Our Legal Team
Nadine has been practicing law for seven years and is an experienced real estate litigator. Nadine is licensed to practice in all New York State Courts and the District of Columbia. She earned her undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley and her Juris Doctor from the UCLA School of Law — graduating from the Public Interest Law and Policy Program with a specialty in Critical Race Studies. Ms. Chabrier is passionate about providing her clients with hope and solutions when they’re feeling anxious or distressed. In her free time, Nadine enjoys birdwatching, foreign films, and dancing bachata. A California native, she now lives in Washington D.C. with her family and their two cats.
Lauren is a Hawaii and Florida licensed attorney with a strong passion for helping consumers. She has a background in both contract law and civil litigation, as well as extensive courtroom and trial experience. Lauren was born and raised in Warren, Ohio. She graduated from The University of Pittsburgh with honors in 2007, earning a BSBA in Finance and a certificate in International Business. After college, she attended Law School at the University of Miami School of Law in Coral Gables, Florida and graduated in 2009.
Maria is an experienced litigator with over 22 years of experience in representing clients in various legal matters. She is a graduate of Temple University School of Law and is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and North Carolina. Over the years, she has worked in the area of real estate law, as well as other areas of the law, including family law, wills and estates, corporate law and general civil litigation. She has extensive courtroom experience. She enjoys the practice of law and the satisfaction of assisting her clients in exercising their legal rights and resolving their legal matters. Given that her areas of practice often involve individuals who are experiencing significant stress in their lives due to a particular legal concern, she especially enjoys assisting those individuals in bringing closure to their legal concerns.
At DC Capital Law, Colin Maher focuses his practice on real estate disputes. Specifically, Colin works hands-on with his clients seeking timeshare exits. Mr. Maher has experience in several other legal practice areas including business litigation, entertainment law, intellectual property law, and bankruptcy. Mr. Maher graduated cum laude from New England School of Law in Boston prior to working at a large law firm in New Hampshire and later relocated to Nashville. Colin is licensed to practice in Tennessee, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
William (Tom) Holmes
Tom has been a practicing attorney since 2007 and has concentrated his practice in the real estate arena. He has a history of representing creditors and has extensive experience in mortgage and commercial law. Tom has successfully litigated federal cases in both District and Appellate Courts and is a licensed attorney in Missouri, Kansas, and Kentucky.
Heather Caeners, Esq. is a Florida licensed attorney with over 18 years of litigation experience. She attended Stetson University with a major in English. Mrs. Caeners then attended Stetson University College of Law and graduated in 2000, and was ranked 11th in her class. After graduating from Stetson University College of Law she became an Assistant State Attorney. During her years as an Assistant State Attorney, she was Department Supervisor of the Domestic Violence Division and handled the felony drug docket. She also trained law enforcement on criminal investigations. Mrs. Caeners has practiced in the areas of Probate, Wills, Trusts, Guardianships, Family Law, Criminal Law, Juvenile Dependency and Delinquency, Landlord/Tenant, and most other general practice areas. Mrs. Caeners enjoys spending time with her Husband of 21 years and her rescue dogs.
Evelyn is a professional and dedicated attorney who has litigated cases extensively since her admittance to the Missouri Bar. She received her J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law in 2014 and began her legal career practicing in the area of family law. Evelyn’s practice at D.C. Capital Law focuses on real estate law, timeshare exits, and litigation. Ms. Shaft is well accustomed to listening closely to the various needs of her clients in every effort to obtain the best possible results for their cases. She strives for fast, effective results, and takes pride in being able to help remove as much stress as possible from the litigation process by offering specifically tailored plans of action for her clients and maintaining a clear channel of communication. She enjoys gourmet cooking, bicycling, ocean kayaking when she can, and spending time with her family in her free time. Ms. Shaft is currently licensed to practice law in all Missouri state courts, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri, and in the state of South Carolina.
Roya has over one decade of civil litigation experience and is a licensed member of the Bar in Washington and California as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal and U.S. District Courts in Northern, Central, Eastern and Southern California, and the Western District of Washington. She graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2000 and received her Juris Doctor from California Western School of law in 2005. Prior to joining DC Capital Law, Roya practiced law at leading law firms including Jones Day and Bryan Cave. Her specialties include Consumer law, Commercial Litigation & Civil Litigation. She enjoys helping clients achieve satisfying legal solutions to complex issues.
Jennifer M. Dorsey
Jennifer is an experienced litigator with over fifteen years of experience in civil litigation, litigation management, contract negotiation, and claims management in both the private and public sectors. Jennifer began her career as a civil litigator at a law firm, served as an Assistant Attorney General for ten years and was in-house counsel for a transportation company. She is licensed to practice in Ohio, Arizona, and Texas. She is a graduate of Howard University and the University of Akron School of Law.
