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Joe D. Milner

Practice areas:

Divorce & Separation, Family, Child Custody, Mediation, Arbitration, General Practice

About Me

Joe Milner has practiced law in Austin, Texas for 41 years. For the past 23
years he has held the top AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the premier and
nationally-recognized rating service, based on the opinions of members of the
Bar and the Judiciary. As an attorney-mediator, he has extensive experience in
Family Law, including child custody and contested divorce related cases, general
civil litigation, contracts, estates, probate, medical malpractice, commercial
and business litigation and real estate law. He is Board Certified in both
Family Law (since 1979) and Civil Trial Law (since 1980).

Over the course of his career, Joe has handled the most complex of family law
cases including those involving extensive property issues, custody disputes,
child custody and support modifications, and property division. His extensive
trial experience in numerous trials across Texas, coupled with his work as a
mediator and collaborative law practitioner enable him to be an excellent
advocate for clients with any family law issue.

Joe's clients find him to be compassionate, highly responsive, strategic, and
thorough, tailoring his handling of their case to meet their needs and best
interest. In cases where children are involved, Joe recognizes the need to
achieve outcomes that protect the children and keep the family unit as intact as
possible. Highly regarded by his peers, Joe is often asked to consult with other
law firms on difficult family law issues.

In an effort to meet the unique needs of his clients, Joe became certified as a
Collaborative Family Law Attorney in 2001. While the collaborative approach is
not for everyone, some parties find that they are able to resolve all aspects of
their divorce without going to court. Joe can best help clients determine if
this process is appropriate in their particular case.

As a highly recognized Mediator and Arbitrator, Joe has conducted over 2,000
mediations in a wide variety of cases in communities in Texas and over 60
arbitrations. He is a past President of the Association of Attorney-Mediators
Cen-Tex Chapter, and a past chairman of the Travis County Bar Association ADR
Committee. Joe has been a Guest Lecturer and Trainer for Negotiation and
Mediation at the University Of Texas School Of Law.

Joe and the members of the Milner Law Firm are deeply dedicated to our
community. Joe has served as President of the Rotary Club of Austin, Assistant
District Governor for Rotary International, on the original Board of Hospice
Austin, President of the Austin Mental Health Association, Board Member of
District Nine Grievance Committee of the State Bar of Texas, and Legal Counsel,
Secretary and Board Member for Christina's Smile for the past 17 years. He has
been a volunteer for dozens of local organizations, fundraisers, and projects.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1968

  1. Family: 30%
    47 years
  2. Divorce & Separation: 30%
  3. Child Custody: 20%
    47 years
  4. Mediation: 15%
    26 years
  5. Other: 5%
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Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($425/hour), Retainer (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

12 total 

  • Daryl Gail Weinman

    I endorse this lawyer. Very knowledge, experienced and professional.

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    Daryl Weinman Family Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Hilton K. Moore

    I endorse this lawyer.

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    Hilton Moore Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Friday Milner Lambert Turner, PLLC

3401 Glenview Avenue
Austin, TX, 78703-1448

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 196808/25/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Re-Certified in Civial Trial LawTexas Board of Legal Specialization2010
Preeminent-Highest Possible Rating-Legal Ability & EthicsMartindale-Hubbell2010
Re-Certified In Family LawTexas Board of Legal Specialization2009
Highest Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical StandardsMartindale-Hubbell2009
Highest Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical StandardsMartindale-Hubbell2008
Highest Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical StandardsMartindale-Hubbell2007
Highest Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical StandardsMartindale-Hubbell2006
Highest Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical StandardsMartindale-Hubbell2005
Re-Certified in Civil Trial LawTexas Board of Legal Specialization2005
Highest Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical StandardsMartindale-Hubbell2004
Re-Certified in Family LawTexas Board of Legal Specialization2004
Highest Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical StandardsMartindale-Hubbell2003
Highest Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical StandardsMartindale-Hubbell2002
Highest Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical StandardsMartindale-Hubbell2001
Re-Certified in Civil Trial LawTexas Board of Legal Specialization2000
Highest Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical StandardsMartindale-Hubbell2000
Highest Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical StandardsMartindale-Hubbell1999
Re-Certified in Family LawTexas Board of Legal Specialization1999
Highest Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical StandardsMartindale-Hubbell1998
Highest Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical StandardsMartindale-Hubbell1997
Highest Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical StandardsMartindale-Hubbell1996
Re-Certified in Civil Trial LawTexas Board of Legal Specialization1995
Highest Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical StandardsMartindale-Hubbell1995
Re-Certified in Family LawTexas Board of Legal Specialization1994
Highest Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical StandardsMartindale-Hubbell1994
Highest Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical StandardsMartindale-Hubbell1993
Highest Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical StandardsMartindale-Hubbell1992
Highest Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical StandardsMartindale-Hubbell1991
Re-Certified in Civil Trial LawTexas Board of Legal Specialization1990
Highest Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical StandardsMartindale-Hubbell1990
Highest Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical StandardsMartindale-Hubbell1989
Re-Certified in Family LawTexas Board of Legal Specialization1989
Highest Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical StandardsMartindale-Hubbell1988
Highest Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical StandardsMartindale-Hubbell1987
Highest Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical StandardsMartindale-Hubbell1986
Re-Certified in Civil Trial LawTexas Board of Legal Specialization1985
Re-Certified in Family LawTexas Board of Legal Specialization1984
Board Certified in Civil Trial LawTexas Board of Legal Specialization1980
Board Certified in Family LawTexas Board of Legal Specialization1979

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Senior ManagerThe Milner Law Firm, PLLC2009 - Present
PartnerThe Milner Law Firm2005 - 2008
Sole ProprietorOffices of Joe D. Milner1998 - 2005
PartnerMilner & Meeker1993 - 1998
PartnerMilner, Ferguson & Meeker1992 - 1993
Sole ProprietorLaw Offices of Joe D. Milner1990 - 1992
Senior PartnerDavis & Davis, P.C.1983 - 1990
PartnerMilner and Smith1975 - 1983

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Citizen SchoolsCitizen Teacher2009 - 2011
The Collaborative Law Institute of TexasMember2008 - 2009
Rotary Club of AustinPast President2002 - 2003
Christina's SmileBoard Member and General Counsel1990 - 2012
Austin Mental Health AssociationPresident1972 - 1974

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Evadine R. Mead vs. The Johnson Group, Inc.Changed the law in Texas on two points.
Juanita Jackson vs. Henry HenningerPlaintiff prevented theft from elderly couple.
Condovest Corporation vs. John Street Builders, Inc.We were able to defeat Plaintiff's case.

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Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Texas School of LawN/ALL.B - Bachelor of Laws1968
University of Texas System, AustinN/AB .B.A.,1965