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A Team with Your Interests at Heart.

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.

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Lawyers

Paralegals

Tammy Furry

Senior Paralegal

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 Hamilton

Paralegal

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

Paralegal

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 Knicely

Paralegal

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 Perez

Paralegal

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 Queen

Paralegal

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.

Meredith Townsend

Paralegal

Meredith Townsend is a paralegal in the Charlottesville office. She joined HammondTownsend in 2014, as an Administrative Assistant.

Administrative

Hannah Bernier

Firm Administrator

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 Durst

Administrative Assistant

Cheryl Durst joined HammondTownsend in March 2018.Cheryl brings over ten years of experience in the field of law, working as aLegal Assistant for firms in south-western Virginia as well as Maryland.

Heather Jarrell

Administrative Assistant

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.

CamelIia Vail

Intake Specialist

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.

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