Papa M. Dieye
For more than a decade, attorney Papa M. Dieye has worked tirelessly to secure justice for his clients. “All my clients fully understand what is going on with their case and have complete access to me and my staff. They get my cell number and can call whenever,” says Dieye, who specializes in both family and personal injury law. Staying on top of the law is a priority for the attorneys at The Dieye Firm. “We attend way more than the required continuing legal education classes mandated by the state bar. Our goal is to always be as prepared for our clients as we can be.”
Papa M. Dieye
The Dieye Firm, PLLC
112 West 4th St.
Houston, TX 77007
Alvin L. Zimmerman & Gary J. Zimmerman
Alvin L. Zimmerman
(J.D. – University of Houston Law Center)
Former district judge: 269th (Civil), 309th (Family). Past Chair Houston Bar Association: Family Law, ADR Sections. Board Certified Family Law by TBLS. Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
Gary J. Zimmerman
(Fluent Spanish, J.D. – University of Texas Law School)
Volunteer for Child Advocates, Inc. Honors graduate: St. John’s School and Claremont McKenna College.
Zimmerman, Axelrad, Meyer, Stern & Wise, PC
3040 Post Oak Boulevard, Ste. 1300
Houston, TX 77056
Scott M. Brown
At Scott M. Brown and Associates, success in the courtroom is not something that’s taken lightly. Whether it’s a matter of family law, including high-asset divorce and complex child custody battles, criminal law, probate and wills, or personal injury, Scott M. Brown and his team are steadfast in their commitment to achieving the best possible outcome for their every client. “Our number-one goal is to help our clients achieve success with their legal problems,” says Brown, who’s board certified as a family law specialist through the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, a distinction held by less than one percent of the attorneys in Texas. A 2016 Texas Super Lawyer, Brown also holds the highest possible Avvo rating.
Scott M. Brown & Associates
17210 Mercury Dr.
Houston, TX 77058
A. Michelle Fulton
Values are the heart of The Fulton Law Firm, PLLC, which prides itself on being Christian. Specializing in divorce and family law, A. Michelle Fulton, who knows firsthand how devastating a divorce can be, believes these sensitive matters are best resolved outside the courtroom, through mediation. “We treat our clients like family. Our motto is ‘Providing and Protecting Your Peace of Mind is Our Number One Goal,’ and we truly strive to achieve that,” says Fulton.
Throughout her career, Fulton, a fellow of Texas State Bar College, has received numerous awards, having been voted Top Family Lawyer by Houstonia Magazine and AVVO Top Choice Rated Family Lawyer.
After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University, Fulton graduated cum laude from Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law.
A. Michelle Fulton
The Fulton Law Firm, PPLC
319 South Austin St.
Webster, TX 77598
It’s all about the client’s best interest for Daniel Lee. With more than nine years of trial experience in commercial litigation, personal injury and family law, Lee is strategically positioned to create a vantage point for his every case. He strives to lower his client’s stress level not only with competent representation, but also with a compassionate approach to a highly emotional situation.
Not your typical family law attorney, Lee is also a real estate investor and a successful restauranteur. He utilizes his business acumen in applying a successful formula to all his cases and to anticipate issues business owners face in a divorce. No matter how complex or contentious your divorce, child custody or child support case, Lee always works hard to obtain the best results in negotiations and in the courtroom.
C.Y. Lee Legal Group, PLLC
1305 Prairie St., Ste. 300
Houston, TX 77002
Cathy Herrington Hale
Family Law and Civil/Probate Litigation
Cathy is the founder of The Herrington Law Firm and has represented hundreds of clients in the last 18 years in personal injury and family law disputes. She is committed to providing quality legal representation to her clients and obtaining the best outcome through trial or mediation. Clients often note her passion for the law, respect in the legal community and accessibility of her firm. At The Herrington Law Firm, you will receive personal service and experienced advocates in the courtroom.
Catherine Herrington Hale
The Herrington Law Firm, PC
10190 Katy Freeway, Ste. 440
Houston, TX 77043
Family Law & Mediation
The art of Mediation is to find the things most important to each party, help them to achieve it and to dissuade each from harmful mistakes. Having over 25 years of experience in litigation helps Larry Chamberlin expose wishful thinking that simply would not hold up in a court of law. Fair and equitable results is always the aim.
In addition to being a stellar mediator, Chamberlin is a respected litigator, known for advocating his client’s position by use of numerous repertoires; he knows that some cases require finesse while other require forcefulness. He is well-known among his peers for effective skills, handling contested cases since 1988. Board Certified in Family Law, he is also well seasoned in providing estate planning, probate, criminal defense, and civil litigation.
