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Brandy M. Austin
Brandy M. Austin
As founder and managing attorney of Brandy Austin Law Firm, PLLC, Brandy Austin has worked hard to build an innovative law firm that caters to the legal needs of each client, provides professional growth opportunities for each team member, and gives back to the community. She strives to create a diverse team of legal professionals that provides innovative, high-quality, and cost-effective legal services to the everyday person and small business. Brandy frequently represents the underdog against big businesses and insurance companies. She also represents small businesses and business owners who are taken advantage of or who often give more than they receive. As a business owner herself, she shares a special connection and understanding with small business owners and their families.
Brandy Austin manages all the business, financial, marketing, and administrative aspects of the firm. She also supervises client accounts and each department’s case assignments and assists in more complex matters. Committed to the success of happy employees and a positive work-life balance, Brandy has created an inclusive team culture that celebrates individuality and promotes diversity.
Brandy Austin focuses her personal legal practice on multiple types of litigation, including personal injury, business disputes, probate, and contested family law. Brandy has tried multiple cases to verdict and is the lead member of the firm trial team.
Educated clients is one of the founding principles of the firm. Brandy Austin strives to simplify the legal process, automate the routine office tasks, and streamline the typical case process. One way Brandy educates her clients is by hosting a weekly Facebook and YouTube Live show – Disclosure: Live with Brandy Austin Law. Each episode is dedicated to a legal topic or question that may be in the news or that may be a frequent question or topic presented by clients. The show generally begins with a fun segment and local news headline segment before diving into the topic of the week. The show focuses on educating people on Texas law and the rights of its citizens, and even those who are not citizens.
Brandy is involved in the community and instills this principle into the firm culture. Each department and all members of the firm have the opportunity and are encouraged to become active members of the local community, as well as non-profit organizations that directly support the local community.
Born and raised in the small-town Salisbury, North Carolina, Brandy Austin is the first college graduate of her family. Neither of her parents graduated from college and she defied the odds to attain a high level of education. Following law school, she worked on medical malpractice and medical device cases, initially, on behalf of insurance companies. Soon after, Brandy transitioned to representing insured drivers of a non-standard insurance company. This position lacked the client interaction Brandy needed. She also married and became a mom during this time. Work-life balance become the highest priority after having her first child.
Realizing the need for a firm that creates, even encourages, a family-friendly environment, along with a place legal professionals could find value in the day to day work within the field of law, Brandy Austin started her own firm May of 2013. She worked only part-time in the beginning and only had a total initial investment of $300, which was the firm’s business registration fee with the state of Texas. The first year, with only a small number of clients, Brandy continually reinvested in herself and the firm to help it grow. The next few years were a building period. As with most businesses, some decisions were effective and helpful, some failed miserably. Creating a team of people with a shared vision and excitement for each day is a difficult task. People change, lives change. Brandy has worked diligently to find a group of people committed to providing quality, ethical legal services to a diverse community. The goal of the organization is to share differing views in an environment supportive enough to analyze them in a legal context and apply those ideas with the community and the profession of law.
Her life is a testament to what you can achieve through hard work, perseverance, determination, and resilience. She has an entrepreneurial drive that constantly moves her forward in the face of obstacles.
- Rising Star, Super Lawyers 2015-2018
- Fort Worth Magazine 2015-2018
- Top 10 Attorney Award Under 40, National Academy Of Personal Injury Attorneys
- AVVO Top Attorney Award
- Top Attorney, Ft. Worth Magazine 2015-2016
- 10 Best Client Satisfaction, American Institute of Legal Counsel
- Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation
- Reversal of existing law: Terry Revell v. Morrison Supply Company, LLC, No. 02-15-00195-CV
- Judgment awarded for over $1,000,000 for dog bite injuries
- Texas, 2008
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 2013
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 2014
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 2014
Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas
- J.D. – 2008
- Honors: Dean’s List
- Honors: Chair of the Alumni Committee for Phi Alpha Delta
- Honors: Finalist of Naman Howell Smith and Lee Interscholastic Client Counseling Competition
- Honors: Coach of National Client Counseling Team
- Honors: High A; Family Rights Litigation
- Honors: Participant in Strasburger & Price Moot Court Competition
East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina
- B.A. magna cum laude – 2005
- Honors: Dean’s List, Chancellor’s List
- Honors: First Generation College Graduate
- Honors: Recipient of Carlton-Troutman Scholarship for Political Science
- Honors: Attorney General of the East Carolina University Judicial Board
- Honors: Scholar for Council on Legal Education Opportunity
- Honors: Treasurer of Phi Alpha Delta
- Honors: Member of Gamma Beta Phi
- Honors: National Society of Collegiate Scholars
- Honors: Member of East Carolina Honors Organization
- Honors: Chancellor’s List
- Honors: Top 10% of Graduating Class
- Major: English & Political Science
- Quarterly Family Law Newsletter, April, 2009
- Cemetery of Roses, Nonfiction, Rebel: 47., 2005
- Uneaten Birthday Cake, Fiction, Rebel: 47., 2005
- At the End of the Dirt Road, Original play performed at Emerge Art Gallery, 2005
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Tarrant County Trial Lawyers, President-Elect
- Tarrant County Bar Association
- Arlington Chamber of Commerce
- Professionals Serving Seniors
- Tarrant County Probate Bar Association
- Arlington Bar Association
- BNI, Lake Arlington
Bryant Surley-Strong is a personal injury paralegal at the Brandy Austin Law Firm. As a paralegal, Bryant assists the personal injury attorneys with managing cases. He works with clients and the rest of the personal injury team to bring together all the facts of each particular case to make the strongest argument in defense of our clients.
Bryant grew up in the DFW metroplex and graduated from Mansfield-Summit High School in 2005. During his senior year of high school Bryant had the incredible opportunity to attend President George W. Bush’s second inauguration as a part of the National Youth Leadership Institute. This event helped foster his passion for politics and civic engagement. Bryant received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in German from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. At UNT, Bryant quickly became involved with student leadership, becoming a resident assistant at Kerr Hall and chairman of the North Texas College Republicans. As College Republican chairman, Bryant honed his skills as a student leader, participating in numerous televised student debates, campus political demonstrations, and campaign volunteer events. Bryant’s first job after graduating was with the College Republican National Committee. As a field representative for the CRNC, Bryant worked with College Republican chapters at colleges and universities across the commonwealth of Pennsylvania to grow their memberships and volunteer in campaigns in the 2010 midterm elections. He is proud of the work he did helping Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) and former Governor Tom Corbett (R-PA) win their elections. Bryant then returned home to DFW to work as a campaign representative for local Republican candidates. Two years later, Bryant returned to Pennsylvania to serve as the digital director for Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign. Working on a presidential campaign was the opportunity of a lifetime, and although Mitt Romney did not win, Bryant is incredibly grateful for the time he spent working during such an important moment in our nation’s history.
Although politics will always remain a personal passion and pastime for Bryant, the life of a traveling campaign consultant had started to lose its appeal. In 2013, Bryant decided to leave Washington, DC and return home to Texas. Less than a month after moving back to Arlington, Bryant met the man who would become his husband. After dating for a few months, Bryant knew that if he was going to make a life with his boyfriend, he would have to find a career with the stability that campaigns could not offer. Leaving professional politics was an easy choice when compared to the happiness that he had found with his boyfriend. Two years into their relationship, Bryant planned a trip for the two of them to visit the Grand Canyon. After a long day of hiking, he suggested that they stay at the park until after dark to gaze at the stars, where he then proposed. They married in the summer of 2016, and have been happily together ever since.
