Qualifications Summary:

           Family Law Mediator:  Divorce, Family and Parent-Child.

Mediating Family Law cases involving simple and complex property division, suits affecting the parent-child relationship, possession and access issues, conservatorship issues, modifications of prior orders, terminations, parentage, and other matters that arise in family law disputes.

           Former Volunteer mediator with Dispute Mediation Service, Dallas, Texas.

Experience includes:

           Mediator and Paralegal with over 20 years expertise in the field of Family Law. 

           President's Award from Southeastern Paralegal Institute (ABA approved program) by maintaining a 4.0 GPA in the Spring 1994 fast-track program.

           CLA designation in January, 1995.

           25 years in commercial real estate:  positions in asset management, appraisal, mortgage banking, commercial lending, development and property management.

Education: 

Southeastern Paralegal Institute, ABA Approved Program, Post-Bachelor Program, Graduated November, 1994, President's Award

Completed Mediation Training, National Mediation Academy, Inc., State Bar of Texas,Accredited, November, 1995

UTD 105 hours, Major Psychology GPA 3.89

Associates Degree, Richland College

Professional Affiliations:

Family Law Section Member, State Bar of Texas

ADR Section Member, State Bar of Texas

Member, Texas Association of Mediators

Member, SouthWest Conflict Resolution Network

Member, National Association of Legal Assistants

Member, Legal Assistants Division, State Bar of Texas

History:

Family Law Mediator                                                                                                                                                      November 1995 to Present

      Twenty years mediating Family Law cases throughout the counties of Dallas, Collin, Denton, Rockwall, Tarrant, and surrounding communities involving but not limited to simple to complex property division, division of debt, conservatorship, possession/access, termination/adoption, modifications, parent-child, parentage, child support, relocation, and other disputes that may arise in Family Law matters.  Work with attorney represented clients as well as pro se litigants.  Have an approximate 98% rate of resolution with over 500 cases mediated.

Family Law Paralegal, Dallas, TX                                                                                                                               November 1994 to Present

      Work with various attorneys in the Dallas area primarily in the field of Family Law. Expertise includes drafting complex pleadings and orders, ancillary closing documents, discovery, suits affecting the parent-child relationship, paternity, terminations/adoptions, collaborative law, simple wills and trusts, probate, interviewing clients, witness preparation for trial, mediation, and/or depositions, maintaining client contact, case management/strategy, conducting legal research on matters in dispute, preparing for trial, and assisting the attorney at trial, in mediation and/or settlement negotiations.  Supervising and training other legal support staff.

Contract assignments include: 

            Victoria G. Warner, Family Law Specialist, Rowlett, Texas - present

            Danny McDaniel, Solo practitioner, McKinney, Texas

            Christopher L. Smith, Family Law Specialist, Garland, Texas

            Michelle M. Williams, Family Law Specialist, Dallas, Texas

            W. T. Allison, II,  East Texas Civil Trial attorney

            Randall Grubbs, Family Law Specialist, Garland, Texas (former Associate Judge 330th Judicial District Court, Dallas, Texas)

            J. Preston Brashear, III, Family Law Specialist in Garland (retired) (former Associate Judge 301st Judicial District Court, Dallas, Texas)

            Beverly Story, Family Law practitioner, Dallas, Texas.

Other experience:

Bluebonnet Savings Bank, Dallas, Texas                                                                                                                               July 1989-July 1990

Senior Asset Assistant, Asset Management

       Analyzed loan documents and loan performance, prepared foreclosure work-up, reviewed appraisals, conducted on-site inspections.  Worked with the legal department to ensure compliance with federal and local regulations regarding foreclosures and cases in bankruptcy.

Multibanc Savings & Loan, Dallas, Texas                                                                                                                              Oct.1984-Oct. 1986

Senior Loan Underwriter and Review Appraiser

     Reviewed appraisals to determine compliance with federal regulations.  Analyzed the performance of collateral securing loans.  Determined creditworthiness of borrowing entity and collateral.  Made recommendations to loan committee and performed on-site inspections of collateral.

Hawaii Properties, Dallas, Texas                                                                                                                                         Aug. 1982-Oct. 1984

Assistant to Legal Counsel (In-house)

     Document preparation and review for general partners. Researched proposed development sites, met with planning and zoning officials, met with and attended city council meetings to obtain approval, reported to general partners.