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Lori Elaine Hall Laird

Family Attorney at Webster, TX

4.3   18 reviews
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2004
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Lori

Learn Lori’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Family
    44%
    Family Law- all areas: divorce, child custody and child support. An aggressive litigator is needed especially if you are fighting a custody battle or have a large martial estate to divide. We can help with large property divisions and work closely with any experts required for complex cases. So- whether your case is large or small- we have a plan and support staff for you.

    20 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    24%

    20 years

  3. Criminal defense
    22%
    Former police officer, patrol sergeant and hostage negotiator. I am an aggressive attorney with special insight into criminal cases. Proven results. if you or someone you love has been charged with a crime you must act now. An accused individual requires aggressive representation to assure that their rights are protected. Our firm is dedicated to your defense. Visit our website at: www.lorilaird.com and our blog at lorilaird.wordpress.com.

    20 years

  4. Litigation
    8%
    Aggressive litigator in all areas of civil law.

    20 years

  5. Appeals
    2%
    Former intern for the 1st Court of Appeals- Houston. Particularly persuasive in the area of appellate work. Call today for your consultation.

    20 years

Lori Elaine Laird is a Texas attorney and mediator.  Prior to becoming an attorney she was a police officer, serving as a patrol officer, a patrol sergeant, hostage negotiator and member of the department’s Honor Guard.  She was also an instructor at the police academy teaching the United States and Texas Constitutions and Police Professionalism and Ethics to police officers from across the state.

Among her diverse skill set, she renders legal advice and support to her investigative team, appears as counsel before the Court in pre-trial matters, trial,  litigation and appeals.  She has the sound ability to conduct thorough legal research and an exceptional ability to understand and present complex legal theories in a courtroom setting.  Ms. Laird is admitted to practice in all Texas State Courts as well as admission to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas and the United States Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit.  She is also a certified mediator and holds certification qualifying her as an advanced family law mediator.

Lori is an honors graduate from the University of Clear Lake receiving her Bachelor of Science in Psychology.  She went on to receive her Doctor of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law where she was a Dean’s Merit scholarship recipient as well as a member of Phi Delta Phi- the honors legal fraternity.  During her tenure at law school she was also a contributing writer for two law journals and Editor in Chief for one.  She was also a journalist and eventually editor in Chief of the law school newspaper.  Lori also worked for a local civil litigation law firm and interned at the First Court of Appeals in Houston, Texas.

When asked about her legal style, Lori characterizes it as follows:  “I utilize all of the tools at my disposal.  My experience as a police officer places me in a unique position in all types of cases to dissect a case, find inconsistencies and “get into the head” of the officers or other parties in the case.  If mistakes where made–who better to be able to identify them then a former police officer–someone trained in investigation?  My creative approach can often be the difference between a dismissal in a case, a reduction in charges or even a Not Guilty finding by a jury or judge.  I feel at home in a courtroom and am a zealous advocate for my clients.  I use my skills to obtain the best possible results for my clients.”

Lori applies the same approach, not just in criminal cases, but in all litigation cases–family law cases, divorces, custody battles, and personal injury or civil law cases.  She believes strongly in the adversarial system and puts the opposing party to their burden of proof.  She believes in passionately and wholeheartedly defending the needs and interests of her clients.

The best defense is a good offense and in the legal world that means hiring an experienced aggressive attorney who understand not only the law- but is also an astute student of human nature- how to negotiate, when to agree, when to fight, how to pick a jury and how to bring your personal story to the jury in a way that gets you the best possible results.  Need legal help?  Have a legal problem?  Call today and let her develop a personalized action plan to assist you with your legal needs.