After leaving politics, Bryant briefly pursued a career as a teacher. He taught 7th grade Texas history and 11th grade SAT English prep at a charter school in south Dallas. Although teaching was an incredibly rewarding experience, he ultimately decided that it was not for him. He entered the legal profession in 2016, working for a boutique family law practice in Dallas. When that firm dissolved, Bryant joined a civil rights firm in Arlington as a legal assistant. It was at this job that he discovered a passion for law Working in civil rights law was deeply rewarding, and Bryant especially enjoyed working with clients to defend their rights. In 2018, Bryant was thrilled when he received an offer to join the Brandy Austin Law Firm as a personal injury paralegal. He is honored to work with such dedicated and exceptional team of attorneys, paralegals, legal assistants, and attorney liaisons. Joining the personal injury team has been an exciting and rewarding experience. New to personal injury law and a passionate lifelong learner, Bryant has loved delving into the art of personal injury law. He loves taking all the disparate facts and figures from complicated cases and carefully crystalizing them into a single, easily understood narrative. In college, Bryant was once rear ended while waiting at a red light by an uninsured, unlicensed driver. He understands how difficult and devastating a car accident can be, particularly when you are not at fault. While he is forever thankful that neither he nor his passenger were injured, losing his car hundreds of miles away from home was a disaster. Bryant takes pride in helping others navigate through stressful situations like the one he had to endure years before.
When not working, Bryant loves spending time with his family and friends, watching movies with his husband, going to the theater, cooking, and traveling. Bryant has had the opportunity to travel abroad to countries such as Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, the Czech Republic, England, and Wales. He and his husband hope to add France, Japan, and Norway to that list soon. Bryant became an Episcopalian in college, and he and his husband are active members of their church. Shortly before meeting his husband, Bryant found an abandoned kitten wandering in the street. Since he found the kitten on Elm Street, he decided to call him Freddy; when he found another kitten outside his apartment a year later, he naturally had to name him Jason. They soon hope to expand their family through adoption, and unfathomably excited to take this giant leap into parenthood.
Erika Wheeler is a contract attorney at the Brandy Austin Law Firm. She works with clients on family law, wills, trusts, estate planning, and probate matters.
Erika graduated from St. Edward’s University (Austin, TX) in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies. By taking all sorts of fun extra classes, she found herself on track for the “five-year plan.” That extra year was worth it for the courses, which included Art History, German Culture, Japanese Culture, Russian History, Meditation, multiple Psychology courses (just shy of a minor in Psychology), and a class on the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm.
During school, Erika was fortunate enough to make two trips to Germany with her paternal grandparents. Her grandfather immigrated to the United States from northern Germany when he was 10 years old. His family left a successful bakery behind in Germany and used those skills to eventually open a bakery in New Jersey. During these trips, they visited family historical sites (dating back to the 1660’s), met relatives and long-time family friends, and, of course, soaked up the beauty of Europe. As a second-generation American, it was important to Erika to establish this connection to her family’s history.
After graduation from St. Edward’s, Erika started her first career, which included administrative jobs in non-profit organizations, advertising, wholesale and warehousing, EBay consignment sales, and payroll sales. She has done everything from planning large events, trips, and meetings to shopping at the Dallas Cowboys Pro Shop to cleaning windows and vacuuming floors. Working in these roles allowed Erika to hone her customer service skills and gave her an awareness of the importance of every person in an organization.
In 2006, Erika married into an amazing family and became a wife, mom, and grandmother all in one day. Erika says she’s a bargain shopper and knew a great packaged deal when she saw it. After the wedding, Erika was lucky enough to live with her husband and her step-son and loved being a “Football Mom” from junior high through his college years. Those weekends when the house was full of kids playing video games and eating everything in the pantry are great memories now. So far, Erika’s two step kids have given them three grandkids, several “bonus” grandkids, and lots grand-dogs.
After her step-son went to college, Erika and her husband decided the time was right for her to return to school and pursue a second career. She enrolled in Texas A&M University School of Law (then Texas Wesleyan University School of Law) in Fort Worth, TX in 2012. During law school, Erika volunteered as a Student Ambassador, participated in the school’s pro bono trip to Costa Rica, and was a part of the Family Law and Benefits Clinic (now the Family Law and Veterans Advocacy Clinic). She also volunteered with the United Way’s VITA program, which provides assistance with preparing and filing income taxes to individuals and families who qualify at no cost. In law school, her favorite courses were Elder Law, Wills and Trusts, Family Law, Post-Conviction Actual Innocence, and Alternative Dispute Resolution. Working full-time and attending school part-time, Erika graduated from law school in 2016.
Erika was admitted to the State of Texas Bar in 2017. She worked with clients as a solo attorney before accepting a temporary, contract position with the Office of the Attorney General, Child Support Division. In that role, Erika reviewed pleadings that agency staff had prepared for court, assisted agency staff with questions of law and procedure, and worked on numerous special projects. This position gave Erika knowledge of the processes within the Child Support Division and has put her in a unique position to assist clients with their child support matters.
Erika’s personal experiences with the legal system through child support, questions of paternity, custody matters, CPS investigations, foster care, and adoption, as well as her experiences that have shown how helpful the law can be when facing matters of aging, disease, disability, and death, give her a unique point of view and understanding of the situations in which clients may find themselves. She has experienced many of the struggles and emotions that clients face, which allows her to empathize with their situation and work toward the best possible outcome for her clients.
Erika feels very fortunate to have joined the Brandy Austin Law Firm. She has found an amazing team that is focused on providing the best service to each client and truly sees clients as people and not as dollar signs. Here, she is grateful to have been able to put her personal experiences to good use for clients and sharpen her professional skills.
When not working, Erika and her husband, DeWayne, enjoy hitting the trails in their Jeeps. They’ve travelled to Utah, Colorado, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and around Texas to visit new parks and find new challenges (and new friends). They have a list of places still to visit, but Erika’s favorites trails are still the ones around Moab, Utah and Ouray, Colorado, particularly Hell’s Revenge in Moab. (You may have seen it featured in a commercial for the Kia Sorento.) Erika also loves to travel (NYC, the Canary Islands, Northern Ireland, Mexico, and all sorts of local trips), attend concerts (from Elton John to George Strait to Dropkick Murphy), watch movies (She is a sucker for Hallmark movies.) and Survivor (She’s only missed one episode since it debuted in 2000 and that one episode is why her now-husband installed DVR.), spend time with friends and loved ones, and take their dog, Declan (a 100 pound Golden Retriever – Irish Setter), to the dog park. She is always happy to show anyone photos and tell stories of Declan, their Jeeps, or Utah!
Texas A&M University School of Law, Fort Worth, TX, 2016
Family Law and Veterans Advocacy Clinic
Costa Rica Pro Bono Trip
St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX, 2000
B.A. in Religious Studies
Magna Cum Laude
University Honors Program
My name is Annalisa Ozuna Guerrero. I was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. I am the fourth out of five children. I was the girl raised between the two boys. I grew up in a close knit and loving family. My family was always involved in our community and in our church. All five of us children were highly active participants in extracurriculars and mostly in sports. The boys played football and baseball. The girls participated in cheerleading, dance and my personal favorite softball. Needless to say our house was very busy although it did lead to an extensive family trophy collection.
My mother worked full time as a sales associate at Dillards. My father was a general contractor and every summer was spent as a working summer. My father literally built houses from the ground up. He believed in working hard and he taught us strong work ethics. He instilled in each of us, that we have a choice in life to either work using your head or using your back. I can say my father’s plan worked because fortunately we all turned out pretty successful and we can all do most of our own home repairs.
I carried on the family tradition of attending G.B. Trimble Tech high school, located in downtown Fort Worth. My parents graduated from Trimble Tech, plus all of my siblings also graduated from there too. While attending Tech majored in Journalism and I was on Tech’s first softball team. I was highly involved in extracurricular activities and clubs. I proudly graduated with an advanced honors degree.
