Michelle M. Hopkins, Esquire
Principal Attorney and Owner
Michelle has more than 10 years trial experience. She has been selected as a Super Lawyers® Rising Star. During Michelle’s many years of legal experience, 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, Hawaii. While attending law school, Michelle served as a law clerk for The Carlberg Law Firm and upon graduation from Law School, as an associate Attorney. Additionally, Michelle is 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.
Michelle has been recognized as a top 10 Lawyer in Virginia by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys since 2017 and awarded the Client Champion for eight consecutive years by Martindale-Hubble®. She has also been recognized as a Top Lawyer every year since 2017 by Northern Virginia Magazine. She resides in Northern Virginia, enjoys other outdoor activities as well as attending the theater in Washington, DC.
Weyinmi A. Shekoni, Esquire
Weyinmi A. Shekoni is an Associate Attorney at the Hopkins Law Firm. She previously worked at the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as a contractor with Cherokee Nation Strategic Programs, where she handled and settled administrative claims pursuant to the Federal Tort Claims Act, specifically property damage and personal injury claims. Ms. Shekoni worked as a Contractor with the Stone Turn Group reviewing documents pertaining to the compliance of a corporation’s activities with company policy and the federal law. She also worked with the Sentencing Project, where she was able to conduct research and analyze data on the racial disparity with regards to felons sentenced to life with or without parole for non-violent drug offenses. Ms. Shekoni has represented clients in worker’s compensation dispute cases.
She received her Bachelor of Art in International Studies with a minor in Business Administration from Abilene Christian University. Ms. Shekoni received a Master of Art in International Commerce and Policy with her focus specifically on Global Trade from George Mason University. She received her Juris Doctor from American University Washington College of Law with specific focus on Litigation, Intellectual Property and Trade Law. In her free time, Ms. Shekoni likes to spend time with her family, travel, read historical British novels, and watch movies. She is licensed to practice in Virginia.
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 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.
Carrie J. VanKuiken-Barks
Carrie Barks joined The Hopkins Law Firm in February 2021. Her legal career began in 1998 as a legal assistant for a mid-size law firm in D.C. specializing in government contracts, tax and international law. She is originally from Minnesota, where she studied Spanish and European History at the University of Minnesota.
Carrie has spent the last twelve years living abroad in England, Belgium and Panama. She worked for 5 years at the US Embassy in Panama as a secretary for the Department of State.
Carrie is excited to be back in Virginia and working for The Hopkins Law firm as a Legal Assistant/Receptionist. She is a licensed Virginia notary. In her free time, Carrie likes to play tennis, travel and spend time outdoors with her family and two dogs.
Bella M. Hopkins (aka – Law Dawg) and Braxton
Bella is an 8-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.
Braxton is a one 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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