Karen L. Marvel

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in San Antonio, TX

Marvel & Wong, PLLC
 | 920 Tower Life Building, 310 S. Saint Mary's Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone: 210-201-3832
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1987
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (90%),
  • Appellate (10%)
Attorney Profile

With a compassion born of her experience working with families in many emotionally upsetting situations, Karen L. Marvel is a member at Marvel & Wong, PLLC, who provides legal representation for those dealing with custody, divorce, family law and high asset divorce in San Antonio, Texas, including Bexar and surrounding counties. Board certified as a family law attorney by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, she was also nominated for the last 10 years as one of the best family law attorneys in the area.

In 1984, Ms. Marvel earned her Bachelor of Arts from McMurry University with a double major in English and psychology. She then went on to earn her Juris Doctor in 1987 from the Texas Tech University School of Law, and is now admitted to practice by the State Bar of Texas.

Ms. Marvel has held many leadership positions during her career, including president and member of the board of directors of the San Antonio Family Lawyers Association and the Family Law Section of the San Antonio Bar Association. She is also a member of the Texas Bar College, Family Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists.

Prepared to take a case to trial if necessary, Ms. Marvel has handled cases of child support obligation, community property retirement and the interest rate on child support. As a prolific writer, she has published works for the O’Connor’s Texas Family Law Handbook, the Marriage Dissolution Institute, the Texas Bar College Summer School and the 35th Advanced Family Law Course. In 2017, she was named one of the top 50 family law attorneys by S.A. Scene magazine.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Family Law (90%): Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Same Sex Family Law

Appellate (10%)

Focus Areas

Family Law: Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Same Sex Family Law

Selections

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Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2017

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About Karen Marvel

Admitted: 1987, Texas

Professional Webpage: http://www.mwfamilylaw.com/About/Karen-Marvel.shtml

Honors and Awards:

  • Texas Life Member, Harmony Hills Elementary PTA, 2010
  • San Antonio’s Best Lawyers – Family Law, Scene in SA magazine 2005; 2007 – 2016
  • Texas Super Lawyers Family Law, 2008 - 2017
  • Named Top 50 Family Attorneys by S.A. Scene Magazine, 2017

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified - Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2008 - Present

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • State Bar of Texas & Family Law Section
  • College of the State Bar of Texas, 2012 - 2014
  • San Antonio Family Lawyer’s Association, President, 2013 - 2014
  • San Antonio Family Lawyer’s Association, Board of Directors, 2011 - 2012
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, 2009 - Present
  • Family Law Section of San Antonio Bar Association, President, 2007 - 2008
  • Family Law Section of San Antonio Bar Association, Board of Directors, 2002 - 2010
  • Texas

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Mentor, Community Justice Project, San Antonio Bar Association, 2002
  • Texas Family Law Foundation - Legislative Review Committee: 2009, 2011; 2013
  • State Bar Pro Bono Law Project Speaker: 9/2005 Eagle Pass; 6/2007 Kerrville; 9/2007 Big Spring, 9/2010, Kingsville; 8/2012 Corpus Christi 

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Family Law Section, Author/Speaker, Both Made the Baby, Both Gotta Pay!, Extreme Family Law Makeover, San Antonio Bar Assoc., 2010
  • Author/Speaker, Judicial & Administrative Remedies for Enforcing Child Support, Trial Institute, Texas Academy Of Family Law Specialists, 2010
  • Acknowledged Contributor, O'Connor's Texas Family Law Handbook 2009; 2010, Jones McClure Publishing, 2009
  • Author/Panelist, Child Support Workshop, 35th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar Of Texas, 2009
  • "Dividing Assets with Fluctuating Values -- Slicing the Pie on a See Saw", State Bar of Texas, Webcast Panelist, 2009
  • Creative Ways to Collect & Enforce Child Support Claims, Marriage Dissolution Institute, Author/Speaker, 2009
  • "Money Matters -- Child Support Remedies" Extreme Family Law Makeover, author and speaker, San Antonio Bar Association Family Law Section, 2009
  • "Unique Child Support Remedies"; State Bar of Texas Webcast, Paper author & Panelist, 2009
  • "Obtaining Child Support"; with Barry Brooks at Parent Child Relationships: Critical Thinking for Critical Issues; University of TX Law School CLE, Speaker/Author, 2009
  • "Dealing with Children with Special Needs" with Sally Holt Emerson, State Bar of Texas Marriage Dissolution Institute, Paper author & Speaker, 2008
  • "Setting & Collecting Child Support"; with Hon. Conrad Moren; State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, Paper author & Speaker, 2007
  • Contributing Editor, How to Do Your Own Divorce in Texas, Nolo Press-Occidental, 1993-2001
  • Trial Treasures in Tampa, Trial Brief Author & planning committee, 2009, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists Trial Institute
  • Show Me the Money – Creative Child Support Remedies, 2009 Corpus Christi Bar Assoc. Family Law Seminar
  • Caution! Watch Out for Acronyms on the Interstate Case Highway (with Chris Nickelson), 2010 UT Parent-Child Relationships: Critical Thinking for Critical Issues
  • Creative Ways to Enforce Child Support Claims, 2010 State Bar College Summer School
  • Creative Ways to Set Child Support, 2011 State Bar College Summer School
  • Child Support & the Special Needs Child, 2012 State Bar College Summer School
  • Child Support Enforcement – Medical Support, QDROs & Liens, Oh My!, 41st Advanced Family Law Course, 2015
  • Creative Ways to Collect & Defend Child Support Claims, 2009 Marriage Dissolution Institute (selected by Pro Bono Project of Texas Bar Family Law Section for distribution in Family Law Essentials)
  • Essay featured in Women Attorneys Speak Out! by Judi Craig, Ph.D., MCC, (Thomson-West 2008)

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • In the Interest of A.D., 73 S.W. 3d 244 (Tex. 2002)
  • In the Interest of D.T., No. 12-05-00420-CV, 2007 WL 4465250 (Tex. App.– Tyler 2007, no pet.)
  • In the Interest of S.C.S. 48 S.W.3d 831 (Tex. App.–Houston [14th Dist.] 2001) pet. denied per curiam, sub. nom. Sprouse v. Sprouse, 92 S.W.3d 502 (Tex. 2002)
  • In Re M.C.C., 142 S.W.3d 504 (Tex. 2006)
  • Taylor v. Speck, 308 S.W.3d 81 (Tex. App. – San Antonio 2010, no pet.)
  • Holmes v. Williams, 355 S.W.3d 215 (Tex. App. – Houston [1st Dist.] 2011, no pet.)
  • Granado v. Meza, 398 S.W.3d 193 (Tex. 2013)

Educational Background:

  • McMurry University, Abilene, Texas, B.A., Major: English (Writing), Major: Psychology, 1984
Office Location for Karen L. Marvel

920 Tower Life Building
310 S. Saint Mary's Street
San Antonio, TX 78205

Phone: 210-201-3832

 

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Last Updated: 5/23/2017

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