After high school, I attended college to complete my studies as a Paralegal. I was blessed with the opportunity to work in the capacity of Administrative Management, in client acquisition and retention, collections, and as a Legal Assistant for several law firms that demanded strong interpersonal and organizational skills. This included assisting and training law clerks and new attorneys, hiring and training.
My love for the law started years ago, and though I have been recently working in the area of family law again, that has not always been the case. In the past, I also found joy with many areas of the law including personal injury and criminal appellate. For 15 years of my career, I worked closely with attorneys that practiced in the United States District Courts for the Southern, Northern and Eastern District of Texas, in the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth, Fifth & Eleventh Circuit and assisted preparing cases for the United States Supreme Court. In doing so, I began to learn to have patience and began to learn so that I could assist the clients from a non-attorney prospective.
I wanted to be a part of a firm that has genuine concern for the clients and their families, so I began working for Walters Gilbreath, PLLC. That brought me here. But what caused me to stay here was something that would change me for the rest of my life.
In January 2017, I suddenly lost my mother (and my best friend) due to a heart attack. I'd just spoken to her on the phone minutes before. This was only three months after I’d lost my step-father to his battle with cancer and so my family was in no way ready for another blow. I wasn’t prepared, my family wasn’t. But, I’d argue that nothing could ever prepare you to lose a parent. I struggled to understand what had happened and most importantly, ‘why’. My world had been turned upside down; this was something that none of us saw coming.
My daughter, Raya Jackson, was still in law school at the time and I attempted to literally work my way through the pain that I felt. I had to be strong for my family, after all.
I do know what it feels like to have your family broken, to feel the loss of a parent, to be bound, pushed, and pulled by your family mentally, emotionally, and suddenly. This experience has taught me compassion and appreciation for the bond between a family and has shown me that in tough times, sometimes your family is all that you’ve got.
In my free time, I enjoy volunteering at various churches and am an active member of Top Ladies of Distinction and a youth programs organizer for several communities. I am also a proud business owner, a proud “jack of all trades”. I have owned a successful hair salon for over 20 years and also currently run a catering and party planning company with my very supportive husband.
Here at Walters Gilbreath, PLLC, I can honestly say that we treat clients like family. This firm is my family – and I am not just saying that because I work with my daughter. Here, we try our best to keep families strong, help repair them, and advocate for the rights of the children, mothers, fathers, and even grandparents that cannot advocate for themselves.