Choosing the right workers’ compensation lawyer is critical to a successful and timely case resolution. HammondTownsend has a top-notch team of lawyers, paralegals and support staff that are focused on getting you the results you deserve.
Known for his friendly, compassionate nature outside the courtroom and aggressive drive to win in the courtroom, Steve Hammond has been a tenacious client advocate for more than 20 years.
Born and raised in Roanoke, Virginia, George Townsend brings a wealth of experience in workers’ compensation and real estate law to HammondTownsend.
For almost twenty years, John has practiced workers’ compensation law, representing employers and carriers before the Commission and the Court of Appeals. Given his blue-collar background, he wanted to use his skills and knowledge to help injured workers.
Raised in the coalfields of Southwest Virginia, Jason has a passion for helping injured workers navigate the complex workers’ compensation system.
Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Bryn Swartz brings a unique perspective to his work as a workers’ compensation litigator with HammondTownsend.
Tammy Furry has worked as a paralegal since 1997, and has been a workers’ compensation paralegal since 2002. She has been with HammondTownsend since 2009. She is a member of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association for Paralegals, a Virginia Notary and has participated in workers’ compensation seminars and training sessions.
Jo has been in the workers’ compensation field over 25 years, having started her career with an insurance company. While working as an insurance adjustor, Jo crossed paths with Mr. Townsend. She started working for him in 1998 and has been with him ever since.
Melissa Howell is a Workers’ Comp Paralegal in the Harrisonburg office. She has been in the workers’ comp field since 2005 and has been with HammondTownsend since 2013. She is a member of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association for Paralegals, a Virginia Notary and has participated in workers’ comp seminars and training sessions.
Ann Carlisle Knicely joined HammondTownsend in June 2014. A graduate of Virginia Tech, Ann holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication. She is a member of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and serves as a Notary in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Based in the Harrisonburg office, Ann specializes in workers’ compensation.
Jennifer is a Paralegal in our Roanoke office. She comes to us from another law firm in North Carolina, where she was a legal assistant and receptionist. Jennifer attended Campbell University and plans on completing her studies. She is a notary for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Jennifer is also bilingual and assists with translation and interpretation.
Jason joined HammondTownsend in 2018 as a paralegal in the Harrisonburg office. Jason comes to us with a wealth of experience. He has worked as a paralegal since 2001.
Hannah joined HammondTownsend in 2019. She comes to the firm with a wealth of organizational development and operations knowledge. Before joining HammondTownsend she worked as a Senior Contract Negotiator at the University of Virginia Health System. Prior to her work at UVA, Hannah served as the Retail Manager at EyeOne for eleven years. Hannah has a B.S. in Management and Organizational Development from Eastern Mennonite University, where she graduated Cum Laude. She lives in Staunton with her husband and two sons. Hannah works in our Fishersville office.
Cheryl joined HammondTownsend in 2018. She comes to us from Kalbaugh Pfund & Messersmith, where she worked as a legal assistant in their workers’ compensation and civil litigation department for approximately 9 years. She has also worked in the real estate industry as a settlement officer.
Tammy Harris is the HammondTownsend receptionist in the Fishersville office. She’s been with the firm since 2012.
Heather Jarrell joined HammondTownsend in 2017 as an Administrative Assistant. Heather comes to us with experience working in the restaurant industry, in the Augusta County school system, and the YMCA. Heather graduated from Radford University with a degree in Criminal Justice and studied abroad for a semester in Australia.
Harvey Scott joined HammondTownsend in 2018 as an administrative assistant in our Richmond office. Harvey comes to HammondTownsend with a lot of experience. He had been a paralegal with Blank & Marcus law firm since 2015, handling personal injury cases. Prior to his current position, he worked for Christina Pendleton & Associates, as well as with Midkiff Muncie. Harvey completed his paralegal associates degree in 2009 at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.
Camellia Vail joined HammondTownsend in 2017 as an administrative assistant in our Fishersville office. Before joining HammondTownsend she worked at the Augusta County Sheriff’s office where she worked in records’ management, indexing and records’ maintenance. Camellia also worked for the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center.
After graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in Political Science, Karen worked in government and politics on both the state and national levels. Karen has worked in public relations with labor unions, representing the rights of workers. For the past 10 years, Karen has worked in media advertising in print and television. In those roles, she quickly learned that she most enjoyed the marketing of law firms. After working with HammondTownsend for 5 years as their media representative, she joined the firm in 2014 as the Director of Marketing.
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