Fred M. Johnson, Jr. – Fred Johnson joined the firm in 1983, immediately after graduating from Baylor University School of Law. For the next 33 years, Fred practiced with the firm, resolving various business and personal disputes. For the last 15 years, he concentrated on issues regarding divorce and child custody and was a tireless advocate involved with children under the care of Child Protective Services.
Fred is currently working at his wife’s residential real-estate agency where he “pays the bills and takes out the trash.” Fred and Camille have two children and five grandchildren, all residing here in McLennan County.
Geneva Brown Turner - Gena Turner joined the firm in 1988, upon her mid-life graduation from Baylor University School of Law. Her law practice addressed estate-planning, probate, and real-estate matters. During the years she practiced and since her retirement, she has worked as an adjunct professor at Baylor Law School, teaching classes in estate-planning, probate, and legal writing. Although she now has more time to garden, read, and travel, she still procrastinates in working on her scrapbooks. Gena is the mother of two sons, the grandmother of three grandchildren, and the great-grandmother of EmmaLeigh (who is a delight).
William “Bill” Pakis -
Bill entered Baylor Law School in December 1957, was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1960, and started his career as an attorney in Waco. Bill formed a law firm in 1963 that exists in Waco today as Pakis Giotes Page & Burleson. He shared his legal expertise and his business wisdom with many clients, friends, and family over the years, and was a mentor to many young lawyers. His focus on helping individuals protect and administer their estates led to being certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Bill was an entrepreneur at heart, and in addition to practicing law, he had investments in businesses ranging from custom T-shirts, construction equipment rentals, pawn shops, oil and gas, and a nightclub.
Bill had a gift for analyzing all types of situations and offering wise, sensible advice, and he was generous to share that gift with his children and grandchildren, extended family, friends, business associates, and numerous organizations in Waco. Over the years, Bill volunteered his time to serve at St. Alban’s School, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Vanguard College Preparatory School, the Waco Foundation and Hillcrest Health System.
Bill passed away in the year 2020.