Catherine Paxson began her distinguished legal career in 1996, working as a paralegal for a prominent local attorney in his family law and criminal defense practice. There she learned how to draft legal pleadings and appellate briefs, research the law, nurture and support the clientele, and assist with the day to day operations of a law practice.
Within a few short years, Catherine changed course and began working for the Honorable Robert J. Humphreys of the Court of Appeals of Virginia. For the next ten years, Catherine assisted the judge in the intellectually stimulating work of appellate law. Catherine drafted legal memorandum for the judge and prepared orders for the court, she reviewed petitions for appeal and briefs and appendixes for merit cases, she then researched the legal principles relevant to each case and gave recommendations to the judge as to how the court should rule.
During that time, Catherine attended law school at Regent University in Chesapeake, Virginia, and upon her graduation and acceptance to the Virginia Bar began a clerkship with Judge Humphreys. After a year long clerkship, Catherine left the Court of Appeals and transitioned into the practice of law as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Norfolk. For the next eight years, Catherine prosecuted felonies and misdemeanors in the Norfolk Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court, the General District Court and the Circuit Court. She has also prosecuted crimes in several surrounding jurisdictions as a special prosecutor. She is now in private practice and serves the citizens of Tidewater with a wealth of experience and a lifetime of devotion to the law.