Adrianna Martinez Goodland is the newest member of the Porter Legal Group, PLLC (PLG). She was born in Española, New Mexico, and spent her childhood living in a number of US cities. After graduating high school in Albuquerque, New Mexico, she attended Harvard University and the University of Texas at San Antonio, studying Biology and earning her bachelors’ degree in Psychology. College brought many surprises, including a passion for justice, and a desire to study law instead of medicine. Her mother attributes this career choice to Adrianna’s “life-long talent for arguing.”
Adrianna returned to Cambridge, Massachusetts and Harvard Law School, where she earned her law degree. She then moved to the Dallas area to begin her legal career. Prior to joining PLG, Adrianna practiced in the areas of criminal, family, juvenile, and personal injury law. She has worked in large law firms, as well as a solo practice. She was once a public defender, and she served as a Municipal Court Judge for the cities of McKinney, Princeton, and Frisco, Texas.
During her time working in municipal court, Adrianna became interested in the large population of students who appeared before her time after time. Although their offenses were misdemeanors, Adrianna knew these students had the ability to make better choices. Determined to influence students to show their good character and exercise better judgment, Adrianna took a break from the practice of law in order to work directly with them. She spent over a decade as a biology teacher in several local school districts, working to enhance student self-esteem and character, and to expose them to various career options.
Now, having returned to legal practice, Adrianna is excited to bring her 17 years of experience to PLG, to help clients navigate the complexities of our legal system during some extremely stressful life circumstances. When experiencing the US legal system for the first time, it is easy to find it to be impersonal and dispassionate. Adrianna’s compassion and empathy helps to put clients at ease, and lets her clients know that she is in their corner.
When not working for her clients, Adrianna enjoys spending time with her family. She has three daughters, a son, and a son-in-law, all of whom keep her busy. She is also proud to say that she has been adopted as the parent of three rescue dogs. While she may sometimes be found watching reality TV cake decorating competitions, she also loves the beach, fishing, hiking, reading, painting, and a host of other art projects.