I am married to my husband Johnny, (who also graduated from Tech) for about twenty years. We have a total of three children, two children together, a son and a daughter. Our son graduated from Trimble Tech with an Electrical Technologies degree. He did leave behind his own legacy, he started Tech’s first ever swim team. For one whole year he was the swim team. He is working full time now. He will be attending college in the spring. Our daughter is a Junior in high school, at Trimble Tech. She is majoring in the Theater Arts Program and is on the swim team. Last but not least, we also have two fur babies at home. Rudy is our Silky Yorkie Terrier and Khole is our Shitzu. Our home is typically busy and full with family and friends.
I have been a volunteer for the Fight For Life Foundation for 15 years. It was initially started to help raise money for cancer patients, through a weekend softball tournament fund raiser. However through the years it has grown immensely and has expanded into raising money for people who have all types of life threatening illness. It is an indescribably good feeling to be able to directly help one person and their family, who are going through a difficult time.
Most of my work experience was in the medical field. I started out as a medical records clerk at a physical therapy and rehabilitation clinic. Later I moved up and worked at a neurologist office as an front office coordinator. Through years of hard work and dedication I worked my way up to being patient care coordinator, at a five physician practice specializing in infectious diseases. As a patient care coordinator I coordinated the discharge of hospitalized patients into the aftercare they required, whether it was a stay at a skilled nursing facility or arranging at home IV antibiotics. The job was fast paced and no two days were alike, but eventually I did want a change.
I had a major life changing even occur in 2017. Tragically we lost our youngest brother and the baby of the family due to a violent crime. To sum it up, it was a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The fact that it was covered in the news, only made it all the more all the more difficult. I can definitely look back now and say that was a redefining moment in my life. It changed me forever. However I was fortunate enough to be able to take time off and become a stay at home mother again. After awhile I decided that I was no 1950’s housewife and being a stay home mother was not in the cards for me.
It was time to choose path and to do something for myself. I enrolled back into Tarrant County College and took a few classes until I figured out what I wanted to do. I took one paralegal class and that was it. I knew this was it for me. The classes were not easy but I was committed. I loved the reading, the research, and the legal writing. I had finally figured what I wanted to do with my life. I found my major. I went on to take over a full course load. I eagerly went to day classes, night classes, weekend classes and summer school. I completed the Paralegal program fairly quick. I earned my Associates in Applied Science in Paralegal Studies.
I was extremely proud of my grades and of my degree but I was not quite satisfied. I had always wanted to graduate from a four year university however I did not know if I would even be accepted. Of course I had my many doubts; I was a married, mother of two teenage athletes with a full household to run and plus I was older than the average college student. I decided to take a risk and apply to the University of Texas at Arlington, after all at the very worst all they could do is say no. In spite of all the doubts and much to my surprise I was accepted.
I studied harder than ever had before. In order to graduate faster, I took classes at TCC and UTA simultaneously. I put everything I had into earning my Criminology and Criminal Justice Bachelor’s degree. I even made time to my senior year to make another lifelong dream come true, I became a certified SCUBA diver. If I have learned anything in my life it is this, anything is truly possible, it is up to you and how much are you willing to put into earning it.
My name is Claudia Harris and I was born on March 5, 1990. I was raised by two of the most important people I’ve had the privilege of having in my life, my grandparents. I was raised in Fort Worth and learned to love the city through the memories that my grandfather shared with me about his adventures in the city when he was young. He spoke of times and hardships growing up during The Great Depression, which grew a love in me for all things history related. When I was a child I was determined to become an Egyptologist and travel to the Great Pyramid of Giza, discover the location of Nefertiti’s tomb, and discover many other lost treasures of the ancient Egyptian past.
When I first graduated from high school in 2009, I enrolled as a History major with a minor in Archaeology and had every intention of finding my own memories in learning of the past and becoming a museum curator. But life took a turn and changed my plans in 2011, when I was in a car accident that left me in a wheelchair. After this life changing event, my entire goals and outlook on life have changed. I had to learn to live life with a different mentality and develop a greater level of patience. Following the car accident, I had to go through months of physical rehabilitation where I learned just how strong the body is and how incredible our bodies heal the physical and mental inflictions. Although I still have a love for history and archaeology, I am now highly passionate about ensuring that those with various disabilities have the same, or easier, access to public and private places throughout the country. Although I have just began this journey, I aim to change the current ADA regulations and laws in the nation.
Since my car accident, I have rarely traveled outside of Texas until this past year. I am drawn to New York, specifically New York City, and the beauty that is the fast-paced life. My love for New York began when I was in high school. I loved reading about New York Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week and starred in admiration at the beautiful designs that were worn by the models. One of my favorite places to visit in New York City is to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Throughout the year the museum displays several art exhibits from different regions and time periods. The art, sculpture, and historical site recreation are just a few of the things that are on display. Every year the Metropolitan Museum of Art hosts a well know gala called the MET Gala, where thousands of people attend to view the art exhibition that they put together for the gala. This July I was able to visit the theme for the Gala, Heavenly Bodies, where it featured the clothing that fashion designers have created through the decades that could be seen as having a connection or have had some inspiration from biblical history or the Christian religion. I was able to see dresses designed by Valentino, Dolce and Gabanna, Dior, and Givenchy. This trip to the museum was one on my bucket list, and definitely an experience that I will always cherish and remember.
Since I am living in a wheelchair, I never thought that I would actually be able to travel to a different state and have the same accessibility that I have at home. And whether or not I would be starred at and seem out of place in such a busy city. But it was the complete opposite as people were eager to help. While I had been afraid to travel in general, the thought of traveling on my own and visiting amazing places was terrifying. But luckily, I have chosen to conquer that fear and step out of the bubble that I had created for myself. The fear of public places has turned into a desire to make sure that people with disabilities have access to the places that they wish to travel to. I have so many cities and countries on an endless bucket list, I hope that one day I can visit all of them and tell my future grandchildren about my memories, like my grandfather did for me.
I have been attending Texas Wesleyan University since the fall of 2017 and I intend to graduate in the fall of 2018 with a BS in Paralegal Studies. I was previously attending Tarrant Country College and studied in their Paralegal Studies Associates degree program, and that is where my love for law began. Through the classes I was able to research current laws to see how they are applied to society and how we can remain safe through them, as well as what laws are outdated and need to be changed to benefit society. After I graduate from Texas Wesleyan University, I hope to attend the MA program at The University of Texas at Arlington to further my knowledge, with the intention to apply what I learn in updating the ADA regulations and laws.
This past year I have found the courage to step out of my shell and create my own adventures, instead of reading about the great ones that our ancestors before us have ventured, learned from and used the experience to change the world. Even just attending classes on a college campus has been a major step in my life. This year I am a new addition to the Brandy Austin Law team, and I have already gained so much knowledge of the legal world and plan to continue working in the legal field after I graduate. This year I have learned so much information to achieve my goals in my career and my personal life, and I have been able to experience so many situations in life that have shaped my views in the real world and the legal field, and can only hope to continue to grow throughout life’s experiences.
My name is Jody L Mings, my maiden name is Jody L Miller. I was born January 28, 1981 in Springfield, MO to supportive parents. I am one of four children in my family, all my immediate family resides throughout Texas. My extended family is in Missouri, South Carolina, or Arizona. My first job was in Healthcare at a Chiropractic office, where I worked throughout my College life. I received an Associates of Applied Science, from Navarro College in Corsicana, TX and I hold a License through the state of Texas for Occupational Therapy Assistant. I have been licensed for more than 16 years, with over 10 years being in Ground level, Area, & Regional Corporate management. I have provided Occupational Therapy to a variety of individuals/diagnoses throughout the state of Texas.
I was ready for a career change so here I am!
