Howdy! Thanks for checking out my website. I hope you’ll find answers to some of your legal questions here, and if you have more, feel free to email me. Perhaps you’ll give me an idea for my next blog.
I like to refer to myself as a non-traditional and collaborative attorney because, hopefully, I’m not your typical attorney. I graduated from Texas A&M in 1992, but didn’t go to law school until almost ten years later. In 2003, I graduated from SMU’s Dedman School of Law, took the Texas Bar, and moved to Houston to pursue a career in transportation law. I’ve represented a major railroad and several major shipping lines, but my true passion is helping individuals with their day-to-day legal issues. I practice a lot of family law and estate planning, with a bit of small business and non-profit work thrown in for balance. Who knew that helping people live their legacies could be so much fun?
In 1992, I graduated from Texas A&M with a BBA in management and a dream of opening a flower shop in Russia. In hindsight, perhaps it wasn’t the best of plans, but it was my plan. The universe thought otherwise, however, and I took a job working for a mouse in Florida. It was one of the best jobs ever! But it wasn’t home.
Years later, I returned to A&M this time in Galveston, where I not only met the professors who would shape my future, but the man who would share my life. Rusty Williams ’02 moved with me to Camden, New Jersey, where I completed a year of law school at Rutgers University. He then followed me back to Dallas, where I completed my JD at SMU’s Dedman School of Law. After graduation in 2003, I followed him to Houston, where we’ve been ever since.
In 2008, I opened a private practice where I help members of the often-forgotten middle-class with their legal questions. My goal is to help individuals who can’t typically afford an attorney with everything from divorces, to wills, to opening a small business.
A large part of my practice focuses on non-profit formation and governance. This passion stems from a long-time love affair with planning events and fundraising. I’m highly involved with the Houston Aggies, where thanks to more than 92,000 Aggies in the Houston area, there’s always something to do with the Maroon & White.
I’m also honored to represent the Miss Texas organizations, both as an attorney and a Director, and can often be found helping with a pageant or two. If you’re looking for a great way to earn scholarship money, check out the local pageants…you might be surprised. After all, Miss Texas is part of the nation’s leading achievement program and the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women.
And if you’re a young professional in Houston’s LGBT community, check out Lambda NextGen Houston’s website for a variety of social events, volunteer and fundraising opportunities, intramural sports, and professional development programs. Although I’m a few birthday’s past “young,” they allow me to hang out with them each month for my favorite happy hours.