Our Team

McFarling Law Group’s goal is to achieve the best results possible for the client but to also make the client feel a part of the process.

Firm Profile

McFarling Law Group was formed in 2003 by Emily McFarling Esq. From its very inception Family Law was the main focus of the firm. Emily’s goal has always been to practice law in an area that actually makes a difference in people’s lives.

Our Philosophy

McFarling Law Group’s goal is to achieve the best results possible for the client but to also make the client feel a part of the process. A common complaint of many clients is that with other attorneys they never knew what was going on in their case. Our goal was to change the perception that many clients had of attorney representation by providing effective representation with the client fully informed every step of the way.

Our Attorneys

EMILY MCFARLING, ESQ.

Managing Partner

Emily opened a solo law practice in Las Vegas in 2003 with the primary focus of family law. Since that time Emily has worked diligently to establish a reputation as a knowledgeable and aggressive attorney, gaining the respect of both her peers and Judges. Emily has grown her practice over the years and in 2010 gained the credential of Certified Family Law Specialist by the State Bar of Nevada. This is the top Family Law credential an attorney can obtain in Nevada. 

While her practice is primarily focused on representing clients in the Nevada Supreme Court, Nevada Court of Appeals, and Clark County District Court Family Division, Emily is also licensed to practice in the United States Supreme Court, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, United States District Court – District of Nevada, as well as all state courts in Arizona and California and she represents clients in those courts in cases related to her primary practice.

Emily is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and President of the Nevada Chapter. She is a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers and an AV Preeminent Rated Attorney by Martindale Hubbell. Emily is a member of the Hague Convention Attorney Network for the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs / U.S. Central Authority for the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. Emily has been appointed by the Nevada Supreme Court to serve on the Commission on Nevada Rules of Appellate Procedure. Emily is also a certified parenting coordinator, arbitrator, and mediator.

As an attorney, Emily is particularly knowledgeable in handling complex property division and financial issues, international child custody issues, parental kidnapping, and high conflict child custody cases, although her primary focus is representing clients in family law appeals.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Emily worked for three years at the Tobacco Control Resource Center and Tobacco Products Liability Project in Boston, Massachusetts doing research projects on legal issues relating to tobacco. Emily has worked for the New Hampshire Department of Justice Consumer Protection Division and three law firms in Massachusetts in the areas of family law, tobacco litigation, real estate, business transactions and estate planning. 

Emily writes children’s books for children going through family law issues and operates a small publishing company. In her free time, she is a country and jazz singer. She is mom to two teen boys and four dogs.

 

 

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Maria Rios Landin, ESQ.

Attorney (Hablo español)

Maria was born in Mexico and raised in Las Vegas. She received her J.D. from William Boyd School of Law, UNLV, in December 2023, and graduated with Pro Bono Highest Honors as she completed over 100 hours in volunteer work in child abuse and neglect and immigration law cases. She was admitted as an attorney in May 2024, and has an extensive legal background.

During law school she was recognized as the outstanding student of Adjustment of Status and Deportation Defense Class in the Community Service Program. She also received a CALI award for her excellence in Opening Statements and Closing Arguments. As a student attorney, she mediated family law cases in the Eighth Judicial District Court.

Maria is passionate about helping others. Since September 2020, she has advocated for children in foster care as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (“CASA.”) Additionally, in conjunction with the Boyd School of Law Immigration Clinic, she has assisted immigrants in obtaining their U.S. citizenship through naturalization. Overall, Maria has 12 years of experience in complex family law cases, appeals and extensive exposure to immigration law.

In her spare time, Maria enjoys dancing, traveling, practicing yoga and spending time with her dog, Chewbacca.

 

Lesley Cohen, ESQ.

Attorney

Lesley Cohen was raised in Southern Nevada, and graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno, and DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, Illinois. Ms. Cohen is licensed to practice in both Nevada and Utah, and she has practiced law in Southern Nevada for more than twenty years. During that time, Ms. Cohen has worked almost exclusively in the family law field as she enjoys assisting families to navigate what can often be a stressful time for them.

Ms. Cohen is also a National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Law Uniform Law Commissioner who has participated in drafting law that has been utilized by states throughout the country, including the Uniform Parentage Act. In Southern Nevada, Ms. Cohen received the Clark County Bar Association Circle of Support Award in recognition of her work on the Continuing Legal Education Committee, which educates attorneys on the latest trends in the law so that they can best represent their own clients. Every year, Ms. Cohen volunteers with the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada to ensure that all people have access to legal advice and representation, regardless of income.

