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Our support staff team works under the direction of the various attorneys. Our paralegals do not answer legal questions, but they use their years of experience in the legal field to assist our clients and manage the details of various client matters.

Jeff Curry – Jeff joined the firm in 2021 in an executive administrative management role. He worked in the consulting industry for 20 years where he was a partner and shareholder. Recently was a VP of Operations in the aviation industry. He has his BBA from the University of Texas @ Austin. He currently serves as a board member for Hill Country Christian School of Austin. Jeff’s email is

Donna Dendy, PP, PLS – Donna has been with our firm since 1996 and has four decades of legal experience. She is certified as a Certified Professional Paralegal and a Professional Legal Secretary with NALS (the association for legal professionals). Donna is a past national president of NALS. She is the probate and estate-planning/real-estate paralegal responsible for assisting Artie Giotes, Carlie Gause, Randy Page, Scott Omo and David Alford. Donna prepares pleadings, real estate documents, estate tax returns, and has direct client communications. Donna’s email address is

Emily Folsom – Emily has been with our firm since 2018. She is a litigation paralegal responsible primarily for assisting David Deaconson, Mike Cosby, Jim Hering and Travis Blake in various litigation matters. Emily schedules depositions, prepares pleadings, works on appellate briefs, and has direct client communications. Emily’s email address is

Phyllis Herrington – Phyllis has been with our firm since 1988. She is a part-time staff member responsible primarily for the library and assisting in other administrative duties, such as billing. Phyllis is in the office Tuesday through Friday.

Kristy Higginbotham – Kristy has been with our firm since 2008. She is the corporate paralegal responsible primarily for assisting John Burleson, Randy Page, Rodney A. Chamness, and Scott Omo in business and commercial matters, business entity creation and maintenance, and federal and state taxation matters, as well as trademark and licensing issues. Kristy’s email address is

Dan Pullin – Dan has been with our firm since 1988. He meets the needs of attorneys and staff in his daily office administrative duties as well as performing the roles of firm Courier and Purchasing Agent. Dan’s email address is

Annette Stansberry – Annette has been with our firm since 2006. She works with litigation, estate planning, and probate law attorneys in preparing their documents and correspondence. Annette’s email address is

Carol Woolston – Carol has been with our firm since 1981. Carol is a real estate, collections, and litigation paralegal responsible primarily for assisting Carlie Gause, Marcus Mataga, Mike Cosby, and David Alford in various real estate, collections, and litigation matters. She schedules depositions, prepares real estate loan documents and pleadings, and has direct client communications. Carol’s email address is

Kirsten Gibson – Works as a paralegal for our Business Law and Estate Planning Attorney’s.  Kirsten currently assists attorney’s Rodney Chamness, Chase Smith and Tessa Denman in these practice areas.  Kirsten started with the firm as an intern in 2021 and then upon Graduation from MCC Paralegal School she became a full-time employee in February of 2022.  Kirsten is originally from Waxahachie Texas and moved to Waco to attend MCC.  She was married in 2021 to her husband Ty and they are now both Waco food enthusiast!  Kirsten’s email is

Tasha Power – Started with Pakis Law in 2022 where she works as our front desk receptionist. She works with all our attorneys on a daily basis and assists clients in communicating with our attorneys and staff. Tasha was born and raised here in Waco and has worked for other businesses in Waco as a bookkeeper and receptionist. She has 2 kids, 2 grand girls and 3 dogs. Tasha can be found in her SHE-SHACK doing crafts or singing Patsy Cline at the Karaoke when not at the front desk. Tasha’s email address is

Angelia Schulte – Angelia works as a paralegal in the family law department and assists with litigation and other cases as needed by the firm.  She graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations in 2020 and has prior work experience in corporate immigration law and nonprofit legal services.  Angelia’s e-mail address is