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  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by a client

    Highly Recommended

    Jake Gilbreath and his staff Took care and time to listen to me and prepare a good case. They are a good team and know how to handle their business well. I highly recommend them!

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  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by a client

    Highly Recommended

    Jake Gilbreath and his staff Took care and time to listen to me and prepare a good case. They are a good team and know how to handle their business well. I highly recommend them!

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  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by Susan

    Top-notch and compassionate attorney

    James ("Jake") Gilbreath was a life-saver for me. He agreed to take on my high-conflict custody and child support case mid-stream, after I parted ways with my extremely expensive initial attorney. He got up to speed on a fairly complicated case almost immediately, calming my nerves in the process. He was excellent in dealing with the child therapists and the GAL appointed in our case. He made himself very accessible to me --even allowing me to text him on the weekends and handled my case skillfully and calmly (while I was always a ball of anxiety)! He was so fair on his fees and unlike other firms did not double or triple bill me for every task by having a paralegal and young associate do the same work that Jake would then "review." I would recommend him highly to anyone in Austin looking for a highly skilled and personable, pleasant family law lawyer who knows we aren't all millionaires able to spend $100,000s on legal fees. A+ lawyer.

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  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by Wesley

    Best divorce lawyer period!

    Best divorce lawyer period! When I first met Jake, I was looking for an attorney that would help guide me through the process of a very amicable divorce that included a 50/50 custody split for our 3 children. I only needed a simple contract between two individuals and Jake was extremely helpful, guiding me with candid advice on what should be included in the contract, how the legal system worked, and gave me the emotional comfort of knowing that I was protected in the event the case became contentious. We quickly drafted the original agreement and it worked to establish the grounds for my spouse and I to separate households.

    About a year later, things became contentious and some unreasonable demands were being placed on the final divorce decree proposals. I needed help to defend my position and unfortunately Jake was on leave from work due to the birth of a new baby. I was forced to hire a different attorney to represent me and it was the biggest mistake I have ever made. My spouse had hired an aggressive attorney and I went through a period of time where everyone that I knew was subpoena for depositions about the case. I lost my job, went through all of my savings paying for legal time, and was having a difficult time even making ends meet. All I wanted was to mediate our differences and conclude the divorce proceedings, but it seamed that my spouse and her attorney wanted to pressure me to give in to their demands without comprise.

    Then I reached out to Jake and found that he had returned to work and he immediately asked that I come in to catch him up on the case. After a brief 30 minute conference he said that he would take my case and would be sending out notices to the other attorneys. The moment that those emails went out, my nightmare ended. The apposing counsel immediately stopped harassing me with subpoenas and my spouse actually reached out to me and asked that we work on a compromise. It was a total change from the instant that Jake sent notification that he was back on the case. It was literally a few hours later that my spouse contacted me and said "I just heard that you changed lawyers. How about we just mediate this and work it out." I think other lawyers truly respect Jake and act differently when he takes a case.

    Ultimately it took only 3 hours in mediation to resolve the issues, draft the final decree, and finish the divorce. I would highly recommend Jake for anyone going through a divorce. He provides a great service in an industry where some lawyers like to do unnecessary services. Jake is direct and does not waist time at all on unnecessary tasks. If you have a question, he is quick to respond and gives you honest and direct answers. He gives you options and tells you his recommendation, then let's you decide. I had lots of questions and his responses always gave me the feeling that I was safe and protected. Divorce is an emotional and draining experience. Jake makes the process as smooth and as calm as it can possibly be. Thank you Jake.

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  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by David

    Absolutely EXCEPTIONAL respresentation

    Jake Gilbreath has been extremely helpful and impactful in my recent divorce proceedings. Initially my divorce was amicable, but degraded quickly with legal wrangling on the part of my wife’s counsel. Immediately after Jake was engaged, things snapped back to a realistic agenda and a prompt progression timeline.

    It was quite clear to me that Jake has keen legal insights that allowed me to take the best and shortest path through the divorce quagmire that had developed. Specifically, Jake quickly detailed options for me, which included not only traditional approaches, but creative elements as well. At the same time, he tempered expectations with what was realistic, and most expeditious. This made it much easier to determine my best course of action.

    It was also apparent that Jake is very effective in the courts of Travis County. He is well respected in the courtrooms, offices, and halls of the courthouse enabling him to manage court processes well.

    His aggressive, tenacious, but also fair approach, served my interests and objectives well, and I was able to reach a settlement that was more than satisfactory. I cannot recommend Jake more highly. If ever any of my friends or cohorts find themselves in need of representation, I will surely encourage them to contact Jake.

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  • 3.0 stars

    Posted by a client

    keen/ criscoe

    I enjoyed working with Jake. He was very personable. I tried to get his attention to a few matters that will effect the boys and I for many years and they fell to the wayside. When I tried to get an explaination, I was ignored. Jake never got back to me. It seems that our divorce decree was an opportunity for the other side to get away with some things and they were not acknowledged by Jake that signed off on it. Jake does a good job but even if you remind him of something, he might not listen.

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  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by a client

    A simple and quick divorce process.

    A divorce is a painful situation no matter how one looks at it; it just is. Mr. Gilbreath made that process a quick and simple one. He kept my demands and concerns in mind while also informing me of the process and the legal side of my requests. He was helpful and patient with all of my questions and concerns.
    I am definitely glad to have use Mr. Gilbreath and I will absolutely recommend him.

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  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by Jennifer

    Modification of Decree

    We hired Jake for modification of my husbands divorce decree from his baby mama. When my husband originally had gotten divorced he was ready for it to be over so he agreed to whatever (BIG MISTAKE FOLKS) 5 years later he knew it was time to change custody. We knew we would need someone who could fight for us if things got nasty and Jake fit the bill. We are happy to have his kids full time, where they are happy and taken care of. Thank you Jake (and Heather) for helping our family out!

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  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by a Divorce client

    Took on Becky Beaver and won

    When my ex-wife hired Becky Beaver, I knew I needed attorneys that had experience fighting her and her crazy process.

    Jake knew both Becky's process as well as her associates' tactics and used that against them. We blunted her attack and counter-attacked very, very effectively. My team out-prepared Becky's side and essentially won all of our hearings, killed my ex's separate property and wasting claims, and successfully navigated a great recommendation from the guardian ad litem. In the end, there was very little for my ex to fight over and we settled the week before trial (which is exactly what my team told me would happen with Becky).

    As frustrating and as expensive a process as it was for me (and that was driven by Becky and my ex-wife), the final mediated settlement was substantially better than what I expected and better than what I would have settled for early in the case.

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  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by Tracy

    Excellent divorce attorney

    When my husband hired Becky Beaver, I immediately panicked and wondered how I would survive the divorce, both financially and emotionally. Jake was the perfect opposing counsel. Never once did he flinch in the face of her scare tactics. He was the consummate professional, staying away from threats and sticking to firm facts and the law. Not only is Jake an expert when it comes to handling the legal matters involved in a divorce, he truly cares about his clients. Throughout the most emotionally difficult time in my life, Jake was both accessible and empathetic. He kept me calm during the most stressful situations, and was extremely responsive whenever I needed him. If you are going through a difficult divorce, you want Jake and his team on your side!

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