John is passionate about entrepreneurship and business development.
Like many entrepreneurs, he has launched both successful and failed businesses. A true believer in “failing forward”, John looks for new opportunities in every situation. This mentality allows him to connect with entrepreneurs and business owners in a meaningful way to help them navigate difficulties and grow their success.
“I find joy in helping business owners make better decisions to build on their success and protect their business.”
Outside of his practice of law, John serves as Chairman of the Board for Roc Solid Foundation, a local non-profit that builds hope for families fighting pediatric cancer. John also served the City of Chesapeake as a Planning Commissioner for five years, including leadership roles as Secretary and Vice-Chairman. In his free time, he enjoys the outdoors and loves spending time with his wife, three kids, and two yellow labs.
John graduated from Regent University School of Law in 2010, where he served as Chairman of the Moot Court Board and a member of the Student Leader Advisory Board. After law school, John found his niche practicing real estate and business law throughout Virginia and North Carolina.
In real estate, John has experience representing investors, developers, builders, banks, lenders, and individual home buyers in a variety of transactions. He has handled transactions involving shopping centers, apartment complexes, retail stores, restaurants, and hotels.
John’s business practice ranges from advising entrepreneurs to assisting established business owners in mergers, acquisitions, contracts, litigation and dispute resolution. He has worked with a variety of businesses ranging from small startups to an international multi-billion dollar corporation.
John is licensed to practice law in both Virginia and North Carolina.
Awards & Recognitions:
- Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia – 2022
- Super Lawyers – Rising Stars – 2014, 2015, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
- Elite Lawyer Award – 2022
- Avvo Client’s Choice Award
- Martindale-Hubbell’s Client Chamption – Gold Award
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Emma is from Norfolk, Virginia and excited to be back in her hometown after practicing law in North Carolina for two years.
She graduated from New York University in 2012 with a degree in Political Science and Environmental Studies. She then worked in the legal and non-profit worlds, gaining experience before law school. Emma received her J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law in 2019, where she was Online Editor and a published staff writer for the Journal of Law & Policy, a member of the Community Law and Business Clinic, and a two-time recipient of the Hopkins Pro Humanitate Summer Grant. She also served as summer intern for the Honorable S. Bernard Goodwyn Jr. of the Virginia Supreme Court. Emma became a member of the North Carolina Bar in 2019 and worked as a Staff Attorney for Legal Aid of North Carolina, where she advocated for the rights of low-income community members.
When she’s not at work, Emma enjoys live music, browsing local bookstores, and spending time with her newest family member, a rescue cat named Ruby.
Emma is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and Virginia.
Steven Thomas, J.D.
Steven is a Virginia native, excited to serve clients through litigation in Hampton Roads.
Steven graduated from the Regent University School of Law, where he was awarded the Corporate, Commercial & Transactional Law Award and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Foundation Trial Advocacy Award. While at Regent Law, Steven served as the President of the Business Law Society and Chairman of the Trial Advocacy Board, where he led Regent Law to a National Trial Advocacy Championship.
Steven joins the team as an attorney with a focus on litigation in the following areas: business & corporate, shareholder and owner disputes, property disputes, breach of contract, business conspiracy, fraud & conversion, and traffic defense.
Outside of practicing law, Steven and his wife Savannah invest in their local church, and love spending time with their puppy dog, Hank. You can find the Thomas family at the beach, a coffee shop, or any of Virginia Beach’s beautiful parks!
Pat is originally from Oklahoma and worked as a pastor and a construction project manager before pursuing law.
His previous careers directly influence how he serves clients on a daily basis. Although Pat is relationship-driven, he is also fueled by acquiring tangible results for his clients.
Simply put, Pat loves helping people.
Pat has legal experience in real estate, business, transactions and litigation. Pat enjoys helping clients achieve their goals through institutional knowledge and creativity.
After graduating with Honors from Regent University School of Law, Pat, his wife and three children planted roots in Hampton Roads – spending many of their weekends on the water or at the beach. Pat and his family feel blessed to call Virginia Beach home, and he looks forward to getting to know you and serving you with excellence.
Pat is licensed to practice law in Virginia and also serves as Director of Law School Advancement at Regent University School of Law.
If you call McCormick Law & Consulting, there’s a good chance you will find yourself chatting with Allison.
She is a joy to work with and essential to the excellence that we strive to deliver. Allison will listen to your concerns, assist to find a solution, and follow up to ensure your experience is top notch.
Allison has experience working with business owners, entrepreneurs, real estate investors, and a variety of clients. She is a certified title examiner and understands the nuances involved in complex real estate transactions.
Taylor Howington is a key member of the McCormick Law & Consulting family who focuses on providing industry leading customer experience.
She has been a fantastic addition to our team. Taylor is very knowledgeable and has a passion for providing excellent customer service.
Taylor has years of real estate experience where she had the opportunity to work with a variety of clients around the Raleigh, North Carolina market working through diverse transactions all while providing a very personable and tailored customer service experience. Additionally, Taylor managed the day to day operations of a small business in North Carolina where she further developed her client management and customer relations experience.
As Operations Manager of McCormick Law & Consulting, Taylor is laser focused on providing the absolute best client experience for every one of our clients.
Samantha “Sami” Jackson
Sami was born and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and graduated in 2021 from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science.
During her time at Old Dominion, she interned for two members of the Virginia House of Delegates during the 2020 General Assembly. Additionally, Sami had a term paper published in the most recent issue of ODU’s undergraduate research journal. She also has experience working as a Deputy Clerk at Virginia Beach General District Court. When she is not at the office, Sami loves being at the beach, traveling, and taking her puppy, Harper, out and about.
Cynthia’s background is in Accounting and Finance, with several years of a career in internal audit compliance work.
She has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Liberty University in Accounting and started her career doing audits and tax work at Goodman & Company (now Dixon Hughes Goodman). After several years in public accounting, she took an internal audit compliance position at Anthem Inc where she focused on SOX and SOC1 compliance and reporting. After her third baby, she left her role at Anthem for a part time position with McCormick Law. She’s seen McCormick Law & Consulting from the beginning and is excited to “officially” be part of the team.