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Stephanie Himel-Nelson


Stephanie has been a practicing attorney for over 20 years and is the firm’s newest attorney, specializing in estate planning. She firmly believes everyone needs an estate plan and takes pride in helping Virginia families plan for each stage of life. As the firm's latest member, she’s excited to use her skills to safeguard your family and your financial future.

Stephanie is a member of the bars in Virginia and Washington, D.C., and is also a seasoned litigator with experience in complex commercial contract litigation, government contracts, and construction law, as well as negotiating and drafting commercial contracts.

Stephanie originally hails from Louisiana but grew up living around the world with her military family. After college at the University of Miami and the University of Nebraska at Omaha, she met her husband, a proud Navy man, before moving across the country to Virginia. She attended George Washington University School of Law, where she was the Executive Notes Editor of the International Law Review. After more than a decade of practice as a litigator, Stephanie co-founded Blue Star Families, an influential nonprofit supporting military families.

Stephanie now lives in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia with her husband and three boys, expanding the firm’s practice across the Commonwealth of Virginia. She believes strongly in giving back to the community and is an active volunteer, having served as the president of the board of directors for her children’s swim club, PTA secretary, the band booster club treasurer and secretary, and contracts chair for the Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach.

In her spare time, Stephanie also serves as a stroke and turn official for USA Swimming, the Virginia High School League, the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association, and the Virginia Beach Swim League. On the weekend, you can find Steph and her family on the pool deck at swim meets or cheering on Virginia Tech at football games. (But she still roots for the Canes when Miami and Virginia Tech face off!)

Associations & Court Admissions

  • Commonwealth of Virginia Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • Court of Federal Claims
  • Eastern District of Virginia
  • District Court for the District of Columbia