gestational carriers and egg donors since 1989. She has litigated numerous contested adoption and assisted reproductive technology cases; has been hired and qualified as an expert witness in adoption law; and has been hired as an expert witness in surrogacy law. She maintains her guardian ad litem certification through the Virginia Supreme Court.

She is a Fellow, and on the Board of Trustees, of both the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (AAAA) and the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys (AAARTA), both select groups of attorneys with rigorous standards for membership. She speaks frequently at AAAA Annual Meetings, is the current AAARTA Membership Chair, was Chair of the AAAA 2007 Annual Convention, served on the AAAA ARTS Taskforce and Committee, and was Chair of the Birth Parent Representation Committee from 1999 to 2003. In 2003, she published the AAAA Representing Birth Parents Handbook. She is the co-author of the recent Fifth Edition of the Virginia CLE Adoption Procedures and Forms book and co-editor of the Fourth Edition. She served as program chair and moderator for the first Lorman Adoption Seminar in 1997, for the first Virginia CLE Adoption Law Seminar in 1999 and for all subsequent programs.Ms. Quinn has qualified and served as an expert witness in adoption law in the Virginia court system and has been hired and deposed as an expert witness in surrogacy law. She is certified as a court approved Guardian ad Litem.

Ms. Quinn received her J.D. from the University of Virginia in 1988, and her B.A. from William and Mary. Upon law school graduation, Ms. Quinn served as Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Harry L. Carrico, Chief Justice of the Virginia Supreme Court. She is a member of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, having served on its Board of Governors. Within the VTLA, she serves on the CLE, Insurance and Amicus Committees, and has prior service as Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee, as Chair of the Employment Law/Civil Rights Section, and on the Convention Committee. She regularly speaks to and trains both lawyer and non-lawyer groups. In addition to the VTLA, she has served as a faculty member and program moderator on CLE Committees for the Richmond Bar and Virginia State Bar since 1997. She is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and has qualified for the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. She is also a Board member for the National Association of Women Business Owners; Board member/Treasurer of the Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association (previously, Chairperson of its Judicial Candidate Endorsement Committee) and Board member/Vice-Chairperson of the Richmond Women’s Business Consortium. Her membership in other associations includes: the American Association for Justice, Virginia Bar Association, American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), and the Egg Donor and Surrogacy Professionals Associations (EDSPA). Ms. Quinn is admitted to the practice in all state and federal courts in Virginia.

A strong believer in community involvement, Ms. Quinn has devoted time and energy to various civic activities such as domestic violence training and education for various organizations, participation in various externship, internship and mentoring programs (including for William & Mary Law School, UVA Law School, Howard University Law School, University of Richmond Law School and the J. Sargent Reynolds Paralegal Studies Program, service to the YWCA (having served on the Advisory and Nominating Committees, as Chairperson of the Personnel Task Force, and as a former Board member and Board President); Christ Church CARITAS and other projects, and Leadership Metro Richmond (of which she is a 1996 graduate). She teaches aerobics, has coached soccer and Destination Imagination, and is otherwise busy as the mother of twin boys. In 1999, she received the Top Forty under 40 award from Inside Business Magazine for her civic involvement and professional achievements.

Ms. Quinn has qualified as an expert witness in the area of adoption law in the Commonwealth of Virginia courts and has been hired as an expert witness in the areas of both adoption and ARTS law. She also is a certified guardian ad litem in the Virginia courts.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Adoption
  • Surrogacy and Assisted Reproductive Technologies
  • Employment Law and Civil Rights
  • Insurance Coverage
  • General Civil Litigation

Litigation Percentage

  • 85% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1994

Education

  • University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1988
    J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
    Honors: Judiciary Committee
    Honors: Honor Couselor
    Honors: Moot Court Board
    Honors: V.P. Student Bar Assoc
  • College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA, USA, 1985
    B.A.
    Honors: Mortar Board (Treasurer)
    Honors: Interdisciplinary Honors Program
    Major: English/Philosophy

Published Works

Presentations & Publications for AdoptART >
(updated 2/15/16)

Presentations & Publications for Personal Injury, Employment, and Litigation >
(updated 2/15/16)

  • Adoption Law and Procedures, Virginia CLE, Vol. 5, 2010
  • Traps and Pitfalls in Handling Immunity Cases, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Journal, 2008
  • Co-Author and Editor, Handbook Supplement: Adoption Law and Procedures, Virginia CLE, Vol. 4, Fall, 2007
  • Ask an Attorney: If a Prospective Birth Mother Decides not to Place, Can We Get Back the Living Expenses?, Adoptive Family Magazine, National Distribution, October, 2004
  • Injury Case Intake: A Primer on Preserving and Gathering The Evidence, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Journal, Fall, 2004
  • Recognizing and Eliminating Sexual Harassment: Comments and Guidelines for a Congenial Workplace, VTLA Journal, 2001
  • Flushing Out the Mechanics of a Plaintiff’s Wrongful Discharge Lawsuit, VTLA Journal, Vol. 8, No. 4, 1996
  • “An Overview of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Law”, National Business Institute, National, October 27, 2009
  • “Representing Birth Mothers and Contested Adoptions”, National Business Institute, National, August 20, 2009
  • “Drafting ARTS Contracts: Basics on How To and How Not To Draft an ARTS Contract”, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, National, August 18, 2009

Representative Cases

Representative Clients

  • Adoptions with Love at Jewish Family Services
  • Adoptions from the Heart
  • VA IVF & Andrology
  • Muasher Center for Fertility & IVF
  • Loveland Distributing Center
  • GTM Consulting, Inc
  • Leake Inc
  • Balducci Builders
  • Kitchen Crafters

References

  • Mark Stepanian, CEO Loveland Distributing Co.
  • Rodney Poole, Esq., Poole & Poole
  • Dr. Sydney Fleicsher, CEO, Jewish Family Services
  • Dr. Dennis Matt, Va IVF & Andrology

