Hirschler Fleischer, Attorneys at Law
725 Jackson Street, Suite 200
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401
• T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond, J.D., 1996
• Richard S. Reynolds Graduate School of Business, University of Richmond, M.B.A., 1996
• E. Claiborne Robins School of Business, University of Richmond, B.S.B.A. (Finance and Marketing), 1991
Professional/business/civic/nonprofit organizations in which you are/have been involved and positions held:
• Rappahannock Area United Way
o Board of Directors, 2009-present
o Campaign Cabinet, 2008
o Fredericksburg Office RUW Campaign Chair, 2005-2008
• University of Richmond Alumni Association
o President, Fredericksburg Chapter, 2007-present
o Member, UR Council, 2007-present
• Fredericksburg Area Food Bank
o Chair, Legal Food Frenzy, 2007 and 2008
o Volunteer, 2009
• Legal Information Network for Cancer (LINC)
o Referral Attorney and Volunteer, 1996-present
• Fredericksburg Ducks Unlimited Chapter
o Silent Auction Committee Chair, 2005-2008
o Volunteer, 2009
• Hirschler Fleischer Women’s Initiative Network (WIN)
o Steering Committee, 2007-present
o Richmond Event Chair, Entrepreneurial Philanthropy, featuring Doris Buffett, 2007
o Richmond Event Chair, Get Together, Stay Connected, 2008 and 2009
o Fredericksburg Event Chair, Get Together, Stay Connected, 2009
o Fredericksburg Event Chair, Women and the Arts at LibertyTown Gallery, 2010
Who were the important mentors you have had and how did they impact your career?
I have been blessed with many lifelong mentors, including my parents, Angie and Chris Hallberg, who instilled family values and a strong work ethic in me. All of my wonderful godparents, especially Ken Whitescarver and Mary Kay Savage, have supported me in every thinkable endeavor. Also, my partner and career-long mentor, Mike Terry, has been instrumental in my development and success as a commercial real estate attorney with Hirschler Fleischer. Mike has taught me so much over the years, and I continue to learn from him.
What do you consider your biggest personal and/or professional accomplishment and why?
My completion of the four-year JD/MBA program at UR in only three years is probably one of my biggest personal accomplishments — I may never have that much energy again! Professionally, 2007 was a highlight for me, as I was promoted to shareholder, and at that time, I became the third female shareholder in Hirschler Fleischer’s then six decade history.
What advice would you give to a young person graduating from college this spring?
Be patient. Never give up on your goals, but be open to alternative ways to achieve them!
How do you achieve a balance between your professional life and your personal life?
Admittedly, combining a law practice with motherhood can be challenging when it comes to balance. I’m a Libra, so I have always tried to keep my scales balanced in life. Being a mom has definitely intensified this goal. It is a constant give-and-take between family and career, and I try to be flexible and creative to achieve a successful balance. Though it’s an ongoing effort to meet the demands of private practice and fulfill the needs of my family, I am a firm believer that “you can have it all – just not all the time”. My real secret is my amazing husband Michael, who keeps me grounded, is a wonderful father to our children and shares equally in our family responsibilities and the everyday challenges of life.
When you were growing up, what did you want to be?
At one point, I thought I would be a photographer or a school teacher, though anyone who knows me, knows I tend to argue a lot, so the law seemed like a natural fit for me. At least I know where my 5 year-old daughter Landon, gets her argumentative streak.
What is your favorite book or movie and why?
One of my favorite books is The Shack by William P. Young, an enlightening novel which inspires me to consider extraordinary explanations of life’s true purpose. As far as movies go, I like anything that makes me laugh and keeps me entertained. A recent favorite of mine is Where the Wild Things Are, which contains some very simple, but important life lessons for children and adults. I especially enjoy watching any of the Star Wars movies with my 7 year-old son, Rainey, who is a real Star Wars fanatic. Landon and Michael even join in, so it’s great family time for us!
What are two things about you that not many people know?
I tend to be sort of crafty in my spare time. I love painting glassware and making purses as gifts for friends or as charitable donations, including donations to LINC’s annual “It’s in the Bag” Event. I decorate wooden purse forms with unconventional items such as wine corks, bottle caps and coffee beans. Of course, the fringe benefit to this hobby is enjoying a glass of wine or a cup of coffee with friends, which is definitely another favorite leisure activity of mine.