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Holly Joy Draper

Child custody Attorney at McKinney, TX

4.8   17 reviews
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  • Licensed for 19 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2004
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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A PASSIONATE ADVOCATE FOR YOU IN ANY FAMILY LAW SITUATION!

Holly Draper is board certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She has handled a wide variety of family law matters, ranging from divorce to child custody to grandparent rights and everything in between. Ms. Draper finds it extremely rewarding to help people through difficult situations. She participates in the Family Law Sections of the Collin County Bar Association and State Bar of Texas and is currently serving on the leadership team with the Collin County Bar Association’s Family Law Section. She is also an active member of the Collin County Bar Association, Collin County Women Lawyer’s Association, the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, and the Curt B. Henderson American Inn of Court. Beginning in June of 2020, Ms. Draper will begin a three-year term on the State Bar of Texas’ Law Practice Management Committee.

Ms. Draper also handles family law appeals. In 2019, she won a mandamus in the Fort Worth Court of Appeals in a case involving grandparent standing (In re Clay). In 2020, Ms. Draper argued on behalf of a fit father before the Texas Supreme Court in a landmark parental rights case that has garnered national attention (In re C.C., No. 19-0694). Nine organizations, including the State of Texas, filed amicus briefs in support of Ms. Draper’s position. The Texas Supreme Court has not yet ruled, but the oral argument can be viewed here.

Ms. Draper was recognized as a Super Lawyer in the field of family law by Super Lawyers Magazine in 2019. Only 5% of attorneys in the state receive this honor. Previously, Ms. Draper was recognized as a Rising Star in the field of Family Law by Super Lawyers Magazine for 2016, 2017 and 2018. Rising Stars represent the top 2.5% of attorneys under 40 (or practicing less than ten years). She was also recognized as one of the Top 50 Up and Coming Women Lawyers in Texas in 2017 by Super Lawyers Magazine. (Super Lawyers and Rising Stars are Thomson Reuters services.)

Holly Draper grew up in Plano, Texas and graduated from Plano East Senior High in 1997. After graduating summa cum laude from Texas Tech in 2001 with a B.A. in Public Relations, Ms. Draper received her J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law in 2004. While at UT Law, Ms. Draper was a Teaching Quizmaster and the Notes Editor for The Review of Litigation.

Ms. Draper began her career as an associate at the Dallas office of a mid-sized civil defense firm, where she represented a variety of Fortune 500 companies in civil litigation. In 2008, Ms. Draper left her old firm and formed The Draper Law Firm, P.C. with the goal of balancing her personal and professional life and providing high quality, personalized legal services for families.

