Laura is a graduate of a nationally recognized law school (hook 'em, Horns!) and has been a licensed attorney for over 25 years. She brings to her practice experience as a trial attorney with a top Dallas law firm and an in-house attorney for the UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Her experience as a defense attorney led to a compassion for people who are swept up in litigation on both sides of the lawsuit that takes a toll financially, professionally, and personally.
Laura is an experienced mediator, and is also a trained collaborative lawyer. She has handled a number of family law cases through her volunteer work with the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program through the Dallas Bar Association. Her legal practice focuses on legal issues that face "real people," in areas such as family law, wills, and probate. She also brings to her practice a toolbox of alternative dispute resolution techniques that allow clients to efficiently bring resolution to conflict and move on with their lives.
Laura additionally brings to the table a wealth of life experience. She has been married to attorney Wes Schlenker for 25 years, and they have 4 children ages 22 to 10. She has held many leadership roles in her community, her children's schools, and her church. She knows what is like to negotiate with teenagers (and people who think like teenagers).