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Attorneys

G. William Watkins

Mr. Watkins was born and raised in the City of Waynesboro and returned to Waynesboro in 1973 to practice law. He associated with Allen & Dalton and became a partner of the firm in 1975. Their firm merged with Charles L. Ricketts, III and Timothy C. Carwile in 1987 to form Allen & Carwile, P.C.

Mr. Watkins’ practice focuses primarily on commercial real estate transactions and complex estate planning and administration. He also engages in a full service business practice, which includes business planning, drafting, and litigation work.

Mr. Watkins holds an AV Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review RatingTM.

Place of Birth

  • Waynesboro, Virginia, 1948

Education

  • T.C. Williams School of Law of the University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia, J.D., 1973, Law Review, Delta Theta Phi
  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, B.A., History, 1970

Admitted

  • Virginia Supreme Court, 1973
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

Professional Associations and Activities

  • Augusta County Bar Association (President, 1992-1993)
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • General Counsel, Waynesboro School Board (1975-Present) General Counsel, DuPont Community Credit Union
  • Commissioner in Chancery (1983-Present)
  • Blue Ridge Legal Services, Inc. (Co-Founder, First President)
  • Blue Ridge Community College, Instructor Banking Law Applications

Civic Involvement

  • The Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge (Board Chairman, 2008)
  • First Presbyterian Church (Deacon, Elder, Church Treasurer)
  • Wachovia and Jefferson National Bank Advisory Boards
  • Augusta Health Care, Inc. Board of Directors (1995-2005)
  • Blue Ridge Community College Board (1994-2002)
  • Waynesboro Rotary Club (President 1989-1990)
  • Salvation Army Advisory Board (President, 1985-1987)
  • Vector Industries, Inc. (President, 1979-1980)
  • Boy Scouts of America (District Chairman, 1975-1977)

Practice Areas

  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Estate Planning
  • Business Planning and Litigation

Timothy C. Carwile

Mr. Carwile, a native Virginian, began the practice of law as the Executive Director of the  Legal Aid Society of Greater Lynchburg. He moved to Waynesboro in 1974, practicing with W. Charles Poland and serving for eight years as Waynesboro’s first Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney before he co-founded the firm of Carwile & Ricketts, P.C., which merged with Carter R. Allen, R. Toms Dalton, Jr. and G. William Watkins in 1987 to form the present professional corporation, Allen & Carwile, P.C. He served as President of the firm from Mr. Allen’s retirement in 2002 until 2015.

Mr. Carwile holds an AV-Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review RatingTM.

While his earlier career included considerable practice in litigation, estate planning and complex divorce and business transactional work, for the past twenty years Mr. Carwile has focused primarily on trial practice with special emphasis on criminal defense representation. He is a frequent lecturer on these topics, having spoken to police departments, public defenders, directors of Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Programs, and, for the Virginia CLE, on the defense of DUI (driving under the influence/DWI/driving while intoxicated) and other serious traffic cases. He is also an editor and co-author of the current definitive work on the subject, “Defense of Serious Traffic Cases in Virginia”. In 2011, Mr. Carwile completed a six-year term as a member  of the Mandatory Legal Education Committee appointed by the Virginia Supreme Court and currently serves the Virginia Bar as chair of its Eighth District Ethics Disciplinary Committee.

Mr. Carwile serves the Augusta County, VA, Circuit Court as a Special Commissioner and is a Substitute Judge for General District and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts.

Place of Birth

  • Lynchburg, Virginia

Education

  • T.C. Williams School of Law of the University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia, J.D., 1973
  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, B.A., English, 1970

Admitted

  • Virginia Supreme Court, 1973
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

Professional Associations and Activities

  • Augusta County Bar Association (President- 1994-95)
  • Virginia State Bar

Previous Experience

  • Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of Greater Lynchburg, Virginia (1974-1975)
  • Assistant Commonwealth’€s Attorney for the City of Waynesboro, Virginia (1975-1984)

Civic Involvement

  • Main Street United Methodist Church
  • Vice-Chairman, Waynesboro Transportation Safety Commission (1978-1980)
  • Waynesboro Country Club (President, 1982)
  • Rotary Club of Waynesboro (President 1985-1986, Paul Harris Fellow)
  • Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge (formerly Staunton-Augusta-Waynesboro Community Foundation) (Board of Directors- 1995-97)
  • Weimaraner Club of America (President, 2005-2009)
  • National Weimaraner Association (President, 2012- 2016)

Lectures

  • Virginia CLE- “€Defense of DUIs and Other Serious Traffic Offenses”€ (1999-Present)
  • Virginia CLE- “Traffic Defense- Your First Case” (2012)
  • Virginia CLE- “Criminal Practice in General District Courts” (2016)
  • Guest Lecturer- Washington and Lee School of Law (2012)

