• T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond, Virginia, Juris Doctorate Degree
  • James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, Bachelor of Science Degree, Minor Paralegal Studies


  • Basnight, Kinser, Telfeyan, Leftwich & Nuckolls, P.C., (and predecessor's), Chesapeake, Virginia. Associate 1988 - 1996, Partner 1996 - Present.
  • The Honorable Blackwell N. Shelley, Judge, U. S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia, Richmond Division.
  • May 1987 - May 1988.
  • Virginia Alcoholic Beverage and Control Board, Robert N. Swinson, Secretary, Richmond, Virginia,
  • January 1987 - May 1987.


  • Chesapeake Public Schools, Board Member, 2002 - 2006
    • Liaison, Governor's School for the Arts, 2005 - 2006
    • Liaison, Southeastern Cooperative Association, 2004 - 2005
    • Alternate Liaison, SECEP, 2002 - 2004
  • Cullen Commission, Virginia General Assembly, Courts of Justice Subcommittee
    • Interviews, Evaluates and Makes Recommendations in Regard to Applicants Seeking Appointment to the Virginia Court of Appeals, 2006 -
  • Admitted to Practice in all Virginia Courts, the United States District Court, 4th Circuit and U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Virginia State Bar - Member since 1988
  • Past Member, Tidewater Bankruptcy Bar Association
  • Member, Family Law Organization of Hampton Roads
  • Past Judicial Circuit Representative to Young Lawyers Conference
  • Chesapeake Bar Association - President 1999
    • The Chesapeake Bar Association received its only Merit Achievement Awards from the Virginia State Bar for two projects begun in 1999: (1) High School Docent/Mentoring Program and (2) Chesapeake Bar Association Website. The Chesapeake Bar Association also started a Charitable Foundation in 1999. See Below*
  • Fellow, Sorensen Institute of Political Leadership, At the University of Virginia
  • Recipient, Multiple Sclerosis Leadership Award, 1997
  • Coach, High School Model Judiciary Program
    • Great Bridge Jaycees - President 1991. Founded Walkathon for Chesapeake Care, Inc., Free Medical Clinic
  • Deep Creek Ruritans - President 2000, Vice President 1999, Secretary 1998, Treasurer 1997
    • Lifetime Member National Registry of Who's Who, 2001 Edition Registry Number 179433. Who's Who in American Law - Millennium Edition
  • "Top 40 Under 40"; professionals in the Hampton Roads Area, 2000, Inside Business Magazine
  • Chesapeake Care Free Clinic, Board Member
    • Long Range Planning Committee
    • Building Committee
    • Constitution and Bylaws Committee
    • Fund Raising Committee for Building
    • Provides Pro Bono Legal Services
  • American Cancer Society, Virginia Division, Inc., Portsmouth/Chesapeake, Past Board Member
  • Member, Great Bridge Presbyterian Church
    • Provides Pro Bono Legal Services