YOUNG LAWYER: Shantell S. Nashatka

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Shantell S. Nashatka
Huff, Poole & Mahoney PC
Virginia Beach

Title: Principal
Other legal specialties: Domestic relations/family law
Birthplace: Bay City, Mich.
Education: Bachelor’s degree, Old Dominion University; law degree, Regent University School of Law
Current professional activities: Virginia Beach Bar Association, Norfolk-Portsmouth Bar Association, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Virginia Bar Association, Concerned Lawyers Advocating Spousal Safety (CLASS) attorney for the Virginia Beach Bar Association
Husband: Keith Gregg
Children: Hannah, 16; Jackson, 15; Halina, 13; Hailah, 12; Jonas (exchange student from Denmark), 16
Pets: Three dogs: McLovin, Lalé, and Stuart Little; one cat:  Müskül Khät
Hobbies: Camping/traveling; cooking; wine tasting/volunteering at wine festivals; reading; karaoke
First job as a lawyer: Associate at Huff, Poole & Mahoney
Fan of: Modern art
Favorite vacation spot: “Anywhere in France”
Recently read: “The Hobbit”
Career mentor: “So many attorneys have been instrumental in my career; it would not be right for me to name only one as having been my mentor.”

How did you decide to become a lawyer?“Being a mother of four and working toward my bachelor’s degree, I wanted to explore all career options available to English majors.  I began working at Huff, Poole & Mahoney as a file clerk in the litigation department.  When I completed my undergraduate classes, I advanced to a paralegal position within the firm’s Divorce Practice Group.  Working so closely with the attorneys and the clients inspired me to become an attorney myself.”

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