Attorney/Owner - Jennifer E. Mandell, Attorney-At-Law (March 2000 – December 2012) – Represented and advised individual clients on separation, divorce, child custody, visitation, child and spousal support, equitable distribution, post-divorce modification proceedings, appeals, basic estate planning, and other matters. Provided contract legal services to other attorneys and law firms, including legal research, writing, discovery production and review, trial preparation assistance, and appellate briefs. Primary jurisdictions of practice included the counties of Fairfax, Prince William, and Loudoun.
Senior Associate/Contract Attorney – Law Offices of Richard L. Downey (March 2000 – March 2005) – Represented and advised clients on various legal issues, including general civil litigation and domestic relations matters. Scope of representation included initial client interviews, drafting and service of pleadings, motions practice, discovery preparation and review, conducting depositions of parties and witnesses, drafting settlement proposals and agreements, corresponding with counsel, conducting settlement conferences, preparing trial binders and exhibits, drafting orders, drafting appellate briefs and supporting materials on appeals, and representing clients at administrative hearings, motions hearings, juvenile and circuit court trials, and appellate proceedings. Jurisdictions of practice included the counties of Fairfax, Prince William, Loudoun, Warren, Fauquier, Culpepper, and Spotsylvania.
Of Counsel/Contract Attorney – Culin, Sharp, Autry, & Day, P.C. (September 2002 – February 2005) – Represented and advised clients on various legal issues relating to such matters as general civil litigation and domestic relations, including child custody, divorce, equitable distribution of property, and post-divorce enforcement and modification proceedings. Researched various substantive and procedural legal issues, drafted legal memorandum, and prepared pleadings and motions for senior attorneys.
Associate Attorney - Jackson & Campbell, P.C. (September 1998 - February 2000) - Researched and advised clients and senior attorneys on various legal issues regarding business organization, mergers and dissolutions, tax, contracts, leases, licensing agreements, tax-exempt entities, real property, and estate planning matters. Drafted wills, trust instruments, corporate organizational documents, partnership agreements, licensing applications, commercial loan documents, licensing agreements, commercial leases, and promissory notes. Transactional work included due diligence and document reviews, corporate mergers and dissolutions, commercial real estate sales and purchases, commercial loans and secured financing, telecommunications site acquisitions, leasing, and development.
Corporate Paralegal/Law Clerk - Jackson & Campbell, P.C. (November 1997 - August 1998) - Researched and advised attorneys on various legal issues in the areas of corporate and transactional law. Drafted corporate documents and contracts, such as articles of incorporation, bylaws, transfer agreements, merger and loan documents, and resolutions and written consents for corporations, non-profit organizations, partnerships, limited liability companies, and closely-held entities. Prepared and maintained annual reports, audit opinion letters, and correspondence with federal and state agencies.
Summer Associate/Law Clerk - Baker, Donelson, Bearmand & Caldwell (May 1997 - September 1997) - Researched and advised attorneys on various legal issues in the areas of corporate, international, maritime, customs, tax, civil procedure, and bankruptcy law. Drafted articles of incorporation, bylaws, sale/transfer agreements, resolutions, and amendments for corporate and non-profit clients. Researched, advised, and prepared documents for dissolution of business entities. Drafted complaint, brief, and advisory memorandums related to litigation before the Federal Maritime Commission and represented the firm in meetings with the Assistant Secretary and Settlement Officer of the Federal Maritime Commission.
Professional Licenses - Admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the District of Columbia, and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Education - J.D. (Law), Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law; B.A. (English), George Mason University.
Memberships and Awards - Virginia State Bar (Family Law Section Member), District of Columbia Bar, Harrisonburg-Rockingham Bar Association (Website Committe Member), Fairfax Bar Association (1999-2008), CUA National Trial Team, Gourley Cup Competition, Winner of CUA Moot Court Trial Competition, CUA Moot Court Associate, Phi Mu Fraternity - Gamma Omicron Chapter, President - Phi Mu Fraternity Pledge Class.