Surratt Law Practice, PC was designed to promote healthy families, whether it is in the context of divorce, mediation, collaborative practice, LGBT matters, estate planning, guardianships or assisted reproductive technology. We are a caring and attentive law firm that strives to take the cases that will make a positive difference for the family members and children involved. Our firm started with my desire to work in an environment free from chaos. Then it developed into a desire to give my staff the same quality of life that I have strived for. In doing that, we learned that it had to do with who our clients were, and doing work for them that we were proud of. If we compromised on that, then the entire system would go down. I'm proud of my office. I'm proud of my staff. I'm proud to say that our ethics are never compromised. The dream has come true and we know that the environment we have in our office carries over to the experience that our clients have with our office. It is pure and it is honest. That is the focus of our firm and that is the type of client we are looking for.
Creating Surratt Law Practice has been a work in progress for me. I started as an insurance defense attorney in 2002 and moved into family law in 2004. In 2004, during my first couple of months in family law, I took on my first surrogacy matter and I knew at that point that I wanted a practice that concentrated in family formation. In the meantime, if I was going to continue working with contested family law matters, I knew there had to be a better way for the clients. So, I formed the first meeting ever in Northern Nevada to develop Collaborative Law, an amicable no court divorce method. Within a few short months, we had a large group of professionals trained and we developed a non-profit called Collaborative Professionals of Nevada. I then opened Surratt Law Practice, PC in July 2007. Surratt Law Practice has always been a family law and estate planning firm with an emphasis in assisted reproductive technology law, LGBT family law matters and alternative dispute resolution.
In 2004, during my first couple of months in family law, I took on my first surrogacy matter. It was a thrill. My clients are still friends of mine and I receive a Christmas card each year with a picture of the two siblings that I helped create. I can't wait to receive that card each year, and I can't wait for my next surrogacy case.
In the divorce arena, I took on a new client in February 2010 who had been abused by his wife. His wife was an alcoholic who was not safe with the children. After a long, hard year of litigation, I was able to keep mom on supervised visitation for a majority of the year and ultimately obtained primary physical custody for my client.
3705 Lakeside Drive
Reno NV 89509
Consultations are $200 flat fee for the first visit, and if you retain our services, I fold your consult fee into the services.
Most adoptions and assisted reproductive matters are available on a fixed fee basis and the amounts vary depending on the matter. I offer a discounted consultation to employees of the Nevada Highway Patrol, members of BNI and members of the Reno Rodeo Association. New clients who mention Nolo will receive a consultation for $175.
$295 per hour.
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(We are closed for lunch from noon until 1:00 p.m.)
I tried to ignore my roots in Sociology, Psychology, HIV/AIDS peer education and LGBT issues when I first came out of law school. I was going to make money. I started in insurance defense only because they offered me my first job. It took very little time for me to crave social interaction and problem solving for social needs. I had walked away from everything that was me. I knew family law was the only solution for bringing me back. I don't regret a minute of it and I am here to stay.
In a large number of my consultations with clients, I find myself printing materials for them and sending them on their way to read and learn so that they do not have to hire me. A lawyer isn't always a necessary element in a case. Clients must educate themselves, but when they are my client, they don't have to do it on their own. They will not be educating themselves as a result of my failure to educate them on what was important. We maintain a detailed blog on our website to keep our clients educated.
It is my pleasure to review documents prepared by client. If I do not become attorney of record for the client it is considered "unbundled services". There is a requirement in Nevada that the client must disclose in the documents if an attorney assisted them in drafting the documents. I always send my mediation clients to attorneys for review of their mediation agreement produced by me, and I am willing to do the same for clients of other mediators.
Again, I am happy to coach clients who want to represent themselves. They have to disclose the coaching to the Court if I assist them in drafting documents. A better use of my services is usually to allow me to act as the mediator. I have learned that mediation is an effective tool to help in these matters.
• Attorney and Shareholder, Jenkins Law Office, PC May, 2004 - July 2007
• Associate Attorney and Law Clerk, Perry & Spann, PC, May 2000 - May 2004
• Extern, California Superior Court, Judge Sing, January 2002 - April 2002
• Law Clerk, Law Offices of Mark Webb, October 2001 - December 2001
• Clinician, Women's Employment Rights Clinic, August 2000 - December 2000
• Intern, AIDS Legal Referral Panel, February 2000 - May 2000
• Research Assistant, Grant Sawyer Center for Justice Studies, November 1997 - February 1999
The following work experience, education, and life experiences make me a better lawyer:
• Living in Costa Rica and Argentina
• Working as a HIV/AIDS peer educator in College
• Lobbying for the passage of the Nevada Domestic Partnership Bill
• Finally completing the step parent adoption of a little boy who had been abused by his
father for years
• Acting as one of the few female Directors of the Reno Rodeo Association
• Growing up in rural Winnemucca, Nevada
• Founding collaborative law in Nevada
• Having an undergraduate education in Sociology and Psychology
• Qualifying as a fellow for the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology
• Being happily married with a son of my own
My practice is built on a belief in human dignity and respect. Individuals may cease being partners, but they don't cease being worthy human beings. Thus, when they are getting divorced or they are at their wits' end with fertility problems, I've learned that it is best to foster respect. When respect is given and received, self esteem is likely to be preserved, making discussions and solutions more productive and attainable. My strengths are my ability to make any conversation happen and create solutions in the most difficult of situations.Personal interests:
My two year old son! I ride horses. I used to compete with cutting horses in the past but my interest in spending time with my son has taken precedence. I am an amateur photographer and I love to garden. I also spend nearly the entire month of June at the Reno Rodeo.
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