Las Vegas Family Law Solutions is operated by McFarling Law Group, a Family Law firm in Las Vegas, Nevada. Our legal team has years of experience in analyzing complex financial cases and identifying the key issues.
With services ranging from QDRO preparations and Malmquist analyses to monthly Advice columns, our legal team is focused on providing our clients with a full spectrum of Family Law financial services.
Both professional and empathetic, we bring simplicity to our clients when handling their complex financial needs. We gauge our client satisfaction on efficient resolutions as well as gaining trust through their level of comprehension regarding the process.
EMILY MCFARLING, ESQ.
Emily opened a solo law practice in Las Vegas in 2003 with the primary focus of family law. Since that time Emily has worked diligently to establish a reputation as a knowledgeable and aggressive attorney, gaining the respect of both her peers and Judges. Emily has grown her practice over the years and in 2010 gained the credential of Certified Family Law Specialist by the State Bar of Nevada. This is the top Family Law credential an attorney can obtain in Nevada.
While her practice is primarily focused on representing clients in the Nevada Supreme Court, Nevada Court of Appeals, and Clark County District Court Family Division, Emily is also licensed to practice in the United States Supreme Court, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, United States District Court – District of Nevada, as well as all state courts in Arizona and California and she represents clients in those courts in cases related to her primary practice.
Emily is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and President of the Nevada Chapter. She is a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers and an AV Preeminent Rated Attorney by Martindale Hubbell. Emily is a member of the Hague Convention Attorney Network for the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs / U.S. Central Authority for the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. Emily has been appointed by the Nevada Supreme Court to serve on the Commission on Nevada Rules of Appellate Procedure. Emily is also a certified parenting coordinator, arbitrator, and mediator.
As an attorney, Emily is particularly knowledgeable in handling complex property division and financial issues, as well as division of pensions and defined benefit plans through QDRO’s (Qualified Domestic Relations Orders).
Prior to becoming an attorney, Emily worked for three years at the Tobacco Control Resource Center and Tobacco Products Liability Project in Boston, Massachusetts doing research projects on legal issues relating to tobacco. Emily has worked for the New Hampshire Department of Justice Consumer Protection Division and three law firms in Massachusetts in the areas of family law, tobacco litigation, real estate, business transactions and estate planning.
Emily writes children’s books for children going through family law issues and operates a small publishing company. In her free time, she is a country and jazz singer. She is mom to two teen boys and four dogs.
MICHAEL BURTON, ESQ.
Michael grew up in Wisconsin, moving to Las Vegas in 2003. An avid Packer fan, Michael enjoys sports. Michael also enjoys spending time with his dogs (English and French Bulldog) and his wife, who is a fellow family law attorney.
Michael has worked at McFarling Law Group since 2008. During that time, he has assumed numerous managerial roles and acted as the initial point of contact for new clients. In this role, Michael has reviewed over 8,000 family law cases during his time at McFarling Law Group.
Michael has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration in Management from UNLV. Michael owns a commercial LED lighting business with customers worldwide and many notable, high-profile projects.
Michael earned his Juris Doctor from Boyd School of Law at UNLV. While at Boyd, Michael was selected as Outstanding Community Service Volunteer and also received an academic scholarship. While in law school, Michael focused on classes taught by adjunct professors who are active practitioners in the community—with an emphasis on legal writing and trial advocacy. This includes classes taught by District Attorney Steve Wolfson and esteemed retired Federal Judge Philip Pro.
Michael’s style is considered aggressive but reasonable. With a focus on high-conflict contested divorce and custody matters, Michael has significant courtroom and trial experience. But, Michael also has the ability to settle cases outside of court, when the terms are right.
Michael has exceptional client satisfaction as his clients know he is looking out for their best interest, and they appreciate Michael’s candid advice.
ASHLEE VAZQUEZ, ESQ.
Ashlee attended the UNLV Boyd School of Law part-time evening program while working full-time at a law firm and volunteering as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), helping foster children in the courts. During her time at Boyd, Ashlee was also selected to be a student attorney with the Mediation Clinic providing free mediation services to small claim litigants and family court litigants who cannot afford to pay for mediation services. Ashlee also received mediation training from the renowned Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution.