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • How to Avoid Paying Your Employment Law Attorney – Ten Thrifty Tips in Thirty Minutes, SIL Employee Benefits and Human Resource Seminar, December 2, 2008
  • “Injury Case Intake – Gathering and Preserving the Evidence”, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Paralegal Seminar, Richmond, VA, December 19, 2008
  • “Perspectives of a Trial Attorney”, Virginia Commonwealth University, Law and Mass Communications, Richmond, VA, June 2, 2008
  • “Civil Remedies for Victims of Sexual Assault”, Forensic Nurse Consultants of Hampton Roads, Portsmouth, VA, March 21, 2008
  • “Civil Remedies for Victims of Sexual Assault”, Washington and Lee University and NASPA III: Sexual Assault Summit, Lexington, VA, March 1, 2008
  • “Identify and Deal with Common Ethical Problems;” “Work with Economists on Damages”, National Business Institute: Personal Injury Cases: Calculating and Proving Damages, Richmond, VA, 2008
  • “Perspectives of a Trial Attorney”, Virginia Commonwealth University, Law and Mass Communications, Richmond, VA, June 4, 2007
  • “Breaking the Cycle: Tort Relief for Victims of Sexual Violence”, Virginia Poverty Law Center, December 18, 2006
  • “Worldly Women Workshops: How Today’s Mom Can Best Protect Her Children From Harm”, (Presented in Collaboration with Jewish Family Services), Richmond, VA, January 25, 2006
  • “Worldly Women Workshops: What Every Smart Woman Should Know to Protect Herself From Financial and Physical Harm”, (Presented in Collaboration with Jewish Family Services), Richmond, VA, January 11, 2006
  • Domestic Violence Prevention Training, Thomas Jefferson High School, Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association, Richmond, VA, October 20, 2005
  • “Domestic Violence Awareness Month”, National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Enterprising Women Awards of Excellence, Richmond, VA, October 19, 2005
  • “Playing Your Hand at Pre-Trial Motions: When to Held ’em and When to Fold ’em”, Richmond Bar Association CLE Program and Judges Panel, Richmond, VA, October 18, 2005
  • Panel Presenter, “TV and Radio Marketing: How to Go from Idea to Results”, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Solo and Small Firm Conference, Charlottesville, VA, September 30, 2005
  • “Perspectives of a Trial Attorney”, Virginia Commonwealth University, Law and Mass Communications, Richmond, VA, September 19, 2005
  • “How to Track the Skunks in Their Lairs” (Jury Selection), Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Advanced Auto Practice Retreat, Charlottesville, VA, July 15, 2005 – July 16, 2005
  • Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Legal Training for Volunteers, YMCA, Richmond, VA, July 27, 2005
  • Program Co-chairperson and Moderator, “Reading the Play and Running Surveillance on the Opposition”, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Tort Law Seminar, Northern VA, May 17, 2005
  • Program Co-chairperson and Moderator, “Time Out: Reviewing the Play for Penalties”, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Tort Law Seminar, Norfolk, VA, May 12, 2005
  • Program Co-chairperson and Moderator, “Time Out: Reviewing the Play for Penalties”, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Tort Law Seminar, Roanoke, VA, May 5, 2005
  • “Worldly Women Workshops: What Every Woman Should Know to Protect her Personal Health and Welfare”, (Presented in Collaboration with Jewish Family Services), Richmond, VA, April 13, 2005
  • “Preserving And Gathering The Evidence: Better Exhibits Without Breaking The Bank”, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Tort Law Seminar, Richmond, VA, May 4, 2004
  • “Judges: Mediators or Referees? Overseeing Pre-Trial Motions and Other Matters”, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Tort Law Seminar, Richmond, VA, May 4, 2004
  • “Ethics: Dealing with Abusive Conduct in Litigation”, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Annual Convention, Hot Springs, Virginia, March 27, 2003
  • Moderator, Presenter and Chairperson, “Federal Practice Panel Discussion” and “Panel Discussion: A Primer on Class Action Lawsuits: What to Look For, How They Work, and Recent Developments”, Virginia Trial Lawyer’s Association Fall Fiesta, Richmond, VA, September 27, 2002
  • Fifteen Things You Should Know About Recent Developments In Employment And Labor Law And Have Been Afraid To Ask, Lorman Education Services – Recent Developments in Virginia Employment Law, 2002
  • Moderator, “Playing Your Hand At Pre-Trial Motions: Knowing When To Hold Them And When To Fold Them”, Richmond Bar Association, Richmond, VA, November 8, 2001
  • “State and Federal Personnel Laws in Virginia”, Lorman Education Services, Richmond, VA, August 22, 2001
  • “Stamping Out Liability for Harassment, Discrimination, and Retaliation Claims” and “State and Federal Statutory and Case Law Update”, Virginia Bankers Association, May 8, 2001
  • Presenter, Virginia CLE 10th Annual Employment Law Update, Richmond, VA, March 14, 2001
  • “Recent Developments in Virginia Employment Law”, Lorman Education Services, Richmond, VA, October 18, 2000
  • “Employee Discharge and Documentation in Virginia”, Lorman Education Services, Richmond, VA, June 29, 2000
  • “Identifying, Coordinating and Litigating Employment and Related Claims Against Corporations: Sampling from the Menu”, VTLA February Fiesta, Williamsburg, VA, February 11, 2000 – February 12, 2000
  • “Minimizing Your Personal Liability When Implementing Terminations”, Council on Education in Management, Richmond, VA, October 4, 1999 – October 5, 1999
  • “The Dynamic and Dangerous Landscape of Workplace Harassment and Discrimination Claims”, Lorman Education Services – Recent Developments in Virginia Employment Law, July 14, 1999
  • “Stopping the Workplace Violence Epidemic at Your Door by Recognizing Early Warning Signs and Implementing Proactive Safety Measures”, Council on Education in Management, Richmond, VA, April 28, 1999
  • “Eliminating Racism Day”, YWCA, Richmond, VA, April 14, 1999
  • Faculty Member, “Workplace Harassment: Where Are We Today?”, Virginia CLE 8th Annual Employment Law Update, Norfolk, VA, March 24, 1999
  • Faculty Member, “Workplace Harassment: Where Are We Today?”, Virginia CLE 8th Annual Employment Law Update, March 25, 1999
  • “Sexual Harassment in the 90s: The Issue That Won’t Go Away”, University of Richmond Symposium, Richmond, December 12, 1998
  • “How to Fire an Employee” and “Employment Agreements, Confidentiality Agreements and Covenants to Not Compete”, Lorman Education Services – Employee Discharge & Documentation in Virginia, McLean, VA, November 6, 1998
  • “Keeping Your Business In Line with the Evolving Rules of Gender Discrimination and Sexual Harassment” and “Defining Your Role and Protecting Your Employees when Domestic Violence Becomes a Workplace Issue”, Council on Education in Management – “Personnel Law Update 1998”, Richmond, VA, October 27, 1998 – October 28, 1998
  • Co-Chairperson, Moderator & Presenter, “Anatomy of a Plaintiff’s Employment Case”, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, 1998 Employment Law Seminar, October 21, 1998
  • “The Dynamic and Dangerous Landscape of Sexual Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace”, Lorman Education Services – Employment and Labor Law in Virginia, Richmond, VA, July 28, 1998
  • “The Dynamic and Dangerous Landscape of Sexual Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace”, Lorman Education Services – Employment and Labor Law in Virginia, Norfolk, VA, July 16, 1998
  • Member, Planning Committee, “Termination Clinic ‘Dynamite’ or ‘Dud’ – Assessing Potential Explosive Employment Decisions”, Virginia CLE 7th Annual Employment Law Update, Falls Church, VA, March 13, 1998
  • Member, Planning Committee, “Termination Clinic ‘Dynamite’ or ‘Dud’ – Assessing Potential Explosive Employment Decisions”, Virginia CLE 7th Annual Employment Law Update, Norfolk, VA, March 25, 1998
  • Member, Planning Committee, “Termination Clinic ‘Dynamite’ or ‘Dud’ – Assessing Potential Explosive Employment Decisions”, Virginia CLE 7th Annual Employment Law Update, Richmond, VA, March 24, 1998
  • “Sexual Harassment – Sex Discrimination”, Lorman Education Services – Employee Discharge & Documentation, November 18, 1997
  • Co-Chairperson, Moderator & Presenter, “Taming the Beast – A Dynamic and Simplified Approach to Mastering the Plaintiff’s Approach to Employment Lawsuit”, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Employment Law Section Seminar, October 24, 1997
  • “Rotting Roses: Protecting your Organization from the Escalating (and Expensive) Consequences of Sex and Violence in Today’s Workplace”, Council on Education in Management Personnel Law Update 1997, October 23, 1997
  • “Employer Liability: An Overview of the Dynamic and Dangerous Landscape of Sexual Harassment and Sex Discrimination Claims”, Lorman Education Services – Employment and Labor Law Seminar, Norfolk & Richmond, VA, July 17, 1997
  • “Employer Liability: An Overview of the Dynamic and Dangerous Landscape of Sexual Harassment and Sex Discrimination Claims”, Lorman Education Services – Employment and Labor Law Seminar, Norfolk & Richmond, VA, July 24, 1997
  • “Sexual Harassment Myths Shattered By Recent Court Rulings”, Council on Education in Management, Richmond, VA, April 4, 1997
  • “Wrongful Discharge in Virginia”, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Greenbrier, WV, April 4, 1997
