Judith Batson Sadler

Top rated family law attorney in Houston, Texas

Diggs & Sadler
Judith Batson Sadler
Diggs & Sadler

Practice Areas: Family law, Employment litigation, Employment & labor; view more

Licensed in Texas since: 1986

Education: The University of Kansas School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2022
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Diggs & Sadler

5300 Memorial Drive
Suite 900
Houston, TX 77007 Visit website


Attorney Judith Batson Sadler is a shareholder with Diggs & Sadler law firm in Houston, Texas. Nationally ranked as a preeminent lawyer, Ms. Sadler has more than 34 years of legal experience, and she provides exceptional counsel and support to clients throughout Harris, Galveston and surrounding counties and all across the state who have legal needs involving any of the following:

·        Family law and divorce, focusing particularly on divorces involving complex property issues, cases involving international issues and grandparents' rights cases

·        Employment and labor law for employers

·        Employment litigation defense, which has now expanded to include COVID-19 related issues

Ms. Sadler's extensive background in business helps her to better address the business considerations of her clients who are going through a divorce, and she has considerable experience handling highly complex business valuations and other complicated high-asset matters to help her clients work toward their goal of obtaining a just and equitable division of the community assets. Enjoying a challenge, Ms. Sadler also has developed a particular focus on grandparents' rights cases, which cases often involve difficult issues as grandparents have very limited rights in most states.

In addition to her family law work, Ms. Sadler holds a certification in labor and employment law from the State Bar of Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  Ms. Sadler regularly counsels business clients of all sizes in a variety of industries with their employment issues.  Ms. Sadler represents business clients before various administrative agencies, and she has become a vocal advocate for small-business owners who are struggling due to oppressive government regulations that keep them from flourishing in today's demanding market.  

Honored for her outstanding professionalism and unwavering commitment to those she serves, Ms. Sadler has earned an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell each year since 1998, and she has been recognized as an AV Preeminent Woman Attorney since 2011.* Ms. Sadler has received numerous other top rankings and endorsements from her peers as well. She has also received "Superb" 10 out of 10 client ratings on AVVO along with many testimonials and referrals from her satisfied clients.

A 1982 graduate of Baylor University, Ms. Sadler obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1986, where she served with the moot court team as well as the school's legal aid clinic. She is admitted to practice before all U.S. District Courts in Texas and nearly all Circuits of the U.S. Court of Appeals, as well as before the Texas and U.S. Supreme Courts.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license 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 anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Family law, Employment litigation: defense, Employment & labor: employer

Focus areas

Alimony & spousal support, Child support, Custody & visitation, Divorce, Domestic violence, Prenuptial agreements, Marital property, Same sex family law, Father's rights, Employment discrimination, Wrongful termination, Retaliation, Employment law - employer, Employment law - employee, Unions, Labor law

  • 70% Family law
  • 20% Employment litigation: defense
  • 10% Employment & labor: employer

First Admitted: 1986, Texas

Professional Webpage: https://www.texasadvocates.com/our-attorneys/judith-sadler/

