Catherine J. Womack (In Memoriam)

Catherine J. Womack (In Memoriam)
  • Catherine J. Womack (In Memoriam)
    Attorney at Law


In Memoriam

Our partner, colleague and best friend, Catherine J. Womack, died unexpectedly early Thursday, January 28, 2016, at Martha Jefferson Hospital after being admitted on Sunday for post-surgery complications.

Cathy was a native of Wetumpka, Alabama and received her undergraduate degree with Honors in 1970 from Auburn University. She later received a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Alabama and in 1981, a JD from the University of Virginia.

Cathy started her career at a predecessor firm to Feil Pettit & Williams in 1979 as a summer and part-time law clerk. After law school graduation in 1981, she began a general practice of law with that firm, ultimately focusing her practice on residential and commercial real estate matters. In 2014, after our merger, Cathy became a partner at Lenhart Pettit, where she practiced law until her death.

Her clients were always well served by Cathy’s personal touch, her caring nature, her warm personality and her expertise. In addition to her full-time practice of law, Cathy’s interests tended toward reading, fitness and travel. She will be incredibly missed by every employee at our firm, by her wide circle of friends and by her many colleagues at the Charlottesville-Albemarle Bar Association, particularly those in the Real Estate section.

Cathy is survived by her husband, Dennis K. Womack. 

The Charlottesville-Albemarle Bar Association will hold a memorial for Cathy on Tuesday, May 3, in the Albemarle County Circuit Court building. A memorial website for Cathy can be found here.


  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia


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News & Events

  • Presenter, Advanced Real Estate Seminar - 2011
Professional Involvement
  • American Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar, Real Property Section
  • Charlottesville-Albemarle Bar Association
  • Charlottesville-Albemarle Bar Association, Former Board Member
Community Involvement
  • Property Owner Associations of Virginia, Inc.
  • Women's Committee at Martha Jefferson Hospital 2005
  • Presenter, Advanced Real Estate Seminar 2011
  • Madison House, Former Board Member
  • Junior League of Charlottesville, Former Board Member
  • Charlottesville-Albemarle Heart Association, Former Board Member

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia
J.D. 1981

University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
M.S.W., 1977

Auburn University
Auburn, Alabama
B.S., with Honors, 1970

Practice Areas
Real Estate, Finance & Development
Construction Law