  • “Common Medical Problems: Blood & Guts for Lawyers”, Professional Education Systems, Inc., Richmond, VA, February 7, 1997
  • “Sexual Harassment Myths Shattered By Recent Court Rulings”, Council on Education in Management, Richmond, VA, January 14, 1997
  • “Wrongful Discharge Actions”, Local Government Attorney’s of Virginia Fall Conference, Roanoke, VA, October 31, 1996
  • “Is Your Workplace Legal?”, Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association, Richmond, VA, September 4, 1996
  • “The Enigmatic Tort of Wrongful Discharge”, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Civil Rights and Constitutional Law Seminar, Richmond, VA, June 12, 1996
  • “Welcome to the Real World – The New Lawyer’s Guide to Litigation”, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Young Lawyers Division, Richmond, VA, March 13, 1996
  • “A Guide to the ADA for the YMCA”, Richmond, VA, 1992
  • “The ADA: Is Your Company in Compliance?”, VMD Association of Electric Cooperatives1992 Legal Seminar, Richmond, VA, June 25, 1992
  • “Drug Screening and Testing: Why do Cooperatives Need It and What Are the Dangers?”, VMD Association of Electric Cooperatives1991 Legal Seminar, Richmond, VA, September 21, 1991
  • “Creating Adolf Hitlers: The Ethical Dilemmas of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ARTS)”, West End Rotary Club, Richmond, Virginia, August 12, 2009
  • “What Every Adoption Practitioner Needs to Know About Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ARTS)”, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, Portland, Oregon, April 30, 2009
  • “Successful Adoption”, Adoptions with Love by Jewish Family Services, Richmond, Virginia, April 21, 2009
  • “Adoption Law: Overcome Obstacles to Pave the Way to a Smooth Adoption”, National Business Institute, Richmond, Virginia, March 19, 2009
  • Essentials of Adoption Law, Representing Birth Mothers, Ethical Representation of Birth Parents, Challenging an Adoption/Contested Adoptions, Handling VA Parental(Private) Placement Adoptions for Out of State Residents, Ethics & What You Don’t Know About Open Adoption Law in VA, National Business Institute, Richmond, Virginia, March 19, 2009
  • “Blended, Shaken or Stirred? The New Family Concoctions with Surrogacy, Adoption and Embryo Donations”, The West Richmond Rotary Club, Richmond, Virginia, January 21, 2009
  • “Successful Adoption”, Adoptions with Love by Jewish Family Services, Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2009
  • “Virginia’s Adoption Statutes: Practical Implications of the Recent Statutory Revisions”, Virginia CLE Webcast, Charlottesville, Virginia, January 14, 2009
  • “Drafting ART Agreements: Practical Pointers and Sample Provisions”, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, Mid-Year Conference, Chicago, Illinois, October 17, 2008
  • Successful Adoption, Adoptions with Love by Jewish Family Services, Richmond, Virginia, October 7, 2008
  • “Adoption Overview and Domestic Independent Adoption in Virginia”, RESOLVE, Richmond, Virginia, June 21, 2008
  • “The New Frontier: Contested Case Emerging Issues: Lost Embryos, Medical Malpractice and Other ARTS Mishaps”, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, St. Louis, Missouri, May 1, 2008
  • “Successful Adoption”, Adoptions with Love by Jewish Family Services, Richmond, Virginia, April 23, 2008
  • “Adoption Practice, Procedure and Pitfalls” including: “Overview of Adoption Options,” “The Recent Legislative Changes,” “The Virginia Putative Father Registry,” “Addressing Ethical Issues,” “Practical Considerations,” and “Avoiding Contested and Disrupted Adoptions”, Lorman Education Services, Richmond, Virginia, January 10, 2008
  • “Overview of Adoption Law in Virginia”, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association’s Paralegal’s Conference, Glen Allen, Virginia, November 14, 2007
  • “Accountability to Prospective and Current Adoptive Families”, Donaldson Institute: Adoption Ethics Conference, Baltimore, Maryland, October 16, 2007
  • “Successful Private Adoption and Overview of Adoption Options”, Adoptions with Love by Jewish Family Services, Richmond, Virginia, May 16, 2007
  • Convention Chair and Moderator, “Protecting the Integrity of the Adoption thru the Ethical Representation of Birth Parents and Adoptive Parents (or How to Avoid Getting Sued)”, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, Williamsburg, Virginia, May 3, 2007
  • “Due Diligence and Covering Your Rear End (Birth Parent Disclosures and Fee Agreements with Birth and Adoptive Parents)”, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, Williamsburg, Virginia, May 3, 2007
  • Convention Program Chair: Established Three Separate CLE Tracks: Adoption Practice, ARTS Practice and Law Office Management, Technology and Marketing, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, Williamsburg, Virginia, May 3, 2007
  • “Radical Changes in Virginia Adoption Law You Need to Know”, Virginia Continuing Legal Education, Charlottesville, Virginia, February 8, 2007
  • “Obtaining Accurate Birth Parent Disclosures Without a Lie Detector Test”, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, Mid-Year Conference, Denver, Colorado, October 20, 2006
  • “Virginia’s New Adoption Legislation: What Has Changed and What Are the Practical Effects?”, Quality Improvement Center on Adoption, Charlottesville, Virginia, October 13, 2006
  • “What Every Attorney and Adoption Professional Needs to Know About the New Adoption Legislation in Virginia”, Lorman Education Services, Richmond, Virginia, September 22, 2006
  • “Overview of Adoption Options,” “The Recent Legislative Changes” “The Virginia Putative Father Registry,” “Addressing Ethical Issues,” “Practical Considerations,” and “Avoiding Contested and Disrupted Adoptions”, Lorman Education Services, Richmond, Virginia, September 22, 2006
  • “Successful Private Adoption”, Adoption with Love by Jewish Family Services, Richmond, Virginia, May 2, 2006
  • “Drafting ART Agreements – Practical Pointers”, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, Mid-Year Conference, Washington, D.C., October 25, 2005
  • Successful Private Adoption, Adoption with Love by Jewish Family Services, Richmond, Virginia, January 26, 2005
  • “The Nuts and Bolts of Surrogacy Agreements: Understanding and Addressing the Unique Issues”, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 29, 2004
  • Infant Adoption Awareness – Adoption Laws and Process, National Council for Adoption, Richmond, Virginia, October 21, 2003
  • “The Ethical Representation of Birth Parents”, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, Richmond, Virginia, June 26, 2003
  • Program Chair, Faculty Member, Moderator, Presenter, “Virginia Adoption Practice, Procedure and Pitfalls”, Lorman Education Services, Richmond, Virginia, May 6, 2003
  • “Point – Counterpoint: The Pros and Cons of Executing Early Irrevocable Consents”, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, April 24, 2003
  • Program Chair, Faculty Member, Moderator, Presenter, “Virginia Adoption Practice, Procedure and Pitfalls”, Lorman Education Services, Richmond, Virginia, May 9, 2002
  • “Practical Considerations: Answering the Adopting Parents’ Most Frequently Asked Questions” and “Overview of Adoption Options”, Jewish Family Services Workshop: Successful Private Adoption, Richmond, Virginia, February 21, 2002
  • Program Chair, Faculty Member, Moderator, Presenter, “Virginia Adoption Practice, Procedure and Pitfalls”, Lorman Education Services, Richmond, Virginia, May 17, 2001
  • Program Chair, Faculty Member, Moderator, Presenter, “Update on Adoption Law in Virginia: Changes You Need to Know”, Virginia Continuing Legal Education, Richmond, Virginia, March 6, 2001
  • Program Chair, Faculty Member, Moderator, Presenter, “Update on Adoption Law in Virginia: Changes You Need to Know”, Virginia Continuing Legal Education, Richmond, Virginia, March 20, 2001
  • “Practical Considerations: Answering the Adopting Parents’ Most Frequently Asked Questions” and “Overview of Adoption Options”, Jewish Family Services Workshop: Successful Private Adoption, Richmond, Virginia, March 1, 2001
  • Program Chair, Moderator, Presenter, “Representing Birth Parents”, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys’ Annual Conference, Perdido Beach, Alabama, April 27, 2000 – April 29, 2000
  • “Adoption Law and Birth Right”, The National Institute for Alternative Care Professionals’ 13th Annual Conference, St. Petersburg Beach, Florida, January 10, 2000
  • Program Chair, Faculty Member, Moderator, Presenter, “Virginia Adoption Practice, Procedure and Pitfalls”, Lorman Education Services, Arlington, Virginia, September 30, 1999
  • Program Chair, Faculty Member, Moderator, Presenter, “An Overview of Adoption Law in Virginia”, Virginia Continuing Legal Education, Falls Church, Virginia, February 23, 1998
  • Program Chair, Faculty Member, Moderator, Presenter, “An Overview of Adoption Law in Virginia”, Virginia Continuing Legal Education, Richmond, Virginia, February 24, 1998
  • Program Chair, Moderator, Presenter, and Faculty Member, “Adoption Law”, Lorman Education Services, Richmond, Virginia, February 17, 1998
  • “Adoption/Surrogate Issues”, Richmond Association of Legal Assistants, Richmond, Virginia, September 23, 1997
  • “Virginia Adoption Law Update”, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys Annual Conference, San Francisco, California, April 24, 1996 – April 28, 1996

