Virginia decided upon a legal career after working with people involved in the criminal and juvenile justice systems during her undergraduate studies the University of Michigan. After earning dual degrees in Psychology and Spanish, she pursued her law degree at Chicago-Kent College of Law, where her focus on public interest resulted in a seat on the board of the Kent Justice Foundation, a Dean’s Distinguished Service Award, a Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Internship, and a Certificate in Public Interest Law.
After earning her Juris Doctor, Virginia joined a small, high-volume workers’ compensation law firm in Chicago. There, she drew from her earlier advocacy experience and Spanish-language skills to represent injured petitioners at all stages of litigation, from intake to administrative trials, and honed her courtroom negotiation skills while also developing her medical-legal knowledge and client counseling abilities.
Virginia later transitioned to workers’ compensation defense, taking her skills to a larger insurance defense firm, where she was equally successful in representing carriers and employers, earning a distinguished service award from a large and demanding Fortune 500 company client. Additionally, she participated in formal training programs for clients and industry associations on risk management topics.
After returning home to Michigan, Virginia joined Zausmer, August & Caldwell in May 2017. Outside the office, Virginia enjoys cultural travel around the globe and is an avid Wolverine football fan along with her rescue dog Dez, named after Heisman Trophy winner and University of Michigan alumnus Desmond Howard.