Meet Our Delaware Law Team


James A. Fuqua, Jr.


Education: Salesianium High School 1966; University of Delaware 1970; University Maryland School of Law 1973

Experience: Mr. Fuqua, one of the founders of the firm, is highly respected for his work in land use law and has been recognized by “The Lawyers In America ©” in the practice area of land use and zoning law for the past five years. His areas of concentration are Land Use Law (Zoning, Subdivisions, Variances), Real Estate (Residential & Commercial closings and refinancing) and Municipal Law. 

Links to Related Areas of Practice:

    Real Estate Law

    Municipal Law

    Planning and Zoning


Timothy G. Willard


Education: Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs with a Minor in Economics from George Washington University and attended the America College in Paris; Juris Doctor from the Delaware Law School. He also studied international law in Europe through the Dickinson School of Law.

Experience: Before joining Fuqua, Willard, Stevens & Schab, P.A., Mr. Willard was a Deputy Attorney General, prosecuting criminal cases in Sussex County for approximately 10 years. He is also a former Chairman of the Sussex County Democratic Executive Committee and has worked in the past for Senator Tom Carper, then Congressman and formerly Governor of Delaware. For 15 years he served as a Senate attorney for the Delaware Senate Majority Caucus.

He is now Managing Partner of the firm FWSS Law. He also is on the Preliminary Review Committee for attorney ethic violation and was appointed to the Delaware Sentencing Accountability Commission.

Clients: Willard practices in all Delaware Courts and represents adults and juveniles charged with Felonies, Misdemeanors, Traffic Offenses and DUI. In addition, he represents clients that are hurt in automobile accidents and other personal injury claims. He also practices in the area of real estate including settlements and zoning.

Links to Related Areas of Practice:

    Personal Injury

    Criminal Law

    Planning and Zoning

    Traffic Offenses and DUI

    Land Use


Tasha M. Stevens


Education: Milford Senior High School 1996; B.S. Chemistry, Virginia State University 2000; J.D. Howard University School of Law 2003

Experience: Ms. Stevens was admitted to the Delaware Bar in December 2003 and primarily practices in the areas of Immigration, Administrative Law, General Civil Litigation, Contract Drafting and Litigation, Personal Injury, Employment Law, Equitable Disputes, Criminal Defense (Misdemeanors), and Juvenile Delinquency Defense.

Links to Related Areas of Practice:

    Personal Injury

    Criminal Law

    Commercial Litigation


William Schab


Bill Schab was raised in Annapolis, Maryland. Mr. Schab graduated from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia in 1971 and University of Maryland Law School in 1974 and moved to Lewes in 1974 where he has lived there since.

Mr. Schab is licensed to practice law in Delaware and Maryland.

After work at Delaware Legal Aid, Mr. Schab joined Norman Barnett in 1982 and established Schab & Barnett a general practice firm with an emphasis on real estate related matters.  Messrs. Schab and Barnett joined Fuqua, Yori and Willard, P.A. in 2016, and the firm name was changed to Fuqua, Willard, Stevens and Schab, P.A.

Mr. Schab represents people who are buying, selling, refinancing, or building residential or commercial property. He also represents developers, builders, subcontractors, and suppliers as well as individual realtors and real estate companies. For several years, Mr. Schab has represented the Sussex County Association of Realtors and continues to represent the Association on an “as need” basis.  Mr. Schab also drafts wills and settles estates.

His real estate clients consist mainly of referrals from realtors, banks, mortgage companies, title insurance companies, builders, and other clients.


Melissa S. Lofland


Education: Sussex Technical High School 2000; Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Psychology, Widener University 2004; Doctor of Jurisprudence, The University of Tennessee College of Law, 2007.


Melissa S. Lofland, Esquire is a 2004 graduate of Widener University with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Psychology.  Following her undergraduate education, she attended The University of Tennessee College of Law, where she received her Doctor of Jurisprudence with a concentration in Trial Advocacy in May 2007.  While in law school, Ms. Lofland completed an internship with the District Attorney’s Office located in Knoxville, Tennessee.  Following law school, Ms. Lofland served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Rosemary B. Beauregard and the Honorable Kenneth S. Clark, Jr., in the Court of Common Pleas in and for Sussex County.  Her past work experience includes three years as a Deputy Attorney General with the Sussex County Department of Justice handling Traffic, Misdemeanor and Felony level DUI’s, Financial Crimes, Violent Felonies, and Rape and other sexual offenses.  She also served a House attorney for the Delaware House of Representatives.

Ms. Lofland has been admitted to practice law by the Delaware Bar in 2008 as well as the New Jersey Bar in 2008.  She is a member of the Delaware Bar Association as well as the Sussex County Bar Association.  Since joining the law firm of Fuqua, Willard, Stevens & Schab, P.A. in April 2013, she has focused her practice on criminal defense, family law, and personal injury. Ms. Lofland is a Criminal Defense Contract Attorney for the Court of Common Pleas in and for Sussex County, a Criminal Defense Contract Attorney for the Family Court in and for Sussex County, and an Attorney Ad Litem for the Delaware Court of Chancery.

Links to Related Areas of Practice:

Criminal Law (drug offenses, sexual offenses, offenses involving weapons, etc.)

Traffic Offenses and DUI

Juvenile Defense

Family Law (custody, guardianship, child support, divorce, dependency/neglect, Protection From Abuse, etc.)



Norman Barnett


Born in 1942 Helena, Montana, May 18, 1942

Member, Howard University Law Review, 1967-1968.

Solicitor, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 1977-1981.

Assistant Solicitor, Federal Maritime Commission, 1969-1970.

Associations & Memberships

Sussex County, Delaware State and American Bar Associations

The District of Columbia Bar

State Bar of Montana

Delaware Trial Lawyers Association.

Over the years, our commitment to excellence and passion for our clients has been recognized.