Lisa Dale Woodward
“It’s my job to be an objective voice and support my clients through a very emotional time in their lives.”
Lisa is known for her aggressive, thorough, and creative approach to litigation. She is a tireless advocate for victims of abuse. Before moving to Virginia Beach, Lisa worked for 10 years as a prosecutor, and later a victims’ advocate, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
“As the Chief of the Domestic Abuse Division in the District Attorney’s Office, I developed a specific reputation as a victims’ advocate. When I moved into the private sector, I purposefully stayed in that victim advocacy realm. Victims often feel they don’t have a voice, and everyone deserves a voice.”
A highlight of her career, Lisa was honored by her peers by receiving the Arthur B. Walsh, Jr. Award, given to an attorney or judge “who, by his or her action and example, has made equal justice under the law a meaningful goal and ideal.”
As part of her work in family law, Lisa is working towards her certification as a Guardian ad litem for children and incapacitated adults. She has volunteered for Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania, the Bucks County (Pennsylvania) Youth Aid Panel, the Bucks County Fatality Review Commission, and the Pennsylvania Bar Association Animal Law Committee. She is past Chair of the Bucks County Bar Association Pro Bono Committee, and currently volunteers her time on the Virginia Beach Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court Committee.
A lifelong equestrian, Lisa actively supports animal rescue and is the current President of the Virginia Beach Horse Show Association.
Areas of practice
- Family law
- Criminal defense
- Civil Litigation
Admitted to practice
- University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D., 2000
- Tulane University, B.F.A. in Music and English, 1993
- Virginia Beach Bar Association
- Virginia Trial Lawyers Association