Our Paralegal Team

kate bray

Kate Bray

kbray@wawlaw.com
540-438-5340

Kate Bray brings a diverse set of skills and experience to our clients and the OSHA team at Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver. As a former Executive Assistant in an international firm and a small business owner, she understands how stressful litigation can be for both large and small organizations. Kate assists attorneys with civil litigation, OSHA citations, and other employment litigation matters. She plays a critical role in streamlining communication and processes to help clients breathe easy and relax during complex litigation. Her attention to detail makes her an asset for reviewing, organizing, and synthesizing information efficiently and thoroughly. In her free time, she loves spending time with her husband and energetic four-year-old son. Kate also enjoys exercise and participates in a local competitive roller derby team.

Experience, Education, Awards, & Affiliations:
  • B.S. in Communications from George Mason University
  • Paralegal Certificate from James Madison University

amber hermann

Amber Hermann

ahermann@wawlaw.com
540-213-7447

Amber Hermann plays a critical role in helping our clients find peace of mind during challenging times. As a member of our Civil Litigation team, Amber reviews and organizes the documents and data that support our casework in the areas of personal injury and domestic law. Her detailed approach to solving problems is an asset to Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver. She builds relationships with our clients by clearly explaining the process, listening to their needs, and bridging the gap between them and our attorneys. In her free time, she loves to get outside and run, hike, and travel. She completed her first ultra-marathon in 2019 and has more planned for 2020. When she’s not on the move, she enjoys relaxing with her husband, two cats, and coonhound.

Experience, Education, Awards, & Affiliations:
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice from Old Dominion University
  • Associate Degree in Business Administration from Virginia Highlands Community College

emily hulse

Emily Hulse

ehulse@wawlaw.com
540-438-5323

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

smorgan@wawlaw.com
540-438-5317

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

rachel noel

Rachel Noel

rnoel@wawlaw.com
540-438-5337

Rachel Noel brings her significant experience to each client and case she works on as part of the Litigation team at Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver. For two decades, she has been assisting clients and attorneys at WAW in all phases of litigation, from inception through discovery and trial. She plays an integral role in document examination and management of the impressive amount of data that is critical to personal injury, insurance defense, and patent and trademark cases. Our clients know they can depend on her clear communication and support during difficult and stressful cases. Prior to joining WAW in 2000, Rachel worked in the legal field for ten years working on cases involving family law and real estate. When Rachel isn’t busy working, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and playing with her dogs and parrots. She loves to ski, scuba dive, travel and solve challenging puzzles.

Experience, Education, Awards, & Affiliations:
  • Certificate in Paralegal Studies from Central Virginia Community College
  • Shenandoah Valley Paralegal Association
  • National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)

philip silling

Philip Silling

psilling@wawlaw.com
540-438-5336

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

sue wilkins

Sue Wilkins

swilkins@wawlaw.com
540-438-5345

Sue Wilkins brings years of experience in different fields to help develop legal solutions that work for clients of Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver. Before becoming a paralegal in 2003, Sue worked as a Computer Programmer, I.T. Manager, and Corporate Secretary for local businesses in the Shenandoah Valley. She incorporates that significant experience into her work for business and corporate clients by helping them understand their legal rights and responsibilities. In other transactional work with estate planning, estate administration, and trust administration, she delivers correct and accurate preparation. Music is her passion, and in her free time, she loves to play the piano, organ, and keyboard. She’s been playing at her church for more than 50 years.

Experience, Education, Awards, & Affiliations:
  • Associate of Arts from Potomac State College of West Virginia University
  • Paralegal Certificate from Blackstone Career Institute