Deanie M. Preston, Legal Assistant
Deanie M. Preston joined our law firm in August 2019. She was born and lived in Georgia, until she moved to Maryland thirteen years ago. She received a History and Political Science degree from Georgia State University, then recently obtained a paralegal certificate to further her career. In her free time, she loves to read, travel, watch movies, sew Halloween costumes, and spend time with her two daughters, who she coparents with her sister. She also has two dogs, a cat, and four fish. In her time at our law firm, Deanie has immensely enjoyed learning new skills, making use of her paralegal ceducation, and serving our clients.
Jessica M. Shuler, Client Liaison
Jessica M. Shuler, who was raised in Michigan, moved to the Washington D.C. area in February of 2019. She earned her History degree at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan. She says she was drawn to history because “you have to understand what happened in the past to understand who and why we are today.” Jessica joined our law firm in September of 2019 to help her to grow professionally and to use her skills for meaningful work. Outside of the law firm, Jessica enjoys kayaking, reading, and spending time with friends as she explores her new neighborhood. She has an older brother and sister who have scattered across the country, while her parents and her cat still live in Michigan.
Carolyn A. Kowalewski, Administrative Assistant
Carolyn A. Kowalewski joined our law firm in April 2019. Carolyn was born and raised in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She lived there for most of her life until her move to Rockville, Maryland in January of 2019. Carolyn graduated from the University of Mary Washington in 2016, with a B.A. in History. She is a believer in the quote, “Those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it.” Carolyn joined our elder law firm because she wants to apply the skills she has learned during her life to date, for the betterment of others. Carolyn was diagnosed with high functioning autism when she was a toddler, but she has not let this diagnosis prevent her from accomplishing her life goals, as evidenced by earning a B.A. degree and by finding the Administrative Assistant position at our law firm. In her spare time, Carolyn likes to spend time with friends, play video games, and enjoy good books and movies, such as the Harry Potter series. She also enjoys travelling back to Fredericksburg to visit her parents, sister, and her four cats. Carolyn has proven to be an invaluable coworker. She shows great attention to detail and is able to complete tasks assigned to her quickly, efficiently, and effectively. Her friendly personality, great sense of humor, and infectious smile help to put everyone around her, coworkers and clients alike, in good spirits.
Margaret H. McRory, Courthouse Clerk
Peg grew up in New Jersey and studied chemistry at Radcliffe College, the (then) all-female college affiliated with Harvard University. In 1941, she married George W. McRory, Jr., an officer in the US Army Air Corps (which became the US Air Force); their family grew to include three daughters, of whom Camilla is the youngest. Peg became a lobbyist for moderate and low income housing in Montgomery County, served as Administrative Aide to Councilwoman Elizabeth “Betty” Lee Scull, was hired as Housing Consultant by the County Council, and then spent three years working for the Community Ministry of Montgomery County (now InterfaithWorks), an organization dedicated to serving the poor in Montgomery County. Peg first became involved with our law firm by working as Courthouse Clerk, helped to conduct interviews with prospective coworkers, and always provided her perceptive guidance on the needs of our clients. She good-naturedly described her role with the firm as the “example” of the ever-changing needs of the elderly. We at the law firm thought of her as our official WOW: wise older woman. Unfortunately for the law firm and all others who had the honor of knowing Peg, she died on 03 November 2010 of acute myeloid leukemia as a result of chemotherapy she received more than twenty years earlier. Until a few hours before she died, Peg lived to the fullest and was an inspiring example to all who knew her.