Lauren E. Waddell

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Houston, TX

Fullenweider Wilhite, P.C.
 | 4265 San Felipe, Suite 1400
Houston, TX 77027
Phone: 713-624-4100
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2017
Selected to Rising Stars: 2011 - 2013
Licensed Since: 2002
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
Attorney Profile

Lauren E. Waddell is committed to representing family law clients in Harris County, Texas and surrounding counties. She focuses her practice on divorce litigation, property division, child custody, marital agreements, modifications, adoption and paternity.

Ms. Waddell received her undergraduate degree from Baylor University, with a double major in economics and management. She went on to earn her law degree in 2002 from South Texas College of Law, where she participated in the school’s law review.

Dedicated to helping resolve family matters, Ms. Waddell gives clients the personal attention they deserve and need. She understands that cases involving divorce or child custody can quickly become emotional. Relying on more than a decade of experience, Ms. Waddell combines her knowledge of family law and compelling arguments in order to bring about the best possible outcome for clients. She is certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in family law and regularly shares her experience with other attorneys through lecturing at seminars and writing for legal publications.

Participating in the legal community is important to Ms. Waddell. She currently serves as the President for the Association of Women Attorneys, which is the Houston women's bar association. Ms. Waddell has served as the President of the Houston Bar Association’s Family Law Section and as the President of Texas Women Lawyers. Ms. Waddell also holds memberships with several organizations, including the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the Houston Bar Foundation, the Texas Bar Foundation, the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, the Burta Rhoads Raborn Family Law American Inn of Court, the Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists, and the College of the State Bar of Texas.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Family Law (100%): Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property

Focus Areas

Family Law: Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 5 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 3 years

Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2017 Rising Stars: 2011 - 2013

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About Lauren Waddell

Admitted: 2002, Texas

Professional Webpage: http://www.fullenweider.com/attorneys/laurenwaddell/

Honors and Awards:

  • Top 10 Attorney Award, under the age of 40, National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, Inc., 2014
  • Premier Women in Law Honoree, Association of Women Attorneys - Houston, 2014
  • Recognized by the "Best Lawyers" publication in 2016 and 2017
  • Recognized as “Top Lawyer” by H Texas Magazine (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
  • Recognized as “Top Lawyer” by Houstonia Magazine (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
  • Recognized as a Top Young Professional by H Texas Magazine (2006-2009)
  • Recognized as “Top Women in Business” by H Texas Magazine (2011, 2012)

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • 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
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Bar/Professional Activity:

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

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Houston Volunteer Lawyers Pro Bono Cases and screening cases for the program
  • Houston Bar Association Legal Lines Volunteer (2011-2017)
  • Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo - Junior Quarter Horse Committee/ Youth Horse Show Committee (2006-2017)
  • Volunteering at the Houston Bar Association Arbor Day 2013 Tree Planting Project

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Participant, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists Trial Institute, Mock Trial, January 20, 2017
  • Author, The Bencher® publication of the American Inns of Court, Networking Works, If You… January/ February 2017 “Networking” Issue, 2017
  • Speaker, Texas Center for Legal Ethics, Justice James A. Baker – Guide to Ethics and Professionalism in Texas, Specific Ethical Considerations When Practicing in Texas, 2017
  • Speaker & Author, 2017 Marriage Dissolution 101 Course, How to Prepare Clients for Custody Evaluations, 2017
  • Speaker, Women and the Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, The First Chapter of a Divorce Case – Temporary Orders, September 29, 2016
  • Speaker, 3L+ Law Prep Houston Career Conference, In the Long Run - Developing a Sustainable and Fulfilling Legal Practice, June 10, 2015
  • Speaker & Co-Author, The State Bar Office of Minority Affairs 13th Annual Texas Minority Attorney Program, Emerging Trends in Family Law, 2015
  • 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
  • Speaker, Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism, Justice James A. Baker Guide to the Basics of Law Practice, Developing Your Professional Reputation, 2014
  • Speaker, Dress for Success Professional Women's Group, Legal Literacy Series - Family Law, 2014
  • Speaker, Launching Your Legal Career - Tips for Success, Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism, 2014
  • Moderator, The Intersection between Immigration and Family Law, South Texas College of Law, 2014
  • Speaker, Launching Your Legal Career - Tips for Success, Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism, 2013
  • Participant, Temporary Orders - Mock Trial Style, 2013
  • Speaker, Negotiating Your First Salary, South Texas College of Law Women's Law Society, 2013
  •  Rising Together – Women Promoting Each Other in the Practice of Law, South Texas College of Law, Course Director, Texas Women Lawyers Annual CLE, 2013
  • Moderator, South Texas College of Law - 26th Annual Family Law Conference, 2012, Law Outside the Loop: Tips from Judges in Surrounding Counties, 2012
  • Planning Committee - South Texas College of Law 26th Annual Family Law Conference, March 1, 2012- March 2, 2012, 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
  • Planning Committee - South Texas College of Law 25th Annual Family Law Conference, April 7, 2011- April 8, 2011
  • 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, 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
  • Panel Moderator, South Texas College of Law 25th Annual Family Law Conference 2011- Law Outside the Loop: Tips from Judges in Surrounding Counties, 2011
  • 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
  • Co-Author, State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, Family Law Section Continuing Legal Education Program 2008 - The Amicus Attorney, 2008
  • Author and co-presenter of South Texas College of Law  21st Annual Employment Law Conference 2008-Multiple Choice Ethics, 2008
  • Author, The Houston Lawyer, Revisions to the Texas Family Code form the 80th Legislative Session, Vol. 45 Number 3, Nov.-Dec. 2007
  • Speaker, 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
  • Co-Author, 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, Marriage Dissolution Institute 2003 - Real Estate Appraisals and Receivers - How to Use and Abuse
  • Co-Author, Houston Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Seminar 2004 - Family Law for the General Practitioner
  • 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, Advanced Family Law Course 2006- Who Represents the Child?  Not me, I am the Amicus Attorney!
  • 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, 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
  • Author, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialist Forum, Vol. 27 Issue 2, Fall 2007 - Social Studies-New, Used, and Unfamiliar Statutory Provisions
  • Speaker, Harris County Youth and Family Services Division 2008 Conference - Collaborative Wellness:  What Works?, Testimonial Two-Step: What Works in the Courtroom
  • Author, 2008 Texas Women Lawyers Conference, Ethics Jeopardy

Educational Background:

  • Baylor University (B.B.A., Management & Economics), 1998
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4265 San Felipe
Suite 1400
Houston, TX 77027

Phone: 713-624-4100

 

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Last Updated: 12/6/2017

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