Kirkland is a member of the firm’s Norfolk office where she practices in the Private Client Services Practice Group.

Recognition & Honors

  • Norfolk Tax Lawyer of the Year; Best Lawyers in America, 2015
  • AV® Rated; Martindale-Hubbell
  • Fellow; American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, 2002-present
  • Fellow; American Bar Foundation, 2013
  • Accredited Estate Planner® (AEP®); National Association of Estate Planners & Councils
  • Best Lawyers in America, 1997-2019
  • Norfolk Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year; Best Lawyers in America, 2010, 2019
  • Virginia Super Lawyers, Estate & Probate; Law & Politics, 2006-2019
  • Virginia’s Legal Elite; Virginia Business Magazine, 2004, 2010-2018
  • Top 50 Women Lawyers in Virginia; Virginia Super Lawyers, 2012
  • Women In Business Achievement Award; Inside Business, 2012
  • Women of Distinction Award; YWCA of South Hampton Roads, 2012
  • Hampton Roads Top Wealth Manager; Hampton Roads Magazine, 2011
  • Top 25 Women Lawyers in Virginia; Virginia Super Lawyers, 2006
  • Hampton Roads Business Community Outstanding Professional Woman, 1999
  • Executive Editor; Washington and Lee Law Review, 1981-1982


  • American Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar; Trusts and Estates Section, Past Chair; Taxation Section, Past Chair
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Norfolk-Portsmouth Bar Association
  • Hampton Roads Estate Planning Council
  • WHRO Public Television; Board of Directors, Chair
  • Hampton Roads Gift Planning Council; Board of Directors
  • The Library of Virginia Foundation; Board of Directors
  • Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach, Inc.; Past President
  • Board of Zoning Appeals for the City of Norfolk, 1993-2008
  • CIVIC Leadership Institute
  • LEAD Hampton Roads
  • Hampton Roads Community Foundation; Professional Advisory Committee


  • Hollins University; B.A., cum laude, 1976
  • Washington & Lee University School of Law; J.D., 1982

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