I am a Texas native, born and raised in Houston, Texas. I graduated with high honors as a Plan II major from The University of Texas at Austin in 1985 and then with honors from The University of Texas School of Law in 1988.
After graduation, I worked at a large law firm, Vinson & Elkins, LLP, practicing primarily as a municipal finance attorney working on financings for nonprofit healthcare providers, universities, and the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. When I had children I took a maternal sabbatical to raise them from 1997 to 2008 when I divorced.
In 2008 I started practicing law with Shackelford, Melton & McKinley, LLP, in Dallas where I handled a variety of matters relating to estate planning, asset protection, estate taxes, and general tax planning. In 2012 I decided to focus on helping families with special needs and undertook studies to learn about government benefits, special needs trusts and guardianships. I treat each case with care and consideration and personalized service, but have large firm experience. No issue is too small and no question is too unimportant to ask. If you have estate planning needs or a special needs situation, I can help you find a solution at a reasonable cost.
Attorney – Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program
Representing lower income individuals in a variety of engagements, without regard to their ability to pay. Court Visitor, Dallas Probate Courts Visiting wards at their homes on behalf of Dallas County Probate Court.
Judge, High School Moot Court Competition
High school students aspiring to be lawyers participate in a mock trial.
Board of Directors, 29 Acres, Inc.
Nonprofit created to build a community dedicated to adults with autism, providing housing opportunities, sense of community, purposeful activities, supportive employments and friendships.
Advisory Board, Mighty Shepherd, Inc.
Nonprofit created to promote fitness and health in the special needs population, and to create worship opportunities for persons with special needs.
Board of Trustees, Challenge Air for Kids & Friends, Inc.
Organization that allows kids with special needs to experience flight as a co-pilot, giving them a sense of accomplishment, self-esteem and confidence.
TEA Region 10, Fall 2017, Spring 2018
Various Parent Groups and School Parent- Teacher Organizations
Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, December 2016
Autism Education Summit, October 2015
Texas Parent to Parent, June 2015