“Corrynn Peters is extremely knowledgeable, quick, confident, very personable, and we never waited long for a return phone call or email.”
– L. Bartee on Google
- J.D., Regent University School of Law, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 2003
- B.S., Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia, 2000
- Adjunct Professor, Regent University School of Law
- On campus: Client Interviewing and Counseling Spring 2017 and Spring 2018
- Online: Civil Pretrial Practice and Procedure Fall 2015
- Online: Business Associations for Profit Organizations, Winter 2011
- Associate, Bowman Green Hampton & Kelly, PLLC, 2006-2010
- Staff Attorney, Chesapeake Circuit Court, 2005-2006
- Law Clerk, The Honorable James C. Turk, Senior United States District Judge, 2004-2005
- Law Clerk, The Honorable B. Waugh Crigler, United States Magistrate Judge, 2003-2004
- Substitute Judge, District Courts 2008 – 2020
- Virginia State Bar
- Virginia State Bar Council, Current
- Virginia State Bar, Disciplinary Committee Member 2017 to 2021
- Chesapeake Bar Association, Current
- Chesapeake Bar Association, President 2013
- Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association, Current
- Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association, Bench Bar Relations Committee, Current
- Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association, Pro Bono Committee, Current
- Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association, CLE Committee, Co-chair 2013 – 2015
- Law Library Telephone Information Clinic, Volunteer
- Virginia Super Lawyers 2013 to present
- Virginia Super Lawyers – Rising Star 2012
- CoVA Biz Top Lawyers – Family Law 2017 – 2022
- Virginia Business Legal Elite – Family / Domestic Relations 2021
- Women in Business Honoree 2020
- Influential Women of Law Class of 2020
- Coastal Virginia Magazine Best of Reader’s Choice 2020 – Best Law Firm (Southside)
- Top 40 Under 40, Inside Business Honoree 2011
- Substitute Judge 2008 – 2020
- LEAD Hampton Roads: Class of 2018
- Norfolk Public Schools Mock Judiciary: Judge 2015-2018
- Norfolk Public Schools Mock Judiciary: Team Coach 2013 & 2014
- Triple-R Ranch, Inc., Board Member
- First Baptist Church of Norfolk, Member
- Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, Member
“Kim is incredible, at the very least. She will make you feel at home – like you are speaking with a family member who genuinely cares for the needs of your family.”
– A. Wales on Google
- J.D., Regent University School of Law, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 2005
- M.Ed., Campbell University, Buies Creek, North Carolina, 1995
- B.S., Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, 1988
- Associate, Bowman Green Hampton & Kelly, PLLC, 2005-2010
- Intern, The Honorable James E. Bradberry, Federal Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia, Summer 2004
- Intern, Chesapeake Circuit Court, 2003-2004
- Intern, Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney, Summer 2003
- Influential Women of Law Class of 2021
- Substitute Judge 2015 – 2020
- Leadership Award, 2020, Hampton Roads Chamber
- Coastal Virginia Magazine Best Of Reader’s Choice 2020 – Best Law Firm (Southside)
- Hampton Roads Chamber – Norfolk Division Board
- Virginia Super Lawyers, 2018-2022
- Virginia Bar Association, Member
- Domestic Relations Section Council Member
- Virginia Business Legal Elite in Family/Domestic Relations, 2017-2022
- Super Lawyers of Virginia – Rising Star, 2013-2015
- Top Lawyer – Adoption, Marital, and Family Law: Coastal Virginia Magazine 2017 – 2022
- Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association, Member
- Executive Board Member 2016 – 2019
- Former Committees: Mock Trial (Chair), Bench Bar, Professionalism, Membership (Former Chair), Programs (Former Chair)
- Adjunct Professor, Regent University School of Law – Civil Pre-Trial and Practice, Corporations, Advanced Torts, 2011-2015
- Chesapeake Bar Association, Past President-2012
- Old Dominion University Alumni Board Member, 2018-2019
- Susan G. Komen, Tidewater Affiliate Board Member, 2018-2019
- Norfolk Public Schools Mock Judiciary
- Program Coordinator 2015
- Co-Coordinator 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
- Norfolk Public Schools Mock Judiciary: Team Coach 2013 & 2014
- Hermitage Museum Exhibit Docent, Former Young Associates Board Member
- Lochhaven Civic League: 2008-2022
- Cottage Line Civic League: 2022
- Sacred Heart Church, Member & Former High School Catechist Teacher
- CHKD Downtown Circle Member 2014-2016, CHKD 2015 Tour de Cuisine, Homeowner’s Chair
- Living It Up Downtown – Tour de Cuisine, Committee Member, 2018
- Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce – Former Trustee Member
- LEAD Hampton Roads: Class of 2017
“Lisa Jackson is an intelligent, experienced,
and empathetic attorney.”
