Arianna Smith

Arianna Smith

Arianna Smith

Phone: 214-220-1220
Fax: 214-220-2770

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Personal and Powerful

Arianna is a civil litigator and family lawyer with a broad-based practice who is motivated, first and foremost, by the prospect of making her client whole.

In one memorable case, she represented a client who, because the Texas Appraiser Licensing & Certification Board denied him the ability to appeal the revocation of his Texas appraiser license, lost his livelihood of more than twenty years. Arianna’s creative legal argument prompted the Board to grant the appeal and ultimately reinstate the license — thereby allowing the client to once again make a living in his chosen field.

More Than Just a Lawyer

In addition to her legal work, Arianna volunteers with the Marbridge Foundation, a residential community that offers lifetime care to adults with a wide range of cognitive disabilities. She also provides pro bono services for the Texas Civil Rights Project, which includes advocating for disability rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Arianna was inspired to become a lawyer by her stepfather, who recently passed away. An attorney for more than forty years, her stepfather gave Arianna the courage to accomplish her goals and be a champion for her clients. Shortly after her stepfather died, her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, and Arianna faced the difficult challenge of helping her mother navigate both her grief and chemotherapy at the same time, all during the earliest stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

That experience not only strengthened Arianna’s own resolve on behalf of her clients, but it also reinforced her commitment to treasure time with her family.

Traditional yet Innovative

All of the attorneys at Brousseau Naftis & Massingill believe there is power in words. Words, proverbs, sayings, and quotations have the power to connect the present to the past. The words and sayings that each attorney holds onto are meaningful in shaping the firm’s culture and philosophies.

Arianna’s favorite quote is, “Life is not a dress rehearsal.” Arianna knows all too well that life is short, and it can change on a dime. So, she cherishes time with her family and friends, taking long walks with her dog Margo, and binge-reading thrillers. She also brings that same sense of urgency to her work, knowing that for her clients, the resolution of a “small legal matter” can mean getting their life back.

Educational Background

J.D., Baylor Law School, Waco, Texas, 2015

University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, 2012

Oxford University Study Abroad Programme, 2012

Legal Experience

Attorney, Brousseau Naftis & Massingill, P.C. Dallas, Texas

Attorney, Fritz, Byrne, Head & Gilstrap, PLLC Austin, Texas

Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT), Austin, Texas

Bar Admissions

Admitted to Practice Law, Texas Supreme Court, 2016

Professional Associations

Member, State Bar of Texas

Barbara Jordan American Inn of Court

Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association, Board of Directors

Civic Activities

Texas Civil Rights Project
-Attorney Task Force, Voting Rights

Emerging Leaders of Marbridge
-Membership Chair

Marbridge Foundation Mentoring Program
-Mentor


Cynthia Dooley

Cynthia Dooley

Cynthia Dooley

Phone: 214-220-1220
Fax: 214-220-2770

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Personal and Powerful

Cynthia knows the practice of law is hard. “Nothing is ever easy,” she says – meaning, even matters that look simple always turn out to be as complex as the humans involved. But therein lies the reward: Put all those complicated pieces together, advocate like a mother lion for the client’s best outcome, and solve a real person or company’s problem. She won’t stop until she does.

In one of Cynthia’s recent cases, she represented a resident of Los Angeles who had inherited a 50% interest in a South Dallas home from her mother several years hence. The inheritor of the other 50%, a nephew, lived in the house and refused to sell it or buy the aunt’s interest for a reasonable price. Simple, right? Sue the nephew and force the sale? No: Nothing is ever easy. There was no known proof of the client’s title to 50%. Cynthia found an old affidavit of heirship in the Dallas County Deed Records, and the nephew admitted to his aunt’s 50% interest in the lawsuit discovery process. Title problem solved. The nephew agreed to sell the house and move out. Cynthia made sure the sale closed and her client received the agreed amount. Cynthia and the client, who is in her 80s, remain great friends.

