I realized I wanted to be an attorney while I was in college. I was a political science major, and one of my favorite professors, who was also my advisor, commented that I had excellent critical thinking skills and that I would make a great lawyer. I‘ve always had a passion for helping others. My compassion coupled with my analytical skills is a natural fit in the legal field.
After several years as a criminal prosecutor, I took a job at a civil firm that handled all sorts of legal matters. I dabbled in civil and probate litigation, estate planning, corporate transactions, and family law. I love the interaction with individual clients and the legal strategy involved in achieving positive outcomes following contentious divorces and other family law matters.
I have many years of experience handling large complex property cases involving the characterization and tracing of separate properties. However, because I have a passion for helping others, I am interested in all areas of family law. I handle highly contested divorces and custody matters; post-divorce property division and enforcement matters; and drafting premarital and post-marital agreements. I handle surrogacy agreements as well. No case is the same, and I love a challenge. I also really enjoy taking on cases involving jurisdictional disputes; they can be complex and it’s an area of the law that I find both interesting and not well understood.
I really enjoy getting to know each of my clients personally and counseling them not just in the legal sense but also on a personal level. On the legal side, I love the complexity of the law and the strategy involved in winning a case and achieving the best possible outcome for each of the clients. On the personal side, I enjoy walking my clients through what is a very difficult and dark period of life and getting them to the other side. I help them see that there is life after divorce.
I have two precious children, who are now teenagers. Children are priceless assets. I relate to my clients when they come in and are fearful of losing custody, or losing time with them when the decision is made to separate and divorce. I have deep empathy and compassion for each client and strive to obtain the best custody order or agreement possible so that the parent-child relationship is least affected. Also, I hear my clients’ concerns about losing financial security in a divorce. At Walters Gilbreath, we pay attention to every detail and work very hard to get the best financial award possible in every case, so that our clients can plan and enjoy their future.