Attorney Profiles

Stacy Rocheleau, Las Vegas Divorce AttorneyStacy Rocheleau

Asked her biggest challenge to date and Stacy will point to raising three teenage daughters.  Studying for bar exams, orchestrating divorce trials, handling depositions, or arguing with other lawyers pales in comparison to mediating disputes over daughters borrowing shoes or makeup without asking.

Stacy is the founder and managing partner of Right Lawyers in Las Vegas, Nevada. For over a decade Stacy has been one of the top divorce attorneys in the area. Her ability to negotiate disputes and knack for uncovering important issues has been key to her success as a divorce attorney and mother.

Stacy graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Whittier College in 1991. She went on to earn her law degree from the University Of San Diego School Of Law in 1996. Stacy is admitted to practice law in the State of Nevada. She is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Federal District Court and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Personal Insights

Married for 22 years and mother of the girls; Jenna, Jordan and Jessica.

What would you do if not a lawyer? Be a park ranger.  I love being in nature.

Favorite movie seen recently?  The Hunger Games.

A proud moment from your childhood? Winning my 6th grade spelling bee with the word “coincidentally”.

Most Memorable Case?

When I was in law school, I was forced to sue my landlord in San Diego County Court.  He wouldn’t return my deposit.  It was the first time I had been in a real court as a new attorney.   I was fully prepared for every question the judge was going to ask and every answer the landlord was going to say.  I won.   15 years later,  after winning dozens of much bigger cases, it’s still my favorite case.

What Makes You a Good Divorce Attorney?

I am over prepared, maybe to a fault.  Like in the lawsuit involving my landlord in law school,  I prepare for every possible situation or scenario. I want to have thought out every question that can be asked, and every answer  that can be given.

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Gary Thompson, Las Vegas Divorce AttorneyGary Thompson

31 years ago it was Gary in the pool breaking the Basic High School record for the 100 yard breast stroke. Now Gary is outside the pool rooting on young Liam Wetzle.  Liam would break the record and no one was more supportive than Gary.

That is who Gary Thompson is.  A selfless third generation Nevadan, always looking to help others. Gary’s selfless attitude well suits him in helping couples mediate their divorce or in negotiating accident claims with insurance companies.  When you are the mediator you can’t allow your own agenda to get in the way.

Gary graduated from University of Las Vegas Nevada (UNLV) with a business degree.  He then went on to earn his law degree from the University of San Diego. Gary began practicing law in 1995, and is licensed to practice in the State of Nevada. Gary is also admitted to practice law before all District Courts in the State of Nevada, as well as the U.S. Federal District Court and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Personal Insights

What would you do if not a lawyer? Be a lifeguard. Love the smell of salt and suntan lotion.

Favorite movie seen recently?  Saving Mr. Banks.

Current book you are reading?  Secrets of the Sales Matrix.

Unique Hobby?  I build models of WWII ships and planes.

20 year participant of a law school alumni fantasy baseball league.  The league existed before the internet.

If you could be an animal, what and why?  An eagle, because of how high they can fly and how well they can see.  Plus, they have no natural predators.

Most Memorable Case?

I had a couple one time come in for a divorce mediation.  The mediation started off calm, but mid-way through the gloves came off.   I was a little shocked because it had started calm.   I separated the couple is two different rooms and spent the next two hours working out the details.  I worked it out so good they decided to reconcile and cancel the divorce.   I guess love and a good mediator will always prevail.

What Makes You a Good Divorce Attorney?

My ability to stay calm during the situation.  I think my calmness rubs off on my clients and puts them at ease during times they might not be.  If I got nervous they would probably do the same.   Keeping client feeling comfortable is crucial to mediating divorce cases.

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Carlia Waite, Las Vegas Divorce AttorneyCarlia Waite

It was during her employment as a social worker in Kansas City, Missouri that Carlia found herself frustrated. She was not able to help solve her client’s issues. Specifically, she was unable to assist a particular client having legal issues with his landlord.  This frustration motivated Carlia to attend law school.

