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Wendi Pearson
Senior Legal Assistant - Paralegal


Wendi joined the law firm in March of 2023 and is the Senior Paralegal for Keith & Lorfing. She is the attorney’s right hand.  She manages anything and everything thrown her way.  She is with our clients from the beginning to the end.  Sometimes she is holding their hands, other times she is giving them tough love, but she is always there to see them through.  Wendi oversees all day-to-day activities of our staff and is responsible for keeping our clients happy.

Because of her experience, Wendi has been able to see all aspects of the legal system.  She understands that most of the time when we meet our clients, they are experiencing the worst thing they have ever had to deal with.  Whether a client has been in a catastrophic accident or a client has been arrested, Wendi knows that strength comes from struggle.

In the last 26 years, she has worked in all sides of the legal profession – civil, prosecution, judicial, and criminal defense.  She started her legal career as a Legal Assistant working in a single-attorney law firm where she worked in criminal and family law.  In 2000, she became an Assistant Felony Secretary at the Taylor County District Attorney’s Office and worked her way up to Chief Misdemeanor Secretary.  From there in 2013, she became the Court Administrator for the 350th District Court where she stayed until she retired in 2023.

Ms. Pearson is a 2019 recipient of the Justice Charles W. Barrow Award. This award is given to those who promote court administration in Texas.  It is the highest honor the Texas Association for Court Administration can award.

She is also a recipient of the AYLA Liberty Bell Award. This award recognizes an outstanding non-lawyer in Texas who has made the most selfless contribution to his or her community to strengthen the effectiveness of the American system of justice by installing a better understanding and appreciation of the law.

Wendi holds the distinction of being a Certified Court Manager.  This is a nationally recognized credential awarded through the National Center for State Courts to those who are dedicated to improving the administration of state courts to improve the administration of fair, efficient, effective courts across the United States.

During her time as a Court Administrator, Wendi served many positions on the Texas Association of Court Administration including the Board Chair.  She was also an instructor for the Texas Center for Judiciary.  She also has had the privilege of being a member of the Civil Justice Advisory Council headed up by Justice Nathan Hect of the Texas Supreme Court.

Wendi married her high school sweetheart and has been with him for over 39 years.  They never saw Texas as their final destination but have come to love every dust storm and Texas sunrise and sunset.  They have been blessed to raise their children here and cherish the seven grandchildren they have been given.

Get to know Wendi:

  • Favorite Hobby:  Reading, when I have the time.
  • Favorite Book:  Anything by Nora Roberts and John Grisham
  • Biggest Pet Peeve:  Toxic People
  • Favorite Person:  Grandmother
  • Biggest Role models:  Parents and Grandparents – They are the ones who molded me and made me the person I am today, including all of my good and bad parts.
  • Favorite Travel destination in West Texas:  Lubbock – to see family and shop.
  • What makes me happy?  Family
  • What does West Texas Tough Mean to Me?  It means standing up and do what’s right even when you want to.   To help those who can’t help themselves, to be the neighbor everyone wants.
  • Best Kept secret in West Texas:  The back roads.  You can find many unexpected, beautiful sights and kind people.
  • Cat or Dog Person:   Neither - I am a fish person.
  • How long have you been in West Texas:  Since 1987 with a short stint in England.
  • Spirit Animal – Porcupine – I can be a little bit “spikey” when pushed…

Favorite Thing about working at Keith & Lorfing:  That is the hard one, most people would say, the people I work with (who don’t get me wrong are great people), I would say the life-changing opportunities we are able to give people.  To help them define who they are or are not and help them move on.  Not every person who walks through our door is a “bad” person,  they are people who just made a “bad” choice.

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The Keith & Lorfing Difference

  • Over 500 Jury Trial Experience
  • Voted Best Lawyers in Abilene for 2023
  • Over 75 Years of Combined Experience
  • Multiple Attorneys on Staff Previously Served as State & Federal Prosecutors
  • Personalized Approach to Handling Cases
  • Multiple Offices Throughout West Texas
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Everything we do – every decision we make, every client we choose to work with, every case we file – is driven by our desire to level the playing field for working-class Texans.  Each of our attorneys comes from humble beginnings and knows the value of hard work.  Our fathers and grandfathers were mechanics, laborers, firefighters, and enlisted military – and we haven’t forgotten where we come from.   We’ve intentionally chosen not to represent corporations or the 1 percenters.  Instead, we advocate for people like us – hard-working, family-oriented West Texans who simply want to give their kids a better life than they had.   Sometimes that means standing up to the State of Texas when they are trying to strong-arm a plea offer.  Other times, it means fighting for just compensation against a multi-million dollar insurance company.   Regardless of the adversary, know our mission remains the same – to level the playing field for people like me and you.

The Best in the West

Don’t Let Our West Texas Roots Fool You - Our Attorneys Are Some of the Most Experienced in America.

With over 500 jury trials and over 75 years of experience, our team of attorneys have the experience and expertise you need to win and to win big. We employ multiple former federal and state prosecutors. Our attorneys have clerked at the highest courts in Texas, graduated from some of the best Universities, and handled the biggest cases. Our attorneys could have easily worked at the largest law firms in New York, San Francisco, or Washington D.C. but chose to come back to West Texas –to their home – to protect and fight for our West Texas communities.

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Your Connection To Your Case 3 Things You'll Get With Keith & Lorfing

  • 1. A Lawyer Will Answer Your Calls & Emails
  • 2. You’ll Be Informed About Your Case Every Step of the Way
  • 3. You’ll Be Treated With Compassion & Respect

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    He responded immediately and help with my issue with professionalism and in an extremely quick manner.
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    Russell was able to get me cleared of my charges through his expansive knowledge of both sides of the prosecuting and defensive sides of the law.
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    "Honest, Aggressive and Trustworthy. Straight shooter and very willing to fight up-hill battles."
    Russ is hardworking and committed to each client. He is aggressive and comes in well prepared.
    - Phil T.
    "A lawyer who demonstrated high morals and professionalism in the representation of his clients."
    I found him to be well prepared for every hearing, big or small; a competent and skilled litigator, comfortable in the courtroom.
    - Scott F., Former United States Magistrate Judge
    "I have the utmost respect for this man."
    Not only is he very knowledgeable about the law, but he also was very sincere and understanding about my emotional state.
    - Angela
    "I would highly recommend you contact Russell if you find yourself in hot water."
    They got me out of a tight jam with pure professionalism and tact.
    - Brian H.
    "My experience with Mr. Lorfing isn’t over but has already superseded my expectations."
    Russell does all he can to make sure you are comfortable and in a clear understanding about what actions are being taken to defend your case.
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    "Russell's experience, skill, and compassion are unmatched."
    If you don't hire Russell, I think you are making a huge mistake.
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We Don’t Back Down From a Fight

Not everyone has the luxury of starting life out on third base. If you’re anything like us, you’ve had to fight and claw your way to the top. If we’ve learned anything in this life, it’s that anything worth having, is worthing fighting for. Which is why we never back down from a fight. We handle some of the biggest cases in West Texas. And when the going gets tough, we show our competition just what it means to be West Texas Tough.

  • Charges Reduced Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine
  • Deferred Probation Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon
  • Charges Rejected Solicitation of a Minor
  • Case Dismissed Client Fully Exonerated
  • Released on Bond Federal Client Released on Bond
  • Charges Reduced Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana