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Catherine Hale Herrington

Divorce and separation Attorney at Houston, TX

5.0   17 reviews

also known as Catherine Herrington Hale, Cathy Hale

  • Licensed for 25 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1998
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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

About Catherine

Learn Catherine’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    60%
    divorce; child custody; property agreements; property division; enforcements; pre and post nuptial agreements; grandparents rights.

  2. Family
    15%
    parentage, grandparent rights, suits affecting the parent child relationship, child custody arrangements.

  3. Probate
    15%
    Wills, Will Contests, Guardianships; Drafting of Medical directives and powers of attorney.

  4. Personal injury
    10%
    sex abuse; pastor abuse; personal injury; wrongful death

INTEGRITY. EXPERIENCE. RESULTS.

Catherine ("Cathy") Herrington Hale is the founder of the Herrington Law Firm. She is a fourth generation Texan and an experienced trial lawyer representing clients for twenty years. With the support of The Herrington Law Firm, she continues to be an effective litigator and skilled conflict negotiator.

Cathy has been practicing law since November of 1998 and is Board Certified in Family Law.

She has successfully tried and mediated hundreds of cases for individuals and select business entities. Prior to practicing law, from 1993 to 1995, she worked in Congress as a legislative aide and grants coordinator in Washington, DC for Houston Congressman Gene Green.

Cathy is a big supporter and Foundation Board Member of the Houston Council of Recovery, which provides family and individual support to those affected by mental illness and/or addiction.  

