All About Me...
I was born in Alabama, and have a BA and MA in History. I went to law school at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL, downtown near the medical school and with a view of Lake Michigan from the campus.
I have worked for Legal Aid in Miami, FL, operated a solo business and family law practice in Florida and worked for the Department of Children and Families ("DCF") in Palm Beach County. I also met my husband in West Palm Beach. We moved to Chattanooga, TN in 2005, where I worked for DCS as an assistant general counsel. Since moving to Chattanooga, I have practiced llaw in Hamilton, Bradley, Polk, Anderson, Sullivan, and Sequatchie Counties.
While working for DCS, I became certified through the National Association of Counsel for Children ("NACC") as a Child Welfare Law Specialist. Since leaving DCS in 2012, I have received numerous appointments as a Guardian Ad Litem in Hamilton County Circuit, Juvenile, and Chancery Courts, where I advocate for the best interests of children in high conflict cases.
I have also had ignificant appellate and administrative law experience. I sucessfuly overturned a DCS substantiation or indication in Bristol, TN and have represented several people in administrative law hearings.
I also won a termination of parental rights case for my grandparent clients through writing a brief and making an oral argument at the Court of Appeals in Knoxville. I have a small criminal and juvenile delinquency practice also since 2017, I have been designated as a Rule 31 listed Family Mediator by the Tennessee Supreme Court, and I have mediated a variety of family cases, including juvenile cases. I love mediation most of all. It can be a very empowering process.
My current community involvement includes the following:
- advisory board member for the Partnership Visitation Center
- member of the Tennessee Bar Association
- volunteer with Hamilton County Youth Court
- volunteer with Chattanooga Hospice
I am a rock n' roll bass player, and love to walk, hike, travel, and eat.