During law school, Ashlee first worked for Clear Counsel Law Group, a probate and estate planning firm. In 2014, Ashlee joined McFarling Law Group where she started as a legal assistant, moved up to law clerk and then associate attorney. Her experience in each aspect of working in a law firm gives her keen insight into the procedural methods for obtaining the best results for her clients.
In 2016, Ashlee obtained her Juris Doctor from Boyd School of Law, where she received a CALI award as the top student in her legal writing class and Highest Pro Bono Honors. In 2017, Ashlee was licensed to practice law in Nevada and the U.S. District Court of Nevada. In 2018, she was awarded the Outstanding Service Award for her work as a CASA.
Ashlee focuses her practice on contested divorce and child custody cases and family law appeals. Ashlee’s extensive knowledge of family law in Nevada extends to numerous cases she’s briefed for the Nevada Supreme Court and Nevada Court of Appeals. Ashlee’s appellate experience includes the areas of legal separation, guardianship, custody, attorney’s fees, child support, and legal custody issues.
In her spare time, Ashlee enjoys traveling, concerts, and comedy shows. She also enjoys outdoor activities such as running, hiking, and snowboarding.
AMY A. PORRAY, ESQ.
Amy was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she graduated from Clark High School. Determined to help people with a career as a lawyer, Amy got a job as a runner in a law firm when she was 16 years old. She continued working full-time for that same law firm, later as a billing clerk and then a legal docketing secretary while obtaining her undergraduate degree. She graduated from UNLV in 2002 with a Bachelor’s in Philosophy.
Amy attended the William S. Boyd School of Law, where she received a full-tuition academic scholarship for all three (3) years. While at Boyd, Amy was selected for the Nevada Law Journal, serving as the Nevada Law Editor during her third year. She was chosen to be a student attorney in the Capital Defense Clinic for both semesters of her third year, where she represented an indigent person charged with capital murder. For her exceptional advocacy, she was selected by the Thomas & Mack Legal Clinic’s Staff for the Outstanding Student Award. She received the CALI award for top student in her class in Property, Torts, Lawyering Process III (Appellate Advocacy), Immigration, Criminal Procedure I and the Capital Defense Clinic.
Amy graduated from Boyd in 2005, summa cum laude. Immediately following graduation, she was the senior law clerk for then Chief Justice Robert E. Rose (ret.) at the Nevada Supreme Court. In 2005, she was licensed to practice in Nevada, and in 2016, in the United States District Court.
Following her clerkship, Amy has had a long career in both criminal defense and family law. Over the many years, Amy has handled thousands of criminal cases and hundreds of family cases. Amy has also ventured into academia, having taught philosophy at the College of Southern Nevada, as well as returning to Boyd as an adjunct faculty member. Amy co-taught the Externship Program at Boyd during 2016.
Amy focuses her practice on complex family law matters, including highly contested divorce and custody cases, divorce involving high-value financial assets, guardianships and prenuptial agreements. Amy also centers her practice on serious criminal defense matters, including violent and sexual crimes, any cases involving life sentences and on jury trials. Amy is highly skilled in appeals and has argued before the Supreme Court of Nevada and the Court of Appeals.
In 2011, Amy was chosen by the Nevada Attorneys for Criminal Justice (NACJ) to be the inaugural recipient of the Franny Forsman scholarship to attend the National Criminal Defense College (NCDC) Trial Practice Institute. The NCDC Trial Practice Institute is a two-week intensive trial skills program, where only 112 participants from across the country are selected to fine-tune their jury trial skills through personal interactive training with nationally renowned trial lawyers and coaches. During that program, Amy solidified the foundation she had been building in her practice for trials, hearings and courtroom and client advocacy.
In her free time, Amy enjoys watching Italian Giallo films and spending time with her dog.
KIMBER LAUX, ESQ.
Kimber was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she learned to love the heat. (It’s a dry heat!) She developed a passion for storytelling and in 2015 graduated from UNLV with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Media Studies and Sociology. Kimber began working at the Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2013, covering stories about local crime and the courts. She wrote several stories about child abuse and domestic violence, which sparked her desire to become an attorney and do more for voiceless Southern Nevada communities.
