Raya Jackson - Litigation Manager, J.D.

I attended undergrad at Stephen F. Austin University (GO JACKS!) and The University of Houston (GO COOGS!). I received my Juris Doctorate degree from South Texas College of Law and have never stopped loving the law. During my tenure at both universities, I was proud to be on the Dean’s list and a member of Honor’s college from 2011 - 2013 while working my way through school. During this time, (and for as long as I can remember) I have never stopped working to achieve my potential.

I grew up in Houston, Texas with a loving mother and grandmother and they have always taught me that if I wanted to be successful, I had to give everything my all. My mom, a great entrepreneur and innovator, taught me that working hard is not something you simply "do" every now-and-then. Instead, it is a lifestyle. When I was as young as ten years old, I was regularly waking up at 5:00 a.m. to help my mother, Sheree, at her hair salon or at our family's restaurant instead of watching cartoons (she promised that I could watch them as I worked though 😆). Now, she works with me at Walters Gilbreath, PLLC and I am so glad to have her support.

In 2008 and 2009 I worked with the Harris County Street Olympics program, working with underprivileged youth and also worked at an elderly center during that time. During this period, I also offered free tutoring sessions in many subjects for many children, especially children with learning and behavioral disabilities and/or struggles.

In 2015, I participated in Mock Summer Trial Academy and Tournament which placed in the top 6 in the division.

The law became a true love to me when I was just 12 years old; I was blessed to have the opportunity to be a criminal defense attorney in a Mock Trial Program. My experience in these programs and in my career have helped pave my path to becoming an aspiring attorney. I am a firm believer in the trust that someone places in my hands to help with their case and my ability to affect years of a person’s life are what make me work as hard as I do.

In January of 2017, my grandmother had a sudden heart-attack and passed away two months after my grandfather passed from his battle with cancer. Due to the fact that she had a healthy heart previously and no prior heart conditions, doctors were baffled. Being married to my grandfather for over 40 years surely impacted her and I believe to this day that her heart was broken from losing him. Struggling for closure, my family held each other closely and I dove in deeper for my love of family law. This experience shook me, changed me, and put my life into perspective. It showed me that family is one of the most important things and that life is short so we should not take it for granted. I have been fighting to help families harder than I've ever done before.

Working here at Walters Gilbreath, PLLC has been a truly rewarding experience that has taught me so much. I work as hard as possible for the clients and for their families; I don't give up. Most importantly, I serve as a confidant and shoulder to lean on to any client that needs it.

In my free time, I enjoy volunteering at various churches and youth programs and working on the completion of my first novel (my second love). I have also started learning to play the acoustic guitar and taken up cycling as hobbies.

I believe in the work that we do here at Walters Gilbreath, PLLC and am proud to be a part of such a hard- working firm that truly cares so deeply about the clients. Working in family law for the past five years has been extremely rewarding, but taxing, exhausting but worth it and I wouldn't choose anything else. This firm does great work, and I feel honored and blessed to be a part of it.