Sherlyn (“Sherry”) Smith has fought and advocated for the rights of others for more than 20 years. Prior to embarking upon her legal career, Atty. Smith was a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specialized in DCFS involved families and mental health issues. Observing the nexus between individual legal and family problems, Atty. Smith concentrated her legal practice on family law, probate/guardianship, and family based/humanitarian immigration law. She truly cares for her clients and works to help them really move forward once their cases are finished.
Deeply rooted in her beloved Chicago, Atty. Smith is the proud graduate of the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign and the Valparaiso University School of Law. As both a child affected by divorce, and a divorced mother of two, Atty. Smith has first-hand knowledge of the impact a divorce can have on the family unit and children. From the beginning of her career, Atty. Smith knew that she wanted to help people by solving their legal problems by working through them as efficiently as possible. Her practice philosophy is to lessen the effects of divorce by providing competent legal advice and goal focused solutions and strategies.
Hailing from a diverse background and fluent in English and Spanish, Atty. Smith uses her language skills to conduct outreach to underrepresented communities. Licensed in both Illinois and Texas, her primary practice location is in Houston, Texas.
In her spare time, Atty. Smith enjoys travelling to warm places, cooking, movies, and most of all her two amazing children.
Kirk Chargois was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He is a product of the Houston public school system. Upon graduation from Evan E. Worthing Senior High School in 1986, Kirk enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served as a Paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division, rising to the rank and position of Sergeant & Assistant Squad Leader. Kirk served in a tank battalion and led, trained, and supervised a squad of soldiers. Upon his departure from active duty, Kirk came home to Houston and continued his military service in the U.S. Army Reserve as an active Reservist. Assigned to a transportation Battalion as a watercraft engineer, Kirk conducted the maintenance and operations of LCU-2000 (Landing Craft, Utility) and other Army sea-going vessels.
After graduating in 2003 from the University of Houston with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in History and Minor in African-American Studies, Kirk applied to UH Law Center and Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law respectively. He was accepted at and entered Thurgood Marshall School of Law as an eager non-typical student. In addition to his regular studies in law school, Kirk focused extensively on advocacy. Kirk was very involved in law school activities, serving as a Thurgood Marshall Student Ambassador, advocate on the honor court, executive board member of the Student Bar Association, executive board member of the Christian Legal Society, executive board member of the Barbara C. Jordan Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, and graduate Assistant. Kirk also served as a staff writer and featured columnist for The Solicitor, the student magazine of Thurgood Marshall School of Law.
As he manages a work/life balance, among his many extracurricular and community activities, Kirk participates in community service projects of all types. Kirk is very involved in community service with his church, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, where he is a recipient of the Bene Merenti Award for Service and is presently serving as a member of the St. Francis of Assisi School Board.
His most treasured time is spent with his family; being the “best father in the world” to his two young adult children and cooking authentic Creole dishes…especially his delicious gumbo!
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