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Colleen Quinn Wins the Entrepreneur of the Year Award

2016 Women of Excellence Awards Colleen M. Quinn, an attorney and owner of the Quinn Law Centers (including the Adoption & Surrogacy Law Center and the Women's Injury Law Center), as well as Locke & Quinn, was named Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2016 Women of Excellence Awards, hosted by the Richmond chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners. Colleen was among three other award winners that evening, recognized in Read More

Estate Planning

Putting your legal affairs in order is the best gift you can give to you and your family in the New Year. Unfortunately it is hard to predict if and when we might be incapacitated and not capable of handling our own affairs, including caring for our children, or if and when we cannot make medical decisions for ourselves. While commonly called “estate planning” – putting your legal house in

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Salon and Spa Injuries

Most individuals making appointments with beauty or hair salons or medical spas do not anticipate the risk of injury associated with these businesses. However, it is essential to do your homework before making an appointment for a salon or spa procedure – even just a simple highlight or coloring job! It is important to sign up with only licensed, bonded, insured and well-qualified beauticians

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Quinn Teams Up With Surrogates to Help Area Couples Expand Their Families

Having children naturally is not an option for everyone. Today, surrogacy is becoming an increasingly popular option for those who need help extending their family. The scenario in this video, with Brooke Collawn (surrogate) and Tara Morris (mother-to-be) working together to make parenthood possible, is becoming much more common in the local area. With the increase in surrogate assistance, it's important for families to consult with doctors and attorneys to ensure the process is smooth and Read More

Quinn helps lesbian couple win right to have their names on their children’s birth certificates

From a recent Richmond Times-Dispatch piece on couple Maria and Joanni Hayman's successful fight to have their names on children's birth certificates:

fter an 18-month game of wait-and-see as the issue of gay marriage was being settled in Virginia, Richmond Judge Designate T.J. Markow last month ordered the Office of Vital Records in the Virginia Department of Health to amend the birth certificates to show Maria

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Quinn on Frozen Embryo Donation

In "What Parents Should Know About Frozen Embryo Donation," a recent 8News Investigates piece, Colleen Quinn commented on this relatively new infertility solution.

"The embryo field still generally refers to the combination of two gametes that is the egg and sperm. Most of our state laws consider gametes to be property and property gets donated. It doesn't get adopted."

Quinn urges couples considering embryo donation to make sure

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Quinn Helps Craft Bill to Make Adoption Easier for Same-sex Couples in Virginia

Two bills hoping to make second parent adoption easier for couples in Virginia, including same-sex couples, are headed to the 2014 General Assembly. ... The language of the bill has been a large part of Equality Virginia’s legislative schedule for this session. While EV is holding comments on the bill till next week, one of the legal experts that helped draft the bill, Richmond lawyer and adoption expert Colleen Queen, responded to Read More

“Adopting Through an Adoption Lawyer”: Radio Show Featuring Quinn

Hear Colleen Quinn and other leading adoption attorneys interviewed concerning: What is the adoption process in the US when adopting a baby through an adoption attorney? How do you find an adoption attorney? Who finds the prospective birth mothers? What questions should you ask before hiring? And much more Listen now »

Quinn Installed as President of the Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association (MRWBA)

"Colleen M. Quinn has been installed as president of the Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association (MRWBA). Quinn is a principal at Locke Partin DeBoer & Quinn, where she directs the firm’s Women’s Injury Law Center and the Adoption & Surrogacy Law Center. Quinn is a graduate of William and Mary and the University of Virginia School Of Law." From The Herd: Promotions, new hires and departures for 8.6.13.

“Building Families and Rebuilding Lives”: Super Lawyers Article Features Quinn

Colleen M. Quinn discussed her practice in a recent issue of Virginia Super Lawyers: Clients of multidisciplinary lawyer Colleen Quinn have a history teacher to thank. “When we would get our tests back, which were multiple choice, if I got an answer wrong that I thought should be right, I would argue,” Quinn says. “Initially all the students would roll their eyes like, ‘Oh, gosh, there she goes again,’ and Dr. Read More

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Colleen Quinn Wins the Entrepreneur of the Year Award


2016 Women of Excellence Awards

Colleen M. Quinn, an attorney and owner of the Quinn Law Centers (including the Adoption & Surrogacy Law Center and the Women’s Injury Law Center), as well as Locke & Quinn, was named Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2016 Women of Excellence Awards, hosted by the Richmond chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners.