I have lived in multiple states in my life from my Birth place Springfield, MO, to Logan, NM and then Midlothian, TX. Once I graduated high school and college, I moved to Dallas to start my career. In Dallas is where I met the father of my children, jobs moved us to HEB, where marriage happened & ended, but we were blessed with our 2 boys. The boys and I moved to Arlington, where we currently reside with our 3 animals (1 Federally Registered Service Dog, 1 Federally Registered Emotional Support Dog & 1 cat).
My boys and I live a busy life, between Church, Academy tackle football GO SPARTANS, Martin Tennis, Orchestra, & Band. During down time, we have family time and watch movies, football or play Skipbo, Uno, Monopoly, or a variety of other games. We enjoy spending time with friends and family during the week and weekends. Summer vacations are important family & friend time, whether we travel to Colorado, Missouri, Galveston or beyond, we find local events to participate in and have fun!
Making memories are the goal in life while living a simple life.
My Oldest son, Kenny, is in 7th Grade, plays Tennis, plays an Upright Bass in Orchestra, plays a Clarinet in Band, is taking all PreAp Classes and wants to obtain a Degree in Veterinarian Medicine from Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology, in Denver Colorado. My youngest son, Zach, is in 6th Grade, plays Tackle Football for the SPARTANS through ACAO, a local Academy organization. Zach plays the Viola for Orchestra, he is in all Advanced Classes and wants to obtain a Degree in Engineering while playing Football for Texas A&M. I am the Team Mom for the Zach’s Spartan Football Team and a well-known Fan of the Texas Longhorns, Texas Rangers and Dallas Stars.
In my free time, I love to bake. I often Bake Cakes, Cupcakes or Cookie Cakes for my little side business, Blessed by Cakes. I started Blessed by Cakes in January 2018. My boys named the business as baking is a blessing to others but also to our little family. Baking is a relaxing hobby. Decorating the cakes, cupcakes or Cookie Cakes to specifications of the order, is fun. I accept challenges in my business and will provide to the best of my ability what the customer wants. My goal is to bring happiness to the customers and to myself when I see the customers face light up.
I also like to read books, self-help books, mystery books, and occasional religious books, other than the Bible.
Relaxing doesn’t happen much day to day, but if I have down time I would want to listen to music and be in the back yard, working on my plants or gardening.
While I am so busy, with kids, family, friends and animals, I try to keep life in perspective. I have rose up against many struggles in my life from Divorce to protecting my Kids and receiving Sole Custody of my Precious Boys. Thankfully the Boys’ father is coming around and doing what he has to do to have a relationship with our boys. Another struggle that most individuals my age generally doesn’t deal with is, Life can be taken from you in a blink of an eye. My family, kids and friends know this first hand as I am a 3-year survivor of Brain Surgery. I have what is called a Chiari, and surgery was required to relieve pressure and open areas up to allow room. I also have battled a couple scares of cancer.
As I have battled the struggles in life, through my Faith in God and support from Family, Friends and my Precious Boys I have come out stronger and with a brighter perspective of life.
I am Brandy’s Administrative Assistant at her Law Firm, Brandy Austin Law Firm, here in Arlington, TX. Brandy employing me has been a blessing, that came at the right time of being laid off from a wonderful hospital I had worked at for almost 9 years and had 21 years of Tenure with the entire company. Upon starting at Brandy Austin Law Firm, I immediately felt like I have found a new work family. Everyone is welcoming and helpful. Although I have been in Healthcare for a long period of time, this change in careers is a perfect fit for me. I look forward to coming to work and feel so blessed while I am here assisting in whatever ways are needed. Learning new things in life just makes one more successful.
Through my struggles, I know that with my input with Brandy Austin Law Firm team, we can assist you with any legal needs you have. Nothing is too small or too big that we can’t help you with your legal troubles. Please do not hesitate to call, so we can help you walk or run on this journey to happiness without troubles.
The Key to life is to live a simple life, there is nothing so big that you should stress about it, everything will work out how it is supposed to.
Give 210% to everything you do and you will be successful.
Larry Mike, II
Larry Mike II
Larry Mike II is an associate attorney for Brandy Austin Law Firm. Larry a 10-year veteran of the United States Air Force joins a long list of family members who served in the military since WWII. During his time in the military, Larry instructed new Law Enforcement trainees on weapons, tactics, and military operations before being accepted as a Special Agent in the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI). After graduating from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia, Larry worked with several three-letter law enforcement agencies while investigating drug related crimes. During his time in the military, Larry deployed to the Middle East in support of military operations throughout the region in support of the Global War on Terrorism and Operation Enduring Freedom. After honorably separating from the military in 2006, Larry completed his undergraduate degree with Bellevue University then attended Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (Texas A&M University School of Law).
During his time in Law School, Larry was chosen to be a member of several traveling mock trial and moot court teams to represent the school in regional and national competition. In May 2011, Larry earned his J.D. and represented his class as the graduation speaker during the graduation ceremony. In July 2011, Larry took and passed the bar examination after studying for only two-weeks. Larry focuses on family law and has represented fathers, mothers and children in Texas. Additionally, Larry’s understanding of the military community has allowed him to effectively represent military veterans in family law matters. Larry is a strong believer that children thrive when parents work together and focus on the best interest of the child. Larry can often be found primarily in Tarrant and Dallas county family law courts and on occasion in outlying counties. Recently, Larry was accepted into the Texas Bar College where the majority of his Continuing Legal Education focused on family law related topics. Larry a frequent contributor to the Brandy Austin Law Firm Facebook Live talk show also co-hosted a six-part mini series podcast entitled: Disclosure: Divorce In Texas currently available on iTunes. Currently, Larry is pursuing Board Certification in Family Law as he strives to distinguish himself as a knowledgeable family law attorney amongst his peers. Larry a transplant from Fort Knox, Kentucky currently lives in Fort Worth, Texas and calls Texas the greatest state in the Union and of course his home. When he is not working, Larry attempts to replicate recipes by his favorite multi-Michelin star chef Gordon Ramsay. Larry also enjoys writing children books, fishing, traveling, cooking and eating.
Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, Fort Worth, Texas
D. – 2011
Honors: Order of the Barristers Recipient Honors: Dean Delta Theta Phi
Bellevue University, Bellevue, Nebraska
B.S. 2007 Honors: Dean’s List Major: Criminal Justice Administration
Professional Associations and Memberships
Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association
Arlington Young Lawyers Association – Board Member
Arlington Young Lawyers Association – President 2017
360 West Magazine Top Attorney – 2017
Texas Bar College, 2017
Top Turkey, 2017
Top Door Design (Christmas) 2017
Yesha is a graduate of University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and minor in Criminal Justice. Following her undergraduate, Yesha decided to relocate to Oklahoma City for three (3) years and attend Oklahoma City University School of Law. During law school, Yesha joined the Jodi G. Marquette American Indian Wills Clinic. As part of the course, Yesha visited different American Indian Reservations in Oklahoma. The course allowed Yesha and her classmates to work under the supervision of a licensed Oklahoma attorney in providing wills drafting services to American Indians who own an interest in Indian land in Oklahoma. The classroom component of the course also focused on receiving instruction and training in client relations and American Indian estate planning.
She received her Juris Doctorate degree in May of 2015. Promptly after graduation, Yesha moved back home to Irving, Texas to start studying for the bar exam. Yesha was determined to pass the bar exam. She spent close to ten (10) hours a day for nearly two (2) months studying for the July 2015 bar exam.
While waiting for the bar result, she decided to apply for a judicial internship at George Allen Civil Courts Building. She was a judicial intern for the Honorable Judge Martin Hoffman of the 68th Judicial District Court in Dallas County, Texas. As an intern, she drafted legal memorandum, observed trials and hearings in civil litigation matters. For nearly three months, Yesha observed, and assisted the Court staff and Judge with trial preparation, and jury selection. She also received default judgment training by the Court Coordinator during this time period. As part of her networking and court room interaction with attorneys on the daily, she received her first full time position as a litigation attorney with a personal injury firm in Dallas, Texas.
