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Karen L. Marvel

Practice areas:

Family, Child Support, Appeals

About Me

Karen Marvel began her legal career in 1987. She is an expert on back child support collection, the application of interest and enforcement in Texas. Free Case Review  At Bandoske • Augustine • Marvel, PLLC, Karen represents clients on child support collection cases and divorce, custody and enforcement issues. She welcomes cases with special needs children -- an area where she has first hand knowledge. Known for her articles and lectures, Karen writes and speaks extensively about child support for continuing legal education statewide. Every year since 2008 she has been honored through peer review as a Super Lawyer in Family Law by Texas Super Lawyers magazine.


Client Work


Karen focuses her client work on collecting child support for parents with grown children who are still owed substantial past due child support. Karen successfully represented clients at courts of appeals and the Texas Supreme Court in a landmark case that helped change the law on child support collection and the application of interest on child support. The law now allows collection of past-due child support, with interest, no matter when the parties divorced. Free Case Review.  


 


Outside the office, Karen is a wife and mother of three teenagers. She works with numerous school and neighborhood groups.

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Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1987

  1. Family: 55%
    28 years
  2. Child Support: 35%
    28 years
  3. Appeals: 10%
    28 years

Payment

Fees:

Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

9 total 

  • Judd S Nemiro

    Determination and dedication describes this attorney. I endorse this lawyer.

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    Judd Nemiro Family Attorney
    Relationship: Other

  • Jill L Rogers

    Highly recommended. Knowledgeable and experienced. I endorse this lawyer.

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    Jill Rogers Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Other

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 198705/02/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Best Lawyers in San AntonioSA Scene Magazine2014
Best Lawyers in San AntonioSA Scene Magazine2013
Texas Super Lawyer - Family LawSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Best Lawyers in San AntonioSA Scene Magazine2012
Texas Super Lawyer - Family LawSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Best Lawyers in San AntonioSA Scene Magazine2011
Best Lawyers in San AntonioSA Scene Magazine2010
Texas Super Lawyer - Family LawSuper Lawyers Magazine2010
Texas Super Lawyer - Family LawSuper Lawyers Magazine2010
Best Lawyers in San AntonioSA Scene Magazine2009
Texas Super Lawyer - Family LawSuper Lawyers Magazine2009
Texas Super Lawyer - Family LawSuper Lawyers Magazine2008
Best Lawyers in San Antonio -- Family LawScene in SA Magazine2008
Best Lawyers in San Antonio -- Family LawScene in SA Magazine2007
Best Lawyers in San Antonio -- Family LawScene in SA Magazine2005
President's Award of ExcellenceFamily Law Section -- San Antonio Bar Association2005
Outstanding Editing DirectorTexas Tech Legal Research Board1987

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerBandoske • Augustine • Marvel, PLLC2013 - Present
Of CounselLaw Office of Arthur G. Augustine2012 - 2013
PartnerSinkin & Marvel2007 - 2012
AssociateSinkin & Barretto, P.L.L.C.1997 - 2007
Staff AttorneyBexar County Domestic Relations Office1994 - 1997
OwnerKaren L. Marvel Attorney at Law1989 - 1994
AssociateHeard, Goggan, Blair & Williams1987 - 1989

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
San Antonio Family Lawyers AssociationPresident2013 - 2014
Texas Academy of Family Law SpecialistsN/A2009 - Present
Family Law Section -- SA Bar AssociationPresident2007 - 2008
Autism Society of Greater San AntonioVolunteer General Counsel2006 - 2008
Family Law Section - SA Bar AssociationBoard Member & Officer2002 - Present
San Antonio Bar AssociationMember1987 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
In the Interest of M.C.C., A Child, 142 S.W.3d 504 (Tex. 2006)Case reversed & remanded
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. Sprotrial court affirmed; review denied

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Women Attorneys Speak Out!You've come a Long Way, Baby -- Really! (Essay)2008

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Texas Tech University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
McMurry UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1984

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Extreme Family Law Makeover"Down and Out" Child Support Arrears & Enforcement2014
Parent Child Relationships: Critical Thinking for Critical IssuesObtaining Child Support2009
Marriage Dissolution InstituteCreative Ways to Collect Child Support2009
Extreme Family Law MakeoverMoney Matters2009
2008 Marriage Dissolution InstituteDealing with Children with Special Needs (with S. Emerson)2008
Extreme Family Law MakeoverCase Law Update2007
2007 State Bar Annual MeetingSetting & Collecting Child Support (with C. Moren)2007
Extreme Divorce Practice MakeoverCollecting on Divorce Judgments2006