Verna Lilburn became an attorney as the logical next step in my lifelong dedication to advocating for others. During the years preceding my legal career, I learned to appreciate individual differences and to understand that behavior must be viewed within the context of one’s circumstances.
I also learned that people are capable of learning, giving, and growing. In summation, the practice of law is a major part of my life and I give my all to it. Before I practiced law, I was a reading consultant in middle and high school for ten years in affluent suburbs of New York City. Before I was a reading consultant, I taught fourth grade school children who were economically challenged.
I entered law school after earning a masters degree in Psychology of School Subjects from the Teacher’s College, Columbia and a Sixth Year Certificate in Public School Administration from FairfieldUniversity. My experience as a student have enabled me to appreciate the value of an excellent education and to work toward improving the education of others.
My paralegal, who has been with me since 2003, and I strive to create an environment where clients are informed and part of the decision-making process as they go through the changes produced by divorces, legal separation, or modifications in custody. Questions are welcomed and every attempt is made to offer realistic options to clients. We are not a “one size fits all” firm. We genuinely tailor our services to the individual and are acquainted with other professionals who may also be of service to our clients.
My experiences as a mother, wife and member of a close-knit family have helped me to work toward achieving collaboration with others. I strive to resolve cases without litigation, if possible, and I have been successful in reaching settlements. I understand the role of family in achieving personal happiness. I also understand the pain experienced by those whose family structure has been altered.
I have a deep interest in financial matters, and I know that economic stability is necessary for a family to function in the modern world. I have chosen Family Law as a calling as a result of my personal belief that strong families can survive despite disruption and challenges.
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