Hope has been practicing law in Virginia for almost twenty years, and her focus has been on families for her entire legal career. She worked for the American Prosecutor’s Research Institute immediately upon her graduation from law school, where she provided training and support for prosecutors across the country in the areas of juvenile delinquency and child abuse. Thereafter, Hope was appointed as Special Counsel for the Office of the Virginia Attorney General, litigating all aspects of child support cases for several jurisdictions in Northern Virginia.
Hope joined ShounBach in 2007, and broadened her family law experience to include a wide variety child custody, visitation, spousal support, prenuptial agreements, protective orders and divorce. Hope has also represented clients in complex family law matters that included issues such as division of complicated marital estates, valuation of privately held businesses, and tracing of separate contributions to acquisition of marital assets.
Hope advocates for her clients both inside the courtroom and out. She provides strong guidance for clients through various processes that can resolve cases outside of the courtroom, including collaborative divorce and mediation. However, Hope also understands that there are times when litigation becomes a necessary tool to secure the goals of her clients, and when such approach is necessary, she works hard to prepare the best and strongest case for her clients.