Our Firm

Michelle M. Hopkins, Esquire
Principal Attorney and Owner


Michelle has more than 10 years of litigation and trial experience. During Michelle’s experience training to be an attorney, she clerked for the Hawaii State Office of the Attorney General, Education Division, and the Judiciary, Staff Attorney Office. She also worked as an education site manager at Hickam, Air Force Base, in Hawaii. While attending law school, Michelle served as a law clerk for The Carlberg Law Firm. Upon graduation from Law School, she continued to work for the firm as an Associate Attorney. 

Additionally, since the year 2004, Michelle has continued to serve as an Adjunct Professor for Hawaii Pacific University teaching a range of courses including Introduction to American Political Processes, Public Personnel Management, Political Ideologies, and Public Administration. She excels in this role as a professor in due to her communication skills, which are also appreciated by clients.

Michelle has been selected as a Super Lawyers® Rising Star. She has been recognized as a top 10 Lawyer in Virginia by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys since 2017. For the last 8 consecutive years (as of 2021), Michelle received the Client Champion Award by Martindale-Hubble®.  She has also been recognized as a Top Lawyer every year since 2017 by Northern Virginia Magazine.  

Michelle resides in Northern Virginia, where she enjoys spending time with her children, reading, cooking, being outdoors, and attending theater performances in Washington, D.C.  


  • George Mason University School of Law, J.D.
  • Troy State University, M.P.A.
  • George Mason University, B.S.

Bar Admission


  • Commonwealth of Virginia, 2008
  • District of Columbia, 2010

Professional Associations

  • Virginia State Bar Association
  • Prince William County Bar Association
  • Fairfax County Bar Association
  • Virginia Women Attorneys Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association

Practice Areas

  • Family Law/ Divorce/Custody/Visitation/Support
  • DUI/DWI/Traffic
  • Estate Planning/Wills & Trusts/Advanced Medical Directives

Whitney L. Pennington
Of Counsel


Whitney grew up in Southwest Virginia and  became an attorney to help serve the Virginia area and its people. Her passion has always been family law. It was because of this passion that Whitney attended Campbell’s Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law in Raleigh, North Carolina where she majored in trial advocacy. In 2012, Whitney graduated at the top of her class with honors. After graduating Whitney passed the North Carolina Bar and in early 2013, she passed the Virginia Bar. In the first few years of her practice, she worked in a general practice firm where she grew as an attorney and was able to litigate matters from real property, family law, to personal injury.  After that time, Whitney worked as a magistrate in Northern Virginia where she issued warrants for arrest, search warrants, emergency protective orders and emergency custody orders for mental health. However, for the last six years, Whitney has focused primarily on child support, family law, estate planning and small traffic infraction defense. She has practiced in many different localities to include Smyth, Abingdon, Bristol, Russell, Wythe, Tazewell, and Wise to Prince William County, Fairfax and Loudoun County. Whitney has accumulated a wide array of knowledge over the past nine years. Specifically in family law, she has negotiated property settlement agreements, which include custody, child support, spousal support, and equitable distribution of the marital estate. Whitney has helped clients who have large and small portfolios and believes that each client no matter the size of their martial estate should have personal attention and an individual plan, which suits their needs.

 In the last two years, Whitney worked as an Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia and litigated over 3,000 petitions for child support and rules to show cause. Whitney has dealt with issues such as imputation of income, under employment, medical diagnosis that render a person unable to work and child support for adult children who are disabled.

Whitney has re-joined The Hopkins Law Firm as Of Counsel to assist in all cases relating to divorce, custody, visitation, support, estate planning and traffic infractions.  Her aim is to meet with clients in a way that leaves them feeling as though they have been heard and understand what various options lie before them. She chooses to try and settle most matters amicably; however, there is a time and place for resilient and robust litigation which Whitney is comfortable doing as well.

In her personal life, she is married to her husband of 11 eleven years with whom she shares two precious boys. They enjoy cooking, movie nights, going to her son’s karate, attending church, and staying connected to her family.

Brenna S. Doane


Brenna Doane joined The Hopkins Law Firm in April, 2018. Brenna’s legal career began in January, 2000 working for a law firm based in Baltimore, Maryland specializing in creditor representation, bankruptcy, and real estate. Brenna has moved from being a legal assistant to a paralegal after 15 years of professional legal industry and supervisory experience. She handles a myriad of tasks for the firm which include client/attorney scheduling, client services/reception, preparing and filing legal documents, file maintenance, third party vendor coordination, general attorney support, and is a licensed Virginia Notary. She obtained her Paralegal Certificate in 2016 at Lord Fairfax Community College. Her hobbies include singing, attending live theater and live music.

Sydney Remaily
Senior ParaLegal


Sydney Remaily joined The Hopkins Law Firm in 2019. She graduated from James Madison University in May 2019 with a Bachelors in Arts in Political Science. She assists both Michelle and the firm’s associate attorneys in legal matters and works to provide the best outcome for all clients. Sydney supports clients and the legal team through communication, research, and drafting documents. She is originally from Philadelphia but fell in love with the DMV area and decided to stay. Sydney loves to help people and for this reason she was drawn to family law. Outside of the office, she likes to spend time with her Olde English bulldog named Patsy, read non-fiction books, and cook.

Letisha Adkins


Letisha Adkins joined The Hopkins Law Firm in September 2021. She graduated From University of Phoenix with an Associates of Arts in Business in November 2018.  Letisha comes from a 15-year background in customer service and administration. During her career she has worked for Fairfax County Government as an administrative assistant and for an IT consulting company as their Marketing Director. When she is not assisting Michelle, and the firm’s paralegals you can find her at home with her husband and two beautiful daughters.

Bella M. Hopkins & Braxton E. Hopkins – Security Team

Bella is an 10-year old Boxer who accompanies Michelle to the office on most days.  She alerts the office whenever anyone enters and promptly guards Michelle’s feet under her desk.  She loves children and women, but isn’t as fond of the postman, FEDEX or UPS delivery persons.

Joint Picture of Dogs

Braxton is a 3-year old Boxer and mentors under Bella’s superior security skills. Exuberant and playful he follows Bella and barks when prompted by Bella.  He looks forward to being promoted from Apprentice to Junior Security Specialist.

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