Yesha is licensed to practice law in Texas since November 2015. Yesha joined the team at Brandy Austin Law Firm in July of 2016. One of Yesha’s focus is representing injured women, men, and children due to the negligence of an individual, or a company. Yesha believes in allowing the pre-litigation personal injury process to benefit injured clients. She considers this one of the most efficient and effective way of resolution. But when the process does not help the clients, she is not hesitant in proceeding forward through litigation. As part of her litigation role, she drafts and files motions, attends mediation, conducts depositions, prepares a case for trial, and presents the case at trial. Yesha has successfully tried at least two bench trials in Justice of the Peace Courts in Tarrant County. Yesha is also second chair to Brandy Austin on multiple cases tried to verdict for personal injury. Yesha generally practices in Tarrant and Dallas counties. Occasionally you will find her in the outlying counties in Texas.
Yesha wears many hats since joining the team at the Brandy Austin Law Firm. Another focus of hers is practicing estate planning, and probate matters. With the help of the probate legal staff, Yesha helps clients plan their estate through customized estate planning options available to each client. Yesha also helps individuals whose family member(s) recently passed away and are in need of probate services. She achieves this by filing the necessary documents with the Court and attending a prove-up hearing. One of her favorite subjects to practice is a contested probate litigation matter.
Yesha was born and raised in India. While in India, her parents enrolled Yesha in school focused in English to help facilitate the change and the move. She moved to the United States at the age of twelve (12). Being in a new country, and barely speaking the language, Yesha had to not only learn the culture and tradition, but also learn English fluently. She believes that anything can be achieved with hard work and determination. It’s the hard work and determination that successfully helped her learn English, fluently. Yesha is the first generation college and law school graduate in her immediate family.
She is fluent in English, Hindi, and Gujarati. As a young adult, Yesha learned to read and write in Hindi and Gujarati. Now, she’s only able to read at a snail’s speed in Hindi and Gujarati. In her free time, Yesha loves to travel, watch movies, read, and spend time with her family. Yesha loves to eat food and try new restaurants through Yelp.
- Texas, 2015
- S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 2017
J.D., Oklahoma City University School of Law, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; 2015
- President of Texas Legal Society
- Jodi G. Marquette American Indian Wills Clinic
- Women’s Law
- Member, Phi Alpha Delta
B.A., University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas; 2015
- Dean’s List
- Cum Laude
- Indian Student Association, Member.
- The William ‘Mac’ Taylor American Inn of Court, Member.
- Tarrant County Trial Lawyers Association, Member.
- Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Member.
- Arlington Young Lawyers Association, Director of Marketing.
Jennefer Lowe joined the firm in July 2015 as an Of Counsel Attorney.
After high school, Jennefer spent time serving the nation in the United States Navy. Jennefer earned a Bachelor of Science in Family and Human Development from Arizona State University, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2011. She went on to attend Baylor Law School where she participated in the National Security Moot Court Competition and served as a volunteer for their Veteran’s Clinic.
After graduating from Baylor Law School in 2014, Jennefer moved to San Antonio with her husband and daughter. She worked from home as an Of Counsel Attorney for several different firms around Texas, doing primarily research and appellate work. In 2016, Jennefer decided to turn her attention to the practice of Criminal Defense. She joined an attorney in the Waco area and began handling several criminal cases and learning that area of law.
In 2017, Jennefer moved to Fort Worth and joined the Brandy Austin Law Frim in May. She currently lives in the Fort Worth area with her husband and two children.
- Texas State Bar, 2014
Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas
- Doctorate of Jurisprudence – 2014
Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
- Bachelor of Science in Family and Human Development – summa cum laude – 2011
- Honors: Dean’s List
- Honors: Top 10% of Graduating Class
- Major: Family and Human Development
- McLennan County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
- Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
- San Antonio criminal defense lawyers association
- Jennefer Lowe joined the firm in May 2016.
- After high school, Jennifer spent time serving the nation in the United States Navy. Jennefer earned a Bachelor of Science in Family and Human Development from Arizona State University, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2011. She went on to attend Baylor Law School where she participated in the National Security Moot Court Competition and served as a volunteer for their Veteran’s Clinic.
- Since graduating from law school, Jennefer moved to San Antonio and now Fort Worth where she currently lives with her husband and 2 children.
- Since graduating from law school, Jennefer moved to San Antonio and now Fort Worth where she currently lives with her husband and 2 children.
Jay Gueck has been practicing law for over 50 years, having graduated from law school at the University of Colorado in 1963. The year prior to graduation, Jay was a member of the Moot Court team which won the National Championship in New York City, and Jay was fortunate to be named as the outstanding speaker. The judges on the panel included Justice William Brennan and Justice Thurgood Marshal.
Upon graduation, Jay became an associate in the litigation firm of Hindry, Erickson & Meyer, in Denver, Colorado, where he devoted his attention to personal injury, family law, commercial litigation, and criminal defense. He continued with this practice for a number of years, becoming a partner in 1965, as the law firm evolved under different names until William Erickson was appointed to the Colorado Supreme Court, at which time the name of the firm became Morrato, Gueck & Colantuno. Jay remained a partner in that firm, continuing with the same areas of practice in which he had engaged for approximately 19 years. During this period of time, Jay was very involved in criminal defense, participating in seven murder cases, of which he was first chair in four of them, achieving acquittals or reduced charges in each case. Jay also successfully defended various public officials, including a district attorney, commissioner of revenue, superintendent of schools, and a county commissioner. In another matter, Jay was appointed by the U.S. District Court to defend a lawyer accused of fraud. This appointment involved an agreement with the U.S. Attorney whereby Jay and his client, who had worked closely with a Belgian baron in a fraud scam, were dispatched to Europe, with Jay posing as an investor, in an effort to entice the baron to return to the United States (neither the FBI nor Interpol could locate the baron), so that the baron could be arrested and returned to Colorado for trial. This venture was successful, and the client was granted immunity in return for his efforts and testimony. Jay determined to end his criminal defense career with this case, whereupon he was appointed, in 1982, to serve as a judge in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Colorado. Jay served in this capacity until he and his family moved to Texas, in 1986.
Jay is often asked why he decided to move from Colorado to Texas. His response is that he hates the cold and the snow, and every winter in Colorado, said he was leaving – he finally did.
Upon moving to Texas, Jay became a partner in a large international law firm, devoting his attention primarily to bankruptcy. He continued in that area of the law, and later joined with various former partners to form what ultimately became the law firm of Olson Nicoud & Gueck, and Jay again expanded his practice to include the representation of plaintiffs in the areas of personal injury and resumed practice in commercial litigation, as well as bankruptcy.
Jay’s legal experience over the years has been in the litigation field, primarily in tort, commercial litigation, criminal representation, and bankruptcy, as well as an extensive practice
in appellate endeavors. During this period of time, Jay has had the opportunity to serve as lecturer in various litigation and bankruptcy seminars, and in 1981, served as President of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association.
In the course of Jay’s practice, both in Colorado and in Texas, he has been admitted to all state and federal courts in Colorado, including the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and, in 1972, he was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. After moving to Texas, Jay secured admission to all state and federal courts in Texas, and was admitted to practice before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. More recently, in 2016, Jay was retained to represent an oil company in defending a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court, in Chicago. Jay secured a summary judgment for that client, and the case was dismissed. However, the plaintiff appealed, and Jay was then admitted to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, where he obtained a dismissal of the appeal.
In 1992, Jay completed training in mediation from Attorney-Mediators Institute, and was certified in May, 1992. Since that time, he has mediated various cases in the fields of commercial litigation, family matters, professional liability, torts, and bankruptcy. Jay continues to practice in litigation, and in bankruptcy, as well as in appellate matters.
