Tammy L. Sossei
804-285-3426 (Real Estate)
Richmond, VA 23230
804-285-3426 (Real Estate)
Tammy Sossei has a general practice, but her primary areas include what she fondly calls the “circle of life” – Family Law, Bankruptcy, and Criminal Defense.
Family law matters are by their nature one of the most personal legal situations someone endures. Because of the emotional and sometimes traumatic events associated with separation, divorce, and issues concerning children, clients need an attorney who will listen to them. Tammy focuses on what each client needs, because every client is unique. She works hard to treat clients in the same way she would want to be treated when going through one of the most personal and emotional events in someone's life. Family law matters sometime involve emergencies, which require a client to talk to their attorney quickly. Tammy is dedicated to being accessible to clients. She does not just represent her clients; she explains the court’s procedures to them. She believes that a client that understands the process is one that is better prepared for what they will ultimately experience on their legal journey.
Tammy handles divorces (both uncontested/no-fault and contested divorces), custody, child and spousal support matters, preparation of property settlement agreements, and adoptions. She also handles complex family law matters including contested custody cases; equitable distribution involving complicated assets; post-decree enforcement; support modification; Show Causes; and Protective Orders. Tammy is experienced representing clients in criminal defense, traffic defense, bankruptcy, landlord/tenant issues, personal injury cases, and other civil law matters. Her practice is primarily litigation.
In the current economy, many families are faced with the financial struggle of not being able to meet all of their obligations. This adds additional stress to what may be an already stressful family situation. In many cases, filing a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 Bankruptcy can alleviate this stress. Tammy also files conversions from Chapter 13 Bankruptcies to Chapter 7 Bankruptcies. Tammy practices bankruptcy and is able to advise individuals and families on the benefits that bankruptcy can provide. She is well-versed in the effect bankruptcy has on a divorce and the effect a separation and a divorce has on a bankruptcy. She can advise clients on when it is in their best interest to proceed with bankruptcy and their divorce simultaneously, or whether it is in their best interest to do one and wait to take care of the other.
Tammy also handles criminal defense. She represents clients in traffic cases, as well as DUI/DWI and Driving on Suspended/Revoked License. She also represents clients (both adults and juveniles) in misdemeanors and felonies, including assault and battery, larceny, shoplifting, drug possession (including, marijuana and controlled substances), malicious wounding, firearms possession, curfews violations, destruction of property, sex offenses and other charges. She appears regularly in front of the area courts to defend clients on a variety of charges, either at trial or to enter a plea agreement for reduced charges.
Tammy believes when a client is well informed and well prepared, it often leads better results. After all, there are fewer things more important to a person than their families, freedom, and homes. Preserving a family's dignity during difficult legal times is of primary importance to Tammy. In addition, financial resources can be limited. Therefore an attorney, like Tammy, who strives to make the process work for the client to obtain the best possible results, while protecting the client’s dignity and resources is a client's best choice.
Tammy is an active member in the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association serving as the Long-Range Chair of their Membership Committee.
Tammy enjoys being an attorney. She went to law school to help people. She feels that she does so by assisting people through the maze of the legal process, whether it is through a criminal case, divorce, custody dispute, enforcing a court order, negotiating a property settlement agreement, or filing a bankruptcy.
Tammy is married to a former Marine. They have three cats. They often spend weekends competing at BBQ events. Her husband even has his own brand of BBQ sauce and rub. After all, with a last name like Sossei, why not make sauce?
- 95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
- Virginia, 2009
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court, 2012
Professional Associations and Memberships
- American Bar Association
- Virginia State Bar Family Law Section
- Henrico County Bar Association
- Richmond Bar Association
- Metro Richmond Family Law Bar Association
- Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
- Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity
- Family Law
- Criminal Defense
- Civil Litigation
- Regent University School of Law, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- J.D. - 2009
- Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia - 2004
- Major: Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Accounting
- George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia
- B.A. - 2001
- Major: Integrated Studies-prelaw