Pennington Law Firm PLLC

About Us

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The Founder

Whitney Pennington

I grew up in Southwest Virginia. I decided to become an attorney to help serve this area and its people. My passion has always been family law. I enjoy helping clients through difficult times and guiding them through their trials with individualized attention. It was because of this passion I attended Campbell’s Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law in Raleigh, North Carolina where I majored in trial advocacy. During my time in law school, I focused on family law and estate planning.

In 2012, I graduated at the top of my class with honors and passed the North Carolina Bar. In early 2013, I passed the Virginia Bar. At this time, my active license is in Virginia only. Since that time, I have been in private practice as well as worked in other legal capacities.

The Pennington Law Firm PLLC's Dedicated Team

At Pennington Law Firm PLLC, we are proud to have a team of dedicated and talented professionals who are passionate about what they do.


Emily Fleenor

Emily focuses her practice on family law and estate planning. Emily received her undergraduate degree in 2019 from James Madison University where she majored in Political Science and minored in History. As an undergraduate, Emily spent her summers interning for Arrington Schelin law firm in Bristol, Virginia.

Emily then earned her law degree from New England Law | Boston. During her time in Boston, Emily was exposed to the city’s diverse and fast-paced legal community. Prior to joining Pennington Law Firm, Emily worked for two years at a high-volume personal injury firm in Boston where she focused on evaluating whether claims had trial value versus those that should be settlement-focused. Working for a plaintiff’s firm instilled in her the importance of accounting for the client’s wishes where possible and providing prompt and regular updates directly to the client.

Emily was admitted to practice in Virginia in 2023. As a native of Abingdon, Emily is excited to be back in the area and serve the people of Southwest Virginia. Emily took a special interest in family law because of the meaningful challenge it presents: the opportunity to help individuals navigate what may be the most difficult and emotional time in their lives. In her spare time, Emily enjoys traveling, reading, playing with her three dogs, and spending time with her family and friends.


Samantha Gilbert

Samantha Gilbert is a paralegal to Whitney Pennington. Her priority is making sure clients are heard and feel comfortable. Children have always been a passion of hers. She moved to the area in June 2022 from Virginia Beach to be closer to family.

Samantha enjoys spending time with her family, especially her niece, and nephew, and cooking. She lives in Chilhowie and, although it is very different from what she is used to, enjoys it very much.
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Renee Davenport

Renee is the receptionist for the firm. She strives to make sure all calls are answered and all voicemails are returned.

Renee grew up in Abingdon, Virginia. She has moved and worked around the United States for the last 25+ years with her husband, a career military man, also originally from Abingdon. They recently returned to southwest Virginia to spend time with family and friends.

Renee loves dogs, shoes, cooking/baking, and British crime TV.

Client coordinator and office manager

Tammy Lundy

Tammy Lundy serves as the front-line receptionist for the firm. She has been with the firm since its inception and she strives to make sure every call is answered and every voicemail returned. Tammy works to balance the firm’s schedule so that Whitney can balance court, current clients, and new consults. She relays messages to both Whitney and Tara so they may make sure each client has a timely response.

Tammy lives with her husband, Jim, and her beloved dog FiFi. She has three children and five grandchildren who she adores. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, baking, attending church, and loving her family.
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General Practice and Magistrate

In the first few years of my practice, I worked in a general practice firm where I grew as an attorney who litigated matters from real property, family law, to personal injury.

I worked as a magistrate in Northern Virginia where I issued warrants for arrest, search warrants, emergency protective orders and emergency custody orders for mental health.

Wide Array of Knowledge

For the last eight years, I have focused primarily on child support, family law, estate planning and small traffic infraction defense. I have practiced in many different localities to include Smyth, Abingdon, Bristol, Russell, Wythe, Tazewell, and Wise to Prince William County, Fairfax and Loudoun County.

I have accumulated a wide array of knowledge over the past nine years. Specifically in family law, I have negotiated property settlement agreements, which include custody, child support, spousal support, and equitable distribution of the marital estate. I have also litigated these matters as well. I have helped clients who have large and small portfolios and believe that each client no matter the size of their marital estate should have personal attention and an individual plan, which suits their needs.

Estate Planning Experience

As for my experience in estate planning, I have worked with clients who have a small estate and need only a simple will to those who have large estates in excess of one million dollars and significant property and need more extensive planning such as a family trust. I have advised at least 200 families since 2013 on how to best handle their estate and its assets so that it is done in accordance with their wishes.

Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia

In the last two years, I have been an Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia and have litigated over 3,000 petitions for child support and rules to show cause. I have dealt with issues such as imputation of income, underemployment, a medical diagnosis that render a person unable to work, and child support for adult children who are disabled.
I have litigated over a thousand rules to show causes for child support and know what each side must prove or defend in order to be successful.

It is with this experience that I have decided to open up my practice in Abingdon, Virginia. My love for this area and its people has driven me to want to help those through a very difficult process. My experience has been that most people do not see a lawyer when things are going well. Instead, people consult attorneys when life is difficult.

I aim to meet with clients in a way that leaves them feeling as though they have been heard and understand what various options lie before them. I am honest and forthright and will always strive to be so with my clients. I choose to try and settle most matters amicably; however, there is a time and place for resilient and robust litigation which I am comfortable doing as well. If you choose my firm, it would be an honor to serve you and to help you through this potentially challenging time in your life.

My Personal Life

I am married to my husband of eleven years with whom I share two precious boys. We enjoy cooking, movie nights, going to my son’s karate, attending our church, and staying connected to our families. My family keeps me centered and without them, this dream would be impossible.

Customer Reviews

Natasha H.
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"Whitney was absolutely INCREDIBLE!! She listens to her clients and she fights with everything she has for them. I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND her. She was truly a blessing in my case. I will be using her for any of my other legal needs. If your looking for somebody who will go in with guns blazing Whitney is definitely the lawyer you need!!"
Payton A.
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"Whitney is very professional and very informative. She has helped us tremendously and guided us through the law process that we have to go through for our case. She is experienced and works hard for her clients. It’s always nice to have someone that is willing to help you and your family in anyway she can."
Sammy L.
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"Mrs. Pennington was attentive to my needs and her work was exemplary. I will definitely use her again when I have any legal needs. Thank you so much for listening to me and being understanding as well as a great advocate."
Bobby and Vicki F.
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"If you are in this area and need an attorney I would highly recommend Whitney Pennington. She did some estate for us and she was a real trooper and got it done for us. We really appreciated all she did for us and I’m sure she will take good care of you."
Amelia L.
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"Pennington Law Firm helped our family with legal paperwork for our small business. Whitney was very thorough and took the time to make sure we had everything completed as a new business in VA. Definitely would recommend her for all legality needs!"
Ashley T.
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"Whitney is knowledgeable, understanding, experienced, and helpful. She is always quick to respond and was helpful through everything. She’s aggressive and firm in cases when needed. I highly recommend her!"

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At Pennington Law Firm PLLC, we believe that being a part of a strong community goes beyond providing legal services. We are committed to actively engaging and giving back to the community that has supported us throughout the years.