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Julia A. Kerestine

Divorce and separation Attorney at Denton, TX

5.0   20 reviews

also known as Kerestine Law

  • State Years
    Texas - TX 35 years
    Colorado - CO 37 years
    Georgia - GA 40 years
  • Licensed for 35 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1989
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State CO
    Acquired 1987
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 40 years
    State GA
    Acquired 1984
    Status
    Inactive Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Julia

Learn Julia’s areas of practice.

I was born in Denton. Texas but have lived from the east to the west coast;  I enjoy all of our United States and have travelled to all but 3 of them. I have offices in Denton and Flower Mound, Texas and I am licensed to practice law in Texas, Georgia and Colorado.  

I have worked in large firms and small and in academia.  I currently serve clients at Kerestine Law Firm where we provide individual and customized solutoins for families facing divorce and other family issues. Below is a summary of law practice experience:     

As a mediator I have mediated over 1500 civil disputes to resolution.
As a practicing attorney we provide experienced legal representation when it Matters Most:

Divorce
Child Custody and Visitation
Child Support
Property Division including Personal and Real Property, Retirement Benefits, 401k's, Pensions, and Business Interests
Post Divorce Modification
Pre and Post Nuptial Agreements
Collaborative Law
Civil and Family Law Mediation
Guardianships
Adult and Elder Law Mediation

