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Erica Giovanni Baez focuses her practice on family law. Erica understands the difficult emotional, spiritual, and financial challenges presented by divorce and other domestic relations matters. She offers exceptional communication and compassionate counsel to her clients as they navigate some of life’s most difficult and personal challenges. She has vast experience handling divorce, custody and visitation, relocation, and child support cases. As a certified Guardian Ad Litem for children, Erica works diligently to help her clients fight for their children’s best interests.
Erica is licensed to practice law in both Virginia and Florida. She has been recognized by Virginia Business magazine’s Legal Elite in the area of Family Law/Domestic Relations, and a named a Rising Star by Virginia Super Lawyers. She is the Immediate Past President of the Chesterfield Bar Association. She previously served on the Board of Directors and as the inaugural Chairwoman of the Women’s Business Council of the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce.
Erica is a competitive ballroom dancer and has taught dance lessons and dance exercise. She is involved in the Richmond fine arts community, and you will occasionally see her performing in musicals and plays. She and her husband, Jesse Baez, also a local trial attorney, and their very busy toddler reside in Chesterfield and attend Crestwood Church.
I strongly believe the Collaborative Process is the best way to help families through the transitions arising from divorce, support, and custody changes. It allows clients to address their individual concerns while discovering common goals and mutual benefits in the best interest of the whole family.
Mollie Barton practices in all areas of family law, including divorce, custody, visitation, and support. Mollie is a committed advocate and creative problem solver. Her reassuring presence and empathic approach help clients feel confident and comfortable as they work to resolve their legal matters.
She has been selected for inclusion in Virginia Rising Stars in Richmond magazine since 2009 and Virginia Super Lawyers since 2014. For three years, Mollie was named to the list of Top 50 Women Virginia Super Lawyers. Mollie was included in the 24th edition of The Best Lawyers in America.
Mollie is a 2004 graduate of the George Mason University School of Law, where she was a participant in the Domestic Relations Legal Clinic and a student member of the George Mason American Inn of Court. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Bryn Mawr College in 1996 and received a Master of Arts degree in American Studies at the College of William & Mary in 1998. Mollie was formerly associated with Colten Cummins Watson & Vincent PC in Fairfax, Virginia, where she practiced family law and volunteered with several pro bono programs.
Mollie lives in the City of Richmond with her husband and three children. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and cooking.
Jessica Beatty practices family law at Stiles Ewing Powers PC, focusing on divorce, child custody and visitation, spousal support, child support, and premarital agreements. She has been selected to Super Lawyers Rising Stars since 2019 and Virginia Business Magazine Legal Elite for Family Law/Domestic Relations for 2020.
Jessica serves as co-chair of the Collaborative Professionals of Richmond. She is an active member of the Virginia Trial Lawyers’ Association Family Law Section, the Lewis F. Powell Inn of Court, and the Metro Richmond Women’s Bar Association.
Jessica graduated with honors from the University of Virginia. She obtained her law degree from William & Mary School of Law and has been practicing exclusively family law since 2012.
Mary Owens is grateful for the Collaborative Law process which allows the resolution of family law matters in a healthy and healing manner which resonates with her personal beliefs and values.
Mary is well respected among her peers and is listed in Best Lawyers in America in Family Law, Family Law Mediation and Collaborative Law. She was named one of the Influential Women of Virginia by Virginia Lawyers Media, recognizing women in all fields who are making notable contributions to their chosen professions, their communities and society at large. Mary has achieved Martindale-Hubbell’s highest AV® Preeminent rating for legal ability and ethical standards and has been listed in Virginia Business magazine’s “Legal Elite” in the domestic relations category since 2001. She has been selected for “Virginia Super Lawyers” in the family law category since 2006, and for more than ten years, Mary has received the added distinction as one of the “Top 25 Women Virginia Super Lawyers” and one of the “Top 50 Women Virginia Super Lawyers,” which indicates she received one of the highest point totals in the nomination, research and blue ribbon review process. Since 2014, Mary has also been named to the “Top 50 Richmond” and “Top 100 Virginia Super Lawyers.”
Mary is a founding member and former president of the Metro Richmond Family Law Bar, and a past president of the Chesterfield County Bar Association. She has served as an officer and been active in the Metro Richmond Women’s Bar Association. She is a frequent lecturer for attorneys in continuing legal education programs on family law and has lectured for the Virginia Apartment Management Association. Mary was recommended by the Virginia State Bar Professionalism Committee and served a three-year term on the Virginia Bar Professionalism Course Faculty from 2006 to 2009. She also served two three-year terms on the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Committee, which oversees and disciplines attorneys on ethics matters.
Mary received her law degree from the T.C. Williams School of Law of the University of Richmond in 1986 and her undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech in 1983. When she is not helping her clients, or participating in her women’s book club, Mary can be found traveling, hiking or at the beach.
During the collaborative process Mary Wilkins Hunt aims to support her clients in being goal oriented and open to possibilities while restructuring their family and focusing on the future.
