The WBMH Group
“Every member brings a particular skill set and experience to the team, but all share in being intelligent, ethical, creative thinkers who are passionate about the law. Our complex cases demand knowledge of existing law, the imagination to puzzle out a path to the desired result, and the tenacity and logistical competencies to achieve it.
I am proud to work with exceptional individuals who, together, are wholly up to the challenge.”
Michele has worked as a paralegal in the Santa Fe legal community since 1985. A high-energy, people person, she has handled everything from drafting pleadings and estate management documents to managing an office. At WBMH, Michele’s work supports and aids our lawyers, and provides an always up-to-date point of contact for clients.
Michele’s experience and professionalism set her apart from other support staff in the profession and make her an asset not only to the attorneys with whom she works, but also to the clients she serves.
A professional writer turned paralegal, Margie’s communication skills are a real boon to a profession often mired in legalese. At WBMH, Margie brings her years of experience as a journalist, children’s novelist and language instructor to bear on legal research and writing.
Margie earned a Post-Graduate Paralegal Studies Certificate and sought to start her legal career at an ethical law firm where the work was both compelling and meaningful. She found that when she joined David Walther Law and continues to enjoy that environment in the transition to WBMH.
Lorraine is the consummate legal professional: She’s worked as a legal assistant since 1995 and got her early experience in divorce, civil, criminal, securities, bond and tax law. Starting in 2000, she began working with Sarah Bennett at Rothstein Donatelli, at first concentrating on Indian law and divorce, then focusing exclusively on family law. Lorraine opted to make the move to WBMH with Sarah Bennett, and Morgan Honeycutt, where she expects to continue her role as Legal Assistant and is enjoying having the chance to work with the WBMH team. A long term New Mexico resident, Lorraine is originally from New York.
With a police officer as a father, Tamara got to see how caring professionals make a difference in people’s lives. It’s Tamara’s goal to “be the difference” too, and she’s chosen the law as her fulcrum.
Tamara recently completed her Law degree from Marquette University School of Law in Wisconsin and was admitted to the Wisconsin Bar. A native of Pojoaque, NM, Tamara is thrilled to be back in New Mexico working as a Law Clerk in anticipation of being fully vested as a lawyer and member of the WBMH team.
Tamara’s previous law experience includes:
- Judicial Extern, United States District Court for the District of New Mexico
- Intern, United States Attorney’s Office, District of New Mexico
- Law Clerk, David Walther Law
At WBMH, Tamara contributes to the research frequently required for the complex case work typically handled by the firm.
Shannez’s adoption from India as an infant instilled in her a deep appreciation of the critical role the family unit plays in people’s lives, while her concentration in Constitutional Law as a Political Science major piqued her interest in the law. The combination of both life experiences is the catalyst for her passion to practice family law.
Shannez attends UNM School of Law and will graduate in December of 2017. For the last two years, she has received the F. Michael Hart Children’s Advocacy Fund Scholarship, a full-tuition scholarship awarded to a New Mexico resident who has demonstrated a strong interest in and dedication to pursuing a legal career to benefit and advocate on behalf of children in the state.
As a Law Clerk at WBMH, Shannez assists with matters that range from researching complex legal issues and preparing for trial, to drafting pleadings and participating in settlement conferences and trials.