Toya Brown, a paralegal in our Denton office, is celebrating her 5th anniversary with
CokerLegal this year! Without a doubt, her dedication along with her infectious smile
and cheery demeanor are among the many things our clients and all of us
at CokerLegal love about her.
Toya has been a paralegal at CokerLegal's Denton office her entire
tenure and works mostly with attorney Marci Martinez, but also provides
support to Mike Youngberg and Duane Coker. She is also involved with Simple
Texas Divorce cases as well.
One doesn't need to be around Toya very long to get a sense of her
deep-rooted love for her family! She beamed as she said, "When I'm
not in the office, 98% of my free time is dedicated to the kids and Byron
(see image to the right). We are either rushing off to a sporting event,
school event, or church event. the other 2% of the time is when they are
all tired of my nagging and kick me out of the house for girl time...
or at least I them think they kick me out.
This week, we asked Toya about her time here at CokerLegal and what makes
her the wonderful person she is. Here's what we learned.
CL: How did you first get involved with the legal industry?
TB: I've wanted to be an attorney since I was 6 years old, so of course,
as soon as I could, I dove into the first legal related position offered:
the District Clerk's Office.
CL: What might someone be surprised to know about you?
TB: I USED to be a really good singer. In high school and college, I received
many awards and scholarships for singing. Now my pipes are just old, stretched,
CL: What do you do when you're not working?
TB: Not resting, that's for sure. Almost always, I'm doing something
church, school or sports related...and I LOVE it!
CL: What do you like most about your job?
TB: Simple answer is it's never boring and there is always something new
to learn. The real answer is, I get to be of assistance to others. In
almost all of our cases, we are able to positively impact someone's
life during an extremely rough time.
CL: Before working at CokerLegal, what was the most unusual or interesting
job you've ever had?
TB: When I was 8, we lived next door to a couple that designed headstones.
I think I asked them a minimum of 145 questions per day- hey, they had
headstones sticking out of the grass in their front yard, what was I to
do?? Advertisement such as this was the norm in LA. Anyhow, I think to
get me off their backs, they gave me pretty notebooks, cool colored pens
and pencils and asked me to help them design headstones. As often as I
could, I worked outside, on their porch drawing pictures of ghosts coming
out of the ground saying, "RIP" or "Rest In Peace".
I was a natural! And of course, I got paid at the end of each work day.
CL: What is your proudest moment with CokerLegal?
TB: There are so many! I am EXTREMELY proud anytime someone from our office
receives an award or acknowledgement from outside of the office (i.e.
Kim's huge award, or KR's or JC's certification, etc.); however
the coolest/proudest moment I think I've experienced was seeing hundreds
of people wearing the CokerLegal logo on the Reindeer Romp shirts- our
logo was in every direction! I still see them here and there during the
CL: What is your hidden talent?
TB: Acting and playwriting! I should really be in a few major movies right
now, but I decided to let others have some "shine time" before
the big take over!
CL: What is the most important thing you've learned in the last 5 years?
TB: It is extremely important to find a way to connect with people: clients,
OCs, opposing LA's, even people that we come in contact with outside
of the office. We are all humans, we all have various issues, but in one
way or another, we can find a way to connect or relate to one another-
even if it's through agreeing on the crazy Texas weather!
In dealing with clients, I've learned that finding a way to connect
and show them that you care about what's going on with them makes
it easier for the client and the legal team to work together. It also
makes the client less likely to yell at you. :)
CL: What is your biggest pet peeve?
TB: People calling me LaToya...kidding. When people sneeze or cough openly
around others. Cover your cough or sneeze people!!!