Maisie A. Barringer

Top rated Family Law attorney in Houston, Texas

Law Office of Maisie A. Barringer
Maisie A. Barringer
Law Office of Maisie A. Barringer

Practice Areas: Family Law

Licensed in Texas since: 2005

Education: South Texas College of Law Houston

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2008 - 2010, 2012 - 2015
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Law Office of Maisie A. Barringer

2525 Bay Area Blvd
Ste. 190
Houston, TX 77006 Phone: 281-825-3137 Email: Maisie A. Barringer Visit website

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If you are perusing my profile, chances are life is difficult for you now. I’ve been there and understand the challenges when staring down significant life-altering decisions. My best, non-legal, advice is that this, too, shall pass. In the meantime, my team and I are here to help.

A little about me: I am a native Texan, raised in League City, Texas. My daughter is a third-generation Clear Creek ISD graduate so our roots here are strong. I married early in life, divorced and raised our daughter as a single mom. Professionally, I chose law school, beginning my first day of classes the same day my daughter started kindergarten. We really were on an adventure together! I attended South Texas College of Law, graduating in 2005, after winning the Intramural Mock Trial Tournament. I fell in love with the practice of law, trying cases, and the idea of helping people.

After graduation, I opened my own law firm, the Law Office of Maisie A. Barringer, where my focus was CPS, ad litem and amicus attorney cases, helping children and parents through the arduous, painful process of foster care. I also handled private cases involving divorce, custody, modifications but most of my time was spent on the CPS docket.

In 2013, my team and I joined Jenkins & Kamin, LLP where the cases were larger, more complex and highly contentious. Although not that different from the CPS docket, the legal issues and factual scenarios presented allowed me to hone my litigation and practice management skills in ways unavailable to me as a solo practitioner.

However, in 2022, I began to miss the autonomy and simplification of case management. I wanted to help clients but in a smaller firm without the complication of large-scale practice management. In summary, less is more. My team and I have re-opened my office, the Law Office of Maisie A. Barringer, to allow us the freedom to assist clients in a hands-on, user-friendly and efficient manner that helps keep litigation costs down for our clients and provides the best level of attention and care possible.

My office takes a team approach in helping our clients reach their goals. Whether it is divorce, custody, modification of custody agreements, premarital agreements or adoptions, we want to help you reach those goals efficiently and cost-effectively while providing excellent legal advice. I strongly believe properly informed clients make better decisions. I have obtained all the accomplishments available to family lawyers in Texas to ensure I am offering the most up-to-date and sound legal advice possible. These accomplishments include:

Membership in the State Bar of Texas, family law section;

Board certification in family law;

Inclusion in the highly esteemed American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers; and

Membership in the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists.

In addition to these accomplishments, I also serve on the Texas Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel as a judge in grievance hearings against other lawyers. I hold the practice of law in very high regard and expect others to do the same. The Texas Lawyers Creed is always provided to my clients when I am hired so they know what to expect from my office (or any other lawyer) in the State of Texas.

Additionally, I am involved in reviewing bills proffered by State Legislators through the Texas Family Law Foundation Bill Review Committee, wherein we assist legislators in understanding the ramifications of certain proposed legislation and its effects on families.

One of my greatest accomplishments was representing a rape victim whom a rogue DA determined should serve time in jail to secure her future testimony in her rape trial. While this case did not involve the Texas Family Code, I felt compelled to help her and simply could not look away. Ultimately, the DA was voted out of office and a new law was passed in order to prevent this from ever happening again. While one would think the U.S. Constitution prevented this egregious behavior, a new law was required as apparently there are those for whom the U.S. Constitution was simply not specific enough.

Another accomplishment for my team was representing a divorced father of two children, who in trying to co-parent with a sociopathic mother, was repeatedly falsely accused of molesting his daughter. In trying to prove her case, this mother subjected her young daughter to repeated, unnecessary sexual assault exams. When these attempts failed, due to my team’s aggressive defense and representation of our client, she resorted to engaging her drug-trafficking brother to covertly installing meth under my client’s vehicle, calling 911, and reporting him to the police as a “drug dealer.” Fortunately, the police did an amazing job in quickly determining this was a complete set-up, but not before my client sat in jail and was required to hire a criminal defense attorney. Once we were able to place all this evidence before a jury, my client walked out of court as the Sole Managing Conservator of his children. To this day, in remembering that moment, it is THE reason I went to law school.