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Location

Law Office of Lori Elaine Laird PPLC
711 W. Bay Area Blvd., Suite 420
Suite 107
Webster, TX, 77598

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Reviews

4.3 / 5.0
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Posted by Dan | October 25, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fought for what's right!
Lori had a lot to deal with due to all the irrational behavior from my ex over an extended period of time. Every time the next sick game was started by my ex, Lori worked with me to counter all the unethical and illegal behavior by my ex. She is a gentle lady with a sharp wit especially in court - the kind of gentle yet attack dog I really needed to fight for what's right!
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Posted by Daniel | September 4, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Terrible
Hired her to do in adoption. She failed to get it done, then refused to give us a refund of our retainer. Would not recommend.
Posted by Jasper | February 8, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A very brilliant attorney
I hired Lori Laird to handle getting custody of my daughter. Not only did Mrs. Laird get me sole custody of my daughter, she was also able to get me child support AND health insurance payments. Furthermore, she was able to get a breathalyzer installed to make sure my daughter was safe when she was with her mother. She is thorough and ready to go to bat for her clients showing compassion throughout the dealings of the case. And that is something that is hard to find in most attorneys today. I’ve recommended her to several friends in need of her services. I cannot think of a better Attorney to represent someone.
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Posted by Sheridan | January 21, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Want someone to fight for you?
I hired Lori about a year ago. With 2 days notice, she walked into the court room with a lawyer that had previously ripped me apart, and proceeded to rip him and his client, my ex husband apart. My ex husband was found in contempt for moving my daughter to another state, violating our geographic restriction. She requested my child be brought back to Texas immediately and he was fined and he was also ordered to pay some of my legal fees. I will say as far as the other post about not being able to get ahold of her is completely false. There was a time when i wasn’t sure things were being done, but I’m no attorney. She is like a silent killer. She is working on your case and fighting for you. I never once had an email or a text that was not responded to in a reasonable amount of time. She took my case to trial and i was awarded sole custody, $250 more a month for child support than requested, $10k back child support, and $10k for attorneys fees, my child will not be taken out of Harris or contiguous counties ever, unless supervised by his mother, and all visits are to be at his mothers house. I received the best possible outcome. I was very pleased with Lori and her staff. Just rest assured, when it comes down to it, and it’s “fighting” time, Lori has your back 100%. She’s honest. Witty. And tough. She’s not scared. I love that about her. And she’s not going to tell you what you want to hear. She’s going to put it all out there. I highly recommend Lori and can promise you that she will fight for you and your family.
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Posted by Don | August 15, 2013
The BEST attorney in TEXAS!!!
We where introduced to Lori from another attorney that was unable to handle the case due to her own case load... Thank god she did! Lori was on track from the very start. We presented her with the evidence we had collected, 3000 to 4000 Facebook and Twitter entries and photos. She battled with the amicus, once she discovered the amicus took the side of the druggy mother, requested the custody be presented to a jury. Lori kept us involved through the whole process prior to trial. Lori even invited us into her home for trial prep. Her husband informed us that we where the 1st of her cliants that has ever been in their home. When we finally went to court, she battled 3 opposing attorneys. The trial went 7 days, they had the stand for 5 1/2 days and we had it 1 1/2 days. In closing arguments, a juror even applauded. It took the, jury consisting of 6 men and 6 women less than 1 hour to come back with a unanimous verdict in favor of placing my grand daughter in my sons custody giving him 100% geographical rights. My grand daughter now lives with us in Pennsylvania and is happy and healthy. I don't know what the outcome would have been without Lori's help. Not only is Lori the best damn attorney in Texas, she has become a life long family friend! Shake and Bake baby!
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Posted by Anthony | April 26, 2013
Fraudulent Prescription Criminal Case
