Our Paralegal Team

kendra carter

Kendra Carter


Kendra Carter is an experienced and meticulous paralegal supporting the Insurance Defense team at Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver. Prior to joining WAW, she worked for law firms in Virginia and North Carolina for seven years, gaining the expertise necessary to investigate claims, compile documentation and communicate effectively with our clients. While her previous experience focused on personal injury and family law, Kendra enjoys working in insurance defense because she finds it fascinating to research the medical implications of the cases assigned to her. After working for several law firms, Kendra feels thankful for the strong leadership at Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver and their dedicated mentorship of her chosen career. Kendra enjoys spending time with her husband and three daughters when she’s not working. She’s also an avid crafter, embracing projects that allow her to flex her creative muscles.

Experience, Education, Awards, & Affiliations:
  • Coastal Carolina Community College

kiersten dodson

Kiersten Dodson


Kiersten Dodson is a valued member of our team and a meticulous paralegal who has been supporting our Family Law practice since June of 2022. She is a skilled researcher and collaborator, assisting our Staunton attorneys as they implement strategic representation our clients can trust. Kiersten is the daughter of a career Deputy Clerk, which inspired her to pursue an undergraduate degree in Justice Studies at James Madison University. Before working as a paralegal, she worked as a Legal Secretary at Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver and received her Paralegal Certification in 2019. Kiersten is a problem solver who enjoys tackling tough issues. She finds her work incredibly rewarding because she has the opportunity to help people during vulnerable times. Kiersten is an avid reader and enjoys spending time with family on the weekends as well as playing table top games that require strategic and critical thinking.

Experience, Education, Awards, & Affiliations:
  • B.S. in Justice Studies from James Madison University
  • Paralegal Certificate Program from James Madison University

mitchell hartigan

Mitchell Hartigan


Mitchell Hartigan is an experienced paralegal who joined the WAW team in 2022. He is a skilled investigator and researcher, diving deep into the details and organizing them in an easily digestible way for our attorneys and clients. Before joining WAW, Mitchell worked as a paralegal at Silverman Theologou, LLP in Rockville, MD. While working at that firm, he gained extensive experience in debt relations between creditors and their clients. His attention to detail allowed him to communicate effectively with clients, draft motions, process legal documents and prepare the attorneys for upcoming trials. He likes working in the background to support his team and enjoys the fast-paced environment of a legal career. Mitchell majored in Film and Video Studies and minored in English at George Mason University. When he’s not busy working, Mitchell enjoys cooking and helping local students with their video projects.

Experience, Education, Awards, & Affiliations
  • B.A. in Film & Video Studies from George Mason University
  • Eagle Scout from the Boy Scouts of America

emily hulse

Emily Hulse


Since 2015, Emily Hulse has played an integral role in analyzing thousands of documents to find the small details that can make big impacts in an OSHA case. She assists our attorneys in drafting responses to discovery requests and subpoenas and in preparing for depositions and trials. Her experience has made her a main point of contact for safety managers. Civil litigation, employment law, and OSHA clients know they can depend on her informed approach and team mentality when addressing their legal needs. Her sharp eye for detail and defense is an asset to Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver. When she’s not busy working, Emily loves playing recreational sports throughout Rockingham County and Harrisonburg. She’s always up for a hike, trip, sporting event, or concert and spending time in the Shenandoah Valley.

Experience, Education, Awards, & Affiliations:
  • B.A. in Business Administration & History from Bridgewater College
  • Daniel W. Bly-Lamar B. Neal History Outstanding Senior Award
  • Bridgewater College Outstanding Senior Business Award

sherri morgan

Sherri Morgan


After decades in the legal field, Sherri Morgan can anticipate the needs of the attorneys she supports. Since 2005, she’s played a critical role in reviewing, sorting, and managing data to help our attorneys pursue medical malpractice, wrongful death, and personal injury claims for clients. She enjoys building relationships with notable medical professionals and arranging expert testimony to incorporate into court cases. Her gentle and informed approach calms clients during challenging times, and they turn to her when they have questions or concerns. In her free time, Sherri is an avid Green Bay Packers fan and loves watching football with friends and family. After long days at the office, she unwinds playing piano and word games with friends and fellow paralegals.

Experience, Education, Awards, & Affiliations:
  • Paralegal Certificate from Armstrong Atlantic State University
  • 2019 Unsung Hero award from Virginia Lawyers Weekly

sandi quinn

Sandra “Sandi” Quinn


Sandi Quinn is an experienced professional adept at building relationships with clients to facilitate better communication. She joined the WAW team in 2022 as a Paralegal, assisting our Estate Planning and Real Estate attorneys in compiling documents, collecting financial/legal data, and communicating with clients. After decades of providing experienced customer service in different industries, she is uniquely qualified to put our clients at ease during the development of wills, trusts, and real estate transactions. Before joining WAW, she worked in real estate, medical care, and the construction industry, giving her a wealth of knowledge that translates perfectly to her current position. Sandi is Smartsheet Certified and holds certification with the American Petroleum Institute (API), a globally recognized training program designed to educate professionals on safety and code regulations for the use and storage of petroleum products. Sandi enjoys working as a paralegal because she continuously learns new skills that pertain to everyday life. When she’s not busy helping clients, Sandi enjoys working on the farm with her family and two dogs and visiting her grandchildren.

Experience, Education, Awards, & Affiliations:
  • OSHA10 Certification
  • Leasing Agent
  • Two Business Certificates
  • 14 Years of Retail Management Experience
  • Smartsheet Certified
  • American Petroleum Institute (API) Certification
  • Fairmont State College

philip silling

Philip Silling


Philip Silling delivers practical and creative solutions to help our business team solve the legal needs of our clients. Since 2010, he’s played a pivotal role in reviewing and organizing relevant documents and filing the paperwork necessary to facilitate a variety of transactional and litigation matters in practice areas involving real estate, bankruptcy, collections and workers’ compensation. Often a main point of contact for many of our business and corporate clients, he helps to provide peace of mind by planning and developing their legal strategy. Philip started at Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver as an intern for three years during college. He decided to pursue a paralegal career after spending some time working in financial consulting. In his free time, Philip explores the local restaurant and craft beer scene in the Shenandoah Valley. He’s a passionate fan of JMU football and also enjoys traveling.

Experience, Education, Awards, & Affiliations:
  • B.B.A. in Finance from James Madison University
  • Associate of Arts & Science (A.A.&S.) from Blue Ridge Community College