Awards

Client's Choice 2017
Client's Choice
2017

Location

The Draper Law Firm, PC
6401 W. Eldorado Pkwy
Suite 80
McKinney, TX, 75070

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  17 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2017
Client's Choice
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Posted by Jason | May 16, 2014
Best attorney ever.
Holly is amazing and very knowledgeable. She gives you your legal options and comes up with a plan. Then goes to work and makes it happen. I know she is fighting for my children and what is best for them.
Posted by anonymous | May 9, 2014
Fabulous lawyer
Holly was fabulous. She gave me options, discussed all the avenues and happenings of my case the entire time. She answered all my questions and researched options if necessary.
Posted by anonymous | January 5, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Godsent
I literally JUST hired Holly Draper, and am extremely impressed by her!! She answers my questions and concerns in a timely manner, and she works HARD for her clients from the start. I trust her completely, and know she has our best interest at the top of her mind. Holly, I'm grateful for you. I appreciate you. Thank you for your patience with me. Thank you for your compassion. Thank you for your honesty. Thank you for going to law school to help people in tough times, and thank you for representing me!
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Posted by Emily | March 4, 2022
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Brilliant and effective!
I have been in a high conflict custody case for 14 years now. I have had to hire multiple lawyers throughout the years and Holly Draper far exceeds any attorney I have ever hired or experienced. Hiring the wrong attorney can be extremely costly. I don’t care what the hourly rate is. If your money is mismanaged it can cost you significantly more than hiring a more expensive attorney who knows how to do their job quickly and effectively. I quickly received bills of what had been used in my retainer with very clear explanations of how my retainer was used. I received email updates on what she was working on with my case so I didn’t have to sit at home and stress that it was being worked on. With family law due to court room time restraints it’s important to find the most appropriate facts to present in a case. When you are concerned about your children’s well-being it can be very emotional. During my phone interviews Holly never interrupted me while I gave her details that I felt were important regarding my case. I felt heard. She then gave a clear and honest expectation of what she felt needed to be used and what I should expect as possible outcomes. During the hearing Holly showed to be fully prepared for my case. She thoroughly read all of my case documents and was prepared with appropriate case law to back up arguments. I am so beyond impressed with Holly and recommend her without hesitation. Thank you Holly for helping to keep my children safe. I will forever appreciate your attention to detail, hard work and efforts on our case.
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Posted by Stacy | November 12, 2020
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Excellent
Holly has represented me twice in a custody situation and then with a modification. The case drug out but that wasn't her fault. She did everything she could to have a decision made as quickly as possible. She always kept me in the loop and did due diligence. I can not say enough good things about Holly!
Posted by Chris | October 19, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Won the Biggest Parental Rights Case in Texas History
How many family law attorneys can say they argued at the Texas Supreme Court and won? Holly Draper can say that and she took down a fancy high priced firm from the city. Holly was my attorney for about 3 years. We both wish it was a shorter term. However, Holly and her team fought for me successfully all the way to the Texas Supreme Court. In these 3 years she was a voice of reason, clarity, and set proper expectations of the road ahead. At no point did she ever over promise and under deliver. With Holly you get a seasoned attorney and someone who has been there done that. She’s honest about your options and isn’t going to sugar coat anything. When we appeared in court, Holly was very well prepared, organized, laser focused, and knew the details of the case extremely well; she didn’t hold back in court. Holly is also an amazing writer. I was very impressed with her ability to write lengthy briefs that were on point and clear. Holly was also able to coordinate multiple outside organizations to support our position and bring light to our case. Her connections were critical. This is no easy task and navigating these waters can be a struggle. Holly and her team are also different from other attorneys. They care, they fight the good fight, and they don’t have huge egos. Save yourself the time and effort and go to Holly first.
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Posted by Tina Sanchez | August 16, 2017
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Holly Draper is an amazing attorney !
We hired Holly to help us with a somewhat complicated adoption of our granddaughter, which started in Kansas City. Holly gave us an extremely reasonable price for her services, and earned over 10 times that amount ! She was fast, efficient, responsive, courteous and really knew her stuff. We would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone looking for a great family law attorney. Thanks Holly.......our family will never forget your hard work !
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Posted by Clarissa | July 13, 2017
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Caring and Professional
Holly was amazing to work with. She is always on top of the next step and quick with helpful suggestions with next actions when my divorce case took unexpected turns. Holly made a difficult situation so much more bearable. I will definitely seek her services again and recommend her to anyone needing a friendly and knowledgeable family law attorney.
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Posted by Christi | March 16, 2017
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Nelson Custody
Hiring Holly Draper was one of the best things I could have done. Our case was handled so quickly and efficiently! Our adoption case went so smoothly that all we had to do was sign and be present in court! I would highly recommend hiring this attorney for your legal matters. She explained every step of what was required by us as well as what was happening on the back end! She is truly a Godsend!
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Posted by Lori D. | February 7, 2017
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Holly Draper is the best!
Ms Draper has been such a blessing to our family - helping us through a very complicated family law case. Her expert legal advise has helped us navigate the court system without any unexpected surprises. After talking to other attorneys and legal experts, it's also become clear that she is very highly regarded amongst her peers. We trust her completely and are more than satisfied with her services in every way. I'm so glad we hired her.
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Posted by Laura | January 31, 2017
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Helpful from the Beginning
Me and my husband were seeking custody of my goddaughter, who lived with us. During our first meeting, Holly outlined a timeline that gave us our best chance of winning, what laws applied to the biological parents, a separated husband, and two grandparents. We were in a crazy legal situation, but Holly helped us focus on our next steps. By the end, there were no surprises and our custody hearing took less than 10 minutes. We walked out new parents, and I couldn't give Holly more praise.
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Posted by Jim | January 9, 2017
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Helped make the best of a bad situation
Holly was great in helping me through my divorce. Holly took the time to explain my options before I even contracted her as my attorney. She guided me the whole way and made it as painless as possible, not to mention she is affordable. I highly recommend Holly!
Posted by Matthew | August 29, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Thanks Holly
Holly represented me in my case for custody of my 4 year old son Roman. She did a fantastic job! She got me everything I was asking for and then some. She was very well prepared and her performance in the courtroom was nearly flawless! I was very impressed to say the least! She made the other attorney look like a complete amateur and disproved every lie that his client and him tried to pull off. I would strongly recommend Holly to anyone looking for great attorney to handle child custody case. Thanks for everything Holly!!
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Posted by anonymous | March 25, 2016
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Custody Case Experience
Holly has been nothing less than professional and a joy to work with since the very beginning. She made things easy for me to understand, and answered all of my questions regarding legal jargon. I am blessed to have acquired her services. She worked with me every step of the way to make sure that I was treated as fairly as possible. She was supportive to my needs and worries as well. Of all the other lawyers I spoke with on this long and painful road to freedom, she was the only one that actually showed compassion and empathy towards our situation. She never sugar-coated anything. She was very upfront and honest about how things would (and possibly could) pan out throughout the process, including hearings and other situations that arose. I would recommend her to anyone seeking legal counsel for this type of case.
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Posted by Kiyar. | March 23, 2016
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Superb
In the last 6 months Attny Draper has represented me in two complicated cases at family court. She was well prepared and professional. Her line of questioning, of the other party, was to the point and revealing Attny Draper was able to expose, during the questioning, contradictions, deceptions and omissions. She was effective in exposing the truth. She is assertive and her fees are reasonable. In the end, the outcome was in my favor. I would give her 10 stars, if it was an option. Thank you Holly.
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Posted by Kim | June 8, 2015
Personable and Professional
I enjoyed working with Holly so much! She gathered the information she needed and went to work - it was easy and I trusted her every step of the way. I was so impressed with her response times and will recommend her always. She made something that could have been difficult - or what seemed difficult to me - very easy. I'm so glad I found her.
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Posted by anonymous | January 7, 2017
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Not impressed
While Holly is pleasant to work with, and very kind, I did not have a good experience. I actually had referred her to a friend, and then had to get back to my friend and tell her to stay away. My case was supposed to be easy, however it wasn't. It started with Holly filing an unsigned document. She blamed it all on the judge, which might be the case, but after going over the documents I realized she left many things blank (where my ex works for instance) and it seemed like she'd ask the same questions over and over again. I think she overlooked my case, and didn't spend enough time getting everything in order because to her "it is such a small amount" of money we were dealing with. I barely get any child support as is, and we live pay check to pay check, so an extra $160 a month is no small amount to me. If you're rich, and have a big case, maybe she will spend more time listening and getting things right. The reason I gave 2 stars instead of one, is because she did offer a refund which I thought was very kind and something she didn't have to do. I'm now left to either hire some one else, or figure this mess out myself, when I was told it would be super easy and simple for her to do. I also won't be getting my money from my ex for quite some time... I'll be looking elseware next time I need attorney services.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 225-400 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Draper Law Firm, PC
  • 2008 - Present
  • Associate
  • Hartline, Dacus, Barger, Dreyer & Kern, LLP
  • 2004 - 2008