Awards

Platinum Client Champion

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Posted by anonymous | October 15, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Family court advice
Cathy Hale was recommended to me at a time when I needed additional help and support after years of legal battles in a custody case. She was knowledgeable, calm and was able to look at the case quickly and precisely, and give the advice that we needed.
Posted by Laura | June 15, 2015
Cathy is a Phenomenal Attorney!!
Cathy Herrington Hale represented me in a custody case against my ex-husband. My ex-husband was seeking custody of my two daughters who are 3 and 6 years old. As you can imagine, to go through litigation is a very stressful experience and as the average citizen I knew very little about how the legal process worked. My case was decided by a jury and I am so thankful that I was able to keep my girls. Cathy is not only an AMAZING lawyer but also a fantastic person. She is the type of lawyer that is very passionate about her job and truly cares about you as a client. Cathy has a perfect mix of being an outstanding and knowledgeable lawyer and the type of human being that really cares about you and your family. She definitely takes the time to know you really well and that type of bonding with your lawyer is something that plays to your advantage in court. To hire Cathy has been the best decision I have ever made and I will always thank God for meeting her. When Cathy decides to take your case is to WIN. Something that differentiates Cathy from other lawyers is her ability to start trial with a strategy and depending on how trial is evolving, adjust certain things to make sure you are maximizing your chances of winning. This is a strength that is very difficult to find among lawyers. Cathy is very articulate, has an inspirational speech and she connects very well with the jury. The jurors that decided our case loved her and when she did the closing arguments you could see in the eyes of the jurors that they were with us. I highly recommend Cathy. Please spend the time to hire the right lawyer for your case. Lawyers are a decisive factor for maximizing your chances of winning. Cathy is not only my lawyer for life but also a friend for a life.
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Posted by Rebecca | November 21, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Senior Paralegal
I have known Cathy for more than 20 years. I worked directly with her professionally, and have also worked with her as a client with SEVERAL family member whom I referred over the years. She is an incredible attorney and a caring individual. Having worked in the legal field literally my whole life, I am not one who gives professional referrals often, however, Cathy is definitely the exception to the rule. HIGHLY recommend.
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Posted by Monica | November 18, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney!
My husband and I had to switch attorneys right before trial when fighting for custody of our granddaughter. Cathy Hale Herrington stepped up to the plate and took over as if she had been working the case from the start. She took our case to trial and we won custody which is not easy for grandparents to do! She is a brilliant attorney who knows the law. Cathy is sincerely passionate and cares about your case and situation. She is very comfortable to talk with about difficult situations and she makes you feel comfortable during trial, the time when you need it most. I would highly recommend Cathy for anyone seeking a family law attorney. You will not be disappointed.
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Posted by Susan | October 7, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce
I just finished divorcing my husband of 46 years, and cannot imagine having done it without The Herrington Law Firm. Cathy Herrington Hale is compassionate in her office and brilliant in the courtroom. The judge always awarded me more than I was told to expect. Her staff is well trained and wonderfully communicative. I always knew what was happening and what was going to come. Working with this firm made this terrible experience bearable and now I feel prepared to face my future with confidence and financial security.
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Posted by Albert | July 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
All-Star performer!
Cathy was recommended by a friend and hiring her was the best thing I could have possibly done. An ugly divorce from a person who has several personal issues could have train wrecked my life but Cathy would not let that happen. She is kind and patient and she really cares about you as a person. To her, you are not another case, you are a friend in need of help. And thats what she does, she helps. I unfortunately had to see Cathy a few times in the courtroom and when I did she was very impressive! She is like Tom Brady in the 2:00 minute drill. She was prepared, focused, smart and plays chess while the others are playing checkers. No matter what your situation is, Cathy will make it better. I am so happy I found Cathy Herrington, and you will be, too.
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Posted by Cicely | June 21, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ms.
Cathy and her staff were always very professional, even after the conclusion of my case.
Posted by Rebecca | May 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Child Support Case
Cathy was a fantastic asset to us as our attorney in a child support dispute. She was very professional got the desired result we(Husband & I) wanted. She’s honest and will not sugar coat what in her knowledge and experience will happen.
Posted by anonymous | January 4, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best decision I ever made
I hired Cathy to be my divorce lawyer and I remain grateful for her everyday! My world fell apart and I was frantically trying to find a divorce lawyer; a dear friend recommended Cathy. I got in touch with her and she took my desperate call one night. She spent an hour on the phone with me. She listened and gave her honest opinion of my situation. I had contacted several other lawyers before her and the fit just wasn't right. I liked what she had to say, she didn't push me, and the next day I retained her as my lawyer. I met with her for the first time the following week and within a minute of meeting her I knew I had made the right choice. I could immediately tell that she was not only very intelligent, but I also loved her energy, her personality, and I could tell that she really cared about me as a client. Cathy was very mindful about how much things were costing me. She would explain options to me, but would also explain that it may not be worth the cost in the long run. This was really important to me as well; I really appreciated that about her. Another thing that stood out to me was how fast Cathy could process and create a new plan when situations changed. Knowing that my lawyer was at the top of her game and well respected in the legal community really put my mind at ease. It was quite impressive to see her in action in the courtroom. I knew that no matter what came our way she could handle it. I liked that it was a small office so it didn't take me long to get to know the staff there and for them to get to know me. I had a lot of interaction with her paralegal David. He is nothing short of amazing. Throughout this whole divorce process there was so much uncertainty, but one thing I know for sure is that because I had Cathy as my lawyer I got the best outcome possible. I learned my lesson. Pre-nup next time. Will hire Cathy for that too!
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Posted by Gregory | October 8, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Family lawyer wins full custody for father
I hired Cathy to help me right before trial after working with an attorney who had done a terrible job preparing my case. Cathy was very knowledgeable and took an aggressive approach. Cathy and her team were very professional throughout the process. I was impressed with her honesty and candor and was very confident with her as my attorney for my custody trial. As a father fighting for full custody of my son I knew that I needed an attorney that was well respected and experienced. Cathy did not disappoint me. I would highly recommend her.
