Vernon K. Elkins is a North Austin-based personal injury attorney. He licensed to practice law in both Illinois and Texas.
Vernon is a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans College of Law; and received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & American History from the University of Michigan. He was admitted to the Illinois State Bar in February 2008 and to the Texas State Bar in March of 2016. In addition, he was admitted into the Northern District of Illinois in September of 2011 and will soon be admitted into the Western District of Texas.
Vernon enjoys being challenged every day and working with a great team of passionate attorneys. He focuses on helping victims of personal injury and medical malpractice. Before coming to The Carlson Law Firm, Vernon worked in Houston as a contract and compliance specialist. Prior to that, he worked in Chicago for an aviation and aerospace litigation firm for seven years.
Even though he’s made it through law school and the bar exam, Vernon continues to challenge himself and expand his knowledge of the law. He has an incredible desire to learn and acquire knowledge every day. His greatest joy is being able to apply the years of his education and work experience to be effective counsel for his clients.
Clients should know that Vernon will give his complete attention to each case. Further, he will focus on ensuring their matter is handled with the highest care and competency. He will do all he can to ensure that clients receive the damages they are entitled to.
He is a member of the Capital Area Trial Lawyer Association and the Texas Trial Lawyers Association.
When he’s not practicing law, Vernon is a dedicated University of Michigan football and basketball fan and enjoys traveling, sporting events, music and spending time with his family and friends.
Robert Gutierrez is a Laredo-based personal injury attorney dedicated to helping the community he calls home.
As a young child, Robert was captivated with seeing the legal profession in pop culture. Slowly, he began noticing his talent for intervening and defending his defenseless classmates from bullies on the playground. Eventually, he chose a career path that allowed him to use his interests in both helping people and stimulating debates. Throughout his university years, Robert worked in various legal positions at law firms and a county district attorney’s office.
He is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas. He uses his knowledge of personal injury law to assist clients who have been in motor vehicles wrecks and other personal injury cases.
He prides himself on being clear and honest with his clients. Clients can rest assured that they will receive knowledgeable legal advice about the potential pros and cons of their cases. Even though he’s made it through law school, Robert continues to challenge himself and expand his knowledge of the law. His greatest joy is being able to apply the years of his education and work experience to be effective counsel for his clients. He recognizes that without a compassionate attorney’s dedication, injustice will go largely unchecked. He sees his position as a to help his those in his community get the justice they’re entitled to. Clients turn to Robert’s expertise to get them through some of the toughest moments in their lives. Every step of the way, his clients stay well informed on the status of their case.
Robert is a graduate of St. Mary’s University School Law (2017); he graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Texas A&M International University in 2013. He is a 2015 St. Mary’s University School of Law 1L Moot Court Competition Double Octa Finalist. He was also a recipient of the Student Success Scholarship and General Scholarship at Texas A&M International University.
When he isn’t practicing law, Robert enjoys spending downtime with his friends and family. A man of many interests, he enjoys traveling, reading and keeping up with sports.
A quote Robert lives by: “Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.” No matter the obstacle, Robert will work tirelessly on your behalf.
Cheryl Powell is dedicated to helping families in the Round Rock area through some of the most difficult times in their lives. Cheryl comes to The Carlson Law Firm after a solo practice focused on family, criminal, education and employment law. However, her primary focus at The Carlson Law Firm is family law.
Once a high school English and dance/drill team teacher, Cheryl became an attorney because she believes in the art of storytelling. She believes that as an attorney, her job is to tell a client’s story in the courtroom to get the best resolution possible. As a lawyer, she is at her best when she problem solves and finds creative solutions for difficult situations.
Cheryl combines her passion for the law with her tremendous compassion to help her clients. Her clients get a knowledgeable attorney who cares about the specifics of their situation. Additionally, she has a client first approach to handling family cases to get positive solutions. For your benefit throughout your legal journey, she will remain upfront and honest about your case. Because of her teaching background, she enjoys explaining the legal procedures and terminology to help clients better understand how courtroom decisions will impact their day to day lives.
Cheryl earned her Juris Doctor from Ohio State University. She has a Masters in Educational Leadership from Dallas Baptist University and earned her Bachelors of Science from Texas State University.
She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Williamson County Bar Association and Austin Bar Association.