Colleen was among three other award winners that evening, recognized in categories such as Community Leader, Rising Star, and Student Entrepreneur. The post below is from the March 17, 2016 Richmond Times-Dispatch article about this year’s event.

‘Creative and Courageous’ Entrepreneurs Honored by Women Business Owners

Four Richmond-area women were honored Thursday evening with 2016 Women of Excellence Awards by the Richmond chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners.

“The women who are honored at the dinner represent some of the most creative and courageous entrepreneurs in our region,” Myra Howard, president of the NAWBO Richmond Foundation, said before the event. “They exhibit passion, courage and perseverance and all have exceptional stories of relevance.”

Danielle Gildbert

Danielle Gilbert, administrative director in human resources with Bon Secours Richmond Health System, won in the Community Leader category. Gilbert is a high-performing person who is committed to the evolving mission of Catholic health care and volunteerism, according to the association’s write-up about the award winners.

Katherine Wintsch

Katherine Wintsch, founder and CEO of The Mom Complex, a consultancy firm, was honored as the Rising Star. Wintsch is a leading expert on modern motherhood and, as the founder of a consulting firm, companies rely on her and her team to reveal the good and the bad behind motherhood and turn those insights into new products and services for mothers. She also served as the 2015 Richmond Christmas Mother, which provided Christmas gifts for children in need and supported Christmas-related projects throughout the area. The Richmond Times-Dispatch has sponsored the annual fund drive since 1935.

Erica Amatori

Erica Amatori, a student at the College of William and Mary, was named Student Entrepreneur of the Year. Amatori is an entrepreneur, student-athlete and scholar in business and psychology. She founded a software company and created a nonprofit.

Colleen M. Quinn

Colleen M. Quinn, an attorney and owner of Locke & Quinn, won Entrepreneur of the Year. Quinn practices in the areas of adoption and surrogacy, personal injury, employment law and estate planning. She is the president-elect of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys.

Event Speakers and Attendees

About 300 people attended the event at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa Short Pump. Virginia first lady Dorothy McAuliffe opened the program. Lisa Schaffner, director of public relations and marketing for United Network for Organ Sharing, commonly known as UNOS, was the emcee.

The keynote speaker, business owner and author Christie Garton, imparted advice on motivating millennials — who she identified as people born from 1977 to 2000 — as employees and consumers. “Millennials are influential not only for their size (a quarter of the U.S. population) but also as consumers (purchase power of $1.3 trillion annually),” Garton, 36, said before the event. Garton is founder and CEO of 1,000 Dreams Fund, a nonprofit whose purpose is to support the dreams of young women with $1,000 scholarships, and creator of UChic, a lifestyle brand for teenage girls and young women.

All proceeds from the event benefit the Richmond National Association of Women Business Owners Foundation, which supports the educational programs of the Richmond Chapter of NAWBO.

Read the full story in the Richmond Times-Dispatch article ‘Creative and courageous’ Entrepreneurs Honored by Women Business Owners by Carol Hazard.

Estate Planning


Putting your legal affairs in order is the best gift you can give to you and your family in the New Year. Unfortunately it is hard to predict if and when we might be incapacitated and not capable of handling our own affairs, including caring for our children, or if and when we cannot make medical decisions for ourselves. While commonly called “estate planning” – putting your legal house in order is more then just having a will that says who gets your assets upon death. Certain documents apply to you while you are living and provide critical guidance to loved ones. Your essential legal documents should include:

A Will or a Pour Over Will with Revocable Trust.

If you have children – your will is where you specify any chosen Guardian(s). Depending on the complexity of the estate and assets – a simple Will may suffice or alternatively, a Pour Over Will might be advisable in conjunction with a Revocable Trust. One really nice thing about updating your will or putting one in place is that it forces you to take inventory of your assets including digital assets (like PayPal) and put in place an instruction system for your Executor to find and access everything.

A General Power of Attorney.

This document indicates who will manage your affairs if you are not able to do so – this can include paying bills, depositing checks, transferring assets, signing legal documents and the like. Many military personnel fully understand the utility of a General Power of Attorney when they need a spouse or other family member or friend to handle their affairs while deployed.

