Frances is both a litigator and a counselor. She maintains an active and diverse civil litigation practice, with a particular focus on employment law. She is capable of advising and counseling clients on a myriad of family formation matters including adoption, surrogacy, and assisted reproductive technology law.
Frances joined ThompsonMcMullan after serving as a law clerk for the Henrico County Circuit Court where she prepared bench memoranda for Judges’ civil and domestic dockets, drafted memoranda evaluating procedural and substantive law, and advised Judges on rulings. She researched and analyzed issues arising in the course of litigation and hearings, and drafted Opinion Letters that discussed and supported the Court’s decisions. Prior to her clerkship, Frances worked as a law clerk in the legal department of Carmax, Inc., in the Office of General Counsel at the University of Richmond, and in the Fredericksburg Public Defender’s Office.
Frances is an alumnus of Vanderbilt University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts with Honors degree. She attended the University of Richmond School of Law, where she was the Manuscripts Editor for the University of Richmond Law Review.
Originally hailing from Montgomery Village, Maryland, Frances now lives in Richmond with her husband and her very loud beagle. A fan of all sports, she formerly held national and world titles in baton twirling and worked for Vanderbilt University Football during college. She remains a huge Commodores fan.
- University of Richmond School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2015
- University of Richmond Law Review, Manuscripts Editor
- Client Counseling and Negotiation Board, President
- Alternative Dispute Resolution Society Board, Member
- Phi Delta Phi, Honor Society, Member
- CALI Award Winner, Regulating Reproduction, Spring 2015
- Awarded Top Student, Legal Writing/Law Skills Course, Fall 2012
- Vanderbilt University, B.A. with Honors, Sociology and Psychology, 2012
Counseling and Protecting Clients When Technology Outpaces Law, Virginia Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, “Opening Statement”, Spring 2018