Articles

  • “€Trial Preparation and Tactics, including Handling Expert Witnesses”€ – Virginia CLE
  • Editor and Co-author – “€Defense of Serious Traffic Cases in Virginia”€, 2004, revised 2016, Virginia Law Foundation
  • Co-author –€“ “€Defending Serious Traffic Cases: Smart Strategy, Creative Tactics”, 2007, Virginia Law Foundation

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Defense- felonies, misdemeanors and traffic infractions in all Virginia courts
  • General Litigation

Franchesca Fede Gomez

Ms. Gomez joined the firm as an Associate Attorney in the Fall of 2002 and became a shareholder in June 2007. Ms. Gomez also serves as the Commissioner of Accounts for the City of Waynesboro, a position that she obtained in 2019. Her legal practice has a strong concentration in real estate transactions and litigation. Her caseload currently includes boundary disputes, title defects, among other miscellaneous real estate matters. In addition, Ms. Gomez provides a full range of services to business clients, including assistance with organizational documents, contracts, leases, debt collection, and litigation. Ms. Gomez also regularly provides estate planning advice and serves as court-appointed guardian ad litem for incapacitated adults.

Ms. Gomez has been a member of the Virginia Bar since 1997 and the District of Columbia Bar since 1999 and is a member of the Virginia and District of Columbia Bar Associations as well as the Augusta County Bar Association.  Ms. Gomez earned her law degree from the George Mason University School of Law in May of 1997 and is a graduate of the University of Virginia.

Place of Birth

  • Alexandria, Virginia, 1972

Education

  • George Mason University School of Law, J.D. 1997
    • Corporate and Securities Law Track, Civil Rights Law Journal Editor
  • University of Virginia, B.A. 1994
    • Religious Studies and History Majors

Admitted

  • Virginia Supreme Court, 1997
  • District of Columbia, 1999
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Virginia

Professional Affiliations

  • Virginia State Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Augusta  Bar Association

Civic Involvement

  • St. John’€s Episcopal Church, Waynesboro
    • Vestry 2008-2011
    • Youth Leader 2014-present.
  • Chi Omega Fraternity, Member
    • Advisory Board, Alumnae Advisor 2004-2009
    • Personnel Advisor 2005-2006
  • Valley Alliance for Education
    • Board of Directors 2005-2016
    • Committee Member 2016-Present

Seminars Given

  • Cornerstone Wealth Advisors, LLC, Guest Speaker on Your Money Matters Today radio program (August 2017)
  • Bon Air / Long and Foster Title (September 2017)
  • Virginia Land Title Association (April 2016)
  • St. John’s Episcopal Church (January 2012)
  • Valley Landlords Association (October, 2007)
  • First Citizens Bank, Estate Planning Seminar (April, 2007)
  • Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce
    • “€Debt Collection in Virginia”€ (March, 2002)
    • “€Understanding Business Entities”€ (February, 2002)
  • Blue Ridge Community College, Wills and Trusts (Fall 2002)
  • Manufactured Housing Land Use Conference, San Francisco (May, 2000)
  • Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, Networking Breakfast (June, 1999)
  • Estate Planning Seminar, Tysons Corner, Virginia (1997)

Publications

  • Mary Baldwin College, Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership (January 2002)
  • Manufactured Housing State Law Summary, published by the Manufactured Housing Institute, September 1999
  • “€The Washington Report”€ article published in Manufactured Home Merchandiser magazine (1996 –€“ 2000)

Practice Areas

  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Collections
  • Adult Guardianship
  • Business Planning
  • Business Litigation

Lora F. Hamp

Ms. Hamp practices in the areas of estate planning, estate administration, and elder law.

Prior to joining the firm, she practiced law in the Private Wealth Services Division of McGuire Woods in Charlottesville. She brings to the practice of elder law and estate planning a wide spectrum of professional experiences in the field of aging. Formerly, she worked with the University of Virginia’s Institute on Aging, the Valley Program for Aging Services, and she earned a nursing home administrator’s license with training at Riverside Convalescent Center.

In 2002, Ms. Hamp was awarded the Borchard Research Fellowship in Law and Aging after graduating from the University of Virginia School of Law. Her work as the Borchard Fellow involved designing and establishing the Advocacy Clinic for the Elderly at UVA’s law school. She subsequently served as the coordinator and co-instructor for the clinic. She also served as a consultant to the National Academy of Sciences Panel to Review Risk and Prevalence of Elder Abuse and Neglect. Her legal research is included in the panel’s report, Elder Mistreatment: Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation in an Aging America, published by the National Academy Press (2002).

