Lauren E. Waddell

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Houston, TX

Waddell Law Firm, P.C.
 | 3773 Richmond Ave, Suite 599
Houston, TX 77046
Phone: 713-505-1307
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2011 - 2013
Licensed Since: 2002
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
    Attorney Profile

    Lauren E. Waddell is Board-certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has more than 17 years of legal experience focusing exclusively on family law. She has achieved notable success representing the rights and interests of clients throughout the greater Houston metro area and all across the state who are going through a divorce or have some other serious legal matter affecting their families.

    Throughout the course of her career, Ms. Waddell has earned a reputation as a devoted advocate for those she serves. She has assisted hundreds of clients with their needs involving divorce litigation, child custody and support, complex property division, pre- and postnuptial agreements, and paternity actions, as well as modifications and enforcements of existing agreements and orders.

    At all turns, Ms. Waddell delivers highly personalized attention and dedicated support to her clients in an effort to help them resolve their conflicts and come to terms on the matters that affect their cases as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. Noted for her impeccable professionalism and outstanding client service, she has received numerous accolades from her peers, including a Premier Women in Law designation from the Association of Women Attorneys in 2014.

    In addition, H Texas Magazine has voted her a "Top Lawyer" each year since 2010, as well as a "Top Young Professional." Houstonia magazine also voted her a "Top Lawyer" from 2013 to 2018, and she has earned consistent recognition from The Best Lawyers in America for the past several years. She has also received Superb client ratings on Avvo. Further recognizing her contributions to her profession, she is a Fellow with the Texas Bar Foundation, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the International Academy of Family Lawyers, and the Houston Young Lawyers Foundation.

    A 1998 graduate of Baylor University, Ms. Waddell obtained her Juris Doctor from South Texas College of Law in 2002. She has served as chair of the Houston Bar Association's Family Law Section, and President of the Association of Women Attorneys.

    Among her other professional affiliations, she is a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists and Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists. Furthermore, she has several publications to her credit, and she has conducted numerous lectures and seminars across her region on a variety of family law topics.

     

     
    Practice Areas
    • 100%Family Law
    Focus Areas

    Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights

    Selections

    Selected to Super Lawyers for 8 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 3 years

    Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2020 Rising Stars: 2011 - 2013

    American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

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    About Lauren Waddell

    Admitted: 2002, Texas

    Professional Webpage: https://www.waddellfamilylaw.com

    Honors/Awards:

    • Top 100 Houston Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters listing in Texas Monthly Magazine, 2017-2018
    • Recognized as “Top Lawyer” by Houstonia Magazine (2013-2019)
    • Recognized as a Rising Star, Thomson Reuters listing, Texas Monthly Magazine, 2011-2013
    • Top 50 Women Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters listing in Texas Monthly Magazine, 2017-2018
    • Recognized as a Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters listing, Texas Monthly Magazine, 2013-2017
    • Recognized as a Top Young Professional by H Texas Magazine (2006-2009)
    • Recognized as “Top Lawyer” by H Texas Magazine (2010-2019)
    • Recognized by the "Best Lawyers" publication in (2016-2019)
    • Premier Women in Law Honoree, Association of Women Attorneys - Houston, 2014
    • Recognized as “Top Women in Business” by H Texas Magazine (2011, 2012)

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
    • The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Arbitration Training Institute, 2018
    • Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2007
    • United States Supreme Court
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • State Bar of Texas – Family Law Section, Member
    • Texas Women Lawyers: President (2013-2014); President-Elect (2012-2013); Vice-President (2010-2012); Secretary (2009-2010); Board of Directors (2006-2010); Newsletter Editor (2007-2009)
    • Association of Women Attorneys, President (2017), President-Elect (2016), Board of Directors (2013-2015), Vice President of Membership (2013-2014)
    • Association of Women Attorneys – 2014 Premier Women in Law Honoree
    • Houston Bar Association, Family Law Section President (2015-2016), President-Elect (2014), Secretary (2012, 2013), Board of Directors (2009-2013)
    • Houston Young Lawyers Foundation, Fellow
    • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
    • International Academy of Family Lawyers, Fellow
    • Burta Rhoads Raborn Family Law, American Inn of Court (2006-2020)
    • Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists, Member (2007-2020)
    • HYLA Leadership Academy (2006-2007)
    • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, Member (2007-2020)
    • The College of the State Bar of Texas, Member (2010- 2020)
    • AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell (2013-2020)
    • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow (2012-2020)
    • Houston Young Lawyers Association; Co-Chair of HYLA Car Seat Safety Campaign Committee (2007-2008)

