Bridget O'Toole

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate & Trust Litigation Attorney in Houston, TX

Schlanger Silver LLP
109 North Post Oak Lane, Suite 300
Houston, TX 77024
Phone: 713-783-8560
Fax: 713-785-2091
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013, 2015 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1990
Practice Areas: Estate & Trust Litigation (80%), Estate Planning & Probate (20%)
Attorney Profile

Bridget O'Toole (Purdie) is a partner at Schlanger Silver Barg & Paine LLP in Houston, Texas, where she focuses her practice on probate and trust litigation. She handles a range of matters within that practice area, including trust and estate administration, as well as highly complex matters such as breach of fiduciary duty claims, contested guardianships, trust disputes, trust modifications and will contests. Ms. O'Toole represents clients in Houston and throughout Texas.

Educated at The Kinkaid School in Houston, Ms. O'Toole went on to obtain a degree from Vanderbilt University. She earned her law degree from the University of Houston Law Center and is admitted to practice in all Texas state courts.

With more than 28 years of practice in her chosen area of law, Ms. O'Toole has handled numerous complex estate matters and has prevailed in cases involving breach of fiduciary duty, will contests and other complex matters related to probate. She is also certified as an attorney ad litem and a guardian ad litem.  

Ms. O'Toole is a member of professional organizations, including the Houston Bar Association and the State Bar of Texas, and belongs to the probate section of both organizations. She also serves as the Chair-Elect for the Houston Probate Council.

Throughout her career, Ms. O'Toole has often authored articles for publications, including the Houston Business Journal, Texas Lawyer and Well Being Journal. She has also given numerous speeches and presentations on probate, guardianship and estate and trust administration topics at legal education seminars and conferences.

About Bridget O'Toole

Admitted: 1990, Texas

Professional Webpage:


  • Texas Super Lawyers, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017.  Best Lawyer in America-2018. H Magazine-Best Lawyer
  • Attorney Ad Litem/Guardian Ad Litem Certification

Educational Background

  • University of Houston Law Center, J.D., 1990 
  • Vanderbilt University, B.A., 1985
  • The Kinkaid School, 1981

Bar/Professional Activity

  • State Bar of Texas, Real Estate and Probate Section
  • Attorneys in Tax and Probate
  • Chair-Elect, Houston Probate Council
  • Texas State Bar College
  • Texas Bar, 1990
  • Houston Bar Association, Probate Section
  • Disability and Elder Law Association

Other Outstanding Achievements

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • "Realistic Solutions to Complex Guardianships," The Wills and Probate Institute, September 18, 2013
  • "Tax Act and Revenue Proposals," Texas Lawyer, June, 2011
  • "Taking Stock – A Guide to Probate and Guardianship Inventories," The Wills and Probate Institute, September 24, 2009
  • Get It in Writing: HIPPA Makes it Vital to Get Documents Signed Early," Houston Business Journal, October 3, 2008
  • "Proper Planning Can Reduce Stress," Well Being Journal, September/October, 2008
  • "Help! I need Somebody and Not Just Anybody – From Application to Appointment: An Overview of the Process to Appoint Temporary and Permanent Guardians," South Texas College of Law, Guardian Ad Litem Certification Course, September 5, 2007
  • "Abuses of Powers of Attorney, or Why Guardianships Can Be Good," South Texas College of Law, The Wills and Probate Institute, September 11-12, 2003
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Office Location for Bridget O'Toole

109 North Post Oak Lane
Suite 300
Houston, TX 77024

Last Updated: 6/23/2021

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