Richmond Home

Coping With Cancer Speaker Bios

Professor Ann Hodges (Welcome)

Professor Hodges’ teaching and research interests focus on labor and employment law, feminist legal theory and nonprofit organizations. Her recent scholarly publications explore the intersections of labor and employment law, alternative dispute resolution, workplace privacy, and public sector labor and employment law. Her articles have appeared in the Georgia Law Review, the Wake Forest Law Review, the Boston College Law Review, the International Journal of Comparative Labour Law and Industrial Relations and elsewhere. She has also published several book chapters and most recently was a co-author of the book, Principles of Employment Law. Professor Hodges has made numerous professional presentations to academics, practitioners in labor and employment relations, nonprofit organizations, health care professionals, and cancer patients and their families. As a result of her own experience with cancer, Professor Hodges co-founded the Legal Information Network for Cancer (LINC), a nonprofit organization in Central Virginia which assists cancer patients and their families with the legal and financial problems that often accompany cancer. Prior to joining the faculty, she practiced labor and employment law with the Chicago law firm of Katz, Friedman, Schur & Eagle. She worked as a field examiner at the National Labor Relations Board, Region 33, prior to attending law school.

Courses Taught: Labor Law; Employment Discrimination; Employment Law; ADR in the Workplace; Public Sector Labor and Employment Law; Feminist Legal Theory; Nonprofit Organizations

Paul Sanders (Ethics & Confidentiality):

Paul Saunders focuses his practice on a wide range of corporate matters, including secondary mortgage market purchase and sale and securitization transactions, trust preferred securities transactions, project finance transactions, including PURPA qualifying facilities and exempt wholesale generators, and issues related to coal and gas-fired energy facilities, coal transshipment facilities and water and wastewater treatment facilities. Saunders represents clients before state government on matters of interest to energy producers and consumers. He also represents lenders, developers and others in loans and loan workouts; advises clients on fuel and energy purchases and sales; handles lease, development and construction transactions; and drafts, negotiates and represents clients in litigation with respect to agreements for the purchase and sale, transportation or transmission of coal, gas, steam, water and electric power. 

He is a member of the American Bar Association and its Section of Business Law; Section of Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law; Section of Environment, Energy and Resources; and Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law. He is also a member of the Real Property Sections of both the Richmond and Virginia bar associations and the Business Law Section of the Virginia State Bar.  In addition, Martindale Hubbell has ranked Saunders an AV attorney, its highest rating available. 

Saunders graduated in 1976 from Stanford Law School, where he was a member of the Stanford Law Review. He graduated, magna cum laude, from Duke University in 1973, where he was a member of Phi Eta Sigma, Pi Sigma Alpha and Phi Beta Kappa honorary fraternities.

Deborah Costello (Power of Attorney and Advanced Medical Directive)

Deborah Costello, an attorney whose private law practice focuses on Domestic Relations, Wills and Collaborative Law, began working with LINC over ten years ago.  She was one of the first attorneys to take on a new LINC case in her area of practice.  She has drafted countless bedside wills for terminally ill patients, and volunteers her time to teach other LINC attorneys who have less experience.  A new member of the LINC network of lawyers wrote, “Deborah was so great with me when I called her about a client. I wanted to do a will, power of attorney, etc. and I had never done them as a lawyer (just my own, my dad’s, etc.).  She was so gracious and generous with her time and advice. She pointed me in the right direction and then even reviewed my drafts. Then she invited me to use her office for executing the documents, and acted as notary.  Way above and beyond – her exact words were that there was nothing she wouldn’t do for LINC.  She was wonderful!”

Costello also maintains a private mediation practice in which she focuses on domestic relations including mediation services for Jewish Family Services and the Juvenile Court Mediation for Keybridge Foundation for Americans with Disabilities Act cases.

A graduate of the University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law and the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Costello is active in several professional associations, including the Virginia Mediation Network.  In addition to the many hours of pro bono work she has done for LINC, Deborah is also a past LINC Board Member.

Dean Marcus (Social Security Disability Insurance)

Dean C. Marcus is a 2001 graduate of the University of Richmond T.C. Williams School of Law and a 1996 graduate of Gettysburg College. Marcus has been with Marks & Harrison since 2008. An experienced trial attorney, Marcus has tried cases throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia as well as in Federal Courts. He has argued cases in front of the Court of Appeals of Virginia and the Supreme Court of Virginia. Aside from being active in the local Bar Associations, Marcus is also a member of the faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Graduate School of Forensic Science, where he teaches a class on Evidence and Expert Testimony.

Marcus heads up the Social Security Disability section for Marks & Harrison, though he does handle certain types of criminal defense cases. He is a member of:

  • NOSSCR – National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives
  • Richmond Criminal Bar Association
  • President (2009-2010)
  • Vice President (2008-2009)
  • Richmond Bench-Bar Conference
  • Criminal Section Co-Chair (2007, 2008, 2010, 2011)
  • Conference Chairman (2011)
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • LINC - Legal Information Network for Cancer

Virginia Griggs (Wills)

Virginia H. Grigg is an attorney with Christian & Barton, L.L.P., where her primary area of practice is in trusts and estates. Grigg received her B.A., cum laude, from James Madison University and her J.D. from T. C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond. After law school, Grigg worked for Crestar Bank for eight years in both the trust and estate sections of the trust tax department. Prior to joining Christian & Barton, she practiced with William K. Grogan & Associates, where her work included preparation of wills and trusts, estate administration, individual income tax preparation and bankruptcy work. At Christian & Barton Grigg meets with clients to discuss estate planning needs and prepares documents such as wills, revocable trusts, powers of attorney, advance medical directives, irrevocable insurance trusts, qualified personal residence trusts, family limited partnerships and limited liabililty companies.  She also assists clients in the administration of estates including attendance at probate, preparation of inventories, accountings and tax returns. Grigg participates in litigation involving estate and trust matters such a will contests, suits for aid and guidance, appointment of guardians and substitution of trustees. She is a member of the Richmond and Virginia Bar Associations, the Virginia State Bar and the Metropolitan Richmond Women's Bar Association. Grigg and her husband are long-time members of Third Presbyterian Church.