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Kathryn Elizabeth Flowers

Family Attorney at Dallas, TX

5.0   2 reviews

also known as Katie Samler

  • Licensed for 16 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2007
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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About Kathryn

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Practice area
  1. Family
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    Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, including: divorce, complex property division, child custody, modifications, child support, name change, termination, adoption, prenups, and post-marital property agreements.

    16 years

Protecting and serving children and families is a longstanding commitment of Katie’s. She strongly advocates for clients when they are going through one of the most difficult times of life, and ensures that her clients goals are prioritized. Katie has a special interest in helping families with challenges that include complex property division, mental health issues (including personality disorders), and substance abuse issues.

Katie serves a wide range of clients from professionals to stay at home parents. Katie has unique experience involving cases where one or both spouses have a personality disorder. A patient listener and creative problem solver, she utilizes a goal-based, strategic approach with clients. Katie understands how emotionally charged divorce can be, and helps her clients stay grounded in making decisions that achieve their long-term interests. Whenever possible, Katie collaborates with clients and opposing parties to reach resolution without unnecessary litigation, and keep matters from escalating and adding cost and difficulty.

Children’s causes have been a passion of Katie’s since college, when she was a substitute teacher and mentored a child who was in foster care. While in law school she clerked for the Honorable Martha Tanner, 166th Judicial District Court, Bexar County. In addition to her law practice, Katie is a board member of Legacy Family Court Foundation which assists families that have had children removed because of addiction issues, promoting long-term sobriety and family reunification.

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Location

GoransonBain Ausley
8350 North Central Expressway
Suite 1700
Dallas, TX, 75206

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Posted by anonymous | April 26, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Absolutely Exceptional
Katie is, in short, exceptional in every relevant area. In a complicated, high-conflict case with over a dozen attorneys involved (some with decades of experience and comments about the case, e.g.: "This is the craziest custody case I've ever seen"), Katie's handling of the case was consistently and uniquely remarkable (another lawyer referred to her handling of the case as "a godsend"). She stands alone in terms of: (a) Ability to sort through the noise of inundation, blame-shifting, triangulation, and a host of other crazy-making (yet persuasive) techniques that resulted in other attorneys becoming themselves bitter, scattered, or overwhelmed. At every step, Katie was even-tempered, striking a notoriously difficult balance in order to (i) strongly advocate for her client, (ii) figure out solutions that are objectively in the best interest of both sides, and (iii) minimize causing further inflammation and reactivity on the other side beyond what is necessary to improve the situation (this is exceedingly rare and challenging to perfect in high-conflict cases). (b) Dedication and diligence--Katie read and remembered every single page of every single document (thousands of pages). She was always on top of every issue and anticipating/preempting potential future issues, and most notably, she will never sacrifice her own commitment to objectively evaluating evidence (extraordinarily rare). This has a variety of important implications, some of which will be covered later in the review. (c) Support within GoransonBain--(i) paralegals and support staff are also uniquely exceptional, and (ii) other attorneys in the firm have expertise in specific areas --Katie and GoransonBain overall know when to research, when to coordinate with others, when to distribute tasks, and from what I can tell, how to manage caseloads. This set of features is both rare and often overlooked when choosing a family law attorney/firm, but in the big picture, affects every other characteristic and adds up over time. (d) Court-presence--hard to explain, but you'll know when you see it, especially if the case has been going for some time and you've testified at hearings before. (e) Credibility: given all of the other factors (and more than can fit in this review), it is pretty clear that she is well respected in all directions. (f) Ability to deeply understand and translate client-concerns, to help manage interacting with the other side (and help you learn over time how to do it on your own), and to provide feedback that is simultaneously supportive and candid (this is also rare and far more challenging than it may seem at first). Overall, each of these features fit together in such a way that if you are familiar with Bill Eddy and his suggestions about what to look for in an attorney, Katie embodies it. This case had been previously referred to as "unsettleable", "a nightmare", "in over 20 years of doing this, I've never seen x before", and so on. Once Katie took the reins, each email, motion, and hearing was strategically used to deflate the high-conflict balloons above our heads in the big picture, and we settled within six months. The custody outcome really is best for myself, the kids, and even my ex-spouse, and there's so much less hostility. Prior to Katie and GoransonBain joining, I didn't think it was possible. I cannot overstate the extent to which I am grateful.
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Posted by anonymous | May 24, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
It worked out so well
Katie Flowers is a great lawyer. When I decided to get my divorce my baby was a month old and I had so much to deal with. Due to the age of the kids and our work and religious obligations, we were not a cookie cutter case. Katie thought of everything, considered things that I hadn't even imagined. She didn't bluster, she didn't make empty threats. But she considered every angle and we were able to craft an agreement without setting foot in a court room until it was time to sign the final papers. I would strongly recommend her to anyone.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Family Law Attorney
  • GoransonBain Ausley
  • 2014 - Present

Education

  • St. Mary's University School of Law
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
  • 2007
  • Baylor University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004

Associations

  • Annette Stewart American Inn of Court
  • Associate Member
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  • Collin County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
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  • Collin County Young Lawyers Association
  • Member
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  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
  • Member
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  • Dallas Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
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  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section
  • Member
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  • Art Reach
  • Board Member
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  • Legacy Family Court Foundation
  • Grants Committee Chair
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  • Collaborative Divorce Texas (f/k/a Collaborative Law Institute of Texas)
  • Member
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  • Texas Family Law Foundation
  • Member
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Woodward-White, Inc.
  • 2020
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Woodward-White, Inc.
  • 2019
  • Board Certified - Family Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2019
  • Best Lawyers Under 40
  • D Magazine
  • 2019
  • Up-and-Coming 50: Women Texas Rising Stars List
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Up-and-Coming 100: Texas Rising Stars List
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Texas Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Woodward-White, Inc.
  • 2018
  • Best Lawyers Under 40
  • D Magazine
  • 2018
  • Up-and-Coming 50: Women Texas Rising Stars List
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Up-and-Coming 100: Texas Rising Stars List
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Texas Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Up-and-Coming 50: Women Texas Rising Stars List
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Up-and-Coming 100: Texas Rising Stars List
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Texas Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Texas Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Texas Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Texas Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
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Publications

  • Collaborative Law: Avoid Breaking Bad When Breaking Up, State Bar of Texas
  • How to Draw Clients to the Collaborative Model and Keep Them Satisfied
  • 2019
  • Innovations: Breaking Boundaries in Custody Litigation, State Bar of Texas
  • Defending the Accused
  • 2019
  • Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas
  • Navigating Your Family Law Matter When Someone with a Personality Disorder is Involved
  • 2018
  • Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas
  • Direct and Cross of a Tracing Expert (including Characterization Issues)
  • 2017
  • Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas
  • Direct and Cross of a Tracing Expert
  • 2016
  • Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas
  • High Conflict Family Law Matters and Personality Disorders
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

  • Section Meeting
  • Collaborative Law Practice
  • 2019
  • Family and Veterans Advocacy Clinic
  • Evidence 101 for Family Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Innovations: Breaking Boundaries in Custody Litigation
  • High Conflict Family Law Matters, Personality Disorders, and the Effects on Parenting and Children’s Experiences
  • 2018
  • 43rd Annual Course Advanced Family Law
  • Tracing Demonstration
  • 2017
  • Dallas Metro Counseling Association
  • Taking Notes and Testifying in Courts
  • 2010
  • Ethics Seminar
  • Legal and Ethical Issues Dealing with Divorced Families and Stepfamilies
  • 2009
  • Dallas Bar Association and North Dallas Bar Association
  • Eldorado, A Case Study: Duties of an Attorney Ad Litem
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (3)
Endorse Kathryn
Family Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I found Katie to be smart, strategic in her thinking, firm in negotiations, and creative in ways to solve our difficult case; she's an excellent lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Katie Samler is wise beyond her years in family law. She is caring, thoughtful on strategy and always prepared for her client's case. I have referred many cases to her."
Family Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Katie is an exceptional attorney who always puts the client's best interest first. Katie is known for her ability to settle complicated cases as well as try the ones incapable of settling. I enjoyed working with her and look forward to more complicated cases in the future."
Family Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Katie is one of the top family law attorneys in DFW. Whenever anyone asks me for a family law referral, she is my go-to choice because of her skill and dedication to her clients. I cannot recommend Katie enough."
Family Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Katie Samler is an extraordinary professional who cares about her clients. She understands how to work out a case when possible to save both sides the time and expense of trial. Since meeting Katie as an opposing counsel I have found her to always be helpful when brainstorming how to tackle tricky legal issues on other cases."
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Dallas Family Lawyer Kathryn Elizabeth Flowers
Kathryn Elizabeth Flowers
Family Attorney
Dallas, TX
Licensed for 16 years