James A. Vaught
Top rated family law attorney in Austin, TexasVaught Law Firm, P.C.
Practice Areas: Family law, Appellate; view more
Licensed in Texas since: 1980
Education: Baylor Law School
Vaught Law Firm, P.C.5929 Balcones Dr
Austin, TX 78731 Visit website
As a shareholder at Vaught Law Firm, P.C., Attorney James "Jimmy" Vaught is dedicated to providing legal services to people living in Austin, Texas, and throughout the surrounding area. He focuses his practice on divorce and family law, generally handling cases that involve 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 40 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 areasFamily law, Appellate
Alimony & spousal support, Child support, Custody & visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic violence, Paternity, Prenuptial agreements, Marital property, Mediation & collaborative law, Same sex family law, Father's rights
- 70% Family law
- 30% Appellate
First Admitted: 1980, Texas
Professional Webpage: https://austindivorcelawyer.com/about-our-attorneys/jimmy-va...
- Texas Superlawyer, Family Law, 2003, 2004 and 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, Texas Superlawyer - Family Law, Self
- Member of the Lloyd Lochridge Chapter of the American Inns of Court
- Public Service Award, The Women’s Advocacy Project, 2003
- Listed in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, "AV" rating
- Briefing Attorney for Hon. Robert M. Campbell, Justice, The Supreme Court of Texas, 1980-1981
- , Can You Appeal a Divorce or Child Custody Ruling? Texas Family Law Attorney Explains
- , Austin Family Law Attorney: Why I Fight for Families
- , How Does Divorce Mediation Work in Texas?
- , Business Valuation in a Divorce Settlement: How Does it Work?
- , Is Texas a Community Property State?
- , Should I Stay in The House During a Divorce, or Move Out?
- , Dividing Retirement Assets in Divorce | Texas Attorney Explains 401(k) and IRA Asset Division
- , Prenup in Texas: What You Can and Can’t Include
- Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2000
- Civil Appellate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1988
- Member, Pro Bono Committee, State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section
- Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, Member
- State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section, Council, Legislative Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, Pro Bono Committee, Member, 2006 - Present
- State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section, Family Law Pattern Jury Charge Committee, Member, 2009 - Present
- U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 1982
- U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1996
- Professionals for Collaborative Law, Member
- Texas Chapter, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, President Elect, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer, 2007 - Present
- State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section, Treasurer, June 1, 2011 - Present
- State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section, Board of Editors, Family Law Section Report, Member, 2007 - Present
- Texas, 1980
- U.S. Supreme Court, 1986
- The Collaborative Law Institute of Texas, Member
- Texas Family Law Foundation, Sustaining Lifetime Member
- State Bar of Texas Family Law Section, Membership and Member Services Committee, Chair, 2009 - Present
- American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow
- U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1985
- Austin Bar Association, Family Law Section, Board of Directors, Member (2003-2007); Treasurer (2004-2005); President Elect (2005-2006); President (2006-2007)
- Barina v. Barina, 2008 WL 4951224 (Tex. App. - Austin 2008, no pet.).
- Fox v. Fox, 2006 WL 66473 (Tex. App. - Austin 2006, no pet.).
- Sheshunoff v. Sheshunoff, 172 S.W.3d 686 (Tex. App. - Austin 2005, pet. denied).
- Cox v. Cox, 298 S.W.3d 726 (Tex. App. - Austin 2009, no pet.).
- Zeifman v. Sheryl Diane Michels, 229 S.W.3d 460 (Tex. App. - Austin 2007, no pet).
- Zeifman v. Michels, 212 S.W.3d 582 (Tex. App. - Austin 2006, pet. denied).
- Izzo v. Izzo, 2010 WL 1930179 (Tex. App. - Austin 2010, pet. denied).
- Holmes v. Kent, 221 S.W.3d 622 (Tex. 2007).
- Hart v. Webster, 2006 WL 1707975 (Tex. App. - Austin 2006, no pet.).
- Fish v. Lebrie, 2010 WL 5019411 (Tex. App. - Austin 2010, no pet.).
- Appellate Practice from Every Angle, State Bar of Texas 37th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, August, 2011
- 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
- The Future of Premarital, Postmarital, and Cohabitation Agreements, New Frontiers in Marital Property Law, Scottsdale, Arizona, October, 2010
- Take This House and Shove It, Texas Advanced Paralegal Seminar, 2010
- Appellate Purgatory: Actions You Can Take During Appeal and After Remand, 36th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, San Antonio, Texas, August, 2010
- Appellate Practice From Every Angle, State Bar of Texas 36th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, San Antonio, Texas (with Georganna Simpson), August, 2010
- Different Ways to Trace Separate Property, State Bar of Texas 35th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, Dallas, Texas, August, 2009
- 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, New Frontiers in Marital Property Law, Napa, California, October, 2008
- The Marital Residence: There’s No Place Like Home, State Bar of Texas 31st Marriage Dissolution Seminar, Galveston, Texas, April, 2008
- Dealing with Unusual Trusts, State Bar of Texas New Frontiers in Marital Property Law, Memphis, Tennessee, October, 2007
- 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
- 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
- Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover: Appellate Style, State Bar of Texas 35th Annual Marriage Dissolution Seminar, April, 2012
- Summary Judgments in Divorce, State Bar of Texas 38th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, August, 2012
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Member, Planning Committee, Advanced Family Law Course (2003, 2007, and 2011), State Bar of Texas
- Member, Planning Committee, Marriage Dissolution Seminar (2011), State Bar of Texas
- Member, Planning Committee, Advanced Family Law Drafting Course (2008 and 2010), State Bar of Texas
- Course Director, 33rd Marriage Dissolution Seminar, San Antonio, Texas, May 2010, State Bar of Texas
- Co-Course Director, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists Trial Institute (2010), Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists
- Co-Chair, Family Law on the Front Lines (2003-2007), University of Texas
- University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, B.A., Major: Liberal Arts, 1974
Office location for James A. Vaught
5929 Balcones Dr
Austin, TX 78731
- Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2004, 2006, 2011 - 2023
Top ListsTop 50: Central/West Texas Super Lawyers: 2017
Certificates and credentials
Civil Appellate Law
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These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.
“Jimmy Vaught is an amazing attorney. He has an incredible knowledge of the law and he's a compassionate advocate for his clients.”
“Jimmy is an excellent family law attorney. He is very dedicated to his clients and is extremely knowledgeable about the law. He is one of the few family law attorneys who is double board certified in both Family Law and Appellate Law”
“Jimmy is a great lawyer. His knowledge and understanding of the law is excellent. He has won some of the most important appeals in our field. He is a great litigator and advocate.”
“Jimmy Vaught is a former chairman of the Family Law Council of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. He has served as a course director of the Advanced Family Law Course and Marriage Dissolution Institute, annual seminars sponsored by the State Bar of Texas. He is a frequent author and speaker at Continuing Legal Education events throughout Texas. He is a widely respected attorney whose knowledge of family law in Texas is above reproach.”