As one of the leaders of TimberlakeSmith’s Education Law practice, Mandi’s practice focuses on advising and representing various school boards and regional educational programs in both internal and external matters. Her practice includes the Local Government practice area, where her experience extends to other local government entities, such as law enforcement agencies and public service authorities.
Mandi is noted for her sensible and realistic approach to resolving the wide variety of matters that confront her education and local government clients, including constitutional matters, employment disputes, student rights, contract matters and other issues unique to government entities in the Commonwealth, such as Freedom of Information Act requests, conflicts of interest, and public procurement law. She has particular expertise and experience in handling disputes that generate media attention and thus require advice that takes into account both legal and public relations concerns. As a partner in the Employment Law practice, Mandi applies that same pragmatic perspective to counseling her clients on myriad employment matters that require sensitivity. Mandi also practices in the areas of General Civil Litigation and Real Estate and Land Use.
After earning her B.S. degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1997, Mandi received her J.D. magna cum laude from Washington and Lee University School of Law in 2004. During law school, she clerked in the 25th Judicial Circuit of Virginia for The Honorable George E. Honts, III. She is a member of the Order of the Coif, a national scholastic honor society in law. In addition to practicing law, she teaches several law courses, including constitutional law, business law, and education law, to undergraduate students at Mary Baldwin University.
Though she loves Staunton, Mandi escapes occasionally to indulge her wanderlust — recent globetrotting includes Paris, the Caribbean, Italy, Australia, Greece, Canada, and a cross-country, national-park-hopping road trip to LA with her daughter. When she’s not exploring the world afar, Mandi still is often on the move: cycling, enjoying live music, and developing her green thumb in her flower gardens.
2004 - Present
Mary Baldwin University
Adjunct Professor in Constitutional Law, Business Law and Education Law
August 2010 - Present
Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, Inc.
Lobbyist, January 1998 - July 2001
J.D., Washington & Lee University School of Law, 2004
Magna Cum Laude
Order of the Coif
Student Clerk, The Honorable George E. Honts, III
B.S., Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1997
Magna Cum Laude
Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award
Bar and Court Admissions
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Council of School Attorneys, National School Boards Association
Virginia School Boards Association, Council of School Attorneys (Virginia)
- 2012 - 2013 President
Augusta Bar Association
Society for Human Resource Management
Board of Trustees, The Front Porch, 2016 - present
Board of Directors, New Directions Center, Inc., 2009 - 2014
Member, Covenant Presbyterian Church