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.