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Location

Kerestine Law - Firm for Families
830 South Interstate 35 E
Denton, TX, 76205

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Reviews

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Posted by Patricia | October 9, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Amazing Compassion and Knowledge
I certainly see why your have a 5-Star rating - your deserve it! In a time where lawyers are in it for the money and seem to NOT have or even take any time to care, you delivered so much compassion during a very difficult family time. Your knowledge and very informative structure of what was required and your direction; left us assured that a great choice was made in having you represent our family member to achieve the best resolve possible. Divorces are sometimes the most horrible event that will ever happen in a person's life, but having a solid representative that has your back, can help to overcome this and keep you emotionally centered, strengthen your resolve and remind one that "this too will pass". Thanks so much for your dedicated personalized and caring approach, it meant so much to our whole family.
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Posted by Kat Terry | September 26, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Simply Outstanding!
This was my first divorce. Not like I was a pro at it or anything. I was nervous, scared walking into her office without knowing what I was facing. Unfortunately, my husband had sued for divorce. I did not see it coming, but I did a lot of research and on that note I found, Julia Kerestine I sat down with her and talked with her, and it was such a wonderful relief to have found her. She was very informative. Tell me how this was going to work what I would need to do on my end and what she would do on hers I knew that I was in great hands and what a wonderful wonderful meeting we had. I feel blessed to have found her. Please do not hesitate if you’re searching like I was on finding the right lawyer if you two are in need of a Divorce Lawyer, she simply outstanding 9/26/2023
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Posted by Derek | September 28, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Smart, tough, thorough and compassionate family law firm
Julie and Jennifer did a tremendous job guiding and protecting me, in a divorce case involving children. I did not want or expect my wife to file for divorce, so I was left reeling and not thinking clearly. Julia and Jennifer worked hard to explain and guide me through the complexities of Texas family law. They ultimately helped to bring a fair and equitable settlement, that was fair for all parties. More importantly, they focused on the protecting my children into the future. I appreciated their honesty and direct communication, done with true compassion. It should be noted, that they completed my case during the height of Covid, where no in-person hearing or meetings were allowed. I would definitely recommend them to anyone in need of a good family law firm.
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Posted by Rob | April 17, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
She is a great Lawyer
Julia, Was upfront and honest about my case. She gives great advice and is worth every penny. I appreciate her candor even when it was not what I wanted to hear. She knows Denton legal community well. I will hire her again in the future.
Posted by anonymous | February 22, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Custody Case
I can not say enough about Julia and Jennifer. My custody case spanned 3 states and almost 2 years. They are a great team. The one thing I appreciated the most was that neither one of them EVER forgot there was a child involved and the child's best interest was at the forefront. Julia is very knowledgeable in family law and was able to explain what was going on in words that I could understand. Jennifer was always there to update me or answer any questions. Julia also worked very well with the attorney's I hired in the other 2 states. Both of the out of state attorney's commented on her professionalism and competency. My case had a favorable outcome and I do not think that would have happened with another attorney. They both remained dedicated to my case through out the entire 2 years.
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Posted by Dawn | March 31, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Eased my mind during a difficult time
Ms. Kerestine handled my divorce and was very thorough in laying out all expectations for me along the way. She was no-nonsense and let me know what was realistic and possible. She was able to negotiate in our mediation in such a way that I came out better than expected from our original consult.
Posted by anonymous | July 12, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and Experienced, With a Great Support Staff
I hired Ms. Julia Kerestine to represent me in a contentious divorce and child custody. Julia's behavior through this process was professional and no nonsense. The were multiple unique aspects of this divorce that Julia and her staff handled in a way that protected me and my interests. Julia saved me tens of thousands of dollars of my retirement by finding a precedent setting case that involved the same issue that I had. Another Lawyer at Julia's Law Firm, Ms. Jennifer Schultz, provided me with a great amount of support and guidance. Ms. Schultz explained many of the issues in a way that I could understand. She was so kind and understanding. The bottom line is that I was very satisfied with the performance of this group of Lawyers.
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Posted by Pam | May 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable and compassionate
“Ms. Kerestine, not only explained things to me in a manner I could understand, she also showed true compassion and understanding. In what in itself is a painful situation for me to go through, I am relieved to have her as my Attorney.”
Posted by anonymous | November 16, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
HIghly recommended
Julia’s experience and knowledge of the law gave me insight and education to the complicated legal process. She was able to explain concepts to me that I simply had not understood correctly. Her guidance and confidence calmed me and educated me to the real expectations and issues unique to my situation. She advised me clearly, helping me to construct my ‘next steps’, keeping me focused towards my goal. Julia is honest, hard-working, trustworthy and knowledgeable; these are all important traits that enable success.
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Posted by anonymous | March 16, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Child Custody
I had a very difficult case involving custody of my two minor children whom I didn't have custody. It was a very arduous case that spanned over multiple weeks and involved over 15 witnesses who gave testimony. She was very thorough in her planning and performed excellent inside the courtroom which allowed me to gain custody.
Posted by Rachel | November 16, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Lawyer You Can Trust
Hardworking. Dependable. Relentless. These are all words that come to mind when I think of Julia. She has always been honest and up front with me. She works long hours, stays late, and is only an email away. She's there when you need her and she follows through. I'm so thankful I found her. She's worked so hard for my family. She's a lawyer you can trust when you're in a crisis. I highly recommend her!
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Posted by anonymous | November 9, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Professional Who Actually Cares
Attorneys get paid to navigate a client through the legal maze of a court case. Julia has not only done that for us during this most trying time of our lives, but she also cares about what happens to us and has been there to defend us relentlessly. What she has done to guide and support us outside the courtroom has been as valuable as inside the courtroom. Anyone needing a family lawyer should give Julia a call and see what it's like to have an attorney that actually cares.
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Posted by D | October 15, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce
Julia handled my divorce, which involved 2 young children. There was potential for things to get very complicated. However, with Julia's tact, knowledge and experience, it was a very smooth process. Never once did I question her honesty, integrity, ability, etc.... I never questioned any of these attributes about her because she never gave me a reason to. Her actions SHOWED me everything I needed to know about who she was and what she stood for. She was forthright about EVERYTHING! And, she was so fair. Even if it meant telling me I was being unreasonable. For her to be on "my side" and care enough to coach me through keeping my integrity in tact (and not behave childishly) spoke volumes about her character and what she is all about! I would recommend her to anyone who is asking!!! Thank you Julia!
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Posted by Kelly | November 4, 2014
Flexible & Professional
Julia Kerestine has been an outstanding partner in the handling of a challenging issue. Julia provides truly valuable feedback in relation to the available options yet remains focused upon delivering the desired results. At the same time, Julia works extremely hard to be flexible with her schedule in the pursuit of meeting deadlines. In layman’s terms….Julia is smart, hard-working, and easy to work with…
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Posted by anonymous | October 16, 2014
The Best!
I had a divorce/custody battle, and I have to say Mrs. Kerestine took time to explain, educate, and keep us informed in every step of the way. More importantly, she listened and heard me. Represented my case very well with a one hundred percent satisfactory result! Let's not forget, she is very reasonably priced!
Posted by anonymous | October 8, 2014
Absolutely Amazing
Julia was absolutely amazing in every way possible. I had a very unique and stressful case and she just went above and beyond my expectations to keep me as calm and in the loop as possible. She knew so much background info from previous cases and she had a very strong presence in the court room. I am so thankful that I chose her as my attorney and I would highly recommend her to anyone needing legal assistance.
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Posted by DR | August 2, 2013
Recommend her highly
Found her after firing the attorney I had who did nothing, nothing for me but take my money on a divorce case. She was very upfront and told me that it would be difficult to prove my case for spousal re-imbursement of my funds he had spent, but she worked tirelessly and was very patient with me. She was amazing and extremely knowledgeable during the mediation. I left with a lot more than I thought I would get. She was always quick to get back to me re phone calls or emails. I would definitely use her again !!
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Posted by Mona | August 1, 2013
Cared About Me
Julia handled my divorce after a 30+ marriage. She was very responsive to my many phone calls and emails (I was probably a little too bothersome); she kept me apprised of what was going on with opposing counsel (or lack of opposing counsel's work); she referred me to another attorney for another matter that came up during the divorce (he was very good too!). Even though the divorce took much longer than I ever dreamed it would, or should, I think Julia stayed on top of things and kept things going despite my now ex-husband changing divorce attorneys in the middle of it all, AND filed for individual bankruptcy. Thanks Julia!
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Posted by January | July 31, 2013
Julia Kerestine - Excellent Attorney
I simply can't say enough good about Julia. When going through the most painful time of my life--a divorce from a marriage of 30 years--she was my light in the darkness--a friend and desperately needed legal advisor. Though she saw and understood my pain, she consistently kept me on track. Through the whole process, she helped me, advised me and diligently and persistently kept me protecting myself, which at times, without her, I was completely unable to do. She is loving, kind, persistent, gentle but firm, honest and truthful. I was in so much pain and grief that I'm sure I took up much more of her time than I should have, but she remained patient, knowledgeable and kept me on track with my eye focused on the truth, which I desperately needed. Because of her advice and diligent concern and care for me I am moving on to the happy and rewarding life I deserve. Like I said, I can't say enough good about her...simply can't. Without question, I will definitely keep her as my attorney for all my future legal needs!
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Posted by Sandy | February 22, 2011
Lawyer with integrity, honesty and strong skill set
Julia, I was divorced in November 2010. Without Julia I would have not had the confidence and knowledge to properly get through this challenge. I completely trust Julia as she is best in class for her law knowledge to her client relations to driving for the best results. Before my divorce I had no idea of the laws but with Julia guiding me through the process it was not overwhelming. I strongly recommend Julia.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 125-390 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Texas Woman's University
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Principal
  • Kerestine Law Firm
  • 2011 - 2016
  • Attorney
  • Koons Fuller Vanden Eykel & Robertson
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Volunteer Mediator
  • Denton County ADR Program
  • 2006 - 2011
  • Owner
  • Kerestine Law/ Expert ADR
  • 2006 - 2009
  • Director of Mediation Services
  • University of California, Davis
  • 2004 - 2006
  • Mediator
  • JAMS
  • 1997 - 2004
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Education

