Ms. Wilkes is an AV Rated Preeminent attorney, a rating shared by only about 7% of attorneys throughout the U.S.
Alisa has broad practice in the areas of personal injury, real estate, bankruptcy, maritime, and railroad law. She has years of experience representing clients in wrongful death cases, slip and falls, injuries from negligent building construction, and injuries to rail employees, to name a few.
Additionally, Ms. Wilkes represents investors in property acquisitions, quiet title actions, re-foreclosures, short-sales, contractual disputes, surplus claims, and many other real estate related matters.
She is also a big believer in giving back and volunteers her time and resources with charitable organizations both in the United States and abroad.
From the first day I became eligible to practice law until the day I retire, I remain committed to changing the way the public thinks about lawyers.
On a shelf in the family library sits a tattered middle school journal with the words, “when I grow up I want to help people be happy.” While there are many different avenues for accomplishing this goal, mine was specifically to become a lawyer. That dream stayed with me for years.
As the daughter of an N&W (now Norfolk Southern) railroad worker and the granddaughter of a Naval Officer, a fondness for the railroad and maritime industries came at a very early age. Growing up, I remember frequent trips with my father and grandfather to the railroad and the Norfolk Navel Shipyard. I also remember how hard my father worked and the toll it took on our family when his on-the-job injury ended his career with the railroad. Effective, stalwart legal representation was imperative during that time.
Shortly after graduating from high school, at the age of 17 I met and married my husband. Our family started right after I turned 19 and by age 23 I had given birth to our fourth child. Although becoming a lawyer was still a dream, I knew that doing both was nearly impossible so I gave it up to raise them. However, in 2003 our youngest daughter started pre-school and the fire within me was reignited. The strong desire to help others through a legal career could no longer be ignored. I enrolled in a private college and received my Bachelor of Science degree in Legal Studies in three years, graduating with a 3.9 GPA. I immediately applied for law school, was accepted and spent another three years obtaining my Juris Doctor degree.
From the first day I became eligible to practice law until the day I retire, I remain committed to changing the way the public thinks about lawyers. Being able to provide a personal experience for each client, consistent communication, and hope for better days ahead are of upmost importance. After all, my J.D. degree was never for me anyway; it was always for helping others to be happy again.
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