James A. Vaught

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Austin, TX

Vaught Law Firm, P.C.
 | 5929 Balcomes Dr, Suite 201
Austin, TX 78731
Phone: 512-342-9980
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2004, 2006, 2011 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1980
Education: Baylor Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (50%),
  • Appellate (30%)
Attorney Profile

As a shareholder at Vaught Law Firm, P.C., James A. Vaught is dedicated to providing legal services to people living in Austin, Texas, and throughout the surrounding area. He focuses his practice on family law, generally handling cases that involve fathers' rights, divorce, child custody, visitation, marital agreements, and child and spousal support.

After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in liberal arts from The University of Texas at Austin, Mr. Vaught went on to attend the Baylor Law School. From there, he graduated cum laude with a Juris Doctor.

With more than 30 years of experience, Mr. Vaught understands the unique, and often challenging, dynamics that can be involved in family law cases. For that reason, he strives to help his clients achieve amicable resolutions by taking a creative and compassionate approach to each case he handles. Mr. Vaught is board-certified in family law and civil appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, making him one of the few specialists in family appellate law in the state. His dedication to high legal standards of ethics and quality representation has gained him the respect of his clients and peers alike. Mr. Vaught has received the highest possible rating of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell.

Staying active in the legal community is a priority for Mr. Vaught. He is a member of a number of organizations, including the Texas Family Law Foundation, the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, the Family Law Section of the Austin Bar Association and the Texas Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Mr. Vaught also serves on the legislative committee of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, helping to review and to draft new laws for the citizens of his state.

* AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Family Law (50%)

Appellate (30%)

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Selected to Super Lawyers for 10 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2004, 2006, 2011 - 2017

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About James Vaught

Admitted 1980, Texas

Professional Webpage: http://www.austindivorcelawyer.com/Attorneys/Jimmy-Vaught.sh...

Honors and Awards:

  • Member of the Lloyd Lochridge Chapter of the American Inns of Court
  • Briefing Attorney for Hon. Robert M. Campbell, Justice, The Supreme Court of Texas, 1980-1981
  • Public Service Award, The Women’s Advocacy Project, 2003
  • Texas Superlawyer, Family Law, 2003, 2004 and 2006
  • Listed in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, "AV" rating

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Civil Appellate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1988
  • Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2000

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section, Treasurer, June 1, 2011 - Present
  • Texas Family Law Foundation, Sustaining Lifetime Member
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, Member
  • Professionals for Collaborative Law, Member
  • The Collaborative Law Institute of Texas, Member
  • Austin Bar Association, Family Law Section, Board of Directors, Member (2003-2007); Treasurer (2004-2005); President Elect (2005-2006); President (2006-2007)
  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section, Family Law Pattern Jury Charge Committee, Member, 2009 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section, Board of Editors, Family Law Section Report, Member, 2007 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas Family Law Section, Membership and Member Services Committee, Chair, 2009 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section, Council, Legislative Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, Pro Bono Committee, Member, 2006 - Present
  • Texas Chapter, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, President Elect, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer, 2007 - Present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1996
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 1982
  • Texas, 1980

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Member, Pro Bono Committee, State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Co-Chair, Family Law on the Front Lines (2003-2007), University of Texas
  • Co-Course Director, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists Trial Institute (2010), Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists
  • Course Director, 33rd Marriage Dissolution Seminar, San Antonio, Texas, May 2010, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, Planning Committee, Advanced Family Law Drafting Course (2008 and 2010), State Bar of Texas
  • Member, Planning Committee, Marriage Dissolution Seminar (2011), State Bar of Texas
  • Member, Planning Committee, Advanced Family Law Course (2003, 2007, and 2011), State Bar of Texas
  • What We Have Here is a Failure to Communicate: Attacking and Defending Settlement Agreements, State Bar of Texas 39th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, August, 2013
  • Know When to Hold 'Em, Know When to Fold 'Em: Settlement Agreements, Rule 11 Agreements, Informal Settlement Agreements and Mediated Settlement Agreements, State Bar of Texas 36th Annual Marriage Dissolution Seminar, April, 2013
  • Time Keeps on Slippin', Slippin', Slippin' into the Future: Post-trial and Appellate Deadlines, Austin Bar Association Seminar: Handling Your First (or Next) Divorce Case, January, 2013
  • Summary Judgments in Divorce, State Bar of Texas 38th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, August, 2012
  • Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover: Appellate Style, State Bar of Texas 35th Annual Marriage Dissolution Seminar, April, 2012
  • Appellate Practice from Every Angle, State Bar of Texas 37th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, August, 2011
  • The Road to Settlement: Rule 11 Agreements, Informal Settlement Agreements and Mediated Settlement Agreements, State Bar of Texas 34th Annual Marriage Dissolution Seminar, April, 2011
  • The Road to Settlement: Rule 11 Agreements, Informal Settlement Agreements and Mediated Settlement Agreements, State Bar of Texas 34th Annual Marriage Dissolution Institute, April, 2011
  • Dealing with Unusual Trusts, State Bar of Texas New Frontiers in Marital Property Law, Memphis, Tennessee, October, 2007
  • The Marital Residence: There’s No Place Like Home, State Bar of Texas 31st Marriage Dissolution Seminar, Galveston, Texas, April, 2008
  • Different Ways to Trace Separate Property, New Frontiers in Marital Property Law, Napa, California, October, 2008
  • Marital Property Agreements: And You Know It Don’t Come Easy, State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, Dallas, Texas, June, 2009
  • Different Ways to Trace Separate Property, State Bar of Texas 35th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, Dallas, Texas, August, 2009
  • Appellate Practice From Every Angle, State Bar of Texas 36th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, San Antonio, Texas (with Georganna Simpson), August, 2010
  • Appellate Purgatory: Actions You Can Take During Appeal and After Remand, 36th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, San Antonio, Texas, August, 2010
  • Take This House and Shove It, Texas Advanced Paralegal Seminar, 2010
  • The Future of Premarital, Postmarital, and Cohabitation Agreements, New Frontiers in Marital Property Law, Scottsdale, Arizona, October, 2010
  • Alternative Drafting Orders and Decrees to Those Found in the Family Law Practice Manual, State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Drafting Course, Houston, Texas, December, 2010

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Sheshunoff v. Sheshunoff, 172 S.W.3d 686 (Tex. App. - Austin 2005, pet. denied).
  • Zeifman v. Michels, 212 S.W.3d 582 (Tex. App. - Austin 2006, pet. denied).
  • Hart v. Webster, 2006 WL 1707975 (Tex. App. - Austin 2006, no pet.).
  • Fox v. Fox, 2006 WL 66473 (Tex. App. - Austin 2006, no pet.).
  • Zeifman v. Sheryl Diane Michels, 229 S.W.3d 460 (Tex. App. - Austin 2007, no pet).
  • Holmes v. Kent, 221 S.W.3d 622 (Tex. 2007).
  • Barina v. Barina, 2008 WL 4951224 (Tex. App. - Austin 2008, no pet.).
  • Cox v. Cox, 298 S.W.3d 726 (Tex. App. - Austin 2009, no pet.).
  • Izzo v. Izzo, 2010 WL 1930179 (Tex. App. - Austin 2010, pet. denied).
  • Fish v. Lebrie, 2010 WL 5019411 (Tex. App. - Austin 2010, no pet.).

Educational Background:

  • University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, B.A., Major: Liberal Arts, 1974
Office Location for James A. Vaught

5929 Balcomes Dr
Suite 201
Austin, TX 78731

Phone: 512-342-9980

 

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