“When I have a particular case in hand, I have that motive and feel an interest in the case, feel an interest in ferreting out the questions to the bottom, love to dig up the question by the roots and hold it up and dry it before the fires of the mind.”
– Abraham Lincoln
Spring Liberty | Senior Paralegal
Spring Liberty started her paralegal career in 1980 and practiced for fourteen years in the family law arena. She then focused on forensic accounting for ten years, particularly family law complex property cases including tracing and characterization of separate and community property. In 2004, Spring became a Trust Officer and worked in the trust, estate and probate areas of law. Spring resumed her paralegal career in 2009, and brought her 31 years of varied experience to NMSB in 2010. She is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Spring earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from St. Edward’s University.
Julie Whitson | Paralegal
Julie Whitson fell in love with the law in her undergraduate studies and went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Legal Studies from Texas State University at San Marcos. She has worked in the field of Family Law since 2006 and is a member of the Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas. Julie earned her Board Certification in Family Law from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 2013.
Kimberly McDonald | Paralegal
Kimberly A. McDonald joined NMSB in 2013, and we are happy to have her with us. She has been in family law since 1998. A divorced parent, she truly understands the process from both sides and it allows her to perform her job with particular insight.
Kimberly earned her Board Certification in Family Law from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She is an Associate Member of the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists and member of the Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas and the Capital Area Paralegal Association. She is currently on the Publication Committee of the State Bar of Texas Paralegal Division.
Rebecca Alvarez | Paralegal
Rebecca Alvarez joined us as a paralegal in 2015. Originally from Fredericksburg, Rebecca graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Public Relations and then obtained her paralegal certificate. Even in school, Rebecca found herself fascinated with family law. Since she began her paralegal career in 2006 she has proved skilled in the field and demonstrated it by earning Board Certification in Family Law from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 2011.
Kristina “Kris” Kennedy | Paralegal
Kristina “Kris” Kennedy began her paralegal career in 1994. She has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. She is Board Certified in both Family Law and Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Additionally, she is designated as an Advanced Certified Paralegal through NALA, The Paralegal Association, in both Family Law and Discovery.
Kris is an active member of the Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas and the Capital Area Paralegal Association (CAPA). She served as the Paralegal Division Director of District 4 for the 2012-2014 term. She was named Paralegal of the Year by CAPA in 2011 and is serving as the CAPA President-Elect for the 2017-2018 term.
Maritza Garces | Junior Paralegal
Maritza Garces-Meili is our Senior Litigation Support Specialist. Maritza has been working in legal support positions since 2010 and joined NMSB in 2014. She has quickly shown her value to the firm, accurately and efficiently managing deadlines and assisting with document and trial preparation. Her professional demeanor and kind smile always cheer up her coworkers.
Away from the office, Maritza enjoys spending time on Town Lake (stand up paddleboarding, running, walking or kayaking) and trying out new restaurants. She is particularly interested in traveling, photography and contemporary architecture.
Joanna Cardinal | Litigation Assistant
Joanna Cardinal is our Litigation Support Specialist. In her duties at NMSB she creates much of the behind-the-scenes magic that allows the rest of the legal staff to look even more amazing than they already are.
Originally from Houston, Joanna graduated from Sam Houston State University with a B.A. in History and Political Science. She then went on to work for the State of Texas, learning to work with people who were in the midst of difficult times. In 2012, this experience allowed her to easily transition into a position at a Houston law firm, where she found an interest and passion in Family Law.
Joanna and her family have recently relocated to Austin where they enjoy spending time outdoors.
Vanessa Rodrigues | Bookkeeper / Mediation Coordinator
Vanessa Rodrigues is our Billing and Mediation Coordinator. Vanessa joined NMSB in 2013 and quickly proved her worth to the firm. In addition to her high accuracy rate, Vanessa has a great creative bent and helps with making our office a bright and fun place to work.
Prior to joining NMSB, she worked in the hotel industry, where she developed her strong customer service and accounting skills.
Vanessa is originally from Del Rio but she and her family have adopted Austin as their new home. She is a movie lover and the proud owner of a Yorkie named Pedro.
Veronique Cook | Receptionist
Veronique Cook joined NMSB as receptionist in 2013. She brightens our office with her beautiful smile and her outstanding interpersonal and organizational skills. Her warmth and professionalism are a welcome greeting to our clients and their varied needs.
Veronique grew up in Austin and attended The University of Texas. After raising two daughters and experiencing her own life changes, Veronique feels she’s a perfect fit for our law office (and so do we!). She believes in being an optimist and harnessing the most out of life. Veronique is an avid animal lover and enjoys spending time with her family, grandchildren and friends.
Christine Giles | Office Manager
Christine Giles is our office administrator. Her many years in accounting have included extensive work with CPAs, lenders and physicians. At NMSB she is responsible for accounting and operations, including assisting clients with their financial questions. Chris is an active member of the Austin Chapter of the Association for Legal Administrators. She is serving as the 2017-2018 Secretary and as co-chair of the Small Firm Roundtable. Although she has lived in many parts of the U.S., Chris has happily settled in Austin with her husband, young son and a house full of four-legged friends.