Heather H. Goodwin


Heather H. Goodwin is the founding member of Goodwin Law of Virginia, PLLC.  After graduating cum laude from Liberty University School of Law, Mrs. Goodwin worked for the law firm of Eggleston & Thelen, P.C. with a practice based in criminal defense, family law, business operations and estate planning.                  

Originally from the Tidewater area of Virginia, Mrs. Goodwin relocated with her family to Nelson County at a young age.  Upon graduation from James Madison University with a Bachelors in Business Administration in 1999, she was employed in the manufacturing industry.  Her years of employment with family owned businesses, ranging from hospitality to environmental application, has provided a strong foundational understanding of regulatory relationships and business planning.

In addition to her knowledge and experience in the area of business, Mrs. Goodwin engaged in extensive course work in real estate, taxation and litigation while obtaining her Juris Doctorate degree.  Her law school career was marked with multiple criminal law externships both in the area of prosecution and defense as well as a dedication to the concepts and benefits of Alternative Dispute Resolution. 

Bar Admissions:

                               Virginia  2012


                               Juris Doctorate, Liberty University School of Law, cum laude

                               B.B.A., James Madison university   

Practice Areas:

Traffic Offenses          Criminal Defense          Family Law         Divorce      Contract Law

Estate Planning           Business Creation         Environmental         Land Use &

& Probate                    & Planning                     Consulting                Zoning Regulation

Real Estate Transactions           Adult Representation       

& Litigation                                  as a Guardian Ad Litem


  • Professional and caring service
  • Commitment and dedication to your goals
  • Proactive Representation

  • Open and frequent communication


Goodwin Law of Virginia

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Our years of experience both inside and outside the legal profession allow us to foresee possible complex situations and advise you in maneuvering the legal process to prevent complications down the line.

Our appreciation for you as an individual, facing real consequences and benefits, allows us to better aid in the accomplishment of your goals.

                                        Jennifer S. Bennett

​Jennifer S. Bennett joined Goodwin Law of Virginia, PLLC in the fall of 2021.  Before joining the firm, Mrs. Bennett served the Commonwealth of Virginia and citizens of Lynchburg for more than seventeen years as a Senior Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney.  During that time, she was also designated as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the federal government.  She has taught at the Central Virginia Criminal Justice Academy, Central Virginia Community College, and made state-wide presentations to attorneys.  Mrs. Bennett was appointed to the Governor's Domestic Violence Prevention and Response Advisory Board Subcommittee on Children and Youth Services and continues to serve her local community and the Amherst County School Division as a parent representative on multiple committees.

In addition to her extensive experience and expertise in all areas of criminal law, Mrs. Bennett has practiced criminal defense, family law, and representation of children as Guardian ad Litem in private practice.  She has worked for several years with the Thompson Reuters corporation in Washington DC, teaching legal research to law firms and students throughout Virginia.  During law school at the University of Richmond, Mrs. Bennett served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Law & Technology, and continues to be interested in the intersection of law and emerging technologies.

Originally from the Empire State, Jennifer is a Virginian by heart and by marriage.  She and her husband settled in Amherst to raise a family in 2002.

Bar Admissions:
                                Virginia 2000
                                United States District Court, Western District 2004

                                Juris Doctorate, University of Richmond School of Law
                                B.S., Northern Arizona University