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Mary Elizabeth Van Orman

Adoption Attorney at Houston, TX

3.7   41 reviews

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State TX
Status Not Eligible to Practice - Administrative Suspension
Acquired 1993
Updated 01/25/2023

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2019. See details

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Van Orman & Associates, PC
440 Louisiana Street
Suite 723
Houston, TX, 77002


3.7 / 5.0
  41 customer reviews
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Posted by Julia | March 25, 2021
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Went above and beyond
Ms Van Orman is epic through her brilliant & intuitive application of legal knowledge and skill in divorce representation. She offered me her unconditional support through her counsel. The other attorneys I employed were apathetic and only concerned with their personal financial outcome.
Posted by MLP | April 22, 2019
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First Divorce
This was my first ! Mary’s ???? Mary is not for divorce but if there is no way to work it out ? Mary is the way to get it done . Mary knows the laws and knows how to protect her clients best interests and keeps everything real to the end . Worth every dollar and timing is always perfect. Mary is very passionate about others family and doing the right things for them . Blessed that Mary was my Attorney
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Posted by Krystal | March 25, 2019
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The absolute best!!!
I had a previous attorney that messed up my whole case. Mary came in and cleaned everything up and protected me and my children against an abusive ex husband. I finally have an attorney that will truly fight for me!! We will forever be thankful for Mary! She is unstoppable in the courtroom and puts everything on the line for her clients! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!
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Posted by Anonymous | October 17, 2018
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I had a case dealing with false CPS allegations and an ensuing custody battle. Mary was there for me every step of the way and was a rockstar in court, destroying the other attorney and her case. I would highly recommend Mary.
Posted by anonymous | July 3, 2018
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Best Custody Lawyer
We hired Mary for our custody case after another attorney really messed it up. She took care of all our requests and won the case. She and her staff were very prompt and professional. We will hire her again if we need to.
Posted by Allison | June 26, 2018
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Brilliant, Amazing, will fight for you!
I hired Mary to represent me in my divorce from my abusive husband. She is truly brilliant, quick on her feet, aggressive in her pursuit of justice for you and your children. She will work hard to protect you. She is a mother that understands the issues and all the emotional turmoil that divorce brings for you and for your children. Mary is at home in the court room. She does not back down. I am forever grateful for her and Jayna’s dedication and hard work on my protective order case. Mary is the only attorney that I would refer friends or family to.
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Posted by Krystal | March 26, 2018
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Goes to bat for me
Mary is a very good lawyer, I have never had somebody so tough be on my side always. Granted she is very busy but the one thing that I've always noticed is she knows exactly which case she's on at which time no matter if she has to go to a different courtroom or not her memory is amazing. Even through hardships in her own life she sticks her neck out for those who can't do it themselves. Although she is expensive it is well worth the money in time she spends for me. I would have never have gotten this far without her integrity and guidance and support. She's the best thing that was put in my path and I would not change it for the world. She has been there every step of the way and has told me what it is that we are going to do and how it's going to get done. Though sometimes things don't always go as planned when we need them to she's always doing her job so that I can keep mine.
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Posted by anonymous | April 16, 2017
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Good Lawyer
May take awhile but the end results were very good for my son. She does not mince words. Very knowledgeable regarding family law.
Posted by anonymous | March 25, 2017
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Mary was compassionate to my unique situation and dedicated to fighting for my parental rights as a father of a small child. I cannot speak for others, but after exhausting other failed legal counsel, I found her to be the ideal fit to have represent me in my divorce case. Not only did she deeply care about my case, she cared about me as a person and how I was handling it all through the process. Mary is definitely someone you want on your side to help you through a difficult divorce.. I highly recommend her.
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Posted by anonymous | March 24, 2017
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Very helpful
Mary and her assistant are both knowledgeable and competent. They guided me through a very trying time in my life and got me a custody arrangement I was happy with and a fair settlement despite the fact that it was really a messy divorce and mediation failed.
Posted by Michael | January 5, 2017
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Mary gets the job done. Understand though--Mary is very busy. Mary may not get back to you right away. Mary is expensive. Mary will tell you if what you are looking for is feasible or even in the best interest of your children. She pulls no punches to you or the opposition. I like that. The best part of working with Mary though is watching all the other attorneys (mediation or wherever) kiss up to her because they want to stay on her good side. Seriously. And every one of them at some point pulled me aside and congratulated me on hiring the best. I will reiterate one more time. She will tell you and fight for what is in the best interest of your children.
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Posted by anonymous | May 19, 2016
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The Champ!!
Amazing. Fierce. Strong. Mary Van Orman worked for me like no other, night and day. I had an extremely difficult Divorce and Custody case that otherAttorneys turned down, but NOT Mary she took me on and Won my case like the champion she is!! Highly recommended, you wont be sorry!!
Posted by Tracy | September 1, 2015
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Excellent Attorney
Mary is all about the client. She has gone the extra mile and then some for me. I have been a client of Mary's for over 15 years first with a child custody case and now divorce. She is dedicated and works until she gets the best resolution for her clients. I would highly recommend her to anyone that wants to come out the winner in their case. She fights for her clients and doesn't let them get taken to the cleaners. I wish there was more family law attorneys like Mary who put their client first above all else.
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Posted by MARIA | September 1, 2015
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I had one of the most ugly, complicated and unique divorce cases in the Montgomery county! Mary stood by me every step of the way. She is professional and the best in family law practice. I firstly made a bad choice picking the wrong lawyer who left me with a really bad experience. Mary corrected his mistakes and fought for me and my kids. I never felt neglected or ignored by her. I recommend her with my eyes closed.
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Posted by Ron | September 1, 2015
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Family Law at its Best!
Mary Van Orman has been my go-to attorney for many of my family matters over the last 5 years or so. Mary and her support staff have the experience needed to tackle Texas Family Law. Mary has a very professional court room demeanor and made me proud to stand beside her while representing me.
Posted by Pat | September 1, 2015
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I would highly recommend Mary Van Orman. She will go above and beyond for you. She is very ethical and knows the law inside and out. Thanks to Mary our grandson is in a safe environment .
Posted by Karen | August 5, 2015
I call her the shark!!
After 27 years of marriage I thought we could end it with class. However my soon to be ex did not want a divorce. As a result he did his best to stall. My secret weapon was Mary!! She advised me on how to protect myself and daughter financially plus she new how to work the system allowing the divorce to finalize just 6 months after I filed. I could e-mail her anytime of day and she or her assistant would respond within 24 hours. Worth every penny!!!
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Posted by Brenda | May 5, 2015
Child custody mediation
My family has utilized Mary Van Orman's expertise in the matter of amending child custody agreements and having previous arrangements reversed in the best interest of my grandchildren. She is brilliant in her field, aggressive when needed and always assertive. We found her to be caring and forthright. She arranged mediation for us that helped us to avoid a trial but gave a positive outcome for my grandchildren. We have consulted with her many times before the case on divorce, child custody, child abuse and neglect. CPS had been notified but it wasn't until Mary got involved that things started to change for the better. We have since continued to confer with her matters that involve visitation with the other parent. I would recommend Mary Van Orman and have done so. Our relationship with Mary Van Orman as an attorney or consultant has been ongoing for approximately 20 years. I wouldn't hesitate to retain her again. Thank you, a very grateful grandmother.
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Posted by Fred | May 5, 2015
I spent over two years, close to $40K and went through 3 attorneys until I found Mary. It was an act of God, and a huge blessing that I saw her in vestibule at the Montgomery county court house during the trial of the woman that killed my oldest son by way of a DWI wreck. I witnessed Mary handing another attorney his proverbial a**, along with the client, and right away, I knew I had to retain her. I was scheduled for a mediation the next day with my ex-wife (yes, I AM a single father) but upon our lunch meeting a bit later that day, Mary insisted that, because of my grief and the ongoing trial, that there was no way I was to be at that mediation. She made phone calls to the appropriate people, and just like that, the mediation for my youngest son was put on hold, much to the dismay of my ex and her attorney! At this point, Mary hadn't asked me for a dime. I made arrangements with attorney of record to send over the remainder of the retainer to Mary's office, and hired the best family attorney I have ever had the privilege of hiring! On that note, Mary stayed with me and my family throughout the trial, which only assured me that, not only did I hire the best and brightest, but an attorney with an actual heart! How many attorneys would do that for a client? The next time we were in court, Mary made sure that my youngest son would not have to see his birth mother throughout the time we were in litigation (this was a huge boost for my son!). Upon the rescheduled mediation, my ex relinquished her rights to my son, and he has never been more well-adjusted, and more self-assured since having to be subjected to his birth mother (she had disappeared from his life years before, and my other two attorneys hadn't been able to get my son any reprieve). I'll say this about Mary; she is a bit more expensive than most family lawyers, but my son is worth every dime. She is also Board Certified specifically in family law, which is also worth the price. Most attorneys in this field also handle criminal cases, or other matters that don't necessarily carry a specialization. For these and other reasons, I highly recommend Mary Van Orman, and have referred several others to her. The title for this review is simple: Everyone has heard the term "Bringing the big guns"; I don't. I bring the "Nuclear Arsenal", which is exactly what anyone would want to have going into difficult situations where family law is concerned. Thank you Mary; you gave me my son and total peace of mind!
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Posted by Kim | January 18, 2014
Mary and her staff vigorously fought for my son! They were compassionate, supportive, and knowledgable. They resolved my case quickly and with a win in court! Best family law attorney, hands down. I would highly recommend Mary VanOrman to any of my friends or clients.
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Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2019.

Public Reprimand issued in TX, 2019
updated on 01/24/2020

Public reprimand means an attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The State gives the lawyer a public reprimand in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior. Details of the infraction are made part of the public record.

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Van Orman and Associates
  • 1995 - Present
  • Associate
  • Law Office of Dennis Kelly
  • 1993 - 1995


  • South Texas College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993


  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • Fellow
  • N/A
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Association of Women Attorneys
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Family Law American Inn of Court
  • Barrister
  • N/A
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Director
  • 2002 - 2003
  • Houston Bar Association's Legal Lines
  • Board of Directors
  • 1998 - 1999
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Board Certified - Family Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 1998


  • Houston Lawyer
  • The Solo Practioner
  • 1996

Speaking Engagements

  • Burta Raborn Family Inns of Court
  • Domicile Restrictions
  • 2000

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Houston Adoption Lawyer Mary Elizabeth Van Orman
Mary Elizabeth Van Orman
Adoption Attorney
Houston, TX
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2019. See details