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Our Team

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Cynthia L. Chaing, Esq.

Cynthia graduated summa cum laude from the University of Rio Grande, where she received her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in English, graduating with additional full honors.  In 2003, Cynthia received her Juris Doctor from Regent University School of Law and furthered her legal education studying under Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, of the Supreme Court of the United States, including studying with him at the University of Oxford and four international courts.  

 

Cynthia has spent her whole career practicing family law, and, in 2007, she opened her first law firm The Law Office of Cynthia L. Chaing, P.C.  In 2017, she then merged this firm into Shupert Chaing, with it then transitioning in 2022 into Chaing Anders.  Cynthia is a member of the Virginia Beach Bar Association, Virginia Bar Association, and the Virginia State Bar.  She currently chairs the CLASS Program for the Virginia Beach Bar Association, which provides free legal services each week in protective order matters.

 

Cynthia has received honors from Phi Delta Phi, International Legal Fraternity, founded in 1869; from Rising Star by Superlawyers.com; from Top Lawyer by Coastal Virginia Magazine in the areas of Family Law and Adoption Law; and is Platinum rated by Martindale-Hubbell.  She also has presented courses regarding recent changes in the adoption statutes.  Cynthia seeks to provide very candid and yet compassionate legal services.  Her friendly, yet very analytical approach, enables her to help her clients to achieve favorable results in both collaborative agreements and complex contested litigation. 

 

Since 2019, Cynthia has served as a CHKD board member of the Future Generations Board, with a special emphasis on supporting the new CHKD Mental Health Hospital.  Despite her busy profession, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and son.  Cynthia’s favorite hobby is hiking, and she brings one of her children happily to hike with her and the other requires a little bribing.  Cynthia also takes every free opportunity to go running amidst the tallest trees she can find.  

Allison W. Anders, Esq.

Allison received her Juris Doctor in 2001 from Loyola University School of Law at New Orleans.  After law school, Allison returned to Virginia and clerked for an Administrative Law Judge with the Department of Labor in Washington, DC for one year.  Thereafter, she worked as an associate at McKenry, Dancingers, Dawson & Lake from 2003 to 2006, as an associate and partner at Kaufman and Canoles from 2006 to 2015, and as a partner at Parks Zeigler from 2015 to 2022.  Allison’s has exclusively practiced family law since 2006.  

 

Allison is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and is currently serving as the publicity and membership chairperson of the Virginia chapter of the AAML. Allison is also a member of the Virginia Beach Bar Association (VBBA), Virginia State Bar (VSB), Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (VTLA), and Virginia Bar Association (VBA). She has been very active with the VBBA, serving on various committees since 2003 and is currently the secretary. She has also been a member of the VBA Family Law Coalition since November 2015.

Allison has been honored and recognized by numerous organizations: she has been recognized by Best Lawyers®, rated a Rising Star by Superlawyers.com, rated a Super Lawyer by Superlawyers.com, named Legal Elite by Virginia Business magazine, as well as Top Lawyer by Coastal Virginia Magazine; AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell; and she’s achieved a 10.0 rating by AVVO.  She has also served as moderator, presenter and panelists for Virginia CLE, VTLA and National Business Institute.

Outside of the law, Allison has served on the Board of Directors for REACH (Reading Enriches All Children), Inc., a local non-profit.  She also spends as much time as possible with her husband, son and two pups.  They thoroughly enjoy being outdoors.  When they are not at the beach or swimming, they enjoy fishing, paddle boarding, camping and hiking.  Allison is also an avid reader and loves a good suspense novel.

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Alexandra D. Wood, Esq.

In 2010, Alexandra earned her Bachelor of Philosophy from the University of Massachusetts.  She received her Juris Doctor in 2014 from the University of Richmond School of Law where she earned a Certificate of Concentration in family law. 

Alexandra has been practicing family law in Virginia Beach since 2014.  She became certified as a Guardian ad litem for children that same year and gained valuable experience advocating for their best interests in family law matters.  

Alexandra is a member of the Virginia State Bar, the Virginia Beach Bar Association, and the Virginia Bar Association. 

Outside of work Alexandra enjoys spending time with her husband (a Virginia Beach native and fellow attorney) and their three young sons.   Hobbies are not yet a luxury when you have three young boys, but she is looking forward those days.

Laura L. McQuesten, Esq.

In 2005, Laura received a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business with a minor in German from Texas Tech University.  In 2013, she received her Juris Doctor from Regent University School of Law. 

After law school, Laura clerked for the Superior Court of Alaska. Thereafter, she worked as an associate attorney in a boutique family law firm in Winchester, Virginia, and then moved back to Virginia Beach.  Family law has been her primary practices since 2014.  Also, Laura has served as a Guardian ad litem for children since 2015, advocating for their best interests in family law matters. Additionally, Laura was certified as a mediator by the Supreme Court of Virginia in 2017.

Laura is a member of the Virginia State Bar, the Virginia Beach Bar Association, and the Virginia Bar Association. She has been named to the Top 40 Under 40 by The National Trial Lawyers and named as a Pro Bono Hero by the Virginia State Bar.

 

When she is not working, Laura enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. She and her husband enjoy boating, fishing, gardening, and chasing after their young children.

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