Business Law, Litigation and Family Services

About Us

Teresa L. De Ford

Teresa L. De Ford

Shareholder/Owner

 

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Teresa L. De Ford

Shareholder/Owner

Teresa has almost 20 years of legal practice, which has been primarily focused on trial law with an emphasis on trucking and oilfield injury litigation defense.

Teresa has a passion in helping people learn how to best protect their families and businesses, and decided to expend her legal practice to family law and estate planning. Some of the family law areas are divorce, child custody, alimony and pre-marital agreements. Teresa works with families’ estate planning needs such as wills, powers of attorney, medical directive to physicians, setting up trusts and probate matters. She also co-authored a book, More Than Money – How To Leave A Lasting Legacy To Your Family.

Teresa is very active in The Woodlands community. Teresa is currently a member of the board of directors for the Executive Women’s Alliance and is a former director of both The Woodlands and Montgomery County Bar Associations. She also enjoys playing golf and is active with a women’s golf organization called Women on Course.

Teresa is married and has two boys engaged in school sports and community activities. The family resides in The Woodlands, Texas.

  • Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan Bachelor of Arts, with honors, in Political Philosophy, 1990 Phi Beta Kappa
  • University of Houston, J.D. Cum Laude, 1995
  • Admitted to Practice Law: Texas 1995
  • Louisiana 2001 Texas Supreme Court; Federal District Court for the Southern, Northern, Western, and Eastern Districts of Texas and Eastern and Western Districts of Louisiana; Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
Moira Rankin Cooper

Moira Rankin Cooper

Associate Attorney

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Teresa L. De Ford

Shareholder/Owner

Moira Rankin Cooper is a native Houstonian who has been practicing law for over 27 years. She received her undergraduate degree from Texas A&M and her law degree at Texas Southern University. After graduating from law school, she served as a federal judicial law clerk to the Honorable Melinda Harmon in the United States District Court, Southern District of Texas.

In 1991, Moira shifted to private practice where she handled various legal issues and accepted court appointments for criminal, family, and juvenile matters. Her current areas of legal specialty include corporation and LLC formation, trademark maintenance and defense, family law, probate, estate planning, and real estate.

Moira approaches her clients with empathy and a can-do attitude. She is a driven-problem solver and motivated to bring her cases to a firm and final resolution.

In her free time, Moira enjoys looking at art, spending time with horses, attending to her Koi fish, and spending time with her family.

Elissa Noske

Elissa Noske

Communications Coordinator

 

 

Elissa Noske has a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Sam Houston State University. Elissa has worked several years in the legal field which is a good fit for her excellent interpersonal skills. Elissa treats every individual with respect and compassion. She is a wonderful “face of the office” as well as being the “glue” that ensures everyone in the office is going in the right direction on a daily basis. She is a wealth of information.

In her spare time, Elissa enjoys reading, hiking, and being with her family.

Tammi Lockwood

Tammi Lockwood

Paralegal/Office Administrator

 

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Tammi Lockwood

Paralegal

Tammi Lockwood has an ABA accredited Associates Degree of Paralegal Studies from Lonestar College. With 30 years of experience as a paralegal in Texas and Florida. Tammi’s experience is in civil litigation, personal injury, real estate, family law, probate, adoption, and estate planning. In 2016, she completed the Montgomery County Dispute Resolution Center’s course for General and Family Mediation. Tammi is also an active member with the State Bar of Texas – Paralegal Division and NALA – the nation’s leading professional association for paralegals.

In her spare time, Tammi and her husband, volunteer with the Commemorative Air Force, which includes flying, restoring and preserving WWII planes for next generations to learn from. Since 2013, she has served on the Staff of the Houston Wing as Finance and Membership Officer. She and her husband both bowl on a weekly league, as well as support the Junior Diabetes fundraising in their community. Tammi is an avid quilter, animal lover and has been known to make blankets for the local animal shelters.

Stephanie York

Stephanie York

Paralegal

 

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Tammy S. Breen

Paralegal

Stephanie York has over 15 years of experience as a paralegal in the State of Texas. Stephanie’s has experience in personal injury and criminal law; however, her primary focus has been in family law. She works incessantly to ensure that the clients obtain their objectives as easy as possible given the circumstances. Each and every client receives her excessive compassion and attentiveness during these trying times.

Stephanie along with her husband of 12 years are raising four children, three girls and one boy. Stephanie is an extremely involved parent in all their activities and endeavors. Stephanie does; however, also find the time to be creative with her wreath/mum business. She also, like the rest of the office, loves animals and tries to escape to her family farm as much as possible.

Emily Artificavitch

Emily Artificavitch

Client Services Director

 

 

Emily Artificavitch was born and raised in Waco, TX and moved to The Woodlands area in 1991. She has an Associates degree from Lone Star College and studies Business – IT Management at Western Governor’s University. Her certifications include Project Management, CIW Internet Business Associate, CIW Site Development Associate, CIW Network Technology, and CompTIA A+. Emily has years of experience in IT support, social media management, marketing, and sales.

Emily currently serves on the Tamina Cemetery and Community Project working to restore a historic community. Her previous volunteer work includes serving on the MCUW Young Mother’s Daycare Scholarship Committee, being a mentor to young women through MCUW Women’s Leadership Council, and serving several years as a Committee Chair and Asst. District Commissioner for Boy Scouts of America.

She and her husband of 24 years have four grown children and two granddaughters. She enjoys “making things”, fixing computers, and traveling.