Education

  • University of Texas School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • Texas Tech University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2001

Sample of Legal Cases

  • In re Christopher John Clay
  • Mandamus granted

Associations

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Law Practice Management Committee Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • Curt B. Henderson American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Making Your Practice Work Committee, Collin County Bar Association
  • Committee Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • North Texas Attorney Networking
  • Founder
  • 2015 - Present
  • Collin County Women Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Collin County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Collin County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2017
  • Top 50 Up and Coming Women
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2017
  • Board Certified - Family Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2016
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Speaking Engagements

  • Making Your Practice Work 2017
  • Marketing on a Shoestring
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (15)
Endorse Holly
Unknown Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Amazing lawyer and great person."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Holly is an excellent attorney. We worked on a very emotional and confrontational divorce. She always maintained a professional approach and kept the client focused."
Family Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Holly through a professional association we both are members of. The dedication she shows towards helping her clients receive the best possible solution to their problems is impressive. She is very active in the Collin County community and I would gladly refer anyone needing counseling with family issues to go see Holly."
Family Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Holly is an excellent attorney who works very hard for her clients and is very experienced in her area of the law. She takes her obligations to her clients seriously and is well respected in our legal community. I highly recommend Holly!"
Family Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Holly is not only a great lawyer and trusted source for family law related issues, she truly cares about her clients and always goes the extra mile to make the best of even the toughest situations."
Family Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Whenever I have questions concerning Family Law in Texas, I turn to Holly for her learned opinion and advice."
Family Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Holly Draper is a great family law attorney. Ms. Draper is professional, knowledgeable, and passionate. She is extremely organized, and well-regarded in the legal community. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Holly since she graduated from law school and worked with her for several years. She is a fantastic attorney and a wonderful person as well. Holly works to understand her clients and their concerns and puts her whole heart into each and every case she takes. I highly recommend Holly to anyone looking for a family law attorney"
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I practiced law with Holly for a number of years at a large Dallas firm. Several years ago, Holly started her own firm, which focuses on family law. I have had a number of dealings with Holly since she started her own law firm. Holly is an excellent lawyer and I would trust her with any friend or client of mine."
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McKinney Child custody Lawyer Holly Joy Draper
Holly Joy Draper
Child custody Attorney
McKinney, TX
Licensed for 19 years
Virtual consultation available