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, the Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar, the Richmond Women’s Business Consortium, and the National Association of Women Business Owners.