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Board of Directors - Orange Show Center for Visionary Art (2018-2020)
    • Board of Directors - Baylor Women's Network, Houston Chapter (2018-2020)
    • Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo - Junior Quarter Horse Committee/ Youth Horse Show Committee (2006-2020)
    • Houston Volunteer Lawyers Pro Bono Cases and screening cases for the program
    • Houston Bar Association Legal Lines Volunteer (2011-2017)
    • Volunteering at the Houston Bar Association Arbor Day 2013 Tree Planting Project

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Speaker, Women of Law Brunch, Woman in Charge, July 15, 2018, Speaker, Women in Charge, Law Practice Management, 2018
    • Nerdy Girl Success, Breaking Barriers - Career and Leadership Summit for High School Girls, Virtual Conference, Speaker, Nerdy Girl Success, Breaking Barriers - Career and Leadership Summit for High School Girls, 2020
    • Texas Center for Legal Ethics, Justice James A. Baker Guide to Ethics and Professionalism in Texas, Specific Ethics Considerations When Practicing in Texas, South Texas College of Law, Speaker, Texas Center for Legal Ethics, Justice James A. Baker Guide to Ethics and Professionalism in Texas, Specific Ethics Considerations When Practicing in Texas, South Texas College of Law, 2019
    • Moderator, Texas Women Lawyers Annual CLE, Define Your Own Success: Charting Your Path in a Changing Legal World, Practitioners' Panel: Success in Confronting Challenges across the Industry, 2015
    • Association of Women in Law, International Women’s Day Panel, University of Houston Law Center, March 7, 2019, Speaker, International Women’s Day Panel, Law Practice Management, 2019
    • Article assisting family law attorneys who represent parties with substance abuse issues in divorce cases., Co-Author, Marriage Dissolution Institute 2019, Representation in the Substance Abuse Case, Family Law, 2019
    • Speaker, Texas Center for Legal Ethics CLE 2011, Justice James A. Baker Guide to the Basics of Law Practice Course - Launching Your Legal Career - Tips for Success, Speaker, Launching Your Legal Career - Tips for Success, Legal Ethics, 2011
    • Speaker & Co-Author, The State Bar Office of Minority Affairs 13th Annual Texas Minority Attorney Program, Emerging Trends in Family Law, 2015
    • Author and co-presenter of South Texas College of Law  21st Annual Employment Law Conference 2008-Multiple Choice Ethics, Author and Co-Presenter, 21st Annual Employment Law Conference 2008-Multiple Choice Ethics, Legal Ethics, 2008
    • Speaker & Author, 2017 Marriage Dissolution 101 Course, How to Prepare Clients for Custody Evaluations, Speaker and Author, How to Prepare Clients for Custody Evaluations, Family Law, 2017
    • Co-Author, State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, Family Law Section Continuing Legal Education Program 2008 - The Amicus Attorney, Co-Author, The Amicus Attorney, Family Law, 2008
    • Speaker, Texas Center for Legal Ethics, Justice James A. Baker – Guide to Ethics and Professionalism in Texas, Specific Ethical Considerations When Practicing in Texas, Speaker, Specific Ethical Considerations When Practicing in Texas, Legal Ethics, 2017
    • Author, 2008 Texas Women Lawyers Conference, Ethics Jeopardy, Author, Texas Women Lawyers Conference- Ethics Jeopardy Presentation, Legal Ethics, 2008
    • Planning Committee - South Texas College of Law 25th Annual Family Law Conference, April 7, 2011- April 8, Planning Committee Member, South Texas College of Law 25th Annual Family Law Conference, Family Law, 2011
    • Speaker, Harris County Youth and Family Services Division 2008 Conference - Collaborative Wellness:  What Works?, Testimonial Two-Step: What Works in the Courtroom, Speaker, Collaborative Wellness: What Works?, Testimonial Two-Step: What Works in the Courtroom, Family Law, 2008