When the lease expired for Olson Nicoud & Gueck, one partner retired, and Jay determined to continue to practice but move his practice closer to his home, in Arlington. Thus, he was able to secure a position with the Brandy Austin Law Firm, where he currently devotes his attention to bankruptcy, personal injury, and commercial litigation.
Law Firm Administrator
Hunter was born and raised in the small but growing town of Crowley, Texas. There he lived with his loving family consisting of his mother, younger brother and father. Early in his life his mother passed away after losing her battle with cancer. His father was and continues to be a strong role model for him. For the majority of Hunter’s life his father could be found in the service industry. Growing up Hunter remembers many of the bring your child to work days his father would him and his brother would attend. Little did he know this would feed is love for cooking and creating later in life.
Hunter’s childhood was full of love and care from his father’s family and friends who help raise him and his brother into their teen years. Hunter attended Crowley High School. He enjoyed going to class and making friend, some of which he still in touch with. In his graduating year Crowley High School developed a early career training center where we would rediscover his love for cooking and creating meal for his friends and family. He quickly became the top of his Culinary Arts course lead by Chef Philpot, where he would study every little thing he could. He eventually he was handed the reigns of the schools Bistro where he learned to prepare and delegate simple hot sandwiches, serve beverages and run the cash register. To this day Hunter uses the skills he learned to prepare food for his friends and family as often as he can.
Having his culinary arts background it made it easy for Hunter to join the job force in food service. He began working as a line cook and a local wing bar in Burleson, Texas call Cocky’s Wing Bar. After awhile he discovered that growth at Cocky’s was limited at that point he decided to leave. A friend convinced him to join him as a delivery driver and later shit leader for the popular pizza delivery establishment Papa John’s. There he developed face to face customer service skill with people from all walks of life. This skill would later be essential to helping him with clients, and anyone who happened to walk into The Brandy Austin Law Firm office feel welcomed and warm.
After 3 years of working for Papa Johns it became clear to Hunter that the pace of growth had slowed down. He discovered a new opportunity as customer service representative (CSR) for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, he developed an understanding for the importance of client security. As CSR he helped keep client information secure and safe by screening each request and following the strict security guidelines set by the Federal Reserve Bank. After a year the travel from Fort Worth to Dallas proved too much to continue.
With his background of customer service positions and information security training, he turned his sights to the legal field. He figured that he would be an unlikely but natural fit. With hopes high he inquired about a position for a Legal Secretary at the Brandy Austin Law Firm. Now he welcomes any and everyone to Brandy Austin Law Firm with a smile on his face. For more than a year he went above and beyond for client and coworker alike. Eventually working his way up to Law Firm Administrator where he can use all the the skills he has developed to assist with the everyday operation of Brandy Austin Law Firm.
At the age of 22 he went from a party of one to a party of four overnight. After meeting at a mutual friends get together he and his now fiance quickly began to fall in love. After sometime and trust had been built his now fiance would introduce him to the next chapter in his life fatherhood. It would begin by meeting his fiance’s pre-started family, her daughter and her son, and just as quickly as he fell in love with her, he fall in love with them. He began to feel the puzzle coming together and at the age of 25 he and his fiance would open the next chapter of life their with their third child. Now Hunter lives in Fort Worth, Texas with his fiance and children, continuing to be a home supported by love.
Outside of work, Hunter enjoys spending time with his family, streaming movies, episodes of his favorite television shows, youtube internetainment, playing board games and video games. Among their watchlist is The The Game of Thrones, Star Wars movies, The Flash, This is Us, Modern Family, any of the Marvel movies, and Good Mythical Morning just to name a few. They try to go out and spend time together as much as they can.
While he doesn’t consider himself a diehard gamer (anymore) he does like to spend his free time playing games on his home computer Minecraft, Skyrim, Boarderlands series, and more often than not League of Legends (LOL) are among his favorite and most played games. He has been play computer games for a little over a decade but has in recent years found that tabletop games like Dungeons and Dragons or Mutants and Masterminds and board games like Ticket to Ride or Pandemic can be just as immersive and fun to play. Best of all these types of games are easy to travel with and can be taken to family events or friendly get togethers.
It is his mission in life to improve the quality of the lives around him at work or at home. To make everyone feel welcomed, loved or appreciated. Eventually, Hunter plans to go to school to further his education and improve upon his skills to more effectively take on the obstacle in the world around him. Later he would like the opportunity to open his own business to have something to pass down to his children. As a constant he will continue to strive for excellence and continue to work to improve the client/customer experience wherever he finds himself.
I am Kassandra Miller, proud employee of The Brandy Austin Law Firm currently located in Arlington. I work in the Billing Department, I am also a criminal law legal assistant as well as a legal assistant for personal injury department in dealing with post litigation, and settlement.
On August 10th will be a year since I started working for Mrs. Austin and throughout that year I have acquired legal knowledge that helps me do better for not only me but the clients as well. I am able to explain the legal process to those who are not sure about the legal process. In other words, those who do not speak legalese (this is considered Attorney/Courts speak).
Now that I have explain my job I can share with you a bit about who I am. When I was little, I often traveled with my father because he was an over the road truck driver so I am well-traveled having been to most of the continental United States excluding four States. The States I have not traveled to are the Dakotas, Montana and Wyoming. Being well traveled has given me an appreciation for the vast diversities of people. Growing up primarily in Texas of which I was borne and mostly raised, travelling in our country, all over culturally speaking their differences from just state to state are vastly different. We may mostly all speak the same language; however, the differences in dialects is there.
What I do in my free time is I enjoy hockey, baseball, and working mechanically on cars. I enjoy spending time in the kitchen, and I really love reading sci-fi and mystery books. I have a passion for reading and have my entire life. It’s a form of escape but you are able to rehearsed in numerous cultures, places, events and it’s a hobby that I feel I will forever engage in. An important factor in my life would be spending quality time with my family members. I am the youngest sibling of five children and not having any children of my own allows me the opportunity to spoil my nieces and nephews. I am closest with my oldest sister for she was my main caregiver as a child and growing into an adult. We spend a lot of time together doing many outdoor activities such as hiking, gardening, photo shoots for my niece and tons of football, basketball and baseball games for my nephews.
I enjoy working on home improvements, vehicles and really enjoy going to car shows. I have been told numerous times that I am a tomboy but I enjoy getting pedicures, manicures and cooking also. I enjoy learning new things and enjoy new experiences. I was raised to rely on yourself to get things accomplished so I’m rehearsed in many gender-neutral activities.
I graduated from premier High School located in Fort Worth with Honors. I also attended Tarrant County College for a year and a half and with the demand of living decided to gain experience in the actual workforce day to day. I enjoy being able to assist people within the legal field and reassuring people in their time of need. As the Firm Billing Assistant, you have to be able to provide the clients comfort in knowing that their case is proceeding forward within the direction that they wish for it to proceed. When people see their bills they often become confused and frustrated with the legal process. I find comfort in speaking with them and providing them the knowledge that they are not alone.
As I discussed earlier, being the youngest of five siblings I was found myself in the emergency room quite often from either getting hit in the forehead by a Frisbee and needing stitches or falling off of my bicycle trying to keep up with the older siblings. I have had stitches numerous times opposed to my oldest siblings whom never seemed to have any ailments. The protection from my older siblings was trying at times. I will forever be known as the baby of the family and at times that can be difficult on its own. I love being able to share our childhood stories with my nieces and nephews. I also enjoy seeing the karma unfold within their children and having the luxury to having a front row seat to my sibling’s demise. There is a thirteen-year difference between myself and my oldest sister; therefore, my age allows me to understand my nieces and nephews a lot more than their parents. I am the fun-loving Auntie yet they are able to confide in me. I really enjoy being their go to person for advice or mediator between them and their parents.
