Our Mediators

Family Law Mediation Services has trained mediators with significant family law experience. Our mediators are skilled at working with the parties to facilitate a resolution.

EMILY MCFARLING, ESQ.

EMILY MCFARLING, ESQ.

Strengths: Divorce, High Conflict Custody, Complex Property Division

Emily is a Board Certified Family Law Specialist and has practiced almost exclusively family law since becoming an attorney in 2003 and formed McFarling Law Group. Emily became a certified mediator in 1999 through Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. Emily receives mediation referrals from family court Judges through the Settlement Masters program as a trusted and effective mediator. Emily is a certified Parenting Coordinator on the Outsource Referral list for the Clark County Family Court and works with high conflict parents to resolve ongoing disputes.

MICHAEL BURTON, ESQ.

MICHAEL BURTON, ESQ.

Strengths: Divorce, Custody, Property and Debt Division

Michael Burton has worked at McFarling Law Group since 2008. During that time, he has acted as the initial point of contact for new clients. In his 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 and obtained his Juris Doctor from Boyd School of Law. While at Boyd, Michael was selected as the Outstanding Community Service Volunteer for Summer 2014 and also received an academic scholarship.

ASHLEE VAZQUEZ, ESQ.

ASHLEE VAZQUEZ, ESQ.

Strengths: Child Custody, Divorce

Ashlee has worked at McFarling Law Group since 2014. She graduated from UNLV’s Boyd School of Law in 2016. Ashlee has worked for years in the family law court system as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) advocating for the best interests of foster children stuck in the middle of legal disputes. Ashlee has taken several mediation training seminars through the nationally renowned Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution, and participated in the Mediation Clinic providing, free mediation services to small claims litigants and family court litigants who cannot afford to pay for services while in law school.

Ashlee N. VazquezClients’ ChoiceAward 2020

KIMBER LAUX, ESQ.

KIMBER LAUX, ESQ.

Strengths: Child Custody, Divorce

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 Lucas, Esq.

Strengths: Child Custody, Divorce

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, 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 as a law clerk, bringing with her years of legal experience. Since being at McFarling Law Group, 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. 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.

Carlia Waite, Esq.

Carlia Waite, Esq.

Strengths: Child Custody, Divorce

Carlia Waite, Esq. was born and raised in Springfield, Missouri. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Missouri State University in 1995. She then went on to obtain a master’s degree in social work (MSW) from the same university in 1998, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Upon receiving her MSW, Carlia worked in the area of social work. She eventually became frustrated with the limitations placed upon the assistance she was able to provide for her clients. Because of this frustration, she decided to attend law school.

In 2000, both Carlia and her husband, John, began attending law school at William S. Boyd School for Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Carlia worked full time as an emergency room social worker at St. Rose Dominican Hospital while attending law school in the evening. After graduating law school in 2003, she practiced for an AV rated family law firm in Las Vegas, Nevada and passed the bar exam in 2004. Carlia and John decided to move back to Missouri and after obtaining her license there in 2005, she started her own solo family law practice in Kansas City, which she eventually moved to Springfield, Missouri, her hometown.

Missing the sunshine and the ability to travel to California frequently, Carlia and John decided to move back to Las Vegas in the fall of 2015. Since moving back to Las Vegas, Carlia has continued to practice exclusively in the areas of domestic relations litigation to include divorce with an emphasis on complex high asset property division, paternity, high conflict child custody cases, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, adoption, guardianship, mediation and collaborative law. Carlia is never afraid to take a case to trial but understands that keeping your case out of court and obtaining a negotiated settlement is often the best outcome.

With Carlia’s social work and legal experience, she is able to provide her clients with a unique understanding of both the emotional and financial impact of domestic disputes that are not often found in traditionally trained attorneys. Her time devoted as a full-time social worker has prepared her for understanding her client’s needs for aggressive legal advocacy and includes an appreciation and understanding of the sensitive and emotional needs of her clients. Carlia also gained significant invaluable experience in Missouri representing children as their Guardian ad Litem in juvenile and family court, a part of her practice that she considers to be extremely rewarding.

Carlia is a former member of the Association for Women Lawyers of Kansas City and the Kansas City and Springfield Missouri bar associations. She was a board member for Boys & Girls Town, Southwest Missouri region, and was a member of the Program Committee for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) in Springfield, Missouri. She also previously served as a board member for the Poverello House Homeless Shelter for Men in Las Vegas. Carlia is presently a Family Law section member of the Nevada State Bar.

John and Carlia have three children ranging in grades from elementary to high school, her best accomplishments yet. In her free time, Carlia loves spending time with her family, shopping, watching movies, playing games and planning their next trip to Disneyland.

Contact Information

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PHONE:
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