When an individual hires an attorney, it is often because he or she is facing a crisis or some major event in their personal or business lives. They may have never dealt with an attorney before and they are apprehensive or nervous about taking the initial step; picking up the phone and calling to make an appointment.
It is my goal to make every encounter with my office as positive an experience as possible. In the nineteen years I have been in practice, first in Bridgeport, Connecticut and now in Gastonia, North Carolina, I strive to provide ethical, professional legal services on a personal level. The approach I take is that mandated by the rules of ethics governing my profession. The clients case is always the clients case. My job is to listen to the goals my client is trying to achieve and explore with them legal means to achieve those goals. It is also my job to know the law, explain it in terms that my client can understand and make informed decisions.
My office hours are designed to be conducive to meeting the needs of working individuals as well as those who are able to handle business during normal business hours. I believe it is important to be available after five and on Saturdays for those clients who have difficulty taking time out of their work day to attend to business unless absolutely necessary. I see clients by appointment Monday through Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. Especially in this economy, my clients should not have to choose between seeing an attorney or keeping their jobs.
During my years of practice in Connecticut, I had many clients who remained clients for many years. They also brought their family members, friends, and co-workers to me because they were pleased with my handling of their legal affairs. I look forward to providing the same level of service to my North Carolina clients.
She is bi-lingual; Spanish and English and the focus of her practice at this time is Chapter 7, 11 and 13 Bankruptcies and other areas of debtor consumer law. Another area of concentration is Immigration Law. Additionally, she also handles real estate transactions, drafting and negotiating commercial leases, wills and many other aspects of Civil Law.
She earned her Bachelors Degree in Spanish from Rutgers College, Rutgers University, a Master of Urban Planning Degree from New York University and her Juris Doctor degree from Quinnipiac University. She learned Spanish while completing a Junior Year Abroad program in Mexico City, Mexico.
History and Professional Background:
Verna was a practicing attorney in Bridgeport, Connecticut for sixteen (16) years before relocating to the Greater Charlotte, North Carolina area, in 2006. She opened her solo law practice in Gastonia, North Carolina on September 11, 2009. In total she has been practicing law for twenty one (21) years.
She is admitted to practice in State and Federal Courts in both Connecticut and North Carolina. Additionally, she is admitted to The Supreme Court of the United States.
Organizations and Memberships:
Ambassador for the Gaston Chamber of Commerce
Member of American Immigration Lawyers Association
North Carolina Bar Association; Member of Bankruptcy and Real Estate Law Divisions