Goldsberry & Associates believes the way best way to represent our clients is to get to know them, and for them to get to know us, so we can form a true partnership. To that end, we invite you to read our profiles to learn a little more about our legal credentials as well as our personal backgrounds. As always, feel free to call us at 281-533-3030.
Senior Managing Partner
Shari Goldsberry is a Board Certified Family Law Specialist who has dedicated her career to providing effective legal counsel to clients at a reasonable cost. Her practice areas include family law, appellate practice and mediation services. She believes in treating clients as individuals with respect for their legal and financial situation. Ms. Goldsberry works aggressively for fair resolutions, while striving to limit the costs associated with litigation.
Complementing her excellent skills as a legal advocate and business manager, Ms. Goldsberry has served as the editor of two publications, trained as a mediator and provided pro bono legal services to the underprivileged.
Ms. Goldsberry was born and raised in Houston, Texas where her family has run a machine shop for over 40 years. Ms. Goldsberry began her career managing this business, taking its annual sales from less than $100,000 to more than $2.2 million. Ms. Goldsberry's business experience also occasioned daily interactions with a diverse group of customers and vendors increasing her ability to resolve problems with people from all walks of life.
While managing the family business, Ms. Goldsberry was also going to school. After earning an undergraduate degree in business from the University of Houston, she earned her law degree from South Texas College of Law. In law school, Ms. Goldsberry was part of the Trial Advocacy Program that was awarded its first ever #1 ranking in U.S. News and World Report. She was also named to the prestigious Who's Who Among Law Students.
Following law school, Ms. Goldsberry clerked for a former appellate court chief justice at the prestigious downtown firm of Burrow & Parrott, LLP. During this clerkship, she obtained valuable insight into complex areas of litigation and appellate advocacy.
Since hanging her own shingle in 2005, Ms. Goldsberry has achieved impressive results for her clients in a several disciplines of the law, including:
- Acting as trial counsel on jury trials, bench trials and private arbitrations.
- Handling complex civil litigation involving property disputes and personal injury, concurrently managed a seven attorney law firm,
- Writing appellate briefs in more than a dozen cases—including four Writs of Certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court;
- Representing appellate clients in oral arguments before the Federal 5th Circuit Court of Appeals;
- Being selected as an amicus to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals,
- Supervising more than twenty law clerks,
- Acting as a third party mediator,
Ms. Goldsberry's practice also includes work for Child Protective Services. With a deep passion for protecting at-risk children, she's grateful for the opportunity to serve these little ones, whose voice may not otherwise be heard.
Virginia Portz has been practicing in the Greater Houston area since 2013. Mrs. Portz graduated from The University of Texas San Antonio with a Bachelor of Business Administration and Legal Studies in 2010. She received her law degree from Thurgood Marshall School of Law in 2013.
Pursuing a career in law was an easy decision for Mrs. Portz. She is a third-generation attorney following the footsteps of her Father, Charles “Chuck” H. Portz, III and her late Grandfather, Charles H. Portz, II. Being raised in a family of attorneys it was only natural for her to gravitate towards a career in the legal field and practicing law was what she always wanted to do.
Mrs. Portz dedicates her practice to assisting clients with various family law and civil litigation issues. She takes pride in guiding individuals, families and businesses through emotionally arduous situations, providing the compassion and practical advice they need.
Her experience and education has instilled a great understanding of the work and dedication required to successfully represent clients and resolve legal issues in their best interest. Any legal matter typically involves strong emotions, but she strives to ease her clients stress and anxiety during such a difficult time.
Virginia Portz believes in zealously and virtuously defending the rights and interests of her clients and fuses her naturally competitive and strong-willed mentality with the integrity and beliefs she values in the practice of law. It is this unique combination of qualities and her compassionate nature that drive her need and desire to win for her clients. Away from the office, Mrs. Portz enjoys personal time with her family and friends, bike riding, exercising and playing with her two dogs. She believes that an even balance between her work and personal life enhances her ability to be the best for her clients.
Virginia Portz is licensed in The State of Texas and provides representation in the Family and Civil Courts of Harris, Fort Bend, Brazoria, Montgomery and Galveston Counties.
Jessica is truly a rising star in the family law field. Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Jessica graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Journalism. She got her law degree from Capital University in Columbus Ohio with a concentration in Family Law and Child Welfare and Adoption Law.
While in still in Law School, Jessica interned with the National Center for Adoption Law and Policy. She took an active role in an on-going effort to enact legislation and modify current laws making the adoption process safer and more effective for the children being adopted.
Jessica handles all Family Law cases such as divorce, custody, child support and C.P.S. as well as adoptions. She is building her practice with a focus on advocating for children.
Jessica relocated from Ohio with her husband, Ian who works for Marathon Petroleum Company in Texas City. She is pleased to be representing clients and children on the Texas Gulf Coast where families play such an important role in the culture and community.
Alicia Sundermeyer is proud to be a sixth generation Texan, firmly rooted in the Bay Area. She grew up in the Clear Lake area of Houston; and now she and her husband raise their two children in Friendswood. Alicia is passionate about family law and probate. She aims to renew hope and strength to her clients when they feel defeat, fear, and grief, and give a voice to those who don’t feel heard. Alicia’s goal is to represent clients’ legal interests in these areas while being cognizant of their valuable time and resources. This is why Alicia is very focused on efficiency. Though many times court cases do take time, there is no need to drag difficult times out any longer than is necessary.
Alicia graduated from the University of Houston in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in Corporate Communications. Graduating in the top of her class at South Texas College of Law Houston, she completed her Law Degree (Juris Doctor) in only two and a half years. Her main focus of study was Family Law and Probate. She was awarded the Pamela George Family Law award for her achievements in family law with course studies including: Marital Property, Family Law, Civil Pre-Trial Advocacy and Family Law Trial Advocacy. She was also honored to receive an award and scholarship from the Probate, Trusts and Estates Section of the Houston Bar Association for her academic excellence in Wills, Trusts, Administration of Estates, and Guardianship. In her first year of law school, she became the Vice President of the Women’s Law Society on campus and was welcomed as a member of Phi Delta Phi, International Legal Honor Society in her second year. While at South Texas College of Law Houston, Alicia completed 2 clinical studies: Child Welfare Clinic, and Actual Innocence Clinic.
Emily graduated Cum Laude from New York University, receiving her baccalaureate in individualized studies with a concentration in Middle Eastern Studies and Women's Studies. She attended law school at Tulane University where she participated in the juvenile defense clinic and volunteered with Associated Catholic Charities in immigration law. She practices primarily immigration law and civil and criminal appellate law and is an outstanding research attorney and brief writer.
Emily is licensed in Texas and Maryland and is temporarily residing in England. Thanks to technology, Emily can work from any location and was able to accept this opportunity to reside in England for a time period.