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About Custody Queens

Kristen and Sam envisioned a team that offers sophisticated legal analysis, combined with a unique, individual, and personal approach based on the belief that everyone involved in a divorce or custody case should be treated with respect and compassion.

Each case, each party, each child, and each opposing party is unique and requires its own individual approach, strategy, and action plan. Neither Attorneys nor cases, are “one size fits all”, and that is important to remember when making decisions that affect your future, your children, and your livelihood. Additionally, an attorney should always tell you what you need to hear rather than what you want to hear. That is what separates the Custody Queens from other attorneys.

At the end of the day, this is your case and your life. The attorney you choose should provide you with the tools, education, and representation necessary to achieve your goals. Our clients learn how to achieve the most beneficial outcomes for their children, and set themselves up for success as parents for years to come.

Meet Our Team of Attorneys

Custody Queens are a team of California Family Law Attorneys who specialize in cases involving children. Our style blends compassionate representation with aggressive legal advocacy.

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Kristen A. Holstrom, CFLS*

Founding & Managing Partner

Kristen is the Managing Attorney of Custody Queens. She is sharp, dynamic, compassionate, and deeply valued by her clients for her creative legal strategies. As a mother herself, Kristen truly understands the intricacies and challenges of Family Law issues and helps navigate her clients to get the best results for each client and each case.

She is well respected within the legal community and the recipient of many acknowledgments and awards. She was named to the Super Lawyers Top 50 Women Rising Stars List, and the Super Lawyers Southern California Up-and-Coming 100 Rising Stars List, which is reserved for the top 1% of attorneys practicing under ten years.

She is co-chair of the Family Law Section of the Riverside County Bar Association (RCBA), on the Board of Directors of the Orange County Bar Association Family Law Section, and on the Board of Governors of the Corona Regional Medical Center. (CRMC). Her specialties include divorce, child custody, spousal support, child support, domestic violence restraining orders, and related Family Law issues.

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Samantha K. McBride, CFLS*

Assistant Managing Partner

Sam is a resourceful, detailed-oriented, and tenacious Family Law attorney who is highly regarded by her clients for her skillful writing, responsiveness, and energetic representation.

She has an exceptional understanding of the intricacies of the law and legal procedure. Sam practices in child custody, domestic violence restraining orders, divorce, and related Family Law matters and her clients rely on her to provide sound legal advice based on their unique circumstances.

Sam likes to be heavily involved in the communities she represents. She works with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Inland Empire and volunteers her time each year with Orangewood Children’s Foundation to help at-risk teens. She is a member of the Barristers Club of Riverside, the Riverside County Bar Association, and the Orange County Bar Association.

Sam’s focus has always been on helping people through difficult times. Her clients have been extremely appreciative of her efforts and she holds a Superb rating with Avvo.com.

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Carrie Block, CFLS*

Family Law & Litigation

Carrie Block has been a practicing Family Law for more than 25 years. She is a Certified Family Law Specialist (CFLS) with experience in all areas of Family Law, including divorce, custody, child support, spousal support, paternity and premarital rights. Carrie helps clients achieve the legal outcomes they seek with compassion and sensitivity. She prides herself on being available for her clients while guiding them through the difficult transition of divorce so that they can move forward into a brighter future.

Carrie is the proud mother of two daughters who are both attending law school and following in their mother’s footsteps to become attorneys in the future.

She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1990 and earned her Juris Doctor Degree from Loyola Law School in 1993. Carrie has been recognized as a Super Lawyer every year since 2018. She is also on the board of the Orange County chapter of the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists.

Carrie is always helping her clients weigh the benefits of settlement of a case versus taking an issue to trial. She spends the necessary time talking to her clients and helping them understand every possible outcome of their actions so they can make informed decisions.

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Emiliza San Diego

Family Law

Emiliza chose a career in Family Law to guide people through difficult times in their lives. She takes pride in explaining complex legal concepts in a straightforward manner and providing clients with comprehensive explanations and advice, to ensure they understand their rights and all of the options available to them. Clients enjoy working with Emiliza; she has a knack for building rapport and putting people at ease, due to her genuine desire to help take the stress out of an often-challenging process. She takes a proactive approach to representation and maintains constant contact with her clients through every step of their case.

