Our Attorneys 

Legal Assistant - Casey Ricks


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’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 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.”

Legal Assistant - Jessica Hurst


Adrea primarily practices in the areas of civil insurance defense and personal injury law.
She was licensed by the State Bar of Texas in 2014 and is a member of the Smith
County Bar Association, as well as the Smith County Young Lawyers Association.
Adrea relocated to Tyler with her husband Matt, a fellow Smith County attorney. Prior to
joining the firm, she administered estates as an Assistant Vice President for U.S. Trust
in Dallas.

Adrea graduated cum laude from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 2014.
While in law school, she served as the Director and Site Coordinator of the University of
Mississippi Pro Bono Tax Clinic, providing free federal and state income tax return
preparation to low-income individuals, persons with disabilities, and limited English
speaking taxpayers.

Adrea is a native of Pensacola, Florida and received a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in
History/Pre-Law from the University of West Florida. She enjoys baking, visiting the
Tyler Rose Garden, exploring the local food and entertainment scene with her husband,
and all things Ole Miss.

Legal Assistant - Jessica Hurst


James primarily practices in the areas of civil insurance defense and personal injury law. He also has experience in the areas of commercial litigation, consumer law, and intellectual property law.

James graduated from Texas Tech University School of Law and was licensed by the State Bar of Texas in 2007. He obtained an advanced legal degree from University of Houston Law Center in 2010. James is licensed to practice in all Texas state courts, all Texas federal district courts, and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

James was born and raised in Houston, Texas. Prior to attending law school, James earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University and worked for several years designing oilfield tools for a Fortune 500 company. James graduated from law school summa cum laude and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Prior to joining Boyd Boyd & Giddens, James practiced in a regional Houston firm and was counsel for an oilfield tool company.

In his leisure time, James enjoys yardwork and reading. He is a member of the Smith County Bar Association.