Family law requires a very different kind of lawyer, as understandably, family law issues are not like other legal matters. Litigation is rarely the best option and working on amicable solutions requires careful attention to the emotional and financial interests of all parties involved. It is immensely important to me to minimize the constant misrepresentations while helping those underrepresented in family courts in defending rights and helping voices be heard. Marilyn and our valuable team provide a supportive and encouraging platform and environment to pursue that passion effectively and efficiently. There is no place I would rather be to fight the good fight.
I grew up in a rural Nevada values community where many men work 14-hour days on a variety of five to 21 days on and extended days off schedules. A schedule that is easily used to argue a father should not have joint physical custody of his child. This is not only unfair for any parent but also inconsistent with Nevada law.
Much of my passion for family law stems from watching those hardworking individuals be led to believe they are less than parents because they work hard to support their families financially. In fact, Nevada law allows parents to uphold their financial commitment while also exercising joint custodial time with their children. Nevada law favors the best interest of the child, not the gender of the parties. Not too long ago, women automatically received favored treatment when it came to child custody. For many men, that mindset still exists. It is essential to understand that fathers have just as much right to enjoy their parenting time as mothers.
Prior to attending law school, I graduated from the University of Nevada and obtained a B.A. in Economics. After receiving my undergraduate degree, I spend almost two years as a Regional Representative for U.S. Senator Dean Heller, working out of his northern Nevada office in Reno, specializing in IRS and Department of State issues.
I received my Juris Doctor from Concordia University School of Law in Boise, Idaho. Much of my time spent in law school was dedicated to various pro bono service projects—a service I was recognized for by receiving the Jack McMahon Pro Bono Service Impact Award. Throughout my education, I completed over 250 hours of representation for a variety of projects, including veteran’s services, civil protection order representation, and legal assistance for underrepresented communities. While at Concordia, I spent time as a student prosecutor at the Boise City Attorney’s Office and Reno City Attorney’s Office, where I litigated over 200 bench trials and acquired the skills necessary to effectively represent clients in Court. I was also the Treasurer for the Student Bar Association and a Dean’s Ambassador.
Immediately following my Juris Doctor’s completion, I had the privilege of clerking for the Honorable James T. Russell in the First Judicial District Court of Nevada, a general jurisdiction court. As a judicial clerk in a general jurisdiction district, I was exposed to all areas of the law, although more than half of the docket in the First Judicial District is family law litigation. Family law settlement conferences, child support and visitation motion hearings, and divorce bench trials were almost an everyday occurrence.
Since graduating from law school, I have also completed my Masters in Business Administration. I believe my extensive financial background and education play a significant role in representing clients while navigating the valuation and distribution of property and potential support obligations. My MBA is substantial in my understanding of client’s businesses, finances, and separate property as we navigate the settling or presenting of matters.
I am currently licensed to practice law in Nevada, Idaho, and California. I am currently a Board Member for the Northern Nevada Women Lawyers Association and members of the Washoe County Bar Association and the Bruce R. Thompson American Inn of Court.
In my spare time, I enjoy playing golf, reading up on politics, cheering on the Nevada Wolf Pack, and spending time on my family’s farm in Orovada, Nevada.
Charities We Support
Nevada Youth Empowerment Project (NYEP) – http://nyep.org
Truckee Meadows Housing Solutions (TMHS) – https:// truckeemeadowshousingsolutions .org/
Nevada Humane Society – https://nevadahumanesociety. org/
Good Shepherd Clothing Closet – http://www.gsccreno.org/
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