Ms. Cohen is a member of the Nevada State Assembly, serving in the Nevada Legislature’s 2013, 2017, 2019, and 2021 sessions. For her work as a member of the Legislature, Ms. Cohen received the National Federation of the Blind Nevada Chapter Outstanding Legislator Award, Hillel of Northern Nevada Landon Rosen Memorial Award, and the Henderson Democratic Club Richard Bryan Award for Outstanding Community Service.

When she is not working, Ms. Cohen is active in pet rescue, volunteering with both retired racing greyhounds and cats. She also volunteers as a guide with Achilles Track Group for the blind, guiding blind and visually impaired walkers for their weekly training.

 

 

 

Holly Fic, ESQ.

Attorney

Holly Fic was born and raised in New Jersey and came out west to attend UNLV just in time to celebrate the Rebels basketball national championship win in 1990. She loved UNLV and Las Vegas and was happy to be able to stay and attend the Charter Class at the UNLV Boyd School of Law where she graduated in the top third of her class. During her last year in law school, Holly was admitted as a student attorney to assist with and appear in Family Court for Children’s Attorney Project Cases for which she developed a love for assisting families in family law matters. Holly participated in the Child Welfare Clinic as a student, has presented to the Family Court Community Legal Education classes, represented children in the Children’s Attorney Project Cases and has participated in the Clark County Family Court “Ask-A-Lawyer” program. Over the years, Holly has taken many Family Law pro bono cases, most especially with respect to guardianship and family law cases. Holly works in conjunction with Legal Aid to represent many Protected Persons to have a voice in their guardianship proceedings and has helped many guardians along the way. Further, Holly has served as a Pro Tem Hearing Master, for minor guardianships and mental court, as well as for Family Court Discovery and Domestic Violence. Holly obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in 1997, her Juris Doctor from UNLV School of Law in 2001, and she has been a member of the State Bar of Nevada since 2001 and licensed to practice law in Nevada and the U.S. District Court of Nevada. She has been a member of the Family Law Section from 2008; member of the Clark County Bar Association from 2002; Member of the Associated General Contractors from 2003-2004; Member of the Women’s Chamber of Commerce from 2003-2004; member of the American Bar Association from 2002-2004; and member of the Young Lawyer’s Section in 2001. With over 20 years as a practicing litigator, Holly is a committed and caring attorney and has just joined the McFarling Law Group where she will continue to grow and assist others in need. During her spare time, Holly, who is an animal lover and has many animals of her own, advocates for and volunteers at the Henderson Animal Shelter where adoption is the best option!

 

Craig Bourke, ESQ.

Attorney

With two decades of legal expertise and deep-rooted connections within the community, Craig stands as a formidable legal advocate, blending extensive experience with unwavering commitment to serving and representing his client’s needs and interests. Following his graduation from high school in Upstate New York, Craig moved to Las Vegas in 1986, finally making it a permanent home after a decade of visiting the Las Vegas valley. Craig’s family has lived here in the LV Valley since the 1950’s. His dad was a limo driver, his Uncle Johnny was a baggage handler at the Sands during the “Rat Pack” days. His family has deep roots here in Las Vegas.

Craig earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at UNLV graduating Summa Cum Laude with an emphasis in English Literature. Craig was accepted into UNLV Boyd School of Law with the 2nd class in 1999, however graduating early with the charter class in December 2001. While preparing to take the bar exam, Craig was a Judicial Law Clerk in District Court Department 19 with the Honorable Alan Earl, then worked in Department 12 as the Judicial Law Clerk and concluding his Judicial Law Clerkships in 2002 in the Family Court in Department F as the Honorable Robert Gaston’s Law Clerk. Coincidentally, it is in the Family Court where Craig would meet his future wife and mother of their son, Alex, who is presently in his 3rd year at UNR.

During the past two decades Craig has focused his practice on all aspects of family law, civil litigation involving contract disputes to business dissolution to HOA litigation, personal injury cases, criminal cases involving DUI, larceny, workman’s compensation fraud, and other criminal matters, too. Craig has a legally diverse background and experience having managed his own firm for 15 years. Craig comes to the McFarling Law Group with a well-rounded background and looks forward to continuing to work with our local community.