An Advanced Medical Directive and Living Will with Organ-Tissue Designation.

These can be separate documents but oftentimes are combined. If you are incapacitated due to an accident or illness or if you undergoing a medical procedure during which you cannot make medical decisions for yourself, it is essential to designate in advance who will make medical decisions for you. It also is important to have a Living Will to specify as which point you no longer would want to be kept artificially alive and whether you want any of your organs or tissues donated to others or used for research. The Advanced Medical Directive now can be registered in Virginia on line at http://www.virginiaregistry.org.

In Virginia, another document often prepared is a Burial Designation. Whether included in your Living Will or Burial Designation, spelling out your life end plans in advance will give your loved ones more guidance should you pass away. Resolve to set out your wishes in advance – whether you prefer cremation with a beach BBQ celebration or an open casket reception and church service. And by putting your legal house in order you will kick off a great start to the New Year!

This article provides general information only. For more details please be sure to contact an attorney. Locke & Quinn provides estate planning and other personal legal services. Article provided by Colleen M. Quinn, Esq. at https://plus.google.com/+LockeQuinnColleenMQuinnRichmond/about.

Salon and Spa Injuries


Most individuals making appointments with beauty or hair salons or medical spas do not anticipate the risk of injury associated with these businesses. However, it is essential to do your homework before making an appointment for a salon or spa procedure – even just a simple highlight or coloring job! It is important to sign up with only licensed, bonded, insured and well-qualified beauticians and establishments. Most establishments will be very happy to share their credentials and all should have their professional and business licenses and credentials on clear display as well.

By way of example, a few “salon and spa” injury cases we have handled at the Women’s Injury Law Center at Locke & Quinn include:

  • Hepatitis C contracted by a client getting treatments to reduce some tummy fat;
  • Client contracting MRSA and spending eight days in the hospital on intravenous antibiotics from a hair weave/braid performed so tightly that it opened up her pores to infection;
  • Client’s hair completely burnt off when having it colored by, unknown to her, an unlicensed beautician. Most unfortunately, her hair never grew back other than some sporadic fuzzy little tufts of hair;
  • Third degree burns to a client’s neck from a curling iron dropped by a stylist; and
  • Nerves in the neck of a client accidentally sutured during a face (chin) lift.

The procedures and services offered at medical spas include massages, skin treatments such as microdermabrasion, chemical peels, fillers, injectibles, facials, laser procedures for wrinkles, tattoo removal, scar/cellulite minimization, radio frequency treatments, and hair removal. Some of these establishments also offer cosmetic surgery procedures such as face lifts.

Medical spas are often led by physician directors, many with plastic surgery and dermatology backgrounds. However, the rapid growth in the medical spa market suggests that physicians from other specialties and non-physician directors are entering the business. Medical spa staff members also come from varied backgrounds including dentists, advance practice nurses, physician assistants, registered nurses, medical assistants, aestheticians, and cosmetologists.

When making an appointment, to ensure a satisfied “salon or spa” experience, rather than experiencing a mishap, be certain to investigate credentialing, licensing, bonding, insurance coverage and expertise.

Quinn Teams Up With Surrogates to Help Area Couples Expand Their Families


Having children naturally is not an option for everyone. Today, surrogacy is becoming an increasingly popular option for those who need help extending their family. The scenario in this video, with Brooke Collawn (surrogate) and Tara Morris (mother-to-be) working together to make parenthood possible, is becoming much more common in the local area.

With the increase in surrogate assistance, it’s important for families to consult with doctors and attorneys to ensure the process is smooth and agreements are secure. Richmond surrogacy attorney, Colleen Quinn, has helped thousands of families over the past decade and she continues to see a rise in surrogacy cases.

Quinn notes that the process can involve many steps, typically including:

  • A background check
  • OB/GYN clearance
  • Psychological screenings
  • and more

There are occasionally issues that come up during the process, such as surrogates getting attached to the child while carrying. But, with the right measures being taken in the beginning stages of the process, the chances of running into problems like that are significantly lowered. Everything about the surrogacy process should be discussed during this time, from whether or not drinking wine occasionally is acceptable to issues such as pro-life versus pro-choice.

