Rhonda has extensive background in following practice areas:
Estate Planning: Wills and Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Advance Medical Directives, Specialty Trusts, Probate and Trust Administration, Trust Litigation
Elder Law: Guardianships and Conservatorships, Medicaid Planning, Special Needs Planning, Veteran’s Planning
Business Planning/Asset Protection: Entity Selection, Limited Liability Company, Succession Planning, Asset Protection Trusts, Contracts
Since graduating with honors in 1995 from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, California, Rhonda has been working in partnership with individuals, families, small business owners, corporate executives, retired military officers, other veterans, and more, to provide tailored legal solutions. Her extensive courtroom and drafting experience allows her to think “out of the box” to meet her clients’ needs. Rhonda’s legal portfolio includes many of her own original documents, hand-drafted to address such issues as asset protection, flexible tax planning to ensure documents are nimble in the face of ever-changing tax laws, capital gains avoidance, problems with survivor benefits (TSP and FEGLI), and other client-specific needs. She is often hired by personal injury attorneys to handle guardianships, conservatorships, and special needs trusts for their injured or disabled clients.
A proud graduate of The Pennsylvania State University, with honors, Rhonda has been awarded the AV® Preeminent™ Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, achieving the highest ranking possible by her peers in the areas of ethical conduct, professional experience, and knowledge. She also has a “Superb” ranking on AVVO and has been named a Woman Leader in the Law as seen in Forbes Magazine, 2013 Top Lawyers in California, Virginia and DC, and 2014 Best Attorneys in Virginia and DC. She is frequently invited to develop curriculum for and teach Continuing Legal Education for the National Business Institute (NBI). Rhonda is regular speaker for several venues in her community. She is also frequently called upon to be a subject matter expert for the Washington Post and Northern Virginia Magazine, and was named an expert trial witness in the matter of joint trusts.
Rhonda is a member of Wealth Counsel, Elder Counsel, the Northern Virginia Estate Planning Council, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (VTLA), the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), the Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (VAELA), the Fairfax Bar Association (FBA), and is an accredited attorney with the Veteran’s Association. Committed to giving back to her community, Rhonda devotes time to working pro bono for clients in need of assistance, and is a past board member of the Canine Support Team.
Rhonda and her husband Jeff, a retired Marine Corps Officer, live in Northern Virginia with their two children and their beloved service dog Natalie. Rhonda and Jeff enjoy traveling throughout the east coast cheering on their children who both compete as competitive gymnasts. Rhonda is a proud member of The Alexandria Singers, a pre-eminent Washington, D.C. area pop music group.
“I live by the personal philosophy that nothing is impossible
with hard work, determination and ingenuity.”