Robert M. Phillips & Associates Legal Support Team
Janet Briery is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization as a paralegal in the area of criminal law, one of only ten in the state with that distinction. She received her paralegal certification from the University of Texas Paralegal Program, and has been a member of the firm since 2000. She is an expert in the area of DWI, license suspension, occupational licenses, and always plays a vital role in any litigation. Janet works closely with our clients, and answers many of the legal questions that clients ask, along with general and procedural questions. Janet sits second chair at each trial the firm handles, and is indispensable to the successful trial practice the firm has developed over 28 years, notably in her ability to prepare witnesses for testimony, transcribe the testimony as it unfolds, and assists the lawyers in strategic evaluation and implementation of successful trial strategy. According to Mr. Phillips, “Janet Briery is as good a legal mind as 90% of the practicing bar. All she lacks is a law license.” Prior to coming to work for the law firm, Ms. Briery was legal assistant to the corporate counsel and personal assistant to the owner of a privately held one-hundred-million dollar nationwide construction corporation. Before moving to Texas, she worked as a supervising legal secretary in the Office of the Attorney General in Anchorage, Alaska.
Laura Johnson began working for our law firm in 2014 and is one of the first people you will meet when you walk in our office. Her duties include scheduling of client appointments and court settings, and assisting them in the procedural steps that follow from a DWI charge, such as obtaining an Occupational Driver’s License. Laura’s warm personality and caring nature make our clients feel comfortable and at ease, during a challenging time in their lives. Prior to working for our law firm, Laura worked for a major insurance company as an Agent/ Customer Service Representative. She currently is working towards getting her Paralegal Certification from the University of Texas.
Ashton Sharp graduated from Southwestern University in 2015, with a bachelor’s degree in political science. While attending Southwestern, she was a part of the service based fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega. She is usually the first (and always friendly) face you meet when you arrive at our offices, and frequently the first voice you hear on the phone when you call us!