    • Speaker, 3L+ Law Prep Houston Career Conference, In the Long Run - Developing a Sustainable and Fulfilling Legal Practice, June 10, Speaker, In the Long Run - Developing a Sustainable and Fulfilling Legal Practice, Law Practice Management, 2015
    • Author, The Houston Lawyer, Revisions to the Texas Family Code form the 80th Legislative Session, Vol. 45 Number 3, Nov.-Dec. 2007, Author, The Houston Lawyer, Revisions to the Texas Family Code form the 80th Legislative Session, Vol. 45 Number 3, Nov.-Dec. 2007, 2007
    • Speaker, Women and the Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, The First Chapter of a Divorce Case – Temporary Orders, Speaker, The First Chapter of a Divorce Case – Temporary Orders, Family Law, 2016
    • Author, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialist Forum, Vol. 27 Issue 2, Fall 2007 - Social Studies-New, Used, and Unfamiliar Statutory Provisions, Author, Social Studies-New, Used, and Unfamiliar Statutory Provisions, Family Law, 2007
    • Author, The Bencher® publication of the American Inns of Court, Networking Works, If You… January/ February 2017 “Networking” Issue, Author, Networking Works, If You… , Law Practice Management, 2017
    • Co-Author, UTCLE - The University of Texas School of Law: Effective Family Law Practice, The Definitive Short Course on Parent-Child Relationships, Nov. 2007 - The World of Court Appointees: Amicus Attorneys, Attorney Ad Litems, Guardian Ad Litems, and Social Studies, Co-Author, The World of Court Appointees: Amicus Attorneys, Attorney Ad Litems, Guardian Ad Litems, and Social Studies, Family Law, 2007
    • Participant, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists Trial Institute, Mock Trial, January 20, Participant for Mock Trial, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists Trial Institute, Family Law, 2017
    • Co-Author, Advanced Family Law Practice for Paralegals: Handling Financial Issues at a Higher Level 2007-Effective Presentation of Financial Matters - Financial Information Statements, Inventory & Appraisement, and Proposed Property Divisions, Co-Author, Handling Financial Issues at a Higher Level 2007-Effective Presentation of Financial Matters - Financial Information Statements, Inventory & Appraisement, and Proposed Property Divisions, Family Law, 2007
    • Speaker, Houston Bar Association, The 2018 Annual Conference on ADRWaiter, There’s a Conflict in My Soup: Luncheon Panel on Ethics, Mock Appellate Argument Defender of Arbitration Award, May 4, 2018, Speaker/ Appellate Argument Defender, Waiter, There’s a Conflict in My Soup: Luncheon Panel on Ethics, Legal Ethics, 2018
    • Co-Author, Advanced Family Law Course 2006- Who Represents the Child?  Not me, I am the Amicus Attorney!, Co-Author, Who Represents the Child? Not me, I am the Amicus Attorney!, Family Law, 2006
    • Speaker, Attorneys in Tax and Probate, Marital Property Issues in Drafting Estate Planning Documents, April 3, 2018, Speaker, Marital Property Issues in Drafting Estate Planning Documents, Estate Planning, Family Law, Probate, 2018
    • Co-Author, Advanced Family Law Drafting Course 2005 - "It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got that Swing" - Tips from the Bench, Co-Author, "It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got that Swing" - Tips from the Bench, Family Law, 2005
    • Speaker, Association of Women in Law, International Women’s Day Panel, University of Houston Law Center, March 8, 2018, Speaker, International Women’s Day Panel, Law Practice Management, 2018
    • Houston Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Seminar 2004 - Family Law for the General Practitioner, Co-Author, Family Law for the General Practitioner, Family Law, 2004
    • Marriage Dissolution Institute 2003 - Real Estate Appraisals and Receivers - How to Use and Abuse, Co-Author, Real Estate Appraisals and Receivers - How to Use and Abuse, Family Law, 2003
