Our Attorneys

Leighton S. Houck

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College/University:

Hampden-Sydney College (B.A., History-Political Science, 1967)

Law School:

Washington & Lee University School of Law (J.D., Summa Cum Laude, 1970)

Professional Affiliations:

Virginia State Bar; Virginia State Bar Association (Chair Bankruptcy Section 2002-2003); Lynchburg Bar Association; Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce (Chairman of the Board 2004); Lynchburg Estate Planning Council (President 2002-2003); Virginia Conference of Commissioner of Accounts (Board Member 2008-2014); Chairman of Board (2009-2010); Board of Governors of the Virginia Bar Association (2010-2013)

Leighton Houck joined Caskie & Frost in 1970. His areas of practice include creditor’s rights law, real estate law and commercial law. He has extensive experience in representing creditors in bankruptcy matters and financial institutions in commercial litigation. Leighton has represented plaintiffs and defendants in Virginia in both Federal and State courts, as well in appellate courts. He is admitted to practice in all State and Federal Courts in Virginia, as well as in the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

A well-respected member of the Lynchburg business community, Leighton served as Chairman of the Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce in 2004.

Leighton is a graduate of the Washington & Lee University School of Law, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif, Phi Beta Kappa, and served as the Associate Editor of the Washington & Lee Law Review.

Theodore J. Craddock

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College/University:

Washington & Lee University (B.A., 1968)

Law School:

University of Virginia School of Law (J.D., 1971)

Professional Affiliations:

Lynchburg Bar Association (President, 1984-85); Virginia Bar Association; Virginia State Bar (6th District Disciplinary Committee, 1978-1981); Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission of Virginia (Member, 1992-2000; Vice Chairman 1994-1996; Chairman 1996-1998)

During the course of over thirty years practicing law in Lynchburg, Ted Craddock has established himself as a leader in the Virginia legal community. He is the former Chairman of the Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission of Virginia, the former President of the Lynchburg Bar Association, and the former President of the Lynchburg Estate Planning Council. In addition, he is listed in Best Lawyers in America.

Ted represents clients in the areas of business and corporate law, public finance, trust and estates, real estate, and litigation. He handles complex commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and public financing projects

Joy Lee Price

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College/University:

University of Tennessee, B.S., with high honors, 1986

Law School:

College of William & Mary, J.D., 1989

Professional Affiliations:

Lynchburg Bar Association (President, 1997-1998), Virginia Bar Association; Virginia State Bar (Ninth District Disciplinary Committee, 2000-2006).

After graduating from law school in 1989, Joy Lee Price returned to Lynchburg, where she has practiced law for over 25 years.  Her primary focus is on civil litigation, with a particular emphasis on divorce, child custody, and other family law related matters. She is admitted to practice in all federal and state courts in Virginia.

Joy Lee is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, where she received a B.S. with high honors. She earned her law degree from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary.

Joy Lee is a member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference, and she is a past President of both the Lynchburg Bar Association and the Family Law Section of the Lynchburg Bar.  She currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the Lynchburg Humane Society, Mental Health America of Central Virginia, and Miriam’s House.

Mark J. Peake

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College/University:

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (B.A., 1985)

Law School:

Washington & Lee University School of Law (J.D., 1988)

Professional Affiliations:

Lynchburg Bar Association; Virginia Bar Association; Virginia State Bar; Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys; Virginia Trial Lawyers Association; Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce; Lynchburg Claims Association.

Mark Peake has been practicing law in the areas of personal injury, insurance defense, civil litigation, products liability, and criminal defense since 1988. He has extensive trial experience in Virginia’s state and federal courts, and he has successfully appealed a number of cases to the Supreme Court of Virginia. He is a former President of the Lynchburg Bar Association.

In addition to his law practice, Mark represents Virginia’s 22nd Senate District in the Senate of Virginia, which includes the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Buckingham, Cumberland, Fluvanna, Goochland, Prince Edward County, and parts of Louisa County and the City of Lynchburg. In the Virginia Senate, Mark serves on the Courts of Justice Committee, the Transportation Committee, the Education and Health Committee, and the Privileges and Elections Committee.

Mark is a 1985 graduate of Virginia Tech, and he received his legal education at Washington & Lee University, where he was a member of the Washington & Lee Law Review.

John R. Alford, Jr.

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College/University:

University of Virginia, B.A., 1983

Law School:

Washington & Lee University, J.D., 1988

Professional Affiliations:

Lynchburg, Virginia and American Bar Associations; Virginia State Bar.

For more than 20 years, John has represented businesses and individuals in Lynchburg and throughout Central Virginia on matters involving business, commercial transactions, real estate, and trust & estate law. John is a 1983 graduate of the University of Virginia, and he attended law school at Washington & Lee University School of Law, where he was Lead Articles Editor of the Washington & Lee Law Review. After graduating from law school, John served as a Law Clerk to Virginia Supreme Court Justices Richard H. Poff and Elizabeth B. Lacy.

He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the Bank of the James, the Greater Lynchburg Community Trust, and Boonsboro Country Club.