Richard has over twenty years of legal experience and is licensed to practice law in New York, New Jersey, South Carolina, Texas, and Arizona. He has extensive experience in consumer law including consumer protection, bankruptcy, and related areas. He also has extensive experience in real estate transactions, title issues, and related litigation. Additionally, Richard has taught college level business, property, and criminal law. While Richard was with the FDIC, he managed multi-million dollar litigation cases in their Asset Management Section, and while with CitiGroup, he had oversight responsibilities in the winding up of their CitiFinancial mortgage division. Richard has a BS in Business Management from Long Island University and a Juris Doctorate from Touro, School of Law, Long Island, New York.
Lesley A. Hoenig
Lesley is an experienced attorney and has been licensed to practice law for over 16 years. She is admitted to practice in Illinois, Minnesota and Michigan, as well as the Northern District of Illinois, Central District of Illinois, Southern District of Illinois, Eastern District of Michigan, Western District of Michigan, Eastern District of Wisconsin, Western District of Wisconsin, District of Minnesota, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Court, and the United States Supreme Court. Ms. Hoenig received her Juris Doctor from Northern Illinois University College of Law in 2002 and received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1999. Prior to joining DC Capital law, her primary fields of experience have been bankruptcy, foreclosures, real estate, collections, and general civil matters with bankruptcy as her primary focus, to help consumers get the relief that they need.
Michelle is a 2006 graduate of Tulane Law School with more than a decade of extensive federal and state litigation experience representing clients in various legal matters. She is licensed to practice in all Louisiana state courts, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana, as well as the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C. Michelle also has a Master’s degree in Business Administration and worked for many years as counsel for companies listed on the Fortune 500 list, including Exxon and Chevron. Michelle now uses that experience of working within corporate America to zealously represent and protect consumers who are victims of unfair and deceptive trade practices, including but not limited to unfair and one-sided contractual terms and fine print, unreasonably high pressured and deceptive sales practices, knowing and reckless misrepresentations made by corporate representatives without any care of future damage and the impact of those misrepresentations to consumers, as well as various violations of federal and state consumer protection laws by companies and debt collectors. Michelle works hard to get results for her clients and is not afraid to litigate and go against big companies, if necessary, for justice.
Randolph “Randy” L. Smith
Randy graduated from the Nichols School, Buffalo, New York, cum laude, in 1969, and received his A.B., cum laude, from Harvard University in 1973. In 1976, Randy received his J.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law. Randy is rated ” AV” by the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating service, signifying that his peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence.
Randy practiced banking and real estate law for one year in Buffalo at Little and Burt, and from 1977 until 1986, Randy practiced at the firm of Copeland, Hession, Grindle & Robinson in Wellesley, Massachusetts. As an associate and partner (1984) at Copeland, Hession, Randy engaged in a general civil practice which included corporate and real estate law, commercial and construction litigation, and insurance defense.
In May 1986, Randy became associated with the firm of Bums & Levinson in Boston, where he specialized in asbestos-in-buildings and asbestos personal injury litigations. Randy became a member of the firm in January 1990.
Randy joined Peabody & Arnold in Boston in April 1993, as a partner, and was active in the firm’s management, serving as Co-Chair of the Litigation Department from 1994 to 1998, and as Co-Chair of the Business Litigation Group from 2000 to 2002. In addition, Randy served on the firm’ s Hiring Committee and was one of the two partner members of the firm’ s Associates Committee.
At Peabody & Arnold, Randy’ s practice encompassed all aspects of civil litigation with an emphasis on estates and trusts and business disputes. Randy was an adjunct member of – and worked closely with – the firm’s Private Client Group handling a wide variety of estate, probate, and fiduciary matters. In November 2005, Randy joined John Lakin at Barnes Walker & Lakin, Chartered, in Bradenton, and in August 2007, they formed Lakin Smith , P.A.
Randy is a member of the Florida Bar, the state bars of New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, the American Bar Association and both the Manatee and Sarasota County Bar Associations. He has also been admitted to practice before the U.S. Tax Court, the First Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States District Courts for the Districts of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida, and for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
John has been practicing law for 14 years and is an experienced litigator. John is actively licensed to practice law in all Colorado, Utah and Idaho State Courts. John is licensed, but not actively practicing law in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. He is also licensed in many of the Federal Courts in those states. He earned his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University and his Juris Doctor from Willamette University College of Law. Mr. Wilkinson is a people person and gains great satisfaction from helping those in need. In his free time, he enjoys being with his family, camping, hiking, skiing or reading the latest John Grisham or Tom Clancy type novel.
Michael has been representing creditors since he began practicing law in 2011 after graduating from John Marshall Law School in Chicago. He is licensed to practice law in six states (Arizona, California, Illinois, Michigan, Oregon, and Washington) and has always tried to work with opposing counsel and consumers to reach a resolution that works for all parties. He joined DC Capital Law to continue his goal of helping consumers through stressful situations and strives to reach resolutions with resorts on his clients’ timeshare exits.