Graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from James Madison University in 1983. She graduated from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond in 1986. She was admitted to the Virginia State Bar in 1986. She is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia; U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia; and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, the Virginia Bar Association, the Richmond Bar Association, the Henrico County Bar Association, the Metropolitan Richmond Family Law Bar Association, Chesterfield Bar Association, Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association, and the National Association of Women Business Owners.