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer by Richmond Magazine, 2005 – 2010
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Rating, 1998 – Present
  • Leader in the Law award by Virginia Lawyers Weekly, 2009
  • Richmond NAWBO Enterprising Women of Excellence Awards Finalist for the Altria Rising Star Award, 2009
  • Congressional Angels in Adoption award, 2008
  • LDS Family Services Award of Appreciation (for Adoption Legislation Initiatives), 2006
  • Virginia Business Legal Elite, 2005
  • Inside Business Magazine Richmond’s Top 40 Under 40, 1999
  • Leadership Metro Richmond, 1996
  • NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet Legal Counsel Award, 1992

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference, 1988 – 1991
    Statewide No Bills Night Coordinator
  • Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference, 1991 – 1993
    Docket Call Editor
  • Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference, 1993 – 1995
    Board of Governors
  • John Marshall Inn of Court, 2008 – Present
  • Richmond Women’s Business Consortium (RWBC), 2008 – Present
    Vice Chairman
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (VTLA), 1999 – Present
    Held various positions
  • American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (AAAA), 1995 – Present
    Held various positions
  • American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys, (AAARTA), 2009
    Fellow and Founder
  • American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys, (AAARTA), 2009 – Present
    Membership Chairperson
  • National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Richmond Chapter, 2002 – Present
    Held various positions
  • Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association (MRWBA), 2013 President
  • Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association (MRWBA), 1993 – 2013 Held various positions
  • Litigation Counsel of America (LCA), 2006 – Present
    Fellow
  • Virginia State Bar, 1997 – Present
    CLE faculty member and program moderator in e
  • YWCA: Advisory Committee, 1989 – 2008
    Held various positions

Past Employment Positions

  • Cantor Arkema, PC, Partner, 1996 – 2009
  • Cantor Arkema, PC, Associate, 1992 – 1996
  • Miller & Hern (formerly Litten, Sipe & Miller), Associate, 1989 – 1992
  • Supreme Court of Virginia, Clerk to Chief Justice Carrico, 1988 – 1989

Pro Bono Activities

  • WORLDLY WOMEN WORKSHOPS for JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES, 2006
  • CHRIST CHURCH CARITAS and Duffle Bag Project, 1999 – 2006
  • DESTINATION IMAGINATION COACH, 2001 – 2003
  • DESTINATION IMAGINATION COACH, 2005 – 2006
  • RICHMOND STRIKERS SOCCER LEAGUE VOLUNTEER COACH, 1997 – 2006
  • LEADERSHIP METRO RICHMOND THE CARVER PROMISE (developed career mentor program for students at Carver Middle School), 1996
  • HENRICO COUNTY CHAPTER NAACP Board of Directors, 1991 – 1993
  • ADOPTION WORKSHOPS for JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES, 2002 – Present
  • DOMESTIC RELATIONS BOOKLET, Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association, Distributer and Contributer, 2005 – Present
  • TRAINING AND EDUCATION ON CIVIL RECOVERY FOR CRIMINAL ASSAULTS for Forensic Nurse Consultants, Virginia Poverty Law Center, Washington & Lee, 2005 – Present
  • DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TRAINING for Petersburg Domestic Violence Task Force, TJ High School, YWCA, 2005 – Present
  • EXTERN/INTERN SUPERVISOR for:William & Mary Law School, Univ of VA Law School, VCU, Univ of Richmond & J. Srgt. Reynolds Paralegals Studies, 1995 – Present
  • METROPOLITAN RICHMOND WOMEN’S BAR ASSOCIATION (MRWBA): Various positions, 2003 – Present
  • VIRGINIA STATE BAR, Young Lawyers Conference (YLC); Various positions held, 1988 – Present
  • YWCA; Various positions held, 1989 – 2008

Ancillary Businesses

  • Expert Witness Services
  • Speaking Engagements
  • Teaching Engagements

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Delta Gamma
  • Phi Kappa Alpha

Birth Information

  • 1963, Erie, Pennsylvania, United States of America
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Colleen Marea Quinn

Colleen Marea Quinn

Richmond, Virginia
Attorney, Partner Locke & Quinn

Phone: (804) 285-6253 (Main)
Phone: (804) 545-9406 (Direct Dial)
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Graduated with a B.A. in English and Philosophy from the College of William and Mary in 1985. She graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1988. She was admitted to the Virginia State Bar in 1988. She is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia, and the U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit. She is a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys. She is a member of the American Association for Justice, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, the Virginia State Bar, the Richmond Bar Association, the Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association, the Richmond Women’s Business Consortium, and the National Association of Women Business Owners.

When asked what kind of law she practices, Colleen Quinn answers: building families and re-building lives. That is because she is a leader in the law in not just one but several practice areas: adoption-surrogacy and in personal injury and employment law. Over the years, Colleen founded the Quinn Law Centers which are now located at Locke & Quinn and include: the Adoption & Surrogacy Law Center, the Women’s Injury Law Center and the Personal Injury and Employment Law Center. She excels in all these areas of the law, having made outstanding contributions to the practice of law, making significant achievements, providing leadership in improving the justice system and providing important contributions to the legal community and community at large.

