Team Biographies

Deborah Wilkes of NMP

Our Legal Administrator, Deborah Wilkes, has over 30 years of experience with large law firms, and seven years of experience working for U.S. Senator Edmund Muskie. She keeps us up-to-date with all the latest software and technology in order to serve our clients in the most efficient way possible. Deborah is married with two grown children, and lives in the Springfield area. She is a member of the Association of Legal Administrators and of The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.  Her interests include gardening, photography and celtic festivals. Deborah can be reached at 703-536-7778 and .

Margaret Vail of NMP
Margaret Vail (“Peggy”) is a legal assistant and also handles prospective client inquires and appointment scheduling. Peggy has been with us since 1997, having started as our receptionist. Peggy and her husband Bernie live in Falls Church and are the parents of two grown sons and the proud grandparents of Oscar and Amelia. Peggy loves all things Irish and is a direct descendant of a Titanic survivor. Peggy can be reached at 703-536-7778 and
True Patchell of NMP

True Patchell has been a legal assistant supporting our attorneys since 2004. True is an avid horse rider and has won numerous jumping awards. Her teenage daughter Angel is also a competitive horse jumper. True can be reached at 703-536-7778 and

Karen Simpson is a legal assistant and bookkeeper with over 20 years of experience working with attorneys.  She assists our clients and their families with preparing applications for long term care Medicaid benefits.  Karen lives in Fairfax County and has 4 grown children and 6 grandchildren.  She enjoys quilting, gardening and traveling with her grandchildren.  Karen can be reached at 703-536-7778 and

Shari Hughes, our front desk coordinator, is a recent Kansas transplant. She claims to have inherited the volunteer gene from her mother and her grandmother, and can often be seen working somewhere around her community in one activity or another. Shari’s family, both past and present, includes members from each of our military services, whether active duty, civilian, retired or the reserves.  Shari can be reached at 703-536-7778 or
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