Educational Background:
  • The University of Kansas School of Law is located in Lawrence, Kansas. Operating since 1878, the school was a charter member of the Association of American Law Schools. "The school educates students in both the general principles of law and the skills needed for practice in a changing legal environment. Students develop technical competence, pride in legal craftsmanship, a sound sense of ethics and professionalism, and an appreciation for the role of law and of the practice of law in society.", 1986
  • Baylor University, Waco, TX, B.S. in Education with Emphasis in Speech Pathology and Audiology, Honors: Cum Laude, 1982
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Texas Supreme Court, 1986
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1995
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, 1991
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, 2007
  • U.S. Courts of Appeal for 3rd Circuit, 1996
  • U.S. Courts of Appeal for 4th Circuit (inactive), 1998
  • U.S. Courts of Appeal for 5th Circuit, 1991
  • U.S. Courts of Appeal for 6th Circuit, 1994
  • U.S. Courts of Appeal for 7th Circuit, 1989
  • U.S. Courts of Appeal for 8th Circuit, 1993
  • U.S. Courts of Appeal for 9th Circuit, 1988
  • U.S. Courts of Appeal for 10th Circuit, 1992
  • D.C. Circuit, 2008
  • The Center for Women in Law , 2015
  • Association of Women Attorneys of Houston, 2013
  • American Bar Association, including the Family Law Section and the Labor & Employment Section, Committee for the Developing Labor Law Under the National Labor Relation Act
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Fifth Circuit Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Association
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Board Certified Texas Board of Specialization, Labor and Employment Law, 1995 - Present, 1995
  • Martindale Hubbell - AV Rated, 1998 - Present, 1998
  • Martindale Hubbell - Preeminent Lawyer Edition, 1998 - Present, 1998
  • Martindale Hubbell - Women's Lawyer Edition (Inaugural Edition), 2011 - Present, 2011
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation, 2012 - Present, 2012
  • Texas Top Rated Lawyers 2012 - 2020, 2012
  • Houstonia Magazine as a Top Lawyer, Family Law, Employment and Labor Law, 2013-2018, 2013
  • Corporate Counsel In-House Law Departments at the Top 500 Companies Go-To Law Firm for Harrah’s Entertainment in Litigation AVVO - Rating of 10 out of 10, 2010 - Present
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • "Use of Employer Email to Discuss Union Matters," discusses the use of an employer's email system by the union or union supporters, Texas Lawyer, 2007
  • Speaker, Windsor Club, September 2011, April 2012
  • Discussant, Center for Women in Law, UT School of Law & Association of Women Attorneys, February 2012
  • Speaker, Executive Council, February 2011
  • Speaker and Contributor, "Price of Business," KNTH 1070 Bloomberg Radio 2010 - 2012 ("Price of Business" was previously presented on CNN radio and CBS radio.)
  • The Developing Labor Law Treatise is a summary of the National Labor Relations Act and legal developments in labor law, Primary Chapter Editor, American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law, and BNA Books, 2000
  • Mandatory Arbitration: Recent Developments After Gilmer in the Evolving Areas of Dispute Resolution Through the Use of Mandatory Arbitration Agreements" Author and Speaker, at the Annual Meeting of the American Bar Association, Atlanta, GA. The article addresses the developments in the area of mandatory arbitration agreements, Mandatory Arbitration: Recent Developments After Gilmer in the Evolving Areas of Dispute Resolution Through the Use of Mandatory Arbitration Agreements, American Bar Association, 1999
  • "ADA and the NLRA: Will the Board Defer?" The article addresses the issues surrounding the NLRB's decision to defer to arbitration. Author and Speaker, Ohio State Journal of Dispute Resolution, Columbus, OH 2000, "ADA and the NLRA: Will the Board Defer?", Ohio State Journal of Dispute Resolution, Columbus, OH
  • "Ethical Issues in the Investigations and Trial of Unfair Labor Practice Cases" The article and presentation discussed ethical issues that arise in unfair labor practice cases, "Ethical Issues in the Investigations and Trial of Unfair Labor Practice Cases", ABA Committee on the Development of the Law Under the National Labor Relations Act
Industry Groups:
  • Electrical Contractors
  • Individuals seeking Family Law advice and representation
  • Oil and Gas related companies
  • Small Businesses
  • Staffing Companies

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

“Judie Sadler is an outstanding Labor and Employment attorney who is Board Certified in her field. She is one of the few-- perhaps only-- female attorneys in Texas with significant experience in the Labor side-- with union elections, strikes, walk-outs, and the like. She has state and federal appellate experience in the field. Finally, she should be on your list of Employment and Labor Super Lawyers, if, for no other reason, than she was the attorney who briefed, argued and won the conditional certification of the only state court class action pending in Texas. And the class size exceeds 15,000 members. She deserves to be a Super Lawyer more than anyone I know.”

“Judie is extremely bright and hard working and above-all very ethical. She has an excellent grasp and great experience in labor and employment law.”

“Judie tackles tough cases with decorum, and her knowledge as an attorney serves her quite well. When there is a labor or employment dispute, she's the attorney you want to have representing you.”

“Judie Sadler has been board certified in Labor and employment law for over a decade, but that is not the only reason that she is a Superlawyer in her field. She is a fierce warrior for her clients, and she is one of the few female lawyers with substantial hard-core labor law experience in this state.”

“Michael is always there for the client. He is a wonderful family law advocate.”

Office location for Judith Batson Sadler

5300 Memorial Drive
Suite 900
Houston, TX 77007

Phone: 713-766-5355


9 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2022

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