Colleen Marea Quinn is a director and equity owner in the law firm of Locke & Quinn, and has achieved an AV rating, the highest given, by Martindale Hubbell. She was honored in 2009 as a Leader in the Law by Virginia Lawyer’s Weekly, in May 2009 by the Richmond NAWBO Enterprising Women of Excellence Awards as a Finalist for the Altria Rising Star Award, and in 2008 with the Congressional Angels in Adoption award. She has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 by Richmond magazine and, in 2005 by Virginia Business magazine as one of Virginia’s Legal Elite.

Litigating cases since 1989, Ms. Quinn represents clients in all aspects of personal injury including motor vehicle accidents, premises and product liability cases, assaults and batteries, sexual assaults, wrongful deaths, industrial accidents and complex actions. She is especially familiar with serious injuries including sexual assaults, head injury or traumatic brain injury (TBI) cases as well as spinal cord injury cases. Ms. Quinn brings a rare blend of prior experience in insurance defense and coverage issues and ongoing practice in employment law to her personal injury practice. She also handles employment cases for both employers and employees, handles insurance coverage issues and litigates civil rights cases.

Colleen Marea Quinn also has provided representation to hundreds of adopting parents, birth parents, adoptees, intended parents, surrogates, gestational carriers and egg donors since 1989. She has litigated numerous contested adoption and assisted reproductive technology cases; has been hired and qualified as an expert witness in adoption law; and has been hired as an expert witness in surrogacy law. She maintains her guardian ad litem certification through the Virginia Supreme Court.

She is a Fellow, and on the Board of Trustees, of both the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (AAAA) and the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys (AAARTA), both select groups of attorneys with rigorous standards for membership. She speaks frequently at AAAA Annual Meetings, is the current AAARTA Membership Chair, was Chair of the AAAA 2007 Annual Convention, served on the AAAA ARTS Taskforce and Committee, and was Chair of the Birth Parent Representation Committee from 1999 to 2003. In 2003, she published the AAAA Representing Birth Parents Handbook. She is the co-author of the recent Fifth Edition of the Virginia CLE Adoption Procedures and Forms book and co-editor of the Fourth Edition. She served as program chair and moderator for the first Lorman Adoption Seminar in 1997, for the first Virginia CLE Adoption Law Seminar in 1999 and for all subsequent programs.Ms. Quinn has qualified and served as an expert witness in adoption law in the Virginia court system and has been hired and deposed as an expert witness in surrogacy law. She is certified as a court approved Guardian ad Litem.

Ms. Quinn received her J.D. from the University of Virginia in 1988, and her B.A. from William and Mary. Upon law school graduation, Ms. Quinn served as Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Harry L. Carrico, Chief Justice of the Virginia Supreme Court. She is a member of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, having served on its Board of Governors. Within the VTLA, she serves on the CLE, Insurance and Amicus Committees, and has prior service as Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee, as Chair of the Employment Law/Civil Rights Section, and on the Convention Committee. She regularly speaks to and trains both lawyer and non-lawyer groups. In addition to the VTLA, she has served as a faculty member and program moderator on CLE Committees for the Richmond Bar and Virginia State Bar since 1997. She is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and has qualified for the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. She is also a Board member for the National Association of Women Business Owners; Board member/Treasurer of the Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association (previously, Chairperson of its Judicial Candidate Endorsement Committee) and Board member/Vice-Chairperson of the Richmond Women’s Business Consortium. Her membership in other associations includes: the American Association for Justice, Virginia Bar Association, American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), and the Egg Donor and Surrogacy Professionals Associations (EDSPA). Ms. Quinn is admitted to the practice in all state and federal courts in Virginia.

A strong believer in community involvement, Ms. Quinn has devoted time and energy to various civic activities such as domestic violence training and education for various organizations, participation in various externship, internship and mentoring programs (including for William & Mary Law School, UVA Law School, Howard University Law School, University of Richmond Law School and the J. Sargent Reynolds Paralegal Studies Program, service to the YWCA (having served on the Advisory and Nominating Committees, as Chairperson of the Personnel Task Force, and as a former Board member and Board President); Christ Church CARITAS and other projects, and Leadership Metro Richmond (of which she is a 1996 graduate). She teaches aerobics, has coached soccer and Destination Imagination, and is otherwise busy as the mother of twin boys. In 1999, she received the Top Forty under 40 award from Inside Business Magazine for her civic involvement and professional achievements.

Ms. Quinn has qualified as an expert witness in the area of adoption law in the Commonwealth of Virginia courts and has been hired as an expert witness in the areas of both adoption and ARTS law. She also is a certified guardian ad litem in the Virginia courts.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Adoption
  • Surrogacy and Assisted Reproductive Technologies
  • Employment Law and Civil Rights
  • Insurance Coverage
  • General Civil Litigation

Litigation Percentage

  • 85% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1994

Education

  • University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1988
    J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
    Honors: Judiciary Committee
    Honors: Honor Couselor
    Honors: Moot Court Board
    Honors: V.P. Student Bar Assoc
  • College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA, USA, 1985
    B.A.
    Honors: Mortar Board (Treasurer)
    Honors: Interdisciplinary Honors Program
    Major: English/Philosophy

Published Works

Presentations & Publications for AdoptART >
(updated 2/15/16)

Presentations & Publications for Personal Injury, Employment, and Litigation >
(updated 2/15/16)

  • Adoption Law and Procedures, Virginia CLE, Vol. 5, 2010
  • Traps and Pitfalls in Handling Immunity Cases, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Journal, 2008
  • Co-Author and Editor, Handbook Supplement: Adoption Law and Procedures, Virginia CLE, Vol. 4, Fall, 2007
  • Ask an Attorney: If a Prospective Birth Mother Decides not to Place, Can We Get Back the Living Expenses?, Adoptive Family Magazine, National Distribution, October, 2004
  • Injury Case Intake: A Primer on Preserving and Gathering The Evidence, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Journal, Fall, 2004
  • Recognizing and Eliminating Sexual Harassment: Comments and Guidelines for a Congenial Workplace, VTLA Journal, 2001
  • Flushing Out the Mechanics of a Plaintiff’s Wrongful Discharge Lawsuit, VTLA Journal, Vol. 8, No. 4, 1996
  • “An Overview of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Law”, National Business Institute, National, October 27, 2009
  • “Representing Birth Mothers and Contested Adoptions”, National Business Institute, National, August 20, 2009
  • “Drafting ARTS Contracts: Basics on How To and How Not To Draft an ARTS Contract”, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, National, August 18, 2009

Representative Cases

Representative Clients

  • Adoptions with Love at Jewish Family Services
  • Adoptions from the Heart
  • VA IVF & Andrology
  • Muasher Center for Fertility & IVF
  • Loveland Distributing Center
  • GTM Consulting, Inc
  • Leake Inc
  • Balducci Builders
  • Kitchen Crafters

References

  • Mark Stepanian, CEO Loveland Distributing Co.
  • Rodney Poole, Esq., Poole & Poole
  • Dr. Sydney Fleicsher, CEO, Jewish Family Services
  • Dr. Dennis Matt, Va IVF & Andrology

