Our Team

Tray and his team provided excellent service. They were attentive to detail and always very prompt in getting back to me with answers to questions I had or concerns.

– Helen De La Cruz


Tray Payne, Attorney

Tray is an experienced, aggressive and dependable trial attorney that knows how to protect his client’s interests. Tray grew up in the small town of Post, Texas where he learned the values of hard work and good, old fashioned common sense.

Tray has achieved numerous successful outcomes in a wide range of legal cases. His goal is to help each client obtain the most favorable outcome possible under the law. Tray continues to put his aggressiveness and experience to work for his clients each and every day, all the while understanding that dependability, loyalty and customer service must be an integral part of the lawyer/client relationship.

Matt Powell, Attorney

Matt brings over 25 years of experience to the firm in both criminal and civil law. Prior to joining the firm, Matt served as the Elected Criminal District Attorney for Lubbock County, Texas as well as the Chief Attorney for the Midland, Texas Independent School District.

Matt grew up in Amarillo and has lived in Lubbock for the last 24 years. He has achieved tremendous results in the cases he has handled and enjoys being the voice for people who need his help.

Matt has spent his entire legal career as an advocate for those in need and clearly understands that loyalty, communication and results are the key factors in an attorney / client relationship.

Lori Truitt, Attorney

Lori is a Lubbock native who graduated from Texas Tech University undergraduate and Texas Tech University School of Law. She began her career working in civil litigation and creditor representation that took her frequently to the courtroom, mostly in the San Antonio and Austin areas of Texas.

Lori happily returned to practicing mostly in Lubbock and the surrounding areas in 2010 when she joined Tray Payne and began a more varied practice area, which now includes the following areas of law: family law; probate/estate administration; guardianship; debtor/creditor representation; general civil litigation; and personal injury.

She loves helping people, which makes working as an attorney a true joy for her. She works aggressively and sincerely for her clients. She also loves spending time with her husband, two sons, and their fun-loving dog.

Stacy Riker, Associate Attorney

Stacy grew up in Anton, a small farming community northwest of Lubbock. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education from Lubbock Christian University and then taught middle school and high school History and Math for 5 years before making a career change. She earned her law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law where she began serving clients as a student attorney in the Family Law and Housing Clinic. She then worked for Tech Law as the Director for Pro Bono Projects.

Stacy joined PP&T in May of 2017. She practices in Lubbock and the surrounding areas. Her practice includes family law, probate/estate administration, debt collection, business, criminal, and general civil litigation. Her experience as a teacher sparked a passion for helping people solve problems and reach goals, so she always works with the best interests of her clients in mind.

She currently lives in Post with her husband and two boys. She enjoys chasing them around to sporting events and other extracurricular activities.

Melissa Sciumbato, Associate Attorney

Melissa grew up on a farm outside of Farwell, Texas, where she learned the value of hard work and determination. She also learned the true meaning of words like integrity, honesty and dependability.

After graduating magna cum laude from Texas Tech University, Melissa earned her law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law. Melissa spent time clerking for the Lubbock City Attorney’s office before joining the Lubbock County Criminal District Attorney’s office as a prosecuting attorney.

Melissa now lives in Hereford, Texas, with her husband, Shawn, and their two children where she enjoys supporting her family’s various endeavors and is active in her church and community.

Melissa practices in Hereford and the surrounding counties. Her practice involves family law, probate, estate planning, criminal justice and real estate. Melissa is caring and detail-oriented, and she looks forward to assisting her neighbors with their legal needs.

Stephanie Thiel, Legal Assistant

Stephanie has been a member of the PP&T family since 2011. She is a member in Lubbock Legal Professionals Association (LLPA). Stephanie is a West Texas native and graduate of Texas Tech University. She is married and has two daughters and two dogs. When she is not working hard for our clients, she is usually reading a good book or travelling to new destinations.

Hope Drake, Legal Assistant

Hope has been a member of the PP&T family since 2014. She was born and raised in Lubbock and is a graduate from Lubbock High School. Hope offers great customer service in both English and Spanish. She is married with three sons, enjoys working out, cooking and the company of family and friends.

Erika Zamora, Paralegal

Erika was raised in Brownfield, Texas where she learned the true value of hard work and determination. After spending a few years in the Beaumont, Texas area, Erika brought her passion for law and justice back to West Texas. When she isn’t at school or sporting events for her kids, she enjoys crafting, baking and reading.

Sonia Ramirez, Administrative Assistant

Sonia was born and raised in Lubbock and graduated from Coronado High School. She has a great passion for helping people, with over 10 years of customer service experience. She is married and has 4 energetic boys. In her spare time Sonia enjoys crafting, catering events with her husband and getting involved in her boys’ extracurricular activities.