Holly Draper

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in McKinney, TX

The Draper Law Firm, PC
 | 6401 W. Eldorado Pkwy., Suite 80
McKinney, TX 75070
Phone: 469-715-6801
Fax: 469-480-5290
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2016 - 2018
Licensed Since: 2004
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
    Attorney Profile

    Managing partner at The Draper Law Firm, P.C., Holly Draper is a family law attorney. With an office in McKinney, Texas, Ms. Draper represents clients in Collin County, Denton County and other surrounding counties in matters of mediation, divorce, child support, child custody, termination of parental rights, paternity, adoptions, and grandparents’ rights.  The Texas Board of Legal Specialization has board certified Ms. Draper in family law.

    Ms. Draper also handles family law appellate matters.  In February of 2019, the Fort Worth Court of Appeals granted a mandamus filed by Ms. Draper in a case related to grandparent standing (In re Clay, No. 02-18-00404-CV). In April of 2020, Ms. Draper argued on behalf of a fit father in an important parental rights case in the Texas Supreme Court (In re C.J.C., No. 19-0694). Multiple groups from around the state and country filed briefs as amicus curiae supporting Ms. Draper's position, including the State of Texas.  On June 26, 2020, the Texas Supreme Court ruled 9-0 in Ms. Draper's favor and issued what may be the most important parental rights opinion in Texas history.

    Ms. Draper is a member of the Curt B. Henderson American Inn of Court, the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, the Collin County Women Lawyers Association, the Collin County Bar Association and the Family Law Sections of the State Bar of Texas and the Collin County Bar Association.  She served on the leadership team for the Collin County Bar Association's Family Law Section in 2019-2020.  Beginning in June of 2020, Ms. Draper will serve a three-year term as a member of the State Bar of Texas Law Practice Management Committee, and is the chair of the Starting A Practice committee. 

    Ms. Draper is admitted to practice in the state of Texas and has set a goal of providing personalized, high-quality legal services for families while balancing a professional and personal life of her own.  Over the last decade, she has found her passion is in helping her clients through difficult situations to guide them to a successful, stable future.

    In 2001, Ms. Draper graduated summa cum laude from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Arts in public relations. She then attended law school at The University of Texas School of Law, where she obtained her Juris Doctor in 2004. During law school, she was The Review of Litigation’s notes editor and a Teaching Quizmaster.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 100%Family Law
    Focus Areas

    Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Name Change, Paternity, Marital Property, Father's Rights

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    Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2020 Rising Stars: 2016 - 2018

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    About Holly Draper

    Admitted: 2004, Texas

    Professional Webpage: https://draperfirm.com/attorneys/holly-draper/

    Honors/Awards:

    • Holly Draper was recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer in the area of family law., Texas Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2020
    • Holly Draper was recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer in 2019 in the area of family law., Super Lawyer in Family Law, Super Lawyers, 2019
    • Recognized as Rising Star, Family Law, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2016, 2017 and 2018
    • Top 50 Up and Coming Women Lawyers in Texas in 2017 by Super Lawyers Magazine

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Holly Draper became board certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2016

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • State Bar of Texas
    • State Bar of Texas Law Firm Management Committee, 2020
    • Texas Family Law Foundation, Member, 2018
    • Family Law Section, Collin County Bar Association
    • Curt B. Henderson American Inn of Court
    • Collin County Women Lawyer’s Association, Member
    • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists (member)

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • During the COVID-19 crisis, Holly Draper spearheaded a group of over 300 Texas attorneys who volunteered to provide free basic will packages for front line medical personnel and first responders., 2020

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Ms. Draper spoke to other family law attorneys regarding the then-pending Texas Supreme Court case, In re C.J.C.  , Presenter, CLE Presentation for San Antonio Family Law Bar Association, Family Law, 2020
    • The State Bar of Texas put on this CLE featuring a panel of the attorneys involved in the C.J.C. case for the father, the fiance, the State of Texas, and the Family Law Section.  , Presenter, C.J.C. and the Fit Parent Presumption in Non-Parent Custody Cases, Family Law, 2020
    • Presentation discussing the landmark parental rights case where we represented the father and won 9-0 in the Texas Supreme Court.  Presented multiple times for the following groups:  Collin County Bar Association Family Law Section, Hidalgo County Family Law Section, Curt B. Henderson Inn of Court, and Rockwall County Bar Association., Presenter, C.J.C. and the Future of Parental Rights in Texas, Family Law, 2020
    • Because our firm has been largely virtual for years, our firm presented (via zoom) a state bar approved CLE on running a virtual law practice for other attorneys during the COVID-19 pandemic.  , Presenter, Running a Virtual Law Practice: Through Coronavirus and Beyond, Lawyers, 2020
    • Notes Editor, The Review of Litigation, The University of Texas School of Law
    • "Marketing on a Shoestring," Collin County Bar Association Making Your Practice Work Seminar, Speaker, 2017
    • Speaker at the Collin County Bar Association's Making Your Practice Work Seminar, Speaker, Top Ten Tips for Building a Six-Figure Law Practice, 2018

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • In re C.J.C., No. 19-0694 - The Texas Supreme Court ruled 9-0 in favor of Ms. Draper's position in what is possibly the most significant parental rights case in Texas history.  Ms. Draper argued on behalf of a fit father that the trial judge violated his constitutional rights under the due process clause when she awarded rights and possession to a non-parent over the father's objections.  The Court agreed.  Nine organizations, including the State of Texas, have filed briefs as amicus curiae in support of Ms. Draper's position. Due to COVID-19, Ms. Draper participated in oral argument via zoom on April 22, 2020., 2020
    • In re Clay, No. 02-18-00404-CV We filed this petition for writ of mandamus on behalf of a father related to standing issues.  The child's mother had died.  The maternal grandparents intervened seeking joint managing conservatorship with father or, alternatively, seeking grandparent access.  The mother's fiance, who had lived with mother and the child for less than a year, also intervened seeking joint managing conservatorship with father.  The Fort Worth Court of Appeals granted the petition with respect to the grandparents, finding they lacked standing.  , 2018

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • In January of 2020, Holly Draper spoke on an expert panel on protecting parental rights as part of the Texas Public Policy Foundation's annual policy orientation.  Other participants on the panel included a Texas Supreme Court justice, a state legislator, and a leading attorney in the area of CPS litigation.  Attendees included state politicians and others involved in the policy-making process., 2020

    Videos:

    • Holly Draper participated in oral argument with the Texas Supreme Court on April 22, 2020 in In re C.C., a landmark parental rights case.  The oral argument occurred by zoom due to the COVID-19 crisis.  Ms. Draper shared time with an attorney representing the State of Texas and one from the Texas Public Policy Foundation, both of whom filed amicus curiae briefs in support of Ms. Draper's position., Oral Argument before the Texas Supreme Court in In re C.J.C., 2020

    Educational Background:

    • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 2004
    • Plano East Senior High, 1997
    • Texas Tech, summa cum laude, B.A., Public Relations, 2001
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    Office Location for Holly Draper

    6401 W. Eldorado Pkwy.
    Suite 80
    McKinney, TX 75070

    Phone: 469-715-6801

    Fax: 469-480-5290

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