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Michelle M. Hopkins, Esquire
Principal Attorney and Owner

The Hopkins Law Firm, PLLC

Michelle M. Hopkins, Principal/Owner

Michelle 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. She is a competition runner, has completed two marathons, and competes in triathlons. She resides in Northern Virginia, enjoys other outdoor activities as well as attending the theater in Washington, DC.


  • George Mason University School of Law, J.D.
  • Troy State University, M.P.A.
  • George Mason University, B.S.

Bar Admission

  • Commonwealth of Virginia, 2008
  • District of Columbia, 2010
10 BEST FLA Professional Associations

  • Virginia State Bar Association
  • Prince William County Bar Association
  • Fairfax County Bar Association
  • Virginia Women Attorneys Association
  • American Bar Association

Practice Areas

  • Family Law
  • DUI/DWI/Traffic
  • Wills & Trusts

CDA2016 Top Rising Star

Michelle M. Hopkins, Esquire
Principal Attorney and Owner

Whitney L. Pennington, Esquire

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Whitney Pennington joined the Hopkins Law Firm in October 2016. She graduated from with honors from Campbell University .  During her time at Campbell, she interned for the Honorable Justice Paul Newby of the North Carolina Supreme Court. In her third year of law school, Whitney  worked with a family law firm located in Cary, North Carolina where she assisted with family law trials, meditations, and arbitration.   After being admitted to the Virginia Bar, she practiced in a small firm in Southwest Virginia where she primarily focused on family law, wills, and small criminal matters. She frequently appeared before the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court and Circuit Court of Smyth County on matters such as custody, divorce, spousal support, and adoption. Whitney and her husband relocated to Linden, Virginia where she served as a magistrate for the 26th District. During her time as magistrate, Whitney gained valuable insight on protective orders and domestic assault and battery issues. She worked closely with law enforcement and community constituents in issuing arrest warrants, search warrants, and emergency protective orders. After her time as a magistrate, Whitney worked at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia, as the Title IX Coordinator where she produced sexual misconduct policy and procedures for all university members. She was responsible for conducting investigations and hearings on matters involving sexual assault and sexual harassment. She worked with the Winchester Commonwealth Attorney’s office and the Winchester Police Department in coordinating services for those who were the victims of sexual assault. Whitney had the pleasure of helping Shenandoah University create best practices in both policy and procedure for sexual assault.  Whitney lives in Linden, Virginia with her husband and young son. She enjoys baking, running, and spending time with her family. She is also active in her church as a teen group leader and choir member.


  • Campbell University, J.D. cum laude
  • Virginia Intermont College, Bachelors of Arts, summa cum laude

Bar Admission

  • Commonwealth of Virginia
  • North Carolina
Professional Associations

  • Virginia State Bar Association

Practice Areas

  • Family Law
  • Wills
  • Criminal Law

M. Isabel Mazariegos
Legal Assistant


Isabel Mazariegos, Paralegal

Isabel was raised in Texas by her mother who is a County Clerk in central Texas. She assists with Legal Research, formatting pleadings and filing documents with the court. She is a licensed Virginia Notary and fluent in Spanish. She attends NOVA-Alexandria; maintains a Magna Cum Laude grade point average while studying Paralegal Studies and is part of their Paralegal Student Association.  Isabel lives with her husband and two dogs in Northern Virginia and hopes to attend George Mason University School of Law in the future.




Lindsay A. Sampson

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Lindsay Sampson joined the Hopkins Law Firm in 2016. Lindsay began her legal career with a Fairfax County criminal law firm in June 2014 as a legal assistant, receptionist, and office manager. Lindsay graduated from Penn Foster College in May 2015 with an associate’s degree in paralegal studies, suma cum laude. Additionally, Lindsay was on the dean’s list and was a member of the Delta Epsilon Tau honor society at Penn Foster College. She is also a licensed notary public in Virginia. Lindsay provides personal, high quality assistance to our clients. Lindsay lives in Gainesville with her husband and pets. Her hobbies include caring for her pets, knitting dog sweaters for her Etsy shop Little Paws Knitting, baking, hiking, reading, and kayaking.





Bella M. Hopkins (aka – Law Dawg)


Bella, Senior Security

Bella is a 4-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.









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Fax: 571-248-2126
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