Goldsberry & Associates, PLLC, 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 281-485-3500 to schedule a consultation.
Senior Managing Partner
Shari Goldsberry is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and she 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 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 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
- Being selected as an amicus to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
- Supervising more than 20 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 have 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.
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.
Ben Beveridge has three children, 13, 13 (twins) and 14. Like many non-custodial parents he was not OK with the possession schedule that was ordered by the Court in his case. He joined the Father’s Rights Movement, eventually becoming a member of the Board of Directors for the national organization. Ben has worked hard each legislative session in Texas authoring and finding sponsors for bills that would give children equal access to both parents.
Shortly after completing his second engineering degree while working at Shell, he decided that his passion was not only family law reform but family law advocacy. His Law School Admission Test score earned him a scholarship which allowed him to quit work and be a full-time student. He graduated Magna Cum Laude and had the 2nd highest bar exam score from over 100 alumni who took the bar exam with him.
In his last semester of school, he personally filed suit in his own case and within months of becoming licensed to practice law, he had an order giving him equal access to his children. The case was mediated at the office where he now works, Goldsberry and Associates. He now enjoys the opportunity to meet clients in the same room where he sat and signed the agreement that led to his own 50/50 possession schedule.
Having personally been through the Texas family law system for years, Ben understands the need to change Texas family law. He has been involved in Texas family law reform for the past 8 years and understands that while improvements are being made in the laws, there is still much work to be done for Texas families. With this unique perspective and passion Ben brings an original and much needed style of representation to non-custodial parents.