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Nicholas J Gaunt

Divorce and separation Attorney at KILLEEN, TX

4.6   16 reviews

About Nicholas

Learn Nicholas’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    30%
    Paternity establishment; CPS (DFPS) cases, protective orders; motion(s) for new trial; temporary and final orders; intervention by custodial parties; family members (including grandparents), father's rights

    13 years, 500 cases

  2. Divorce and separation
    30%
    Contested and un-contested divorce; *military divorce*, division of assets and debts; (Q)DROs, enforcement of temporary and final orders; motions for new trial; establishment and defense of protective orders, father's rights.

    13 years, 500 cases

  3. Child support
    20%
    Establishment and enforcement of child support; defense of OAG and private actions for non-support, interstate/ UIFSA actions

    13 years, 500 cases

  4. Family
    19%
    Fathers rights, adoptions, name changes.

    13 years

  5. Mediation
    1%
    Mediation of family law and civil matters.

    15 years, 4 cases

From N J Gaunt:

Thank you for reviewing my profile.   A few things you might like to know:

  • I am a single parent with sole custody of my child for over a decade, after two custody fights. I didn’t have representation in either case.
  • Be wary of attorney "review" sites by clients.  Anyone with an axe to grind can write **ANYTHING** negative they want and an attorney is legally bound to protect the privacy of the attorney-client relationship and can NOT respond to anything negative (assuming it was even posted by a former client and not an old flame or an employee the attorney had to terminate, or even a former opponent in Court!).  Reviews are never verified for accuracy and can remain anonymous.
  • I actually get a number of my referrals from people I oppossed in court.  Several times a year in consults I hear that the reason someone has been referred to me is because I represented their friend's ex and now their friend, after being on the losing end, has sent them to me.
  • If you are thinking of representing yourself in court, know that you are held to the same standards as a licensed Texas attorney.  Judges can not help you.
  • No attorney can undo what got you into their office or guarantee you a certain result.  But unlike your family, friends, or the Internet, I can give you the unbiased information you deserve.
  • I am not your friend, and I am not your therapist.  And a good lawyer will never try to be.

 

A graduate of St. Mary’s University School of Law​, N.J. completed internships at the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office (family violence/ sex crimes unit), the Bexar County Civil Staff Attorney’s Office, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, the United States Department of Justice (U.S. Attorney’s Office), and with the 10th County Court-at-Law of Bexar County.  He earned a Pro Bono Service Award for free legal services to the San Antonio Community, completed the Mediator Training curriculum for the State Bar of Texas, was a volunteer administrative law judge for the City of San Antonio Housing Authority, and was offered an associate professorship of law before graduation.

 

From 2010 to 2015, he practiced family law and criminal defense, with extensive experience in Central Texas (Bell, Coryell, Lampasas, Cameron, Bexar, Travis & Williamson counties).  From 2015 to 2016 he practiced in the D/FW area, primarily in Dallas, Collin, and Denton county.  In 2016 he returned to Central Texas to practice exclusively family law.  He has experience in many aspects of family law, from establishing paternity, filing for divorce, enforcing divorce and child support actions, to mediations, protective orders, CPS actions, Attorney General cases (especially interstate cases) ​and hearings for Temporary, Final, and Modification of Orders in both bench and jury trial settings. Having practiced next to Ft. Hood & Ft. Sam Houston, he has extensive knowledge of the issues service members and their families face.  He is a member of Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans, Texas Lawyers for Children, The State Bar College, the Family Law division of the State Bar, and was a member of the State Bar of Texas Committee on Crime Victims

Licensed for 13 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 2009
Updated 10/23/2022