More Than Just a Lawyer

Cynthia’s Texas roots run deep. Her grandparents on both sides came from Denton County. She was born on Galveston Island, grew up in Tarrant County, and has lived in Dallas County for more than 30 years. Cynthia values nothing more than time with her family and her many pets. She is an accomplished cook and baker, voracious reader, and confessed news junkie. She volunteers at Faith Presbyterian Hospice when she can, recently acting as a scribe at their drive- through COVID-19 vaccination clinics. Most dear to her heart are the numerous pro bono probate clients she has represented for the nonprofit Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program. The Los Angeles grandmother with the house in South Dallas was one of them!

Cynthia started thinking about becoming a lawyer at the age of 20, when she was still in college. A relative of hers had been murdered. She got to know the dedicated Tarrant County prosecutors who put the offender on trial and ultimately behind bars. She admired their analytical thought process and appreciated the service they did for the public. She realized the legal world could be a perfect home for her, too.

Traditional yet Innovative

All of the attorneys at Brousseau Naftis & Massingill believe there is power in words. Words, proverbs, sayings, and quotations have the power to connect the present to the past. The words and sayings that each attorney holds onto are meaningful in shaping the firm’s culture and philosophies.

Cynthia’s favorite quotation is, “Keep your eyes on the Prize.” The tricky part is that this always begs the question: “What’s the Prize?” In moments of great stress or anger, it’s easy to forget that the Prize is – for most people – “a peaceful, financially secure life in the company of those I love.” Short-term goals can sound emotionally gratifying but may be counterproductive to the Prize.

Educational Background

J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas, May 1992

B.A., Rice University, Houston, Texas, Major: English and Sociology, May 1986

L.D. Bell High School, Hurst, Texas, May 1982

Legal Experience

Attorney, Brousseau Naftis & Massingill, P.C., Dallas, Texas

Attorney, Cynthia G. Dooley, Attorney at Law, Dallas, Texas

Attorney, Akula & Associates, P.C., Dallas, Texas

Attorney, Brousseau Graham & Dooley, P.C., Dallas, Texas

Judicial Clerk to The Hon. Harold C. Abramson, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Dallas, Texas

Right-of-Way Experience

Acquisition & Eminent Domain Agent, Universal Field Services, Inc., Addison, Texas

Professional License

State Bar of Texas, November 1992

Bar Admissions

Admitted to Practice Law, Texas Supreme Court, 1992

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas

Professional Associations

Member, State Bar of Texas

Member, Dallas Bar Association

Member, Probate Trusts & Estates Law Section of Dallas Bar Association

Member, Real Estate, Probate & Trusts Law Section of State Bar of Texas

Civic Activities

Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program

Personal History

Married to LaDonna Maynard with two children.


Maryann Sarris Brousseau

Maryann Sarris Brousseau
In Memoriam

Maryann lived to stand up for others – both in her legal work and in her community. She balanced compassion and a fighting spirit to find victory in even the most challenging of cases or circumstances.

As a strategic thinker and energetic multi-tasker, Maryann practiced law for decades, and over the years she prevailed for her clients in many pinnacle cases. She thrived on helping clients who faced sometimes insurmountable challenges — often making such an impact on them that these relationships formed into lifelong friendships.

Maryann had a close-knit family that meant the world to her. Her faith, family, and work were the primary pillars of her life, and she incorporated her personal values into the firm culture at Brousseau Naftis & Massingill. She believed in nothing less than complete devotion to her work and family and refused to neglect one for the sake of the other.

Maryann also believed that education is a necessity for success in life and devoted considerable time in helping educational institutions and organizations who assist the underserved. Her impact on the community she served is beyond measure.

Maryann’s favorite quote was “Remember the 3 A’s: ability, availability, and affability.” It’s a saying that her father always used and one which became Maryann’s principle in life and as the leader of the firm. As the founder of Brousseau Naftis & Massingill, and as a mentor to each member of the firm, she led by example, reminding everyone to always do their best, while also being accessible and friendly with each other, clients and colleagues. This remains the guiding tenet of Brousseau Naftis & Massingill and the way the firm will continue to honor her legacy.

