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Our Team

Our dedicated team of attorneys, paralegals, clerks and administrative staff at Davis Law Group (DLG) are ready to assist you with your legal questions and needs from real estate transactions to estate plans to the adoption process and more, our team has a diverse background of experience and expertise. 

Douglas W. Davis

Education: BA, Oral Roberts University J.D., O.W. Coburn School of Law at Oral Roberts University Areas of Focus: Trust and Estate planning Wealth Preservation planning Business planning and succession Commercial Transactions Community Involvement: Executive Board of Directors, Towne Bank Chesapeake

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SuAnne Hardee Bryant

Education: B.A. cum laude in Social Sciences, Virginia Wesleyan College J.D., California Western School of Law Admissions: Virginia State Bar North Carolina State Bar United States District Court – Eastern District of VA United States Court of Appeals for the

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Douglas H. Cook

Education: B.A. 1978, Magna cum laude, Miami University J.D. 1983, with Honors, Ohio State University College of Law Admissions: Arizona State Bar Virginia State Bar District of Columbia Bar Association Areas of Focus: Tort Nonprofit and Charitable Law Tax Exemption

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Jake Balderson

Education: BS in Finance – Oral Roberts University J.D., Regent University Areas of Focus: Estate Planning Estate Administration Trust Administration Community Involvement: Board Member, Oaktree Academy Professional Background: Jake has lived in the Hampton Roads area for twenty-seven years and

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Stephen Haynes

Education: Pre-law, Emmanuel College J.D., Regent University Admissions: Virginia State Bar Areas of Focus: Estate Planning Commercial Real Estate Business Set-up and Succession Planning Elder Law Community Involvement: Board Member, Society of Financial Service Professionals My Story: Everyone has a

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Jeff Coombs

Education: J.D., Regent University School of Law Admissions: Virginia State bar Areas of Focus: Representation of nonprofit organizations Community Involvement: Currently: Member, Alumni Board of Regent University School of Law Member, American Mensa Member, Wesleyan Theological Society Formerly: Adjunct Professor,

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Conor Flaherty

Education: BS in Political Science, Old Dominion University J.D. Liberty University Admissions: Virginia State Bar Areas of Focus: Estate Planning Estate Administration Trust Administration Business Succession Commercial Transactions My Story: Conor was born and raised in Virginia Beach and has

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Christen Davis

Education: Tidewater Community College Areas of Focus: Estate and Trust Planning Asset Protection Entity Formation Commercial Transactions Community Involvement: Member of my church Volunteer, Local Food Pantry Professional Background: Before coming to DLG, I worked as the Accounting Manager at

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Jacob Tise

Education: BS, Liberty University Areas of Focus: Trust & Estate Administration Community Involvement: Member of my church Volunteer with Neighborhood Professional Background: I worked in hospitality management and government sales before coming to Davis Law Group.

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Lauren Baust

Education: BA, Longwood University Areas of Focus: Litigation Family Law Guardianships Adoptions Employment Law Community Involvement: Active member of my church Professional Background: Prior to coming to work at Davis Law Group, I worked as a recruiter for a staffing

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Rebecca Garnsey

Areas of Focus: Commercial Transactions Real Estate Community Involvement: I enjoy volunteering with the Roc Solid Foundation Professional Background: Before coming to DLG, I was a loan post closer for 2 years for a mortgage finance company. Prior to being

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Melissa Smith

Areas of Focus: Estate and Trust Planning Community Involvement: Active member of my church Professional Background: Before coming to Davis Law Group, I worked as a General Manager at a sign company, managing and overseeing sales, design and production quality.

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Karen Nootnagel

Areas of Focus: Oversee and responsible for law firm accounting, cash management, financial transactions, management of trust and bank accounts, coordination of payroll with third party provider, billing of clients and collection of accounts receivable. Community Involvement: I am an

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Estate & Trust Planning

Estate Planning is essentially the process of preserving and protecting your assets and property during your lifetime, then providing instructions for them to be passed on to


Corporate and Business Transactions

At Davis Law Group we have a unique perspective in our corporate and business law practice. Most "corporate" law firms focus on serving the business rather than


Elder Law

Elder Law – Guiding You and Your Family through the Complexities of Aging At DLG, our Family Legacy Process© doesn’t stop after you set up your estate


Probate & Trust Administration

When a close relative or friend dies, there are several important legal and taxation matters to be addressed.  Depending on how property and other assets are titled,


Civil Litigation

Representing a client involved in business disputes, contract disputes, including mediation, arbitration, or civil litigation in court, is a big responsibility -- one we don't take lightly.


Church and Non-Profit Organizations

Church and non-profit law requires a special understanding of the issues and challenges that face non-profit and religious institutions. The legal advice that best serves business and


Commercial Real Estate Transactions

At Davis Law Group we understand that the commercial real estate process can be one of the most stressful events our clients will ever experience. Hampton Roads


Family Law & Collaborative Practice

The attorneys at Davis Law Group have extensive experience in representing individuals who find themselves in the middle of broken relationships, and we are effective advocates when


Employment Law

Few relationships impact our daily lives as much as the relationships we have at our workplaces. For most people, it is the place they spend the majority



Over the past several years we have helped a number of families work through the complexities of domestic and international adoption in virtually every scenario you can

Are All Tax-Exempt Groups 501(c)(3) Organizations?

People often equate federal tax-exemption with 501(c)(3) organizations. 501(c)(3) organizations are just one of many types of organizations that are eligible for tax-exemption. There are 29 tax-exempt groups mentioned in § 501(c) of the tax code. A few are explored in more detail below. A common characteristic of

Is a Testamentary Trust Right for You?

Difference Between Wills and Trusts A will is a document that provides instructions for how to distribute a person’s assets after death. A will only becomes effective upon the testator’s death, so the testator can change his will up until the time of death. (“Testator” is the legal

Modifying or Terminating a Virginia Trust

Before deciding to modify a trust, it is important to consider the tax implications of such action. Modifying a trust could adversely affect income, gift, estate, and/or generation-skipping transfer taxes. Trusts generally are either revocable or irrevocable, and each type can be modified or terminated in different ways.