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Posted by anonymous | May 3, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing attorney and friend
Cathy was recommended to me years ago when I first started going through my divorce, and I wish I would have hired her then. I thought she was more than I could afford, but after a five year divorce, I knew it would have been much quicker and cheaper with her by my side. Unlike the other attorney's I hired (and ended up having to fire), she didn't just take my money and show up for court. She cared. And not just her, EVERYONE in her office had a vested interest in my case and my kids. They knew how difficult this road had already been for us and how much more difficult it was going to be. They were understanding, patient, kind and absolutely amazing. I wasn't just up against a jerk ex that didn't care if he destroyed our children to get to me, he actually had people willing to lie to that end. Not just friends and family, an actual licensed professional. As difficult as it was and as grim as the outcome looked, Cathy, Megan and Karen NEVER left our side. They could have had us settle or give in to the ridiculous demands of the other side, but they didn't. They knew that even if the lie was never found out we wanted to do whatever we could to try to get the kids out of that environment. We planned and prepared for weeks before the trial and they made the process as pleasant as it could possibly be. I was in amazing hands with Cathy and Megan during the trial. Not only did they stick to the facts to try to keep the case as civil as possible, but they were able to get ALL of the facts of the case out in the open. Win or lose, I can't tell you how amazing that was, and against all odds, the judge ruled in our favor. I know Cathy and her team are the only reason my kids are thriving right now. We owe so much to her that we will never be able to articulate or pay back. Having her represent me gave me hope for the first time in many many years. You would think with all of her years of experience she would be hardened to the process, like so many of the attorneys I've encountered, but it seems to have had the opposite impact on her. She cares so much about the human factor in her cases and what's going on in our lives, not just what's relevant to court. She's renewed my faith in lawyers and after 8 long terrible years, my family and I can now sleep well at night. If you're looking to get back at your ex or engage in mud slinging or any such nonsense, don't hire her. It's a waste of both of your time and money. If you're doing your best to co-parent and help your children cope with life after divorce and your ex is deliberately and maliciously interfering with that and you have no other option, call Cathy. Tell her what's going on, tell her what you hope to accomplish, and get moving in the right direction for the good of your family. My only regret is that I hoped for too long that things would get better and that I was somehow avoiding a more acrimonious divorce by not pursing legal action. Trust me when I tell you that is not the case. Having an attorney doesn't make your divorce worse, it protects you in case the other party wants to make it bad. Even if you're sure your divorce is going to go smoothly and you can both act like adults and in the best interests of your children, Cathy and her associates are absolutely outstanding in mediation. Even if everyone agrees, divorce is very stressful and the mediation part of it is just awful. They make the process smooth and as stress free as possible. They do everything they can to keep negotiations calm and rational and to present all of the options with pros and cons and possible next steps. I absolutely ADORE Cathy and her no nonsense approach to everything. She is just what we needed and I couldn't be more thankful and grateful to count her as one of my dear friends. Even if you don't think you need Cathy, trust me ... you do. She's the perfect fit for every type of divorce and you will be so glad to have her during this process.
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Posted by Kelli | April 22, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Grateful
Very Grateful I was able to work with Mrs. Hale for my divorce. At a time that is stressful, Cathy, took the time to answer my questions and concerns. She addressed important matters and I was simply in aw of watching her work during the mediation process. I would hire her again in a heartbeat.
Posted by Clare | April 20, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Family Lawyer
When I came to Cathy, I was confused - coming out of a very abusive relationship I simply didn't know which way to go. She listened intently and gave me her advise from a place of strength and integrity, which is exactly what I needed. She patiently got me through my divorce, meticulously combing over everything in my case, and looking at all the angles and perspectives for my protection and maximum benefit. She got me everything I asked for and more. Her staff became like family to me and always warmly welcomed me. I still know that I can count on her to be on my side for anything I need in the future. I honestly cannot imagine going through such a difficult time of this divorce without the strong defender I had in her. I am thankful for her keen insight, her loyal integrity, and her honesty that I could always count on. I would recommend her very highly for anyone who needs a strong defense and a staff that sees everything through to the finest detail.
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Posted by Danny | April 19, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Child Support
Cathy was a fantastic asset to us as our attorney in a child support dispute. She made the mediation process as smooth as possible explaining the pros and cons of each possible decision to be made. Her vast experience in matters like these was invaluable. I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking help with family law.
Posted by Jessica | June 18, 2014
An Attorney With Integrity
I've had the misfortune of having to go to court twice in the past - first for divorce, second for custody. When my ex-husband filed a modification to lower child support, I was faced with having to hire an attorney for the third time. My previous lawyer fees had gotten unrealistically high, so I began consulting with different attorneys and asking friends for recommendations. When I met with Cathy based on a referral from a friend, I knew immediately she was the right fit and my instincts were right on. She took my financial situation into account and worked out a deal with me that was more fair than any other lawyer I had consulted with. Though this is way she obviously makes a living, Cathy was the first attorney I met that seemed to truly have compassion and want to help, seeing beyond her own financial gain. My case turned out to be a success. And it is all because of Cathy's ability to be sharp, knowledgeable, and aggressive - while at the same time, in a friendly, calming way. If I ever need an attorney again, she will always be who I call, and I would highly recommend her.
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Posted by nick | December 12, 2013
cathy is the best
Cathy is a monster she demolishish all other attorneys even as a felon father miss cathy got me way more than any other lawyer said I Would get I wanted custody but ended up deciding on joint custody do to the fact I was fresh out of prison even though I am confident she could have got me it and she was as well fighting for custody is always a risk
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Posted by Trevor & Kristy Pinder | October 23, 2012
Houston "TOP" attorney CATHERINE HALE HERRINGTON
Catherine Hale Herrington did what everyone said couldn't be done.......I am a proud father with custody of my son! Catherine and staff worked day and night for months on my case. She has a lot of dedication in her clients. Today our home is complete, I have my son home and I have only one person to THANK..........CATHERINE HALE HERRINGTON!
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-450 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President
  • The Herrington Law Firm
  • 2006 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Johnson, Spalding, Doyle, West and Trent
  • 2003 - 2006
  • Associate Attorney
  • Davis, Oretsky, & Guilfoyle
  • 2001 - 2003
  • Associate Attorney
  • Daw & Ray, PC
  • 1998 - 2001
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Education

