Meet the Attorneys

M. Andrew Gayheart

M. Andrew GayheartM. Andrew Gayheart was born in Culpeper Virginia on May 9, 1960. Mr. Gayheart is a life-long resident of Culpeper.

Mr. Gayheart was admitted to the Virginia State Bar in 1986. He is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and Loyola University School of Law. He is a member of the Culpeper County Bar Association, Virginia Bar Association and the Virginia State Bar. Mr. Gayheart is a founding member and has been on the board, since the mid 1980’s, of the Culpeper Housing and Shelter services, which assists with Culpeper’s need for affordable housing and homeless prevention, since mid-1980. Additionally, he serves on the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation and also sits on an advisory board for Virginia National Bank.

Areas of practice include: Personal injury, Wills and Estate Planning, Criminal and Traffic Defense, Real Estate and Domestic Relations.

Jere M. H. Willis, III

Jere M. H. Willis, IIIJere M. H. Willis, III, was born in Fredericksburg, Virginia on October 16, 1957 and has resided in Culpeper with his wife and children since 1984.

Mr. Willis is a graduate of The University of Virginia and the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary in 1984. He is a member of the Virginia State Bar and Culpeper County Bar Association. His areas of practice include: Divorce, Custody, Visitation and Support, Estate Planning, Real Estate, and Criminal and Traffice Defense.

He is a past member of the board of directors and president of the Culpeper Chamber of Commerce and a past trustee and president of the Culpeper Museum. He has coached little league sports, including a travel soccer team and basketball.

Wenonah J. Petersen

Wenonah J. PetersenWenonah J. Petersen received her BA from Mount Holyoke College. She attended Vermont Law School and graduated in 2009, and became a member of the Virginia State Bar that same year. Ms. Petersen is accredited with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs and was admitted to the United States Supreme Court in October of 2016. Prior to law school, Ms. Petersen worked in the international art market and the winery industry. More recently, she worked  in compliance and legislative affairs at the federal level, and served as a legal advisor to regional resource councils and international conservation organizations on issues of water law, natural resources policy and regulation.

In addition to her legal practice, Ms. Petersen is active throughout the Culpeper community. She currently serves as the President of the Culpeper County Bar Association, and the Chair of the Germanna Community College scholarship fundraiser. She also provides pro-bono representation for non-profit organizations including the National Center for Refugee and Immigrant Children, and the Virginia Legal Aid Society, and she is a qualified guardian ad litem for children.

Areas of Practice: Immigration, Bankruptcy, Domestic Relations/Family Law, Business Formation, Regulatory and Environmental Compliance, Litigation

Kara L. LarsonKara L. Larson

Kara L. Larson grew up in the rural mountains of Bath County, Virginia. She received her B.A. from Saint Vincent College in 2003 and her J.D. from Vermont Law School in 2007. During law school, Ms. Larson served as a Student Bar Association Ambassador, was a member of the Moot Court Advisory Board, and competed in the 2007 National Environmental Moot Court competition.

After graduating law school, Ms. Larson returned to Virginia to practice law. She was admitted to the Virginia State Bar in 2008. Since then, she has been admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia. She has experience in various practice areas such as domestic law, construction law, landlord/tenant actions, estate administration, debt collection, and bankruptcy. She has appeared in Virginia juvenile and domestic relations district courts, general district courts, circuit courts, the Virginia Supreme Court, and U.S. district court and bankruptcy courts in Virginia.  She is a qualified guardian ad litem for children and is also a member of the Virginia State Bar Family Law Section, the Bankruptcy Law Section, and the Culpeper County Bar Association. She is a member of the Culpeper Chamber of Commerce and is a past member of the board of directors of The Laurel Center in Winchester, Virginia.

Areas of Practice include: Family Law, Domestic Relations, Bankruptcy and Contract Disputes