A Virginia native, Cathy received her law degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law in 1999. After practicing in the estate planning department of a local firm, Cathy opened her own firm, Cathy Jackson Leitner, PLC in 2003. The firm expanded in 2015 with the addition of an associate attorney and was renamed Leitner Law Group, PLC. Cathy serves as a trusted advisor to individual clients and families throughout the Valley with regard to estate tax planning, special needs planning, business succession planning, estate and trust administration, and elder law. She is among the top 2% of Virginia attorneys selected as a member of Virginia's Legal Elite for 2009 as published by Virginia Business Magazine. 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.
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
Karen is a lifelong resident of Augusta and Rockingham County. Karen has over 30 years of legal experience and has worked with Cathy Leitner for more than 12 years. In addition to assisting the attorneys 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 assist them in the estate administration process. Karen has substantial experience in real estate and fiduciary responsibilities. Karen enjoys the personal touch that working with a smaller law firm provides and often travels to client’s homes and retirement facilities in the Rockingham and Harrisonburg area to meet with clients. Karen enjoys singing in the church choir and trio, camping and fishing with her husband and spending time with her grandson.
Kathy has lived in the area for 30 years and is a graduate from James Madison University. She works as a legal assistant and bookkeeper for the firm assisting many of our clients with their financial and insurance matters and guiding clients through the Medicaid and Veterans Administration Aid and Attendance process. Kathy has been with the firm for over three years and enjoys working with our many diverse clients to assist them with their various needs. Kathy enjoys going on family trips to Colonial Beach and Smith Mountain Lake, and attending her son’s football games.
Michele is normally the first person our clients speak with and meet 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 and her husband enjoy working with the local foster parent program and spending time with their two children. Michele also enjoys being involved in community activities and being a Pittsburgh Pirates fan.
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