Two new attorneys join the McCleskey team
Amanda Sparks Coburn and Adam Holmes took different routes from their West Texas roots to become attorneys at the McCleskey Law Firm.
They passed the Bar in October after graduating from the Texas Tech University School of Law with honors. They both also clerked at the firm while in school.
Amanda will focus on transactional law – estate planning, probate, guardianships, adoptions and also employment and labor law. She is a certified mediator.
Adam will focus on litigation – dispute resolution and trials. He’s worked with McCleskey litigators Rion Sanford and Ben Davidson since starting with the firm.
Amanda grew up in Lubbock and went to Southcrest Christian School with the daughters of McCleskey partner Bill Lane. He was also her coach in Upward Basketball, a faith-based youth sports program.
She went on to Texas Tech and got a bachelor’s of science degree in Human Development and Family Studies before going to Tech’s law school, but she almost hit the pause button before that step.
“I pretty much always wanted to be a lawyer,” said Amanda, who once predicted she would go to Tech Law and become an attorney in an elementary school assignment.
But she was tired of going to school. “My dad said ‘you’re wasting an opportunity and God-given ability,’” she said. So she went.
Adam grew up in Odessa, attended Midland College, moved to Wisconsin with his fiancé where he worked as a videographer for a TV station.
The couple returned to Odessa, where Adam worked as a videographer. Then they moved to Alpine, where Adam worked for his father in law making hats, along with having a photography business.
He was called to serve on the grand jury and it sparked an interest in the law.
“About the second month of a six-month service, I was intrigued by the process. I thought it would be a very fun thing to do. I’ve been around lawyers my whole life – my granddad was an attorney in Odessa,” he said.
Adam got his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Sul Ross State University in Alpine with the sole purpose of then going to law school.
Adam and Amanda got to know each other at Tech’s law school and when he was looking for a place to clerk, Amanda gave him Lane’s name.
At the law school, Adam was involved with:
- Journal of Bio-Security
- Law school advocacy competitions
- Board of Barristers
- Curriculum Committee
Amanda was involved with:
- Alternative Dispute Resolution clinic
- Inter law school advocacy competition
- Inn of Courts
Both expect to be involved with Lubbock County Young Lawyers Association and the Lubbock Area Bar Association.