Areas of Practice
Ms. McKim has been with the firm since 2001 and practices in the areas of appellate law, family law, mediations, and general civil litigation.
She received her certification in Family Law from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 2007. Her diverse family law practice includes extensive experience with complex property situations, high net-worth estates, children’s issues, foreign and domestic adoptions, and grandparent interventions. Ms. McKim serves on the State Bar of Texas Family Law Section Council and currently fills the role of Secretary. The section seeks to promote professionalism, education, and excellence in the practice of family law, and Ms. McKim is a frequent speaker for State Bar continuing legal education programs on various family law issues. She is also a member of Collaborative Divorce Texas and believes the best solutions for families in transition are found by educating, empowering, and encouraging parties to customize agreements that lead to the best possible result for the modified family unit.
Ms. McKim practices extensively in the area of appellate law, carrying her own cases through appeal, if necessary, or assisting clients who were in trial with other attorneys to maneuver through the appellate process. Her appellate experience includes contract and commercial cases, family law, arbitration, procedural issues, and personal injury.
She also assists employers with statutory compliance, employee policy review, Texas Workforce Commission issues, and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaints.
Ms. McKim is a member and past president of the Lubbock Area Bar Association, a member of the Texas Association of Family Law Specialists, and a past president of the Lubbock County Young Lawyers Association. In 2017, she was appointed by the Texas Supreme Court to serve on the Board of Law Examiners, the agency responsible for determining that applicants seeking to be licensed to practice law in Texas meet the qualifications set by the Supreme Court of Texas. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy at Howard Payne.
Ms. McKim has been recognized by Thomson Reuter as a Super Lawyer each year since 2017 and was previously recognized as a Rising Star in 2007 and 2014-15. Texas Tech School of Law awarded her a Rising Stars award in 2016.
Ms. McKim has strong ties to West Texas, with parents who grew up in Lubbock and Floydada. She graduated summa cum laude from Howard Payne University in 1998 and magna cum laude from Texas Tech University School of Law in 2001.
Professional History and Affiliations
- Shareholder in the firm of Field, Manning, Stone, Hawthorne & Aycock, P.C.
- Admitted to Practice:
- U. S. District Courts, Northern District of Texas
- State Bar of Texas (2001 to present)
- Texas Board of Law Examiners (appointed by the Texas Supreme Court 2015)
- Family Law Section - Council Member 2014-19; Membership Committee Chair 2017-19; Appellate Committee Chair 2018-19
- Appellate Section
- Labor and Employment Law Section
- Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
- Collaborative Law Section
- Litigation Section
- Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (2007)
- College of the State Bar of Texas
- Texas Bar Foundation Fellow
- Texas Association of Family Law Specialists
- Collaborative Divorce Texas
- Member and Past President of the Lubbock Area Bar Association
- Past President of the Lubbock County Young Lawyers Association
- Collaborative Divorce Lubbock
- Board of Directors, Guy D. Newman Honors Academy, Howard Payne University
Awards and Recognition
- Texas Super Lawyers presented by Thomson Reuters – Super Lawyer 2017-18; Rising Star 2007, 2014-2015
- Texas Tech School of Law Rising Stars Award 2016
- Lubbock County Young Lawyer of the Year 2008, presented by the Lubbock County Bar Association
- Texas Tech University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2001
- Howard Payne University, B.S., summa cum laude, 1998 Academy of Freedom Honors Program
Publications and Presentations
- Advanced Family Law Co-Course Director, TexasBarCLE (San Antonio, 2018)
- “Criminal Law Issues in Divorce,” Marriage Dissolution Institute, TexasBarCLE (Dallas, 2018)
- “Ethics – Things to Do Right,” Advanced Family Law, TexasBarCLE (San Antonio, 2017)
- “Maintenance and Alimony – They are Not the Same Thing,” Marriage Dissolution Institute, TexasBarCLE (Austin, 2017)
- “What to Do When the Judge is Wrong,” Handling Your First (or Next) Divorce Case, TexasBarCLE (Austin, 2017)
- “Unique Property Issues,” Advanced Family Law, TexasBarCLE (San Antonio, 2016)
- “When Mediation and Collaborative Law Collaborate,” Collaborative Law Course, TexasBarCLE (Dallas, 2016)
- “Discovery, Objections and Responses,” Advanced Family Law Drafting, TexasBarCLE (Dallas, 2015)
- “Property Demonstration – Top Evidentiary Problems,” Advanced Family Law, TexasBarCLE (San Antonio 2015), presented with Hon. Jack W. Marr, Kimberly Naylor, Hon. Douglas Warne
- "How to Tell a Judge He Is Wrong--Effective Persuasion Techniques," Co-presented with Hon. Dean Rucker, Marriage Dissolution Institute, TexasBarCLE (Dallas, 2015)
- "Unusual Possession Orders," Family Law Essentials, Family Law Section Pro Bono Comm. (San Angelo, 2014)
- "Appellate Considerations," Family Law Essentials, Pro Bono Committee of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Texas (Amarillo, 2013)
- Considerations for Overcoming and Avoiding Residency Restrictions in Texas, in INSIDE THE MINDS: STRATEGIES FOR FAMILY LAW IN TEXAS (Aspatore, 2012)
- “Divorce," Community Law School, LCBA and Texas Tech University School of Law (2012)
- “Trying the Property Case on a Shoestring," Family Law Essentials, TexasBarCLE (2011)
- "Child Issues," How to Do a Pro Bono Divorce, Lubbock (2013)
- The Impact of Collaborative Law on Texas Family Law Strategies, in INSIDE THE MINDS: STRATEGIES OF FAMILY LAW IN TEXAS (Aspatore, 2011)
- “Understanding Interest-Based Negotiation," LCBA Collaborative Law Section Basic Training (2009)
- “Simple Family Matters," Practice Skills for New Lawyers, State Bar of Texas (Houston, Spring 2007; Houston, Fall 2007; Dallas, Fall 2008)
- “Parents Again: Items to Consider in Raising Grandchildren," South Plains Advocates for Financial Education (2008)
- “Collaborative Law- The Team Approach," Lubbock County Bar Association (2008) “Collaborative Law," Texas Society of CPAs, Lubbock Chapter (2007)