Staff Profiles

These highly experienced professionals provide us with the day-to-day support that makes Pesner Kawamoto so exceptional.

Blanca Mirabile

Blanca Mirabile

Paralegal for real estate and estate planning

EMAIL: bmirabile@pesner.com
PHONE: (703) 506-9440 ext 227

Blanca has been a paralegal with the Firm since December, 2000. She has extensive experience in the preparation of documents for real estate settlements while working with lenders, buyers, and sellers to ensure everything is in order for closing. In addition, she assists our attorneys with large land purchases and sales, attendant construction lending matters and §1031 exchanges. In 2007 she expanded her horizons to support the estate planning practice and in 2019 expanded again to work in Lender Representation practice.

Prior to joining the Firm, Blanca worked as a paralegal for a number of offices within the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department. Blanca received her Legal Assistant Diploma from The Washington Business School in 1999.

Michelle Mwenye

Legal Assistant

EMAIL: mmwenye@pesner.com
PHONE: (703) 506-9440 ext 237

Michelle joined our team in September 2015 and has been promoted to litigation legal assistant working primarily with John Altmiller and Leonard Tengco. She is a service-focused Human Resources Professional with an extensive background in administrative support. She has worked in the Northern Virginia and Pennsylvania areas respectively, for 12+ years in a variety of construction and hospitality industries. She supported 3000+ employees while working at the Strayer University Corporate Office for 5 years. Michelle has a meticulous regard for detail and accuracy, with strong interpersonal service skills. Her passion for knowledge in the variety of services the Firm offers, makes her a great assistant with a go-getter attitude.

Donna Bestebreurtje

Donna Bestebreurtje

Accountant

EMAIL: donnab@pesner.com
PHONE: (703) 506-9440 ext 230

Donna is the owner of DCB, Inc. and an independent consultant to the Firm. She began working with our firm in the spring of 2001. As our on-site accountant, Donna manages our accounts and maintains records of all transactions and billings. She also works in the preparation of inventories and accountings for our estate administration department.

Memberships: National Association of Enrolled Agents, Virginia Society of Enrolled Agents

Steve Elliott

Steve Elliott

Settlement Coordinator and Title Agent

EMAIL: selliott@pesner.com
PHONE: (703) 506-9440 ext 246

Steve works for the law firm as a closing coordinator making the initial contact with clients and agents, ordering titles and surveys and assisting with scheduling. He also works on the back-end assisting in real estate post closing matters.

Steve has worked for the law firm's affiliated title agency since 1998 and is licensed in Virginia for two national title insurance companies. Following his original career as a telecommunications technician he acts as the liaison for the law firm for its Information Technology, telecommunications and equipment needs.

Kenya A. Bennett

Kenya A. Bennett

Legal Assistant

EMAIL: kbennett@pesner.com
PHONE: (703) 506-9440 ext 236

Kenya joined the Firm in July of 2018. She is responsible for greeting clients, handling front office reception and various administrative duties. Kenya is the legal assistant to Darragh Davis and also provides legal assistance to all of the other attorneys on an as-needed basis. She has a can-do attitude and works hard every day attending to clients’ needs. She resides in Ashburn with her two children.

Estate Planning and Trust & Estate Administration Paralegal

EMAIL: epparalegal@pesner.com
PHONE: (703) 506-9440 ext 235

Our estate planning and trust & estate administration paralegal has extensive experience in drafting a wide range of estate planning documents, including deeds associated with the estate planning process. In addition, our paralegal coordinates appointments for meeting with the attorneys, assists with document preparation and coordinates final signing and delivery of estate planning documents to clients.