Born and raised in Arizona, Sherri graduated from New Mexico State University with a B.A. in psychology and political science. She came to Houston, Texas after graduation from Pepperdine School of Law in 1981. She is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is licensed to practice before all Texas courts.
Sherri is a member and active participant in several professional organizations including the State Bar of Texas, the Houston Bar Association, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialist and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Sherri is a Past President of the Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists and a past Master in the Burta Rhodes Raborn Family Law Inns of Court.
Sherri became a trained and certified mediator of family law cases in 1991 and has devoted a majority of her practice to helping families in litigation resolve their cases through mediation. In addition, Sherri became a trained Collaborative lawyer in 2003 to increase opportunities to find solutions to family law cases outside the traditional combative environment of the courthouse.
Doctor of Jurisprudence – Pepperdine School of Law, 1981
Bachelor of Arts – New Mexico State University, 1977
Board Certified, Family Law – Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1997
Recertified in 2002, 2007, and 2012
Certified Mediator, Attorney Mediator Institute, 1991
Certified Arbitrator, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Training Institute
Engaged in all aspects of the practice of family law since 1983
Mediated over 2000 cases
State Bar of Texas, Admitted 1981
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow, 2010
Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists
Texas Family Law Foundation, Lifetime Fellow
Gulf Coast Family Law Specialist, 1998 to Present; President 2003-2004
Houston Bar Foundation, Lifetime Fellow
Faculty, Houston Family Trial Institute, 2013, 2014
Law Related Publications
Speaker for Houston Bar Association Family Law Institute, 2010
Maximizing Your Client’s Experience in Mediation, June 2007
Family Law Mediator Training Seminar; South Texas College of Law; 1998-2000
Speaker for Advanced Family Law, August 2001, Boot Camp, “Using a Trial Notebook in Temporary Orders Hearings”
Advanced Family Law Drafting Course, December 2001, Author/Speaker for Parental Notification Act Chapter 33 Texas Family Code “Representing Jane Doe”
The author of several articles and frequent speaker at continuing legal education seminars and guest lecturer at South Texas School of Law, Sherri is recognized for her expertise in mediation. She has been voted a Top Lawyer for the People by HTexas magazine 2008.
Sherri is also committed to the community of Houston volunteering with Habit for Humanity, the League of Women Voters and serving on the Board of Directors of various organizations advocating the rights of women and children.
As a stepmother of two sons, Sherri understands the dynamics of blended families and the special issues surrounding step parenting. Her personal and educational backgrounds give her unique ability to effectively mediate issues involving child custody.