Attorney Ufkes is a native of Virginia Beach and a graduate from the College of William and Mary with a double major in English Literature and Art History. She graduated from the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Law and earned a Certificate of Advanced Study in Civil Litigation from the John P. Gismondi Civil Litigation Certificate Program.
Ms. Ufkes has been recognized by the Virginia Business Magazine a Legal Elite Lawyer. She began her legal career working in the Virginia Beach Office of the Public Defender, where she advocated for juvenile and adult defendants at every stage of the criminal process, up to and including appeal.
Attorney Ufkes then represented the City of Virginia Beach Department of Human Services in Child Protective Services and Adult Protective Services cases, both in court and at the administrative level.
She assisted in the development and operation of a Continuing Legal Education Program sponsored by the Virginia Beach Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, entitled “The Way Home: Advocacy for Parents of Abused or Neglected Children.” She was a presenter providing information from the City Attorney’s perspective to attorneys and guardians ad litem.
During her tenure with the City Attorney’s Office, Attorney Ufkes has also represented the Virginia Beach City Public Schools in employee grievance hearings before the Virginia Beach School Administration and the School Board, in special education cases, and in student disciplinary proceedings.
Afterwards, Ms. Ufkes joined the Norfolk Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney, where she prosecuted hundreds of criminal cases ranging from juvenile and traffic offenses to burglaries, robberies, sexual assaults and murder, trials by judges and juries.
She has also litigated complex embezzlement cases and prosecuted financial crimes involving the exploitation of the elderly. Additionally, Attorney Ufkes has taught Juvenile Law to recruits at the Norfolk Police Academy.
Ms. Ufkes prides herself on her commitment to protecting the rights of her clients and making sure they are fully protected. She looks forward to helping you with your case.
Areas of Practice
Personal injury, criminal defense law
College of William and Mary, B.A.
University of Pittsburgh, J.D.
Admitted to Virginia Supreme Court
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
Attorney Ufkes has been a member of the James Kent American Inns of Court, and the Virginia Beach Bar Association, Young Lawyers Committee.
In her spare time, Ms. Ufkes volunteers with the REACH (Reading Enriches All Children) program which supports the literacy of homeless and at-risk children living in shelters, has been a mentor at Seatack Elementary School, and volunteers with Regent Law School’s moot court program.
For personalized attention for the duration of your case, choose Attorney Elizabeth Kalocay Ufkes of Swartz, Taliaferro, Swartz, & Goodove.