Emiliza’s approach ensures that clients are able to identify their goals and understand how the law applies to their individual situation. She operates with the benefit of a collaborative approach in mind but comes fully prepared to litigate the issues in court, in order to achieve the best results for her clients.

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Melannie Suba

Family Law

Melannie entered the legal profession to help families persevere through difficult and complicated life challenges. She takes pride in delivering accessible legal services to clients, and has experience working on cases involving child custody, divorce, and domestic violence restraining orders.

An active listener, Melannie has a keen ability to balance empathy and legal analysis so that clients know what to expect as they move through their legal matters. She applies effective communication, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills in working toward her clients’ best interests.

Melannie received a Juris Doctor Degree from Thomas Jefferson Law School in San Diego, and passed the California Bar Exam in February 2019. She has completed Dispute Resolution Mediation Training with Orange County Human Relations, and has received numerous awards and certifications for pro bono and volunteer work that benefits underserved communities in San Diego and Orange County.

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Jeremy N. Roark, CFLS*

Family Law & Litigation

Jeremy Roark has practiced Family Law exclusively in the Inland Empire for over ten years. He has experience in handling divorce cases and related legal issues, such as child custody and support, asset division, spousal support, custody jurisdiction, and domestic violence and restraining orders.

Jeremy Roark is certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a Certified Family Law Specialist (CFLS), a designation given to attorneys that have demonstrated the highest standards of legal competence in this area of law.

As a father of a young child with special needs, Jeremy Roark relates well to parents dealing with a separation or divorce. He recognizes the nuances involved in creating custody and visitation arrangements and knows how to negotiate parenting plans that suit the best interests of the children involved. For parents that wish to be engaged in the upbringing of their children, Mr. Roark understands how their goals and expectations align with Family Law and the court system.

Jeremy Roark's familiarity with the judges and support staff in the local family court system breeds a high degree of credibility and expectation that he is able to deliver to his clients. He has established a reputation as a fierce advocate for his clients, and a source of authority for educating the courts about issues related to co-parenting children with special needs.

Admitted to the State Bar of California in 2008, Jeremy Roark holds a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, one of the most prestigious law schools in the state. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Los Angeles, majoring in business economics.

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Natalie Hollis

Family Law

It is universally acknowledged amongst her clients and the Custody Queens team, that no matter where she shows up, or who she is showing up for, Natalie Hollis is fully equipped to do battle.

Natalie helps people and families during some of the most emotionally challenging and difficult times in their lives. Be it a dissolution of marriage, child custody and visitation disagreement, spousal support and/or child support or division of property, Natalie is dedicated to working tirelessly protecting the interests of her clients. She understands the importance of getting into the trenches with her clients and tenaciously fighting for them.

Confident and eloquent are two words commonly used to describe Natalie. As the co-Captain of the Speech and Debate Team at California Baptist University, where she graduated summa cum laude, Natalie perfected the art of communication, guiding her team to victory through teamwork and collaboration. Among her many achievements was being honored with the Witkin Award (twice) for the highest class grade in Trial Practice; Wills and Trusts Lab, which she credits to her skills learned while on the Speech and Debate Team. These experiences, along with her drive and ambition, led her to a Juris Doctor Degree from Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law.

When she is not working, you can find Natalie working out, planning her dream vacation or enjoying a nice glass of wine with her mini pinscher.

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Rejeanne M. Eyre, CFLS*

Family Law & Litigation

Rejeanne Eyre is an attorney who cares — about her clients and family. Her personal passion has always been in child development, family relationships, and communications, so practicing in the area of Family Law was a natural fit for her. As a Family Law attorney, she feels she is able to dedicate her practice to what is most consistent with her values and working with clients who seek those services.

Rejeanne Eyre practices in all areas of Family Law, and has a deep understanding of marriage dissolution, child custody, spousal support, property division, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, and other related Family Law matters. She is very effective at helping families handle complex child custody. Her goal is not just to reach a settlement, and it is to help her clients communicate their interests and concerns, be creative in developing options for resolution, and help them reach an agreement that is likely to serve them well over time.

Oh, Canada! Prior to attending law school in the US, Rejeanne Eyre was born and raised in British Columbia. Growing up with both parents in the teaching profession, she quickly learned the importance of education. Rejeanne Eyre graduated with her Juris Doctor Degree in 1998 from Western Michigan University’s Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where she subsequently received her Honors Scholarship in 2003. She currently serves as President of the Family Law section of the Desert Bar Association and is a recognized Certified Family Law Specialist (CFLS) since 2013.

