The WBMH Team
“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.” — David Walther
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.
At WBMH, Josephine handles the firm’s financial activities, including A/P, A/R and banking. She has always “liked the math” of finance and enjoys investigating, puzzle solving and streamlining financial processes. After years of progressive bookkeeping and accounting experience in medical services and banking, Josephine finally found her niche in law several years ago. She appreciates working in family law and enjoys the team atmosphere at WBMH, where doing her job well has a direct impact on the smooth functioning of the firm.
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.
There are literally hundreds of different documents and procedures that are involved in litigating a divorce or settling out of court or any of the other actions that may be required by a client’s case. Anita’s 30+ years of experience as a family law paralegal help her smoothly navigate through all of the supporting documentation. She pays meticulous attention to all of the details, making the job of the attorneys she works for that much easier.
Thirty five years in the legal field has taught Karen to quickly identify the elements that may be key for an attorney working on a case. She reads, listens and observes, then sifts through the information searching for patterns and connections. Karen’s process helps her tease out what’s pertinent and enables her to anticipate and provide necessary documentation on a timely basis. Karen has worked both as a legal assistant and as a paralegal, but credits some of her ability to decipher what’s critical in a client’s case to skills honed as a history major. Karen’s experience spans family, M&A, securities and bankruptcy law.
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.
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 graduated from UNM School of Law 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.
Serena will graduate from UNM School of Law in 2019 and has been a law clerk with WBMH starting in 2017. She has an undergraduate degree in sociology and a passion for how the law and society interact. While fascinated by civil law, Serena has found that family law is where the law makes the largest personal difference in peoples’ lives. Individuals interacting with family law are often at a critical juncture in their lives. Serena looks forward to helping clients, especially those with children, make good choices that will provide them and their family with a solid base to begin the next phase of their lives.