Lindsey A. Coley
Lindsey A. Coley has lived in the Smith Mountain Lake community for over 35 years. She was a partner with a large firm in Roanoke before opening her own law practice at Smith Mountain Lake. In 2017, Lindsey was named to Virginia Lawyers Weekly’s “Up & Coming Lawyer” list, a distinction awarded to only fifteen attorneys across the Commonwealth of Virginia. In 2018, she was voted “Young Lawyer of the Year” by her fellow members of the Roanoke Bar Association. Lindsey has also been recognized as a Virginia Rising Star for the past ten years (2011-2020) by Virginia Super Lawyers.
Lindsey’s practice focuses on Wills, Trusts & Probate, and she also serves as outside general counsel to local small businesses. She regularly prepares Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney and Advance Medical Directives for clients and represents executors, administrators and trustees regarding the administration of trust and estates.
Having served as a Judicial Assistant to a Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, an Executive Assistant to the Virginia Solicitor General, a Legal Assistant, and a Deputy Clerk for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia, Bernadine has dedicated her life to providing administrative support for the legal profession. She earned a B.A. in English from Barat College of DePaul University and was chosen the 1997 recipient of the Student Laureate of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois. As a paralegal to the Coley Law Firm, her document production, case management, and proofreading skills contribute to the success of the firm. Bernadine lives in Roanoke and enjoys volunteer work, pet-sitting, supporting veterans, and serves as the current president of the Post 3 American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.
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Advertising & Legal Assistant
Michelle has worked over eight years in the legal field as a Judicial Assistant to Circuit Judges in Sarasota, Florida, and as an Appellate Assistant for the Second District Court of Appeals in Lakeland, Florida. She currently assists Lindsey with all administrative, advertising and marketing duties for the firm. Michelle is a former member of the Florida Judicial Assistants Association and the American Business Womens Association – Sarasota Chapter. She resides at Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia.
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Rita is a native to the Smith Mountain Lake area. Her career path was in the financial industry including
investment advisory services, banking, accounting and insurance. She currently assists Lindsey with the
accounting functions for the firm and other general business matters. She resides in the Smith Mountain Lake area with her husband.
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Micheal was raised in Franklin County. She currently lives in the Smith Mountain Lake area with her husband and two daughters. She worked for the United States Postal Service locally for over 10 years, assisting our community with a smile and familiar face. She has a background in administrative, clerical and customer service duties. She currently assists Lindsey with estate planning and corporate matters. Her passion is her family, community and helping others.
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Paralegal & Firm Administrator
Mariah has lived in the Smith Mountain Lake Community for 27 years. She obtained her Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies from Virginia Western Community College in 2018 and has worked in the legal field for four years. She currently lives in the Smith Mountain Lake area with her fiancé and their two dogs. Mariah currently assists Lindsey with estate planning and corporate matters as well as handling firm administrative duties.
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