Our Attorneys

“At this firm, we are committed to truly helping people, especially those frustrated by the complexities of their situation and burdened by the seriousness of the decisions they face. I help my clients understand their options and see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

Sheryl L. Herndon


Sheryl Herndon is a partner at White & McCarthy where her practice focuses on elder law, including evaluating Medicaid and veterans benefits; special needs trusts; irrevocable trusts; wills, powers of attorney and advance medical directives; estate administration and probate; and guardianship and conservatorship cases.

An active member of legal and professional associations, Sheryl is serving a three year term as a member of the Senior Connections Advisory Council. She is also a community volunteer and leader who received the “Top 40 Under 40” award from Inside Business.


  • J.D., University of Richmond (1996), cum laude
    McNeil Law Society, Moot Court Board, Richmond Journal of Law and Technology Law Review
  • B.A., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (1985)


  • White & McCarthy (and predecessor firms), Partner (2009 – present), Associate (2005 – 2008)
  • Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney (Criminal Litigation), Henrico County (1998 – 2005)
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Richmond, prior undergraduate and graduate level courses taught include Legal Research, Criminal Law, Women and the Law, Battered Women and the Law, and Independent Research (1999 – 2009)

Admissions and Certifications

  • Virginia State Bar (admitted 1996)


  • Top 40 Under 40, selected by Inside Business (1999)
  • National Association of Women Lawyers Award (1996)

Professional Associations

  • Henrico County Bar Association, Board of Directors (2007 – 2009), member (1996 – present), Senior Law Day organizer (2007 – 2008)
  • NAELA – National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (2009 – present)
  • Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (2009 – present)
  • Richmond Bar Association
  • Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association
  • Chesterfield County Bar Association
  • Advisory Council Member, Senior Connections, The Capital Area Agency on Aging (2011 – present)

Community Service

  • LINC – Legal Information Network for Cancer, volunteer referral attorney (1996 – present)
  • University of Richmond Adjunct Advisory Committee, SCS (2009)
  • VMAP, President and Founder (1996 – 2014)
  • Pinchbeck Elementary School PTA Board (2008 – 2009)
  • Wills for Heroes, volunteer attorney (2009)
  • Henrico County Court Docent program (2008)


Teaching Experience

  • University of Richmond OSHER program, Instructor
  • Henrico County Police Academy, Instructor, 1997 – 2005
  • “Evidence and testimony in criminal trials,” Instructor, 1997 – 2005, to SANE/Forensic Nurses