– M. Thompson on Google
- J.D., Regent University School of Law, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 2014
- B.S., Business Administration, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Wilmington, North Carolina, 2004
- Task Force Officer, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, Norfolk Field Office, 2013-2015
- United States Attorney’s Office Eastern District of Virginia Public Service Award 2016
- United States Attorney’s Office Eastern District of Virginia Public Service Award 2015
- Norfolk Police Vice and Narcotics Investigator, 2007-2013
- Norfolk Police Officer, Second Patrol, 2005-2007
- Fraternal Order of Police Top Achiever in Academics Award 2005
- Virginia State Bar
- Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association
- Chesapeake Bar Association
- Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
- 2019 Young Lawyers Legal Elite
- Norfolk Public Schools Mock Judiciary: Team Coach 2016 – 2020
- Grants Manager for Southern Chesapeake Athletic Association
Tammi is the first person on our team that will help you take a step forward. As the Receptionist and Administrative Assistant for the firm she is the first person you will encounter whether you are calling in or coming into the office. Born into a Coast Guard family, Tammi moved up and down the east coast until she found a home in Wakefield, VA. She lives there to this day with her husband, Brad and their four active children. Tammi stays busy outside of work as a member of the Colonial Coast Girl Scout community. She has been an outdoor facilitator to hundreds of girls in various activities such as canoeing, archery, rock wall climbing, backpacking, and high and low ropes courses. She particularly enjoys “caving” with her daughters and camping as often as possible with her family.
After working for 20+ years in the food industry, I was in desperate need of a change. I felt that my knowledge and experience were wasted in my position at the time. I worked long hours and never had opportunities to spend with my family. As the general manager of a fast-food restaurant, I was always on call, having to drop everything if my store “needed me.” I was burnt out. Through a mutual friend of the firm, I learned Phillips & Peters was looking to hire a new receptionist. I didn’t have specific experience in the position but I was hopeful that my many years of customer service would be an asset. I have always wanted to work in a career where I could be more helpful to people, and I found that at Phillips & Peters.
Together, my husband and I have 4 children, ranging from 10 yrs old to 17 yrs old. As a family, we love to spend time outdoors. We are very passionate about camping. We typically take multiple camping trips throughout the year, either as just a family or with our Girl Scout troop and friends. We have experienced and made many memories from camping, i.e. white water rafting, zip-lining, driving down the Dragons Backbone, and hiking the Triple Crown.
My customer service knowledge and experience serve me best in my current position. I am typically the first person that most people speak with at Phillips and Peters. When a client calls in upset, I do my best to try to calm them. Sometimes people just need someone to talk to them. I’ve learned to listen well and use my compassionate nature to serve them. Some situations are outside of our control but I can always listen and help point them in the better direction.
Office Manager & Paralegal
Born and raised in Portsmouth, Nancy has worked as a legal professional since 1984. At her first firm she handled everything from traffic and criminal matters to bankruptcy and personal injury. In 2001, she earned her B.S. in Psychology from Old Dominion University and continued in her legal career. She transitioned strictly to family law for 5 years before joining the Phillips & Peters family in 2011, a year after Corrynn and Kim opened the firm. Nancy keeps our team organized as the Office Manager and serves our clients as a paralegal. She’s been recognized as an “Unsung Legal Hero” by Virginia Lawyers Weekly and continues to keep our standards high around the office.
I was a pharmacy technician for 4 years. My daughters were very young and I needed a job without weekends or night shifts. I learned of a law firm in Portsmouth who was looking for a receptionist at their new location. I applied and eventually became a legal secretary and office manager. I worked there for about 22 years then decided I needed to be challenged. I applied with a small family law firm and worked there as a paralegal for approximately 5 years. The opportunity with Phillips & Peters arose and I have been here as a paralegal and Office Manager for over 10 years.