When she’s not telling clients’ stories in the courtroom, Cheryl enjoys reading books, swimming and “pretending” she’s crafty. She is passionate about finding a cure for Multiple Sclerosis and figuring out what causes it. She believes the most important thing you can do with your life is to serve others.
A quote Cheryl lives by, “There’s no lemon so sour that you can’t make something resembling lemonade.” –Dr. K, NBC’s This is Us
Nick Merz is a North-Austin based personal injury attorney dedicated to helping victims of medical malpractice and sexual assault.
Nick served in the United States Marines from 2005-2009. He became a lawyer because he was attracted to the idea of standing for a cause through the use of the law. As a long-time member of the Austin community, he takes helping his clients seriously. He finds joy in the work he does through assisting his clients on a day to day basis—even if the clients are not aware of the small tasks that go into building the best case possible.
Clients should know that Nick will give his complete attention and focus on ensuring their matter is handled with the highest care and competency. He will do all he can to ensure that clients receive the damages they are entitled to. Nick’s incredible desire to learn and acquire knowledge is an asset. Once he learns something, he never forgets it.
Nick’s primary focus at The Carlson Law Firm is representing clients who were victims of personal injury, medical malpractice and sexual assaults.
Nick is a graduate of Texas Tech University School of Law; and received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Texas State University. He was admitted to the Texas State Bar in May 2014.
He is a member of the Capital Area Trial Lawyer Association and the Texas Trial Lawyers Association. Nick was a 2014-2017 Senior Fellow in the Academy for Leadership in the Legal Profession.
During his time in the Marines, Nick instructed Marines and Naval personnel martial arts under the Marine Corp Martial Program from 2008-2009.
When he’s not practicing law, Nick is a dedicated Star Wars fan. Additionally, he has been a 20-year Houston Astros fan. One of his favorite moments was going to Game Two of the 2017 American League Championship Series. In 2005, Nick made Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts of America.
Russell Shrauner is a Lubbock-based personal injury attorney dedicated to helping victims of auto, oilfield trucking, and toxic tort injuries recover the damages owed to them. He began his journey at The Carlson Law Firm as a law clerk but is now a full-time attorney.
Russell grew up two hours away from Lubbock in Midland, Texas. He knew as a child that he had a higher calling to help the voiceless. As a member of the West Texas community, he takes pride in helping his fellow citizens. A former worker in the oilfields of West Texas, Russell knows first hand the kind of dangers that exist for hardworking oilfield employees. He decided to go to law school to create an opportunity for himself to help the people of West Texas when they’re in need.
Russell is a graduate of Texas Tech University School of Law; and received his B.A. in Philosophy from Texas A&M University. He was sworn into the Texas Bar in April 2018.
Seeing his clients recover from their injuries and get their lives back makes every minute of the hours spent studying and now practicing law rewarding for Russell. His clients are satisfied with his personal injury knowledge and professionalism. If you want an attorney who cares, will pursue your case professionally, and aggressively if the need arises then contact Russell today. Clients are impressed with Russell’s ability to tell their stories with passion and empathy in mediation or in a courtroom.
When he’s not representing clients, Russell participates in BBQ and cooking competitions. He won the Texas Tech Chili Cook-Off as a 2L. Cooking isn’t his only talent, Russell is also an expert catamaran builder.
A quote Russell lives by, “Your sword can be a sermon or the power of the pen… Make them hear you.” –”Make Them Hear You” from Ragtime
Robbye attended Texas State University and graduated Summa Cum Laude, then went on to South Texas College of Law. She is a proud member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association and Capital Area Trial Lawyers Association as well as the Williamson and Bell County Bar Associations. Robbye is also part of the Delta Theta Phi International Law Fraternity. She loves helping people overcome their legal obstacles, which is why her primary practice is Personal Injury.
Alexander McSwain joined The Carlson Law Firm team in February 2018. He holds an undergraduate degree from Auburn University in History and Philosophy and graduated from Cumberland School of Law in 2015 as a Merit Scholar and on the Dean’s List. Alexander is licensed in both Alabama and Texas.
Alexander practices civil law cases. In addition to maritime law and mass torts, he has experience in working on cancer exposure claims. Alexander came to The Carlson Law Firm to pursue his passion for helping people in difficult situations move forward with their lives. He considers using his skills to assist new clients is one of his greatest joys in practicing law.
Alexander is a Member of the State Bar of Texas Insurance Section.