J. Frederick Watson

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College/University:

University of Virginia (B.A., 1993).

Law School:

University of Richmond (J.D., 1996).

Professional Affiliations:

Lynchburg Bar Association (Board of Directors, 2004-2009); Virginia Bar Association (Executive Council, Young Lawyers Division, 1999-2001); Virginia State Bar (Ninth District Disciplinary Committee, 2012 - 2018); Campbell County Bar Association; Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys; Federal Bar Association;.

Fred Watson represents individuals and businesses in litigation and general family and business law matters.  He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the University of Richmond School of Law. After law school, he served for two years as a law clerk with the Supreme Court of Virginia. Prior to attending college and law school, Fred served in the United States Army as a military policeman with the 2d Armored Division at Fort Hood, Texas.

His representative cases include:

Pressl v. Appalachian Power Co., 842 F.3d 299 (4th Cir. 2016)

Appalachian Power Co. v. Nissen, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 22469 (4th Cir. 2016)

VA Timberline v. Appalachian Power Co., 343 Fed. Appx. 915, 2009 U.S. App. LEXIS 19490 (4th Cir. 2009)

Henderson v. Commonwealth Atty., 103 Fed. Appx. 760; 2004 U.S. App. LEXIS 15945 (4th Cir. 2004)

Jamerson v. Coleman-Adams Constr., Inc., 280 Va. 490, 699 S.E.2d 197 (2010)

Willoughby v. Kroger, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 202122 (W.D. Va. 2017)

Harold v. TMC Enters., LLC, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 142928 (W.D. Va. 2016)

Johnson v. Dowling, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 25295, Bankr. L. Rep. (BNA) P82,423 (W.D. Va. 2013)

Branin v. TMC Enters., LLC, 832 F. Supp. 2d 646 (W.D. Va. 2011)

Moore v. Harrisonburg/Rockingham Soc. Servs. Dist., 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 82646 (W.D. Va. 2009)

Barksdale v. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co., 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 4641 (W.D. Va. 2007)

Dawson v. Brandsberg, 2006 U.S. Dist LEXIS 73512 (W.D. Va. 2006)

Yakubu v. Atlas Van Lines, 351 F. Supp. 2d 482 (W.D. Va. 2004)

Mayberry v. Ememessay, Inc., 201 F. Supp. 2d 687, 198 A.L.R. Fed 793 (W.D. Va. 2002)

In re West, 2012 Bankr. LEXIS 6084 (Bankr. W.D. Va. 2012)

Wood v. Wooldridge Heating Air, Inc., 2008 Va. Cir. LEXIS 283 (Amherst Co. Cir. 2008)

Corp. for Jefferson’s Poplar Forest v. Dellinger, 66 Va. Cir. 486 (Campbell Co. Cir. 2003)

Pavlina B. Dirom

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College/University:

University of Economics, Prague, Czech Republic (B.A., International Commerce, 1996); Randolph-Macon Woman's College (1994-1995).

Law School:

University of Richmond (J.D., magna cum laude, 2003)

Professional Affiliations:

Lynchburg Bar Association, Virginia State Bar, Virginia Bar Association.

Having practiced at Caskie & Frost since 2003, Pavlina has extensive experience representing and advising individuals and businesses in planning and transactional matters.  Pavlina represents clients with estate and trust matters, administration of estates and trusts, immigration matters, business formations and negotiating and drafting documents for various business transactions.  Pavlina’s practice also regularly includes business litigation, estates and trusts litigation, real estate litigation and general civil litigation.  Pavlina brings her creative, energetic, practical approach to dispute resolution and her representation to achieve client’s objectives.

Pavlina is a 1996 graduate of the University of Economics, Prague, Czech Republic, where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in International Commerce. She attended law school at the University of Richmond’s T. C. Williams School of Law, where she served as a Manuscripts Editor of the Richmond Journal of Law and Technology (“JOLT”) – the nation’s first exclusively online law review and award-winning website, available at www.law.richmond.edu/jolt/index.asp. While at the University of Richmond Law School, Pavlina was inducted into the McNeill Society in recognition of her outstanding academic achievements.

In addition to her law practice, Pavlina is active in the Lynchburg community. She has served as a Marketing Chairman and a member of the board of the Junior League of Lynchburg. She currently serves on the board of Kids’ Haven, a non-profit organization working on behalf of grieving children. She is also a member of the Randolph-Macon Woman’s College Lynchburg Alumnae Chapter.

F.E. “Tripp” Isenhour, III

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College/University:

Guilford College (B.S., 2005)

Law School:

Liberty University School of Law (J.D., Magna Cum Laude, 2008)

Professional Affiliations:

Virginia State Bar; Virginia Bar Association; Lynchburg Bar Association (President, 2015-2016); Legal Aid Pro Bono Task Force Board

Tripp Isenhour focuses his practice on litigation, including criminal, civil, and domestic litigation. Tripp is the quintessential “trial lawyer” who finds himself in a courtroom nearly every day of the week. Tripp grew up in the Piedmont area of North Carolina, but came to call the Lynchburg area home after coming to the area for law school. He attended Guilford College in North Carolina where he majored in political science and played varsity football. Tripp later attended Liberty University School of Law, graduating in that school’s second graduating class in 2008.

