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Attorney Profile 2017-08-07T05:13:33+00:00

OVER 30 YEARS OF EXPERTISE

Dedicated to family law, my firm focuses on helping Texas couples develop effective prenuptial agreements. Using a common sense approach, my goal is to find practical solutions for managing all personal and financial aspects of your life together.

With over thirty years of combined legal, business, and political experience, I’ve learned how to gently yet firmly negotiate complex or emotionally charged issues. I understand how finances can cause stress in a couple’s relationship, and why defining expectations and obligations up front is so critical for a successful long term future.

Before I begin to draft your prenuptial agreement we have extensive discussions about what to include in a prenup.  Then we develop an exclusive prenuptial agreement checklist together. As an added value, I bring a personal perspective to what works and what may not. I’ve been married, divorced and have two grown children. I appreciate the importance of protecting those you love and having a backup plan for the future.

I grew up in Houston and attended the University of Houston and the University of Houston Law Center. I’m licensed by the State Bar of Texas and a Texas Bar College Fellow. I’m also a member of the Houston Bar Association, The Burta Raborn Inns of Court, and The American Bar Association.

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Work History and Credentials

Education

  • The University of Houston Law Center – Houston, Texas
    • Juris Doctorate – Admitted 1984
  • Worklife Institute Center for Mediation and Conflict Resolution – Houston, Texas
    • Advanced Family Mediation Training – 2008
    • A.A. White Dispute Resolution Center – Houston, Texas
  • The University of Houston Law Center
    • Basic Mediation Training – 2008
  • The University of Houston – Houston, Texas
    • Bachelor of Arts – Spanish 1979
  • The Kinkaid School – Houston, Texas – 1975

Public Service

Dublin City Council, Dublin, Ohio, Council Member (1996 – 2000)

  • Chair, Public Services Committee, Ad-Hoc Computer Committee, Member, Community Development Committee
  • Ohio Representative to the National League of Cities (1998 – 2000)
  • Ohio Representative for the National League of Cities Public Safety and Crime Prevention Policy Committee (1998 – 2000)

Memberships

  • Texas Bar Association (1984 – 2017)
  • Family Law Section – State Bar of Texas (2006 – 2017)
  • Burta Rhoads Raborn Inns of Court (2006 – 2017)
  • The American Bar Association (2012 – 2017)
  • Houston Bar Association (2006 – 2017)
  • Fellow, The College of the State Bar of Texas (2007 – 2017)
  • Texas Association of Mediators (2008 – 2011)
  • Family Law Section – Ohio State Bar Association (2002 – 2007)
  • Juvenile Justice Section – Ohio State Bar Association (2002 – 2007)
  • Member, Supreme Court of Ohio Gender Fairness Committee (2003)
  • Member, Family Law Committee, OSBA (2002 – 2007)
  • Member, Juvenile Justice Committee, OSBA (2002 – 2006)

Languages

Conversational fluency in both Spanish and Italian.

Publications/Presentations

  • Cohabitation Agreements, author, presenter for the National Business Institute, National Webinar 2017
  • Speaker/Panelist for Houston College of Law Family Law & Probate Society, Houston, Texas 2016; Drafting Prenuptial Agreements
  • Divorce Cases from Start to Finish for Paralegals, author, presenter for the National Business Institute, Houston, Texas 2016
  • Divorce Cases from Start to Finish for Paralegals, author, presenter for the National Business Institute, Houston, Texas 2014
  • Family Law From A to Z, author, presenter for the National Business Institute, Houston, Texas 2012
  • 7 Steps to Divorcing Wisely: Do I Stay or Do I Leave? author, publisher, Penelope Price, Inc. Publications, 2004, and 2nd 2012
  • How to Select a Divorce Attorney, author, publisher (Kindle)
  • Founder, Love, Money & The Law®, 2012, online webinars and live seminars for the general public about relationships and family law
  • Domestic Violence and How to Handle It When It’s Part of Your Case, CLE author, presenter for Family Law from A to Z, The National Business Institute, Houston, Texas 2012
  • Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse in Divorce Proceedings, CLE author, presenter Family Law from A to Z, The National Business Institute, Houston, Texas 2012
  • Team Leader, Burta Rhoads Raborn Inns of Court, 2009; CLE contributor, The Intersection of Bankruptcy and Family Law
  • Divorce After 60, CLE contributor, Mental Health and Capacity, 2007 Burta Rhoads Raborn Inns of Court, Houston, Texas
  • Get Ready…Be Happy! Pre and Post Nuptial Agreements, author, CLE presenter, 2007 Mexican American Bar Association, Houston, Texas
  • Women and Divorce: Smart Women Get the Facts; Founder and Director; an accredited, multidisciplinary conference for women and service providers in law, finance, psychology and spirituality; Columbus, Ohio, 2003 and 2004
  • Divorce from a Client’s Perspective; author, CLE presenter, 2004 the Ohio state bar association, CO-Sponsor and Presenter, Columbus, OH
  • Domestic Violence (author, presenter) 2002 University of Notre Dame International Conference for Separated and Divorced Catholics, Notre Dame, Indiana
  • Divorce Education for Women, Founder, author, presenter, Ten Seminars About the Legal Process During Separation and Divorce, 2002 – 2007
  • Calculating Damages in Child Sexual Abuse Cases, author, CLE presenter, 2003 the Ohio state bar association, Columbus, Ohio
  • Just Women Magazine, Resident Guest Columnist, Divorce Education for Women, Columbus, Ohio, August 2005 – May 2006
  • Contributing author to The National League of Cities Congressional Resolution regarding the assessment and diversion of juvenile offenders in juvenile courts (2000)
  • Referendum and initiative community leadership, 1996; Spearheaded city–wide ballot driven neighborhood community development issue
  • Compassion Capital Target Capacity Building, Office of Community Services Administration for Children and Families, US Department of Health and Human Services, Grant Reviewer, 2004

Affiliations and Community Activities

  • Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce 2009 – 2017
    (Co-Chair Governmental Affairs Committee) 2010
  • Dublin City Council Member, Dublin, Ohio (1996-2000)
  • Board Member, Dublin, Ohio Arts Council (2000 – 2004)
  • Board Member, Dublin, Ohio Visitors and Convention Bureau (2001- 2003)
  • Women in Municipal Government (National League of Cities) (1996 – 2000)
  • E-women Network (2005-2010)
  • American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (2002 – 2004)
  • National Association of Women Business Owners (2003 – 2009)