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Shepelle Watkins-White's areas of expertise include real estate, land use, general business and employment law. Prior to starting the firm, Shepelle worked for one of Hampton Road's largest and well respected law firms, Kaufman & Canoles, P.C., where she established a solid reputation for successfully handling land use matters. Representative land use matters include several mixed use developments, multi-family and single-family residential developments, office buildings and retail and commercial centers.

Having started her legal career in the area of employment law and employee relations, Ms. Watkins-White continues to advise clients in handling discrimination complaints before the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She has conducted workplace training for management and staff teams for clients. Additionally, she has served as an independent investigator for workplace harassment and discrimination claims. Her employment law practice also includes counseling employers on hiring and termination of employees, covenants not to compete and confidentiality agreements, and workers' compensation.

After becoming involved in and taking leadership roles in the local and regional Chamber of Commerce, Ms. Watkins-White's practice now includes representing businesses in reviewing contracts, advising in a general counsel capacity and handling entity formation matters.


  • University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Virginia, J.D. 1997
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, B.A. 1992
  • Admitted to Virginia Bar 1997


  • Virginia State Bar
  • Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, Chesapeake Division; Board of Directors, 2006 current
  • Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, Regional Board of Directors, 2010 current

Regional Board Executive Committee, 2011 current
Vice-Chair Membership Committee, 2012 current

  • Chesapeake Redevelopment and Housing Authority; Commissioner, 2006 current
  • Chesapeake Public Schools Educational Foundation; Board of Directors, 2008 2011
  • Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization; Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee; Chesapeake Representative, 2010 current
  • Norfolk Collegiate School Board of Trustees, 2010-current.

Recognition and Honors

  • Chairman's Award; Chesapeake Division of Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, 2009
  • Lead Hampton Roads, 2009
  • Ignite Chesapeake, 2003