I was born in Port Arthur, Texas.
I grew up in Freeport, Texas.
I attended college in San Antonio for three semesters and in Houston for one semester. After I quit college in 1967, I lived in Houston for two years before moving to Denver, Colorado.
I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado at Denver in 1978 in Urban Studies with the notation “With Distinction”
I worked my way through college and law school.
I was licensed by the Supreme Court of Texas in May, 1985 and my license is in good standing.
I am a member of the State Bar of Texas
and have served on numerous committees over the years including six years on the District 4A Grievance Committee.
I am a member of the Family Law Section of the State Bar.
I have had extensive Collaborative Law Training, both basic and advanced, under Chip Rose, Pauline Tesler, Stu Webb and Sherri Slovin Goren.
I was a member of the Gulf Coast Collaborative Law Network and serve on its Executive Committee, during it's existance.
I was a member of the Executive Forum, a group of female entrepreneurs, in which I have held numerous offices, including President, Secretary and Treasurer.
I have served on numerous civic associations.
Though I have always been a litigator, the vast majority of my cases settle before trial, with or without mediation. Thus, my trial practice parallels the national statistics which indicate that 93%+ of all cases settle out of court.