Educational Background

Southern Methodist University School of Law,
Dallas, Texas, J.D., 1984; LL.M Taxation, 1985

Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
B.B.A., cum laude 1981

The Hockaday School, Dallas, Texas, cum laude 1978

Bar Admissions

Admitted to Practice Law, Texas Supreme Court, 1984

U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas

U.S. District Court Western District of Texas

U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit

Professional Associations

Member of the Texas Bar Association and Texas Bar Foundation
Life Fellow

Member of the Dallas Bar Association and Dallas Bar Foundation
Life Fellow

Member of the American Bar Association and American Bar Foundation
Life Fellow

Former Member, State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee
District 6A

Member of Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit

Civic Activities

The Hockaday School
-Board of Trustees Chairman, 2013-2015
-Vice Chair, 2009-2012
-Secretary, 2008
-Executive Committee, 2007-present
-Chairman, Centennial Capital Campaign, 2008-2013
-President, Parents’ Association, 2001-2002

The St. Mark’s School of Texas
-Board of Trustees, 2005-2008
-President, Parents’ Association, 2005-2006

University of Texas Southwestern
-President’s Advisory Board of Trustees, 2017-present

Cristo Rey Dallas College Preparatory School
-Board of Trustees, 2018-present
-Chair, Presidential Search Committee
-Co-Chair, Grow the Grove 2018-2019
-Chair, Strategic Planning Committee

University of Texas Southwestern Medical School/Heart and Lung Foundation
-Board of Trustees, 2006-2016
-Co-Chair, Legends 2008

Planned Parenthood of North Texas
-Board of Trustees, 2005-2009
-Chair, Annual Awards Luncheon, 2006

Children’s Medical Center Foundation
-Chair, Circle of Friends, 2003

Crystal Charity Ball
-Member, 1997-present
-Board of Directors, 2000
-Treasurer, 2000

Girls, Inc.
-Board of Trustees, 2002-2005
-Chair, Awards Luncheon, 2004

Parkland Hospital Foundation
-Board of Directors, 1998-2002

TACA
-Board of Directors, 2000-2004
-Chair, Silver Cup Luncheon, 2002

Genesis Women’s Shelter Auxiliary
-Board of Directors, 2000-2002
-Chair, Annual Luncheon, 2000

Bryan’s House/Open Arms, Inc.
-Board of Directors, 1996-2002

Junior League of Dallas
-Financial Vice President/Treasurer, 1997-1998
-Board of Directors, 1995-1996; 1997-1998
-Junior League Sustainer

Hockaday Alumnae Association
-Board of Directors
-Secretary, 1992-1993
-Vice-President Development 1993-1994
-Leadership Dallas Graduate, 1992
-Leadership Dallas Alumnae Association

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
-Board of Trustees, 1988-1993
-President, 1990-1993

Honors and Professional Accomplishments

AV Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory

Reported Case: Robbins v. Capozzi, 100 S.W.3d 18
(Tex. App.—Tyler 2002)

D Magazine, Best Lawyers in Dallas (2010)

Speaker, “The Fundamentals of Debt Collection,” November 2010

Power to Potential Seminar, Women’s Business Council – SW

Personal History

Married to Frank Mihalopoulos with three children and two grandchildren


Real Estate

You can count on us for concierge assistance on a full suite of real estate services:

Negotiations

Contracts and leases

Deeds

Subdivisions

Closings

Real Estate


For many clients, real estate is their life. We understand the financial repercussions caused by delays and deals-gone-wrong and we are here to help your transaction proceed smoothly. We represent some of the most prominent real estate professionals in the Dallas area and have built a strong reputation among commercial landlords, developers, and brokers.

Often, clients do not retain counsel during the negotiation phases of real estate matters in an attempt to save money. Unfortunately, this can lead to unintended consequences and more expense in the long run (especially if things go sour).

Brousseau Naftis & Massingill provides a cost-effective approach during the negotiations in order to help you avoid costly litigation later.


