Our Team

John McCormick

Attorney & Owner

John is passionate about entrepreneurship and business development.

Like many entrepreneurs, he has launched both successful and failed businesses.  A true believer in “failing forward”, John looks for new opportunities in every situation.  This mentality allows him to connect with entrepreneurs and business owners in a meaningful way to help them navigate difficulties and grow their success. 

“I find joy in helping business owners make better decisions to build on their success and protect their business.”

Outside of his practice of law, John serves as Past-Chairman of the Board for Roc Solid Foundation, a local non-profit that builds hope for families fighting pediatric cancer.  John also served the City of Chesapeake as a Planning Commissioner for five years, including leadership roles as Secretary and Vice-Chairman. In his free time, he enjoys the outdoors and loves spending time with his wife, three kids, and two yellow labs. 

John graduated from Regent University School of Law in 2010, where he served as Chairman of the Moot Court Board and a member of the Student Leader Advisory Board. After law school, John found his niche practicing real estate and business law throughout Virginia and North Carolina. 

In real estate, John has experience representing investors, developers, builders, banks, lenders, and individual home buyers in a variety of transactions.  He has handled transactions involving shopping centers, apartment complexes, retail stores, restaurants, and hotels.  

John’s business practice ranges from advising entrepreneurs to assisting established business owners in mergers, acquisitions, contracts, litigation and dispute resolution.  He has worked with a variety of businesses ranging from small startups to an international multi-billion dollar corporation. 

John is licensed to practice law in both Virginia and North Carolina.   

Awards & Recognitions:

  • Virginia Business Legal Elite – 2022
  • Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia – 2022 & 2023
  • Super Lawyers – Rising Stars – 2014, 2015, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
  • Elite Lawyer Award – 2022
  • Avvo Client’s Choice Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell’s Client Chamption – Gold Award

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Emma Tisdale


Emma is from Norfolk, Virginia and excited to be back in her hometown after practicing law in North Carolina for two years.

She graduated from New York University in 2012 with a degree in Political Science and Environmental Studies. She then worked in the legal and non-profit worlds, gaining experience before law school. Emma received her J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law in 2019, where she was Online Editor and a published staff writer for the Journal of Law & Policy, a member of the Community Law and Business Clinic, and a two-time recipient of the Hopkins Pro Humanitate Summer Grant. She also served as summer intern for the Honorable S. Bernard Goodwyn Jr. of the Virginia Supreme Court. Emma became a member of the North Carolina Bar in 2019 and worked as a Staff Attorney for Legal Aid of North Carolina, where she advocated for the rights of low-income community members. 

When she’s not at work, Emma enjoys live music, browsing local bookstores, and spending time with her newest family member, a rescue cat named Ruby.

Emma is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and Virginia.

Steven Thomas


Steven is a Virginia native, excited to serve clients through litigation in Hampton Roads.

Steven graduated from the Regent University School of Law, where he was awarded the Corporate, Commercial & Transactional Law Award and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Foundation Trial Advocacy Award. While at Regent Law, Steven served as the President of the Business Law Society and Chairman of the Trial Advocacy Board, where he led Regent Law to a National Trial Advocacy Championship.

Steven joins the team with a focus on litigation in the following areas: business & corporate, shareholder and owner disputes, property disputes, breach of contract, business conspiracy, fraud & conversion, and traffic defense.

Steven and his wife Savannah invest in their local church, and love spending time with their puppy dog, Hank. You can find the Thomas family at the beach, a coffee shop, or any of Virginia Beach’s beautiful parks!

Steven is licensed to practice law in Virginia.  

Patrick Trompeter

Of Counsel

Pat is originally from Oklahoma and worked as a pastor and a construction project manager before pursuing law.

His previous careers directly influence how he serves clients on a daily basis. Although Pat is relationship-driven, he is also fueled by acquiring tangible results for his clients.

Simply put, Pat loves helping people.

Pat has legal experience in real estate, business, transactions and litigation. Pat enjoys helping clients achieve their goals through institutional knowledge and creativity.

After graduating with Honors from Regent University School of Law, Pat, his wife and three children planted roots in Hampton Roads – spending many of their weekends on the water or at the beach. Pat and his family feel blessed to call Virginia Beach home, and he looks forward to getting to know you and serving you with excellence.

Pat is licensed to practice law in Virginia and also serves as Director of Law School Advancement at Regent University School of Law.

Taylor Howington

Operations Manager

Taylor Howington is a key member of the McCormick Law & Consulting family who focuses on providing industry leading customer experience.

She has been a fantastic addition to our team. Taylor is very knowledgeable and has a passion for providing excellent customer service.

Taylor has years of real estate experience where she had the opportunity to work with a variety of clients around the Raleigh, North Carolina market working through diverse transactions all while providing a very personable and tailored customer service experience.  Additionally, Taylor managed the day to day operations of a small business in North Carolina where she further developed her client management and customer relations experience. 

As Operations Manager of McCormick Law & Consulting, Taylor is laser focused on providing the absolute best client experience for every one of our clients. 

Cynthia McCormick

Accounting Manager & Consultant

Cynthia’s background is in Accounting and Finance, with several years of a career in internal audit compliance work.

She has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Liberty University in Accounting and started her career doing audits and tax work at Goodman & Company (now Dixon Hughes Goodman). After several years in public accounting, she took an internal audit compliance position at Anthem Inc where she focused on SOX and SOC1 compliance and reporting. After her third baby, she left her role at Anthem for a part time position with McCormick Law. She’s seen McCormick Law & Consulting from the beginning and is excited to “officially” be part of the team.