    • Speaker, 2018 Houston Bar Association Career Building for New Lawyers CLE, February 21, 2018, Speaker, Houston Bar Association Career Building for New Lawyers CLE, Law Practice Management, 2018
    • Ad Litem Practice in the Family Courts, 309th Judicial District Court 2003- The Road to Trial:  An Attorney Ad Litem and Guardian Ad Litem's Guide, Co-Author, The Road to Trial: An Attorney Ad Litem and Guardian Ad Litem's Guide, Family Law, 2003
    • Texas Center for Legal Ethics, Justice James A. Baker – Guide to Ethics and Professionalism in Texas, Specific Ethical Considerations When Practicing in Texas, April 21, 2017, Speaker, Ethical Considerations When Practicing in Texas, Legal Ethics, 2017
    • Family Law Essentials sponsored by The Family Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and Private Attorney Involvement for the Texas Rural Legal Aid, Inc., February 28, 2003 - Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks, Speaker, 2003
    • Speaker & Author, 2017 Marriage Dissolution 101 Course, How to Prepare Clients for Custody Evaluations, April 19, 2017, 2017
    • Author, Texas Women Lawyers In Brief, January 2010, An Interview with Justice Eva M.Guzman- Newest Appointee to the Supreme Court of Texas, Author, 2010
    • Speaker, Texas Women Lawyers 2010 Annual CLE, Artful Intelligence: Teaching Tools and Techniques for Best Lawyering – The Art of Law Practice, Speaker, 2010
    •  Rising Together – Women Promoting Each Other in the Practice of Law, South Texas College of Law, Course Director, Texas Women Lawyers Annual CLE, 2013
    • Panel Moderator, South Texas College of Law 25th Annual Family Law Conference 2011- Law Outside the Loop: Tips from Judges in Surrounding Counties, 2011
    • Speaker, Texas Women Lawyers 2011 Annual CLE, Project YOU! Finding Focus in Your Practice - Focus on Legal Substance, Hot Legal Issues Roundtable Discussion: Family Law, 2011
    • Planning Committee - South Texas College of Law 26th Annual Family Law Conference, March 1, 2012- March 2, 2012, 2012
    • Moderator, South Texas College of Law - 26th Annual Family Law Conference, 2012, Law Outside the Loop: Tips from Judges in Surrounding Counties, 2012
    • Speaker/ Author, South Texas College of Law - 26th Annual Family Law Conference, 2012, Top Ten Issues in Child Support  and Family Law Family Feud, 2012
    • Speaker, Texas Women Lawyers - Power On: Plug into Your Most Effective Performance, 2012, Powerful Partners Panel, 2012
    • Speaker/ Author, Houston Bar Association - 2012 Family Law Institute, Child Support: Guidelines and Beyond, 2012
    • Speaker, Negotiating Your First Salary, South Texas College of Law Women's Law Society, 2013
    • Participant, Houston Bar Association - Family Law Section, Temporary Orders - Mock Trial Style, 2013
    • Justice James A. Baker - Guide to the Basics of Law Practice, Speaker, Launching Your Legal Career - Tips for Success, Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism, 2013
    • 28th Annual Family Law Conference, Moderator, The Intersection between Immigration and Family Law, South Texas College of Law, 2014
    • Justice James A. Baker - Guide to Basics of Law Practice, Speaker, Launching Your Legal Career - Tips for Success, Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism, 2014
    • Speaker, Dress for Success Professional Women's Group, Legal Literacy Series - Family Law, 2014
    • Speaker, Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism, Justice James A. Baker Guide to the Basics of Law Practice, Developing Your Professional Reputation, 2014

    Educational Background:

    • Baylor University (B.B.A., Management & Economics), 1998

    Industry Groups

    • Family Law
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    Office Location for Lauren E. Waddell

    3773 Richmond Ave
    Suite 599
    Houston, TX 77046

    Phone: 713-505-1307

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