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William Koerner

PRINCIPal ATTORNEY

Bill spends as much time as possible with family and grandkids.  Otherwise, it’s sailing on the Chesapeake Bay, working on his 1923 Model T Ford, hiking, camping and being outside.  Photography is a major passion. 

 Bill traced a circuitous, but useful path to Elder Law.  Bill got word he passed the New York Bar, and his draft notice, on the same day.  Declining a direct commissioninto the Army JAG Corp, he served as a GI in Vietnam.  Honorably discharged with a Bronze Star he came to Washington to find work and has never left the area. 

 Bill’s early career with a Federal energy agency is far afield from Elder Law but offered extensive trial practice which later proved invaluable.  Energy related jobs with a major corporation and “boutique” law firm followed, but did not offer the same satisfaction.  Around 2000 Bill started his own “real life,” catch-as-catch-can general practice, loving a heavy trial schedule in criminal, involuntary mental commitments, juvenile law, divorce, custody, contract disputes, collections – and whatever else walked through the door.  

 When a good friend persuaded Bill to become guardian for his first “Elder Law” client, Bill knew he was hooked.  That man was not old, but disabled, and in jail as a result of a mental condition.  Suddenly all that trial practice became relevant.  Out and thriving in his own apartment, that man remains not only Bill’s client, but a close personal friend.  For Bill, making a positive difference in people’s lives is Elder Law’s greatest reward.   

CONTACT

BILL@ELDERLAWPLC.COM

OFFICE: (703) 875.8940

EDUCATION

BROWN UNIVERSITY

B.A., English Literature

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW

Judicial Doctor (JD) Degree 

ACTIVITIES  & AFFILIATIONS

Bill is past-president of the Arlington County Bar Association (2007-08) and past-chairman of the Arlington County Bar Foundation (2012-13). 

He is a member of the Virginia chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys ("VANAELA"), and the Elder Law Committees of the Virginia and Arlington County Bar Associations.   

Serves on the Board of Doorways for Women and Families, an organization deeply involved in helping victims of abuse and sexual violence.

 

Bar Admissions

Virginia

District of Columbia

New York


ELISABETH SWANBERY

ATTORNEY- Of Counsel 

Elisabeth began her academic career as an electrical engineering major at Cornell, eventually switching to business management.  In her final year, several law courses sparked her interest in pursuing a legal career.

Elisabeth's first position, in 1992, involved preparing fiduciary accountings and providing litigation support to an estate planning, employment and bankruptcy attorney.  In 2010, she narrowed her focus to elder law, and she has enjoyed her collaboration with Bill Koerner since that time.

She splits her time between her Arlington and Centreville offices and is happy to make house calls.

 

CONTACT

ELISABETH@ELDERLAWPLC.COM

OFFICE: (703) 875.8940

EDUCATION

CORNELL UNIVERSITY

B.S 1988

GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW

J.D. 1991

      ORGANIZATIONS & ACTIVITES 

  • Arlington County Bar Association
  • Fairfax County Bar Association
  • Arlington County Volunteer Guardianship Program (2015 to present)    
  • Volunteer with Legal Services of Northern Virginia (2014 to present)
  • Northern Virginia Pro Bono Law Center: Wills on Wheels Program (2013 to present)
  • Honored for Pro Bono Advocacy in June, 2017 by the Arlington County Bar Foundation

BAR ADMission

VIRGINIA 

 

      Services provided:

  • Guardian ad litem for Adults
  • Guardianship and Conservatorship Petitions and Administration
  • Conservatorship, Trust and Estate Fiduciary Accountings, Simple and Complex
  • Wills, Advance Medical Directives, Powers of Attorney and Trusts

PERSONAL CONTACT INFORMATION

DIRECT LINE: (703) 887.3372

ELISABETH@SWANBERYLAW.COM


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DIANE CELIA

OPERATIONS & MARKETING

Diane Celia came to work with Bill in January 2010. Fresh out of College with a Fine Arts Degree, she didn't have any experience in Law, but had extraordinary organization and computer skills which took the firm to a new level. She implemented her design & computer skills to aid in the foundation of Elder Law, PLC.

Over the course of eight years she worked side by side with Bill to develop client relationships, firm financial management, design and marketing direction and much more. While Diane has a true commitment to the success of the firm, she simultaneously pursued her true passion of photography and design on the side with Bill’s blessing.

In January 2018, Diane and her husband moved to Houston, Texas where she continues to work with Bill as a consultant on management, marketing and design. 

EDUCATION

CLEMSON UNIVERSITY 

B.F.A 2009

CONTACT

DIANE@ELDERLAWPLC.COM