JOEL has practiced law in Virginia for over 28 years. He graduated 1st in his class from William & Mary Law School, is a member of the Order of the Coif, and a past member of the William & Mary Law Review. He began his career at Hunton & Williams, then handled mergers and acquisitions at Troutman Sanders. Joel opened his own law firm in 2003 to focus on helping entrepreneurs start, acquire, operate, and exit businesses. Joel’s peers have selected him as a Virginia Legal Elite attorney 10 times. Joel also has been selected as a Top Attorney in Coastal Virginia.

Joel has published two books to help entrepreneurs. His first book, Here's the Deal, helps acquisition entrepreneurs understand the process of buying or selling a small business. His second book, Before You Leap, helps gig economy entrepreneurs understand the legal issues involved in starting and running a consulting, independent contractor, or freelance business. You can find both books on Amazon and by visiting the My Books page


Joel's office is in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and he represents entrepreneurs throughout Virginia.

You can reach Joel at 757.216.4578 (phone) or (email).


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JENNIFER ANKNEY - Marketing & Practice Manager

Jennifer takes care of the financial and administrative work for the firm. She graduated from Tidewater Community College summa cum laude with an Associate of Science degree in Business Administration and currently is finishing her Bachelor in Business Administration-Marketing  degree at the College of William & Mary's Raymond A. Mason School of Business. 

Jennifer launched Composed LLC, a personal organizing business, in 2018.