Family Law

You can count on us for concierge assistance on a full suite of family law services:

Contested and uncontested divorces

Child custody

Parenting plans

Child support

Complex asset divisions for divorcing couples

Spousal support (alimony)

Pre-marital, post-marital and cohabitation agreements

Post-divorce/custody modifications

Adoption

2022 Best Law Firms

Family Law


Our clients are bigger than their problems. Because we serve our clients in a variety of capacities, we know our clients’ lives are not one-dimensional. One-size-fits-all solutions do not work for clients trying to balance the responsibilities of their families, careers, and everything else.

In fact, it’s safe to say that many of our clients are super-moms and super-dads, trying their hardest to live their best life and provide for their families. So, when family troubles arise, we know just how heartbreaking, stressful, and devasting things can feel. We build lasting relationships with our clients and get to see the full picture – so we don’t judge, we understand.

We have families ourselves, so we approach family law matters with compassion and empathy. At Brousseau Naftis & Massingill, our attorneys utilize a cooperative approach when possible to help families deal with these emotionally charged situations.

Brousseau Naftis & Massingill has been recognized by Best Law Firms for its expertise in Family Law.


Wills, Trusts, Estates & Probate

You can count on us for concierge assistance on a full suite of estate planning services:

Preparation of wills

Development and preparation of trusts

Powers of Attorney for health and property

Estate planning

Probate and estate administration

Guardianship

Conservatorship

Will Contests

Trust Litigation

Fiduciary Litigation

Wills, Trusts, Estates & Probate


You have worked hard to earn everything you have and want to ensure your family is taken care of in any circumstance. A well-drafted and personalized estate plan is the ideal way to meet those goals.

There are plenty of online programs that ask a few basic questions and fit you into a template. This is not estate planning-this is just the churning out of documents.

Brousseau Naftis & Massingill offers a much more personalized experience. We’ll educate you, take the time to get to know you, your family, and your goals. Then we will answer all of your questions to produce an estate plan that is exactly right for you.


Business Litigation & Corporate Law

You can count on us for concierge assistance on a full suite of business and corporate law services:

Business structuring

Corporate record-keeping guidance

Employment and consulting agreements

Employee handbooks

Shareholder and partnership agreements

Business litigation

Business Litigation & Corporate Law


Many of our clients are business owners. We represent entrepreneurs because we are entrepreneurs. We’ll help you find creative, cost-effective ways to achieve your objectives, whether you need an aggressive courtroom victory or a quick settlement.

We foster a lifetime, ongoing relationship with our clients so we can guide you through all of your business’s stages. Many business lawyers take a “one-size-fits-all” approach with their clients; they do this so they can work with as many people as possible in a short period of time.

One problem with this is that you receive an impersonal experience; but even worse than that, it can lead to unintended results in the long run.

At Brousseau Naftis & Massingill, we take the time to listen, understand, and truly consider your individual circumstances to ensure your business works for you.


Ron Massingill

Ron Massingill

Phone: 214-220-1220
Fax: 214-220-2770

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Personal and Powerful

Ron loves to fight for the underdog. In fact, his favorite cases are those he is told cannot be won. Never a wallflower, Ron makes his presence known in every room he enters – whether it’s a courtroom or a conference room. After decades of practice, he knows everyone at the courthouse by name.

He brings his friendly, energetic nature to each of his cases and challenges excite him. He limits his practice to family law matters and never shies away from litigating any of them if needed. In Ron’s mind, the tougher the case, the more invigorated he is to fight. He is an advocate for his clients, keeping his caseload limited in order to devote as much of his time to each case as needed.

More Than Just a Lawyer

Ron is married with two grown children and a granddaughter who is the apple of his eye. When he isn’t practicing law, he is at home on the ranch with his family and tending to their horses. As a former JAG, Ron is still committed to community service work that helps veterans. He also supports local law enforcement and proudly hosts an annual elk chili lunch for Hood County law enforcement officers at his ranch every year.

Ron grew up in El Campo, Texas, and in high school, was voted “most likely to NEED a lawyer.” Yet, he recognized the importance of education and had the ambition to make a better life for himself and his family. He was the first in his family to attend college and chose to continue his education through law school. Since then, he has been passionate about excelling as an attorney and a community servant – ultimately leading to his election as Hood County judge.

