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THE RIGHT EXPERIENCE, THE RIGHT CHOICE

I am a trial lawyer with nearly twenty years experience trying criminal and civil cases in both state and federal courts.  I began my career as a Georgia state prosecutor where I gained significant trial experience in a very short period of time.  I then went to a mid-size law firm in Atlanta where I handled class action pharmaceutical defense for large pharmaceutical corporations and defended doctors in medical malpractice cases.  From there, I started my own law firm and eventually joined my husband in his law firm here in Sierra Vista. 

As is often the case with a small law practice, I successfully handled a wide variety of types of cases to include criminal defense, divorce, child custody, business and contract dispute litigation, real estate litigation, personal injury litigation, insurance litigation, medical malpractice, business transactional work, probate, bankruptcy, immigration, landlord tenant, among others.  I have also handled several appeals. 

I have acted as both a Mediator and an Arbitrator in numerous cases.  Arbitrators decide cases based upon the law where the parties have elected their cases to be decided in private arbitration proceedings, rather than a formal court setting.  Their role is very similar to that of a judge.

  During my fifteen years in private practice, I devoted a significant amount of time to pro bono work representing many people who could not otherwise afford legal representation.  Some of my proudest achievements have been standing in the way of corporate bullies who thought they could just run over people simply because they could not afford a lawyer. 

  In 2018, I returned to public service working as a prosecutor for Cochise County where I worked in the Justice Courts and as the County Juvenile prosecutor.  It was my privilege to work with Juvenile probation to help get our youth on a better path to prepare them for an adult life free of crime.  I have since left that position to focus full time on my campaign for election as Judge of the Superior Court after recognizing our County's need for experienced trial lawyers on the bench.   

     I am a member of the Georgia and Arizona State Bar.  I have been admitted to practice law in all levels of Georgia and Arizona state courts, including the Georgia Supreme Court and the Arizona Supreme Court.  In addition, I am admitted to the United States District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Court of Arizona, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. 

EDUCATION
University of Georgia School of Law
  • Juris Doctorate, cum laude
 University of Akron
  • BS Biology, Minor Chemistry
  • BS Medical Technology, area of specialization Microbiology
Trial Lawyer's College Graduate
 
National Institute of Trial Advocacy Graduate
 
Harvard Kennedy School of Public Administration Leadership Credential (graduation pending)
 
University of Arkansas - Masters Degree Program Public Administration (graduation pending)
 
LEADERSHIP & COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: 
  • Arizona State Bar Leadership Institute - Certificate Pending
  • Sierra Vista Chamber of Commerce Leadership Course 2018 Graduate
  • Former Adjunct Professor Georgia State University
  • Trial Lawyer’s College Alumni Board Member (past)
  • Rotary Club - Member
  • Foreign Exchange Student Host
  • Russell’s for Kids Foundation Board Member
  • The Compassionate Friends Support Group
  • Military Spouse - Supported husband while serving in the US Army
 PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
  • State Bar of Arizona, 2012 to Present
  • State Bar of Georgia, 2002 to Present
  • Arizona State Arbitration Panel - Arbitrator
  • Cochise County Bar Association - Member
  • American Bar Association - Member
  • National Association of Women Lawyers - Member
  • Atlanta Bar Association - Former Member
  • Atlanta Lawyer's Club - Former Member
  • Professional Women of Excellence - Member
ADMITTED TO PRACTICE IN THE FOLLOWING COURTS
  • State Bar of Arizona, 2012
  • State Bar of Georgia, 2002
  • Supreme Court of Arizona
  • District Court of Arizona
  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Georgia
LITIGATION EXPERIENCE
  • 2018-2019 - Deputy County Attorney, Managing Prosecutor of the Juvenile Division. Responsible for prosecution of juvenile offenders and management of support staff. Work closely with Juvenile probation in Diversion program. Handle all juvenile appeals.
  • 2013-2018 - Litigation Associate, The Russell's Law Firm, PLC, Sierra Vista, AZ. Handled complex civil litigation involving personal injury, medical malpractice, insurance bad faith, contract disputes, family law, appeals, etc. Represented clients in numerous arbitrations and mediations.
  • 2010-2013 - Litigation Associate, Law Office of W.
    Bryant Green, III, Atlanta, GA. Handled complex litigation involving products liability, personal injury, insurance bad faith, appeals, etc. Represented clients in numerous arbitrations and mediations.
  • 2004-2010 - Managing Partner, Holmes & Lekan, LLC, Suwanee, GA. Managed and ran the day to day business and administrative operations of the law firm and all personnel. Handled family law cases including divorce, legitimation, child custody modifications, child support modifications, name changes, adoption, probate cases to include conservatorships, guardianships, probate of wills, and probate litigation, complex civil litigation including medical malpractice, business entity formations and contract drafting, federal contract litigation, landlord/tenant disputes, real estate litigation, insurance bad faith, Chapter 7 Bankruptcies, criminal defense cases including misdemeanors, felonies and juveniles. Represented clients in numerous mediations and arbitrations.
  • 2003-2004 - Litigation Associate, Alembik, Fine & Callner. Defended pharmaceutical companies in class action litigation in the multi-district Federal courts, defended doctors in medical malpractice cases, defended medical device manufacturers in products liability claims, etc. Managed support staff.
  • 2002-2003 - Criminal Prosecutor Gwinnett County Georgia.
    Handled bench and jury criminal trials in State Court and managed all aspects of criminal prosecution to include interviewing witnesses, gathering evidence, trial planning, issuance of subpoenas, charging, legal research, drafting motions, etc.  Managed support staff.

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