~Virginia Sudbury has been awarded Outstanding Family Law Lawyer of the Year for 2016 by the Utah State Bar~
Virginia Lynn Mahaffey Sudbury graduated from Illinois State University in 1979 and from DePaul University School of Law in 1982. It was at that point she realized she didn’t much care for the practice of law. While her classmates interviewed at downtown Chicago law firms, she dyed a purple streak in her hair and moved to Venice Beach, California, and married Rob Sudbury. Virginia took a job as Vice-President of Keith Management, a legal search firm in Beverly Hills, where she worked until she and Rob left the states on their sailboat Scout in 1989.
They lived aboard Scout in the Sea of Cortez for six years. In 1995, they sailed across the Pacific Ocean and settled in the Territory of American Samoa. There, they founded U’una’i Legal Services, the first legal services provider in the Territory. They left the territory for SLC on 20 June 2001, the winter solstice in the southern hemisphere and the summer solstice in the northern. They eventually opened Law Office of Virginia Sudbury (LOVS), an innovative family law firm which offers traditional and “unbundled” legal services, and strives to make the legal system more accessible (and less mysterious) to everyone.