 

Summer Xiaoxue Squires, ESQ.

Attorney (讲普通话)

Summer was born and raised in PRC’s capital city Beijing. She came to the United States as an international student in 2010. Summer is a graduate of Indiana University Bloomington, and DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, Illinois. She is licensed to practice law in the State of Nevada, Illinois, and the United States District Court of the Northern District in Illinois. After living in the Midwest for 13 years, Summer moved with her young family to Nevada.

During law school, Summer clerked for Judge Mark J. Lopez (retired) in the Domestic Relations Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County. She also practiced in the DePaul Domestic Violence Project to assist domestic violence victims. Summer is a past president of the DePaul Pacific American Law Students Association and a two-time Diversity Scholarship winner. She started volunteering at Chicago Chinatown Pro Bono Clinic as a Mandarin- English interpreter during her first year in law school. Due to her community service, she was awarded the DePaul Dean’s Certificate of Service and the Chancellor’s Award for Service.

In Chicago, Summer worked in a Fortune 500 company, a municipal law department, and a big family law firm. She gained extensive and sophisticated civil litigation experience with a focus on Matrimonial Law. Summer is a certified Child’s Representative by Chicago Volunteer Legal Service who is appointed by the court and represents the minor children’s best interests. She has also been a fierce advocate for the Asian American community in Chicago. Summer was the communication chair and officer of the Asian American Bar Association of Greater Chicago, and a board member of the Chinese American Bar Association. Summer also participates in the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association lobby day at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. annually before covid pandemic. She continues her volunteer and community service with the Chinese Mutual Aid Association and Chinese American Service League with her legal and bilingual skills.

As a new mother and recent immigrant, Summer empathizes with her clients’ struggles and goals, which she has fought for in and out of the courtroom. Summer is a voracious reader because of her father, her primary caretaker with his flexible schedule as a small business owner. She also got her passion for sports and politics from her father. But Summer received the best advice on how to be a good parent from her mother: just be a role model.

 

Alex Aguilar

Law Clerk (Hablo español)

Alex was born in Boston, MA. He received his B.A. in English Literature from College of The Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. After graduating from college, Alex worked in Talent Acquisition and Recruitment Strategy for Boston Consulting Group and BitSight Technologies. Tired of the cold, Alex decided to move to Las Vegas in 2019 and began working in accounting for a small tax law firm.

Joining McFarling Law Group in 2020, Alex has since assisted our attorneys on a variety of complex family law matters including contested divorce cases, international child custody issues, international kidnapping cases, and high conflict child custody cases. Additionally, Alex is particularly knowledgeable about the appeals process and works closely with attorney McFarling on family law appeals made to the Nevada Supreme Court and the Nevada Court of Appeals.

Furthermore, Alex understands the unique challenges that family law matters present. As such, he works diligently with every client to help them achieve the best outcome possible.

Outside of work Alex is focused on furthering his education within the field of law. Alex is also an avid sports fan, with a keen interest in the New England Patriots.

 

Kiya Jack

Paralegal

Kiya was raised in rural Michigan but moved to Las Vegas after her parents divorced in 2015 so she could be close to her mother and pursue a career in the medical field. Kiya attended St. Therese Learning Institute where she graduated with a Nursing Assistant certificate. After working about a year as a CNA, Kiya decided to pursue a career in the legal field.

Kiya started as a Medical Records Clerk for a personal injury firm and moved her way up to a legal assistant, working in litigation for multiple areas of personal injury, and now, family law. Her experience has grown to include divorce, custody, international kidnapping and so much more. Her personal experience with divorce, as well as her work in the medical field, gives her true insight into empathizing and taking care of people. It is why she loves what she does.

Most of Kiya’s free time is spent with her husband and their three dogs. She is an avid Disney fan and loves to read. When she can, Kiya travels to the East Coast to visit her father, stepmother, and the rest of her family.

 

Erika Mosqueda

Paralegal (Hablo español)

Erika was born in Mexico and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. She has over ten years of experience working in the legal field in practice areas ranging from family and civil litigation to criminal and personal injury law. With extensive legal knowledge and foundation in administrative tasks, Erika contributes to the effective operation of McFarling Law Group.

In Erika’s free time, she enjoys traveling, weightlifting, and watching true crime documentaries. She is also an avid Dallas Cowboys fan.