Choosing a lawyer for a family law case is similar to choosing a doctor. You must choose someone with whom you feel comfortable speaking about very intimate aspects of your life. Family law courts have enormous power over all aspects of your life so, often times, your private, personal information is relevant. Connection and ability to speak freely are important goals when making this choice. When taking a new case, I am very amicable and open to resolving conflict without the necessity of court intervention. However, if met with obstinance, I am not afraid to enter the courtroom to share your story with the judge or jury. These many years in the legal profession have taught me that my best work is in the courtroom, after trying countless numbers of cases. I find most judges and juries are reasonable people and when shown the evidence, will most likely make the right choice. While I can never guarantee an outcome for a client, I can ensure strategic decisions are made, after determining the client’s goals, and following through on that strategic plan, optimizing the chance for a positive outcome. Many cases are settled out of court due to proper planning, a strong strategy and reasonable goals. Ultimately, this is the best outcome for clients.

Thank you for visiting my profile and I hope you find the best lawyer for you and your situation. If that lawyer is me, I look forward to helping you reach your goals and transitioning to a new life for you and your family.

First Admitted: 2005, Texas

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Speaker, Lone Star Legal Aid, Family Law Essentials Seminar 2009; “Advanced Collection Methods”
  • Producer, ABA-Family Law Section, Fall CLE 2016; “Choosing the Right Expert”
  • Speaker, Brazoria County Bar Assoc., 2016; “Handling Concurrent DFPS/Criminal Cases”
  • Speaker, Pro Bono CLE in Waco, Texas, 2015; “Keeping Up with the Kiddos – Case Law Update”
  • Speaker, Houston Volunteer Lawyer Family Law Seminar 2015; “Rights of Non-Parents”
  • Speaker, Texas Minority Attorney Program, May, 2014; “Family Law”
  • Speaker, Practical Property Division Seminar 2014; “Reimbursement”
  • Speaker, Houston Volunteer Lawyer Family Law Seminar 2014; “Rights of Non-Parents”
  • Course Director; HBA-Family Law Section Fall CLE 2010, 2011 & 2012
  • Speaker, HBA Family Law Section Spring CLE 2011; “Creative Possession Schedules”
  • Speaker, STCL Family Law Conference 2010; “Temporary Orders on the Fly”
  • Speaker, Continuing Legal Education Seminars
Honors/Awards:
  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • 2018 Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine
  • Top Lawyers 2016 as published in H Texas Magazine
  • 2009 Professionals on the Fast Track by H Texas Magazine
  • 2008-2010, 2012-2015 Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star in Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 10 Best Attorneys, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2017
  • Top Lawyers 2017, Houstonia Magazine, 2017
  • Professionals on the Fast Track, H Texas magazine, 2009
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • U.S. Federal Court, 2017
  • Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, Member
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Member
  • Member, State Bar College
  • Chair of the Trial Practices and Techniques Committee for the American Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2016
  • Texas, 2005
  • Member, Texas State Bar, Family Law Section
  • Member, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists
  • Member, Board of Directors, Houston Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2009 - 2011
  • Member, Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2016
  • Member, Burta Raborn Inns of Court, 2005 - 2011
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Co-Team Leader, Burta Raborn Inns of Court, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Treasurer, Family Lawyers for Good Judges, a Political Action Committee 2014-2015
  • Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program-Legal Lines, 2005 - 2011
Educational Background:
  • University of Houston Clear Lake, Houston, Texas, B.S. in Business Administration, 1998
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2010

Office location for Maisie A. Barringer

2525 Bay Area Blvd
Ste. 190
Houston, TX 77006

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7 Years Super Lawyers
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  • Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2008 - 2010, 2012 - 2015

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