Shmyla is an exceptional advocate, and she is dedicated to helping families during complex and stressful transitions. She offers compassion to all of her clients and believes open communication is necessary to help clients achieve their goals. Shmyla shines in the courtroom but recognizes that adversarial litigation can have a detrimental impact on families.
Shmyla is a Dallas area native, and she graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2008 with degrees in Finance and Political Science. After graduation, she attended the Texas Tech University School of Law where she competed on two national moot court teams, won a national moot court championship, and was awarded best advocate for the national competition. She was also a student volunteer for the Innocence Project of Texas clinic and an Articles Editor for the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal. After receiving her Juris Doctor, Shmyla began her legal career by advocating for victims of domestic violence and low-income families.
Shmyla has experience handling divorces, protective orders, child support and custody modifications, adoptions, enforcements, and family law appeals. She has also received Amicus and Attorney Ad Litem training which qualifies her to advocate for children in complex family law cases.
Shmyla was recognized as a Rising Star in the field of Family Law by Super Lawyers Magazine in 2021. Rising Stars represent the top 2.5% of attorneys under 40 or practicing less than ten years. Shmyla serves as the 2022-2023 Co-Chair for the Collin County Young Lawyers Section, and she is a member of the State Bar of Texas Family Law Section, the Curt B. Henderson Inn of Court, the Dallas Bar Association, the Collin County Bar Association, and the Collin County Women Lawyer’s Association. Shmyla also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of North Texas at Dallas College of Law, and she coaches national and traveling moot court teams.
When she is not working, Shmyla is a travel and adventure enthusiast. She also enjoys baking and spending time with her adorable pups, Rory and Arlo.