Kimber attended the William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV as a full-time student beginning in 2016 while continuing to work part-time at the Las Vegas Review-Journal. In the summer of 2017, she worked as a law clerk on civil rights cases at a small firm and interned for the Honorable Judge Jerry Wiese at the Eighth Judicial District Court. During the summer of 2018, she worked as a law clerk at the ACLU of Nevada on a grant from the Public Interest Law Association.
While at Boyd, Kimber was an executive board member of PILA and OutLaws (a law student organization focused on LGTBQ advocacy), and was a member of the Immigration Law Society, the Organization of Women Law Students, and the Health Law Society. During her first year of law school, Kimber co-instructed a weekly Paternity and Custody course at UNLV. During her third year, she worked for the Family Justice Clinic as a student attorney, working on cases related to guardianship, adoption, and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.
In 2019, Kimber obtained her Juris Doctor from Boyd, where she received CALI awards for earning the highest grade in her legal writing, pretrial litigation, and environmental law courses. She also received a CALI award for her work in the Family Justice Clinic, and she earned a place on the Dean’s List beginning in 2018.
Kimber is licensed to practice law in Nevada and the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada in 2019.
When she’s not representing Nevada families, Kimber enjoys playing volleyball, hiking, snowboarding, and reading. She loves dogs with her entire being and has two of her own.
Astasia Lucas, Esq.
Astasia was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her mother has been a paralegal for over 15 years and would often take Astasia with her to Take Your Child to Work Day. At an early age, Astasia wanted to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become a paralegal. However, it was her mother who encouraged her to become an attorney.
Astasia graduated from Arbor View High School, where she received an Advanced Honors Diploma. As an undergraduate student, Astasia attended Arizona State University. After her freshman year in college, she transferred to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to be closer to her family and friends. In 2015, Astasia received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice, with a minor in Family Studies. While attending the University of Nevada Las Vegas, she made the Dean’s List several times. During this time, Astasia also worked full-time as a receptionist at a family law firm and was eventually promoted to legal assistant. This experience was the driving force behind Astasia’s decision to become a family law attorney.
Astasia attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law on an academic scholarship beginning in 2016. Astasia was in the law school’s full-time program, while working part-time as a paralegal for a family law and personal injury attorney. While at Boyd, Astasia was on the executive board of several organizations, including the Black Law Students Association, Dispute Resolution Society, and Organization of Women Law Students. She also taught free paternity and child custody classes to the Las Vegas community, and externed for the Honorable Frank P. Sullivan at the Eighth Judicial District Court.
In 2020, Astasia obtained her Juris Doctor from Boyd Law School, with Pro Bono Honors and a concentration in dispute resolution. Her education and work experience quickly taught her that most cases settle through some form of conflict resolution before going to trial. Astasia was also selected to be a Saltman Fellow by the nationally and internationally renowned Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution. Through the Saltman Center, she received extensive mediation and negotiation training. Astasia also served as a Student Attorney in the UNLV Mediation Clinic, where she co-mediated divorce, child custody and child dependency cases.
Prior to working at McFarling Law Group/Family Law Solutions, Astasia worked as a law clerk at a personal injury firm, where she gained a passion for helping those who have been physically injured due to the negligence or recklessness of another. Thereafter, she worked as a law clerk at the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada in their Children’s Attorneys Project program, working with children in the welfare system. In 2020, Astasia joined McFarling Law Group/Family Law Solutions as a law clerk, bringing with her years of legal experience. Since being at McFarling Law Group/Family Law Solutions, Astasia has gained valuable insight and furthered her knowledge on divorce, child custody, and guardianship matters. Upon successfully passing the Bar Exam in 2020, Astasia became an associate attorney at McFarling Law Group/Family Law Solutions. Astasia is licensed to practice law in the State of Nevada.
In her free time, Astasia likes to spend time with her family and friends and her dog, Ace (a Yorkshire terrier). She loves to travel, go to concerts and festivals, and is always eager to catch the latest movies.
Brian Reardon, Esq.
Brian was born and raised in Las Vegas. Shortly after high school, he joined the United States Marine Corps to serve his county. While in the Marines, Brian specialized in providing telecommunication services between ground forces and the Air Command Element (ACE) that communicated with the pilots in the sky. After his service in the Marine Corps, he moved back to Las Vegas to be close to family and pursue a degree at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. He worked full-time for the City of Henderson while pursuing his degree at night eventually being promoted into Management.