When he’s not assisting clients, he enjoys sailing and volunteering at ultra-marathons with his wife Heather. He was raised Okaloosa County, Florida. He currently resides in Belton, Texas.
Luis Munoz holds a law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law, where he served as a member of the St. Mary’s Law Journal. While in law school, Luis competed in several moot court competitions, and won the Ralph G. Langley Best Brief Award and the St. Mary’s Law Journal Staff Writer Excellence Award. Luis has served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Phylis Speedlin at the Texas Fourth Court of Appeals and for the Honorable J. Scott Hacker at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Luis holds a Master of Science degree in journalism from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in economics and political science from the University of Rochester.
After graduating from college, Luis joined Teach for America, the acclaimed national service corps dedicated to closing the educational achievement gap within minority communities to ensure that kids attending under-resourced schools get an excellent education. He taught fifth grade in Miami’s Little Haiti.
Luis has also worked as an investigative journalist with the Univision national news network. Luis is a native of Del Rio, Texas.
Dani Bolong is the family law or criminal law attorney you want on your side. Before coming to The Carlson Law Firm, she worked in a boutique law firm in Southern California. She is committed to helping families in the Killeen area navigate the complexities of family law, as well as helping clients in tough criminal situations.
Dani grew up in a small coastal town in the Philippines where her grandfather was a judge. Though her grandfather passed away at a young age, he remained influential on Dani’s lifelong aspirations. The legal books he left behind fascinated Dani as a child. As she grew up, she began to realize the essential role lawyers have in society—the ability to dramatically change the course of people’s lives. Because of this, she had dreams of using the law as a tool to serve the marginalized sectors of her country.
She passionately and tirelessly represents her clients to get the best resolution possible. Clients looking for legal representation for divorce, adoption, gestational carrier agreements, embryo and egg donation agreements or criminal cases can trust that Dani will strive for excellence.
Dani is a 2015 Master of Laws graduate from Harvard Law School. Additionally, she earned her Juris Doctor from Ateneo de Manila University (2011). She received Cum Laude honors when she graduated with her Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management at Ateneo de Manila University (2007). Dani served as the youngest Associate Solicitor III (2013-2015) in the Office of the Solicitor General in the Philippines. Additionally, she worked for one of the biggest law firms in the Philippines, Puno & Puno Law Firm. Dani is licensed to practice law in New York, California, Texas and the Philippines.
She moved to the Killeen area with her husband, an airman in the U.S. Air Force. Dani has fallen in love with her local community. She hopes to spend the rest of her life in Texas with her husband.
Cassandra Gibson is a Killeen-based family law attorney dedicated to helping families move through the legal process with ease. She joined The Carlson Law Firm after practicing family law in McLennan County.
A seventh generation Texan, Cassandra was born and raised in Bell County. She set her sights on becoming an attorney when she was a child. Cassandra takes pride in helping families going through difficult times navigate the complexities of family law. She represents families in the state, district and county courts. As a reasonable and realistic family law attorney, Cassandra considers all sides of an argument to deliver the best possible legal representation for her clients. In addition to helping families transition through divorce and custody arrangements, Cassandra helps families expand by assisting with adoption and gestational agreements.
She is a graduate of Texas Tech University Law School (2015) and earned her B.S. in Liberal Studies from Texas A&M Central Texas in 2010. Cassandra was admitted to the Texas State Bar in November 2015. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Bell County Bar Association and held the Secretary (2017-2018) position in the Bell County Young Lawyers Association. Cassandra is the 2018-2019 Vice President/President-Elect for the Bell County Young Lawyers Association.
Cassandra takes immense pride in finding creative and workable solutions to family issues for each of her clients. She understands that family life significantly impacts people’s daily lives. She believes that practicing family law is the best way for her to serve the community she adores. Cassandra takes her time to know the details and facts of her cases. She works hard to help her clients understand the entire legal process and empowers them to make decisions. Additionally, she values and includes her clients’ input when building case strategies. She is always available to answer questions and explain the how’s and why’s so that her clients never feel in the dark about their cases.
Her commitment to practicing law comes from her desire to serve her community and help others. She is currently engaged to be married and has a 100-pound lap dog. Forever the DIY-er, Cassandra can lay tile, redo floors, hang drywall, design and build furniture. She enjoys lifting weights because it requires dedication, focus and determination—three components necessary for practicing law.