Maria Nelson, PLS

Maria has been in the legal field for over 30 years. Her mentor was Perry Mason and she wanted to be another Della Street. Maria attended Business College in Reno after graduating from Bishop Manogue high school. After Business College, she began working for a Reno law firm. In 1983 Maria moved with her husband and two sons to Carson City and began working for a local attorney. In 1993 Maria began working with Allison and has been with her ever since. Since 1983, Maria has belonged to the Douglas-Carson Legal Secretaries Association, affiliated with the Nevada Association of Legal Secretaries, which is affiliated with the National Association of Legal Secretaries (NALS). Maria has held several offices in the local and state chapters and continues to be involved in this organization. In 1992, Maria obtained her PLS certification through NALS and continues educating herself in the legal field. She has attended the State Bar Family Law Seminar four times with Allison, has attended several legal-related seminars in Reno and continues to attend various meetings and seminars to further her legal education.

Marcia C. Hope
Receptionist / Legal Secretary

While on a college field trip to watch jury selection, Marcia knew she wanted to work for an attorney. But the lure of the lights in the Big Apple took her instead to work at Revlon’s corporate headquarters and eventually to a fragrance supply house. After years in retail and many episodes of “Law and Order” later, Marcia finally got her wish when she began to work for Allison in 2003. The “lipstick bug” bit her again in 2006, and she left to sell cosmetics and was eventually awarded “Rookie Beauty Advisor of the Year”. She started back working for Allison in June of 2008. Marcia, her husband and daughter have lived in Carson City since 1993.