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Personal Injury Team

Our staff is dedicated to helping our attorneys do their best work, and to help you with the legal process.

MichieHamlett’s paralegals and staff are well-trained and experienced members of our legal team. While paralegals may not represent clients in court and cannot provide legal opinions, they add enormously to the efficiency with which we can handle your legal problem or case. Our paralegals are integral to our legal team and extend the capacity of the attorney handling your case.


Emily Breeden, Paralegal

EMILY BREEDEN works in the personal injury group as a senior paralegal in processing asbestos personal injury cases. This work includes assisting with litigation, managing bankruptcy trust claims, processing settlement distributions, as well as interacting with clients to help them work through the complex issues of their case. She helps with product identification and cross referencing, as well as payout of settlements. In 1998, Emily earned a B.A.in political science from Mary Washington College. After graduating, she worked as a legal assistant for a year in Atlanta, Ga., focusing on social security law. In 1999, she returned to her hometown of Charlottesville to work with MichieHamlett.

Under attorney supervision, Emily assists in many aspects of representation, from conducting intake calls and conferences, to interviewing witnesses, to preparing court filings and discovery papers, to working with court clerks, and to researching and organizing evidence.


Kelly Donato, Paralegal

KELLY DONATO joined the personal injury group as a paralegal in 1994 after graduating from James Madison University with a B.A. in English and a minor in Environmental Studies. She is senior paralegal of the asbestos department.

Kelly focuses on many of the administrative aspects of the bankruptcy trusts, in addition to case management, claim submissions and maintaining a close working relationship with a wide client base. Kelly developed a master database program focusing on critical elements of mass-tort litigation case information to include discovery materials, settlement information, and development of report formats for implementation throughout the firm. She attended multiple document productions and site inspections and documented research results of both for use in client cases.

Under attorney supervision, Kelly assists in many aspects of representation, from conducting intake calls and conferences, to interviewing witnesses, to preparing court filings and discovery papers, to working with court clerks, and to researching and organizing evidence.

Apart from her work at MichieHamlett, Kelly enjoys time with her family and playing violin as a member of the Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra.


Julie Dane, Paralegal

JULIE DANE joined the asbestos team as a paralegal in March of 2007 after working for 2 ½ years at a law firm in Palmyra, Va., assisting with closings and other real estate matters. She works doing litigation and claim submissions for clients who suffer from asbestos related lung disease.

Under attorney supervision, Julie assists in many aspects of representation, from conducting intake calls and conferences, to interviewing witnesses, to preparing court filings and discovery papers, to working with court clerks, and to researching and organizing evidence.


Becky Gibson, Paralegal


Margaret Horning


Amanda Leake, Paralegal

AMANDA LEAKE joined MichieHamlett in 2007 as a paralegal after graduating from Old Dominion University magna cum laude (in three years) with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. She spent her first six years at MichieHamlett working with Gary Kendall on asbestos cases. She currently works for Bryan Slaughter on personal injury, products liability and medical malpractice cases.

Under Bryan’s supervision, Amanda assists in many aspects of representation, including working directly with clients, conducting conferences, ordering and organizing medical records and bills, interviewing witnesses, scheduling depositions and court hearings/trials, preparing court filings and discovery papers, working with court clerks, researching and organizing evidence and taking cases to trial.

She has worked on numerous cases over the years, including a $5 million settlement in a products liability case against a company that rebuilt large industrial equipment that caused severe traumatic brain injury and severe orthopedic injuries to a worker.*

*(SETTLEMENTS AND VERDICTS IN ALL CASES DEPEND ON VARIOUS FACTORS AND CIRCUMSTANCES WHICH ARE UNIQUE TO EACH CASE. THEREFORE, PAST RESULTS IN CASES ARE NOT A GUARANTEE OR PREDICTION OF SIMILAR RESULTS IN FUTURE CASES WHICH THE MICHIEHAMLETT FIRM AND ITS LAWYERS MAY UNDERTAKE.)


