Catherine M. Bowers PLC
Catherine M. Bowers Catherine was born and raised in the Jersey Shore town of Point Pleasant, where her working- class parents stressed the importance of education. An avid horse enthusiast since childhood, Catherine competed in hunter/jumper shows from the short stirrup through the mini Maclay divisions. She competed in Intercollegiate Horse Show Association events as a member of the Rutgers University and University of Virginia riding teams, representing her alma mater at the Affiliated National Riding Commission and receiving the regional High Point Rider award.
Catherine received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia and her Juris Doctor degree from the George Washington University National Law Center. During the summer months of her law school years, Catherine clerked for firms in the bluegrass country of Lexington, Kentucky. After graduating from law school, Catherine returned to Virginia and began her career as a family law attorney with Duvall, Harrigan, Hale & Hassan in Fairfax. She relocated to Warrenton in 1998 and joined the firm of Walker Jones, PC, becoming partner. After eighteen years with Walker Jones, Catherine decided to open her own practice with an emphasis on family law and mediation. She is pleased to have her legal assistant of twelve years, Pam Pixley, join her in the new firm.
Catherine is licensed to practice law in Virginia, Kentucky and the District of Columbia. She received the Martindale Hubble Client Distinction Award (2013 & 2015) and has been named a Top Lawyer by peer review in the Northern Virginia Magazine (2012, 2014, 2015 & 2016). She received an Award of Merit from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (2001) for her work in reunifying a parent and child in an international child abduction case.
Catherine has been a foster parent since 2001 and founded a non-profit organization, “Sparrows Rest,” providing equine assisted growth and learning opportunities to foster and at-risk youth in the community. Catherine is a past president of the Fauquier County Bar Association and Piedmont Dispute Resolution Center, and is an Allied Attorney with the National Defending Freedom Fund. She serves as a court-appointed Guardian ad Litem for children whose parents are involved in custody disputes or are facing abuse and neglect allegations.
Catherine moved to beautiful Madison County in 2010, where she resides with her husband, John Rethman, DVM, and their menagerie of dogs, barn cats, horses, pony, miniature horse and donkeys, goats, sheep, potbelly pigs and chickens.
Pamela (Pam) Pixley Pamela (Pam) Pixley - After raising two sons Pam felt the need to add to her life and accepted a part-time receptionist position in a small law firm. Soon thereafter she added to her workload and began working part-time for Virginia Continuing Legal Education (CLE). During this period, an attorney Pam was working for noticed her passion for the legal system and encouraged her to attend classes at Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC). Pam took a variety of different classes while there, including those in the paralegal program and additionally tutored fellow classmates in an advanced accounting class. She became a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Alpha Psi lota Chapter in the year 2000 and at the conclusion of her time at LFCC, Pam received an Associates in Applied Science Degree with a Major in Management.
Pam accepted the position as legal assistant to Catherine M. Bowers 12 years ago, and could not ask for a better friend and work relationship. She enjoys the many administrative tasks of the law office which are not limited to corresponding with various court personnel or following proper court procedures when filing pleadings. Her first and foremost responsibility is to the clients in providing them information regarding their case, or simply lending them emotional support. “I enjoy being a part of helping our clients through difficult times and sharing in their happier moments as well.”
Outside of the office, Pam and her husband enjoy their three Chihuahuas; boating during the summer months; antique car shows and flea markets in the spring and fall; and most of all spending time with their family and extended families on the weekends.