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 know I can help by explaining their options in the simplest terms. I can help my clients 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 – 2011), Associate (2005 – 2008)
  • Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney, Henrico County (1998 – 2005)
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Richmond, “Wills, Trusts and Estate Administration” (2010),  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 – present)

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 – 2014)

Community Service

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

Publications and Presentations

  • "Planning for Families with Special Needs"
    sponsored by: Chesterfield Lifelong Learning Institute
    Chesterfield, Virginia – October 10, 2010
  • "Planning for Families with Special Needs"
    sponsored by: Chesterfield Lifelong Learning Institute
    Chesterfield, Virginia – April 5, 2011
  • Planning: Legal and Financial Issues
    sponsored by: Alzheimer's Association Greater Richmond Chapter Speakers' Series
    Chesterfield, Virginia – April 12, 2011
  • "Medicaid: Asset Protection for Married Couples"
    sponsored by: VCU Health System Employee Eldercare Seminar
    Richmond, Virginia – September 13, 2011
  • "Understanding the Legal Aspects: What's civil? What's criminal?
    Addressing Elder Financial Exploitation: Prevention and Response in Central Virginia"
    Henrico County, Virginia – February 20, 2012
  • "Estate Planning"
    sponsored by: Edward Jones Educational Seminar
    Chesterfield, Virginia – May 31, 2012
  • "Getting your Affairs in Order: Legal Issues, Estate Planning
    Help for the Journey – Care Giver Workshop"
    Farmville, Virginia – September 15, 2012
  • "Death, Dying, Disability, Divorce, Destruction and Other Happy Thoughts!"
    sponsored by: Chesterfield Women's League
    Chesterfield, Virginia – October 17, 2012
  • "Estate Planning for Seniors"
    sponsored by: National Association of Retired Federal Employees
    Chesterfield, Virginia – January 9, 2013
  • Simple Wills: Why They Aren’t So Simple…,” Virginia Lawyers Weekly (February 12, 2011)
  • 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
  • “The Communications Decency Act: Aborting the First Amendment?,” Richmond Journal of Law and Technology, 1997, http://www.richmond.edu/~jolt/v3i1/herndon.html
  • “Why the ERA Remains Legally Viable and Properly Before the States,” William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law, Spring 1997
  • Frequent lecturer for continuing legal education, nonprofit groups and organizations, health care professionals and the general public on estate planning, Medicaid and long term care planning, special needs planning, and the legal concerns of the elderly and disabled