Dawn Figueiras

Assistant Professor of Law & Assistant General Counsel

  • J. D. The College of William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law
  • B.A. Virginia Tech

Courses Taught: Estate Planning

Dawn Figueiras is licensed to practice law in Virginia and Tennessee and routinely practices in both jurisdictions. Her practice focuses on representation of governmental entities, non-profits and private businesses, higher education, handling contractual and litigation matters, employment issues, immigration, and estate planning for individuals.

In 1987, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Education degree, magna cum laude, from Virginia Tech.  In 2000, she received her Juris Doctor degree from The College of William & Mary’s Marshall-Wythe School of Law.  While at William & Mary, Ms. Figueiras was elected to the Order of the Coif and the Order of Barristers, and served as Notes Editor for the William & Mary Law Review.  After serving as a judicial clerk to the Hon. James T. Turner of the United States Court of Federal Claims for the 2000-2001 term, she practiced law with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP in Washington, DC from 2001-2002. Ms. Figueiras joined the law firm of Elliott Lawson & Minor, P.C. in Bristol in 2002 as an associate, and became a shareholder of the firm in 2010.

A native of Russell County, Virginia, Ms. Figueiras resides with her husband of 27 years, Jorge Figueiras, in Bristol, Tennessee.  Ms. Figueiras is an active volunteer in the Bristol community as well as with St. Anne’s Catholic Church.  She is committed to the mission and work of United Way, and has served on the Board of Directors of United Way of Bristol since 2004; she served as President for 2011 and as Evaluations & Allocations Chair for 2012-16.  She has served on the United Way Endowment, Finance, and Personnel Committees.  Ms. Figueiras serves on the Finance Council and the Social Ministry Committee for St. Anne’s and assists with the Bristol Youth Leadership Mock Trial program.  She currently serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors of Family Promise of Bristol, an organization dedicated to assisting homeless families with children to become self-sufficient.  From 2003–2009, Ms. Figueiras served as volunteer coach of the Tennessee High School Mock Trial Team.

Ms. Figueiras is an Adjunct Instructor of Business Law at King University in Bristol, Tennessee.

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