After law school, her desire to help others led Carlia to divorce law.   No other area of law requires a legal mind and a helpful heart.   Some say divorce brings in the best people at their worst time.   They need assertive legal guidance while at the same time a sympathetic advisor.   Clients need Mother Theresa with a black belt.  Carlia fits the bill.

Carlia graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice at Missouri State University in 1995.  In 1999, Carlia and her husband John moved to Nevada where they both attended the recently formed William S. Boyd School of Law.  Carlia is licensed to practice in the States of Nevada and Missouri.

Personal Insights

Warm cookies or ice cream.  Warm cookies, but would prefer if I could have ice cream with it!

Favorite Vacation?  Disneyland.  Love being with my kids at the happiest place on earth.

Hidden talent? Computer geek of sorts, I am the techie person in my family.  I have also taken clogging lessons but not sure I want anyone to know that!

Book ruined by a movie?  I don’t know if I can honestly say the movie ruined the book but I had such a vivid imagination of what The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe would have been like in real life.  I don’t think any movie could have lived up to it!

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Philip Spradling, Las Vegas Divorce AttorneyPhilip Spradling

What does someone with a master’s degree in philosophy and degree in physics do when searching for a new career?  They enter law school of course.   Having completed both degrees and dirtying his hands with a half dozen careers (philosophy teacher, condensed matter researcher, and restaurant manager) Philip decided law school was the answer.

Attending UNLV Boyd School of Law, Philip was sure to participate in as many areas of law as possible.  This exposure led him to family law.   It was an exciting area because regular people need personal assistance.  Philip wasn’t as excited helping corporation X dissolve from corporate Y than helping regular people with legal problems.   Philip is admitted to practice law before all District Courts in the State of Nevada.

One of the funnier stories explaining Philip’s personality comes from third grade.  For extra work his teacher asked him to hand write words and their definitions from a dictionary.  Philip’s excitement from learning new words was so contagious, soon the whole class was following suit.   Imagine a class of third graders excited about the dictionary.

Personal Insights

Hobby?  Ballroom dancing, and hiking.

Favorite dances?  Standard dances like the Foxtrot,  Tango or Quickstep.

Luke or Han Solo?  Luke Skywalker.

Favorite Philosopher? Ludwig Wittgenstein; “If people never did silly things nothing intelligent would ever get done.”

What is the equation for Newton’s first law of motion? F = MA.  F being force, M being mass, A being acceleration.  All that from an apple falling off a tree.

Most Memorable Case?

During a recent divorce we discovered a pre-nuptial document where the husband agreed to give the wife 400 gold coins if there was  a divorce.  The couple were married in Iran under Sharia Law.  This documents is commonplace and similar to western culture dowry’s.   We didn’t get the coins because the document couldn’t be authenticated.  But, I was excited for being able to dig deep enough to find it.  This one document turned the case around.

What Makes You a Good Divorce Attorney?

My background is philosophy and physics which is founded on logic.  So, I feel my logic skills keep me out of the emotional fights you can get caught into with the opposing attorneys.  These quarrels rarely benefit the client and prolong the case.  Divorce is 80% emotion and 20% logic.  Courts only care about the logic.  If I get caught up in the emotion, I never see the logic.

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Sonya Toma, Las Vegas Divorce AttorneySonya Toma

Big waves, and big divorce litigation have a few things in common. They can be intimidating, you need to watch your step because a wipeout can come at any time, and Sonya is capable of handling both.

Sonya is no stranger to big waves. When you grow up in Hawaii you get use to the ocean. Sonya is no stranger to big litigation. When you grow up with a father who is a public defender, and divorce lawyer you learn to handle lawsuits.

Sonya graduated from Baldwin High School (in Hawaii it’s important to know which high school you graduated from). She went on to University of Oregon to earn a degree in political Science with a minor in business administration, and then to William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii. She is admitted to practice law in Hawaii, Indiana (inactive), and Nevada.

Personal Insights

Married for seven years and has two boys; Joey and Jenson

Interned for Senator Daniel K. Inouye in Washington DC

Big Oregon Ducks football fan. Life without Chip Kelly has been hard.

Big Oregon Ducks football fan. Life without Chip Kelly has been hard.