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • How to Avoid Paying Your Employment Law Attorney – Ten Thrifty Tips in Thirty Minutes, SIL Employee Benefits and Human Resource Seminar, December 2, 2008
  • “Injury Case Intake – Gathering and Preserving the Evidence”, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Paralegal Seminar, Richmond, VA, December 19, 2008
  • “Perspectives of a Trial Attorney”, Virginia Commonwealth University, Law and Mass Communications, Richmond, VA, June 2, 2008
  • “Civil Remedies for Victims of Sexual Assault”, Forensic Nurse Consultants of Hampton Roads, Portsmouth, VA, March 21, 2008
  • “Civil Remedies for Victims of Sexual Assault”, Washington and Lee University and NASPA III: Sexual Assault Summit, Lexington, VA, March 1, 2008
  • “Identify and Deal with Common Ethical Problems;” “Work with Economists on Damages”, National Business Institute: Personal Injury Cases: Calculating and Proving Damages, Richmond, VA, 2008
  • “Perspectives of a Trial Attorney”, Virginia Commonwealth University, Law and Mass Communications, Richmond, VA, June 4, 2007
  • “Breaking the Cycle: Tort Relief for Victims of Sexual Violence”, Virginia Poverty Law Center, December 18, 2006
  • “Worldly Women Workshops: How Today’s Mom Can Best Protect Her Children From Harm”, (Presented in Collaboration with Jewish Family Services), Richmond, VA, January 25, 2006
  • “Worldly Women Workshops: What Every Smart Woman Should Know to Protect Herself From Financial and Physical Harm”, (Presented in Collaboration with Jewish Family Services), Richmond, VA, January 11, 2006
  • Domestic Violence Prevention Training, Thomas Jefferson High School, Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association, Richmond, VA, October 20, 2005
  • “Domestic Violence Awareness Month”, National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Enterprising Women Awards of Excellence, Richmond, VA, October 19, 2005
  • “Playing Your Hand at Pre-Trial Motions: When to Held ’em and When to Fold ’em”, Richmond Bar Association CLE Program and Judges Panel, Richmond, VA, October 18, 2005
  • Panel Presenter, “TV and Radio Marketing: How to Go from Idea to Results”, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Solo and Small Firm Conference, Charlottesville, VA, September 30, 2005
  • “Perspectives of a Trial Attorney”, Virginia Commonwealth University, Law and Mass Communications, Richmond, VA, September 19, 2005
  • “How to Track the Skunks in Their Lairs” (Jury Selection), Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Advanced Auto Practice Retreat, Charlottesville, VA, July 15, 2005 – July 16, 2005
  • Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Legal Training for Volunteers, YMCA, Richmond, VA, July 27, 2005
  • Program Co-chairperson and Moderator, “Reading the Play and Running Surveillance on the Opposition”, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Tort Law Seminar, Northern VA, May 17, 2005
  • Program Co-chairperson and Moderator, “Time Out: Reviewing the Play for Penalties”, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Tort Law Seminar, Norfolk, VA, May 12, 2005
  • Program Co-chairperson and Moderator, “Time Out: Reviewing the Play for Penalties”, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Tort Law Seminar, Roanoke, VA, May 5, 2005
  • “Worldly Women Workshops: What Every Woman Should Know to Protect her Personal Health and Welfare”, (Presented in Collaboration with Jewish Family Services), Richmond, VA, April 13, 2005
  • “Preserving And Gathering The Evidence: Better Exhibits Without Breaking The Bank”, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Tort Law Seminar, Richmond, VA, May 4, 2004
  • “Judges: Mediators or Referees? Overseeing Pre-Trial Motions and Other Matters”, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Tort Law Seminar, Richmond, VA, May 4, 2004
  • “Ethics: Dealing with Abusive Conduct in Litigation”, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Annual Convention, Hot Springs, Virginia, March 27, 2003
  • Moderator, Presenter and Chairperson, “Federal Practice Panel Discussion” and “Panel Discussion: A Primer on Class Action Lawsuits: What to Look For, How They Work, and Recent Developments”, Virginia Trial Lawyer’s Association Fall Fiesta, Richmond, VA, September 27, 2002
  • Fifteen Things You Should Know About Recent Developments In Employment And Labor Law And Have Been Afraid To Ask, Lorman Education Services – Recent Developments in Virginia Employment Law, 2002
  • Moderator, “Playing Your Hand At Pre-Trial Motions: Knowing When To Hold Them And When To Fold Them”, Richmond Bar Association, Richmond, VA, November 8, 2001
  • “State and Federal Personnel Laws in Virginia”, Lorman Education Services, Richmond, VA, August 22, 2001
  • “Stamping Out Liability for Harassment, Discrimination, and Retaliation Claims” and “State and Federal Statutory and Case Law Update”, Virginia Bankers Association, May 8, 2001
  • Presenter, Virginia CLE 10th Annual Employment Law Update, Richmond, VA, March 14, 2001
  • “Recent Developments in Virginia Employment Law”, Lorman Education Services, Richmond, VA, October 18, 2000
  • “Employee Discharge and Documentation in Virginia”, Lorman Education Services, Richmond, VA, June 29, 2000
  • “Identifying, Coordinating and Litigating Employment and Related Claims Against Corporations: Sampling from the Menu”, VTLA February Fiesta, Williamsburg, VA, February 11, 2000 – February 12, 2000
  • “Minimizing Your Personal Liability When Implementing Terminations”, Council on Education in Management, Richmond, VA, October 4, 1999 – October 5, 1999
  • “The Dynamic and Dangerous Landscape of Workplace Harassment and Discrimination Claims”, Lorman Education Services – Recent Developments in Virginia Employment Law, July 14, 1999
  • “Stopping the Workplace Violence Epidemic at Your Door by Recognizing Early Warning Signs and Implementing Proactive Safety Measures”, Council on Education in Management, Richmond, VA, April 28, 1999
  • “Eliminating Racism Day”, YWCA, Richmond, VA, April 14, 1999
  • Faculty Member, “Workplace Harassment: Where Are We Today?”, Virginia CLE 8th Annual Employment Law Update, Norfolk, VA, March 24, 1999
  • Faculty Member, “Workplace Harassment: Where Are We Today?”, Virginia CLE 8th Annual Employment Law Update, March 25, 1999
  • “Sexual Harassment in the 90s: The Issue That Won’t Go Away”, University of Richmond Symposium, Richmond, December 12, 1998
  • “How to Fire an Employee” and “Employment Agreements, Confidentiality Agreements and Covenants to Not Compete”, Lorman Education Services – Employee Discharge & Documentation in Virginia, McLean, VA, November 6, 1998
  • “Keeping Your Business In Line with the Evolving Rules of Gender Discrimination and Sexual Harassment” and “Defining Your Role and Protecting Your Employees when Domestic Violence Becomes a Workplace Issue”, Council on Education in Management – “Personnel Law Update 1998”, Richmond, VA, October 27, 1998 – October 28, 1998
  • Co-Chairperson, Moderator & Presenter, “Anatomy of a Plaintiff’s Employment Case”, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, 1998 Employment Law Seminar, October 21, 1998
  • “The Dynamic and Dangerous Landscape of Sexual Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace”, Lorman Education Services – Employment and Labor Law in Virginia, Richmond, VA, July 28, 1998
  • “The Dynamic and Dangerous Landscape of Sexual Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace”, Lorman Education Services – Employment and Labor Law in Virginia, Norfolk, VA, July 16, 1998
  • Member, Planning Committee, “Termination Clinic ‘Dynamite’ or ‘Dud’ – Assessing Potential Explosive Employment Decisions”, Virginia CLE 7th Annual Employment Law Update, Falls Church, VA, March 13, 1998
  • Member, Planning Committee, “Termination Clinic ‘Dynamite’ or ‘Dud’ – Assessing Potential Explosive Employment Decisions”, Virginia CLE 7th Annual Employment Law Update, Norfolk, VA, March 25, 1998
  • Member, Planning Committee, “Termination Clinic ‘Dynamite’ or ‘Dud’ – Assessing Potential Explosive Employment Decisions”, Virginia CLE 7th Annual Employment Law Update, Richmond, VA, March 24, 1998
  • “Sexual Harassment – Sex Discrimination”, Lorman Education Services – Employee Discharge & Documentation, November 18, 1997
  • Co-Chairperson, Moderator & Presenter, “Taming the Beast – A Dynamic and Simplified Approach to Mastering the Plaintiff’s Approach to Employment Lawsuit”, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Employment Law Section Seminar, October 24, 1997
  • “Rotting Roses: Protecting your Organization from the Escalating (and Expensive) Consequences of Sex and Violence in Today’s Workplace”, Council on Education in Management Personnel Law Update 1997, October 23, 1997
  • “Employer Liability: An Overview of the Dynamic and Dangerous Landscape of Sexual Harassment and Sex Discrimination Claims”, Lorman Education Services – Employment and Labor Law Seminar, Norfolk & Richmond, VA, July 17, 1997
  • “Employer Liability: An Overview of the Dynamic and Dangerous Landscape of Sexual Harassment and Sex Discrimination Claims”, Lorman Education Services – Employment and Labor Law Seminar, Norfolk & Richmond, VA, July 24, 1997
  • “Sexual Harassment Myths Shattered By Recent Court Rulings”, Council on Education in Management, Richmond, VA, April 4, 1997
  • “Wrongful Discharge in Virginia”, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Greenbrier, WV, April 4, 1997
