Colleen grew up on James Island, graduating from Bishop England and the College of Charleston. After seven years working and consulting for Blackbaud (a local software company), she earned her law degree at the University of North Carolina School of Law (Chapel Hill) in 2002 and was admitted to the South Carolina Bar the same year.
Her legal career has primarily focused on Family Court matters in Charleston, Dorchester, and Berkeley Counties. In 2007, she was certified as a Family Court mediator. She has been honored numerous times for her legal work including as Best Family Law Attorney from Charleston City Paper, Lowcountry Parent Mom’s Choice Award, and Top 10 Attorney Award by National Academy of Family Law Attorneys.
As a mother, she understands the importance of setting up a new family dynamic herself for children to thrive when separation and divorce are imminent.
Colleen served on Charleston County Council from 2005 to 2016, focusing on quality of life issues. She has been recognized for her contributions to the community by League of Women Voters, Forty under 40, SC Equality, The Westies, Best Council Member by City Paper, and Trident Literacy Association.
She is also a civil rights advocate, including having fought for marriage equality and parent equality. Colleen was president of the Alliance for Full Acceptance and remains a Board Member, as well as a member of the National LGBT Bar Family Law Institute.
Colleen and her family attend St. Stephens Episcopal Church.
Colleen enjoys boating the local creeks and rivers. She reads every new mystery thriller by John Sandford, Daniel Silva, and others as soon as they come out. The office aquariums help relax all who visit our office but also remind her of great scuba trips with her adult child.