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

Contact Nicholas

PRITCHARD LAW OFFICE
1201 S. W.S. YOUNG DRIVE, SUITE A
KILLEEN, TX, 76543

Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
  16 customer reviews
Posted by Michael | May 12, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The English Teacher 2021-22
Before anything, take notice that this is a 5-star review... Being a thinking man, the process of dealing with Mr. Gaunt as a quick-thinking, aggressively impatient person (under consideration of his profession) was a bit difficult. I want time to think; he wants quick responses. This can be frustrating. However, the beauty of this personality-type (or professional approach if you'd like) can be seen clearly when he is on your side and fighting for your family. Going through the actual court process (paperwork, talking to paralegals, setting up consultations, court delays, and just time), there were times I was anxious, discouraged, confident, doubtful, excited, impatient, and frustrated, but when all was finished, Mr. Gaunt was an Oscar winner in the theater of the courtroom. I hope that when my time is done I will be viewed as a genuinely great father above all else I do in life. Nonetheless, walking into the courtroom, my apprehension was high due to me being a male and my ignorance of being in a courtroom. All apprehension was gradually dissolved as Mr. Gaunt's dialogue in the courtroom unfolded. Mr. Gaunt achieved a comfort for me before the judge even made her ruling. Sometimes I view what was my case as a genuine good versus evil story. Mr. Gaunt was Aragorn. Through Mr. Gaunt's expertise, I obtained sole custody of my favorite person in the world, my little girl. As long as there are thoughts running through my mind and air coming into my lungs, Mr. Gaunt will be a man held in high reverence. Playing a pivotal role in a major journey in my life, he closed a chapter that was long overdue with savvy and precision. I understand that a lawyer-client relationship is much more business in nature, but I definitely welcome Mr. Gaunt as a lifelong friend. I genuinely and deeply thank Mr. Gaunt. I feel strongly confident in the art and ability to use words well, but in an unusual result of circumstance, I do not even know how to express the deep gratitude I have. But...yeah, NJ Gaunt is a phenomenal lawyer. If you need help, do not hesitate to hire the guy. I would suggest that if you have any internal conflicts while your case is going through the motions of the court's processes, relieve yourself of these notions because you are in good hands. The quick-thinking, aggressively impatient person is one you definitely want to have in your corner. P.S. I may be mistaken but I feel I recall seeing a doctorate hanging on Mr. Gaunt's wall in his office. If this is the case, scratch all the "Mr." references and place "Dr." where appropriate.
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Posted by Yolanda Cortez | May 5, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
The best attorney
He helped us very much with my husbands case. He knew how to get us through all this, very professional.. if I would to have a problem again I would of course come to him again
Posted by Jose | November 6, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Child support modification
In previous occasions I was not able to get positive results out of my child support order until I hired NJ to represent ne in court. Nothing but positive things to say about NJ, he showed compassion and represented extremely well and thanks to him I finally got the results I was looking for. Highly recommend!
Posted by Anthony | April 5, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Nicholas Gaunt, far above the best!
I am a father who was fighting for custody of my 8yr old son for over 3yrs. Then, I met Mr. Gaunt and he stood by me when no one else would. His knowledge, expertise and professionalism was like no other. He always had an unbiased approach on my case. This approach helped me to see what was best for my child and achieve that in court. Mr. Gaunt helped me win my case and as of today I have custody of my son.
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Posted by Robert | November 15, 2017
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Nicholas Gaunt is the best
We went everywhere to try to get help on our custody case and couldn't find anyone to help us but this guy did and he did a wonderful job doing it he got me everything I asked for and more. I now have physical custody of my 15 yr old as of today.
Posted by Jason | August 22, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Simply the best
Mr. Gaunt was completely professional, and took the time to learn my entire situation for the divorce he handled on my behalf. His recommendations were spot on, and he made the divorce process, for me, go very smoothly. He also recommended that I further my education with my military benefits, and I can gladly say that I am currently working on my second degree. I highly recommend Mr. Gaunt for any legal concerns that you may have.
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Response from Nicholas Gaunt August 23, 2017
Mahalo (Thank you) for the kind words. I was truly touched to see you the other day and see you smiling and doing well. I am glad you got to use those benefits that you earned to further your career and the future of your family. I wish you all success in your endeavors, and thank you for taking the time to pull me aside in the middle of my frantic schedule to let me know you were doing well. As divorce attorneys we seldom get to hear good news. It truly made my day.
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Posted by Jenny Higdon | April 21, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney!
Nicholas Gaunt was THE best attorney ~ his straightforward 'no sugar coat' attitude gets the job done fast, and efficient. So pleased as his professionalism changed my life ~ highly recommend if you want results quick! 5 stars! *****
Posted by anonymous | April 14, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
awesome lawyer to use
Mr. Gaunt helped me in my divorce several yrs ago and gave me some good advice now, years later. great attorney to have!
Response from Nicholas Gaunt April 17, 2017
Thank you kindly for the review. I am glad I could assist you again.
Posted by Angie | February 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mediation on an inflatable donut.
Getting a divorce is hell, especially when you're fighting your own attorney. Thank God I found Mr. Gaunt! He was honest, tough, and got the job done in a matter of weeks! He prepared me with me for, "The Mediation from hell". I was "straight outta surgery", in pain on a donut! With Mr. Gaunt's help, I FINALLY got my divorce! Thank you, N.J.
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Response from Nicholas Gaunt March 16, 2017
I am glad we managed to do in a few weeks what your previous attorney couldn't accomplish in a year. You are more than welcome.
Posted by Brandi | August 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Satisfied Client