  • University of Georgia School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1984
  • University of North Texas
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1979

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Confidential
  • Resolved

Associations

  • Denton County Bar Association
  • Officer
  • 2014 - Present
  • Denton County Bar Association
  • CLE Director
  • 2011 - Present
  • Denton County Collaborative Professionals
  • Attorney Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Collaborative Law Institute of Texas
  • Attorney Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Denton County Family Law Section
  • Attorney Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas College
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Texas Bar Association - Family Law and ADR Sections
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Denton County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Texas Family Law Foundation
  • Legislative Committee
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Denton County Bar Association
  • Director
  • 2010 - 2015
  • Texas Association of Mediators
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Denton County Collaborative Professionals
  • Board of Directors
  • 2009 - 2009
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Member of the Year 2010
  • Denton County Bar Association
  • 2010
  • Mediator of Distinction
  • Texas Mediator Credentialing Association
  • 2010
  • Member of the Year
  • Denton County Bar Association
  • 2009
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Publications

  • Texas Association of Mediators, Annual Conference
  • Getting Past Impasse in Family Law Mediation
  • 2011
  • Denton County Bar Association, Newsletter
  • Ten Tips for Mediation Success
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • Advanced Family Law Mediation Training (30 hours)
  • Advanced Family Law Mediation Training
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (4)
Endorse Julia
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Other
"I am an attorney practicing matrimonial and family law in New York State. I consulted with Ms. Keristine regarding Texas matrimonial law. She was clearly knowledgeable and experienced with the subject. She was both friendly and professional, and exceedingly gracious with her time. I would not hesitate to recommend Ms. Keristine to individuals seeking a matrimonial/family law attorney in Denton County."
Mediation Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with Ms. Kerestine on a case with extremely difficult facts. She took time understand the complexities of the case and assisted each side in understanding the risks of proceeding to court. Ms. Kerestine did an outstanding job in getting the case settled, which saved my client the difficulty and expense of going to court."
Mediation Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Other
"Julia is a wonderful mediator. I have used her services on several occasions in high conflict cases. Julia did a wonderful job of calming the parties when emotions ran high and ultimately resolving the issues without having to take the case to trial. I highly recommend Julia Kerestine."
Family Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Julia for a number of years on a personal and professional level. Julia is an excellent attorney and mediator. She is active in the legal community and works hard for her clients. I highly recommend her."
Family Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've had occasion to work with Julia on a number of matters. I've also attended mediation trainings that she has lead. She is an excellent attorney who truly cares about her clients and their cases. She brings a lot of experience to the table and I think she would be an asset to any client who hired her."

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Denton Divorce and separation Lawyer Julia A. Kerestine
Julia A. Kerestine
Divorce and separation Attorney
Denton, TX
Licensed for 40 years