I had a criminal case where I was charged with fraud for prescription medication. Ms. Laird completely understood everything that had occurred and was able to get me through a very difficult time in my life while completely mitigating the effects of these charges against me. I was so surprised by the level of her investigation and her ability to persuade the district attorneys office to cooperate and work with her and me. I couldn't have had a better defense attorney. I highly recommend her for any criminal case- she is awesome.
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Posted by Marsha | April 26, 2013
A lawyer who will successfully and completely get you through the worst of times
I hired Lori Laird to handle a divorce case for me. It was a complicated case with large property division and children. My husband was involved in an adulterous affair with a co-worker. Weeks after I filed for divorce I found out I had cancer. It was a very difficult, emotionally devastating, and rough time for me. Lori not only fought aggressively to assure my financial, emotional and physical safety, she also was compassionate and caring and truly was concerned about my health and well being. Lori got me everything I wanted in my case and even some things I didn't even know I would need. I highly recommend her if you ever need an attorney. She will give it her all for you. She was my guardian angel and my warrior in my darkest time of need.
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Posted by Laura | May 24, 2012
WONDERFUL ATTORNEY
Lori is one of the best attorneys I have ever run across and I work in a Family Law firm. My boyfriend and I hired her for his divorce/child custody case in which he wanted primary of his twin boys. She was on the case for one year and took it to a 4 week jury trial (more progress than we had gotten in about 3 years) and got us the results we wanted. She is an amazing, powerful, aggressive attorney that gives it to you straight and doesn't mess around with her opposing counsel's games. She is extremely knowledgeable in many areas and was the absolute best attorney we could have ever had on our case. If you want an attorney that will fight for you, you want Lori. She is professional, extremely capable, responsive, and fearless. I will go to Lori for all of my family law needs in the future as will everyone else I know. We are SO THANKFUL that we were referred to Lori. We could not have been happier.
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Posted by Joni | November 21, 2011
Truely Amazing!!!
Truely Amazing!!! Ended up going to trial in regards to a custody battle and we ended up getting more than what we asked for!! Lori was always available to help and answer questions whenever I needed her. She was comforting and really made such a difficult time easier. During trial she was a firecracker and we won!!!
Posted by Dale | May 7, 2011
The Perfect Divorce Attoney
Lori Elaine Laird is the perfect attorney to handle family and divorce law. She is very astute in her field, and has the presence of mind to be gentle when needed and aggressive when important. I give my personal recommendation of her service in divorce cases. She is a life saver for her clients. She works in such an efficient manner that I found the divorce to be a totally painless experience. Anyone can feel confident that Lori Laird will be the best client advocate that one can employ, and I give her the very highest of recommendations.
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Posted by Marcie | May 2, 2011
Caring and Compassionate Lawyer
I had a very nasty divorce case. My ex husband was abusive and left me for another woman. I hired an attorney who was not helping me and my ex decided he would challenge me for custody of our daughter. Everything went downhill and my lawyer wasn't good enough to help me. Then I found Lori. Everything changed after she got on my case. I was very blessed to have Lori Laird for my attorney. She took control of everything. She even took control of me when I was "losing it" and gave me tough but good advice. We had a week long jury trial in Brazoria County. My husband's attorney tried hard to make me look bad. But Lori came to my rescue and set everything right. I not only got custody of my daughter but also got all of the property I was requesting. Lori really knows what she is doing. I recommend her to anyone who ever asks me for an attorney recommendation.
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Posted by Beth | April 20, 2011
Amazing Lawyer
I was arrested for a felony DWI. This was a very difficult case as I had recently started taking some new prescription medication. The District attorney would not budge on the charges. Lori had to set this case for trial. She prepared better than any television attorney I have every seen. As the jury as being brought in the district attorney looked at Lori's table covered with files and books and said, "geez, you are really prepared for this trial, aren't you?" Lori looked up and smiled and said, "bring it on." The DA walked away and before the jury sat down the district attorney dismissed the case. She is simply awesome.
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Posted by Barbara | April 19, 2011
Great Job
