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James A. Vaught

also known as Jimmy Vaught

About me

Jimmy Vaught is passionate about family law!  In his more than 30 year career, he has always been active in appellate law, but in 1999, he made a conscious decision to become a highly regarded, well qualified family lawyer, and he has more than achieved both.  Besides representing clients in traditional family law, Jimmy is also an arbitrator, mediator and is trained in collaborative family law.   He works hard to settle and resolve disputes and takes a balanced and creative approach in all of his cases, whether in collaborative law, traditional family law, family law appeals or as a mediator or arbitrator for other attorneys and their clients.  He is well liked and respected by almost every opposing counsel that he has worked with, and though he settles most cases, he is a formidable litigator when the circumstances require going to the courthouse.  His reputation with the judiciary in venues where he practices is stellar.  

Jimmy is board certified in both family law as well as civil appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  He is one of a handful of attorneys in Texas that are family law appellate specialists. He is a member of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, one of only 1,600 attorneys nationwide who qualify for membership.  The Academy’s website touts “To be represented by a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers is to be represented by a leading practitioner in the field of family law.”

Jimmy is also a member of many of the policy making committees of the family law section of the State Bar as well as a member of the Texas Family Law Foundation and the State Bar Family Law Section’s Legislative Committee, whose goal is to write and review new legislation in Texas.

Jimmy’s unique qualifications, as well as his excellent character and experiences as a husband and father make him a highly skilled, compassionate and problem-solving family law attorney.  His goal is to provide excellent representation and first class service to all of his clients.


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Practice areas


  1. Divorce & Separation: 50%
    17 years
  2. Family: 25%
    17 years
  3. Appeals: 15%
    34 years
  4. Marriage & Prenuptials: 10%
    17 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Daryl Gail Weinman

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


    Daryl Weinman Family Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Hilton K. Moore

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

Contact info

Vaught Law Firm, P.C.

5929 Balcones Drive
Suite 201
Austin, TX, 78731


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 198010/19/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Family Lawyer of the YearBest Lawyers in America2013
Franklin Jones Best CLE Article AwardCollege of the State Bar of Texas2012
Texas Super Lawyer Family LawTexas Super Lawyers2006
Texas Super Lawyer Family LawTexas Super Lawyers2004
Texas Super Lawyer Family LawTexas Super Lawyers2003
The Women's Advocacy ProjectPublic Service Award2003
Board Certified - Family LawTexas Board of Legal Specialization2000
Board Certified Civil Appellate LawTexas Board of Legal Specialization1988
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding Partner/ Senior AttorneyVaught Law Firm, P.C.,2010 - Present
AttorneyMcCullar Vaught, P.C.,2003 - 2010
AssociateLaw Offices of Edwin (Ted) J. Terry, P.C.,1995 - 2002
Staff AttorneyHon. Jack Hightower, Justice, The Supreme Court of Texas1989 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
Lloyd Lockridge American Inn of CourtMember2010 - Present
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersFellow2004 - Present
Texas Chapter, American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersFellow2004 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Fish v. Lebrie, 2010 WL 5019411 (Tex. App. - Austin 2010, no pet.).N/A
Izzo v. Izzo, 2010 WL 1930179 (Tex. App. - Austin 2010, pet. denied).N/A
Cox v. Cox, 298 S.W.3d 726 (Tex. App. - Austin 2009, no pet.).N/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
38th Annual Marriage Dissolution InstituteSummary Judgments: A Lot of Ins, A Lot of Outs, A Lot of What-Have-Yous2015
Marriage Dissolution InstituteZen and the Art of Document Drafting2014
State Bar of Texas, Advanced Family Law SeminarWhat We Have Here is a Failure to Communicate: Attacking and Defending Settlement Agreements2013
Marriage Dissolution InstituteKnow When to Hold 'Em, Know When to Fold 'Em: Settlement Agreements, Rule 11 Agreements, Informal Settlement Agreements, and Mediated Settlement Agreements2013
Handling Your First (or next) Divorce CaseTime Keeps on Slippin', Splippin' Into the Future: Post-Trial and Appellate Deadlines2013
35th Annual Marriage Dissolution InstituteFifty Ways to Leave Your Lover: Appellate Style2012
State Bar of Texas, Advanced Family Law SeminarSummary Judgments in Divorce2012
Marriage Dissolution InstituteThe Road to Settlement: Rule 11 Agreements, Informal Settlement Agreements and Mediated Settlement Agreements2011
State Bar of Texas, Advanced Family Law SeminarThe Long and Winding Road of Appellate Purgatory: Actions You Can Take During Appeal and After Remand2010
State Bar of Texas, Advanced Family Law SeminarPractice Tips For Handling UCCJEA Cases2010
State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Drafting CourseAlternative Drafting Orders and Decrees to Those Found in the Family Law Practice Manual2010
State Bar of Texas, Advanced Family Law SeminarAppeals and Mandamus: How to Repair Your Case and Prevent the Need for Repairs (Or What to Do When Your Case is in the Ditch)2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Baylor University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor--cum laude1980
University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TexasLiberal ArtsBA - Bachelor of Arts1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
New Frontiers in Marital Property LawThe Future of Premarital, Postmarital, and Cohabitation Agreements2010
New Frontiers in Marital Property LawDifferent Ways to Trace Separate Property2008
Marriage Dissolution InstituteThe Marital Residence: There's No Place Like Home2008
New Frontiers in Marital Property LawDealing With Unusual Trust2007