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 Houstonia Magazine listed me as one of the top family law attorneys in the Houston area for the past 3 years.  I did not pay for this recognition & was pleasantly surprised to have been chosen to receive this honor.


For 2015, In H-Texas Magazine I was selected as one of the best attorney-mediators in Houston. Again, I did not pay for this recognition.


I encourage people to mediate their case instead of allowing a stranger (a judge) to determine what is best for their children.  YOU know what will work best for your family. Mediation offers you more options than the judge can order.


I handle mediations at the beginning of a divorce (known as early intervention mediation) and the mediation right before trial (final orders). Sometimes I actually work with the people 2 or 3 times during their case. 


I am able to mediate afternoons, night & week-ends to accommodate most people's busy schedules.  Convenient location & free parking.  Casual, safe & cozy atmosphere. 


My prices are set to make mediation affordable to everyone.  A 4-hour mediation is $300 per side  (or $600 for 4 hours) then $75 per party per hour ($150 total hourly)  if you decide to continue past the initial 4-hour session. 


When acting as a mediator, I am unable to act as an attorney.  Therefore, I urge parties to retain legal counsel.  I am also unable to prepare legal documents.  I can give you the names of some affordable attorneys - but you make the final decision as to the attorney you hire to draft the final paperwork or use the free forms on 


The Mediated Legal Agreement is written in plain, easy to understand English so an attorney will need to prepare the final paperwork in "legaleze" for a Judge to sign. 


I am also willing to prepare the required paperwork for uncontested family law (paternity, child support, child custody, modification, divorce, etc.) if everyone is in agreement and there are no outstanding issues to "fight" over. 


In 2016, I am serving on the boards of Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity-Bellaire Alumni Chapter, Association for Conflict Resolution-Houston Chapter and Texas Association of Mediators. 


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Practice areas


  1. Mediation: 80%
    12 years
  2. Uncontested Divorce: 5%
    25 years
  3. Divorce: 5%
    22 years
  4. Family: 2%
    22 years
  5. Other: 8%
  6. More 



Hourly ($275-350/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (10 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Christine Rosetta Thrash

    If you are looking for a mediator with creative ideas and a unique approach to resolve your legal matter, then Ms. Brochstein if the right mediator for your case. She helped my client maneuver a tough, emotional divorce and we settled a highly contested matter.


    Christine Thrash Alimony Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Angela Williams Seymour

    I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Brochstein is a great contributor to Avvo. From her answers not only do you understand that she knows her business but you know she is passionate about her work and is a caring attorney. I think the Avvo users, as well as, her clients in Texas are lucky to have the benefit of her expertise.


    Angela Seymour Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199107/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
One of Houston's best attorney mediatorsH Texas Magazine2015
Named as one of the leading mediators in HoustonHoustonia Magzine2015
One of the top family law attorneys in HoustonHoustonia Magazine2014
One of the top family law attorneys in HoustonHoustonia Magazine2013
Admitted to the U. S. Supreme CourtU. S. Supreme Court2009
An Equal Access Champion 06-10Houston Bar Association2006
Volunteer RecognitionHouston Volunteer Lawyers Program2001
AIDS Advocate AwardHouston Bar Association for Human Rights1993
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Mediator & AttorneyLaw & Mediation Office of Fran Brochstein2004 - Present
Mediation InstructorNational American University2015 - 2015
Intership247th Family Court of Harris County1990 - 1991
Staff Attorney & Project CoordinatorHouson Volunteer Lawyers Program1990 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
Academy of Professional Family MediatorsMember2016 - Present
Association of Family Conciliation Courtsmember2015 - Present
Texas Association of MediatorsBoard Member2015 - Present
Association of Attorney-MediatorsMember2014 - Present
Texas Mediator Roundtable AssociationMember2013 - Present
Association for Conflict ResolutionMember2011 - Present
Texas Association of MediatorsMember2007 - Present
Houston Chapter - Association for Conflict Resolution2016 President2006 - Present
Texas Mediator Credentialing AssociationMember2006 - Present
Harris County Dispute Resolution CenterVolunteer Mediator2005 - Present
Houston Bar FoundationFellow1995 - Present
Houston Bar AssociationMember1991 - Present
State Bar of TexasMember1991 - Present
Delta Theta Phi Law FraternityAlumni1991 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2012 - 2013
Texas Family Law FoundationMember2012 - 2013
Phi Gamma Nu Business FraternityBoard Member2007 - 2013
International Alliance of Holistic LawyersBoard Member2005 - 2011
Houston Holistic Chamber of CommerceMember2003 - 2005
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Mediation - 9/30/08Partial settlement - 3 issues to go before Judge
Family MediationModification - Resolved all issues but one
Latest Do It Yourself KitDivorce in Progress
See all legal cases 
Publication nameTitleDate
mediation.com7 Reasons to Use Mediation to Settle Family Disputes2014
One Page WisdomBreathe2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
South Texas College of LawN/AN/A1990
University of HoustonBusiness TechnologyB. S.1976
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Met with approx. 10 women to discuss their concerns & to have them better understand Texas lawsEstate Planning for Women2015
Dr. Barbara Manousso's Family Law Mediation TrainingFamily Law Mediation Training2015
40 Hour Basic Mediation TrainingNational American University Mediation Training2015
Family Law Mediation TrainingDispute Resolution Center - Break-out session Leader2014
Family Law MediationIntro to Texas Family Law2014
Dr. Barbara Manousso's Basic 40 hr. Mediation TrainingBasic Mediation Training - I was one of the trainers2013
Dr. Barbara Manousso Family Law Mediation & Training SeminarBasic Family Law Training - I was one of the trainers2013
Dr. Barbara Manousso's Basic 40 hour Mediation TrainingBasic Mediation Training - I was one of the trainers2012
Dispute Resolution Center's Family Mediation TrainingFamily Mediation Training - I was one of the trainers2012
January monthly meeting of the Houston Holistic Chamber of CommerceImportance of Estate Planning2009
Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity ConferenceSolo Practice2009
Inner City Senior Citizen's GroupEstate Planning2008
Elkins High SchoolThe Importance of Jury Duty & Now that your are an adult2008
Blue Moon Family Law Paralegal SeminarMediation2008
HBA Law Week & HISD High SchoolsThe Importance of Jury Service2006
TX Family Law Practice for ParalegalsMediation2005
Practice Areas for ParalegalsFactors to consider when working in a family law office2005
TX Family Law Practice for ParalegalsMediation2003
Frequent speaker to AIDS groups in the Houston areaThe Importance of Estate Planning2003
Frequent speaker to local high schools & AIDS groupsAIDS & the Law2002
Frequent speaker to the elderly & low income groupsPutting Your Affairs in Order2001