STAFF

Agata Przekop – Paralegal

I am a foreign-educated lawyer from Poland. I moved to Virginia in 2014 and obtained a Master of Laws degree at the William and Mary Law School. While pursuing my degree, I worked at the Elder & Disability Law Clinic where I developed a practical knowledge of the legal issues affecting seniors.

In 2017 I became a mother of twin girls and was a stay home parent until I re-entered the workforce and proudly joined the Heritage Law Group. In my everyday duties, I work closely with Attorney Brooks to provide the best legal service to our fiduciary clients. I also assist our clients in Guardianship/Conservatorship proceedings and estate planning matters.

Before my daughters were born, I liked to spend my free time reading old fashioned crime novels, especially those written by Agatha Christie, and in the outdoors. I always loved to travel, my hiking boots have dust from Hawaii, Alaska, continental US, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. I also enjoy flying small planes with my husband at the controls.

Scott Gurdin – Paralegal

It’s been my privilege to work with Attorney Susan Jean and our team, as an Estate Planning paralegal for the past four years. Every client brings a different story and varied needs when they see us for their Estate Planning and I so enjoy being a part of a solution that leaves clients feeling that their needs have been met and their lives have been enhanced through their association with us.

Being a paralegal is actually a second career for me. I am a congregational Rabbi, having earned ordination in 1991 from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. I am presently serving at a small congregation in Newport News.

My wife and I have been married for nearly three decades. We have three children, all young adults. I enjoy all sorts of cooking and I particularly love to ski.

Sommer Thomas – Paralegal

I received my Bachelor’s degree in Justice from the University of Alaska in Anchorage. Ever since I was a young girl, I have had a passion for law.

I was drawn to work for the Heritage Law Group because I spent a couple of years as the primary caregiver to my Father in Law. I know firsthand how challenging and stressful it can be to be thrown into a crisis that requires not only expert legal advice but also a high level of compassion.

During my off hours you will likely find me soaking up the sun at the beach, playing games with my family, watching The Office on repeat, baking, and planning my next escape to my favorite place- Disney World!

Jennifer (Jen) Sweeney – Legal Assistant

My name is Jennifer, but everyone calls me Jen. Having grown up in a military family, I am blessed to have lived most of my life in Yorktown, and because of that, I feel deeply connected to this community. It brings me the greatest joy to work at The Heritage Law Group and have the privilege to help the those in need. My primary role at the firm is as Attorney Jennifer Kahl’s Paralegal.

I graduated from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in Art & Visual Technology with a minor in Events Management. My initial goal was to get my masters in Library Science and work as a museum archivist. However, I made the decision to stay in Hampton Roads and be a caregiver to my mother who was battling breast cancer. During my time as a caregiver, I pursued a career in administration. I am proud to be a graduate from Thomas Nelson Community College with an associate degree in Administrative Support Technology. I enjoy being able to use my skills, abilities, and creative perspective to solve problems and design new ways of conveying and organizing information.

Courtney Kelley – Paralegal

I am one of two estate planning paralegals for The Heritage Law Group. I bring a highly detailed mindset, and a love of helping people, to my job. I have a Certificate in Paralegal Studies.

I am from Memphis, Tennessee, where I started out my 20-year career as a court reporter. I reported on all kinds of cases in many different venues, including Federal, State and Bankruptcy Courts, arbitrations, and medical malpractice cases to name a few. Unfortunately, carpal tunnel ended that career, but having grown up as a competitive swimmer, I went on to become a swim coach, which I did for 15 years. I coached the York High School Swim Team for 11 of those years, where we won a state title with the girls’ team, and I was named State Coach of the Year, an honor I never dreamed of receiving.

I am a huge college football fan (RTR!), and I love sports. In my free time, I love watching my two sons play lacrosse, going to the beach, boating and anything else involving water. I also love to read and garden. I enjoy helping people in whatever way I can, which is why The Heritage Law Group is such a good fit for me.

Samantha Spear – Client Support Representative

When you first call The Heritage Law Group for an appointment, you are most likely speaking with me. I enjoy the process of understanding your concerns, and matching you with the appropriate attorney.

I am originally from San Diego, California. I started as a bilingual receptionist and quickly developed a knack for legal work. I decided to pursue the legal field because it is constantly changing and evolving, I love to learn and help others as well.

I am currently enrolled in the Paralegal Studies program at Liberty University. In my free time I enjoy running at the beach and spending time with my two boys. My main goal is to raise God fearing gentlemen who can one day say mom was cool, in the meantime I will continue to be the uncool mom.

Vera Horne – Client Support Representative

Hello! My name is Vera and I have had the pleasure of serving as Customer Support Representative since 2010. I am often the first person you will meet for your appointment – rest assured, the Attorneys and staff will offer you expert guidance, passion, comfort and humor at your appointment. I look forward to your telephone call and visit. In my ‘other life’, I enjoy meeting people, cooking and sharing my creations, music – especially live shows, gardening, art, and museums.

Kelly Young, CP – Business Manager

Unless I am witnessing a signing for you, you may never see me, but it is my job to make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible during your time with us. I manage all non-law aspects of the firm and tend to stay back in my office.

I have a Bachelor of Arts in History degree from the College of William and Mary and a Master of Historic Preservation degree from the University of Georgia. I also have two Career Certificates in Administrative Support Technology from Thomas Nelson Community College and am a NALA Certified Paralegal. I love to learn and often take a class or two for fun. Yes, I am a nerd!

I have worked in many different fields and was a litigation paralegal for three years before arriving at The Heritage Law Group. I love working for THLG because we offer a truly needed service and the work atmosphere is warm and friendly.