Traditional yet Innovative

All of the attorneys at Brousseau Naftis & Massingill believe there is power in words. Words, proverbs, sayings, and quotations have the power to connect the present to the past. The words and sayings that each attorney holds onto are meaningful in shaping the firm’s culture and philosophies.

Ron’s favorite quote is, “I never let the law stand in the way of justice for my client, which captures his dedication to his clients. His larger-than-life personality leaves a lasting impression on everyone he meets. He always gives 100% and has fun doing it.

Educational Background

Southern Methodist University School of Law,
Dallas, Texas, J.D., 1969

University of Dallas, Dallas, Texas
B.B.A., magna cum laude 1966

Bar Admissions

Admitted to Practice Law, Texas Supreme
Court, 1969

Professional Associations

Member of Dallas Bar Association

Member of American Bar Association

Member of State Bar of Texas

Life Fellow of the State Bar of Texas Foundation

Civic Activities

Hood County Hospital District Board (Treasurer)

Hood County Juvenile Board

Hood County Bail Bond Board

North Texas Workforce Solutions Board

Leadership Council – Granbury Chamber of
Commerce

Hood County Director of Emergency Management

North Texas Regional Transportation Committee
– Alternate

Honors and Professional Accomplishments

Named in Super Lawyers(Thomson Reuters)
2003-2021

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2006-
2019

D Magazine, Best of Big D (2009)

Personal History

Married with two children and one grandchild


Matthew Naftis

Matt Naftis

Matthew Naftis

Shareholder

Phone: 214-220-1220
Fax: 214-220-2770

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Personal and Powerful

Matthew is an attorney whose practice transforms to fit his clients’ needs. He assists clients with real estate, small business matters, and bankruptcy from start to finish. Over the course of a regular week, Matthew may negotiate an asset purchase agreement, lead a deposition in a commercial litigation matter, or counsel a client regarding a business loan.

Matthew is a go-to advisor for small business clients, no matter what challenge they may be facing. He provides advice on employment matters, real estate transactions, and commercial business matters.  Matthew makes himself accessible to his clients at all times of the day, always ready to offer advice they can trust and rely upon even in emergencies.

In addition to real estate and small business matters, Matthew finds it especially rewarding to represent individuals and small businesses with workout issues whether in bankruptcy proceedings or outside of bankruptcy. He takes a pragmatic approach with clients, whether he is helping clients find a fresh start after unexpected financial turmoil or advising them on a practical course of action that does not exacerbate their loss.

More Than Just a Lawyer

Matthew has been married for more than 17 years and shares three children with his wife, Megan. With three children, most of Matthew’s “free time” is spent helping the kids with their homework and attending their athletic games and musical and theater performances.

Before fatherhood, Matthew was a member of some of Dallas’s most unknown and unlistenable garage bands. While he did not find fame as a rock-star, he shares his love of music with his children who play bass and drums. His family, with the family dogs, Arlo and Winnie, love spending time outdoors as well, typically around White Rock Lake.

With his family, Matthew volunteers for the Refugee Outreach program at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Dallas, serving food to refugees from parts of the world ravaged by war and famine. He also serves as general counsel to the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Dallas where he has been a lifelong member.

Traditional yet Innovative

All of the attorneys at Brousseau Naftis & Massingill believe there is power in words. Words, proverbs, sayings, and quotations have the power to connect the present to the past.  The words and sayings that each attorney holds onto are meaningful in shaping the firm’s culture and  philosophies.

Matthew’s favorite quote is, “Our heads are round so that our thoughts can change direction. This echoes his creativity and flexibility in life – always open to new perspectives and willing to change course when needed. With a little open-mindedness and creative thinking, Matthew finds a way to make almost anything work (whether in his own life or for his clients).  And, by understanding the perspective of others, Matthew is better able to facilitate a real estate transaction, reach a beneficial settlement in litigation, and achieve the best results for his clients.