After a brief break from school, Brian returned to UNLV to attend the Boyd School of Law. While at Boyd, he focused on hands-on learning to receive courtroom and legal writing experience such as a yearlong externship with the United States Attorney’s Office and a semester with the Clark County District Attorney’s Office. During law school, he received a partial academic scholarship, a CALI award as the top student in Criminal Law, and a special designation for volunteer Pro Bono services. To further develop his advocacy, he volunteered for a National Moot Trial Competition. After graduation, he passed the Nevada Bar Exam and then the California Bar Exam.
In 2017, he accepted a role as a Prosecutor for the City of Henderson. He prepared and presented evidence to prosecute criminal matters from the initiation of criminal charges all the way to bench trials for misdemeanor crimes and violation of city ordinances. He also represented the city at criminal arraignments, appeals, motion hearings, sentencing hearings, probation revocation, and criminal trials. He also served as the Prosecutor for the City of Henderson Veterans Treatment Court. The specialty court is a diversion program that focuses on treatment to rehabilitate Veterans suffering from PTSD, traumatic brain injuries, or other disabilities.
In 2022, Brian retired from Public Service and joined McFarling Law Group to use his advocacy skills and courtroom experience to fight for clients. His focus is on litigating child custody and divorce cases as well as misdemeanor criminal defense.
In his spare time, Brian enjoys mountain biking, road cycling, snowboarding, and golfing. He is an avid sports fan and enjoys cheering for the Golden Knights, Las Vegas Raiders, and UNLV Running Rebels. Go Rebs!
Legal Assistant, Document Clerk, Social Media Manager
Aaron was born in Miami, Florida, but moved to Las Vegas in 2002. He has been raised a local ever since.
As a die-hard Miami Heat fan, Aaron enjoys all sports ranging from football to basketball. Aaron enjoys most of his time with family and friends, who push him to do better.
Aaron has worked at McFarling Law Group since January of 2020 and has assumed roles as a Document Clerk, Social Media manager, and legal assistant, primarily assigned on QDRO preparation services.
Aaron is currently attending the University of Nevada Las Vegas obtaining his undergraduate education in hopes of attending law school. Switching from his major in Journalism, Aaron has found a passion for law and has worked through the swift transition into Criminal Justice by maintaining a 3.8 GPA.
Aaron has seen his fair share of customer service through his years working in retail stores such as Home Depot and works on a daily basis to make client satisfaction his number one priority.
Alex was born in Boston, MA. He received his B.A. in English Literature from College of The Holy Cross where he developed a passion for analyzing and looking and at things from all different perspectives. After graduating from college, Alex worked in Talent Acquisition and Recruitment Strategy for Boston Consulting Group and BitSight Technologies. His experience in Talent Acquisition taught him how to build strong business relationships through hard work and trust.
Tired of the cold, Alex decided to move to Las Vegas in 2019 and began working in accounting for a small tax law firm where he learned the fundamentals of tax law and bankruptcy. Joining McFarling Law Group in 2020, Alex brings with him a strong desire to help people and their families get through stressful legal situations as easily as possible with the best outcome.
When he isn’t working Alex enjoys reading up on current events and watching the New England Patriots.
Sue has lived in Las Vegas for over 30 years. She is originally from Redondo Beach, California. She has travelled all over the world as a professional ice skater, which brought her to Las Vegas and eventually unpacked her suitcases for good. She has worked in the entertainment field most of her life, either in front of the curtain or behind. Most recently, she worked over a decade in immigration for a large entertainment company here in Las Vegas handling all aspects of their foreign employees.
When Sue isn’t at work, she spends her time with her husband and 3 dogs enjoying everything outdoors. She loves to ice skate, of course, and always looks forward to watching the ice-skating championships either in person or on TV. Her love for dogs, especially golden retrievers, has a very special place in her heart.
Kiya grew up in rural Michigan. She moved to Las Vegas in November 2015. Kiya attended St. Therese Learning Institute where she graduated with a Nursing Assistant certificate. After working about a year as a CNA, Kiya decided to pursue a career in the legal field. Kiya started as a Medical Records clerk for a personal injury firm and moved her way up to a legal assistant, working in litigation for multiple areas of personal injury and more recently, family law. Working in the medical field gave Kiya true insight to empathizing and taking care of people. It’s her favorite part of the job.