Attorney NJ Gaunt represented me in a divorce case that turned into a mess, He stood by me and consulted me until we resolved it almost 4 years ago. Since the finalization of the divorce He has continued to consult me on custody issues. He is a very smart and compassionate family attorney who knows his stuff. He is always available on the phone/email and respond to my queries promptly. Above all he is a great human being who genuinely cares for his clients. I not only found an excellent attorney but a great friend as well. I highly recommend him, and will continue to use him as my family lawyer.
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Response from Nicholas Gaunt August 18, 2016
Thank you so kindly. While I am sure you would rather it wasn't needed, I have been happy to have you and your family as a repeat client(s)
Posted by Sherri | February 10, 2015
Scared Divorcée
After over 27 years of marriage I was served with divorce papers without any previous knowledge. I was complete caught off guard. I was scared and didn't know where to began. I received many recommendations from family and friends and began the tedious task of locating someone I could trust and have confidence to represent my interest in these proceedings. Having seen a plethora advertisements via newspapers and billboards my anxiety increased the more until I happened upon a sign of Ed Laughlin. I immediately set up a consultation, long story short I was assigned to Mr Nicolas J Gaunt. I knew within the first meeting that he would represent me with well. He was very sensitive to my concerns but focused on my needs. He made me feel like I was important and though the process would be time consuming and challenging. Throughout the entire process he went the extra mile to keep me updated on all the different scenarios and options at hand. I never felt like I was a "File in the Pile" of the many cases he was handling. I was more than just a client. He saw to it that all my needs in the case where heard. His exceptional execution in the court room and previous meetings with the other lawyers allowed me to receive not only fair justice for the years in the marriage, but respect which no court of law can give. I would highly recommend him to my family, friends and colleagues. There was no compensation that could compare to the personal care given to me in one the most devastating times in my life. I received more than I anticipated. Thank you Mr Gaunt for the personal care you gave to me and my family.
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Response from Nicholas Gaunt February 16, 2016
Thank you kindly. It was a pleasure working for you, though of course I wish the circumstances had been different.
Posted by David | January 26, 2015
Highly Recommended!!!
Mr. Gaunt is, simply put, awesome!!! He did my divorce and made the entire process smooth. It was a very trying and draining time for me, but Mr. Gaunt brought a sense of calmness to the process. Mr. Gaunt does not cut corners and is not emotional, which is very assuring. If he doesn't know, he will tell you and find the answer quickly. I would not hesitate to use and/or refer Mr. Gaunt to anyone I know. If you have a problem, Mr. Gaunt is your "go to" guy.
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Response from Nicholas Gaunt February 16, 2016
And thank you for coming back to me when the time came. I was very happy to try to help you and your family out again.
Posted by Jenny | January 22, 2015
An Attorney that Assures Victory
Atty Gaunt was attentive, no nonsense, cut & dried~ gets the job done professionally... Concise on details of my case, fought for me and won. I can't express how thankful I am to his expertise & knowledge of law that led to a victory. I would HIGHLY recommend him as an Attorney... He gave myself & my children a new life for which we are forever grateful.
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Response from Nicholas Gaunt August 18, 2016
I was happy to do it. Thank you for your patience during a tough time and for your kind remarks, although I should add that in fact I NEVER promise a result :-)
Posted by anonymous | November 12, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Child custody
In 2012 I was served papers for child custody of my daughter. In a frantic I started looking through the phone book to find a lawyer in Killeen. Mr. Gaunt was my first and my last choice. He did such an amazing job and explained everything to where I could understand. He was always quick to respond to my e-mails. Thank you for everything and if you were still close you would be my first go to.
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Response from Nicholas Gaunt November 15, 2016
Aloha. I am actually back in Central Texas, thought I can and do take clients out of North Texas as well. Mahalo! (Thanks).
Posted by CBURN | May 7, 2014
Efficient and Great representative for me and my family
Mr. Gaunt did a fabulous job on my case today. Honestly, he was well versed on the facts of my case. I feel that he handled my case in the most reasonable efficient manner that allowed for a quick resolution of the case. We were able to finalize the case at temporary hearing, which saved me lots of money. Thank you, Mr. Gaunt, you went above and beyond the call of duty --my family will always appreciate it.
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Response from Nicholas Gaunt February 16, 2016
Thank you for the kind remarks. I am glad we managed to resolve this case swiftly and appropriately for you and your family. Mahalo (thank you).
Posted by Althea | July 19, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
WHAT DID I PAY HIM FOR?
I was referred to Mr. Gaunt by the lead attorney of the office where he worked in Killeen, TX. It was a divorce to end a 25-year marriage. We had two properties, which my ex and I agreed upon sole ownership. Both properties had mortgages. I did not note until a few months after the final papers were signed that there was no provision seeking a remedy for the join mortgage on the house given to my spouse. My credit has been ruined and the house will not be paid off (hopefully) until 2021. What was his job? I could have gotten the same results if I had filed the papers myself.
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Response from Nicholas Gaunt August 18, 2016
Unfortunately, the client was specifically advised to contact an attorney in the state where the other real estate was located (as I am not licensed there) and client was repeatedly advised that district courts can NOT undo financing or make a bank refinance a property. Client was also advised that secured property jointly financed is still a liability that survives the divorce (absent refinancing outside of court) and that any clauses within a divorce decree, while creating a contact between parties, will NOT stop a bank's foreclosure efforts or absolve a party of liability absent the bank itself being named as a party in the divorce proceeding.
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AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate
  • PRITCHARD LAW OFFICE
  • 2016 - Present
  • Owner
  • The Law Office of N.J.. Gaunt, P. C.
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Associate
  • Law Office of Ed Laughlin
  • 2010 - 2015