Tripp has tried cases in nearly every court in the Lynchburg area, and has a broad range of experience in criminal, civil, and domestic litigation. Tripp’s broad and extensive knowledge of interrelated legal topics allows him to provide comprehensive legal advice to address client’s concerns from many perspectives. One of the primary lessons Tripp’s years of litigation has taught him is the importance of listening to and understanding his client’s personal needs and desires. Most cases coming before the Court are neither completely “won” nor “lost”—they are resolved by a person the client has never met in ways they don’t understand. Tripp’s strength lies in explaining complex legal procedures, then effectively understanding and zealously advocating for what the client actually cares about. No two cases are the same, and every person before the Court deserves an advocate who can both protect their rights and argue for their individual needs.

Tripp is a former president of the Lynchburg Bar Association.

William E. Phillips

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College/University:

University of Richmond (B.A., cum laude, 1982)

Law School:

University of Richmond School of Law (J.D., 1985).

Professional Affiliations:

Lynchburg Bar Association (former President); Virginia Bar Association; Virginia State Bar; American Board of Trial Advocates

Bill Phillips joined Caskie & Frost in 2017 after having practiced law in Lynchburg and throughout Central Virginia since 1985. Bill’s practice focuses on civil litigation, business litigation, and insurance law. He has tried approximately 200 jury trials, and he is a former President of the Lynchburg Bar Association.

A native of Lynchburg, Bill is a proud alumus of both the University of Richmond and the University of Richmond School of Law.

Phyllis Spence

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College/University:

Davidson College (B.A., 1995)

Law School:

University of Missouri School of Law (J.D., 2005)

Professional Affiliations:

Virginia State Bar; Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys; Virginia Trial Lawyers Association

Phyllis Spence is an experienced trial attorney who has defended hundreds of individual and business clients in personal and commercial liability cases. She has tried cases to juries and judges, in both state and federal courts, throughout Central and Southwest Virginia.

Phyllis’s cases and clients cover a broad range of personal and commercial litigation, including automobile, boat, and recreational vehicle collision cases, as well as cases involving premise liability, products liability, construction design and defects, and insurance subrogation. She also represents individuals before the Social Security Administration, helping them to secure benefits at both the administrative and federal court levels.

Phyllis graduated from Davidson College in 1995, where she was awarded a Bonner Scholarship for community stewardship.  After college, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer from 1996 to 1998. In 2005, she earned her law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. While in law school, Phyllis served as Editorial Assistant to Professor James Devine (dec.), in his drafting of the professional responsibility textbook, Problems, Cases and Materials in Professional Responsibility, 3rd Edition. In her second year of law school, Phyllis was accepted into the Advocacy in Family Public Policy Clinic, where she represented women and children in cases of domestic violence. While in this clinic, Phyllis helped draft an amendment to Missouri’s Senate Bill No. 964 (incorporated into House Bill 1453), concerning privacy rights in adoption, which she presented to a Missouri Senate subcommittee. Governor Holden signed the bill into law in 2004. Phyllis also co-authored a law review article published in the Wisconsin Women’s Law Journal, Spring 2005, discussing privacy rights in the context of adoption. As a result of her clinic work, Phyllis was a recipient of the Pro Bono Publico Award.

Phyllis and her family enjoy hiking and camping in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and raising an ever-changing menagerie of animals on their small “hobby” farm.

 

 

Practice Areas


Business Law

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Business Law

  • Corporations
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Partnerships
  • Asset Purchases and Sales
  • Nonprofit and Charitable Organizations
  • Business Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Commercial Transactions
  • Contracts
  • Construction Law
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Trademarks
  • Copyrights
  • Information Technology and Internet Law
  • Public Finance
  • Mechanics Liens


Civil Litigation

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Civil Litigation

  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Bankruptcy Litigation
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Divorce Litigation
  • Appeals


Divorce & Family Law

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Divorce & Family Law

  • Divorce
  • Child Custody and Visitation
  • Child and Spousal Support
  • Premarital Agreements
  • Property Settlement & Separation Agreements
  • Equitable Distribution
  • Protective Orders
  • Domestic Relations


Personal Injury

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Personal Injury

  • Personal Injury
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Slip & Falls and Premise Liability
  • Personal Injury Defense
  • Insurance
  • Products Liability


Criminal Law

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Criminal Law

  • Criminal Defense
  • Bond Hearings
  • Traffic Offenses
  • DUI
  • Forfeitures
  • Juvenile Offenses


Wills & Estates

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Wills & Estates

  • Wills
  • Revocable Living Trusts
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Advance Medical Directives
  • Estate Administration
  • Estate & Gift Tax
  • Estate Planning
  • Trusts & Estates
  • Special Needs Trusts


Immigration

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Immigration

  • Business-Based Immigration
  • Family-Based Immigration

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