Ms. Hamp earned a master’s degree in gerontology from the Medical College of Virginia and an undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary.

Place of Birth

  • Portsmouth, Virginia

Education

  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D.
    • Virginia Tax Review, Editorial Board Member
    • National Academy of Sciences Panel to Review Risk and Prevalence of Elder Abuse and Neglect, Consultant
  • Medical College of Virginia – Virginia Commonwealth University, M.S., Gerontology
    • Virginia Graduate Fellowship
    • Theresa Thomas Scholars Award Recipient
    • 1997 Gerontology Student of the Year
  • College of William and Mary, B.S., Chemistry and Music
    • Gladys Iseman Clark Scholarship Recipient

Admitted

  • Virginia Supreme Court

Professional Associations and Activities

  • Virginia State Bar
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Staunton, Waynesboro, Augusta County Bar Association
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

Civic Involvement

  • Community Foundation Central Blue Ridge, Board Member, 2016 – Present
    • Vice Chair, 2019
    • Governance Committee, 2017 – Present
  • Augusta Health Foundation, Board Member, 2014 – 2017
  • Waynesboro Rotary Club, Member, 2012 – Present
  • WVPT, PBS Television Station, Board Member, 2008 – 2011
  • Westwood Hills Elementary Parent Teacher Organization, Board Member, 2009 – 2011
    • President, 2010 – 2011
    • Vice-President, 2009 – 2010
  • Daily Living Center, Inc., Adult Day Care Center, Former Board Member
  • Virginia Association on Aging, Former Board Member
  • Governor’s Commission on Community Service and Volunteerism, Former Member
  • Virginia’s Ambassador for Aging, Virginia Department for the Aging, 1992

Career Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished Alumna Award, Department of Gerontology, MCV-VCU, 2006
  • Borchard Research Fellowship in Law and Aging, 2002 – 2003

Publications

  • “Analysis of Elder Abuse and Neglect Definitions Under State Law,” Elder Mistreatment: Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation in an Aging America (National Academies Press, 2002)
  • National Handbook on Laws and Programs Affecting Senior Citizens (served as principal drafter with others), (American Bar Association Press, 1998)

Practice Areas

  • Estate Planning
  • Estate Administration
  • Elder Law

David L. Meeks

David was born in Staunton and graduated from Robert E. Lee High School (now Staunton High School) in 1987. After earning a master’s degree from James Madison University, he took what he thought would be a short-term job as a reporter for his hometown newspaper, The Daily News Leader. Instead, he spent five years writing stories about the people of Augusta County, Waynesboro and Staunton. When a fellow reporter left for another paper, David was assigned to cover the local courts where he met many of those he now calls colleagues and began to love the language of the law. After some encouragement from some local attorneys, he applied for and was accepted to law school at the University of Dayton in his wife Kara’s native state of Ohio.
After graduating in 2002, David and Kara returned to Augusta County to work and raise a family.
David is now recognized as an expert in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy law and has filed more than 500 cases in the Western District of Virginia. He also handles most of the firm’s litigation and domestic relations practice and, as a former assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for Augusta County, excels at defending client’s charged with serious traffic offenses including DUI’s and reckless driving.
David has committed to investing in this area’s future by serving as a coach and volunteer for the Soccer Organization of Charlottesville Area – Augusta Region travel teams since 2015. A Black Belt in Ryukyu Kempo, an Okinawan Martial Art, David is also committed to mental and physical fitness and completed his first full marathon in October of 2018.

Place of Birth

  • Staunton, Virginia

Practice Areas

  • Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Bankruptcy;
  • Domestic Relations including divorce and custody/visitation;
  • Criminal defense misdemeanors and traffic infraction (including DUI’s and reckless driving) in all Virginia courts;
  • Commercial and Residential Real Estate (CRESPA Certified);
  • General litigation

Education

  • Randolph-Macon College (B.A. in Political Science and Religious Studies, 1991)
  • James Madison University (Master of Public Administration, 1994)
    • Pi Alpha Alpha Inductee (Public Administration Honor Society)
    • Graduate Teaching/Research Assistant
  • University of Dayton School of Law (2002)
    • Dean’s Scholar
    • Public Service Award
    • Member, Student Honor Council

Admitted

  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Virginia
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • United States District Court, Western District of Virginia

Civic Involvement

  • Augusta County Bar Association (Treasurer – 2005-2009)
  • Soccer Organization of Charlottesville-Albemarle (Volunteer; Travel Team Coach)
  • Gypsy Hill Park Running Club
  • N.B.A. (Noon Basketball Association)