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This page is dedicated our amazing volunteers who have gone above and beyond to support our Foundation. They have dedicated countless hours and invaluable skills to help others. Please click on the profiles below to read more about our volunteers.

 

 

 

October 2020


  
  

Ann Thayer, Esq.


Ms. Ann M. Thayer is the founding owner of The Law Office of Ann Thayer, PLLC. Ann defends juveniles & adults charged with traffic, criminal, & DUI/DWI offenses. She also handles domestic violence & civil protective orders, dangerous dog & other animal cases, as well as expungements. She is experienced in all Northern Virginia General District, Juvenile and Domestic Relations District, and Circuit Courts. Her ability to clearly communicate with clients and fight for them while also caring about what happens to them makes her an ideal choice as a defense lawyer. She is admitted to practice in Virginia and is also a member of the Virginia State Bar, Criminal Law Section of the Virginia State Bar, Fairfax County Bar Association, and the Criminal Section in Fairfax. She is a member of the Fairfax Bar Association General District Court Committee and Juvenile Domestic Relations District Court Committee and has served as Co-Chair of the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court for two years. She is a founding member of DUIDLA and a member of NCDD (two DUI defense organizations). Ms. Thayer attended Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia where she obtained a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice in 2000. Attending Widener School of Law in Harrisburg, PA, Ms. Thayer worked with the Prince William County Attorney’s Office and The Air Force Judge Advocate General (JAG) in Warner Robins, GA as an intern before obtaining her Juris Doctorate in 2004.

 

Following law school, Ms. Thayer worked on several mergers and acquisitions as a contract attorney with various firms in the Virginia and Washington, D.C. area. Ms. Thayer then worked for the Fredericksburg Public Defender’s Office where she represented hundreds of indigent defendants in a variety of misdemeanor and felony offenses including rape and other sexual assault charges, assault and battery, shoplifting and larceny, and drug offenses. While with the Fredericksburg Public Defender’s Office Ms. Thayer appeared in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts, General District Courts, and Circuit Courts in The City of Fredericksburg and the Counties of Spotsylvania, Stafford, and King George.

 

Following her work at the Public Defender’s Officer, Ms. Thayer worked for T. Kevin Wilson where she became a member of National College for DUI Defense and attended several national trainings on DUI defense. She also continued her work in criminal, traffic, and juvenile cases. Ms. Thayer then went on to work for Price Benowitz, LLP where she managed the Fairfax office and continued her practice handling DUI, Criminal, Juvenile, and Traffic offenses. She then joined Taylor Law Company where she still prides herself on helping juveniles and adults who find themselves in trouble. She also began representing people in need of protective orders, those who need help defending a protective order, and people who are charged with various animal criminal and civil violations of the law.

 

Ms. Thayer prides herself on her ability to communicate with, understand, and work together with her clients in representing their interests and has substantial experience in defending juveniles and adults charged with a misdemeanor and felony traffic and criminal offenses, including the most serious and complex of such matters.

 

Ann grew up the daughter of a detective and has always had an interest in criminal justice. She is the oldest of six kids and has many cousins, nieces, and nephews which helps her understand and be able to relate better to her juvenile clients. When the weather cooperates she enjoys playing sand volleyball year round with a group she has known for years She is a huge sports fan and enjoys rooting for all her favorite teams. She also loves music and attending outdoor concerts.


 

If you did not practice law, what would you do?
If I hadn't gotten into law school, my back up plan was to become a police officer (my dad was a detective).

What was your first job?
I did newspaper delivery and babysitting when I was a teenager. I also did document review for a civil law firm and then was an assistant public defender when I first passed the bar, so those were my first two legal jobs.

If you could choose a superpower, what would you choose?
I would choose the ability to fly.

What was your favorite class in law school?
Sports law.

Name one thing that we would be surprised to learn about.
I am a huge sports fan and spend a lot of free time playing sand volleyball.

Why did you choose to donate money/time to the Fairfax Law Foundation?
I like to give back. I really enjoy the court tours because I am good with kids. They are always fun for me so I try to do the court tours as often as my schedule allows me to. I am missing them during COVID-19. I enjoy helping LSNV with the attorney of the day program for protective orders because I know those cases are important. I volunteer time on the FBA court committees so I can help with issues that arise and be able to stay up to date so I can help my clients.

