PRINCIPAL ATTORNEY SYRIA SINOSKI
I always knew that I only ever wanted to be an attorney. From the time that I was a young girl, I never wanted to do or be anything else. I have always felt that my calling is to be an attorney.
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State Bar of Texas, Family Law Division
Syria Sinoski: While I earned my Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies in 2001, I went on to earn my Bachelors of Science by majoring in Political Science because I always knew I wanted to attend law school. However, I began as a Family Law paralegal in 2003. Both my education and work experience were always intended as preparation for my attendance of law school.
In the interim between obtaining my Certificate in Paralegal Studies and law school, I spent time as a small-to-middle-market Business Analyst (for businesses with gross sales $100,000.00 to $10,000,000.00 annually) primarily assisting business owners in gaining greater financial and structural efficiency for their businesses–regardless of their industry. With a focused approach on how to capitalize, maximize working capital and cash flow reserves while finding solutions to gaining greater market share, I routinely assisted business owners with their greatest challenges with respect to obtaining the dream each of them held for their business operations. While my position as a Business Analyst was fulfilling because I was able to assist business owners in reaching their dreams, I always knew that my path included going to law school and becoming an attorney.
In 2007, I had to resign from my position as a Family Law paralegal with a small law firm in Conroe, Texas because I was finally able to take the opportunity to begin law school at Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law.
During law school, I found myself the recipient of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work for one of Houston’s premier bankruptcy attorneys. That Attorney became an amazing mentor, who not only shared her vast knowledge of substantive bankruptcy law and proceedings, particularly with respect to personal and business bankruptcies under Chapters 7 and Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, but she also shared her extensive knowledge of business entity structure, finance, capitalization, business organization and operational experience.
When I begin practicing law, I found myself with the distinct opportunity to use my Family Law, Business Law and Bankruptcy Law background to begin assisting Clients with their Family Law Case and their Chapter 7 Bankruptcy needs as well as and most matters related thereto.
As one would imagine, my practice was, and still, centered around some of the most personal experiences affecting the day-to-day lives of my Clients.
After taking an extra year off to welcome the final expansion to my family, I matriculated in 2011 and passed the Texas Bar Exam the first time I tested.
These days, my practice is centered around Client needs related to Family Law cases of all types, Including but not limited to Family Law Litigation–in other words, cases that are taken to Trial–related to all issues surrounding children, high net worth asset division, and even international issues affecting children, marital estates, and asset and debt division.
While I still find myself occasionally mediating Family Law cases for other attorneys, the vast majority of my time is spent preparing for and executing Family Law Case Litigation, including but not limited to taking some Clients’ Family Law Cases to Trial.
The cases that I take to Trial often involve high net worth marital estate asset division, division of marital estates in which one or more of the parties own a business–regardless of the size of that business, internationally held property issues, and children’s issues such as conservatorship–often referred to as custody, possession and access of the children, child support, and even issues involving the potential international abduction of children.
Over the years, I have developed my practice perspective as the result of handling numerous Family Law Cases involving children and high net worth marital estates. My practice perspective is simple:
In the cases involving children, the children always come first and Texas law is very clear with respect to children: cases involving children require the Courts to rule on what is in the best interest of the children. Therefore, I always remind my Clients that this means that they must focus on what is in the best interest of the children–especially ahead of their own desires–because children come before possessions. This also means that marital estates–even those that are high net worth marital estates–must come second to the best interest of the children. Once the issues surrounding the children are stabilized (often through the entry of Temporary Orders), the Client and I can focus on the just and right division of the marital estate.