Molly Lowry, Paralegal

MOLLY LOWRY is a paralegal to Kyle McNew and Les Bowers in the personal injury group. She started with MichieHamlett in 2011. Molly works with attorneys on auto and truck accidents, personal injury, unsafe product, wrongful death, medical malpractice and DePuy hip cases.

Under Kyle and Les’ supervision, Molly assists in many aspects of representation, from conducting intake calls and conferences, to interviewing witnesses, to preparing court filings and discovery papers, to working with court clerks, and researching and organizing evidence.


Catherine Luck, Legal Assistant

CATHERINE LUCK is a legal assistant for our personal injury group who supports Lee Livingston and Ellen Bognar.


Hope Mazurowski, Paralegal

HOPE MAZUROWSKI is a paralegal for the personal injury group. She joined the firm in 1997. She has a background in office administration. She currently works for Attorney Greg Webb on auto and truck accident, personal injury, unsafe product, wrongful death, and asbestos litigation cases. She is experienced in managing a case from the early discovery stages through the trial of the matter. She also worked for Bruce Rasmussen on personal injury cases.

Under Greg’s supervision, Hope assists in many aspects of representation, from conducting intake calls and conferences, to interviewing witnesses, to preparing court filings and discovery papers, to working with court clerks, and researching and organizing evidence.

She has worked on numerous cases over the years, including a confidential $10 million product liability settlement, a product liability automobile defect case against Hyundai, a personal injury case involving an injury to the plaintiff’s right hand, and a tractor-trailer crash causing the wrongful death of a 16-year-old girl, resulting in a $5.265 million verdict.*

*(SETTLEMENTS AND VERDICTS IN ALL CASES DEPEND ON VARIOUS FACTORS AND CIRCUMSTANCES WHICH ARE UNIQUE TO EACH CASE. THEREFORE, PAST RESULTS IN CASES ARE NOT A GUARANTEE OR PREDICTION OF SIMILAR RESULTS IN FUTURE CASES WHICH THE MICHIEHAMLETT FIRM AND ITS LAWYERS MAY UNDERTAKE.)


Sophie Schorling, Nurse

SOPHIE SCHORLING has been with MichieHamlett since 1993. She graduated in 1978 with a BSN degree from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, and received her masters of nursing from the University of Virginia in 1999. Prior to receiving her master’s degree, Sophie’s nursing career consisted of working in the intensive care unit and emergency room for 20 years. There she cared for critically ill patients spanning all different types of adult diseases. She worked one on one with physicians and families collaborating patient care.

Through this experience she has established multiple expert connections in the medical field. In addition to working at the firm, Sophie teaches part time at the UVA School of Nursing. There her role consists of teaching 3rd and 4th year nursing students the clinical aspect of caring for patients. She teaches on a medical-surgical unit and is constantly reviewing updated literature for teaching, which also keeps her knowledgeable about appropriate care and treatment to personal injury patients.

In her role as a nurse at MichieHamlett, she assists the attorneys by reviewing personal injury cases for accuracy and appropriateness. When an accident occurs, she helps to organize the records in a chronological fashion, establishing whether a pre-existing condition exists, translates medical and surgical treatments, and locates medical experts. She also works with an illustrator to create medical illustrations, which are used in the courtroom to help explain complicated injuries. In medical malpractice cases, Sophie performs the initial telephone interview, reviews all the medical records surrounding the incident in question, and finally reviews medical literature to determine if malpractice did occur. MichieHamlett is the only law firm in Charlottesville that has a nurse on staff.


Sam Towler, Legal Assistant

SAM TOWLER started working for MichieHamlett in 1995. He is a legal assistant supporting the personal injury group. He is responsible for tracking and organizing documents relating to personal injury cases. He has organized his files and documents with meticulous attention to detail, as a librarian might organize information. Sam is quite knowledgeable on history and genealogy. He published a book in 2009, entitled “The Court Doth Order,” which traces court documents on individuals in the Charlottesville/Albemarle community from 1800 to 1900.