Who is the legal practitioner that has had the biggest impact on your legal career and why?
Judge Peterson from Fredericksburg JDR. He is retired now, and I went down there to celebrate his retirement because he is still one of my favorite judges ever. He was one of the first judges I ever appeared in front of as a public defender. I spent a lot of time in front of him and also served with him on the juvenile drug court. He embodies how someone should be in the legal world. He is dedicated to the law, smart, wants to issue the right result in each case, knowledgeable, polite, respectful, caring, funny, and he had some of the best clerk's I've ever known. He and his clerks encouraged me as a new attorney and made me want to work hard to get the best results I could for my clients. I will always remember him and his clerks Joanie and Terry. If I can show half of the compassion and strength they did, and work as hard as they did, I can always say I did my best! I will also strive to be like them and treat everyone that comes my way in the legal system with compassion and understanding while fighting for them!

 
   

 August 2020

 

   
 

Saba Pervaiz, Esq.

Saba Pervaiz is a founding partner of Pervaiz & Harley PLLC. She practices primarily family law and small business law. She received her law degree from University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and her undergraduate degree from George Mason University. During law school, she clerked for Maryland's highest Court, the Court of Appeals and for the former first lady of Maryland, Catherine O'Malley in the District Court of Maryland for Baltimore City. She also served as an associate editor for the UMD Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class.


When she has time away from her busy practice, she enjoys travelling with her family, including her husband and two children.

 

If you did not practice law, what would you do?
I would love to travel (and find a way to make a living while doing it). I am not sure what I would do in the Covid-19 situation though, so I am glad that I am in the practice of law instead :)

What was your first job?
Before attending law school, I was a paralegal at a collections law firm in Tysons Corner and then I was a paralegal at an IP law firm in Alexandria City. I always knew I wanted to go to law school and have my own practice some day.

If you could choose a superpower, what would you choose?
This is a tough one between teleportation and telepathy, I would have to choose both.

What was your favorite class in law school?
My favorite class was Constitutional Law (I am sure said no one ever).

Name one thing that we would be surprised to learn about.
I am the eldest of 5 siblings who all amazingly also reside in Northern Virginia.

Why did you choose to donate money/time to the Fairfax Law Foundation?
I strongly believe in its mission "Equal Justice for All." Further, I believe that the conciliation and mediation programs greatly help litigants and the court system as a whole. I feel very good about helping participants resolve matters outside of court and cutting down on the court dockets.

Who is the legal practitioner that has had the biggest impact on your legal career and why?
My law school clinic Professor Douglas Colbert who taught the Access to Justice Clinic at UMD Law. In the clinic and through serving on the board for his project "Initiative for Representation at Pretrial Bail hearings" I learned how important representation was through each stage of the criminal justice system. Effective representation could change the entire outcome of a case. This was my first courtroom experience with real clients and although I now practice primarily family law, the skills I learned have been invaluable.

 
  

 April 2020


  
  Ed Culbertson, Esq. 

Ed Culbertson is a Fairfax County lawyer with a solo practice in Fairfax City, concentrating on small businesses, family law, and estate planning. Before that, he worked with more established lawyers in firms in Reston, Fair Lakes, and Tysons Corner. He is a graduate of George Washington University School of Law and got his undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia. Ed and his wife have two adult daughters and one grandchild. After his first year of law school, he went to Paris for the summer with his now wife, and knocked on doors until a law firm took him an as a summer associate, for help with an arbitration that required the decision be in English.

 

If you did not practice law, what would you do?
Hard to say. I had wanted a job that would involve overseas assignments, as had been my parents’ experience with government employment, but a health problem precluded that. Law wasn’t a huge step, as both my grandfathers were lawyers, and several cousins.


What was your first job?
I delivered the Washington Post for a couple of years, until I turned 16 and was old enough for a paycheck job at McDonald’s.


If you could choose a superpower, what would you choose?
Interesting question - I'll go with flight.


What was your favorite class in law school?
Corporations - for the various conditions and limitations on how people can cooperate for a shared goal, and the ways things can get complicated.


Name one thing that we would be surprised to learn about.
Not sure it’s surprising around here, but as a boy I lived in Thailand for a while.


Why did you choose to donate money/time to the Fairfax Law Foundation?
The impressive activities FLF supports on behalf of the community, particularly court tours for students and conciliation services on motions day.


