Carina L. Roselli
CPT (Ret.)
JD, MEM

A lawyer who finds their smallest viable audience—that group of people big enough to sustain them and who they can obsess about—will be happier and more successful than the average lawyer.

Seth Godin

I only accept 4-6 clients per month.

CORE VALUES

I am focused on you.
I limit the number of clients I accept and I don’t outsource anything. You and I will work together to achieve your goals without the confusion and distractedness often experienced with other firms.
I keep my clients “in the know” about the status of their matters. You and I will discuss how much communication you would appreciate so that we can sync our expectations of each other.
Integrity is an ethos of all military officers. It is core to our training and the way we live our lives. I strive to be ethical, trustworthy, and honest in all of my relationships, and the Virginia Bar Association’s Rules of Professional conduct demand it.
I accept nothing less than professional excellence from myself as I meet your needs. That includes excellence in my legal skills, due diligence, and customer service.

I want to get to know YOU.

I want you to get to know ME.

     I was deployed in 2009. While I was flying over the barren, cracked earth of Southern Iraq, I was saddened to learn that the land below me was once the largest marshland in the world—the literal Garden of Eden. Decades of war had destroyed the environment, intentionally and unintentionally, and the native people that once lived there in the hundreds of thousands were now merely hundreds. I became a lawyer because I wanted to protect these people, their heritage, and the environment from the scourge of war.
     I transitioned to the Army National Guard to attend law school and earn my master’s degree, where I specialized in environmental human rights in conflict zones (see media and publications below).
     I worked on the Iraq desk at the US Department of State and was a Yale Scholar at Nature Iraq, a non-government organization in Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan, Iraq. My work stood out and the United Nations recruited me to help develop international laws that protect the environment pre-, during, and post-war. I presented Iraq as a case study and served as the working group’s military advisor.
     When that work concluded, I went back on active duty. Shortly thereafter, I got sick. It meant I could never fly for the Army again. If I wanted to continue serving, I had to find a desk job—luckily, I was already a lawyer. I went back on active duty to join the Army JAG Corps’ new Special Victims Counsel advocating for victims of military sexual assault. But, my medical condition progressed to the point where I was no longer a deployable soldier, and I medically retired after 17 years of service. This meant my ultimate goal of traveling to war-torn countries for human rights work was now also off the table. I was left searching for a new purpose.
     Through all of this, I’ve been a lifelong equestrian. I’m a 3rd generation horsewoman who started working in barns at age 11 for $2.50/hour and ring time. I even brought my horse to flight school with me. I am devout. Now I publish a national equestrian magazine, EQuine AMerica, as a passion project. My personal and professional equestrian experience makes me precisely aware of the legal issues that amateur and professional horse owners—and equine enterprises—face on a daily basis, so I shifted my focus to equine law.
     After practicing equine law for some time, I decided I wanted to offer more to the families living in and around Hunt Country, Virginia. Given all of the beautiful farms in our area, conservation easements seemed like a natural complement to the equine legal services I provide, and my master’s degree in environmental management from Yale School of the Environment makes me uniquely skilled to assist you with your land use needs.
     More broadly, I’ve taken on the gratifying work of “legacy” planning—helping you transfer your values, your leadership, your money, and your “things” to the next generation of your loved ones. I’m enamored with the complex work of designing comprehensive legacy plans that pass on more than material things and put people at ease for what lies ahead. My soldier’s sense of duty fuels my interest in serving and protecting you and your family and my trained attention to detail gives me an ideal eye to ensure “everything is in order.” There are so many working parts that need to be synchronized—it’s almost like flying a helicopter—almost.
EDUCATION:
  • JAG, US Army Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School

  • Juris Doctorate, Vermont Law School

  • Master of Environmental Management, Yale School of the Environment

  • Bachelor of Science, University of New Haven

BAR ADMISSION:
  •  Virginia

PRACTICE AREAS:
  • Estate and Legacy Planning

  • Equine Law

  • Land Use Law

  • Military Medical Boards (Pro Bono)

  • International Human Rights and the Environment in Conflict Zones

  • International Water Diplomacy

LEGAL PUBLICATIONS:
EQUESTRIAN PUBLICATIONS:
MEDIA:
NPR (CLICK PHOTO TO LISTEN) From the Military Base to the Marshlands: A Soldier Returns to Iraq
BBC (CLICK PHOTO TO LISTEN) This Iraq War Veteran Goes Back to Iraq on a Different Mission: to Save the Wetlands

HAPPY CLIENTS

5/5
  • Worked with Carina for "horse stuff" - think contracts, etc. She's very responsive, and makes the process easy and transparent.

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    Chase R.

    Carina has been such a pleasure to work with as we have built and honed our training/boarding business. She is very detail oriented, kind and easy to work with. She has first hand experience in the horse industry which gives her great insight. I have found her suggestions and observations to be very helpful.

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    Olivia L.

    Carina is an exceptional counselor. We share a professional relationship but she also assisted me with my own military med board claim and counseled me throughout. Her input was invaluable. I would have missed many things without her experience and expertise. She is responsive and professional as well. I highly recommend Carina.

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    Jason M.
  • Carina's firm has been integral to understanding the complexities of operating an elite-level boarding and training facility. She has consistently come forward with advice, commentary, and well-cited case law that helps us navigate the complexities of a professional facility. Carina is a rarity in the legal profession both formal and reasonable at the same time she has helped us navigate the grey areas of equestrian operations with confidence, addressing risk and simultaneously minimizing overhead.

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    Eliot D.

    Carina worked tirelessly to ensure my plan was exactly how I wanted it to be for my blended family. If 2020 has shown us nothing else, it's that we don't know what the future will bring and I needed to make sure my children were taken care of personally and financially. Carina made sure of that!

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    Frank T.

    Carina has specialized knowledge of the equine industry and has provided me invaluable personal and professional advice. I highly recommend her to any equestrian professional seeking legal guidance. She was an instrumental part of my initial business setup. She carefully prepared my liability release forms and boarding, training, sales, and shipping contracts. Now she's working with me on horse syndication. Her expertise and diligence give me such peace of mind. With her support, I was able to focus on the many other aspects of my new endeavor.

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    Lisa H.
  • Carina took wonderful care of me. I had an estate plan already in place, but when COVID-19 hit, I got worried that it wasn't up-to-date—and it WASN'T. Carina dedicated plenty of time to go over my changes and built me a new, comprehensive estate plan, including my will, trusts, powers of attorney, HIPAA releases, etc. Her attention to detail is incredible. She made sure to protect me from every eventuality to ensure my estate is left to my loved ones exactly the way I want it to be.

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    Susan N.
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