Larry Chamberlin knows the law, is highly articulate, and can make all the difference in the world.
“I explain my clients’ legal options and their consequences. I listen to understand their needs and desires. If they are unrealistic, I help formulate a reasonable alternative. I help articulate their experience.”
Before earning his Juris Doctor from Tulane Law School, where he was elected to the National Order of Barristers in 1988, Mr. Chamberlin received a Masters of Arts in International Business Management at the University of Texas at Dallas. He is also a member of Mensa and in 2006 while in the Juvenile Forensic Psychology Masters program, he was elected to Psi Chi, the prestigious psychology honor society.
Mary E. Ramos
At the helm of the Ramos Law Group, PLLC, which specializes in all aspects of family law, Mary Ramos is known for keeping client stress to a minimum. From adoptions, divorce litigation and child custody to high-asset property division and more, the firm provides exceptional service and insight to each and every client. “From the first time I stepped into a family courtroom, my role as a family law attorney was clarified. I couldn’t see myself doing anything else with my life. Few people get the opportunity to do what they love every day, and I am blessed in being able to pursue my dreams as an advocate,” says Ramos, who’s Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization with more than 12 years of experience.
Together with her seasoned associates, Julie Rosete and Lindsey Lewis, Ramos is a firm believer in continuing education. To that end, the team is active in various legal organizations, with Ramos maintaining membership in the Texas Bar College, which warrants four times the education requirement for all attorneys. Membership is an honor bestowed to less than 10 percent of Texas attorneys.
Mary E. Ramos
Ramos Law Group PLLC
1214 Miramar St.
Houston, TX 77006
Travers & Travers
Family Law, Appellate Law, Mediation
“Our goal is to help clients through the most difficult times of their lives,” says Sherrie Haussner Travers.
Providing superior legal representation in divorce and family law matters, Travers & Travers is a family of family lawyers.
These dynamic lawyers are family law leaders throughout Harris and Fort Bend Counties. From divorce, complex property cases, and custody disputes to mediation and appellate practice, Travers & Travers is experienced in all aspects of family law.
Travers & Travers is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Both Mack and Sherrie are Martindale-Hubbell Preeminent Lawyers. Sherrie is board certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Mack & Sherrie Travers
Travers & Travers
20501 I-10 West, Ste. 124
Katy, TX 77450
Thea M. Fabio
As a family law board certified specialist with over 37 years of legal experience, Thea Marie Fabio is devoted exclusively to the practice and litigation of family law matters. Divorce proceedings can be heart-wrenching and painful for clients, and she is determined to help ease the stress that occurs during this trying time. Her philosophy is to listen carefully to her clients before recommending the best course of action. She is sensitive to the needs of the children, and offers common sense advice. Frequently, she wears the “counselor” hat as often as the “lawyer” hat in helping to carve creative solutions to difficult issues. She has the expertise and toughness to handle complicated property issues, such as separate property tracing, business evaluations, and retirement benefits, as well as the compassion and intuition to help the client deal with the psychological stress of the divorce or modification.
Ms. Fabio has practiced with general civil lawyer, Richard Merrill, for more than 27 years. This is the 9th year that she has been named an H Texas Top Family Lawyer. She is a proud member of the Better Business Bureau, College of the State Bar of Texas, and the Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism, as well as a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts. She is actively involved in community issues and consistently volunteers with the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program. Ms. Fabio is AV rated (highest rating) by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.
Thea M. Fabio
Fabio & Merrill
12 Greenway Plaza, Ste. 101
Houston, TX 77046
When Regan Armstrong opened her family law practice, Regan Armstrong & Associates, she was deliberate in choosing its location. “We are a suburban law office in the Cypress area because I wanted to help families through really hard times,” she says. Although Armstrong, who’s been in the field for 14 years, specializes in all areas of family law, including divorce, child custody and support, property division, mediation, estate planning, wills and probate, she’s firm that all cases require specialized attention. “I try to look at everyone as an individual. No two people are the same—and each needs a unique plan.”
Regan Armstrong & Associates PLLC
12777 Jones Rd., Ste. 150
Houston, TX 77070
M Halmagean PLLC
Attorney at Law
Marcela Halmagean is distinguished as one of the most aggressive attorneys in Houston. “I’m innovative, creative, daring, and I do my homework,” she says. Her success is attributed to her long term professional relationship with Stephanie Clarke Davis, of Counsel, as well as her close client communication, full availability, and aggressive representation.