Who is the legal practitioner that has had the biggest impact on your legal career and why?
There were two, each of whom set an example of dedication and persistence: After graduating from law school I spent a few years with Glenn Sedam, Jr., a business lawyer in Tysons Corner and Fairfax, and then I worked almost twenty years with Roy Bucholtz in Reston

 

 

 

 
  February 2019  

Joanna L. Faust, Esq. 

Joanna Faust is an Assistant County Attorney in the Office of the County Attorney in Fairfax. Previously, she was an Associate for CameronMcEvoy, PLLC for over five years. Joanna attended the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University. Upon graduation in 2006, she immediately became a Law Clerk to Hon. Robert W. Wooldridge, Jr of the Circuit Court. 

 

If you did not practice law, what would you do?

"A teacher. I’d love to teach high school math or English, and I often think I should have majored in Education!"

 

 What was your first job?

"A cashier at a little Chantilly store that sold party supplies called Party Animal. I was (and am) a bookish nerd, so it embarrassed me greatly to wear my 'Party Animal' work shirt."

 

If you could choose a superpower, what would you chose?

"Flying, so I would never worry about being late for court again." 

 

"Favorite class in law school?"

Trial Advocacy

       

Name one thing we would be surprised to learn about.

"I was bitten by a monkey on a high school Spanish trip to Costa Rica, but no far have shown no adverse health effects (knock on wood)."

 

Why did you choose to donate money/time to the Fairfax Law Foundation?

"There are a lot of good and valuable ways for lawyers to donate time or money to assist our community. There aren’t many that are as hands-on and direct as what the Fairfax Law Foundation does. The Foundation provides an immediate benefit to local students through the Court Tour Program, the Speakers Bureau, and the Devonshire Program, among others, and helps lawyers and parties both through the Conciliation Program and Pro Bono Center.  It feels good to be a part of that." 

 

Who is legal practitioner that has had the biggest impact on your legal career and why?

"My first year in practice was spent as a clerk to Judge Wooldridge at the Fairfax Circuit Court. I think that year was worth 10 years in terms of what I learned and how it shaped my philosophy towards how I practice law. I have never met a more intelligent, reasonable, or fair practitioner, or one who inspired me more to strive to be a courteous, but zealous, advocate."

 
  October 2018    
 

 

Aaron S. Book, Esq.

 

  

 Aaron S. Book is a founding partner of Webster Book LLP, located in Alexandria, Virginia. He has been named a “Top Lawyer” by Washingtonian Magazine, is listed in the “Best Lawyers in America®,” and also is named a Virginia “SuperLawyer®.” Aaron maintains an active trial practice in both civil and criminal law. In addition to federal and state trial work, Aaron has argued cases before the Virginia Supreme Court. Aaron’s trial practice areas include complex commercial disputes, white collar criminal defense, partnership disputes, real estate disputes, professional malpractice, and general criminal defense. Recent criminal cases include murder, bank robbery, assault, grand larceny, and drug possession. Aaron is licensed in Virginia and Washington, D.C.

 

Aaron lives with his wife and twin daughters in Washington, DC, and his hobbies include weight training, boxing, and guitar.

 

If you did not practice law, what would you do?

"If I didn't practice law, I'd do what everyone wants to do: be a musician or in the movies. But I'm neither talented nor attractive enough to do either."

 

What was your first job?

"I worked as a dairy clerk at Shoppers Food Warehouse at Fair City Mall in Fairfax during the day and bussed tables at a bar/restaurant in Annandale at night. I actually was pretty good at both of those jobs."

 

If you could choose a superpower, what would you chose?

"I would choose the ability to predict the future. Is that an officially recognized superpower? If not, then probably invisibility."

 

Favorite class in law school?

"Is that a serious question? I took an undergraduate acting class during my third year that probably helped me in the practice of law more than any other class. I guess evidence was helpful, too."  

 

Name one thing we would be surprised to learn about.

"I was the drum major in my high school marching band."

 

Why did you choose to donate money/time to the Fairfax Law Foundation?

"I do a lot of work with juveniles in the court system. I participate in the Devonshire Program speaking to students to hopefully help them make better decisions by thinking of the real-life consequences of actions."

 

Who is legal practitioner that has had the biggest impact on your legal career and why?

"My partner, Steve Webster, has had the biggest impact on my legal career. We both worked for a large firm then formed Webster Book LLP in 2005 while having lunch at Tippy's Taco House. He is the smartest and most creative trial lawyer I know. Truly amazing to see him in action in court. We both were lucky enough to be mentored by Grayson Hanes, who is a legend."

 

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