Meet Our Team
Lisa E. McKnight is a Dallas area family law attorney who is a fearless litigator and a compassionate advocate for her clients.
She is certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in family law. Held by less than 1 percent of all the lawyers in Texas, this certification is based upon: years of practice; focus in a specialty area; trial experience; professionalism; continuing legal education; evaluations by judges and fellow lawyers; and a written examination.
Lisa was born into family law, following in the footsteps of famed Dallas divorce lawyer Mary McKnight. After earning her law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law in 1991, Lisa worked for and partnered with her mother before opening her own family law practice in 1995.
Tamika Jones Abendroth is a highly skilled family law attorney and legal advocate. She has exclusively practiced family law since 2004 and became Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 2012. Prior to joining Lisa E. McKnight, P.C., Tamika was the owner of Jones Abendroth Law, PLLC and served as a staff attorney at Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas for 9 years. During her tenure at legal aid, she was able to assist indigent citizens of Dallas county navigate the sometimes daunting court system. Tamika is very familiar with the unique challenges of family law litigation. Tamika’s passion for the law and her attention to detail makes her an effective and zealous advocate for each client.
Brenda Rodriguez is the firm’s head paralegal and office manager. She has been in the legal field since 2004 and worked at Lisa E. McKnight, P.C., since 2009. She is fluent in Spanish. Brenda has a degree in paralegal studies and a paralegal certificate. She frequently attends court hearings to assist Ms. McKnight. Most of her free time is spent with her family, which includes four children.
Roberto Cañas .
Over the course of three decades, Roberto Cañas has developed a reputation as an ambitious attorney who turned out to be a natural fit for a variety of challenging legal jobs.
And now the award-winning jurist who presided over a Dallas County family violence court for nearly twelve years will join the family law boutique Lisa McKnight P.C. on September 4, 2018 where he will focus on domestic disputes and complex criminal cases.
A native west Texan, Cañas graduated with honors from Texas Tech Law School in 1997 and was recruited by Dallas’ Haynes and Boone where he worked for two years as an associate handling specialized litigation including antitrust, healthcare and environmental cases.
An eager litigator who yearned for more trial experience, Cañas left the big firm world behind in 1999 and joined the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office where he became a member of the Specialized Crime Unit prosecuting organized crime, embezzlement and insurance fraud.
The seasoned, unflappable prosecutor was then elected to the Dallas County Criminal Court No. 10 in 2006, a specialized court which handles misdemeanor family violence cases which attempts to break a cycle of violence before domestic abusers commit more serious crimes.
Over the course of 250 jury trials while managing a never-ending heavy docket of cases, Cañas’ court was one of only three in the nation recognized as a Domestic Violence Mentor Court by the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women and was awarded over $1 million in federal grant money to help stem the tide of domestic violence in North Texas.
Cañas currently serves on Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings Executive Task Force on Domestic Violence.
He was presented with the Mosaic Family Services Champion of Human Rights Award in 2013 and Genesis Women’s Shelter HeRO Award in 2018 for his work as a judge.
“It’s the silver lining in my career,” Cañas said of his decision to join McKnight’s firm where he will use his years of judicial experience to benefit family law clients for the first time. “I’m at the point in my career where I didn’t want to practice only criminal law.”
“I feel fortunate to learn from Lisa. Not everybody gets that chance,” Cañas said.
McKnight said she feels fortunate to add Cañas to her team of family lawyers at one of the most effective and unique law firms in Dallas. Located in a 1909 historic home a mile east of downtown, her firm has a reputation for winning tough jury trials and is one of the only family law firms in the state with a professional counselor on its staff to assist in custody cases and clients in crisis.
“I’m very excited about Rob coming to work with us. He’s got a bright future in family law,” McKnight said. “He’s a champion of domestic abuse victims and now he can use his skills to advance their civil interests.”
Cañas joins attorney Tamika Jones Abendroth at the firm. McKnight and Abendroth are both certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
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The law firm of Lisa E. McKnight, P.C., provides solutions in all areas of family law. We offer a 30-minute telephone consultation for $75 in which we can review the facts of your case, provide a straightforward assessment and recommend the best steps to take. You can reach us by calling 214-306-7588 or using our online contact form.