To find out more about the surrogacy process, contact Quinn Law Centers today at 804-285-6253.

Quinn helps lesbian couple win right to have their names on their children’s birth certificates


From a recent Richmond Times-Dispatch piece on couple Maria and Joanni Hayman’s successful fight to have their names on children’s birth certificates:

[A]fter an 18-month game of wait-and-see as the issue of gay marriage was being settled in Virginia, Richmond Judge Designate T.J. Markow last month ordered the Office of Vital Records in the Virginia Department of Health to amend the birth certificates to show Maria and Joani as the “only parents of the children.”

The Haymans initially contemplated pursuing a custody order, or what their attorney, Colleen Quinn, says was called “LGBT two-parent protocol” in Virginia by lawyers familiar with same-sex couple cases.

Because of the unique nature of the twins’ birth, Quinn saw an opportunity to make a legal case for Joani’s inclusion on the birth certificates and offered to take on their case pro bono.

“I couldn’t bill them for something I wasn’t sure would be successful or not,” said Quinn, who has advocated for “family security and preservation” for same-sex couples.

Read the full piece here »

Quinn on Frozen Embryo Donation


In "What Parents Should Know About Frozen Embryo Donation," a recent 8News Investigates piece, Colleen Quinn commented on this relatively new infertility solution.

"The embryo field still generally refers to the combination of two gametes that is the egg and sperm. Most of our state laws consider gametes to be property and property gets donated. It doesn’t get adopted."

Quinn urges couples considering embryo donation to make sure there’s a legal contract.

"The parties need to have a very clear cut release on any parental rights,” states Quinn.

Watch or read the full piece at WRIC.com »

Quinn Helps Craft Bill to Make Adoption Easier for Same-sex Couples in Virginia


Two bills hoping to make second parent adoption easier for couples in Virginia, including same-sex couples, are headed to the 2014 General Assembly.

The language of the bill has been a large part of Equality Virginia’s legislative schedule for this session. While EV is holding comments on the bill till next week, one of the legal experts that helped draft the bill, Richmond lawyer and adoption expert Colleen Queen, responded to questions about the bill via email.

“Given the recent US Supreme Court decisions, the incoming Democratic Virginia governance, the polls that show a shift in people’s opinions and the recent changes in other states,” said Quinn. “I think the timing is good to get this started even if it does not pass this year – it gets the attempt rolling.”

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“Adopting Through an Adoption Lawyer”: Radio Show Featuring Quinn


Hear Colleen Quinn and other leading adoption attorneys interviewed concerning:

  • What is the adoption process in the US when adopting a baby through an adoption attorney?
  • How do you find an adoption attorney?
  • Who finds the prospective birth mothers?
  • What questions should you ask before hiring?
  • And much more

Listen now »

Quinn Installed as President of the Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association (MRWBA)


“Colleen M. Quinn has been installed as president of the Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association (MRWBA). Quinn is a principal at Locke Partin DeBoer & Quinn, where she directs the firm’s Women’s Injury Law Center and the Adoption & Surrogacy Law Center. Quinn is a graduate of William and Mary and the University of Virginia School Of Law.”

From The Herd: Promotions, new hires and departures for 8.6.13.

“Building Families and Rebuilding Lives”: Super Lawyers Article Features Quinn


Colleen M. Quinn discussed her practice in a recent issue of Virginia Super Lawyers:

Clients of multidisciplinary lawyer Colleen Quinn have a history teacher to thank. “When we would get our tests back, which were multiple choice, if I got an answer wrong that I thought should be right, I would argue,” Quinn says. “Initially all the students would roll their eyes like, ‘Oh, gosh, there she goes again,’ and Dr. Pfennig would say, ‘Ms. Quinn, if there’s anything you’re going to be, it’s a lawyer. And anyone that marked that answer, I will accept it.’” Quinn laughs. “Then it started to happen that after every test, everyone would look to me to start the next argument.”

She’s been arguing ever since, on behalf of clients in a broad range of cases. “I’ve had the fortune of being exposed to many different areas of the law,” says Quinn, who handles personal injury, employment and has an adoption/surrogacy niche. “I focus on building families and rebuilding lives. The adoption/surrogacy part is building families; with the employment/personal injury, there’s a sense of rebuilding lives.”

Click here to read the complete article »

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