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Professional Statement: I believe it is best for parties to work out their family law matters without the emotional and financial cost of litigation. Collaborative law allows for parties to restructure their families in the least disruptive way, preserving economic resources, encouraging family harmony, and minimizing conflict. It permits your children to embrace both parents and helps parents develop improved ways to parent and communicate in the future.


Personal:  Family Judge Nominee 2010, Houston Galveston Institute Bd, Multicultural Education, Counseling in the Arts Bd., Doctors for Change Bd., Museum District Business Alliance Bd., Krist Samaritan Center Bd., Washington on Westcott Advisory Bd, Texas Executive Women, Health Care for All Texans-Steering Committee, SIDS Foundation of Greater Houston Bd, St. Lukes United Methodist Bd. & Sunday School teacher, Amigos de las Americas Bd.,  Post Oak YMCA Int’l Bd., River Oaks Elem. School Bd., Girl Scout leader, Boy Scout Badge counselor, St. Joseph’s Women’s Public Relations Council, Crestwood-Glencove Civil Club Bd




Practice Areas


  1. Divorce & Separation: 50%
    37 years
  2. Family: 30%
    37 years
  3. Mediation: 15%
    36 years
  4. Arbitration: 5%
    34 years


Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

10 total 

  • Judd S Nemiro

    I not only endorse this lawyer, I also give them 5 stars.


    Judd Nemiro Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Other

  • Marilyn Gale Vilyus

    I endorse this lawyer. She is fair and reasonable and great to work with! This leads to a quick and sensible settlement for the clients!


    Marilyn Vilyus Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact Info

Dougherty & Dougherty

909 Kipling Street
Houston, TX, 77006


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 197909/19/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Susanne C. Adams Award for Mediation ServicesTexas Association of Mediators2006
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Nominee for Family JudgeDemocratic nominee for Family law judge2010 - 2010
MediatorWorld Bank Employment Mediation Panel1999 - 2000
MediatorU.S. Postal Redress Employment Mediation Panel1998 - 2000
Adjunct ProfessorUniversity Of Houston Law Center1984 - 1988
PartnerDougherty & Dougherty1983 - 2013
ConsultantDispute Resolution Center Houston1982 - 1984
TrainerDispute Resolution Center Houston1980 - 1995
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Houston Bar AssociationMember, Collaborative Bd.2008 - Present
Collaborative Law Institute of TexasMember2003 - Present
International Association of Collaborative ProfessionalsMember2001 - Present
Houston Bar AssociationADR Director, member2000 - 2010
Texas Association of MediatorsDirector1984 - 1986
Houston Bar AssociationFamily law section1981 - Present
Association of Attorney-MediatorsMemberN/A
American Arbitration AssociationMemberN/A
Texas Association of MediatorsMember, Founding DirectorN/A
State Bar of TexasMember, Family, Collaborative, ADRN/A
Association for Conflict ResolutionMember, DirectorN/A
Publication NameTitleDate
Texas Minority Attorney ProgramDoes Family Law Meet Your Goals and Interests2013
The Legal News HoustonDivorce, Consider Collaborative Law2005
Texas Handbook of ADRMediation and Other Family Dispute Resolution Alternatives2003
The Houston LawyerGoing Postal: A New Definition and Model for Employment ADR2000
South Texas College of LawArt of Advocacy in ADR1991
Texas Handbook of ADRFamily Mediation1990
Texas Bar JournalFamily Mediation-What Does It Mean for Lawyers1988
HoustonADR Experience1988
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Houston Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
University of Texas System, AustinN/AM.S.W1971
University of Texas System, AustinN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1969
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
State Bar of TexasFamily Law2013
Collaborative Law luncheonHow to Incorporate Allied Professional on a Budget2012
Advanced Mediation TrainingUH law Dividing Retirement Assets-Dividing Retirement Assets2012