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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 as well as 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. Emily is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and Vice President of the Nevada Chapter, fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers and an AV Preeminent Rated Attorney by Martindale Hubbell. Emily is a certified parenting coordinator and mediator, although her primary focus is litigating complex and/or contested divorce and child custody matters in southern Nevada and Nevada family law appeals. She is particularly knowledgeable in handling family law appeals, complex property division and financial issues, international child custody issues, parental kidnapping, and high conflict child custody cases.

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 and other toxic tort litigation, real estate, business transactions and estate planning. Emily writes children’s books for children going through family law issues and operates a publishing company for children’s books. While her practice is focused in southern Nevada, Emily is also licensed to practice in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, United States Supreme Court, United States District Court – District of Nevada, as well as all state courts in Arizona and California.

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MICHAEL BURTON, ESQ.

Partner

Michael grew up in Wisconsin, moving to Las Vegas in 2003. An avid Packer fan, Michael enjoys sports. Michael also enjoys spending time with his dogs (English and French Bulldog) and his wife, who is a fellow family law attorney.

Michael has worked at McFarling Law Group since 2008. During that time, he has assumed numerous managerial roles and acted as the initial point of contact for new clients. In this role, Michael has reviewed over 8,000 family law cases during his time at McFarling Law Group.

Michael has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration in Management from UNLV. Michael owns a commercial LED lighting business with customers worldwide and many notable, high-profile projects.

Michael earned his Juris Doctor from Boyd School of Law at UNLV. While at Boyd, Michael was selected as Outstanding Community Service Volunteer and also received an academic scholarship. While in law school, Michael focused on classes taught by adjunct professors who are active practitioners in the community—with an emphasis on legal writing and trial advocacy. This includes classes taught by District Attorney Steve Wolfson and esteemed retired Federal Judge Philip Pro.

Michael’s style is considered aggressive but reasonable. With a focus on high-conflict contested divorce and custody matters, Michael has significant courtroom and trial experience. But, Michael also has the ability to settle cases outside of court, when the terms are right.

Michael has exceptional client satisfaction as his clients know he is looking out for their best interest, and they appreciate Michael’s candid advice.

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ASHLEE VAZQUEZ, ESQ.

Attorney

Ashlee Vazquez was born and raised in Alamogordo, NM, where she grew to love the desert and the outdoors. After determining she wanted to become a lawyer at eight years old, Ashlee started her first job at fifteen as a secretary for a criminal defense attorney. In 2012, Ashlee graduated Cum Laude from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX with a Bachelor’s in Sociology.

Ashlee attended the UNLV Boyd School of Law part-time evening program while working full-time at a law firm and volunteering as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), helping foster children in the courts. During her time at Boyd, Ashlee was also selected to be a student attorney with the Mediation Clinic providing free mediation services to small claim litigants and family court litigants who cannot afford to pay for mediation services. Ashlee also received mediation training from the renowned Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution. 

During law school, Ashlee first worked for Clear Counsel Law Group, a probate and estate planning firm. In 2014, Ashlee joined McFarling Law Group where she started as a legal assistant, moved up to law clerk and then associate attorney. Her experience in each aspect of working in a law firm gives her keen insight into the procedural methods for obtaining the best results for her clients.

In 2016, Ashlee obtained her Juris Doctor from Boyd School of Law, where she received a CALI award as the top student in her legal writing class and Highest Pro Bono Honors. In 2017, Ashlee was licensed to practice law in Nevada and the U.S. District Court of Nevada. In 2018, she was awarded the Outstanding Service Award for her work as a CASA.

Ashlee focuses her practice on contested divorce and child custody cases and family law appeals. Ashlee’s extensive knowledge of family law in Nevada extends to numerous cases she’s briefed for the Nevada Supreme Court and Nevada Court of Appeals. Ashlee’s appellate experience includes the areas of legal separation, guardianship, custody, attorney’s fees, child support, and legal custody issues. 

In her spare time, Ashlee enjoys traveling, concerts, and comedy shows. She also enjoys outdoor activities such as running, hiking, and snowboarding. 

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KIMBER LAUX, ESQ.

Attorney

Kimber was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she learned to love the heat. (It’s a dry heat!) She developed a passion for storytelling and in 2015 graduated from UNLV with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Media Studies and Sociology. Kimber began working at the Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2013, covering stories about local crime and the courts. She wrote several stories about child abuse and domestic violence, which sparked her desire to become an attorney and do more for voiceless Southern Nevada communities.

Kimber attended the William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV as a full-time student beginning in 2016 while continuing to work part-time at the Las Vegas Review-Journal. In the summer of 2017, she worked as a law clerk on civil rights cases at a small firm and interned for the Honorable Judge Jerry Wiese at the Eighth Judicial District Court. During the summer of 2018, she worked as a law clerk at the ACLU of Nevada on a grant from the Public Interest Law Association.

