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PRINCIPLES

Strive for the perfect balance
between form and function.

Question standard norms before
choosing to obey them.

Communicate with clarity, be complex
but never complicated.

Embrace the difficult decision
that drive creativity forward.

Constructive collegiality is key
to the stimulation of ideas.

Trust in collaboration
the hallmark of our work.


Team
Larisa Martirosova

Larisa Martirosova, an associate at Duffee + Eitzen, graduated from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. Larisa attended the University of Texas at Austin, receiving an undergraduate degree in Communication Studies, with honors, and also obtaining a Business Foundations Certificate, with distinction, from McCombs School of Business. In law school, Larisa was a Case Note and Comment Editor for the International Law Review and President of the Family Law Association.  Larisa’s passion for family law was sparked in high school when she had the opportunity to explore the practice of family law through her mentorship with Melinda Eitzen.

In law school, Larisa served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in foster care. Perhaps Larisa’s most practical and rewarding experience in law school was her service as a Chief Student Counsel at the VanSickle Family Law Clinic. Under the supervision of the clinic director, Larisa provided legal assistance to low-income clients in matters of family law. She was also heavily involved in the clinic’s Pro Se Help Desk, a collaborative project with the Dallas County Family Courts, where she had the opportunity to serve members of the community who were unable to afford legal assistance.

Bar Admissions

Texas, November 2018

Education

Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law

  • Dallas, Texas
  • J.D.—  2018

The University of Texas at Austin

  • Austin, Texas
  • B. A. — 2014 (with Honors)
  • McCombs Business Foundations Certificate (with Distinction)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas, Member, 2018 – present
    • Family Law Section
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Member, 2018 – present

 

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Zak Martinez

Zak Martinez, an associate at Duffee + Eitzen, was born in Dallas, and raised in the nearby suburb of Rockwall, where he graduated from Rockwall High School in 2010. He attended Southern Methodist University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Religious Studies.

After graduating from SMU, Mr. Martinez went on to attend Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth. He was selected as a Public Service Law Fellow during his first year of law school. As a Fellow, he completed hundreds of hours of pro bono public service work at the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office in California. Mr. Martinez then served on the Board of the Fellowship at his law school, planning fundraising events, and encouraging other law students to participate in pro bono public service work. During the summer after his second year, he was selected as a specialized intern for the family violence unit at the Rockwall County District Attorney’s Office in his hometown. It was while working here that he found a passion in helping people get out of toxic situations, which led him to want to work in family law.

Mr. Martinez did some of his coursework at the University of San Francisco School of Law in the Bay Area. There, he expanded his legal portfolio by taking classes like Maritime Law and International Human Rights, and also participated in the LGBT law student organization, OUTlaw, and the Criminal Law Society.

After he graduated law school in 2017, Mr. Martinez took the bar exam and was admitted to practice in Texas in November 2017. He also took the Uniform Bar Exam, and was admitted to practice in the State of Colorado in January 2019, and to the State of Utah in May 2019. He clerked for a labor and employment law firm in Dallas, where he gained valuable insight into civil law proceedings before he joined Duffee + Eitzen in 2018. He has a penchant for travel and aviation, his favorite destination being Hong Kong. He also enjoys spending time with his parents, former and current Dallas Police Detectives, and his younger sister, Brooke, a student at Rockwall High School.

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, November 2017
  • Colorado, January 2019
  • Utah, May 2019

Education

Texas A&M University School of Law, Fort Worth, Texas

  • J.D. – 2017
  • Honors: Public Service Law Fellow and Board Member of the Fellowship

University of San Francisco School of Law, San Francisco, California

  • J.D. Visiting Student 2016

Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas

  • B.A. – 2013 Economics and Religious Studies

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas, Member, 2017 – Present
    • Family Law Section
    • Aviation Law Section
    • LGBT Law Section
    • Criminal Justice Section
    • Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Colorado Supreme Court, January 2019 – Present
  • Utah Supreme Court, May 2019 – Present
  • Dallas Bar Association, Member, 2017 – Present
  • Collin County Bar Association, Member, 2018 – Present
  • LGBT Lawyers of Utah, 2019 – Present
  • Collaborative Divorce Professionals of Colorado, 2019 – Present

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vanessa sheppard
Vanessa Sheppard
Vanessa has developed a practical understanding of a wide range of issues and disputes related to family law and she uses her experience, resolve, and sound judgment to craft effective solutions for her client’s complex problems. She has worked on a variety of family law cases including divorce, child custody, paternity, modification of custody and visitation, post-divorce enforcement issues, annulments, and common law marriages.  Vanessa believes one of the most important aspects of her practice is seeing the “big picture” and knowing that every person and every case is unique. Vanessa will effectively represent the individual interests of every client to help them achieve their legal goals.
 Vanessa earned her law degree from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law where she graduated cum laude. Before that, she graduated magna cum laude from Southern Methodist University. Vanessa enjoys volunteering in her local community and spending time with her husband and dachshund.
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Vanessa Sheppard

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