As a child, I grew up wanting to become a Veterinarian. I love the unconditional love that comes from animals and I find great comfort in all animals alike. My life’s passion has always been to assist people and animals. I had a brief encounter whereas I wanted to work as a Social worker for Child Protective Services or children that struggled in poverty or abusive homes. However, my heart simply could not take the burden of not being able to personally save each child. Therefore, the next best thing is finding a career that is able to at least assist with the legal process one case at a time.
If I had to pick anywhere in the United States to live I would choose either Hawaii or Arizona. I am naturally constantly cold all the time so I prefer warm places throughout the year. I enjoy the warmth that Texas provides but the humidity that comes with the Texas heat is something that I most certainly could do without. I have a five-year plan in place to find my niche, possibly start a family of my own and discover what I am able to offer this world. I am a Christian and I have a duty to assist my community and I simply have to fine tune what I am able to do during my lifetime.
I was born June 21,1990 in Fort Worth, TX to the best mother that has existed. From what I have been told I would not stop crying and while everyone else in the room hated it my doctor said it music to his ears. Growing up in single parent household taught me a lot and helped me learn about life a lot faster than most. I knew very young that education was key to being successful and creating a stable life. Unfortunately, I had a difficult time in school and once I turned 15 or 16 I dropped out of school and started working. I received my G.E.D. at around 17 years old and then got my CNA licenses and started working in a nursing home. After a couple of years working various jobs I decided to move out of the city to my parents in Whitney, TX. While I was in Whitney I worked for a coffee shop and a bank as a teller. A lot of the people I worked with were getting their degrees and talking about what they wanted to do with their future. I was encouraged hearing people’s stories and eventually my passion for an education and successful future was back. I tried attending an online college but ended up failing my first semester and thought maybe I was ready or maybe I was smart enough, so I took a year off.
During my year off I focused on my health and thinking about what I wanted to do with my life. I realized that I had always had a passion for helping others and fighting for a cause so I researched degrees with helping other people as their focus. My research pointed me towards social work so I contacted the local junior college and spoke to an advisor and I signed up for community college. After two semesters I moved to Maryland, Virginia and back to Arlington,Texas but continued at the community college by taking online classes. During that time I also failed my fourth semester but when I returned to DFW I applied to The University of Texas at Arlington and was accepted into the Social Work program. My second semester and my third semesters I added two minors to my degree program and a diversity certificate.
I loved college and I was thriving. I joined a women’s leadership program, a leadership honors program, a global change organization, and the Center For African American Studies Emerging Scholars Program. I did my best to network so that I would have connections once I was out of college. Participating in different organizations and learning about other cultures I noticed that there were somethings that needed to change so I decided that once I completed my undergrad I would attend law school and become an attorney. I contacted the Pre-Law Center at my university and applied for an internship for a law firm. I actually had no clue what firm I was applying to and I had no idea what I would be doing but I knew that if I didnt take the risk I would never know if I could get the internship. Some how they liked me and I got the internship at Brandy Austin Law Firm. I interned there throughout the summer while also working full time at Starbucks and taking three classes. When summer ended Brandy Austin Law Firm asked if I would stay as the marketing director. Again I had no idea what I was doing but I knew I wanted a career in law and I would be stupid to pass up the opportunity to work in a law firm. As the marketing director I help with all social media platforms, help with filming the firm’s live show, and help plan events throughout the year. I have learned many things about since starting with the Brandy Austin Law Firm and as I continue my journey through school I hope that I continue to learn and grow.
I graduate May 2018 with my BSW and plan to continue my education in law. While being the marketing director isn’t direct hands on with cases I still have the opportunity to hear certain aspects of law, learn about the business of law, and how to treat people with respect. Working at the Brandy Austin Law Firm has given me the opportunity to have a balance between my job and family. I have two older sisters that I enjoy spending time with along with their children. I have seven nieces and nephews that keep me busy on the weekends. Spending time with my family is very important and I am lucky enough to have time to spend with them. I have a three-year-old Alaskan Malamute that never stops shedding and I have been married two years April 24th. My stepfather has been one of my biggest supporters through college and I couldn’t be more thankful. My graduation is a huge milestone for someone in my family and every day I do my best to make those around me proud.
I have been blessed in life to experience many of the things I have experienced and to have the opportunities I have. It is important to me that I wake up every day and make it the best it can be. I try to have gratitude for what I already have and work hard for the things that I want. Working as the marketing director for Brandy Austin Law Firm is a learning experience everyday but I have fun with it, stay positive, and try to lift spirits in the office any chance that I get. I remain committed every day and do my best every chance I have. It is important that whatever environment I am in I leave only positivity behind. Negativity isn’t helpful, and I have made the decision to try to bring a little light wherever I go including the company I work for, Brandy Austin Law Firm.
I was born in one of the most beautiful states, North Carolina. I know that most people think their state is the one of the greats, but North Carolina really is. The mountains, the foothills, and the beaches. Seven lighthouses that scatter the shoreline and islands that belong to wild horses. One of the first 13 states and home to the lost colony of Roanoke. To ride through the Blue Ridge Mountains in in the fall, is a beautiful sight to see. With the leaves turning beautiful colors, of fire red and yellow with many other colors thrown in. People from all over the country come to see the change. Being settled in the foothills meant my family could drive fairly short distances and be either in the mountains or go the other way and hit the beaches. My favorite times were always when the Highland Games came to Grandfather Mountain in Asheville. Taking these trips and learning about where people came from always intrigued me, still does to this day.
I would love to travel all over the world. Almost anyone can travel to see something nowadays. You don’t have to wait until you get vacation time approved, you can just go for a weekend, or even a day trip. Sometimes, my husband and I like to go down to San Antonio for a weekend, and spend time on the Riverwalk. Traveling is something that is very important to me. The world has a lot to offer, I hope to take advantage of that.
At 24 I left my home state and moved to Texas. There is no other place on Earth quite like Texas. It take more than thirteen hours to drive the length. Bluebonnets in the springtime are a beautiful sight to see. From El Paso to Austin, every city is different and beautiful and vibrant. The food here is better than anywhere else. As someone who was born and raised on the east coast, I never thought about the history of the West. But the more that I am here, the more I love it. I learn new things about the environment every day. There is a saying about the people that transplanted here. “I wasn’t born here, but I got here as fast as I could.”
At 30 years old, I got married and purchased a home, all in the same year. It was absolutely overwhelming and terrifying. I met my husband not long after I moved to Texas. We have been pretty much inseparable ever since. After six years, we finally got married. So far that was a pretty good decision. Purchasing a home was even scarier. So far, that has also been a great decision.
My whole life I have had a passion for animals. I’ve been around them since the day I was born and I would have to sit here and think of a time where there wasn’t a pet around me. Every dog is the best dog. I don’t know what I would do without my dog. She really has saved me. We have also taken in an elder dog that I have known since he was a puppy. He is a wonderful grumpy old man. Both dogs are larger Chihuahuas. Our cat however, has a very large attitude. In fact, she may even be a bit big for her britches. But my husband found her as a lonely survivor of a litter of kittens in the rain. She gets away with a lot.
My family is a wonderful family. They are there through it all, the good days and the bad. A sister who taught me how to be an adult, who taught me how to pretty much everything. Between my own family and my husband’s family, someone is always there for us. It is a great feeling, knowing you have people behind you that you know want to see you succeed and be happy. I am forever grateful for that.
I have a long wonderful history with video games. Starting with a regular Nintendo and Super Mario Brothers. I will always remember hanging out in front of the T.V. laying on the pull out couch. I then graduated to an original Gameboy, that was life changing. Handheld. Sometime you had to play in the bathroom just to have enough light. My next console was the Nintendo 64. Donkey Kong was my absolute favorite. We didn’t have much money so I did not have another console of my own until the Xbox360. I still played on everyone else’s system, so I didn’t miss out on much. I have moved to the P.C. for the most part lately. There is something nice about being able to build a computer that fits your needs exactly.
