Attorneys

Christopher A. Desimone

Christopher A. Desimone

Christopher A. Desimone, Attorney at Law

Chris has prepared more than 3,000 Wills and Trusts. He devotes 100% of his law practice to estates and trusts, and is a member of WealthCounsel, a national organization of Estate Planning Attorneys that develops state-of-the-art estate planning techniques, documentation and processes. Chris completed advanced training in Trusts and Trustee Standards to become an Accredited Fiduciary at the Center for Fiduciary Studies, where he graduated valedictorian of his class. In 2006, he was voted by his peers as a Virginia Super Lawyer in Estate Planning & Probate, an honor only the top 5% of Virginia lawyers achieve. In 2008, Chris was profiled by Wealth Management Magazine as an Industry Leader in Estate Planning for the Southeastern United States.

Chris does not care how much money you have. He helps those that have very little money as well as those who are very wealthy.

In 2014, in recognition of his devotion to protecting older adults in our community from financial exploitation, the Virginia House of Delegates appointed Chris to the Virginia Alzheimer’s Commission. As a Commissioner, he serves as an advisor to the Governor and legislature on critical issues affecting those individuals with dementia as well as their caregivers. He serves as a panelist and keynote speaker for Estate Planning Conferences throughout Southwest Virginia and published a written article through the Virginia Center on Aging entitled “Protecting the Vulnerable: Free Ways to Prevent Financial Exploitation” that has been distributed to government offices statewide. In addition, Chris was invited to be a guest speaker for the Roanoke Law Foundation’s Aging With Dignity event.

Chris became an Instructor of Estate Planning with the Roanoke Financial Services Institute and is a member of the Estates & Trusts Section of the Virginia State Bar. He was selected as Professor of Estate Planning at the Judge Advocate’s School where he was assigned to teach lawyers the various techniques of estate planning. Chris wrote a monthly column devoted to estate planning in two local publications, and was quoted in The Boston Globe in a front-page article addressing trusts and estates. He was selected by the National Business Institute to teach an educational program, Elder Law in Virginia: Legal and Financial Issues, to fellow attorneys for educational credit. Chris served as an AARP participating attorney for three years and as President of the Smith Mountain Lake Estate Planning Council. Chris is also creator and founder of Roanoke Star Tank, a program designed to expand the local economy and promote homegrown businesses in our community by connecting entrepreneurs with community investors.

Chris graduated from the University of Rochester, cum laude, and received his Juris Doctorate and MBA from the University of Buffalo. Chris was commissioned as an Officer in the U.S. Army and completed Airborne School to become a paratrooper. He then spent six years as a Judge Advocate in the Army JAG Corps that included duty as a trial lawyer and as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, and obtained a Secret Security Clearance. Following active duty, Chris served as Headquarters Company Commander for a U.S. Army Reserve unit in Salem, Virginia. While in the Army, he won a Golden Gloves Boxing Competition in the welterweight novice division and received the IRS Commissioner’s Award for his work in creating and developing an IRS tax center. For his military service, Chris was awarded the Army Achievement Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals and the National Defense Service Medal.

Chris has made several radio guest appearances on WWWR and WFNR talk radio; was a guest lecturer for Roanoke College; and a guest speaker on Blue Ridge Public Television and WDBJ Channel 7 to discuss cutting edge developments in estate planning. Chris is the founder of The Special Needs Symposium, and he received a Special Contribution Award in 2003 for serving families in our community that have loved ones with disabilities. He is married and his four children are 7th generation Virginians. He is active in a variety of community and charitable activities and has coached youth baseball, basketball, soccer and lacrosse. He and his daughter were Silver Medalists in the 2009 Commonwealth Games Canoe Tandem Division, and he and his son were Gold Medalists in the 2010 Commonwealth Games Canoe Tandem Division. In 2012, Chris returned to the boxing ring and competed in the Ringside National Masters Boxing Championship in Kansas City, Missouri.

Chris is President of Anderson, Desimone & Green, PC, which was nominated as 2012 Small Business of the Year through the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce, and has been ranked each year by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best law firms in America. It is the first law firm in the region to accept Bitcoin, an alternative digital currency based on block chain technology, for payments. Anderson, Desimone & Green, PC, is a Founding Member of Blue Ridge PBS Business Club.