Learning to play golf. Can’t believe how frustrated you can get at a little white ball
Is an NPR news junkie. The commercials are the best part.

Most Memorable Case?

In law school I was a research assistant for my family law professor. We helped a senior get divorced from his wife who had abandoned him. He was forced to live in a retirement facility, and couldn’t afford an attorney. We helped with the paperwork, and the filing. He was so pleased someone was able to help him.

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Karen Low, Las Vegas Divorce ParalegalKaren Low

Born a Navy and Air Force brat, by the time Karen was in 6th grade she had lived in three different cities in Florida, two in Michigan, Illinois, and Japan. Moving from school to school wasn’t easy, but Karen has a perfect disposition for making new friends.

It’s this same disposition that makes Karen a perfect paralegal for divorce law.  Clients are often not happy with the situation and transfer their frustration with their spouse to the paralegal.  Karen is unflappable and a master at defusing the situation.

In 1976, she received an Associates Decree at Parkland College in Legal Secretarial Science.  She delayed her legal career for a few years to travel the country for the family business.  She and her husband sold metal polish at state fairs, and specialty shows. When her son entered school it was time to stop traveling and to restart her paralegal career.  That was more than twenty-five years ago.

Karen went through her own divorce and raised her son and daughter as a single mom.   This experience is part of her ability to relate to clients going through tough times.

Personal Insights

First memory?  Watched my father dressed in a flannel shirt walk across the snow covered front yard to go hunting.

Popcorn or corndog at a carnival?  Popcorn.

Recent book?  World Without End by Ken Follett.  She reads 12 to 20 books a year.

Her daughter, Courtni recently beat out dozens of candidates to land a job as an assistant producer of the Tournament of Roses Rose Bowl Football Game.

Her son recently gave Karen her first grandchild, Little Stella.

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Adriana Rodriguez, Las Vegas Divorce Attorney ParalegalAdriana Rodriguez

Director of First Impressions is not an easy position.  It requires always being cheerful and helpful.  No matter how bad a morning you’ve had, even if your home was just burglarized.  That is our Adriana.  The morning after her home was robbed, she was at the front desk answering the phone with a smile.

Adriana Rodriguez was born and raised here in Las Vegas. One of her fondest memories is the day she was accepted to Las Vegas’s Vocational Academy.  Thousands apply, but only a small percentage are accepted.  Her major was office technology and business accounting.   She has taken similar college courses at CSN and hopes to graduate from UNLV.

Working at Wynn Casino, Adriana decided to pursue a new career. She joined Right Lawyers as a receptionist and excelled at everything thrown her way.   Adriana quickly earned the opportunity to be trained as a paralegal.

Personal Insights

Fears?  Heights.  Anniversary dinner at top of Stratosphere was interesting.

Hobbies?  Salsa dancing, catching 51’s baseball games, trying out new places downtown, and a little shopping here and there.

Favorite place?  Trunk Bay in Virgin Islands.  Most beautiful place in the world.

Music listening to? Killers, Black Keys, Spice Girls.  Ginger Spice is her girl.

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Rock Rocheleau, Las Vegas Divorce Attorney AdministratorRock Rocheleau

It was ladies night at Rockabillies, a now closed country bar on Boulder Highway.   Rock saw Stacy country dancing and was determined to dance with her.  It didn’t matter he was from Boston and never did a two-step in his life.   Rock wouldn’t dance with Stacy that night.  It would take several weeks to win her over.   22 years later he is still dancing with his little cowgirl.

This persistence is perfect for Rock’s duties at Right Lawyers.   Handling everything from marketing, to customer relations, to paralegal duties, to accounting.   Persistence is the secret when wearing five hats.

Rock is a graduate from University of Nevada Las Vegas with a degree in Social Sciences.  Prior to this degree he earned an associates in Avionics Technology while with the United States Air Force.

Personal Insights

Odd skill?  Can juggle and roller skate.  But, not at the same time.

Bucket list item?   To visit every baseball park in America.

Favorite movie?  Saving Private Ryan.  Never been more moved by a movie.

Something quirky?  Love the smell of brand new books.