Pennington Law Firm PLLC

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The Founder

Whitney Pennington

I grew up in Southwest Virginia. I decided to become an attorney to help serve this area and its people. My passion has always been family law. I enjoy helping clients through difficult times and guiding them through their trials with individualized attention. It was because of this passion I attended Campbell’s Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law in Raleigh, North Carolina where I majored in trial advocacy. During my time in law school, I focused on family law and estate planning.

In 2012, I graduated at the top of my class with honors and passed the North Carolina Bar. In early 2013, I passed the Virginia Bar. At this time, my active license is in Virginia only. Since that time, I have been in private practice as well as worked in other legal capacities.
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General Practice and Magistrate

In the first few years of my practice, I worked in a general practice firm where I grew as an attorney who litigated matters from real property, family law, to personal injury.

I worked as a magistrate in Northern Virginia where I issued warrants for arrest, search warrants, emergency protective orders and emergency custody orders for mental health.

Wide Array of Knowledge

For the last six years, I have focused primarily on child support, family law, estate planning and small traffic infraction defense. I have practiced in many different localities to include Smyth, Abingdon, Bristol, Russell, Wythe, Tazewell, and Wise to Prince William County, Fairfax and Loudoun County.

I have accumulated a wide array of knowledge over the past nine years. Specifically in family law, I have negotiated property settlement agreements, which include custody, child support, spousal support, and equitable distribution of the marital estate. I have also litigated these matters as well. I have helped clients who have large and small portfolios and believe that each client no matter the size of their marital estate should have personal attention and an individual plan, which suits their needs.

Estate Planning Experience

As for my experience in estate planning, I have worked with clients who have a small estate and need only a simple will to those who have large estates in excess of one million dollars and significant property and need more extensive planning such as a family trust. I have advised at least 200 families since 2013 on how to best handle their estate and its assets so that it is done in accordance with their wishes.

Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia

In the last two years, I have been an Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia and have litigated over 3,000 petitions for child support and rules to show cause. I have dealt with issues such as imputation of income, underemployment, a medical diagnosis that render a person unable to work, and child support for adult children who are disabled.
I have litigated over a thousand rules to show causes for child support and know what each side must prove or defend in order to be successful.

It is with this experience that I have decided to open up my practice in Abingdon, Virginia. My love for this area and its people has driven me to want to help those through a very difficult process. My experience has been that most people do not see a lawyer when things are going well. Instead, people consult attorneys when life is difficult.

I aim to meet with clients in a way that leaves them feeling as though they have been heard and understand what various options lie before them. I am honest and forthright and will always strive to be so with my clients. I choose to try and settle most matters amicably; however, there is a time and place for resilient and robust litigation which I am comfortable doing as well. If you choose my firm, it would be an honor to serve you and to help you through this potentially challenging time in your life.

My Personal Life

I am married to my husband of eleven years with whom I share two precious boys. We enjoy cooking, movie nights, going to my son’s karate, attending our church, and staying connected to our families. My family keeps me centered and without them, this dream would be impossible.
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Paralegal

Tara Leigh Fox

Hello! My name is Tara Leigh Fox. I am from Russell County Virginia where I was born and raised. I received my Bachelors Degree in Legal Studies/Paralegal Studies from Virginia Intermont College. My strengths are in my need to know why and how. I love research and dedicate myself to finding answers. There is nothing better for me than being able to find a solution for someone. Legal issues can seem overwhelming for some and can cause stress and worry, I pride myself in being able to soothe some of that worry. I also take pride in being compassionate as well as professional with clients.

I practiced for 2 years in Abingdon, Virginia before having my son. After his birth my husband and I decided it would be best if I devoted my time to him. For 5 years that is what I did. When Covid showed up we decided to homeschool. We are loving it and with the freedom homeschool gives I feel it is time for me to return to work in the legal field. When I am not at work or in a classroom you can find me on the golf course or if it is warm by a body of water. I love water sports of all kinds. A beach, river, spring or pool are my happy places. I am so very thankful God lead me to The Pennington Law Firm. I am very excited for this new adventure. I look forward to hearing and working with all of you.

Paralegal

Brenna Doane

Brenna Doane’s legal career began in January 2000 working for a law firm based in Baltimore, Maryland specializing in creditor representation, bankruptcy, and real estate. Brenna has moved from being a legal assistant to a paralegal after 15 years of the professional legal industry and supervisory experience.

Her experience includes client/attorney scheduling, client services/reception, preparing and filing legal documents, file maintenance, third-party vendor coordination, general attorney support, supporting clients and the legal team through communication, research, and drafting documents, and is a licensed Virginia Notary. She obtained her Paralegal Certificate in 2016 at Lord Fairfax Community College. Her hobbies include singing, attending live theater, and live music.

Receptionist

Tammy Lundy

Tammy Lundy serves as the front-line receptionist for the firm. She has been with the firm since its inception and she strives to make sure every call is answered and every voicemail returned. Tammy works to balance the firm’s schedule so that Whitney can balance court, current clients, and new consults. She relays messages to both Whitney and Tara so they may make sure each client has a timely response.

Tammy lives with her husband, Jim, and her beloved dog FiFi. She has three children and five grandchildren who she adores. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, baking, attending church, and loving her family.

Customer Reviews

Natasha H.
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"Whitney was absolutely INCREDIBLE!! She listens to her clients and she fights with everything she has for them. I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND her. She was truly a blessing in my case. I will be using her for any of my other legal needs. If your looking for somebody who will go in with guns blazing Whitney is definitely the lawyer you need!!"
Payton A.
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"Whitney is very professional and very informative. She has helped us tremendously and guided us through the law process that we have to go through for our case. She is experienced and works hard for her clients. It’s always nice to have someone that is willing to help you and your family in anyway she can."
Sammy L.
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"Mrs. Pennington was attentive to my needs and her work was exemplary. I will definitely use her again when I have any legal needs. Thank you so much for listening to me and being understanding as well as a great advocate."
Bobby and Vicki F.
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"If you are in this area and need an attorney I would highly recommend Whitney Pennington. She did some estate for us and she was a real trooper and got it done for us. We really appreciated all she did for us and I’m sure she will take good care of you."
Amelia L.
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"Pennington Law Firm helped our family with legal paperwork for our small business. Whitney was very thorough and took the time to make sure we had everything completed as a new business in VA. Definitely would recommend her for all legality needs!"
Ashley T.
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"Whitney is knowledgeable, understanding, experienced, and helpful. She is always quick to respond and was helpful through everything. She’s aggressive and firm in cases when needed. I highly recommend her!"
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