On the weekends in spring and fall, I enjoy going to my granddaughters’ softball and/or soccer games. The rest of the time I enjoy relaxing with my 2 dogs (before a nice fire in the winter months) and watching cooking shows or old movies. I also love to cook and come up with variations of recipes.
I would advise to pursue a career that interests you and to work where you have potential to grow and to never stop learning.
As a native to Virginia Beach, Liene Hawkins graduated from Tidewater Community College with an associate degree of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies in December 2006. She went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in Social Science from Ashford University while working in several areas of law. Her legal career thus far has included criminal, civil litigation, personal injury, and family law. In 2015, Liene joined the team of Phillips & Peters, where she began to focus on family law exclusively. She graciously wears the unofficial title of resident IT consultant and overall fixer.
Family law as a whole was surprising and new to me. I came from a 12-year career that consisted of just about every other kind of law, except family law. Although there are many similarities in the day-to-day procedure with family law and other types of law practiced in the General District Court, you have to have a certain temperament to assist with family law cases. People are in the throes of very emotional times in their lives when they engage one of our attorneys. They need a larger measure of empathy and time from you as the paralegal than you would need for civil litigation or even a criminal client. That was a big adjustment for me.
I wish I could say Johnny Cochran or a Supreme Court Case fueled my desire to be in the legal field but it was honestly my children. If not for them I’d probably be a backup dancer living like a hobo city to city. I needed a stable job to provide for them.
I try to develop a professional yet caring relationship with our clients. I want them to know that I care about their case and goals. Although there are times, we have to manage expectations and help our clients keep to deadlines; I hope that it comes across that I do care about each client and their case.
A longtime resident of Hampton Roads, Ashley Keil decided to keep her talents close to home when she went to Old Dominion University to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. She graduated in May of 2006 and began her legal assistant career that same year. She has worked primarily in the family law field since 2008 and joined the Phillips & Peters family in 2017.
I love being a paralegal at Phillips & Peters because I really feel like I’m making a difference in people’s lives. Having been through family law issues myself, I know it feels like a marathon and can be incredibly emotionally tough. I like helping people in whatever way I can so they can get to the conclusion of their cases and move forward.
I enjoy spending time with my family and our dog, Enzo. Our favorite family activity is to get up early, pack up and head to the Outer Banks to drive out on the beach and spend the day together. We stay all day long and enjoy cookouts on the beach and head home late in the afternoon. Another favorite day off would be traveling to one of the local recreation fields to watch one of our children play soccer or softball.
I think it’s important to remember that every custody battle is about the children. Emotions run high especially when considering custody of your children, but the bottom line is you have to think of how this is affecting them and what is in their best interests. Animosity with one another doesn’t help the children get through the stress they inevitably feel from parents going through litigation, so do whatever you can to just think of them first.
Kelsey knew for a long time that she wanted to do something in the legal field but couldn’t pinpoint exactly what. Before her legal career began, she worked an assortment of jobs that included teaching dance, and nannying. When she joined Phillips & Peters in 2019, she was earning her bachelor’s degree in Paralegal Studies from Regent University. (A program that our founding partners helped develop!) She started as an administrative assistant and after 6 months was promoted to a full-time paralegal.
I wanted to be a professional dancer as a child. I don’t think a professional dancer has many similarities to this path but if I would have continued to teach dance then I do see a similarity there since both professions deal with families.
The biggest difference for me would be the fact that I grew up in a town that doesn’t even have a 4-way stop and then I moved to a fairly decent sized city with a large military population. I had to really learn how to live independently. I have no family nearby, and I had to learn to make new friends and sometimes be alone when my husband is away due to his military service with the US Navy. It has been a growing experience for me to leave my roots and learn how to make it without a whole lot of support. Work is a difference too because here I’ve met lots of different people. In Michigan, I grew up with everyone I worked with, or I went to school with their children. It’s a very different way of life than it is here in Virginia.
I think that the part of my job that makes me feel like I am helping clients move forward is working with the Legal Aid clients. It’s really rewarding to see and hear how excited they are when they receive the news that their final order of divorce has been entered. Especially since a lot of them have been waiting for this for a long time.