  • “Common Medical Problems: Blood & Guts for Lawyers”, Professional Education Systems, Inc., Richmond, VA, February 7, 1997
  • “Sexual Harassment Myths Shattered By Recent Court Rulings”, Council on Education in Management, Richmond, VA, January 14, 1997
  • “Wrongful Discharge Actions”, Local Government Attorney’s of Virginia Fall Conference, Roanoke, VA, October 31, 1996
  • “Is Your Workplace Legal?”, Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association, Richmond, VA, September 4, 1996
  • “The Enigmatic Tort of Wrongful Discharge”, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Civil Rights and Constitutional Law Seminar, Richmond, VA, June 12, 1996
  • “Welcome to the Real World – The New Lawyer’s Guide to Litigation”, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Young Lawyers Division, Richmond, VA, March 13, 1996
  • “A Guide to the ADA for the YMCA”, Richmond, VA, 1992
  • “The ADA: Is Your Company in Compliance?”, VMD Association of Electric Cooperatives1992 Legal Seminar, Richmond, VA, June 25, 1992
  • “Drug Screening and Testing: Why do Cooperatives Need It and What Are the Dangers?”, VMD Association of Electric Cooperatives1991 Legal Seminar, Richmond, VA, September 21, 1991
  • “Creating Adolf Hitlers: The Ethical Dilemmas of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ARTS)”, West End Rotary Club, Richmond, Virginia, August 12, 2009
  • “What Every Adoption Practitioner Needs to Know About Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ARTS)”, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, Portland, Oregon, April 30, 2009
  • “Successful Adoption”, Adoptions with Love by Jewish Family Services, Richmond, Virginia, April 21, 2009
  • “Adoption Law: Overcome Obstacles to Pave the Way to a Smooth Adoption”, National Business Institute, Richmond, Virginia, March 19, 2009
  • Essentials of Adoption Law, Representing Birth Mothers, Ethical Representation of Birth Parents, Challenging an Adoption/Contested Adoptions, Handling VA Parental(Private) Placement Adoptions for Out of State Residents, Ethics & What You Don’t Know About Open Adoption Law in VA, National Business Institute, Richmond, Virginia, March 19, 2009
  • “Blended, Shaken or Stirred? The New Family Concoctions with Surrogacy, Adoption and Embryo Donations”, The West Richmond Rotary Club, Richmond, Virginia, January 21, 2009
  • “Successful Adoption”, Adoptions with Love by Jewish Family Services, Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2009
  • “Virginia’s Adoption Statutes: Practical Implications of the Recent Statutory Revisions”, Virginia CLE Webcast, Charlottesville, Virginia, January 14, 2009
  • “Drafting ART Agreements: Practical Pointers and Sample Provisions”, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, Mid-Year Conference, Chicago, Illinois, October 17, 2008
  • Successful Adoption, Adoptions with Love by Jewish Family Services, Richmond, Virginia, October 7, 2008
  • “Adoption Overview and Domestic Independent Adoption in Virginia”, RESOLVE, Richmond, Virginia, June 21, 2008
  • “The New Frontier: Contested Case Emerging Issues: Lost Embryos, Medical Malpractice and Other ARTS Mishaps”, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, St. Louis, Missouri, May 1, 2008
  • “Successful Adoption”, Adoptions with Love by Jewish Family Services, Richmond, Virginia, April 23, 2008
  • “Adoption Practice, Procedure and Pitfalls” including: “Overview of Adoption Options,” “The Recent Legislative Changes,” “The Virginia Putative Father Registry,” “Addressing Ethical Issues,” “Practical Considerations,” and “Avoiding Contested and Disrupted Adoptions”, Lorman Education Services, Richmond, Virginia, January 10, 2008
  • “Overview of Adoption Law in Virginia”, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association’s Paralegal’s Conference, Glen Allen, Virginia, November 14, 2007
  • “Accountability to Prospective and Current Adoptive Families”, Donaldson Institute: Adoption Ethics Conference, Baltimore, Maryland, October 16, 2007
  • “Successful Private Adoption and Overview of Adoption Options”, Adoptions with Love by Jewish Family Services, Richmond, Virginia, May 16, 2007
  • Convention Chair and Moderator, “Protecting the Integrity of the Adoption thru the Ethical Representation of Birth Parents and Adoptive Parents (or How to Avoid Getting Sued)”, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, Williamsburg, Virginia, May 3, 2007
  • “Due Diligence and Covering Your Rear End (Birth Parent Disclosures and Fee Agreements with Birth and Adoptive Parents)”, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, Williamsburg, Virginia, May 3, 2007
  • Convention Program Chair: Established Three Separate CLE Tracks: Adoption Practice, ARTS Practice and Law Office Management, Technology and Marketing, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, Williamsburg, Virginia, May 3, 2007
  • “Radical Changes in Virginia Adoption Law You Need to Know”, Virginia Continuing Legal Education, Charlottesville, Virginia, February 8, 2007
  • “Obtaining Accurate Birth Parent Disclosures Without a Lie Detector Test”, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, Mid-Year Conference, Denver, Colorado, October 20, 2006
  • “Virginia’s New Adoption Legislation: What Has Changed and What Are the Practical Effects?”, Quality Improvement Center on Adoption, Charlottesville, Virginia, October 13, 2006
  • “What Every Attorney and Adoption Professional Needs to Know About the New Adoption Legislation in Virginia”, Lorman Education Services, Richmond, Virginia, September 22, 2006
  • “Overview of Adoption Options,” “The Recent Legislative Changes” “The Virginia Putative Father Registry,” “Addressing Ethical Issues,” “Practical Considerations,” and “Avoiding Contested and Disrupted Adoptions”, Lorman Education Services, Richmond, Virginia, September 22, 2006
  • “Successful Private Adoption”, Adoption with Love by Jewish Family Services, Richmond, Virginia, May 2, 2006
  • “Drafting ART Agreements – Practical Pointers”, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, Mid-Year Conference, Washington, D.C., October 25, 2005
  • Successful Private Adoption, Adoption with Love by Jewish Family Services, Richmond, Virginia, January 26, 2005
  • “The Nuts and Bolts of Surrogacy Agreements: Understanding and Addressing the Unique Issues”, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 29, 2004
  • Infant Adoption Awareness – Adoption Laws and Process, National Council for Adoption, Richmond, Virginia, October 21, 2003
  • “The Ethical Representation of Birth Parents”, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, Richmond, Virginia, June 26, 2003
  • Program Chair, Faculty Member, Moderator, Presenter, “Virginia Adoption Practice, Procedure and Pitfalls”, Lorman Education Services, Richmond, Virginia, May 6, 2003
  • “Point – Counterpoint: The Pros and Cons of Executing Early Irrevocable Consents”, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, April 24, 2003
  • Program Chair, Faculty Member, Moderator, Presenter, “Virginia Adoption Practice, Procedure and Pitfalls”, Lorman Education Services, Richmond, Virginia, May 9, 2002
  • “Practical Considerations: Answering the Adopting Parents’ Most Frequently Asked Questions” and “Overview of Adoption Options”, Jewish Family Services Workshop: Successful Private Adoption, Richmond, Virginia, February 21, 2002
  • Program Chair, Faculty Member, Moderator, Presenter, “Virginia Adoption Practice, Procedure and Pitfalls”, Lorman Education Services, Richmond, Virginia, May 17, 2001
  • Program Chair, Faculty Member, Moderator, Presenter, “Update on Adoption Law in Virginia: Changes You Need to Know”, Virginia Continuing Legal Education, Richmond, Virginia, March 6, 2001
  • Program Chair, Faculty Member, Moderator, Presenter, “Update on Adoption Law in Virginia: Changes You Need to Know”, Virginia Continuing Legal Education, Richmond, Virginia, March 20, 2001
  • “Practical Considerations: Answering the Adopting Parents’ Most Frequently Asked Questions” and “Overview of Adoption Options”, Jewish Family Services Workshop: Successful Private Adoption, Richmond, Virginia, March 1, 2001
  • Program Chair, Moderator, Presenter, “Representing Birth Parents”, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys’ Annual Conference, Perdido Beach, Alabama, April 27, 2000 – April 29, 2000
  • “Adoption Law and Birth Right”, The National Institute for Alternative Care Professionals’ 13th Annual Conference, St. Petersburg Beach, Florida, January 10, 2000
  • Program Chair, Faculty Member, Moderator, Presenter, “Virginia Adoption Practice, Procedure and Pitfalls”, Lorman Education Services, Arlington, Virginia, September 30, 1999
  • Program Chair, Faculty Member, Moderator, Presenter, “An Overview of Adoption Law in Virginia”, Virginia Continuing Legal Education, Falls Church, Virginia, February 23, 1998
  • Program Chair, Faculty Member, Moderator, Presenter, “An Overview of Adoption Law in Virginia”, Virginia Continuing Legal Education, Richmond, Virginia, February 24, 1998
  • Program Chair, Moderator, Presenter, and Faculty Member, “Adoption Law”, Lorman Education Services, Richmond, Virginia, February 17, 1998
  • “Adoption/Surrogate Issues”, Richmond Association of Legal Assistants, Richmond, Virginia, September 23, 1997
  • “Virginia Adoption Law Update”, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys Annual Conference, San Francisco, California, April 24, 1996 – April 28, 1996