While at Boyd, Kimber was an executive board member of PILA and OutLaws (a law student organization focused on LGTBQ advocacy), and was a member of the Immigration Law Society, the Organization of Women Law Students, and the Health Law Society. During her first year of law school, Kimber co-instructed a weekly Paternity and Custody course at UNLV. During her third year, she worked for the Family Justice Clinic as a student attorney, working on cases related to guardianship, adoption, and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.

In 2019, Kimber obtained her Juris Doctor from Boyd, where she received CALI awards for earning the highest grade in her legal writing, pretrial litigation, and environmental law courses. She also received a CALI award for her work in the Family Justice Clinic, and she earned a place on the Dean’s List beginning in 2018.

Kimber is licensed to practice law in Nevada and the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada in 2019.

When she’s not representing Nevada families, Kimber enjoys playing volleyball, hiking, snowboarding, and reading. She loves dogs with her entire being and has two of her own.

SAMANTHA SCOFIELD, ESQ.

Attorney

Samantha was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada where she developed a dedication to serving the local community at a very young age. Her sense of commitment was fostered in the local schools she attended. Samantha knew she wanted to be a lawyer since she began Speech and Debate in the ninth grade. Samantha graduated from Arbor View High School with an Advanced Honors Diploma.

Samantha attended the University of Nevada, Reno where she graduated Cum Laude in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Pre-Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, with minors in Business Administration and Philosophy. While attending the University of Nevada, Reno she also served as President of the Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity during her senior year.

Starting in 2016, Samantha attended the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, earning her Juris Doctor in 2019. While a law student at Boyd, Samantha served as President of the Public Interest Law Association, Vice President of the Organization of Women Law Students, and was an active member of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. Samantha was also named a Public Interest Fellow for her dedication to the community. Samantha also worked as a Junior Staffer for the Nevada Law Journal, before being promoted to Articles Editor in 2018, where she assisted in publishing Volume 19 of the Nevada Law Journal.

In her second year as a law student, Samantha completed an externship with the Honorable Frank P. Sullivan with the Eighth Judicial District Court, Family Division. She also worked with the Children’s Attorney’s Project at the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada where she helped to ensure that every child had an opportunity to have their voice heard in court.

Throughout her time in law school, Samantha also volunteered as an educator and organizer for Kids’ Court School and played a prominent role in launching the Juvenile Competency Remediation Program, which assists in remediating juveniles deemed incompetent to stand trial. Her interests in the community extend to her involvement in the Education Advocacy Program led by the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada. In 2018, she was named the Public Interest Law Student of Distinction by the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada.

Samantha also practiced as a student attorney, gaining invaluable legal experience and practice while still in school. As a student attorney, Samantha worked in the Clark County District Attorney’s office, as well as the Family Justice Clinic in the Thomas & Mack Legal Clinic. She remains fully committed to furthering the causes that promote justice for families and children in the Southern Nevadan community. 

In 2019, Samantha obtained her Juris Doctor. Samantha joined the McFarling Law Group legal team after law school and brings her keen sense of professionalism and empathy to each and every case she collaborates on. In addition to being a licensed attorney in Nevada, Samantha is also a Certified Mediator and adds diplomacy to her legal expertise by seeking favorable resolutions for both parties. 

In her spare time, Samantha enjoys spending time outdoors and taking trips to admire the natural beauty of the Southwest. She has a creative personality, finding joy in crafting and home improvement projects with her fiancé. When not working she enjoys spending time reading at home, while surrounded by her two cats and her desert tortoise.

 

Law Clerks

Astasia Lucas

Law Clerk

Astasia was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. She graduated from Arbor View High School, where she received an Advanced Honors Diploma. As an undergraduate student,
Astasia attended Arizona State University. After her freshman year in college, she transferred to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to be closer to her family and friends. In 2015, Astasia received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice, with a minor in Family Studies. During this time, Astasia also worked full-time as a receptionist at a family law firm and was eventually promoted to legal assistant.

Astasia attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law on an academic scholarship beginning in 2016. Astasia was in the law school’s full-time program, while working part-time as a paralegal for a family law and personal injury attorney. While at Boyd, Astasia was on the executive board of several organizations, including the Black Law Students Association, Dispute Resolution Society, and Organization of Women Law Students. She also taught free paternity and child custody classes to the Las Vegas community, and externed for the Honorable Frank P. Sullivan at the Eighth Judicial District Court.

In 2020, Astasia obtained her Juris Doctor from Boyd Law School, with Pro Bono Honors and a concentration in dispute resolution. She was also selected to be a Saltman Fellow by the nationally and internationally renowned Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution. Through the Saltman Center, she received extensive mediation and negotiation training. Astasia also served as a Student Attorney in the UNLV Mediation Clinic, where she co-mediated divorce, child custody and child dependency cases.

Prior to working at McFarling Law Group, Astasia worked as a law clerk at a personal injury firm. Thereafter, she worked as a law clerk at the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada in their Children’s Attorneys Project program. In 2020, Astasia joined McFarling Law Group as a law clerk, bringing with her years of legal experience. Since being at McFarling Law Group, Astasia has gained valuable insight and furthered her knowledge on divorce, child custody, and guardianship matters.

