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Karen L. Marvel

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in San Antonio, TX

Marvel Law Group, PLLC
310 South Saint Mary's St., Suite 1010
San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone: 210-446-4561
Fax: 210-446-3822
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2022
Licensed in Texas Since: 1987
Practice Areas: Family Law, Appellate
Attorney Profile

With a compassion born of her experience working with families in many emotionally upsetting situations, Karen L. Marvel is the principal at Marvel Law Group, 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 15 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 the Marriage Dissolution Institute, the Texas Bar College Summer School and the several Advanced Family Law Courses. The State Bar of Texas has included her articles in several "best of" compilations of family law continuing legal education. In 2017-2020, she was named one of the top 50 family law attorneys by S.A. Scene magazine.



Practice Areas
  • 90%Family Law
  • 10%Appellate
Focus Areas

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


15 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2022

About Karen L. Marvel

First Admitted: 1987, Texas

Pro bono/Community Service

  • 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 
  • Mentor, Community Justice Project, San Antonio Bar Association, 2002

Special Licenses/Certifications

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


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


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

Educational Background

  • McMurry University, Abilene, Texas, B.A., Major: English (Writing), Major: Psychology, 1984

Bar/Professional Activity

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

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

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

310 South Saint Mary's St.
Suite 1010
San Antonio, TX 78205

Phone: 210-446-4561

Fax: 210-446-3822

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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