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I grew up in New City, New York, the oldest of three sisters. I graduated from Clarkstown North High School in 1984 and went to Colgate University in upstate New York. I didn't know what I wanted to do after college, so I started my own computer graphics company out of my apartment in Westchester County, while also working part-time for my father's Hardwood Flooring company.

After a year and half, I had a few graphics clients and was doing ok, but wanted some regular work, so I started looking for a job. I ended up landing a job on Wall Street with JP Morgan in their Mergers and Acquisitions Dept doing graphics and presentation support. I thought I'd like to move up their corporate ladder and decided that I needed another degree to do that. So, in the Fall of 1990, I started law school at night at New York Law School.

After a year on Wall Street, I decided that Wall Street, New York City and Corporate America were not for me. I decided that I wanted to be in a place that was not as cut-throat competitive, that was slower and friendlier and warmer. I also decided that I wanted to focus on a more personal type of law than corporate. My parents were divorced when I was 14, and even though it was a very amicable divorce it had a very strong impact on me. I decided that I was much more suited to family law and that was what I focused on in school.

I stayed 3 more years in NY, deciding where I would move when I finished law school. In June 1992, I was maid-of-honor in a wedding in Tulsa, OK - it was my first time in Tulsa and I really liked it there. The people I met at the wedding told me that if I liked Tulsa, I would love Austin. So, in November of 1992, I visited Austin for 4 days. I loved it and decided that this is where I would move in the summer of 1993, when I only had one semester of law school left. I did my last semester of law school at UT.

One of my courses at UT Law School was a clinic where I acted as student attorney in Child Protective Services cases. During one of those cases, I met an attorney, KC Anderson, who later became one of my closest friends. At that time I also started looking for a job. In December 1993, I was hired by a prominent family law attorney as his first associate, who told me to study hard for the bar (that I was registered to take in February 1994) and to start work on March 1. Sadly, while I was studying for the bar in January, that attorney passed away and I never got the opportunity to work with him.

I took the bar in both New York and Texas in February 1994 (I took the New York portion in NY on a Tuesday, and flew out Tuesday night to take the Multi-State and Texas portions in Austin on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday). While I was waiting on my results (which wouldn't be out until May), I started looking for work again. I didn't know where to go, so I met with a local judge who I had appeared in front of as a student attorney. She surprised me and told me that I should open my own practice. I couldn't imagine going out on my own straight out of law school, but she encouraged me and told me that from watching me in court, she had confidence in me. I got my bar results in May 1994 and decided that I had nothing to lose by trying it on my own, so I did it. KC and her husband (who was a prominent criminal attorney) helped me tremendously. They sent me small cases (at the time, I took both criminal and family cases) and they mentored me and advised me every step of the way. I know that I could not have done it without them.

In April 2004, my stepdaughter, Lindsey, came to live with us full-time, making me a full-time mother / step-mother of three children. Benjamin is now in 8th grade, Nathan is in 10th grade, and Lindsey is 20 and a full-time college student. As the children grew, I increased my time at the office to full-time "plus". Although I am at the office 5 days a week, I still try to get home most afternoons in time for baseball practice, golf lessons, band concerts, piano, guitar . . .  Thank goodness technology has grown to the point that I can multi-task from most any location now.

In 2011, I have now gone through the unfortunate experience of divorce myself.  It has truly opened my eyes and given me a whole new perspective on what my clients are experiencing every day.  Although I thought I understood the emotions involved, I now know that I couldn't truly understand or appreciate the rollercoaster of emotions that are involved, nor the long-term healing process for myself, my ex-husband and my children until I had to experience it for myself.  It is certainly much more difficult than I had ever imagined.


