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WILLIAM C. BARRETT III is a certified public accountant, certified in financial forensics, accredited in business valuation, and a certified collaborative divorce and commercial mediator. He is an author/instructor on the national faculties for Thomson Reuters, Westlaw Publishing and the NACVA Training Institute, concentrating in matrimonial litigation and alternative dispute resolution, and business valuation and forensic accounting. Mr. Barrett is currently VP of Practice of the Forensic Accounting and Investigative Section of the American Accounting Association, a global association of university accounting professors and professionals. He is a recent member of the National Conference of Lawyers and Certified Public Accountants, working on issues emerging from the International Accounting Standards Board, Securities Exchange Commission, Internal Revenue Service and other governmental/international units. He has assisted law and accounting firms, banking, trust and security institutions, and companies in evaluation and analysis of complex financial and tax issues in litigation, marital dissolution, fiduciary negligence, computer and eDiscovery analytics, and in settlement negotiations. Mr. Barrett was voted by his peers as one of Virginia’s Best Business Valuation & Litigation Support Specialists and published in Virginia Business. He has a Master of Forensic Accounting and was a recent associate professor at George Mason University’s School of Business. (Richmond location)
W. ALLAN BURNS JR. is a partner in the law firm of Cravens & Noll, P.C., in the firm’s Chesterfield office. Mr. Burns practices in the areas of family law, bankruptcy, criminal law, personal injury, as well as other civil litigation matters. He has been practicing since 2005; is a member of the Virginia State Bar, and Richmond and Chesterfield bar associations; and is a rated Super Lawyer. Mr. Burns received his B.A. degree from Furman University and his J.D. degree from the University of Richmond, The T.C. Williams School of Law. (Richmond location)
SHEERA R. HERRELL is the managing partner of the Hofheimer Family Law Firm. Ms. Herrell’s firm exclusively represents women in divorce, custody and support cases. She is also a certified financial planner™ and is exceptionally skilled at handling cases with complicated equitable distribution issues. Ms. Herrell is a member of the Virginia State Bar, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Virginia Beach Bar Association, Collaborative Divorce Solutions of Tidewater, International Association of Collaborative Professionals, and Virginia Collaborative Professionals. She was selected for inclusion in Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Stars Edition 2008-2014, and a Super Lawyer in 2015-2018. Ms. Herrell received her B.A. degree from George Washington University and her J.D. degree from Albany Law School. (Norfolk location)
HOPE C. HUTCHINSON is an attorney and owner of Hutchinson Law Center where her practice areas include family law and serving as a guardian ad litem. Ms. Hutchinson is licensed to practice law in Virginia. She is a member of the Virginia State Bar (member, Family Law Section), Young Trial Lawyers Association, American Bar Association, Greater Peninsula Women's Association, Hampton Bar Association, and the Ninth Circuit Family Law Committee. Ms. Hutchinson earned her B.A. degree from Christopher Newport University and her J.D. degree from Regent University. (Richmond and Norfolk locations)
BRETTA Z. LEWIS is the managing partner at Zimmer & Lewis, Attorneys and Counsellors at Law, specializing in complex family law and equitable distribution cases. Ms. Lewis has been certified as a Guardian Ad Litem since 2004 and has represented children in abuse, neglect and contested custody matters for over a decade. Ms. Lewis has served as a member of the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board since 2013, and served the Second District Disciplinary Committee prior to being selected to serve on the board. She has served as a faculty member for Virginia CLE as well as the Virginia Employment Law Association, the Virginia State Bar, the Virginia Beach Juvenile Court, the Virginia Beach Bar Association and the Tidewater Paralegal Association for topics relating to family law and legal ethics. In 2018, Ms. Lewis was selected as a member of the faculty of the Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course required by the Virginia State Bar for all new attorneys. In addition, Ms. Lewis is an adjunct professor at William and Mary Law School. She earned her B.A. degree from the University of Virginia, her master’s degree from George Mason University and her J.D. degree from The Marshall-Wythe School of Law at William and Mary. (Richmond and Norfolk locations)
LORI A. MICHAUD practices with the Hofheimer Family Law Firm, representing women exclusively in divorce, custody, support, and related issues in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Representing military service members or military spouses is a mainstay of her practice, and has been so for more than 15 years. Ms. Michaud was previously the principal with the Law Office of Lori A. Michaud, P.C., where her practice focused on family law, divorce, child custody and support issues, as well as criminal law issues ancillary to her domestic relations practice. She started the Law Office of Lori A. Michaud, P.C., on the premise that family is important and she continues to keep this in mind with each and every client she represents. Ms. Michaud also has spoken on military topics for the Naval Legal Services Office, Midatlantic, and for Virginia CLE. She is licensed in Virginia, New York and New Jersey. Ms. Michaud earned her B.A. degree from Rutgers College and her J.D. degree from Rutgers University School of Law. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, the Virginia Bar Association, and her local bar associations. (Norfolk location)
JACE M. PADDEN is an attorney at DeFazio Bal, PC, where he practices family law, frequently serves as a guardian ad litem for children, and is trained in the collaborative law process and mediation. His bar admissions include Virginia. Mr. Padden is a board member of Prevent Child Abuse Virginia and a member of the Metro Richmond Family Law Bar Association, Chesterfield Bar Association, Collaborative Professionals of Richmond (former co-president), Virginia Collaborative Professionals, and International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. He earned his B.A. degree from the University of Virginia and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from the University of Richmond, The T.C. Williams School of law. (Richmond location)
MICHAEL PERDUE is an attorney at the law firm of Cravens & Noll, P.C., where his practice includes estate planning, estate administration, elder law and family law. Mr. Perdue is admitted to the Virginia State Bar. He is a member of the Prince George County Bar Association and is on the advisory board of the Crater District Area Agency on Aging. He has B.S. and B.A. degrees from Virginia Tech, and his J.D. degree from Wake Forest University School of Law. (Richmond location)
KELLY ST. CLAIR practices primarily in the area of family law and she has served extensively as a guardian ad litem. After practicing for more than 20 years in Norfolk, Ms. St. Clair is now a sole practitioner living in Richmond. She graduated from Salisbury State College, now Salisbury University, with a bachelor’s degree in communications. She then graduated from the Marshall Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary with a J.D. degree. Ms. St. Clair is currently a member of the Family Law Section of the Virginia State Bar, as well as the Henrico and Chesterfield County bar associations. (Norfolk location)