Leitner Law Group
Estate Planning and Elder Law

About

Care. Compassion. Connection.

 

LEGAL TEAM

 

Owner/Founding Attorney

Cathy Jackson Leitner

A Virginia native, Cathy received her law degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law in 1999. Cathy serves as a trusted advisor to individual clients and families throughout Virginia regarding estate planning and elder law. Cathy's passion for her work and her ability to connect with individuals and make them feel at ease allows her to create long-lasting relationships with clients and their families.

Education

WASHINGTON AND LEE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
Juris Doctor, 1999

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA
Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, 1996

Activities & Affiliations

  • Harrisonburg-Rockingham Bar Association

  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

  • Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

  • Bridgewater Healthcare Foundation, Board Member

  • RMH Foundation Advisory Board, Member

Bar Admissions

Virginia, 1999

Honors and Awards

Virginia Business Magazine Legal Elite-2009


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 Attorney

Laura A. Evans

Laura received her law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 2006. Laura currently focuses her practice in the areas of estate planning, elder law, estate and trust administration, special needs planning, and adoptions. Laura’s previous experience in the area of family law makes her uniquely qualified to help clients navigating a divorce with their estate planning needs. Laura is also passionate about the Collaborative Process, which is a unique alternative dispute resolution tool used in estate disputes and family law cases. 

Education

CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL
Juris Doctor, 2006

KENT STATE UNIVERSITY
Bachelor of Business Administration, Cum Laude, 2003

Activities & Affiliations

  • The Collins Center, Board President

  • Harrisonburg-Rockingham Bar Association

  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

  • Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals

  • Virginia Collaborative Professionals

  • Collaborative Professionals of the Shenandoah Valley

  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association

  • Past President and Board Member of The Arc of Harrisonburg Rockingham County

Bar Admissions

Virginia, 2006

Honors and Awards

Virginia Business Magazine Legal Elite-2013, 2015, 2017


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Associate Attorney

Beth Carole Driver

Beth received her law degree from George Mason University School of Law in 2012. Beth currently focuses her practice in the areas of estate planning, elder law, estate and trust administration, and special needs planning. Prior to joining Leitner Law Group, Beth’s practice included family law, real estate, business planning, and representing both consumers and creditors in bankruptcy cases. This diverse background allows Beth to better represent her clients’ varying needs in the estate planning process. Beth is a Shenandoah Valley native and currently lives in Broadway with her husband and son.

Education

GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW SCHOOL
Juris Doctor, 2012

ROANOKE COLLEGE
Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, 2009

Bar Admissions

Virginia, 2012


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Certified Paralegal

Olivia C. Shifflett

Olivia is a lifelong resident of the Shenandoah Valley. She began as an intern with the firm in 2016. She graduated from Bridgewater College in 2017 with a degree in Business Administration and minor in Communication Studies. She received a certificate of paralegal studies from James Madison University, and she is qualified by the National Association of Legal Assistants to provide CP ® (certified paralegal) services. Olivia assists our attorneys with legal research and drafting estate planning documents from wills to complex trusts for special needs and asset preservation. She also manages the firms communication outlets.

Education

BRIDGEWATER COLLEGE
Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, 2017

JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY
Certificate of Paralegal Studies, 2017

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LEGAL ASSISTANTS
Certified Paralegal (CP ®)

Areas of Expertise

Estate Planning
Asset Preservation Planning
Communication Manager


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Legal Assistant

Karen Shreckhise Lambert

Karen is a lifelong resident of Augusta and Rockingham County. She has over thirty years of legal experience and began working with Cathy Leitner in 1999. In addition to assisting with the drafting of estate planning documents, Karen works closely with clients to help them properly transfer assets to their trusts. She also works with personal representatives of estates to guide them in the estate administration process.

Areas of Expertise

Estate and Trust Administration
Estate Planning
Real Estate


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Legal Assistant

Bridget M. Rigby, MBA

Bridget joined Leitner Law Group in April of 2019. She works closely with clients and their family members to help them with the Medicaid application process. Bridget also assists the attorneys with all fiduciary clients.

Education

Mount St. Mary’s University
Master of Business Administration

Drexel University
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Areas of Expertise

Medicaid Planning
Asset Preservation Planning
Fiduciary Practice


 

CLIENT CARE COORDINATOR

Michele K. Argiro

Michele is one of the main people our clients speak with when they call or come to our office. Her welcoming personality allows our clients to immediately feel comfortable. She has been a resident of the Shenandoah Valley for over ten years and joined Leitner Law Group in early 2015. Michele works closely with our attorneys to help families navigate through the adoption process, and she enjoys volunteering with the local foster program.

Areas of Expertise

Client Relations
Adoptions



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Administrative Assistant

Mandi F. Glendye

Mandi is a lifelong resident of the Shenandoah Valley and joined Leitner Law Group in July of 2019. She is the first person our clients come into contact with in our office. Mandi was previously an elementary school teacher in both Rockingham and Augusta County.

Education

Bridgewater College
Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Areas of Expertise

Client Relations