From our first meeting I knew I had the right attorney. She set me at ease , answered all my many questions and continually assured me that she was fighting for me. That was exactly what I needed! Lori is very knowledgeable of the law and creates a powerful presence in the courtroom. She has a passion for justice and truly cares about her clients. I highly recommend Lori - you will be stronger with her on your side!
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Posted by Barbara | April 19, 2011
Great Job
From our first meeting I knew I had the right attorney. She set me at ease , answered all my many questions and continually assured me that she was fighting for me. That was exactly what I needed! Lori is very knowledgeable of the law and creates a powerful presence in the courtroom. She has a passion for justice and truly cares about her clients. I highly recommend Lori - you will be stronger with her on your side!
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Posted by anonymous | April 18, 2011
Excellent lawyer!
I absolutely would recommend using this lawyer! She was very professional and always informative, explaining to me what was going on each step of the way. There was alot of emotion involved in my case and she was compassionate and understanding. I believe her knowledge in the law and her ability to communicate with the district attorney is the reason my case was eventually dismissed.
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Posted by Nereida | July 20, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very little communication
Mrs. Laird is currently handling my case since March 2022 and I am so nervous because I've had to contact her office because my case was about to be closed by the court due to no activity and I have been having to check status on my own. Her office misspelled my name when filing into my case but I'm glad I noticed it. I'm not sure if that could cause any issues but don't want to risk it. I have recently read so many bad reviews on Yelp and Google. I am afraid the good reviews might be her friends or relatives trying to bring her score up. We have a court date on the 14th of August and I will update my reviews once this takes place. So far my ex has gotten away with not responding twice. I feel like I've been wasting my money but I will find out soon. I hope she handles my case the way a good attorney should. I had hired an attorney in the past in another county and it was a totally different experience. Crossing my fingers and i will update my review later.
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Posted by Paige Rainwater | November 25, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Family Law
She never spoke a word in court! $10,000 later and I represented my self! Thank God I had written a 15 page deposition against the other parent. I won custody on my own! However she told me NOT to ask for child support. I didn’t at the time because protecting my children was more important! Please don’t listen to that ridiculous advice from her! Every parent should have to pay for their child! Years later, I have called her office numerous times ...in hopes of over turning No CS....leaving messages with NO response. Her and I were FB friends! My latest call....she refused to accept because she was too busy! Moments later she posted on FB looking for someone to make “game pieces”! Seriously Lori....you’re pathetic! YOU OWE ME! Deleted and Blocked!
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Posted by anonymous | February 27, 2014
No Response
I'm truly amazed and disappointed after reading so many good reviews of Ms.Laird. This was not my experience. It has been 7 months with no contact from Ms. Laird, no email, no phone call...nothing. She was hired in 2012 to help with custody of a then 15 year old, now 17. Nothing has ever been filed with the courts. We heard a lovely song and dance about how she was involved with a high profile case involving a judge and that it was taking up all of her time. Her ever changing staff that answer the phone do the best they can, but there have been quite a few to come and go and I can only assume that it is due to having angry clients call and be angry with them because of no response from Ms. Laird.
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AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney at Law
  • Law Office of Lori Elaine Laird, PLLC
  • 2004 - Present
  • Attorney
  • United States Supreme Court
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Patrol Sergeant
  • Baytown Police Department
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Hostage Negotiator
  • Baytown Police Department
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Partner
  • Laird ~ Valdez, LLP
  • 2006 - 2011
  • Attorney
  • United States District Court Southern District Of Texas
  • 2005 - 2014
  • Personnel and Media Relations Officer
  • Baytown Police Department
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Instructor
  • Police Academy Instructor
  • 1998 - 2000
  • Patrol officer
  • Baytown Police Department
  • 1990 - 1997
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Education

