Lauren Gaydos Duffer grew up in Arlington, Texas where she graduated from James Martin high school in 1996. She is the daughter of Larry Gaydos, an attorney at Haynes and Boone, L.L.P., and Joanne Gaydos. Lauren is married to Ronnie Duffer, the owner of Tri Star Pools and the mother of two sons, Blake and Brody.
She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in speech communications from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Lauren was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority at Baylor. After graduating cum laude from Baylor, Lauren returned to the Dallas/Fort Worth area and received her law degree from SMU in Dallas.
Lauren is a member of the Arlington Bar Association, where she served on the Board of Directors from 2009-2010, Secretary/Treasurer from 2010-2011, Vice President from 2011-2012 and President from 2012-2013. She is also a charter member of the Arlington Young Lawyers Association and served as President from 2010-2011.
Lauren’s other memberships include: Collaborative Lawyers of Arlington and Mansfield, State Bar of Texas Family Law Section, Collaborative Law Institute of Texas, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, American Society of Reproductive Medicine, American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys, Resolve, Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association, and State Bar of Texas Collaborative Law section.
Ashley Reeve Basnett grew up in Plano, Texas where she graduated from Plano West Senior High with honors in 2004. She is the daughter of Jay Reeve, an attorney at ReeveAugustine, P.L.L.P, and Rhonda Reeve.
She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a minor in English from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. After graduating cum laude from Texas Tech, Ashley returned to the Dallas/Fort Worth area and received her law degree from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law in Fort Worth.
Ashley is a member of the Arlington Young Lawyers Association where she served on the Board of Directors from 2012-2013, Vice President from 2013-2014 and President from 2014-2015. She is also a member of the Arlington Bar Association where she is currently serving on the Board of Directors. Ashley’s other memberships include the Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association and the State Bar of Texas Family Law Section.
Clarissa Howley Mills grew up on her family farm in North Central Kansas. Her father, Steven Howley is the owner and manager of Howley Farms and her mother, Marilyn Howley, is an elementary school teacher in Clarissa’s home town of Scandia. Clarissa is married to Edward Mills, a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia and graduate of Virginia Military Institute. Clarissa and Edward enjoy spending time with their Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Lola, and their family in Dallas and Tyler, Texas.
Clarissa graduated with honors from Kansas State University, where she received her bachelor of arts degree in English. Clarissa is a member of the Kansas Beta Chapter of Pi Beta Phi and Phi Beta Kappa and still enjoys trips to Kansas to cheer on the cats, work on the farm and visit her family and sorority sisters.
Clarissa received her juris doctorate from the University of Kansas School of Law and is certified to practice law in both Texas and Kansas.
Clarissa’s passion for families and children derives from her mother’s history in teaching and experience serving as a volunteer for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for six years during college and law school. Clarissa was named the 2012 Douglas County Collegiate CASA of the year for her dedication to children in need of care.
Clarissa is a member of the Arlington Young Lawyers Association, where she served on the Board of Directors from 2014-2015 and currently serves as the Vice President.
Clarissa’s other memberships include: Arlington Bar Association, Dallas Bar Association, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Dallas County Family Law Section, State Bar of Texas Family Law Section, Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association and Kansas Bar Association.
Nicole Welling Pirog grew up in Greenwood, Indiana where she graduated from Center Grove High School with honors in 2008. She is the daughter of Eric Welling, Senior District Manager at EFI Global, Inc. and Barbara Mills. Nicole is married to Joshua Pirog a Systems Administrator at Kleiman Evangelista Eye Center. Nicole enjoys spending time with her Australian Shephard, Korra, and Cocker Spaniel Theo.
She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Law and Society with a minor in Forensic Science from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. After graduating with honors from Purdue University, Nicole moved to Texas and received her juris doctorate from SMU Dedman School of Law in Dallas, Texas where she graduated Cum Laude. While at SMU Dedman School of Law, Nicole was a member of the SMU Science and Technology Law Review and participated as a student attorney in the Child Advocacy Clinic. Nicole is a member of the Arlington Young Lawyers Association, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers and the State Bar of Texas Family Law Section.