I love animals, and my friends think I live in a zoo. I practice law to pay the vet bills.
My life is my family and my law practice. Doesn't leave much time for anything else.
Leisure activities consist of reading, cycling, gardening, and hanging out with friends.
The important stuff that you should know about me:
I have been in practice for 18 years, during which time the bulk of my practice has been in family law (divorce, custody, domestic partnership dissolution, child abductions, CPS cases), and came away with some insights that I would like to share with you:
First, a client will hire an attorney who shares their core values, and if the values don't match, inevitably, there will be a parting of the ways between the attorney and client during the case. Therefore, when you look for legal representation, shop around and go with your gut feeling. You may be daunted by the pricing, but money should not be the first consideration. It has to be how you feel about your lawyer. There has to be rapport between you and your lawyer because you are about to engage in a professional relationship with someone that could last over a year.
Second, don't lie or hide information from your lawyer. Better your attorney know up front than find out later from the other side. So, discuss the skeletons in the closet with your lawyer because your spouse/significant other will bring it up in court. There is nothing I dislike more than to be surprised at court or from discovery that my client has not been completely truthful with me.
Third, there's at least 2 sides to every story. You may think that your side is the only one that matters, but that's not how a Judge would view the case. When you are going through the emotional crisis of a breakup or of losing your child, you think you are the one who could hurt this badly or be this angry, but I will tell you that you are not alone. Yours is not the only situation, and the judges have heard it all - over and over again. Part of my job is to give you a different perspective and remind you that you are telling your story to a neutral arbiter. And while your story matters, the other side's story also matters. In the end, it's all about the Judge because he/she is the final arbiter of your case.
Fourth, the law matters. You would do well to follow it. Respect the judicial system and obey its process. As imperfect and slow as it may be, it is the best judicial system in the world, and the process is put there to protect all litigants. Even if the other side plays dirty, you don't have to. It's easier said than done, especially if you have been the victim of unscrupulous behavior, but if you follow the spirit and letter of the law, your story will get heard by the court and you can sleep better at night.
Fifth, be prepared to reset your expectations. Attorneys do not mean to be unsympathetic, clinical, or callous. They are trained to look for pitfalls and be dispassionate, and sometimes in the analysis of the case, they forget that people are hurting. I am guilty of that too. Their job is to analyze your case and tell you their opinions, and opinions are like lawyers - there are lots of them - so be on the look out of someone who closes the deal with you on promises, because in contested custody/divorce cases, there are no guarantees.
Sixth, where children are concerned, the standard is what is in their best interest and my practice is geared towards that standard. Scorch earth tactics don't work and are harmful to the children. The primary goal in a case involving children is to keep communications flowing between the parents and help them co-parent. Afterall, the parents will be stuck dealing with each other until the kids are 18, so my goal is reduce acrimony and help the client reach a comfort level with the other side. By doing this, we help to protect the kids.
Finally, ethics matter to me. I don't pull punches and I am very practical. Some clients like this, some don't. But if you have read this far, then you would know whether I am someone you want to work with. I own a small firm on purpose - I choose my case and I choose my client. Sometimes I make a mistake and choose the wrong client, in which case our relationship ends pretty quickly.
My job is to resolve your dispute quickly, cheaply, and amicably. I will help you reach the most practical, realistic, and most effective solution that will help the children.
Languages Spoken: Vietnamese, English
Licensed since 1997
Hourly ($250-300/hour), Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Sometimes), Free Consultation (30 minutes)
Cash, Check, Credit Card
Helene is a very good family lawyer. She is knowledgeable, prepared, and indefatigable in her advocacy for her clients. I have come to know, respect and like her by virtue of the cases we've had where we've been opposed to one another. She is an attorney who has my respect and I can endorse her without qualification.
Mark Lewis Family Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
I have know Helene many years and have found her to be a zealous advocate for her client's and at the same time is able to bring reason and good judgment to the resolution of family law matters. I do not hesitate to endorse her!
Deborah Mackoy Divorce & Separation Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||1997||05/24/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Board Certified - Family Law||Texas Board of Legal Specialization||2013|
|Attorney - Mediator||Helene Parker & Associates, LLC||2007 - Present|
|Attorney & Mediator||Mosher & Parker, P.L.L.C.||2001 - 2007|
|Assistant Attorney General||Office of the Attorney General of Texas||1999 - 2001|
|Staff Attorney||Dallas Legal Hospice||1997 - 1999|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit Bar Association||Member||2012 - Present|
|Texas Association of Mediators||Credentialed Mediator||2012 - 2013|
|Association of Family and Conciliation Courts||Member||2011 - 2012|
|Denton County Bar Association||Member||2007 - 2013|
|Lambda Legal Defense Fund||Member||2003 - 2012|
|Animal Legal Defense Fund||Member||2001 - 2012|
|State Bar of Texas||Member||1997 - Present|
|Hague Convention - Age & Maturity exception.||Age & Maturity Exception under the Hague Convention|
|Hague Convention - Well-Settled Exception.||Well-Settled Exception under Hague Convetion. Father appealed to 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.|
|Writ of Habeas Corpus Denied by Texas Supreme Court||Texas Supreme Court denied Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus|
|University of Hawaii at Manoa - William S. Richardson School of Law & SMU School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1995|
|University of Hawaii, Manoa - School of Hawaiian, Asian & Pacific Studies||Asian Studies||MA - Masters||1992|
|California State University, Fullerton, American University, Washington, D.C.||History / Art||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1989|