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer by Richmond Magazine, 2005 – 2010
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Rating, 1998 – Present
  • Leader in the Law award by Virginia Lawyers Weekly, 2009
  • Richmond NAWBO Enterprising Women of Excellence Awards Finalist for the Altria Rising Star Award, 2009
  • Congressional Angels in Adoption award, 2008
  • LDS Family Services Award of Appreciation (for Adoption Legislation Initiatives), 2006
  • Virginia Business Legal Elite, 2005
  • Inside Business Magazine Richmond’s Top 40 Under 40, 1999
  • Leadership Metro Richmond, 1996
  • NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet Legal Counsel Award, 1992

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference, 1988 – 1991
    Statewide No Bills Night Coordinator
  • Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference, 1991 – 1993
    Docket Call Editor
  • Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference, 1993 – 1995
    Board of Governors
  • John Marshall Inn of Court, 2008 – Present
  • Richmond Women’s Business Consortium (RWBC), 2008 – Present
    Vice Chairman
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (VTLA), 1999 – Present
    Held various positions
  • American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (AAAA), 1995 – Present
    Held various positions
  • American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys, (AAARTA), 2009
    Fellow and Founder
  • American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys, (AAARTA), 2009 – Present
    Membership Chairperson
  • National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Richmond Chapter, 2002 – Present
    Held various positions
  • Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association (MRWBA), 2013 President
  • Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association (MRWBA), 1993 – 2013 Held various positions
  • Litigation Counsel of America (LCA), 2006 – Present
    Fellow
  • Virginia State Bar, 1997 – Present
    CLE faculty member and program moderator in e
  • YWCA: Advisory Committee, 1989 – 2008
    Held various positions

Past Employment Positions

  • Cantor Arkema, PC, Partner, 1996 – 2009
  • Cantor Arkema, PC, Associate, 1992 – 1996
  • Miller & Hern (formerly Litten, Sipe & Miller), Associate, 1989 – 1992
  • Supreme Court of Virginia, Clerk to Chief Justice Carrico, 1988 – 1989

Pro Bono Activities

  • WORLDLY WOMEN WORKSHOPS for JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES, 2006
  • CHRIST CHURCH CARITAS and Duffle Bag Project, 1999 – 2006
  • DESTINATION IMAGINATION COACH, 2001 – 2003
  • DESTINATION IMAGINATION COACH, 2005 – 2006
  • RICHMOND STRIKERS SOCCER LEAGUE VOLUNTEER COACH, 1997 – 2006
  • LEADERSHIP METRO RICHMOND THE CARVER PROMISE (developed career mentor program for students at Carver Middle School), 1996
  • HENRICO COUNTY CHAPTER NAACP Board of Directors, 1991 – 1993
  • ADOPTION WORKSHOPS for JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES, 2002 – Present
  • DOMESTIC RELATIONS BOOKLET, Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association, Distributer and Contributer, 2005 – Present
  • TRAINING AND EDUCATION ON CIVIL RECOVERY FOR CRIMINAL ASSAULTS for Forensic Nurse Consultants, Virginia Poverty Law Center, Washington & Lee, 2005 – Present
  • DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TRAINING for Petersburg Domestic Violence Task Force, TJ High School, YWCA, 2005 – Present
  • EXTERN/INTERN SUPERVISOR for:William & Mary Law School, Univ of VA Law School, VCU, Univ of Richmond & J. Srgt. Reynolds Paralegals Studies, 1995 – Present
  • METROPOLITAN RICHMOND WOMEN’S BAR ASSOCIATION (MRWBA): Various positions, 2003 – Present
  • VIRGINIA STATE BAR, Young Lawyers Conference (YLC); Various positions held, 1988 – Present
  • YWCA; Various positions held, 1989 – 2008

Ancillary Businesses

  • Expert Witness Services
  • Speaking Engagements
  • Teaching Engagements

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Delta Gamma
  • Phi Kappa Alpha

Birth Information

  • 1963, Erie, Pennsylvania, United States of America