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P.O. Box 11163
Newport News, VA 23601


Association Officers
Molly Newton

Molly is an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Newport News. She has worked at that office since 2008, prosecuting a wide variety of cases in the General District and Circuit Courts. Currently her primary caseload includes traffic, drug, weapon, and homicide offenses. Before becoming a prosecutor, Molly began her legal career as a public defender in the City of Lynchburg. Molly also lived in Washington, D.C., and worked as a lobbyist before attending law school. Molly received her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, and she received an honors degree in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University.  Molly is also the Immediate Past President of the Greater Peninsula Women's Bar Association.

Christopher R. Hedrick

Chris has been actively engaged in a comprehensive private practice focusing on civil litigation and workers’ compensation defense at the state and federal levels since 1992. He has tried over 75 civil jury trials and was co-counsel on a $25 million lawsuit. He regularly defends cases under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. He has developed a national practice assisting clients in evaluating how to defend these cases.  Chris is a member of the Newport News, Virginia, North Carolina, and American Bar Associations, the Virginia and North Carolina State Bars, the Defense Research Institute, and the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys.

Jessica Crossett

Jess is the Chief Deputy Pubic Defendant in Newport News, where she has worked for almost ten years.  She earned her law degree at Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg, Florida.  While at Stetson she completed a trial advocacy concentration program and served as notes and comments editor for the Stetson Law Review.   Prior to law school, Jess earned a B.S. from Virginia Commonwealth University.  In her current role, Jess serves as a supervisor on the adult felony and misdemeanor team a well as the office's assistant appellate supervisor.  She enjoys the opportunity to train and mentor other attorneys in her office and across Virginia by serving as faculty at training programs with the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission.  Jess believes that indigent defense is the very essence of the practice of law and sees every day as an opportunity to work toward change in the criminal justice system.  She lives in Seaford with her husband, son, and two insane rescue dogs.  

Shawn Overbey

Shawn is a partner with Heath, Overbey, Verser & Old, PLC. He received both his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor from William & Mary.  Shawn represents clients for criminal, personal injury, business, real estate, and custody/visitation matters.  Shawn is an associate minister at Ivy Baptist Church, a retired Army officer and an avid sports fan.  

Lisa M. Moore
Immediate Past President

Lisa is a partner with Krinick, Segall, Moore & Lawrence.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree and Juris Doctor from the University of Richmond. She served a law clerk in the Newport News Circuit Court for several of the judges for two years. Lisa is a general practitioner. She is qualified as court appointed counsel for indigent clients and as a guardian ad litem for both children and incapacitated adults.  

Board of Directors


Jasmine Curry Brandt


Jasmine is an attorney with Huntington Ingalls Newport News. 

Amy Pyecha
Amy is a Senior Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney who has worked for the City of Newport News since 2013.  A graduate of Regent School of Law, she currently works on the adult violent crimes team, which focuses on victim-centered prosecutions.  She currently handles violent crimes which occur in the central precinct of the City.  She is a member of the Newport News Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) and is a member of the Hampton Roads Human Trafficking Task Force.

Irving B. Goldstein
Irving B. "Chip" Goldstein was born and raised in Newport News, and never managed to get away for long. Now he doesn't want to leave.  He started working at Jones, Blechman, Woltz & Kelly in 1994.  he opened his own office on June 1, 2001.  There are four attorneys in his office today, and loyal staff who have been with him for years.  This is a general practice law office.  Chip has learned to love the law. He is finally engaged to Baylee, who is his saving grace.  He attended grade school at Hampton Institute (now known as Hampton University), middle school in Newport News public schools, and high school at Hampton Roads Academy in Newport News. His practice, experience, and reputation as a competent, compassionate attorney have continued to grow steadily.

Mark R. Matney

Mark R. Matney is a traffic defense lawyer who defends people charged with DUI, reckless driving and other serious traffic violations. He is a member of the National College for DUI Defense, the Virginia State Bar, and the Newport News Bar Association. He contributed the Virginia chapter to the book A Cup of Coffee With 10 of the Top DUI Attorneys in the United States.

Mr. Matney graduated from William and Mary’s Marshall Wythe School of Law in 1992. He completed his B.A. in International studies at The American University in 1989 and accomplished his M.Div. degree in 2005 by graduating summa cum laude from Evangel Theological Seminary.

Mr. Matney has donated more than 700 hours of legal services through Alliance Defending Freedom. Upon reaching 450 hours he became part of their Honor Guard. His volunteer work has included providing legal clinics, serving on the boards of nonprofit organizations, and advising churches and ministry leaders. He represented the Republican Party in 2015 as candidate for the 1st District State Senate seat.

Steven A. Meade

Steve is an attorney with Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein. His practice focuses on Business Transactions and Commercial Real Estate. He attended the University of Virginia and Law School at the College of William & Mary. He is the Chair of the Greater Williamsburg Partnership Committee for the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance.  He is the Vice Chair of the York County Economic Development Authority.  Steve serves on the Board of the Christopher Newport University Real Estate Foundation and the Greater Williamsburg Business Council.  He lives in York County with his wife and two sons. 

Joshua Goff
.Josh is a partner and co-founder of Goff Voltin, PLLC.  He attended the College of William and Mary and graduated with a degree in Government before attending The College of William and Mary School of Law.  He currently serves as the chair of the Young Lawyers' Committee of the Newport News Bar Association. 

Genny D'Ascenzo