Education

  • St. Mary's University
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
  • 2009
  • University of Texas (Austin)
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1997
  • University of Texas (Austin)
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997

Associations

  • State Bar College
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Texas Lawyers for Children
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Family Law Division, State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • STATE BAR OF TEXAS
  • OFFICER, CRIME VICTIMS COMMITTEE
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Dallas Bar Association Solo & Small Firm Section
  • Member
  • 2015 - 2018
  • Metroplex Veteran's Legal Services
  • Associate Member
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Criminal Defense Division, State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2015
  • Bell County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Awards

  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2020
  • Top 10 Attorney
  • Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • 2020
  • Top Tier Lawyer
  • American Trial Academy
  • 2020
  • Premier Lawyers of America
  • Premier Lawyers of America
  • 2020
  • Top Ranking Attorney
  • American Association of Attorney Advocates
  • 2020
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2019
  • Pro Bono Service Award
  • St. Mary's University
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (20)
Endorse Nicholas
Unknown Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent lawyer who treats clients with patience, care, understanding, and utmost professionalism - an even better person and I wholeheartedly recommend for future services."
Child custody Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Mr. Gaunt. Both my client and I have contacted Mr. Gaunt and he has been helpful and knowledgeable on the laws. He is smart and knows family law. I appreciate his ability to hone in on the issues and give practical advice. I highly recommend NJ! If you need an attorney, he is the ONE to fight for you."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. His answers to questions posed are very informative and well thought out."
Child custody Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Gaunt is very knowledgeable in all family law matters and seems to have a no-nonsense direct approach to these complex family law issues, which, in my experience, is very important for clients. I sincerely endorse him because I agree with his approach and I believe that he will offer the best representation to his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Gaunt provides thoughtful and articulate responses to client's questions. He represents his clients with a passion to getting the best result."
Child custody Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nicholas is an excellent attorney who truly cares about his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have been impressed by Attorney Gaunt's posts on this forum. I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Gaunt is a tough, but professional, advocate for his clients. I have worked opposite him on many cases and have been highly impressed with the manner in which he represented his client. i highly endorse this attorney."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Gaunt is a quality attorney that diligently advocates for his clients both in and out of the courtroom. Mr. Gaunt's comprehensive knowledge of the law and his fastidious application of it often proves to be very beneficial for his clients. I heartily endorse Mr. Gaunt."
Family Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Friend
"NJ is a winner. He combines a razor sharp intellect with a steadfast determination to do what he believes is right. There are many lawyers out there who claim to fight for justice. There are many more who claim to be zealous advocates for justice. NJ Gaunt is a warrior for justice. I endorse his work."
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