NALS of Washoe County



Shirley became a civil litigation legal secretary with the law firm of Walther, Key, et al., in Reno, Nevada in 1985.  In 1990, she went to work for the then State Industrial Insurance System in Carson City (state agency for workers’ compensation), moving through the ranks to become the Legal Office Manager.  The Nevada Legislature privatized SIIS in 1998. Shirley left state service and went to work for the law offices of Brooke & Shaw in Minden, Nevada, at their Bently Nevada Corporation location, learning intellectual property law, patent tracking, and foreign incorporation. It was during this time that she joined the NALS’ Douglas-Carson Chapter and began to build life-long friendships with other legal professionals and started her study program for the PLS exam.  Shirley successfully passed the PLS exam in the spring of 1999. Shirley moved back to Reno in 2000, when her son became ill and needed to be closer to the hospital. She went back into civil litigation law with the law firm of Laxalt & Nomura, Ltd. until 2003, when she was hired by the Nevada Attorney General’s Office where she remains today in the Bureau of Litigation, Personnel Division, and plans to stay until she retires. Shirley transferred into the NALS of Washoe County Chapter in 2013. “For me, the two most valuable parts of being a member of NALS are the wonderful people and the excellent education that has been extremely valuable to me in my career as a civil litigation secretary. I am so proud to be a member; I invite all my co-workers to attend our meetings and education conferences.”

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Susan Davis moved to Washoe Valley, Nevada from Huntington Beach, California in 1989. She received her bachelor's degree in December 1996 from UNR; her CLA designation in 2001 from NALA; her PLS designation in 2004 from NALS; and her PP designation in 2012 from NALS.   Susan has been with the law firm of Lemons, Grundy & Eisenberg for approximately 12 years as a legal secretary. She is the chapter's Parliamentarian and the Second Vice President for NALS of Nevada. Susan has been happily married (to the same guy!) for 35 years. (She got married when she was 4). Being a board member for NALS of Washoe County and NALS of Nevada has certainly kept Susan on her toes. It's been a constant challenge to understand the Robert's Rules of Order and one that she happily enjoys. As Second Vice President for NALS of Nevada, Susan is the editor for the state's Silver State newsletter, which is published at least twice a year. In addition, Susan enjoys helping NALS members in attaining their PLS and PP certifications, through frequent study groups.



Tori is the judges’ secretary at Sparks Justice Court, providing judicial support for two full-time judges and one part-time senior judge.  Tori was hired in 2004 and due to her non-legal experience, she enrolled in the paralegal studies program at UNR in January 2005 and completed the certificate program that April.  She joined NALS of Washoe County that same year and in 2008 joined Susan Davis’ study group in preparation for the PLS exam which she passed in March 2009.  Tori continued her studying pattern with Susan Davis’ study group and ultimately passed her PP exam in September 2009. Tori is currently the President for NALS of Nevada and Corresponding Secretary for her local chapter, NALS of Washoe County.  “NALS has afforded me the knowledge and confidence to be the best legal secretary for my judges at Sparks Justice Court!”  Tori lives and works in Sparks, has two adult children, and two adorable grandchildren.



G’day! After growing up in Australia and relocating to the U.S., Christine began her legal career 30+ years ago in South Texas with an attorney who hired her because he liked her accent. Whatever gets your foot in the door, right?  It was an intense immersion in the legal field, and it was at that time she also began her involvement with NALS.  She has always valued the time she spent in the NALS organization and has sought out the local NALS chapter wherever she relocated. The seminars and meetings all helped her grow her legal skills, which also enhanced her employment opportunities.  But, you really get out of NALS what you put into it! Christine has held the offices of Secretary and Governor – just call her Governor Christine – for many years. She currently lives in Sparks with her partner Gary, and their two fur babies, Harry and Max.


Heather moved to Reno, Nevada from Valencia, California in 2008.  She received her bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice in 2013 and will be studying for her PLS designation with Susan Davis this spring.  Heather has worked for a law firm in Los Angeles, California working with probate and estate planning and more recently worked for a local civil rights attorney. Currently, she is taking a break from the legal field and working with UNR.  "NALS has opened my eyes to a whole new legal world and a wonderful group of people.  I could not have asked for better training from this group nor a better group of individuals to work with!"