Elizabeth P. Coughter

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Elizabeth P. Coughter has been practicing law in Charlottesville since 1983 when she moved here from Richmond to accept a position with MichieHamlett. She received a B.A. from the University of Virginia and her law degree from the University of Richmond Law School. She started her legal career as a law clerk for the Virginia Supreme Court before entering the practice of law in the areas of family law and personal injury litigation. Her trial work has included a variety of civil matters, including medical negligence cases, contested divorce and custody cases, employment litigation, collegiate honor trial cases, and automobile accident cases. Today she focuses her practice on family law matters, including litigated divorce and custody cases. Elizabeth also practices collaborative law in family law cases. She has spoken on a variety of legal topics to statewide and national audiences and authored articles on those topics.

She is past president of the Charlottesville Area Women’s Bar Association, and a past member of the Virginia Women’s Attorney’s Association Board of Directors. She is a member of the Virginia State Bar, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, and the Charlottesville Albemarle Bar Association, and a former member of the National College of Trial Advocates.

Elizabeth brings to her professional career the perspective of being the wife of Jeffrey P. Coughter, Sr., and the mother of their three children. Her son, Pierce, is a recent graduate from the University of Virginia. Eliza, the middle child, is a Division I lacrosse player at Longwood University, and the Coughters’ youngest daughter, Harding, is enjoying her matriculation at Charlottesville High School. In her free time, Elizabeth knits more sweaters than she can wear, and sips wine on the dock of her family cottage in Deltaville, Virginia, on the Chesapeake Bay.


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