Chris has been a featured speaker for the U.S. Postmaster’s Conference; the Virginia Funeral Directors Association; the Internal Revenue Service (IRS); National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors; Brambleton Center SeniorLinks Guest Speaker Series; Bluefield College Heritage Society; Warm Hearth Foundation Estate & Trust Planning Forum; Roanoke County Retired Teachers Association; Lynchburg Academy of Medicine; Virginia Tech Employees Workshop; National Association of Senior Friends Program at Lewis Gale Hospital; The Women’s World Forum; Mom’s Club of Roanoke; The Vinton Women’s Club; National Alliance for the Mentally Ill; Family Service of Roanoke Valley Families Come First Forum; Mount Rogers Community Services Board and Family Support Committee; Franklin County Retired Teacher’s Association; Roanoke Catholic Charitable Trust Workshop; Trinity Ecumenical Church Life For One Program; The E. Louise Brown Missionary Society; Cox Communications Featured Speaker Series; Autism Society of America; Luna Energy Corporation; General Electric Company; Down Syndrome Association; Totera Women’s Club; Society of Financial Service Professionals; Cherokee Hills Women’s Club; Smith Mountain Lake Lions Club; Danville Institute for Advanced Learning and Research Estate Planning Forum; The Sheltered Workshop of Altavista; Villas at Peppers Ferry Estate Plan Workshop; Martinsville Association of Insurance Advisors; American Association of Retired Persons (AARP); Telephone Company Retirees/Pioneer Association; The Lutheran Nursing Home of Virginia; Lynchburg Access For All Institute; Spina Bifida Association; Radford University Employees and Retirees Benefits Planning Conference; Brain Injury Conference for Southwest Virginia; and countless civic organizations and financial institutions.

Ann McGee Green

Ann McGee Green

Ann McGee Green, Attorney at Law

Ann has been an attorney for more than 20 years and focuses her practice on the areas of elder law and estate planning, guardianship, estate and trust administration, Medicaid and Special Needs Planning. In January 2007, she was invited into the prestigious Special Needs Alliance, an organization comprised of America’s leading Disability and Public Benefits lawyers. In the spring of 2009, the fall of 2010, and again in the spring of 2011, she was named the best elder law attorney in Southwest Virginia in Our Health Magazine. In the summers of 2008 through 2012, she was chosen by her peers to be listed for estate planning and probate in the Virginia Super Lawyers publication, an honor given to only 5% of attorneys. She has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America in 2010 – 2012. For two years in a row, in 2010 and 2011, U.S. News & World Report named Anderson, Desimone & Green, PC as a top tier law firm in Elder law. She has been quoted in two articles in the Roanoke Times about the challenges facing the elderly entitled “The Age of Uncertainty: The Costly Years” and “The Costly Years: Most Common Financial Myths” In November 2007, 2009, and 2011, she was named in The Roanoker Magazine as one of the Roanoke Valley’s best elder law attorneys.

Ann has been an instructor for Elder Law and Medicaid seminars for the National Business Institute and Half Moon Seminars. She has published a series of articles in Special Education Today on estate planning for the disabled (1997-98) and in September of 2008 published an article on transition planning in Exceptional Parent Magazine. She has been an instructor to other attorneys for the Virginia Continuing Legal Education Program of the Virginia Law Foundation in the areas of adult guardianship, Medicare Part D, ethics, elder law and estate planning. She was recently featured in an article in Prime Living Magazine that focused on elder law attorneys. Ann has been qualified as an accredited fiduciary at the Center for Fiduciary Studies.

Ann has led a variety of estate planning seminars on Estate Planning, Medicare Part D, Medicaid, Special Needs Trusts and Guardianship for organizations such as Senior Law Day, the League of Older Americans, the Special Needs Symposium, the State of Virginia Procurement Annual Meeting, the State of Virginia Department of General Services, Bedford Memorial Hospital, Wall Residences, Blue Ridge Independent Living Center, Modern Woodmen of America, General Electric, Virginia Baptist Autism Association, Alzheimer’s Association, Virginia Baptists, Care Connection for Children, and a wide variety of local churches and other community organizations.

