Attorney Catherine Carré came to Foster McCollam Wright, PLLC after spending most of her legal career as a public defender. She worked for six years in the Fairfax Public Defender’s Office and almost two years in the Public Defender’s Office for Fauquier and Rappahannock Counties. During her time in those offices, she tried dozens of jury trials on charges ranging from traffic offenses to murder. She also helped train all of the new public defenders throughout the Commonwealth in 2018, teaching them the law and practice tips for sentencing and probation revocation hearings. She worked extensively with clients who had mental health issues and successfully represented clients who had been found not guilty by reason of insanity in conditional and unconditional release hearings. Attorney Carré drafted and argued multiple novel evidentiary motions, including a motion to quash search warrants and a motion to quash a subpoena duces tecum issued by a special Grand Jury.
Her real interest, though, was in juvenile and domestic relations. She spent several years focusing on cases originating in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court (JDR). She learned the intricacies and nuances of juvenile law and the many different programs, services, and outcomes available to juveniles. In Fauquier County, she assisted in implementing the Standardized Dispositional Matrix, with the goal of ensuring that juveniles charged with crimes are treated similarly throughout the Commonwealth.
Attorney Carré also has experience in civil litigation. For two years, she worked at Bancroft, McGavin, Horvath & Judkins, specializing in insurance defense and in defending government employees and agencies in civil lawsuits. She handled federal cases throughout the Commonwealth and in the Eastern District of Virginia. She is also barred in New York State.
She currently lives here in Prince William County but is a Philadelphia native. She attended the prestigious J.R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School, followed by Penn State University, where she was a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Catherine was also a member of the University Park Allocation Committee, overseeing the distribution of $2.4 million to various university groups.
Attorney Carré went to law school at Temple University, which consistently ranks as one of the best law schools in the nation in trial advocacy. While there, she was named Outstanding Oral Advocate in her Advanced Trial Advocacy program and was a fellow in the Rubin Public Interest Law Honor Society. She coached a high school mock trial team, which went to state championships. She took advantage of numerous internship and clinical opportunities while in law school, and interned or participated in clinicals with the Delaware Department of Justice, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, and the Public Defender’s Office in Camden, New Jersey. Her experiences in law school helped solidify her love of criminal defense, but also provided her with valuable insight into the workings of prosecutors’ offices and governmental agencies, which has been useful for her clients countless times throughout her career.
This firm provides Catherine the opportunity to be more involved in her own community while utilizing the skills she has built through her years as a criminal and civil attorney.
Current practice areas include:
- Criminal Law: adult and juvenile offenses, felonies and misdemeanors, police investigations
- Traffic offenses: DUI, reckless driving, driving without a license, driving on a suspended license, ASAP Violations, speeding, accidents, moving violations
- Family Law: custody, visitation, petitions for paternity, child support (including DCSE cases), abuse & neglect proceeding involving CPS, CPS investigations, CPS administrative hearings and appeals, termination of parental rights, pre-marital agreements, separation agreements, contested and uncontested divorce for both opposite and same-sex marriages.
Attorney Carré is currently accepting cases in Prince William County/Manassas, Fairfax County, Fauquier County, Loudoun County, Shenandoah County, Warren County, Winchester City/Frederick County, and other jurisdictions on a case-by-case basis.