Like many of you, I ain’t from around these parts…! I was stationed here as a Navy pilot, and when I retired, I became a Virginia resident. I think life is good in Hampton Roads. My own small hometown in Kansas has now grown to a bustling population of 331, but it was less urban in my youth! My Midwestern family has been farmers and blue collar workers for as far back as we know. I grew up in farm houses without indoor plumbing. Yep, so imagine where the “bathroom” was! (Winters were cold; that’s where I got my speed!) We had party line phones early on. No A/C. Then we moved to into a trailer house “in town.”
I was born into a wonderful consortium of huge Irish, Catholic families on the West Side of Cleveland, Ohio. Although I am the oldest of merely three children, my mom was one of ten, and hers was a relatively small family in that neighborhood. So we were constantly surrounded by aunts, uncles, and cousins—lots of cousins!
Growing up, we not only knew everybody, but as my best friend would often remark when we went out and I would have to stop to talk to everybody we ran into, we were somehow related to everybody in town!
I am a Virginia native, born in Newport News and raised in Seaford. I graduated from York High School before earning my Bachelor’s in Justice Studies and Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communications and my Master’s in Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communications from James Madison University. I received my Juris Doctor at Liberty University with a concentration in Family Law. I love music (listening, not playing), sports, and doing things with friends. I am a proud member of Theta Chi Fraternity. I am excited to join the Holcomb Law team and work for the people of this great area.
Hi there. My name is C. Carter Allen. Some of you may be familiar with me as I graduated from Regent University School of Law in 2008; and have been in practice in the Hampton Roads area ever since. Now, after 10 years of successfully flying solo, I have been welcomed in to the Holcomb Law tribe.
I grew up in the heartland of America, the state of Iowa, but have called Hampton Roads home since Thanksgiving Day of 1992. I currently live in Hampton with my wife, Jessica, 260 pounds worth of two dogs, and three odd cats.
I was raised in Arkansas and grew up on the Mississippi River, spending a lot of time fishing, riding ATVs, and camping – just living the Huckleberry Life! Even at an early age, I had three passions: Law, reading, and running.
Luckily for me, I was an exceptional runner and was recruited to run for a private prep school, where I excelled. During my senior year, I was undefeated in the mile, two-mile, and in cross-country!
Accordingly, I was offered a track scholarship to run for the…
I grew up in a Navy family, so I am a native of Ohio, and briefly lived in San Diego, California. After leaving the Navy, we moved to Chesapeake, Virginia where my Dad pastored a church, and my Mom continued her calling as a public school special education teacher. I attended James Madison University and received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. After graduating from JMU, I was privileged to teach 9th grade English in Newport News while studying nights for a Masters of Divinity degree. At the end of my third year of teaching, I felt called to change professions and directions entirely, mostly due to seeing the impact of the justice system on…
I’ve been helping others find a fresh start through bankruptcy and divorce for over 25 years. When I was in law school I just happened to be working for a bankruptcy attorney. One of my first cases was a couple whose daughter suffered from a brain tumor, and after a multitude of surgeries and treatments, the family was left with bills in excess of $200,000 after insurance. They had no choice but to file bankruptcy and get some reprieve from the overwhelming amount of bills necessary to save their daughter. Soon after, I met a young mother who had an inordinate amount of debt…
I was raised in Baltimore City, Maryland, where I lived from the time I was two years old until I began high school. I won my first trial as a high school student when I defended myself against a stop sign violation. It wasn’t too hard since both the other driver and the officer acknowledged that my view was blocked by a large stone pillar.
I moved to Arlington, Virginia, while completing my B.A. in International Studies at The American University. Subsequently, I relocated to Williamsburg where I earned my law degree at the William & Mary Law School in 1992.
Armed with only a high school diploma and very limited knowledge of the legal system, I won my first trial at age twenty-two, concluding a long and tumultuous custody battle over my oldest (then my only) child.
After the trial, the judge pulled me aside and asked whether I had ever considered a legal career. I grew up in an unsafe home, amidst violence and substance abuse. Nobody in my close family had gone to college, let alone law school.
I hail from a small town in northeast Ohio. While I was in elementary school my father was stationed at Langley Air Force Base (now Joint Base Langley-Eustis) and even as a child I knew this area was special. I fell in love with Hampton Roads so much so that after joining the ranks of the most dominant air power in the world myself, I selected it as my first option for permanent duty. After completing two enlistments, I chose to pursue my childhood dream of becoming an attorney (an ambition set by too many Matlock and Perry Mason reruns growing up) and attended and graduated from Regent Law.
I was born and raised in Floyd County, Virginia. It is a small, one-stoplight town about a 5-hour drive West of here. There are more cows than people, but I would not change it for the world. After high school, I traveled halfway across the United States to attend Oral Roberts University where I received my bachelor’s degree in Ministry and Leadership, with a concentration in Youth and Family Ministry. While at ORU, I volunteered on a Youth Ranch and (long story short) it sparked my desire to go to law school and become a family lawyer. I moved back to Virginia to finish law school and I received my Juris Doctorate from Liberty University School of Law.
Virginia Beach, VA has been my new home since 2021. Previously, I resided in the City of Lynchburg, VA for 13 years where I served the community in which I had invested and established roots in as a graduate of Liberty University School of Law.
During my time in the “Burg,” I externed with the Virginia Legal Aid Society and once licensed, served as a Panel Member of Virginia Legal Aid Pro Bono. I have assisted in helping lower-income individuals and their families through the donation of my time with pro bono cases such as uncontested divorce.