In her free time, Astasia likes to spend time with her family and friends and her dog, Ace (a Yorkshire terrier). She loves to travel, go to concerts and festivals, and is always eager to catch the latest movies.

 

Maria Rios Landin

Law Clerk

Maria Rios Landin has been living in Las Vegas most of her life. She joined McFarling Law Group in 2011 as a legal assistant. In 2020, she began her legal journey as a law student at UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law and is now a law clerk.

Maria is extremely knowledgeable in family law and appellate procedure in Nevada. She taught a section at the Annual Family Law Conference’s first Paralegal Boot Camp in March 2020 and is a regular source of information for others in the legal community.

Maria is passionate about helping others, and regularly volunteers to assist the Las Vegas community. She now helps children in foster care as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). In the past few years, she took part in the ProSe Boot Camp at Shade Tree shelter, and assisted low-income families in need of medical care, as an interpreter at Volunteers in Medicine. She strives to continue helping her community as a family law and immigration attorney in the future.

 

Legal Support Team

Crystal Beville

Paralegal

Crystal has lived in Las Vegas for 45 years.  She is a Las Vegas High (original downtown campus) graduate and attended the University of Nevada Reno where she earned a Bachelor’s degree with a major in Accounting. Crystal returned to Las Vegas after college and worked for 25 years in the gaming industry, with the last 16 years at Boyd Gaming as their Corporate Controller.

In 2012, Crystal completed the UNLV Paralegal Certificate program and made a career switch. She has since worked for family law firms and has been with McFarling Law Group since August, 2016.  In addition to her accounting background, Crystal’s personal experience as a child of divorce, experiencing divorce herself, and raising her daughter as a single parent is a huge asset now as a family law legal assistant.

Crystal is a board member on the Las Vegas High School Alumni Association and very active within the group, which raises scholarship money for current LVHS students and conducts an annual all classes reunion party.  She also enjoys spending time with her daughter,  family and friends, reading, going to the movies and is a huge lifetime Disneyland fan.

Tricia Lane

Paralegal

Tricia moved to Las Vegas in the summer of 2006. After receiving her Diploma in Certified Paralegal Studies at Technical Academy in Downey, California. A native of Southern California, she spent the first 6 years of her legal career working in civil law, including the Los Angeles County Juvenile Court. Tricia is a certified Los Angeles Child Support Facilitator, having worked for the Los Angeles County office of the Child Support Facilitator. This early legal experience with children and their families helped to develop her interest in Family Law. Tricia joined McFarling Law Group in 2012, and recently celebrated her 7-year work anniversary with the firm.

Tricia also holds a Diploma for Computer Operations and Office Management from Long Beach College, where she developed a meticulous eye for detail and accuracy. She is also one of the Nevada Certified Notary Publics at the law group and is frequently the first point of contact for many of our clients.

In her free time, Tricia enjoys spending time with her family and stays active through running and jogging. She is an avid cook, enjoys the challenge of inventing new healthy recipes to share with her family and friends. She is also a sports fan, and likes to watch Football, UFC, and boxing matches. Her favorite football team is the Dallas Cowboys.

 

Christiane Smith

Paralegal

Christiane has called Las Vegas home since she was a young child. She attended Palo Verde High School, and after graduating studied at South University. She then went on to complete a Paralegal program with Meditec while her husband at the time was stationed overseas.

Christi credits her love of writing and her interest in the law as the defining factors that steered her into her current career path. She has worked as Legal Assistant at several prestigious Las Vegas law firms, with her experience ranging from insurance defense, to personal injury, and more recently Family Law. She joined the legal team at McFarling Law Group this year and contributes her excellent writing skills and empathetic personality to the team.

Christi’s free time is filled with local hikes, park outings with her dog, and attending concerts. She likes to explore the local nightlife in exciting Las Vegas and relax at home with a good book.

 

 

Kylie Graham

Office Manager

Kylie was born in Anaheim, California but was raised here in the Las Vegas valley which she continues to call home. She attended the Academy for Independent Study and graduated early in 2012. In 2015, she began working at McFarling Law Group beginning first as the receptionist establishing rapport with clients. Kylie was soon promoted to overseeing accounts and billing, as well as other administrative functions such as payroll and client communications. Her professional and friendly demeanor are often the first impression of the law group that many clients receive. She strives for accuracy and empathy in her daily tasks and is an integral member of the MLG team.

When she isn’t at work Kylie and her son are devoted Vegas Golden Knights fans, and her son plays on their house league, the Junior Golden Knights. She spends her free time cheering him on at his games and promoting his love of hockey. Her family says she’s an excellent cook, and her joy of motherhood is what drives her to succeed. Her hobbies also include watching home design and renovation programs and refreshing her own home décor whenever possible.

 

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