Ann graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Virginia with a degree in Economics. After spending two years as a legal assistant in Washington D.C., she returned to the University of Virginia to complete law school in 1986. After graduation, she served five years as the Executive Director of an urban ministry in Richmond, Virginia. In 1991, she began her private legal practice.

Ann is a member of the Trusts and Estates and Elder Law Sections of the Virginia Bar Association, and she serves as President of the Salem/Roanoke County Bar Association. She is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), where she is a member of the Trust Special Interest Group, the Virginia Chapter of NAELA, and is a member of the Virginia State Bar, Trusts and Estates Section.

Ann is an active member at Bonsack Baptist Church, where her husband serves as Minister of Music.

Julianne M. Blake

Julianne M. Blake

Julianne M. Blake, Attorney at Law

Julianne is an associate attorney focusing on Estate Planning and Elder Law. A Roanoke native, Julianne graduated cum laude from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science degree. She received her Juris Doctor from the Charleston School of Law where she was a member of the Federal Courts Law Review, Juris One, and Treasurer of the Intellectual Property Society. Julianne interned with the United States Attorney’s Office in New York; U.S. District Court in Roanoke, Virginia; and with the Legal Department at Advance Auto Parts.

Julianne attended Washington & Lee University, School of Law for her third year of law school where she participated in the Wealth Transfer Planning Practicum to further her skills in estate planning.

Julianne is a frequent guest speaker on topics such as estate planning, elder law, long term care planning, guardianship, and special needs. She is a member of the Virginia State Bar, the Trusts & Estates and Elder Law Sections of the Virginia Bar Association, and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). Locally, she is a member of the Roanoke Bar Association and the Virginia Women Attorneys Association.

Bettye Ackerman

Bettye Ackerman

Bettye Ackerman, Attorney at Law

Bettye Ackerman is an attorney focusing on Estate Planning. Since graduating from law school in 1991 she has held a variety of positions. After law school, she worked for the Georgia Legal Services Program representing low income people in civil matters, primarily family, education and estate planning. In 1996, she became the lead attorney for the Middle Georgia AIDS Law Project. She provided legal representation to people with HIV in 23 counties in Georgia and supervised law students focusing primarily on estate planning, housing and family law. She then worked as an administrator in several law schools: Mercer University School of Law in Macon, Georgia, Boston University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts and Fordham Law School in New York, New York. She also worked as a staff attorney for South Middlesex Legal Services in Framingham, Massachusetts representing low income children in education cases. From 2005 to 2015, she was an Associate at H. Gregory Campbell, Jr. PC in Blacksburg, Virginia representing clients primarily in estate planning and family law.

She graduated from Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina in 1988 and Mercer University School of Law in Macon, Georgia in 1991. She and her husband, Michael Garvin, and children, Cassidy and Finlay, have resided in Blacksburg since 2005.

Deborah L Hall

Deborah L. Hall

Deborah L. Hall, Attorney at Law

A native of Henry County, Virginia, Debbie earned her undergraduate degree in history (B.A.) from the College of William and Mary in 1981 and her Juris Doctor from Washington and Lee University School of Law in 1984. In addition to engaging in the private practice of law, she has served as a First Vice President and Trust Officer at SunTrust Bank and as the Executive Director of a regional nonprofit. Debbie was a member of the founding advisory committee for the Legal Assistant program at Patrick Henry Community College. She has been an Adjunct Instructor in the program for a total of 15 years and is a former adjunct instructor for Virginia Commonwealth University. Debbie is a member of the Trusts and Estates Section of the Virginia State Bar.

Suzan Anderson, Attorney at Law

Suzan graduated from the State University of New York, Empire State College, with a degree in Marriage and Family Counseling. She received a Masters degree in Higher Educational Administration and then her Juris Doctorate from Syracuse University in 1985. Suzan is admitted to practice before all courts in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the state of New York.

Suzan has devoted her practice solely to the area of estate planning. She has gained a reputation as a dynamic and entertaining speaker, has spoken before numerous civic and private organizations and has presented public estate planning seminars since 1990.

As a member of a national organization of Estate Planning Attorneys, Suzan believes that planning is one of the most important things that families do for each other. As a trusted professional estate planner, she has helped make a difference in the lives of hundreds of families and individuals.