Legal Assistant - Casey Ricks
PAUL M. BOYD
Paul specializes in civil insurance defense and personal injury law. Since graduating from Baylor Law School in 1980, Paul has garnered 35 years of experience and a record of success in cases involving trucking and commercial issues, products liability, insurance coverage issues, extra-contractual claims and negligence law. He has also handled multiple cases involving banking, real estate and other commercial issues.
Through the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Paul has held continuing Certification in both Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Law since 1989. He is licensed to practice in all Texas state and federal courts, as well as in the U.S. Claims Court. His professional associations include membership in the State Bar of Texas, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Texas Bar Foundation (Life Fellow) and the Smith County Bar Association (past president).
Paul is a native of Oakland, California, and received his undergraduate degree with honors at the University of California at Berkeley. During college and law school, he spent summers directing and performing all over the U.S., South America and Europe with Continental Singers, a Christian music ministry. He and Holly (see below) were married in 1982 and have four daughters and three grandchildren. They are charter members of Dayspring United Methodist Church in Tyler, where Paul has served as Chairman of the Church Council, small group leader and member of the Strategic Planning Committee. In his leisure time, he enjoys Texas Rangers baseball, golf and earning his private pilot’s license.
Legal Assistant - Dee Anna Allison
HOLLY ANDERSON BOYD
Holly’s practice centers on estate planning, working with clients to craft wills, trusts, powers of attorney and other documents to meet their present and future needs. She assists clients faced with caring for aging parents or children with special needs by establishing and maintaining guardianships, drafting trust documents and procuring available benefits. Holly practices in Smith County and the surrounding area to probate wills or to recommend the appropriate procedure when a decedent dies without a will. Holly has also successfully handled appeals to the 12th Court of Appeals in various civil matters. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Texas Guardianship Association, Texas Bar Foundation and the Smith County Bar Association.
Holly is a Tyler native and attended Tyler Public Schools and Tyler Junior College before receiving her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a 1980 graduate of Baylor Law School. After law school, Holly served as briefing attorney for Judge Connally McKay of the Texas 12th Court of Appeals and as staff attorney for the Court. After staying home to mother four daughters, Holly served as Executive Director of St. Paul Children’s Foundation before joining the firm as a full-time attorney.
Holly’s community involvement includes helping to lead and plan a small group at Dayspring United Methodist Church for adoptive and foster families, providing pro bono legal services through the Smith County Bar and membership in the P.E.O. Sisterhood. She has been a Board member of Hospice of East Texas, the East Texas Symphony Association and Rockin’ C Ranch. Holly is also certified as an Emergency Medical Technician. She loves time with family and riding and caring for her horses.
Legal Assistant - Ashley Foster
KEVIN G. GIDDENS
Kevin is an experienced trial and appellate attorney, concentrating in insurance defense, family law and homeowners association matters. Kevin also handles criminal law cases, both felony and misdemeanor. He is a graduate of Baylor University and Baylor University Law School and was licensed by the State Bar of Texas in 2011. He is licensed to practice in all Texas state courts and in the Eastern District of Texas and has handled appeals in the 12th and 13th Courts of Appeals. Kevin is active in the Smith County Young Lawyers Association (Board Member since 2011), the Smith County Bar Association and the Texas Criminal College.
Kevin is an East Texas native and attended Whitehouse High School. He provides pro bono legal services through the Smith County Bar and has coached several Mock Trial teams for Grace Community School. He enjoys reading, cycling and spending time with his wife Laura and their dog Rogue. His interest in learning and teaching contribute to his appreciation for the practice of law, or in Kevin’s words, “I enjoy presenting complex issues in a manner that anyone can understand.”
LAURALEE B. COLLINS
Lauralee graduated from Baylor Law School and was licensed by the State Bar of Texas in 2017.
Lauralee grew up in El Campo, Texas, where her grandfather practiced law and her father still
practices today. She had her sight set on a legal career from a very early age when she says her
father would come home and discuss the day’s work with her.
Lauralee earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from McCombs School of Business at
The University of Texas at Austin in 2014. While in law school, she completed a judicial
externship with Judge Martin Hoffman in the 68 th District Court in Dallas, Texas, and worked as
a research assistant to Baylor Law Professor Jim Wren. She enjoys visiting home for large family
get-togethers on holidays and special occasions, salt water fishing with her family in Matagorda
Bay, and jogging with her dog. Lauralee particularly enjoys interacting with her clients and is
driven by the new and exciting challenges that the practice of law presents her with each day.
Lauralee practices in the areas of civil insurance defense and personal injury law, including
coverage issues, extra-contractual bad faith claims, negligence and fraud claims. She is licensed
to practice in all Texas state courts. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Smith County
Young Lawyers and the Smith County Bar Association.
Sarah is the firm’s newest associate, graduating from Baylor Law School and being licensed by the State Bar of Texas in 2015. While in law school, Sarah was selected to represent Baylor in a national moot court competition at George Washington School of Law in Washington, D.C., where she placed as a semi-finalist. She was designated as a top ten speaker in the Dawson and Sodd P.C. Moot Court Competition. Sarah practices in the areas of civil insurance defense and personal injury law, including coverage issues, extra-contractual bad faith claims, negligence and fraud claims. She is licensed to practice in all Texas state courts and in the Eastern District of Texas. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Smith County Young Lawyers and the Smith County Bar Association.
Sarah is an Aggie, having graduated cum laude from Texas A & M University in 2010. She enjoys hiking, traveling, reading and spending time with family and friends. She believes the call to practice law is “in essence a calling to serve the public.” Sarah welcomes analyzing and evaluating legal problems, but more than anything, enjoys “the interaction with clients, providing guidance and reassurance to those that I represent during confusing and trying times.”