Jordan Dixon

Legal Assistant

Jordan is from Virginia Beach, Virginia, and is happy to be back home after serving in the Air Force, as a meteorologist, most recently stationed in Hawaii.

Her deep love for understanding the world around her led her to meteorology. While in Hawaii, she received her first Air Force Achievement Medal at 19 for outstanding forecasting during adverse conditions at the Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska air show.

Jordan also loves providing stellar customer service! She describes that her position at McCormick Law is similar to her active-duty time, however, now instead of pilots, she helps clients. Jordan is currently attending TCC to pursue her degree in paralegal studies.

In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and hanging out with her pug, Kiwi.

Client Reviews

We are proud to have more than 100 five-star reviews across Google, Avvo, and other platforms.
  • Being a first time business owner, you want to make sure you're making all the right decisions. Choosing McCormick Law & Consulting, along with Emma and Taylor, made the process so easy! Emma understood right away what my primary concerns were, and was able to execute everything in a very timely manner! She was extremely easy to talk to and she took the time to explain everything to me, settling my nerves with taking this next big step. Taylor made the process of making it all official completely stress free.
    Crystal G.
  • McCormick Law & Consulting was integral in the creation of our non-profit. We promised our 12 y/o son that we would keep fighting cancer for kids like him but we couldn’t have kept that promise without John McCormick and his team. We were hooked at our first meeting when John simply asked “ Tell me about you son.” McCormick Law and Consulting took care of all the legal work while allowing us to focus on our mission. John and his team continue to be a great resource and supporter of D-Feet Cancer The Dalton Fox Foundation. We couldn’t have asked for better legal representation. Thank you McCormick Law & Consulting.

    William F.
  • I definitely could have created my new business, Davis Wealth Management LLC, but boy that would have been a mistake. Because business formation is not an area in which I practice, I had no idea where my blind spots were, and let me tell you there were plenty. The knowledge I received from the firm is invaluable.

    John McCormick and his firm are very reasonably priced and quickly and efficiently assisted me in creating my new business. It was completely turn key; they did everything for me.  I can't recommend their services enough. Also, huge shoutout to Taylor who kept me informed every step of the way!

    James D.
  • I highly recommendMcCormick Law & Consulting! My Father and I live in two separate states and the properties he needed legal services for are in Virginia. I reach out to Taylor on two separate occasions and she was very responsive and professional. The first time we used their services it went so smoothly that by the time I needed their services again I knew I could just send over the necessary documents, pay my invoice and rest assured it would all get taken care of. They eliminated the stress that comes with handling some else's affairs and I so appreciate that.
    Heather C.
  • From the the very 1st conversation with their office it was clear they would be responsive to all my questions and any support with my business. They are relatable and make their customers feel comfortable with any questions and or concerns that might arise while using their services. I am happy to have found them to support me with my small business needs!
    Lisa N.
  • I can't say enough great things about the professional team at McCormick Law & Consulting! We really had no idea of who to trust and who we could count on for quick and professional service in the Hampton Roads area for getting our new business up and running smoothly and the Team at McCormick Law & Consulting really knocked it out of the park with us!
    Jerry G.
  • I had the good fortune of working with McCormick Law on a business sales contract. I sent them the initial draft provided by the buyer along with a few notes about my specific concerns. They carefully went through the document and provided meaningful additions and corrections that better protected my interests. Thanks to Bobby and John for their personalized attention.
    Arthur B.
  • Mr. McCormick and his entire team were amazing! They assisted me in a legal matter concerning a business dispute. Mr. McCormick is highly experienced, ethical, dedicated, and was prepared to fight my legal matter in court if necessary. I thank the entire team for believing in me and would highly recommend them to anyone!!
    Jeanette L.
  • We used McCormick Law to start up another LLC and it was a great experience. I have used other lawyers and attorneys in the past and I experienced delayed responses and it was what I have come to expect.From the first interactions with Robert and his team, I was surprised to how responsive they were. I even mentioned to my new business partner that this was not normal and I was very happy.Needless to say I will be using McCormick Law for all of my business needs in the future.
    Colton S.
  • I utilized this firm for help on a real estate matter. I felt comfortable with the advice I received and am happy to continue doing business with them and referring others to the practice. Everyone I engaged with was welcoming and made the process very easy.
    Christian S.
  • John and his team were great to work with. They provided advice for starting my business and set everything up in an efficient and timely manner. I will definitely recommend them to others!

    Elizabeth H.
  • I contacted McCormick Law firm to register my moving service in NC. They did an outstanding job. Completed the process way sooner than I expected. Thank you, Taylor.

    Steve T.

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McCormick Law, PC d/b/a McCormick Law & Consulting and Driving Defense Law is a boutique law firm located in Norfolk, Virginia & Raleigh, North Carolina, that seamlessly serves clients throughout Virginia and North Carolina. Whether you are a new or existing client of the firm, McCormick Law, PC, cannot represent you on any new matter until the firm has made a determination that there is no conflict of interest and that it is willing to accept the new engagement. The testimonials on this website reflect the real-life experiences and opinions of our clients. However, the experiences are personal to those particular clients, and may not necessarily be representative of all clients. We do not claim, and you should not assume, that all clients will have the same experience. Your outcome may vary.

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