I have found that each new experience in my life has given me new perspective on my cases. Although I deal in all aspects of family law, the primary focus of my practice is on divorce and/or custody cases. When I first began as a family law attorney, I had the perspective of the child of divorced parents. Then when I married, I was able to add in the perspective of what married life is like - how it takes work and can be difficult at times. It helped me relate a lot more to my clients. At the same time, I became a part-time stepmother, and that gave me a lot of insight into my cases - and helped me come up with creative solutions for my clients. Then when I became a mom, I suddenly viewed my cases in a whole new light. In fact, the first custody case that I handled after becoming a mom was extremely difficult for me and made me want to quit the practice of family law because it was too emotional for me. I looked into other areas of law, but since I had firmly established my reputation in the community as a family law attorney, those were the cases that came to me. I decided that because of my years as a family law attorney and because of my specific life experiences, I had a lot to offer my clients and decided to stick with it.  Now that I have lived through the emotional rollercoaster of divorce myself, I can add that to the list of experiences that I share with many of my clients.  With all that I have lived through myself, I can offer realistic advice on what my clients can expect during and after divorce, from the court, from their spouse and from their children. I can also argue my cases in court from a very personal perspective, since I have lived through many of the same experiences as my clients.


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Practice areas


  1. Family: 40%
    22 years
  2. Child Support: 20%
    22 years
  3. Child Custody: 20%
    22 years
  4. Divorce: 20%
    22 years


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Contact info

Weinman & Associates

8200 North MoPac Expressway
Suite 230
Austin, TX, 78759


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199401/09/2016
CONot authorized to practice-Administrative199501/07/2016
NYResigned 199403/13/2015
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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Panel Chair of State Bar Grievance CommitteeState Bar of Texas2010
Who's Who in American LawMarquis Who's Who in American Law2005
Who's Who in American LawMarquis Who's Who in American Law2004
Pro Bono CollegeState Bar of Texas2003
Who's Who in American LawMarquis Who's Who in American Law2003
Board Certified - Family LawTexas Board of Legal Specialization2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
FounderDivorce Resort2012 - Present
Managing PartnerWeinman & Associates1994 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Rice UniversityProfessor of paralegal studies2015 - Present
State Bar of Texas, Alternative Dispute Resolution SectionMember2013 - Present
Texas Family Law Bar FoundationFounding Fellow2010 - Present
Travis County Family Law AdvocatesMember2009 - Present
State Bar of Texas District 9-A Grievance CommitteePanel Chair2009 - 2010
Executive Board for Town & Country Optimist little league baseballVolunteer2008 - 2010
Marquis Who’s Who in AmericaMember2005 - 2005
Madison's Who's Who of ProfessionalsVIP Member2005 - 2006
Leander Independent School DistrictVolunteer2004 - Present
Madison Who’s Who Registry of Executives and ProfessionalsLifetime Member2004 - Present
State Bar of Texas District 9-A Grievance CommitteeMember2004 - 2009
Texas Academy of Family Law SpecialistsMember2004 - Present
Marquis Who’s Who in American LawMember2003 - 2004
National Registry of Who's WhoLife Member2000 - Present
Stepmothers InternationalVolunteer1998 - 2006
Jewish Community Association of AustinMember1998 - 2006
Travis County Bar FoundationFounding Fellow1997 - Present
Bar of the Fifth CircuitMember1995 - 1999
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember1995 - 1999
State Bar of Texas, Family Law SectionMember1994 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember1994 - 1999
American Bar AssociationMember1994 - 1999
Austin Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember1994 - Present
College of the State Bar of Texas, 1997 - PresentMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In Re Jude L. Vernor, 94 S.W.3d. 201, (Tex.App.--Austin, 2002)Successful -- child was permitted to remain in Australia with mother
Gonzalez v. Tippit, 167 S.W.3d 536, (Tex.App.–Austin, 2005)N/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
Children's Records Law in TexasChildren and the Law2001
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
New York Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
Colgate UniversityEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1988
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Family Law EssentialsChild custody2010
Advanced Family Law Practice for ParalegalsChild custody2009
Texas Family Law Practice for ParalegalsChild custody2006
Comal County Bar Association Ad Litem TrainingCPS cases2004
Children's Records Law In TexasChild Custody2001