Attorney Profile

Attorney Tonya N. Gibbs

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Tonya Gibbs Penn is a dynamic and tech-savvy attorney with over a decade of experience, acknowledged for her exceptional legal acumen and commitment to advancing her clients’ objectives. Renowned for her ability to offer practical solutions to complex legal challenges, Tonya adeptly manages multiple projects within fast-paced environments while envisioning strategic and efficient resolutions.

Her track record includes representing individuals and businesses in various legal proceedings, encompassing trials, motions hearings, settlement conferences, and negotiations. Proficient in drafting a diverse array of legal documents, Tonya provides comprehensive guidance throughout the litigation process, developing assertive yet pragmatic strategies to secure successful resolutions. Understanding the emotional weight of legal matters, she cultivates a supportive environment, offering clarity and assurance to her clients.

In addition to her litigation prowess, Tonya collaborates with small businesses, ensuring their proper structuring and ongoing compliance. She is a trusted advisor to real estate investors, leveraging her personal experience in real estate investment as well as licensure as a Realtor in Virginia and Florida to optimize deals and mitigate risks effectively.
Recognized for her ability to build trust and cultivate robust relationships with clients, Tonya implements cutting-edge solutions that enhance efficiencies and elevate the quality of legal services offered.

Armed with a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of the District of Columbia-Clarke School of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Pennsylvania State University and driven by a profound commitment to positively impact people’s lives through extraordinary service, Tonya embodies a passionate leadership style aimed at making a meaningful impact in the legal sphere.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Ms. Gibbs worked in Human Resources for the Department of Defense. Ms. Gibbs has also worked in banking and with other financial institutions. Ms. Gibbs, briefly worked for a small general practice law firm in the District of Columbia and temporarily volunteered at Rappahannock Legal Services in Fredericksburg, VA. as a volunteer attorney. Ms. Gibbs has advocated for parents in child custody, child support, and visitation matters in the courtroom and behind the scenes; she has advocated for special education students in Individual Education Plan (I.E.P.) meetings with school officials; negotiated debt settlements with the Internal Revenue Service (I.R.S.); represented clients in hearings with the Virginia Employment Commission and assisted new businesses in the critical initial stages of laying the framework for their dreams. I would be honored to see how I can advocate for you!
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Awards and Education

Attorney Gibbs was named one of the 10 Best Family Law Attorneys for Client Satisfaction in Virginia by the American Institute of Family Attorneys in 2016.  She was recognized by her graduating law school class with an Unsung Hero Award for overcoming difficulties and obstacles in law school.  Ms. Gibbs was first licensed to practice law in December 2009.  She is currently licensed to practice law in Virginia, New Jersey, and Florida.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Pennsylvania State University and a Juris Doctor from the University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law.  

Speaking Engagements

  • 2015 – Business Start Up Boot Camp, University of Mary Washington Small Business Development Center
    • Legal Structure and Ownership Agreements
  • 2014 & 2015 – MARCORSYSCOM Small Business Training and Capability Briefing, Lunch & Learn
    • “Understanding Non–Disclosure Agreements and Teaming Agreements.â€
  • Maranatha Contracting, Executive Business Series
    • “Protecting Your Interest with Non–Disclosure Agreements, Teaming Agreements and Other Business Contracts.â€
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Integrity & Dedication

Ms. Gibbs’ desire to become an attorney, came early on, when she was 11 years old and was not ultimately realized without an array of difficult challenges.  Being a witness and over-comer of many injustices, she believes that knowledge is power and desires to be a voice for the voiceless.  Unfortunately, when there is a knowledge gap, those that lack integrity, tend to utilize that gap to their own advantage and to the disadvantage of others. Ms. Gibbs’ passion is to fight for those on the other-side of the knowledge gap, whether via legal help or education. If you desire someone that is up-front, honest, that will give it to you straight, then you are looking in the right place.

Case Results




  • Obtained successfully third party visitation and joint legal custody for client, whom was not a parent, but a blood relative.
  • Obtained successfully decrease of non-custodial parent’s child support.
  • Obtained successfully third party physical custody and joint legal custody for client.


  • Negotiated successfully I.R.S. tax settlement of tax debt of over $15,000.00 to less than $5,000.00.
  • Negotiated successfully a debt settlement of $24,000.00 to less than $6,000.00.
  • Negotiated successfully a debt settlement of over $18,000.00 to less than $10,000.00.


  • Successfully obtained dismissal of civil suit against business owner as result of poorly drafted contracts, for over $100,000.00.
  • Non-Disclosure Agreement review for small business government contract for submission of one of largest Defense Contractors; made edits, changes and suggestions, contract was reviewed and approved for signature by Defense Contractor Legal Team without additional revisions, questions, or changes to content.