In the December, 2013 and December, 2014 issues of Houstonia Magazine I was recognized as one of the top family law attorneys in the Houston area. I did not pay for this recognition & was pleasantly surprised to have been chosen to receive this honor for 2 years in a row.
I encourage people to mediate their case instead of allowing a stranger (a judge) to determine what is best for their children. YOU know what will work best for your family. Mediation offers you more options than the judge can order.
I handle mediations at the beginning of a divorce (temporary orders) and the mediation right before trial (final orders). Sometimes I actually do the temporary orders mediation and the mediation at the end of the case.
I am able to mediate afternoons, night & week-ends to accommodate most people's busy schedules. Convenient location & free parking. Casual, safe & cozy atmosphere.
My prices are set to make mediation affordable to everyone. A 4-hour mediation is $300 per side (or $600 for 4 hours) then $75 per party per hour ($150 total hourly) if you decide to continue past the initial 4-hour session. I only schedule one mediation per day so that I am not rushed to finish your mediation session.
Most mediations are one session, however, since the parties are in control of the mediation process, there are times that the parties have wanted to have leave and gather additional information then return to complete the process.
When acting as a mediator, I am unable to act as an attorney. Therefore, I urge parties to retain legal counsel. I am also unable to prepare legal documents. I can give you the names of some affordable attorneys - but you make the final decision as to the attorney you hire to draft the final paperwork.
The Mediated Legal Agreement is written in plain, easy to understand English so an attorney will need to prepare the final paperwork in "legaleze" for a Judge to sign.
I am also willing to prepare the required paperwork for uncontested family law (paternity, child support, child custody, modification, divorce, etc.) if everyone is in agreement and there are no outstanding issues to "fight" over.
I currently serve on the boards of Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity-Houston Alumni Chapter, Association for Conflict Resolution-Houston Chapter and Texas Association of Mediators.
Licensed since 1991
Hourly ($225-250/hour), Fixed (Sometimes), Free Consultation (10 minutes)
Cash, Credit Card
8978 Kirby Drive
Houston, TX, 77054
|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||1991||05/24/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|One of the top family law attorneys in Houston||Houstonia Magazine||2014|
|One of the top family law attorneys in Houston||Houstonia Magazine||2013|
|Admitted to the U. S. Supreme Court||U. S. Supreme Court||2009|
|An Equal Access Champion 06-10||Houston Bar Association||2006|
|Volunteer Recognition||Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program||2001|
|AIDS Advocate Award||Houston Bar Association for Human Rights||1993|
|Mediator & Attorney||Law & Mediation Office of Fran Brochstein||2004 - Present|
|Intership||247th Family Court of Harris County||1990 - 1991|
|Staff Attorney & Project Coordinator||Houson Volunteer Lawyers Program||1990 - 2004|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Texas Association of Mediators||Board Member||2015 - Present|
|Association of Attorney-Mediators||Memberr||2014 - Present|
|Texas Mediator Roundtable Association||Member||2013 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||2012 - 2013|
|Texas Family Law Foundation||Member||2012 - 2013|
|Association for Conflict Resolution||Member||2011 - Present|
|Phi Gamma Nu Business Fraternity||Board Member||2007 - 2013|
|Texas Association of Mediators||Member||2007 - Present|
|Texas Mediator Credentialing Association||Member||2006 - Present|
|Houston Chapter - Association for Conflict Resolution||Board Member||2006 - Present|
|Harris County Dispute Resolution Center||Volunteer Mediator||2005 - Present|
|International Alliance of Holistic Lawyers||Board Member||2005 - 2011|
|Houston Holistic Chamber of Commerce||Member||2003 - 2005|
|Houston Bar Foundation||Fellow||1995 - Present|
|State Bar of Texas||Member||1991 - Present|
|Houston Bar Association||Member||1991 - Present|
|Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity||Alumni||1991 - Present|
|Mediation - 9/30/08||Partial settlement - 3 issues to go before Judge|
|Family Mediation||Modification - Resolved all issues but one|
|Latest Do It Yourself Kit||Divorce in Progress|
|South Texas College of Law||N/A||N/A||1990|
|University of Houston||Business Technology||B. S.||1976|
|Texas Family Law Mediation Training||Family Law Mediation Training||2015|
|Family Law Mediation Training||Break-out session Leader||2014|
|Family Law Mediation||Intro to Texas Family Law||2014|
|Dr. Barbara Manousso's Basic 40 hr. Mediation Training||Basic Mediation Training - I was one of the trainers||2013|
|Dr. Barbara Manousso Family Law Mediation & Training Seminar||Basic Family Law Training - I was one of the trainers||2013|
|Dr. Barbara Manousso's Basic 40 hour Mediation Training||Basic Mediation Training - I was one of the trainers||2012|
|Dispute Resolution Center's Family Mediation Training||Family Mediation Training - I was one of the trainers||2012|
|January monthly meeting of the Houston Holistic Chamber of Commerce||Importance of Estate Planning||2009|
|Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity Conference||Solo Practice||2009|
|Inner City Senior Citizen's Group||Estate Planning||2008|
|Elkins High School||The Importance of Jury Duty & Now that your are an adult||2008|
|Blue Moon Family Law Paralegal Seminar||Mediation||2008|
|HBA Law Week & HISD High Schools||The Importance of Jury Service||2006|
|TX Family Law Practice for Paralegals||Mediation||2005|
|Practice Areas for Paralegals||Factors to consider when working in a family law office||2005|
|TX Family Law Practice for Paralegals||Mediation||2003|
|Frequent speaker to AIDS groups in the Houston area||The Importance of Estate Planning||2003|
|Frequent speaker to local high schools & AIDS groups||AIDS & the Law||2002|
|Frequent speaker to the elderly & low income groups||Putting Your Affairs in Order||2001|