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Catherine D. Benouis

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Austin, TX

Benouis Law
4401 West Gate Blvd, Suite 330
Austin, TX 78745
Phone: 512-479-7990
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2022
Licensed in Texas Since: 1992
Practice Areas: Family Law
Attorney Profile

The founding attorney of Benouis Law Ltd., LLP, Catherine D. Benouis has spent the past three decades helping the residents of Austin, Texas, navigate complex family law issues. She is well known for her work in high net worth divorces, collaborative law, complex property division, child custody, visitation and parenting time, spousal maintenance, adoptions, post-decree modifications and marital agreements.

Having faced a divorce herself, Ms. Benouis understands firsthand the emotional and financial toll that a legal issue has on individuals and their families. She identifies her clients’ best interests and goals and strategizes effective ways to achieve them, without compromising the family element. Remaining a trusted counsel during a time of transition or conflict, she has helped hundreds of families secure favorable results.

An honors graduate of Indiana University Bloomington, Ms. Benouis received her Bachelor of Arts in 1986. She then earned her Juris Doctor magna cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1990. During law school, she was in the top 10% of her class and was inducted into the Order of the Coif. She is licensed to practice law in Illinois (1990) and Texas (1992).

As a mark of excellence, Ms. Benouis was board-certified as a family law specialist by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 1998. She effectively tries to mediate cases, helping both parties come to an agreement less emotionally and more quickly. However, she will not hesitate to take cases to trial, when needed.

A fellow of the Austin Bar Foundation and Texas Bar Foundation, Ms. Benouis is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas College of Collaborative Law and the Austin Bar Association – Family Law Section. She is a charter member of Collaborative Divorce Texas and has been included in its exclusive group of Master Credentialed Collaborative Professionals.

Practice Areas
  • 100%Family Law
Focus Areas

Adoption, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law


1 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2022

Certificates and Credentials

About Catherine D. Benouis

First Admitted: 1990, Illinois

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  • University of Illinois College of Law, Order of the Coif

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Course Director for CLI-TX Interdisciplinary Training

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • I serve on the Board of Collaborative Divorce Austin and am the Membership Committee Chair
  • I am a member of the Williamson County Inns of Court, 2021

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation
  • Fellow of the Austin Bar Foundation

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Board Certified in Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1998  

Educational Background

  • Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, B.A., Bachelor of ArtsHonors: Graduated with distinction, 1986

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Licensure by the Illinois Supreme Court, 1990
  • Master Credentialed by Collaborative Divorce Texas, 2022
  • Master Credentialed by Collaborative Divorce Texas
  • Board Member, Collaborative Divorce Austin
  • Charter Member, Collaborative Divorce Texas
  • Member, Collaborative Divorce Austin Chapter
  • Chair, Travis County Bar Association People's Law School, 2001-2005
  • Member, Austin Bar Association Family Law Section
  • Member, Austin Bar Association
  • Member, Texas College of Collaborative Law
  • Member, Travis County Family Law Advocates
  • Member, College of State Bar of Texas
  • Member, State Bar of Texas (including Family Law Section)
  • Licensure by the Texas Supreme Court, 1992


  • “I have worked with Catherine Benious as an opposing counsel both in litigation and collaborative law cases for close to 20 years. Catherine is highly experienced, knowledgeable in the law, professional, and deeply values her integrity. Catherine has a highly distinguished academic record and she continues, now 30 years after graduating from law school, to pursue excellence in her knowledge of the law, which she brings to all of her cases. Catherine is highly regarded among her peers not just for her knowledge of the law, but also for her trustworthiness, integrity and professionalism. Catherine gives of her time to various legal programs to elevate them to the same high degree of professionalism and knowledge of the law that she expects from herself. I find it a privilege to nominate Catherine Benouis to Super Lawyers in the area of family law in Austin.”
  • “Highly skilled, smart, dedicated board certified family law attorney.”

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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Office Location for Catherine D. Benouis

4401 West Gate Blvd
Suite 330
Austin, TX 78745

Phone: 512-479-7990

Last Updated: 6/8/2022

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