  • University of Houston
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • Vesalius College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993

Associations

  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section
  • member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Houston Family Lawyer
  • H Texas Magazine
  • 2017
  • Top Houston Lawyer
  • H Texas Magazine
  • 2017
  • Top Lawyer
  • Houston Magazine
  • 2016
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Top Lawyer
  • Houston Magazine
  • 2015
  • Top Female Executive
  • Word Wide Publishing
  • 2015
  • Top Lawyer
  • Houston Magazine
  • 2014
  • Top Lawyer
  • Houston Magazine
  • 2013
  • Top Lawyer
  • Houston Magazine
  • 2012
  • Top Lawyer
  • Houston Magazine
  • 2011
  • Top Lawyer
  • Houston Magazine
  • 2010
  • Top Lawyer
  • Houston Magazine
  • 2009
  • Byron McCoy Trial Advocacy Scholarship
  • University of Houston Law School
  • 1998
  • Order of the Barristers
  • University of Houston Law School
  • 1998
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Speaking Engagements

  • University of Houston Paralegal Course
  • Family Law
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (4)
Endorse Catherine
Family Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Cathy Herrington is a brilliant attorney who is well-respected in the legal community. She is a tenacious, principled, smart advocate for her clients. She has the highest ethics, whether interacting with clients, courts, or opposing counsel. I have referred dozens of clients to her and have always gotten rave reviews about how well-represented they were by Cathy. She is the kind of lawyer that everyone wishes they had -- or wishes they were."
Family Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Cathy for over 10 years. I refer people with family law and other litigation matters to her on a regular basis because she is ethical, smart, and hard working, I am proud that she is a member of the legal community."
Family Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of working with Ms. Hale on a number of matters. I seek her out and value her opinion when I am in need of co-counsel or a consulting attorney on a matter. I have the highest opinion of Ms. Hale's dedication, ethics, client advocacy,and abilities as an attorney in case analysis, development, strategy, and in trial."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Cathy is an excellent litigator. She is tenacious and professional."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ms. Herrington is an excellent lawyer and I would recommend her to anyone."
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Houston Divorce and separation Lawyer Catherine Hale Herrington
Catherine Hale Herrington
Divorce and separation Attorney
Houston, TX
Licensed for 25 years