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. By working on behalf of the elder and disabled members of our community, I developed a working knowledge of the legal issues affecting seniors. I learned in practice laws necessary to aid elder in protecting themselves and their families. This experience had a significant impact on strengthening my personal and professional skills.

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. As a paralegal, I am using my knowledge and skills to support THLG attorneys and help our clients with their legal needs.

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 have always loved to travel, my hiking boots have dust from Hawaii, Alaska, the 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!

Timea Galoppo – Paralegal

My name is Timea, but everyone calls me Timi. I am a Hungarian national who grew up in Romania and moved to Virginia in 2013. My educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration.

I have always enjoyed working with the elderly and found the position of paralegal at The Heritage Law Group to be a great fit for my strengths and enthusiasm. I mainly support Attorney Kahl in my everyday duties and really value the expertise and dedication with which she approaches her clients.

In my spare time I endeavor to travel as much as possible. I find it very satisfying to discover new places and meet new people, and have passed my wanderlust over to my husband who happily joins me in our endless adventures. Both of us share a love for animals and we are proud parents of two beautiful Boston Terriers.

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 elderly and those in need in our community. My primary role at the firm is to assist our paralegals with their workload and schedule appointments. If you call our appointment line, you will have the pleasure of speaking with me or my colleague, Dana Wilcox.

I graduated from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in Art & Visual Technology with a minor in Tourism & 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 cancer. During my time as a caregiver, I pursued a career in administration. I am proud to be a recent 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.

In my free time I really enjoy playing board games with my significant other, friends and family. Some of my favorite board games are Terraforming Mars, Century Spice Roads, Pandemic, and Dice Forge. I also enjoy reading classic literary novels, such as Crime and Punishment, watching foreign films, and exercising.

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.

Dana Wilcox – Marketing Manager

I have seen many extraordinary parts of the world, such as Germany and the Bahamas, but I am proud to say I am a native of native of Gloucester, Virginia. I love our quiet, community and the unique culture of Gloucester and Yorktown. I am an experienced administrative professional and have spent most of my time in the medical community as a billing specialist. My experience, knowledge, and medical background allows me to assist our paralegals with their long-term care and Medicaid clients. My role at the firm is to help our business manager and paralegals, but most importantly I schedule appointments. If you call our appointment line, you will speak with me or my associate, Jennifer (Jen) Sweeney. I love hearing our client’s stories and helping everyone schedule appointments with our attorneys. I strive to provide exceptional customer service with an open and compassionate heart as I understand the day-to-day challenges the elderly and chronically ill face.

I am a devoted mother to my teenage daughter. I enjoy spending my free time with my daughter, significant other, and my family. I love watching movies, relaxing on the beach, and supporting my daughter at all her sporting events. My goal is to empower my daughter and teach her anything is possible with hard work and dedication.

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.