Living in Texas has opened my eyes to so much great food. In Fort Worth, the choices are limitless. Any type of food you could think of, it’s here. If for some reason it isn’t here, you can go to Austin and find it there. I love being able to try new things and eat something that is new and exciting. If only there were more themed restaurants in the area.
Before becoming a legal assistant I was supervisor to over 40 people on jobs where we would go in after a Wal-Mart was built and install all of the shelving, cash registers, and even build the dressing room. It was a physically demanding job that granted me the opportunity to travel. I got to drive across country multiple times with my husband and our one dog at the time.
Becoming a legal assistant has been very rewarding for me. I have been able to lay down roots in a place and learn something new. I’m so very happy that I have been able to learn a new skill and help people in the process. I have delivered for meals on wheels and was active in the Chamber of Commerce for multiple years. I hope to continue my career and provide assistance to those in need.
Maria Mercedes Torres
Maria Mercedes Torres
Maria Mercedes Torres is a legal assistant for the Brandy Austin Law Firm. Maria initiated her path into the legal field at Brandy Austin Law Firm in June of 2016. Her starting position at the firm was a part time office assistant and translator for our Spanish speaking clients; while working a full time job. All the hard work and dedication she invested in the firm has been substantial, and was promoted as our full time Family Law legal assistant on December of 2016. Since, she has been transferred to the Personal Injury department where she continues her hard work and dedication.
As a legal assistant of the Brandy Austin Law Firm Maria is responsible for the initial process of a personal injury claim. This consists of opening claims, confirming client’s coverages, and communicating with clients. She periodically contacts clients to address any questions or concerns and also provide clients with any updates in a clients case. Maria also translates for the firm. She often translates for the Family Law department, and just about any area of practice that needs her bilingual skills.
Aside from assisting at the firm Maria also attends to marketing/networking events on behalf of the Brandy Austin Law Firm. Maria attends to Business Over Breakfast also known as B.O.B. and the Chamber After Hours hosted by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce. Maria is also familiar with the networking group B.N.I Shady Valley were she occasionally attends.
Maria graduated from the Oscar Dean Wyatt High School in June 2014. During her high school career Maria was a member of the Marching/Concert Band. In band she participated in several U.I.L. Competitions while playing the Saxophone. Her senior year in Marching Band Maria set her saxophone aside to play the role of Drum Major. Maria is also a sports fanatic. In high school she played Softball and Soccer. Maria experienced the college life right after high school and after her experience in the legal field Maria has been encouraged to further her education in the legal field. She will be returning to school in the Fall of 2018.
Outside of the law firm Maria lives an average life of a young adult. Maria was born in Durango, Durango Mexico and raised in the United States of America. She is the oldest of three children and the only girl. There is a 17 year gap between her and her younger brother. She enjoys to spend time with her siblings and often forgets her own age as she’s enjoying the activities with the her younger brothers. Maria did not continue her career in sports but still supports her favorite teams. Her favorite soccer team is Club America, they are part of the Mexican League, “Liga MX”. Her favorite baseball team is the Texas Rangers she often enjoys attending their games. Even though Maria does not understand the concept of Football she happily sits next to her significant other and cheers for the Dallas Cowboys. Maria also loves to travel and spend time outdoors.
Heather D. Jamieson
Heather D. Jamieson
After personally dealing with the trauma of a wrongful-death lawsuit, Heather D. Jamieson embarked on a journey to be of legal assistance to her community. She has numerous years of experience in facilitating clients through difficult times in a general practice legal environment. Heather has assisted in making difficult times, such as the loss of a loved one, a little more bearable by connecting with her clients and sharing her own experiences. She has facilitated numerous workshops for the elderly allowing them to prepare for the future through a variety of options, such as wills, trusts, trust litigation, guardianships, VA benefits or applying for Social Security.
In addition to her passion for estate planning, probate law, and elder law, Heather D. Jamieson is a general practice Senior Paralegal having knowledge to family law, personal injury, civil litigation and business law. Child Custody cases or even divorce cases are a very emotional time for any client. Heather is dedicated to being that support for the clients to feel safe again, even in an unknown situation. At the Brandy Austin Law Firm, she generally focuses on her own department dealing with wills, trusts, trust litigation, guardianships, elder law, VA benefits or applying for Social Security but you can always find her assisting with other areas of law.
Heather is an advocate for the LGBT community, often focusing on supporting the elderly LGBT community and preparing wills and trusts protecting families and assets, that can withstand ever-changing laws.
Heather was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas but also calls North Carolina her home away from home. She has three children including the adoption of her niece. Her children vary in age; however, all in which are to graduate High School in the year 2018. One of her daughters is currently attending college at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. Heather’s son and adopted niece graduate the summer of 2018 and both have high expectations to be of civic service members to their communities.
Heather is the oldest of five siblings whereas she has two brothers and two sisters. She grew up in an average home where her mother was a stay at home care provider and her father is an experienced over the road truck driver. With her father being away from the household for long lengths of time; Heather quickly assumed the role as a caretaker for her siblings. With thirteen years’ difference between herself and her youngest sibling; her youngest sister was raised more so as her own child. She has an extremely close relationship with her sister after all these years.
Heather attended Southwest High School located in Fort Worth, Texas and proceed on to college at Everest University where she graduated with Honors and was awarded the Cum Laude award while obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Science while majoring in Paralegal Studies. She also has her Associates Decree in Criminal Justice and was also awarded with honors in Cum Laude. She has been an active Notary for the State of Texas since 2012.
Heather is an avid animal lover and is an advocate for animals. She currently has four dogs, a fancy bearded dragon, an anole lizard, a long-tailed lizard, a tree frog and a beta fish. She has assisted with dog rescues and assisted with training of police dogs for local police departments. She has had numerous types of animals ranging from flying squirrels to a baby alligator. Heather grew up with a passion for animals and her dream would be to own enough land to start her own Sanctuary or Reservation for injured animals.
She is part of organizations and raising awareness for disaster relief, non-profit children’s sporting charities, American Society of Colposcopy, United Ostomy Association of America, Inc., Volunteer Relief for Cook’s Children’s hospital, Gladney Center, The Salvation Army, Meals on Wheels Volunteer, and the Wounded Warriors Foundation. She is also a member of Professional Serving Seniors that meets on a monthly basis to facilitate events that benefit the elderly. Heather enjoys speaking to the community regarding education for estate planning and estates in general. She also enjoys working with those who may be less fortunate and being their voice when needed. She has a great passion in assisting our Veterans and has the determination to assist them with obtaining benefits they deserve.
Heather enjoys spending time with her family on the weekends doing activities such as gardening, hiking, watching movies and experimenting with new varieties of foods for recipes. Her youngest is a model on her spare time, and they often travel for photo shoots. Heather has published several articles for magazine’s supporting young models to be unique, individualistic and offers uplifting advice to them. She has also been published with her daughter in magazine’s but prefers to be behind the scenes opposed to being in the light. Heather also enjoys writing poetry and writing was her outlet growing up. She has had her poems published in Literature Books also. She is an avid outdoors person and especially enjoys spring and fall of the seasons. You can always find her outside with one of her animals enjoying the day.
Although Heather’s original dream was to become a Zoologist, God has blessed her with a serving heart. She has abilities to assist others with their legal situations and easily facilitates strategies to resolve them at an affordable cost. Heather is able to assist in resolving complexed issues and has an amazing team at the Brandy Austin Law Firm to assist in executing the legal actions needed to provide the clients with peace of mind knowing that their legal needs are handled. Heather is proud to call Brandy Austin Law Firm here home and working as the Senior Paralegal for the Firm brings her much joy in knowing that likeminded people are willing to go above and beyond to assist their community.
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