  • South Texas College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • University of Houston, Clear Lake
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1999

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Sexual Assault
  • 5 felonies charges- 5 not guilty verdicts
  • Sexual Assault
  • Mistrial. D.A. refiled case- but we plead it out to a deferred adjudicated misdeameanor assault-

Associations

  • National Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • 2013 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association
  • 2013 - Present
  • Texas Family Law Foundation
  • 2012 - Present
  • Pasadena Philharmonic Society
  • Trustee
  • 2011 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas, Immigration and Nationality Law Section
  • 2011 - Present
  • Galveston County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • 2009 - Present
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • 2009 - Present
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • 2009 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas Family Law Section
  • 2009 - Present
  • Bay Area Bar Association
  • 2008 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas, Criminal Justice Section
  • 2008 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Member
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Texas Rising Star
  • Texas Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top Contributor Litigation
  • AVVO
  • 2013
  • Client's choice
  • AVVO
  • 2013
  • Top Contributor Criminal Law
  • AVVO
  • 2013
  • Top Contributor Family Law
  • AVVO
  • 2013
  • Member
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • 2013
  • Client's choice Family Law
  • AVVO
  • 2012
  • Client's choice Litigation
  • AVVO
  • 2012
  • Client's Choice Appeals
  • AVVO
  • 2012
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • National Adoption Day
  • 2006
  • Advanced Family Mediation
  • University of Houston
  • 2006
  • Mediation Certification
  • South Texas College of Law
  • 2006
  • Pro Bono Award
  • Galveston County Bar Association
  • 2005
  • Winner
  • Spurgeon Bell Moot Court Competition
  • 2003
  • Annotations Award
  • South Texas College of Law
  • 2003
  • Advanced Westlaw Training Course
  • Westlaw
  • 2002
  • Dean's Merit Scholarship Award
  • South Texas College of Law
  • 2001
  • Legal Honor's Fraternity Membership
  • Phi Delta Phi
  • 2001
  • Principle Based Leadership Skills
  • Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool
  • 2000
  • Listed on National Dean's List
  • National Dean's List
  • 1999
  • Oak Award
  • City of Baytown
  • 1998
  • Dean's List
  • University of Houston- Clear Lake
  • 1997
  • Dean's List
  • University of Houston- Clear Lake
  • 1997
  • 50 mile award
  • Harris County Sheriff's Academy
  • 1990
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Speaking Engagements

  • Galveston County Juvenile Justice CLE
  • Search & Seizure
  • 2011
  • Galveston County Juvenile Justice
  • Juvenile Law
  • 2008
  • Galveston County Juvenile Justice
  • Juvenile Law
  • 2007
  • Law Office Management Course
  • Law Office Management
  • 2006
  • Basic Police Academy
  • Police Professionalism and Ethics
  • 2002
  • Basic Police Academy
  • Texas Constitution
  • 2002
  • Basic Police Academy
  • United States Constitution
  • 2002
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (26)
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Family Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Lori Laird. She is multilingual, experienced and a very skilled attorney. Highly recommended."
Family Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Lori. She aggressively represents her clients while maintaining the highest ethical standards."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Lori Laird for criminal defense and family law. Lori is highly respected in the legal community-- a lawyer's lawyer-- someone attorneys will contact for legal advice on how to practice even better. Lori is an accomplished trial attorney. Lori is extremely smart, knows the law, and very easy to talk to. Lori is even invited on to the radio show, "Ask the Expert", where she takes legal questions from callers and answers them on the spot. Without reservation, I endorse attorney Lori Laird."
Litigation Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Laird is fearless as a lawyer who truly believes in "Justice for All". She provides clear insights on how the law works best for her clients and will strongly advocate for their legal rights. I highly endorse her for criminal and family law cases."
Family Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Lori is an amazing and effective attorney. She lead the crusade to remove an abusive and dishonest Judge from the bench in Galveston County. Her courage and thoroughness was a driving force in the removal case."
Family Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Lori is a fearless attorney who is not afraid to take on difficult cases."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Laird is a hard working attorney and gets excellent results for her clients."
Family Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I saw Lori in action in Child Support Court and also watched her take on a horrible judge in Galveston County. She is fearless yet likeable which makes for a super combination."
Family Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Lori as both a fellow lawyer in the community and a friend and I can tell you Lori's reputation is one of a person that knows her subject matter and knows how to get things done! Anybody would be fortunate to have Lori as their lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Lori Laird is one of the best opposing counsels I have dealt with during my nearly 17 1/2 years of practicing family law in the Galveston County area. She is a tenacious advocate for her clients but also has the experience to know when and how to negotiate the most beneficial outcome for her clients. I would use Ms. Laird as my counsel if the need ever arose in my personal life."
Family Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Lori Laird is an advocate for her clients and champions their causes. She knows what she is doing."
Family Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lori Elaine Laird was born arguing and winning. She has a natural ability in the court room that is a rare sight to see. She can think on her feet and is one of the most brilliant minds I've ever known. I have every faith in her abilities to represent clients in both civil and criminal litigation to the fullest. Her office staff is amazing and on top of everything."
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