Chris joined the firm in March 2020 with nearly three decades of experience in family law. Chris’s paralegal career began working for a firm practicing in the areas of family, criminal, real estate and probate law, but she quickly transitioned to working exclusively in the area of family law for highly respected attorneys in Austin. In Chris’s 28+ years’ experience in family law, among other things, she has handled many high-asset divorce cases involving complex property issues and contested custody and visitation issues, as well as modifications and enforcements of prior and existing court orders. Chris’s extensive experience spans from matters of final disposition, including creative and solution-based amicable resolution through various methods of negotiation and mediation as well as more adversarial processes of contested hearings, arbitrations, bench trials and several jury trials. Chris is dedicated to her clients and empathetic to their individual situations and needs. She brings to this firm a wealth of knowledge and insight invaluable to the team at Maples | Jones, PLLC.
Chris is excited for the opportunity to continue working in family law as she remains dedicated to helping clients navigate the difficult processes involved in their family law case and working alongside the attorneys in obtaining the best possible outcome for each client. Chris lives in Austin with her husband, Gary, and their 3 dogs. She has 2 adult children and 3 grandchildren who she spoils at every opportunity. Outside of the office, Chris enjoys spending time with family and close friends, traveling, sailing, sport fishing, watching baseball and football, reading, cooking and generally relaxing. FUN FACT: Chris not only introduced Nikki Maples to family law, but trained and mentored her nearly 23 years ago before Nikki ventured off to law school (Not much has changed, really. Chris still remains in charge.).
Originally from the West Coast, Samantha studied at Seattle University and remained in the city after graduating to pursue a career in hotel management. Seeking change and a new adventure, she moved to New Orleans where she began designing and curating custom travel excursions. While working in the hospitality industry, Samantha enjoyed forging personal connections with guests and providing unforgettable travel experiences, but was eager to transition into a role where she could better utilize her communication skills, passion for writing and language, and desire to contribute toward a more meaningful cause. After three years in Louisiana, Samantha found the opportunity she had been hoping for and excitedly set out west to Austin to begin working as a paralegal. Samantha lends a fresh perspective on case matters and a high level of eagerness to engage and help the clients at Maples | Jones, PLLC.
Some of Samantha’s personal interests include psychology as a hobby, trying out new vegetarian restaurants, and exploring the outdoors as much as possible. FUN FACT: Samantha’s passion for writing may have been influenced by her Grandpa who was a Hollywood writer for the Flintstones (he helped create the character “Pebbles”), Jetsons, Andy Griffith Show and the movie Girl Happy with Elvis Presley.
State Bar of Texas, Paralegal Division
Capital Area Paralegal Association
What Our Client’s Say About Us
“In an hour, Nikki Maples discerned the danger and gave me the courage and words to address the situation. She listened intently and articulated with enough authority. She saved a 5 year old’s life!”
“Nikki represented me a year ago when I went through my divorce. She was a tremendous asset as she guided me through the complexities of the divorce process with strong commitment and compassion. She truly cared about my family, and worked tirelessly for great results. Today I consider her my friend.”
“I needed last minute attorney in moving out of state with children case. Even it was Christmas holiday time, Mrs. Jones was there for me and gave the best advice. I cannot thank her enough for helping me in one of the most stressful times in my life. She worked in a timely manner and was able to take on my case and got the job done. I would recommend her to anyone.”
“I hired Meagan to represent me in attempting to mediate for my son to attend a highly rated school upon my move to San Antonio. She was very upfront with my options and provided a lot of feedback on how to tackle this issue considering his father was not cooperating. She was a very hands on attorney and always kept me abreast of my case. She was always very encouraging and fought to the very end. She never gave up on me nor my case……”
“I worked with Nikki and Meagan on a custody issue. They were professional, thoughtful and kind. I would recommend them to anyone in need of a good lawyer.”
“A custody situation is no fun, but Meagan was a complete pro. She calmed me down when I was completely stressed out and she helped me come to a good outcome (in a very tough situation).”
“Meagan is an excellent attorney! She is professional and very knowledgeable with legal matters. I appreciate her truthfulness and diligence with solving my legal situation. Thank you Meagan!!”
“I came to Nikki with a very difficult case and in a situation where a prior attorney had mishandled my divorce for months. It was an uphill battle from the beginning and she did not shy away from the challenge. Nikki understood my priorities, and she focused on them throughout my case keeping me engaged and informed at each turn. She managed my expectations and when necessary she managed me.”