Locations & Jurisdictions

  • US Bankruptcy Court

  • Virginia Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court

  • Virginia General District Court (civil and landlord tenant)

  • Virginia General District Court (traffic)

  • Virginia Circuit Court

I represent clients in the Western District of Virginia before both federal and state courts. I am admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia. I represent clients in state court including the Virginia Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts, the Virginia General District Courts including Traffic Court, and the Virginia Circuit Courts. Divorce and probate issues are litigated in Circuit Court. Most of my clients live and work in Roanoke City, Roanoke County, the City of Salem, the Town of Blacksburg, Montgomery County, the Town of Fincastle, Botetourt County, the City of Bedford, Bedford County, Franklin County, Boones Mill, the Town of Rocky Mount, the City of Lynchburg, and Campbell County.

If you are looking for affordable legal advice, give me a call. The initial consultation is free if you are contemplating bankruptcy. Other consultations may be free or have a small charge and I will advise you up front if there is a charge. In all cases, I accept new clients by putting the agreement to writing. An attorney client relationship is NOT formed by virtue of you visiting this web site, reading any information provided here, or sending an email to this office. An attorney client relationship may only be formed by a written, signed fee agreement. The information on this site is for advertising purposes.

Why should you call a Roanoke Bankruptcy Attorney?

There are three bankruptcy court locations in the Western District of Virginia: Roanoke, Lynchburg, and Harrisonburg. I represent clients before all three locations and the majority of my cases are heard in Roanoke. If you live in Montgomery County, Blacksburg, Radford, Christiansburg, Pulaski, Pearisburg, Dublin, Giles County, Floyd, Ricky Mount, Franklin County, New Castle, Craig County, Fincastle, Troutville, Botetourt County, Salem, Roanoke City, or Roanoke County, your bankruptcy petition will be filed in Roanoke, Virginia. I have over 20 years of experience. Call me for a free consultation.

Why should you call an attorney regarding a traffic ticket?

All traffic tickets are not the same. Some speeding tickets are charged as reckless driving misdemeanors. It is a serious allegation and you should speak with a Roanoke traffic attorney or criminal defense attorney. Reckless driving is a criminal offense, not a traffic citation, and it can be punished by suspending your license, up to one year in jail, and a fine of $2,500.00. A driver can be charged with reckless driving if the driver is more than 20 miles per hour over the maximum speed level or in excess of 80 miles per hour no matter what the posted speed limit is. It is not pre-payable and you are required to appear in court as ordered on the summons.

What if I live out of state and was only passing through Virginia at the time of the traffic stop?

Out of state residents facing misdemeanor reckless driving charges can ask the Judge for the option to be represented by a local attorney who will be permitted to appear on behalf of the defendant in front of the judge. The Commonwealth Attorney may object to this option, but generally does not do so if the reckless driving charge is due to speed alone, and it is not alleged the speed exceeded 90 miles per hour. This means you may not have to incur all of the expenses of traveling back and forth between Virginia and your home state. If you choose to hire an attorney to appear for you, it is crucial you communicate regularly with the attorney. Pick an attorney you are confident will return your phone calls and emails.

What if I live in Bedford and need a bankruptcy lawyer?

If you live in Bedford, Virginia, your bankruptcy petition will be filed in Lynchburg. The good news is that many of the hearings can be conducted over the phone and it is not necessary to travel to Lynchburg for every hearing. I represent debtors before the Lynchburg Bankruptcy Court and I travel to Lynchburg when needed. Roanoke is only 1.5 hours from Lynchburg so you should not let location prevent you from hiring an attorney you trust. It is crucial you communicate regularly with your bankruptcy attorney, so pick an attorney you are confident will return your phone calls and emails.

Why does a bankruptcy lawyer handle child custody cases?

Divorce and its negative financial ramifications are a leading cause of bankruptcy. Unfortunately many of my clients need both a family law attorney and a bankruptcy attorney. There is a substantial overlap between divorce and bankruptcy. A good divorce attorney must know how a bankruptcy might affect issues like property settlement, alimony, child support, and attorney fees. Likewise, a good bankruptcy attorney must understand the basics of marital property, prenuptial agreements, real estate law, alimony and child support. If you have questions about the difference between physical and legal custody, give me a call. The initial 20 minute consultation is free. Likewise, if you have visitation or child support questions, give me a call. I am here to help.

How should assets and debt be handled after divorce?

After divorce, it is important to put together a strategy to save for emergencies, get rid of debt, build wealth, and provide for your family. You likely need a new will or trust. You likely need to re-title property and change beneficiaries on life insurance. If bank accounts have "pay on death" clauses, these will need to be changed. None of the actions above should be done without the advise of an attorney especially if your debts exceed the value of your assets.