Maggie Smits

Maggie Smits

Susan “Maggie” Smits has been in the legal industry for eight years as both office manager and paralegal. She has a MBA from the University of Dallas and an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech University. Maggie grew up in west Texas and moved to the DFW area after college in pursuit of green trees and water.

She has raised two sons with her husband and housed a large and varied amount of animals over the years. Away from work, she loves to travel especially to any place with a beach and clear blue water to snorkel in. Maggie loves working with clients, listening to their stories, guiding and supporting them through the legal process.

Tracy Lopez

Tracy Lopez

Tracy Lopez is a paralegal in the litigation department at H&S. Tracy working closely with the attorney guides her clients through the process of litigation, from filing suit to trial.

Tracy is a native Californian and graduated from San Francisco State University as a certified paralegal. She has acquired extensive experience in personal injury law over the course of more than 16- year career in the field.

Away from the office, Tracy and her husband are busy raising their three children, 13, 12 and 11 years’ old whom are actively involved in baseball, volleyball and soccer. When there is a little downtime between sports she enjoys traveling, reading and watching movies.

Julie Jones

Julie Jones

Julie Jones completed her undergraduate degree at Texas Woman’s University in 1989 with a Bachelor in Science in Government and then completed her paralegal training at Southeastern Paralegal Institute in 1992. She began her career as a paralegal at Hammerle Finley, Denton, TX in 1992 working on various types of cases including family and civil litigation and was working for six attorneys as lead paralegal.

In 2005, Julie made the move to Foreman, Lewis & Hutchison in Grapevine, TX where she worked on criminal cases along with Ms. Hutchison’s civil and employment cases. She has extensive experience interacting with clients as well as various administrative agencies, such as the EEOC, on behalf of clients. She is involved at every stage of the litigation, from discovery through trial preparation and is a vital member of the trial team.

Julie is married with 3 boys of her own and 3 stepchildren. She currently is awaiting the birth of her first grandchild. She is an avid sports fan especially following her youngest son’s football kicking career. She is also an avid reader.

Susan Hutchison

Susan Hutchison

As I was growing up, I watched the every day people around me often struggling to be heard. I remember as a teenager sitting with my sister in court for her criminal charges. She wanted to explain the circumstances, to have someone listen. But we sat and looked silently at the floor. I watched as people there were treated indifferently, as if they didn’t matter at all, including my sister. We were nobodies and I felt powerless. I decided right then that I would change that—I would become a voice for the voiceless—and decided to go to law school.

At the time I decided to go to law school, I didn’t know any lawyers—had never even met any lawyers (we surely couldn’t afford one). I just knew that it would give me at least the opportunity to stand up for the rights of regular citizens. I have spent the last twenty-nine years representing people who have been harmed or wronged. It is amazing how many times, while waiting on a jury verdict, my client has turned to me and said “Susan, regardless of how this turns out, you told my story and I got my day in court. I was heard and I thank you.” Each time has been a great gift to me. In each case, I learn not only about my client, but about myself. Sometimes I am frustrated with the process, but I have great faith in our jury system and am grateful for the chance to be a part of it. Everyone matters.

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”—we can all step into each other’s shoes, even if for a moment.

Chris Stoy

Chris Stoy

About Chris Stoy

Chris has devoted his life to the practice of law.  Ask his clients and they will tell you about all the care and dedication he tirelessly provided day in, and day out until the case was resolved.  Ask a lawyer who has opposed him and you will most likely hear how Chris fought relentlessly for every inch, how he never backed down.

Chris’s Background

Chris was born in Fort Worth, Texas and later graduated from Aledo High School. He spent his childhood competing in rodeos and participating in other ranch-life activities.  Chris was taught the importance of hard work at an early age.  That same work ethic stays with him today.

Chris attended college at Texas A&M University where he was selected to be on the board of Chilifest, Inc. – an organization that hosts an annual fund raising event in a town just outside of College Station. Since its inception, Chilifest has raised raised millions of dollars for charities.  Chris was Chairman of Chilifest, Inc., in 2006.

After graduating Texas A&M University, Mr. Stoy attended St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas. While at St. Mary’s, Chris won numerous mock trial competitions and wrote for the St. Mary’s Law Review.  During law school, Mr. Stoy also studied abroad in Innsbruck, Austria under the United States Supreme Court Chief Justice, John Roberts.

After graduating law school, Chris returned to Fort Worth, Texas and began his legal career at a prestigious defense firm where he practiced insurance defense.  That experience proved to be invaluable as Chris was able to learn how the evil insurance industry works.  During his time as a defense lawyer, Chris traveled to London, UK to work with adjusters from Lloyds of London – known to most as the world’s largest insurer.

Through the process of defending insurance companies, Chris realized that representing the injured – the truly aggrieved – was what he had been called to do.  But, he had to bide his time.  He had to learn the ways of the dark side.  He had to wait for the right opportunity to come along.  That opportunity came in 2013.

The Formation of Stoy Law Group, PLLC

Chris and Susan met in 2013 and the two instantly knew that they shared a passion for helping people.  Chris and Susan opened Stoy Law Group, PLLC in 2014 and haven’t looked back.  Chris and Susan have tried an large number of cases together including:

  • Civil suit against the City of Dallas for a police officer’s wrongful shooting of an innocent, unarmed man;
  • Numerous cases against employers who have discriminated or retaliated against their employees;
  • Personal injury matters ranging from car wrecks to product liability actions.
Robert Hudson

Rob Hudson

Rob was born in Austin, but raised in Southlake, Texas, where he attended Southlake Carroll Senior High School.

After leaving Southlake, Rob studied at Louisiana State University, where he graduated magna cum laude in three years, which just means he studied too hard. While attending LSU, Rob studied abroad in Shanghai, China, and worked for a Fortune 500 technology company in India, but he never missed a Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

After graduating from LSU, Rob attended the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. During law school, Rob was the Managing Editor of the GW Journal of Energy and Environmental Law. His legal article, a class action litigation strategy based on federal tort law, was published by American University’s Washington College of Law in 2014.

In addition, Rob interned under Judge Jane Boyle in the Northern District of Texas, Chief Judge Brian Jackson in the Middle District of Louisiana and Judge Robert Wilkins of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Throughout his federal court internships, Rob always found himself drawn to the side of the aggrieved plaintiffs, an inclination that got him into many passionate arguments with the judges and clerks.

Rob started his legal career working for a white shoe corporate law firm in Beijing, China. However, helping rich people offshore their money and avoid taxes got old fast, so he jumped at the opportunity to join Stoy Law Group, get back to his roots and become a “warrior for justice.”