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Commercial Team

Our staff is dedicated to helping our attorneys do their best work, and help you with the legal process.

MichieHamlett’s paralegals and staff are well-trained and experienced members of our legal team. While paralegals may not represent clients in court, and cannot provide legal opinions, they add enormously to the efficiency with which we can handle your legal problem or case. Our paralegals are integral to our legal team and extend the capacity of the attorney handling your case.

Terry Arey, Legal Assistant

TERRY AREY works as an assistant to Attorneys Ed Lowry, David Thomas, and Jordan McKay, who specialize in commercial and business law. She helps to organize internal office functions, as well as offering support for legal association meetings and conventions. She started working for MichieHamlett in 1999.

Billie Dismer, Accountant

BILLIE DISMER has been with the firm since 1986, and provides services in connection with tax matters. As an enrolled agent, she represents clients in Internal Revenue Service and Virginia Department of Taxation tax audits, and IRS and Virginia Department of Taxation Collection matters. She also assists clients with various bookkeeping and accounting matters. Previously, she worked for the Internal Revenue Service for 14 years, as a tax auditor, a reviewer on the technical review staff, and as an appeals officer. She has worked as a staff accountant for certified public accounting firms as well.


  • Queens College (Charlotte, NC), B.A. 1969
  • Internal Revenue Service Basic Tax Auditor Training
  • Internal Revenue Service Advanced Tax Auditor Training
  • Internal Revenue Service Employment Tax Specialist Training
  • Internal Revenue Service Appeals Officer Training

Matt Baldwin, Paralegal

MATT BALDWIN is a paralegal in the Commercial Group. A 2004 graduate of the University of Virginia, Matt has over ten years of experience as a litigation paralegal across a wide scope of industries and matters including business disputes, consumer protection, securities litigation, construction litigation, consumer class action litigation, and collections law. Matt assists the attorneys in many phases of litigation including issuance of subpoenas, drafting discovery, performing fact investigation, drafting court filings, legal research, and managing and reviewing document productions.

Matt enjoys assisting clients with his Spanish-speaking skills and has assisted in immigration matters. In his spare time, Matt volunteers his time in the Charlottesville community as a facilitator for a confidential group for at-risk youth and also serves on the board of his condo owners’ association.