Legal Staff

Tonya Whitworth


Tonya Ellis Whitworth is the firm’s senior Paralegal.

Tonya has over 20 years of legal experience, including over 15 years of experience exclusively in family law. Widely recognized as one of the top family law paralegals in Sacramento, Tonya brings a blend of experience and patience to work closely with clients on even the most challenging of property, support, and custody cases.

Tonya is a California native who loves to call Sacramento "home." Tonya enjoys stripes, the color aqua, and collecting band t-shirts.

Nicole Harman

Nicole is the office Legal Secretary. She was first hired as a File Clerk and has enjoyed growing with the firm and learning more and more about the intricacies of Family Law. She enjoys greeting clients and being the first point of contact to the firm. With her outstanding customer service, she strives to give every client a pleasant experience. She understands that when clients are going through some of their most stressful times, she can make a difference by truly listening to their needs. With time, she hopes to learn more about Family Law and the different avenues that it provides.

Nicole loves spending time outdoors with her husband and two sons. Her favorite hobbies include hip hop dancing, singing, and crafting.

Stephanie O’Neil

Stephanie is the office Paralegal. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2015 with a Bachelor's Degree in Legal Studies and a minor in Politics. She understands the extra care and compassion that Family Law cases require, especially when children are involved. She strives to help families improve communication during their stressful family law matter. Her listening skills and relatability make her a great contact for our clients.

Stephanie has a passion for helping at-risk youth. Stephanie also enjoys traveling, gardening, and spending time with her family. She has three dogs named Molly, Bonnie, and Clyde.

Valerie Mahood


Valerie Mahood is the Office Manager, Social Media Coordinator and is also a family law Paralegal.  She has worked in Family Law for over 10 years and has worked with the firm for over six. With her history at the firm, she helps the office run smoothly, keeps the team happy, and runs the firm's Social Media Campaign. She started as the office's legal secretary and has enjoyed growing with the firm.

Valerie also works part-time at Lush Cosmetics, Inc. where she gets to participate in grassroot charity events while promoting the organic products she loves. She enjoys spending time with family and friends on the weekends. She also enjoys growing an organic garden, running, and being in the outdoors.