I am Dora Marie James, proud mother and wife of 14 years. Let me not forget to mention an addition to our growing family, my fur baby Precious, our miniature Maltipoo. I enjoy the simple things in life, making sure that my family is safe and happy. I originated from a small town of Vicksburg, Mississippi. I was born to the late Joseph C. Brown and Delphine Brown of Vicksburg, MS, as the second child of four children, I am the wise and witty sibling. My older sister is my protector , my younger brother J. Brown is the grill master and my youngest sister L. Brown is famous around town for delicious cooking. We don’t always see eye to eye on things, however, they are my besties and life would not be the same without them. In addition, I am blessed to have half siblings from my father, who I love dearly. My dad served in the United States Military for several years. He instilled core values and respect early on in life to myself and siblings. He was a great dad and I love and miss him dearly. My mother was a licensed cosmetologist, where she owned her own beauty salon. I guess that’s where my daughter and I received our love for styling hair and braids.
I am a high school graduate from Warren Central High, located in Vicksburg, Mississippi. I followed in my aunt and sister footsteps who were both band members. I was part of the Big Blue Marching Band where I played trombone which was one of the most enjoyable times of my life. I also participated in JROTC in hopes to follow in my father’s footsteps and join the military after high school, but after four years of ROTC I came to the realization, military was not for me. Instead, I branched off and attended junior college, before leaving and developing my place in the workforce.
During my down-time, I enjoyed watching football with family and friends. My husband and I are die heart Pittsburgh Steelers fans. Yes, I said Steelers! I love to travel, shop and engage with friends and family over dinner. Just the little things in life excite me and give me a thrill, there is nothing better than being able to do all the things you love, with the people you love, even if it’s just for a moment. I enjoy partaking at different restaurants, while exploring the different entrees. One of my greatest memories as a child was spending those unforgettable moments with my aunt and grandmother. I learned at an early age how to prepare family meals by watching my grandmother cook. The word we use is “soul food”! It’s how we described grandma’s basic, down-home cooking that’s been passed down through many generations, with its roots in the rural South. If you have never eaten “soul food” you have never eaten good food. Unfortunately, I am not able to prepare those meals daily like my auntie and grandmother, but I do cook quick meals sometimes, and there are days that I have to add a touch of love in those meals.
My great-grandmother and aunt took part in raising me and my siblings. They both taught us the meaning of love, respect and to believe in Jesus Christ. My grandmother was a strong lady who loved the Lord and lived until she was 96 years with no illness. I grew up in the church, when the doors were opened, grandma made sure I was in it. My aunt is currently living in Vicksburg, MS at the age of 80 years old, and she has continuously been an inspiration and the backbone that held the pieces together in our family.
I am currently a new Texas resident since September 2020. I moved from Vicksburg, Mississippi, where I was employed at one of the city’s casinos. I worked as a blackjack dealer for 16 years as well as a legal assistant/ secretary for 2.5 years with a background in family law. I enjoyed working with the firm and I learned so much. I was inspired and eager to learn more so I enrolled back into school. I am a graduate from Hinds Community College, with an Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies. College was challenging, but it was also where I found what I enjoyed and where I decided this is what I want to do. I believe this is a career where I can develop as well as help so many people. I found it meaningful and I have discovered, this is where I can give back and make a difference in so many lives. Due to the nature of the pandemic, the law office I was employed through, closed its door for good. So, I stepped out on faith and moved to Texas. It was scary, but in my heart, I knew it was something that had to be done, if I intended to reach my full potential. My best friend, who is my aunt, also encouraged me. She guides me and assists me with staying focused when the chips are down. Most of all, I know that she truly, genuinely loves me and my children. I am fully confident and believe that life is what you make it and how far you are willing to reach out and grab it. I’m thankful for the opportunity to be a part of such a wonderful team here at Brandy Austin’s Law firm where I grow professionally.
The Quote I live by mostly is P.U.S.H!!!
Push until something happens!!!
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”~ Maya Angelou
“ Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”~ Maya Angelou
“ When you learn, teach. When you get, give.”
~ Maya Angelou
“If you’re going to live, leave a legacy. Make a mark on the world that can’t be erased.”~ Maya Angelou
We have had the pleasure of working with the Brandy Austin Law Firm on three occasions with various legal issues. We have always been treated with respect and empathy. We can’t say enough positive about Jennifer Lowe or Trey. Wonderful people to work with. Would very highly recommend.Gary Quillin