Educational Background

J.D., Texas Wesleyan University School of
Law, Fort Worth, Texas, May 2001

M.L.A., Southern Methodist University, Dallas,
Texas, May 2001

B.A., Southern Methodist University, Dallas,
Texas, Major: Psychology, May 1996

Cistercian Preparatory School, Irving, Texas,
May 1992

Legal Experience

Attorney, Brousseau Naftis & Massingill, P.C.,
Dallas, Texas

Research assistant to Professor Frank W.
Elliott, Texas Wesleyan University School of
Law, Fort Worth, Texas

Professional Licenses

State Bar of Texas, November 2001,

Texas Department of Insurance, Escrow Officer

Bar Admissions

Admitted to Practice Law, Texas Supreme
Court, 2001

U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas

Professional Associations

Member, State Bar of Texas

Member, Dallas Bar Association

Member, The Real Estate Council

Member, International Council of Shopping Centers

Personal History

Married to Megan Naftis with three children


Elayna Naftis Erick

Elayna Erick

Elayna Naftis Erick

Shareholder

Phone: 214-220-1220
Fax: 214-220-2770

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Personal and Powerful

Elayna lives to empower others –  often serving as a champion for her clients and advocating for them until they can find a voice of their own. She brings a sense of compassion and empathy to her work – leading most clients to leave their initial consultation with her saying, “I feel so much better now.”

In one of Elayna’s first family law cases, she helped reunite a mother and daughter who had been estranged for ten years. Despite the emotional toll of the case, Elayna’s representation was unflappable. After a contentious courtroom battle, mother and daughter were able to heal their relationship and happy to take advantage of a fresh start. This is only one example of Elayna’s unfailing dedication to her clients. While a lawyer needs to lead with logic, Elayna leads with both logic and compassion.

More Than Just a Lawyer

For Elayna, reuniting parents and children brings her unparalleled joy and pride. This is probably because Elayna is a mother herself. Elayna spends each day balancing her career while trying to be the best mother possible to her sons, and she does both successfully. Elayna has been recognized by Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars (published by Thomson Reuters) in 2008 and Best Lawyers in America (published by BL Rankings, LLC) since 2020. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Goodwill Dallas, and previously served on the Boards of the Lamplighter Parents Association and Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.

Through her volunteerism, she has been able to support organizations that are near to her heart and demonstrate the value of community service to her growing children.

Elayna’s spark to become a lawyer was ignited by nights spent as a child watching “L.A. Law” and other legal dramas. She knew from a young age that her career path would lead to practicing law and her passion for advocating for others has never waned.

Traditional yet Innovative

All of the attorneys at Brousseau Naftis & Massingill believe there is power in words. Words, proverbs, sayings, and quotations have the power to connect the present to the past. The words and sayings that each attorney holds onto are meaningful, shaping the firm’s culture and philosophies.

Elayna’s favorite quote is, “This too shall pass.” She often reminds clients that their current situation is temporary: the challenges will be resolved, and life will move on. She understands that legal issues can be all-consuming and finds it important to remind clients that by addressing issues in the right way, the clients will resolve their legal matters and will have better days ahead.

Educational Background

J.D., Baylor University School of Law, Waco,
Texas, May 2003

M.L.A., Southern Methodist University, Dallas,
Texas, May 2004

B.A., Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New
York Major: English, June 1999

The Hockaday School, Dallas, Texas, June
1996

Legal Experience

Attorney, Brousseau Naftis & Massingill, P.C.,
Dallas, Texas

November 2003 to present

Professional License

State Bar of Texas, November 2003

Bar Admissions

Admitted to Practice Law, Texas Supreme
Court, 2003

U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas

Civic Activities

Goodwill Industries of Dallas, Inc.
-Member, Board of Directors

The Hockaday School
-Former Member, Alumnae Board

The Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
-Former Member, Board of Trustees

Lamplighter Parents’ Association
-Former Member Board of Trustees
-Lamplighter Annual Fund Committee

Honors and Professional Accomplishments

Rising Stars (Thomson Reuters), 2008

Best Lawyers in America (BL Rankings, LLC),
2020-2022

Personal History

Married to Casey Erick with two children