Although her interest in political science led her to become an attorney, it is not surprising just how much her parents’ teaching profession impacted the person she is today–one whose characteristics include a love of children, family, and an odd obsession with office supplies.

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Sherri Munson

Family Law

She’ll do the work for you — you focus on the healing. Sherri Munson is as close to sainthood as a lawyer can get. Sherri Munson cares deeply about her clients and their well-being and knows that legal issues, especially those pertaining to Family Law, are both emotionally and financially draining.

As a wife and mother of a blended family with five children, Sherri Munson is passionate about living a positive life. Her personal and unique professional experience, allows her to skillfully counsel her clients throughout this difficult and emotional process, enabling them to navigate these stressful experiences with confidence and grace.

Prior to becoming a licensed attorney in 2010, Sherri Munson spent twelve years advocating on behalf of people experiencing domestic violence as the Program Director for an emergency youth shelter for the Department of Children and Family Services system. Additionally, for the past eight years. She has and continues to, serve as a Pro-Bono Attorney providing free legal consolation and guidance for clients referred by Laura’s House, a Domestic Violence Advocacy Center in Orange County.

Raised in Minneapolis Minnesota, Sherri Munson is living proof that “Minnesota nice” is a real thing.

When she is not working on client matters, her five children and three dogs are keeping her on her toes.

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Samantha K. Pruett

Family Law

Samantha merges professional legal experience with authentic personal care and an unparalleled bedside manner. She delivers consistent communication with her clients to ensure all questions are being answered and that there aren’t any surprises.

Having graduated from Western State College of Law, with honors, Samantha has continued honing her craft ever since. While attending Western State, she was involved with the Law Review, serving as its Editor in Chief. She also participated in a study abroad program, where she studied international and European law in Madrid, Spain.

Samantha knows how important it is to be prepared, which is why she’s an avid reader. Always of the mindset to better herself and her overall knowledge of anything and everything. Samantha is licensed in both California and Utah and is an active member of the Alameda County Bar Association (ACBA), the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA), the Contra Costa Bar Association (CCBA), and the Bar of San Francisco.

The ability to grasp the entire project, the foresight and preparedness to organize and plan for various challenges, and the delivery of useful knowledge driven by experience is what makes Samantha unique and so crucial to her clients’ success. Samantha has a kind and caring heart, with a bit of ‘shark’ where it counts. She’s a Custody Queen… no doubt about it.

Xinia L. Williams, Family Law Attorney | Custody Queens

Xinia L. Williams

Family Law

The first in her family to become a lawyer, Xinia L. Williams knows what it means to fight for something. And as a married mother of two, she very familiar with the trials and tribulations that families face. The emotional toll that marital disputes take on the family is difficult to quantify and often can have long-lasting effects on the children. She fights hard, and is relentless in court, to ensure the best outcome for her clients.

Xinia has honed her craft, absorbing everything she could regarding a wide variety of Family Law cases including divorce, child custody, and domestic violence. She is devastated to see struggling families and has a passion for helping those in need. Xinia will also ensure clients understand exactly what’s going on, every step of the way.

She was involved in a variety of activities and associations while at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law. She also received her bachelor’s degree in political science with emphasis on law and society, showing she is well-versed in many of the issues her clients are going through these days.

Not one to sit still and be complacent, Xinia loves to travel the world. She’s visited 13 countries to date and is always up for a new adventure. She is an avid basketball fan and rarely misses a game of her favorite team – the Lakers! Fluent in both English and Spanish, Xinia believes that can provide legal support for a much broader audience and has been called the shining light for her clients during even the most difficult of times.

When choosing a Family Law attorney, experience, knowledge, and compassion are often key requirements. Xinia feels that selecting one with the heart of a teacher should be right up there as well. She makes it her goal to educate clients as to the law that is relevant to them and their circumstances.

*Certified Family Law Specialist by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

The Custody Queens Approach

This is about real people helping real people. We understand that navigating a divorce with children is emotional and taxing on your well-being. As Family Law Attorneys, we help you establish realistic goals based on the unique details of your situation, and in line with California law. By understanding who you are as a person, we help you face the unknown and address the challenges you’re facing in the most efficient way possible—not just with your custody case, but in all aspects of life.