Mary, a partner at Family Law Associates of Richmond, P.C., was born in Kilmarnock, Virginia. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Virginia Tech in 2001 and obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Richmond School of Law in 2008. While at the University of Richmond, Mary concentrated on family law classes and was a teaching assistant for the school’s Collaborative law course. Additionally, Mary’s article written for an Advanced Family Law Seminar was published by the Journal of the Law and Public Interest. Mary was admitted to the Virginia State Bar in 2009. Mary, her husband, Broaddus and their children live in Richmond’s West End.
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Rebecca obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2008 and obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Richmond School of Law in 2011. While at the University of Richmond, Rebecca concentrated on family law classes, earning her family law certificate upon graduation. During her final year at the University of Richmond, she clerked for the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, which provided her with unique insight into the juvenile court system. Since graduation, she has worked as an associate attorney at a general practice firm, with a focus in family law. She also serves as a Guardian ad litem for minor children in Henrico county. Rebecca, her husband Alex, and her daughter live in the Northside of Richmond. She loves to travel and spend time with her family.
Donita King is a collaborative practice attorney, arbitrator, certified mediator and authorized trainer (VA Supreme Court, Dispute Resolution). Donita is licensed in Virginia, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia. She has substantial experience in the areas of domestic relations (including cross-border family and preventive parental kidnapping) law and mediation, insurance and financial services, personal injury, labor and employment, business, real estate, construction, landlord-tenant, and health law. She speaks Spanish and is a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (‘FINRA’), neutral arbitrator (chair status), and authorized mediator.
When she’s not in the office helping clients, Donita enjoys spending time with her Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers. As an animal lover, she supports the ASPCA and Humane organizations.
Growing up in a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic background, Donita enjoys meeting people from other places. She enjoys the performing arts and is a continuous student of ancient civilizations. Additionally, she’s an active member of her church.
The Collaborative process provides an excellent opportunity to work through challenging issues in an open, honest and respectful way. Parents can do no greater service for their children than to work together at reaching genuine and lasting agreements concerning the welfare of their family. I like how the Collaborative process encourages and supports clients in their efforts to have direct and authentic conversations about their respective futures and the future well-being of their children.
An accomplished Richmond divorce and family lawyer, Chris Macturk has guided hundreds of individuals through separations, divorces and disputes over children and support. A Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), Chris is also past President of both the Henrico County Bar Association and the Metro Richmond Family Law Bar Association. He is an active member of the Domestic Relations Section of the Virginia Bar Association and the City of Richmond Bar Association, having recently served as the chairperson of its Pro Bono Committee. Chris has also participated in many seminars and written a number of articles about family law.
Chris met his wife, Cynthia, while they both attended the University of Richmond. They have three sons and spend much of their time at Tuckahoe Little League – Go, Go Tuckahoe!
Jonathan Murdoch-Kitt has practiced divorce law in the Richmond Metropolitan Area for more than 46 years. He does his best to keep amicable cases amicable. He is committed to the collaborative process and to helping people work through their divorce in a kinder, gentler and more respectful way.
Jonathan earned his BA in 1970 from the University of Pittsburgh and his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1973. He has been practicing in the Richmond area since 1974. He first worked for Legislative Services, where he was discovered by then-Delegate Frank Hall. Jonathan went to work for Hall & Hall for five years before he began his own law practice. He has been practicing law for more than 40 years in personal injury and family law. He currently is a member of the Richmond Bar Association, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Metro Richmond Family Law Bar Association, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and the Collaborative Professionals of Richmond. Jonathan was also selected to be a member of Virginia’s Legal Elite for 2015 by Virginia Business. In addition to focusing on his clients, Jonathan serves as Capitol District Chair for the Boy Scouts of America, as a volunteer. He is the father of four successful children and dotes on three adorable grandchildren. He loves traveling to see his children and grandchildren, supporting the Flying Squirrels, and attending college football games.
There is so much pain and frustration associated with ending a marriage or negotiating custodial arrangements. Unfortunately, when you add lawyers and the legal system to the mix, the level of frustration often increases. While separation, divorce, and custody are still hard issues to tackle, if you choose the Collaborative Process, Barbara Picard will work with you as you create the solutions in your case. At the end of the day, you and your partner will be the ones to resolve the issues that need to be resolved – who will create solutions to the problems that now exist – and because of that, it is more likely that you will find it easier to live with those solutions.
She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Sociology from Florida State University in 2002 and obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Richmond Law School in 2006. While studying at the University of Richmond, Lisa worked with the Spotsylvania Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, the Chesterfield Commonwealth Attorney and the law firm, Gordon Dodson, Gordon & Rowlett. Upon graduation from Law school, she served as the civil law clerk for the Richmond Circuit Court before entering private practice. She and her husband live in Chesterfield County with their son and two hound dogs.
Theresa Rhinehart has practiced Family Law in Richmond, Virginia for over thirty years. She is a graduate of UNC at Chapel Hill Law School and graduated summa cum laude from UNC-Wilmington. Theresa has been married over thirty years to her husband Michael Marr and they have two beautiful daughters, Jamie & Casey.