Founding partner Deanna Hathaway has been practicing law for over a decade, focusing on consumer bankruptcy, wills, and basic trusts. She has also represented lenders and trustees in consumer and commercial bankruptcy matters and now concerns herself with improving the financial health of others.
“I chose to focus on helping others find a pathway to financial stability because of my own personal experience. Helping my parents plan for their futures showed me the challenges facing so many.”
A native of Alexandria, Virginia, she graduated magna cum laude from the University of Richmond, and received her law degree from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary. While at William & Mary, she did extensive research for the Commonwealth Attorneys Services Council and members of the Law faculty. She also received a fellowship to pursue research work on employment law. This academic work has served her well in her law practice, and especially so at Hathaway Adair.
Deanna is licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia, is admitted to practice before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Courts and Bankruptcy Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, and the Supreme Court of Virginia. She is the past chair of the Executive Committee of the Bankruptcy Section of the Richmond Bar Association, is a member of the Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. She is currently serving a three year-term on the Richmond Bar Association’s Finance Committee. Deanna is often asked to speak on the topics of bankruptcy and consumer law to community organizations and groups like the Legal Information Network for Cancer and the Governor’s Housing Conference.
A resident of Richmond’s historic Fan District, she stays active in local professional and community groups, and is a proud mother of two.
For the last nine years, founding partner Julia Adair has helped clients restructure their debts and protect their personal wealth. Since beginning the practice of law, she has been the counsel of record in over a thousand bankruptcy cases.
“For me, it’s about taking away the unknown and creating a path to acceptance, control, and an action plan. I get a tremendous amount of energy from seeing the hope in someone’s eyes when they realize that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.”
Julia graduated magna cum laude from the University of Richmond T.C. Williams School of Law. After receiving her law degree, she clerked for the Supreme Court of Virginia in the Chief Staff Attorney’s Office. Following her clerkship, she worked in general litigation handling cases ranging from corporate collection to families struggling with custodial issues. Her professional affiliations have included the Virginia State Bar, the National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees, the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, the American Bar Association, the Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association, and the Richmond Bar Association.
Julia Adair has spoken to community organizations on the topics of personal finances, credit repair, and bankruptcy. She has provided educational CARE seminars for area high school students. A native of Bristol, Virginia, she is a founding member of the Byrd Theatre Foundation, and along with her husband and two wonderful children, is active in their local church.
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