Elder, Watkins, Friedman & Allen, P.C. is pleased to announce the addition of two new associate attorneys, Catherine Kline Douglass and Marisa Robinson.

Douglass, a third-generation lawyer, is a graduate of Sewanee: The University of the South and Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law. She began her career as an Assistant Attorney General in Montgomery, Alabama, where she primarily represented the State of Alabama in all appeals before state and federal appellate courts.  Catherine joined the firm in March of 2024.  Her primary practice areas include estate planning and administration, real estate law, municipal law and the representation of businesses and individuals in various civil matters.

Robinson, a fourth-generation Buckingham County native, is a graduate of The College of William ​& Mary and Elon School of Law. She previously worked for Elder, Watkins, Friedman & Allen, P.C. as a legal assistant before and during her Law School tenure. In addition, while in Law School, she volunteered as a Guardian ad Litem in Guilford County, NC and worked at the Guildford County Public Defender’s Office. Marisa joined the firm full-time in March 2024, where her primary practice areas include divorce, custody, criminal defense, and traffic law.

Joining the firm’s four partners, Gary Elder, David Watkins, Matt Friedman, and Carter Allen, the two associates will allow the firm to expand their practice areas to continue to serve their clients in Southside, Virginia and beyond.

“Our firm has expanded rapidly over the past several years”, said Gary Elder, Managing Partner. “The addition of Catherine and Marisa will allow us to better support the legal needs of our existing clients and to all of those in our community who put their trust in us.”

Founded in 2016, Elder, Watkins, Friedman & Allen, P.C. is a Farmville and Charlotte County based law firm with a mission to offer personalized, efficient legal representation to individuals, business and localities in Southside Virginia.