Her practice is focused on family, business, and commercial litigation. She is committed to bringing high-quality legal services to each sector. During her professional tenure, Halmagean worked for large corporations representing corporate entities in legal matters including white-collar crime cases, breach of contract, and partnership disputes. However, her passion lies with family law cases, especially representing fathers in custody modifications and divisions of complex estates. For example, Halmagean tried and won jury trials where she successfully represented fathers in their pursuit for modification of custody. In one case, her client was awarded sole managing conservatorship of his child; in the other, the father won custody of his three children.
Halmagean has practiced law for 18 years during which she has built a bond with each and every one of her clients. “I work with them directly as opposed to assigning them to an associate attorney or a legal assistant,” she says. “Especially in family law, clients need a whole lot of emotional support and a periodic reality check to complement the legal advice they’re paying for. When you combine that with full access and availability, it makes for long-lasting relationships.”
M Halmagean PLLC
1800 Bering Dr., Ste. 280
Houston, TX 77057
Golda R. Jacob has successfully practiced family law in the Houston area for over 20 years. Her strong commitment and dedication to clients has consistently produced outstanding results. Jacob and her staff have a reputation for providing personal attention to each and every client they represent. “We treat every case as a priority,” Ms. Jacob states. “We care about our clients, their children and their problems. We want clients to make it through the divorce process as unscathed as possible.”
Golda R. Jacob & Associates, PC, is experienced in every aspect of family law including adoption, divorce, property division and creative solutions, child custody, child support, child protective services cases, modifications, visitation rights, grandparent access, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements and paternity suits. The combination of real-life experience and extensive legal knowledge ensure that the firm always provides outstanding legal guidance. Over the years, Ms. Jacob has maintained a relationship with many of her clients who often seek her counsel regarding many kinds of legal issues including business law, estate planning, wills, trusts, bankruptcy, guardianship and probate.
Ms. Jacob was named to the Super Lawyer® list both in 2011–2014. She is board certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Law Examiners, a member of the State Bar College of Texas and a member of the Gulf Coast Legal Foundation.
“I take the time to understand the unique situation of each client in order to act in their best interest,” says Ms. Jacob. “While our firm understands that litigation is not always the way to settle issues, sometimes it is necessary and when that happens preparation is everything.”
Golda R. Jacob
Golda R. Jacob & Associates, PC
440 Louisiana St., Ste. 1500
Houston, TX 77002
Marcela Halmagean focuses her law practice on the individual needs of each one of her clients. “I’m innovative, creative, daring and I do my homework,” she says. Her commitment to learning the law and endorsing close client communication, full availability and aggressive representation has earned her clients’ respect.
Her general practice revolves around business and family law, whether such practice involves litigation, mediation, or “collaborative law” and she is committed to bringing high-quality legal services to each sector.
During her professional tenure, Halmagean has worked for large corporations, representing corporate entities in legal matters, including white-collar crime cases, breach of contract and partnership disputes. However, because of her background, her passion lies with family law cases, especially representing fathers in custody modifications and divisions of complex estates.
Marcela Halmagean is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) but has practiced law for almost 19 years during which period, she has built a bond with each and every one of her clients. “I work with them directly as opposed to assigning them to an associate attorney or a legal assistant,” she says. “Especially in family law, clients need a whole lot of support and a periodic reality check to complement the legal advice for which they are paying. When you combine that with full access and availability, it makes for long-lasting relationships.”
Trained right here in Houston, Halmagean immigrated to the United States from Romania in 1983 at the age of 19, where she quickly learned English and graduated from the University of Houston in 1988 with her Bachelors of Science in accounting. Then, she went on to earn a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of St. Thomas in 1992, and securing her Doctorate of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law in May of 1997. Before she graduated law school, she passed the Bar Exam under the Rule of 86, which allowed her to sit for the Bar Exam before she graduated law school.
While attending law school, Halmagean clerked with Harris County District Attorney’s office in the Special Crimes Division, assisting with the prosecution of white-collar crime cases. Later, she worked on the criminal defense side as a law clerk for a Houston criminal-defense law firm.
After she passed the Bar Exam in May of 1997, she acted as Project Counsel in Zurich, Switzerland, for one of the “Big Five” Accounting Firms on what today, is largely referred to as the “Holocaust Project.” During this period, Halmagean served as the legal liaison on banking and privacy-law issues while supervising the risk-management and compliance functions for the project. In 2002, she decided to leave the corporate arena and start her own practice. She never looked back.
Currently, Halmagean is a member of The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, The State Bar of Texas, Houston Bar Association and an Alumnae of the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston–Business & Professional Women’s Association. “I’m one of the few attorneys out there who love their work. I wake up every morning grateful for the opportunity I have been given to help people,” she says.
M HALMAGEAN PLLC
1800 Bering Dr., Ste. 280
Houston, TX 77057