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Meet Our Team

Mark C. Nelis, Esq.

Founder and Partner

Mark Nelis has been a licensed Virginia attorney since 1989.   Mark founded Mark Nelis P.C., now t/a Nelis Law in 1996. 


Mark has a bachelor's of City Planning from the University of Virginia, School of Architecture.  Mark served as Zoning Administrator of the Town of Leesburg and contributed to the drafting of an award-winning comprehensive plan.  While attending night law school at George Washington University, Mark was responsible for the approval of multiple special exception applications related to the Stoneleigh Subdivision and Golf Course.  Mark continued to serve as project manager for the construction of Stoneleigh Subdivision and Golf Course. 

Mark has broad experience in government service, land development, and legal services.  He has participated in the approval of hundreds of subdivisions, multiple special exceptions and rezoning applications.  Significant cases include Gas Mart Corp. v. Loudoun County Bd. of Supervisors and The Stoneleigh Group, Inc. v. Town of Round Hill.


Mark is admitted in the Virginia Courts, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and the United States Supreme Court. 


Mark enjoys managing his twenty acre forest and lives in Bluemont, Virginia with his wife and has three children. 

Muffin Coburn
Settlement Coordinator (Sister Company - Western Valley Title Agency Inc.)

 Richmond "Muffin" Coburn has worked in close coordination with Nelis Law as the Settlement Coordinator for its sister company, Western Valley Title Agency, since 2012.   Muffin is a licensed title agent with 28 years experience in the title industry conducting title policy preparation and post-closing reconciliation.

Muffin is a graduate of Virginia Intermont College with a B.A. in paralegal studies.   A Loudoun County native and graduate of Loudoun Valley High School, Muffin lives in Purcellville with her husband, a Fairfax County firefighter, and two children.  

Sarah Baker

Sarah has worked in the legal services and title industry for both Nelis Law and Western Valley Title since 2013.  Sarah assists with research, document production, court filings, and other ancillary legal services.  

Sarah is a native of Loudoun County and a graduate of Loudoun Valley High School.  She received her bachelor's degree from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia.

Karla Gracias
Accounting Specialist

Karla has 20 years accounting experience and has worked with Nelis Law for 10 years.  Karla is responsible for accounts payable, accounts receivable, and maintaining entities in good standing with the State Corporation Commission.

Karla enjoys hiking on the Appalachian and Massanutten Mountains.  In 2020, Karla and her mom hiked 14 miles on the Massanutten Mountains.  As a resident of Purcellville, Karla and her husband have watched their daughters graduate from Loudoun Valley High School.  During her spare time, Karla has taken up golfing as well as joining a ladies group at the local golf course.  


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