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Thomas L. Ausley

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Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Austin, TX

Goranson Bain Ausley
3307 Northland Drive, Suite 420
Austin, TX 78731
Phone: 512-454-8791
Fax: 512-454-9091
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2021
Licensed in Texas Since: 1968
Practice Areas: Family Law
Attorney Profile

Thomas L. Ausley is the founding partner of GoransonBain Ausley’s predecessor firm Ausley, Algert, Robertson & Flores, LLP. He has devoted his legal career to the practice of family law and has earned the respect of peers and judges alike for his unwavering integrity in guiding and advising clients. Tom was bestowed the prestigious Sam Emison Award by the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists in 2013 in recognition of his significant contributions to the practice of family law and the Austin Bar Association’s Distinguished Lawyer Award in 2008.

Tom offers clients the experience and skill that only come from years of practicing family law. He primarily focuses on complex property cases, with a deep understanding of issues surrounding larger estates and closely-held business interests. Tom encourages clients to show compassion, especially where the best interests of children are concerned.

While Tom is a master litigator, he has a keen eye for creative solutions that keep clients out of court. Tom is known as an excellent negotiator who works through impasses to achieve successful resolutions. His goal is to reach an agreement that is favorable to his clients, whether through trial, settlement conferences, collaborative law, or mediation.

Board-certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Tom is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and served as President of AAML Texas Chapter in 2005-2006. Tom is also a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers, and a Member of the American Bar Association-Family Law Section, among an extensive list of memberships in professional associations.

About Thomas L. Ausley

First Admitted: 1968, Texas

Professional Webpage:


  • Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Family Law, Woodward and White Press, 1987 – 2019
  • Recognized for Contributions to the Advancement of Professionalism and Collegiality, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2015
  • Distinguished Lawyer Award, Austin Bar Association, 2008
  • Good Guys and Gals Award, National Women’s Political Caucus, Texas Chapter, 2004
  • 50 Year Lawyer Honor, State Bar of Texas, 2018
  • Sam Emison Award, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, 2013
  • Outstanding Fundraiser Award, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Austin Chapter, 2008
  • “AV” rating, Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory
  • Larry York Mentor Award, Austin Bar Association, 2016
  • Named the Best Lawyers© Family Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Austin, Woodward and White Press, 2009
  • President and Chair’s Courage and Integrity Award, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, 2004
  • Finalist, 1st annual “Ethics in Business Awards”: Individual (Samaritan Counseling Center and St. Edwards University)

Educational Background

  • Texas Tech University, B.B.A. in Finance, 1965

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1980 (re-certified most recently 2010)

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Received "Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award" given by the Association of Fundraising Professionals - Austin Chapter (2008)

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Collaborative Law Institute, Board of Directors (2002-2007)
  • Member, State Bar Task Force on Reorganization of the Office of General Counsel (1994)
  • Member, Family Law Section Council, State Bar of Texas (2003-2010) Secretary, 2008-2009; Treasurer, 2009-2010; Vice-Chair, 2010-2011; Chair, 2011-2012; Immediate Past Chair 2012-2013.
  • Member, American Bar Association - Family Law Section
  • Fellow,Texas Bar Foundation
  • Life Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Foundation
  • President,Travis County Family Law Advocates (2000-2001) President, Political Action Committee (2001-2002)
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow Vice Chairman of the Collaborative Law Committee, 2010     Officer of the Texas Chapter:  Treasurer, 2001-2002 Secretary, 2002-2003 President-Elect, 2003-2004 President, 2005-2006      Member, Board of Governors of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers National Chapter
  • Member, Williamson County Bar Association
  • Member, State Bar of Texas since 1968
  • Member, College of the State Bar ofTexas
  • Life Fellow, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists
  • International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow
  • Member, Austin Bar Association
  • Texas Family Law Foundation, Board of Trustees (2006-2009)
  • Associate, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2006-2009
  • Listed in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers


  • Thomas Ausley covers the two kinds of assets in a divorce: separate property and community and how they are defined as well as differ. It is recommended to obtain a list of all of the assets and all of the debts and review the source of the funds., The Two Types of Assets in a Texas Divorce, 2019
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Office Location for Thomas L. Ausley

3307 Northland Drive
Suite 420
Austin, TX 78731

Last Updated: 9/13/2021

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