In addition to her personal injury and medical background, Kiya has experienced divorce as well. Her parents divorced in 2015, and despite being an adult, it still struck a chord with her and made her realize how difficult those situations are.
Most of Kiya’s free time is spent with her husband. They love to be out riding the motorcycle, working on cars or spending time with close friends and family. Kiya is an avid Disney fan and loves to read. She enjoys watching football or UFC as well. When she can, Kiya travels to the east coast to spend time with her father, stepmother, and siblings.
Jacob Gifford, J.D.
Jacob was born and raised in Henderson, Nevada, where he graduated from Foothill High School. As a first-generation college student, Jacob worked full-time in the hospitality industry as a Valet Attendant while attending Nevada State College as a full-time student. Jacob graduated cum laude from Nevada State College in 2018 as a double major with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice and History.
Jacob moved with his wife and two little boys to Boise, Idaho where they wanted to escape the desert heat for a few years to attend law school. While in law school, Jacob was an executive board member of the Federalist Society and J. Reuben Clark Law Society. Also, while in school, Jacob externed with Wilner and O’Reilly Immigration Lawyers, worked at the Immigration Clinic through the law school, and worked as a law clerk for a local law firm in Boise.
In 2021, Jacob earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Idaho College of Law. After graduating, Jacob and his family decided to move back home to Las Vegas. Jacob recently took the Nevada Bar Exam in July 2021 and is awaiting his results. He hopes to obtain his law license so he can become a successful and passionate advocate for his clients.
In his spare time, Jacob enjoys spending time with his wife and three children. Jacob is also an avid sports fan and tries to watch every Golden Knights, Raiders, and Dodgers game he can.
Cheyenne Kidd was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV. In 2015, she graduated as part of the inaugural class of the Justice & Advocacy Academy at Faith Lutheran High School in Las Vegas. Following her graduation, Cheyenne attended Texas to attend Texas Christian University. At TCU she graduated Magna Cum Laude with Bachelors degrees in Criminal Justice and Sociology as well as an emphasis in Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies. In 2019, Cheyenne made her way back to her hometown to attend the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law.
Helping children and families has always been in the forefront of Cheyenne’s mind. Last year, she served as the Director of Operations for Boyd’s Black Law Students Association. As Director, she spearheaded fundraising efforts for BLSA raising over $3,500, $600 of which was donated to local organizations including the Las Vegas Chapter of the NAACP and the Greater Youth Sports Association.
Additionally, she volunteered as both a community service student and Educator at the Kids Court School, which educates children who will be called as witness about the court system. In the Spring of 2021, Cheyenne was selected to be a Student Attorney in the Education Advocacy Clinic, a clinic that aims to advocate for the educational rights of children with disabilities. Now in her final year of law school, Cheyenne serves the greater Boyd community as the 3L Representative for the Student Bar Association planning events, coordinating student needs and more.
When not at work or in school, Cheyenne enjoys spending time with her family, attending her nephew’s baseball games, and reading. Fun Fact: in 2018, the year Cheyenne took the LSAT and applied to law school, she read 250 books for fun (not including school required reading)!
Intake Specialist and Legal Assistant
Avea moved to Las Vegas from Poughkeepsie, New York in 2011. She is a Spring Valley High School graduate and attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas where she earned a Bachelor’s degree with a major in Criminal Justice. Throughout college, Avea worked as a bereavement coordinator for a non-profit hospice while interning as a research assistant for UNLV’s Criminal Psychology Department and member of UNLV’s Criminal Justice Honors Society. After graduating, Avea made a career switch from healthcare to law, where she was a paralegal/legal assistant for an estate planning firm. Avea’s personal experience and strong desire with providing support to families in need has made a smooth transition from healthcare to the legal field. Avea is currently studying to take her LSAT exam again and hopes to one day become an attorney.
Currently, Avea is an active volunteer for Nathan Adelson Hospice and finds great joy spending her summers as a bereavement camp counselor for children grieving the loss of a parent. She also enjoys reading non-fiction, hiking, spending time with family and a huge Harry Potter fan.