Yalda Khairandish

Legal Assistant

Yalda moved to the United States in 2019 and graduated from High School in 2020. She obtained her associate degree in criminal justice from American River College in Sacramento, California, and is in the process of obtaining a bachelor’s degree in social science as well as her paralegal
certificate.

As for her legal experience, she has two years of experience in Social Security Disability Law and was an Intake Specialist for two years, dedicated to delivering excellent customer service and compassion to people going through hard times.  Yalda contributes to the effective operation
of McFarling Law Group as a receptionist and legal assistant. 

In her spare time, Yalda enjoys working out, hanging out with friends, and cooking.

 

Office Support Team

Debbie Shalaty

Office Manager

Debbie Shalaty is the office manager for McFarling Law Group in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is responsible for the day-to-day management of the office, including, support staff supervision, customer service and facilities management. Debbie’s incredible organization skills keep our team running smoothly. 

Debbie Shalaty has more than 20 years of professional experience in office administration, with an emphasis on law firm administration, personnel development, and client communications. 

Debbie has lived in Las Vegas for over 30 years. She is originally from Tucson, Arizona where she was raised and attended the University of Arizona. She has three children, one daughter and two adult boys. In her free time, Debbie enjoys watching sports, enjoying the outdoors, and reading.

 

Alexa Aznavour

Billing Specialist

Alexa, who is a loving and dedicated mother, has mostly lived in California where she worked in customer services and statement government positions. She also worked in the Department of Toxic Substances Control. After relocating to Las Vegas with her family, she began working for Clark County Family Services, and during the most difficult time of her life she obtained her bachelor’s degree in business management.

Alexa always wanted a career where she could work with people and be of some service. Alexa strives to make a difference by helping and being kind to others. She joined McFarling Law Group as an administrative assistant, where she engages in various projects and the daily operations of the firm.

In her spare time, she enjoys reading, painting mandalas and ceramics, and movies with her 16-year-old son.

 

Michelle Clark

File Clerk

Michelle was born in Rockford, Illinois and moved to Henderson, Nevada in 2002, where she was adopted and raised in a big family of eleven. Michelle likes to spend time with friends and family, play piano, enjoy the outdoors with her pets, and camp. Michelle obtained her Associates of Applied Science in Criminal Justice from the College of Southern Nevada where she is currently working towards obtaining a degree in Criminology. After graduation, she strives to become a Forensic Photographer for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, with hopes of transitioning into the FBI as a Field Photographer.

 

Stephanie Cortez

Intake Specialist (habla español)

Stephanie was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. As a first-generation Mexican American, she is the first in her family to receive a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Nevada State College. Stephanie’s goal was to always make her parents proud by continuing her education and be the first in her family to obtain a college degree. Before college, Stephanie worked in retail, where she learned the importance of providing excellent customer service. Throughout college, Stephanie worked at a personal injury firm as a medical records clerk and later transitioned into a case consultant position for criminal law. Stephanie has a continued interest in law and from a young age she dreamt of becoming a social worker. Stephanie hopes to one day further her education but for now, she is focused on being a first-time mother. Joining McFarling Law Group, Stephanie hopes to expand her knowledge and understanding of family and domestic relations law. 

Stephanie is passionate about legal advocacy and enjoys helping individuals navigate through complex legal situations. She is proud of her Spanish heritage and hopes to make an impact on the Hispanic community through providing translation to the family law clients she works with at McFarling Law Group. When Stephanie isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with family, friends and especially her 5-month-old baby. She also loves traveling, going to concerts and being outdoors.

 

Shelzene Shinn

Receptionist

Shelzene, who engaged in Figure Skating as early as age 4 and in Competitive Figure Skating at age 6, was born in California and has lived in Las Vegas for 16 years. She began coaching for the sport she loved most when she was only 13 years old enabling her to show kids and adults how much Figure Skating meant to her.

At age18, Shelzene successfully tried out to be an NHL Ice Girl for the 2022-2023 Stanley Cup Champions, and the Vegas Golden Knights. Overall, she has been working with both teams for 2 years and will be going for her 3rd year with them, but also dreams of a meaningful career in law. As such, after graduating from Odyssey Charter High School in 2022, she became a Criminal Justice major at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

She also joined McFarling Law Group as a receptionist in May 2024, continuing her legal journey, and hopes to become a lawyer in the future!

 

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