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Denise Guajardo Khoury

Family Attorney at Houston, TX

4.8   25 reviews

also known as Guajardo Khoury Family Law

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  • Licensed for 18 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2005
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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

About Denise

Learn Denise’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Family
    55%
    Focusing in all areas of Family Law, including the specialized area of Collaborative Law (a personalized & private approach to property division or child-related matters outside of the courtroom & public eye), Pre-Marital Agreements, Gender-Marker Changes, International (HAGUE) and Interstate (UCCJEA) custody or child support (UIFSA) disputes; Providing services in both English- and Spanish-speaking clients.

    20 years

  2. Divorce and separation
    25%

    18 years

  3. Child custody
    15%
    Child Custody Matters: International Hague claims; UCCJEA Interstate disputes; Collaborative Agreement - non-traditional custody agreements.

    18 years

  4. Mediation
    5%
    Mediating in Spanish or English in all areas of Family Law.

    15 years

MY MANTRA IS “THE INFORMED AND EDUCATED CLIENT” - USING COMPASSION AND PROFESSIONALISM.

DENISE KHOURY
Firm founder, Denise Khoury, is a skilled family law attorney with over a decade of experience in handling Texas, interstate, and international cases with clients whose first language is English or Spanish. Ms. Khoury is a certified and experienced mediator who believes that when parties settle outside of court, their temporary or final agreement will have a better chance of long-term success. She is also a strong proponent of parties resolving their issues through the Collaborative Law process; a successful form of Alternative Dispute Resolution, which focuses on handling sensitive family law matters in a private, custom way outside of the standard, public courthouse experience. Additionally, Denise Khoury serves as Amicus Attorney representing the best interest of children who are in the middle of litigation.

Prior to graduating from South Texas College of Law in downtown Houston, Texas, Ms. Khoury attended the University of St. Thomas where she graduated with a B.A. in International Studies and Business. Ms. Khoury is a native Houstonian with long-lasting friendships that originated from her elementary, middle school, and high school years at Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart. After Houston, Ms. Khoury's home and heart is with her extended family in Mexico. Her husband and partner of many years inspires her love of Middle Eastern history, culture, and food.

Ms. Khoury takes pride in the work, passion, and empathy that she provides for each client and their uniquely personal life events that have lead them to seek her services, whether for filing an original suit, simply seeking advice and education, or rectifying mistakes of prior counsels.

Awards

Client's Choice 2019,2013
Client's Choice
2019 2013

Contact Denise

Guajardo Khoury, PC
1800 St. James Place, Ste. 105
Houston, TX, 77056
Guajardo Khoury, P.C. (By Appointment Only)
8140 Spring Cypress
Spring, TX, 77379-7702
Guajardo Khoury, P.C. (By Appointment Only)
6542 Greatwood Parkway, Suite A
Sugar Land, TX, 77479
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Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  25 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2019
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | July 1, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Amazing attorney
Ms. Khoury was very knowledgeable and explained to us in detail what steps we could take with our problem, now and in the future.
Posted by Kelli | May 20, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Absolute Best !
I'm blessed to have found Denise & her team. Denise accomplished more in my divorce case in 6 weeks than my previous attorney had in a year. She is not only more than competent, but supportive & understanding during what is of course is a stressful time for anyone. Don't hesitate to hire her!
Posted by Ally | April 22, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Compassion and competent
I needed to prepare a post nuptial and a promissory note and Denise was efficient and thoughtful in her process. She was very pleasant to work with very knowledgeable and comleto and as a bonus also a very kind person. I was very grateful for her assistance in both these matters and can highly recommend her
Posted by John | January 2, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Compassion, Calmness and Empathy
Kind of long, but worth the read... I consulted with Denise about a year ago to help me figure out a mess of problems I was facing with the AG. One of which, my prior attorney made a wording error on a Termination order and they wouldn't accept it. Unfortunately, I opted to go back to my old attorney to have them clean up their mistake, thinking it would be cheaper and that they would stand behind their work. I was wrong. Denise sent me a heart-felt, handwritten letter, expressing compassion and empathy for my situation. It meant a lot to me that someone else understood the mess I was in and recognized it wasn't my fault. I regret not having hired her then to help fix my mess. I truly believe Denise would have been less expensive in the long run, negotiated better outcomes for me and gotten the messes cleaned up faster. Recently I hired Denise to help me with another, more serious problem. I made a mistake and it blew up. (Nothing twisted, my ex was just really wound up.) I needed an honest assessment and compassion to help figure out what to do. On our consultation call she contacted the other attorney and was able to negotiate a reasonable agreement getting me access to my kids very quickly. I hired Denise, because she is compassionate and a calming force on me and my case. (The angrier you and your ex are, the more you're going to spend and the longer it's going to take to get to an equitable resolution.) In a short time, she was able to get me access to my kids and keep me out of court. I know I made the right choice in hiring Denise and will continue to use her anytime something comes up. My only regret is not having known her 8 years ago when my ex and I parted ways. Denise and her team are a blessing and you would be lucky to have them by your side.
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Posted by Ken | August 10, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Character
A friend recommended Denise when I was served with divorce papers. I consulted with another attorney and then met with Denise mostly to be able to tell my friend I had met her and I am glad I did. The difference in attitude was striking. If you have read the other reviews here you will know about the concern and care that she and the team bring to the table. However, as much as I appreciated the attitude what has impressed me is 'character'. If you are like me you have heard hundreds of lawyer jokes. The jokes may be true of many in the profession but not Denise or her team. On two occasions Denise went out of her way to save me money. Once I wanted a consult but Denise gently asked me if there was anything that really needed an office visit, when I thought about it - the answer was 'No'. I truly appreciated the honesty and integrity, because that was a fee she did not get to bill. Denise did an excellent joy of walking me through the divorce process listening to my concerns about the outcome and helping make that a reality. I highly recommend the firm.
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Posted by Leslie | July 20, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Above and beyond all measures
I had just relocated to another state but was filing for divorce. I wasn't sure what actions to take as I would have to go through this process remotely and alone. I came into town to consult with a few other firms but had always left not feeling 100% confident...until I met with Denise. Not only was she extremely generous with her time by listening to my entire situation during our consultation, but she was also very interested in hearing what my needs were. I left that day feeling reassured with the process. I was guided through every step from the beginning and felt very comfortable knowing I would be able to go through this process from another state. Throughout the case, I was very fortunate to work with Teresa and Gabby as well who never missed a beat in keeping me updated and informed on all matters. I felt that I finally had plenty of options and was advised with most high quality honesty, knowledge, and professionalism. My biggest takeaway from this wonderful team is the personal kindness they outpoured. I felt that I was more than a client, I was supported as a friend. They definitely cared about understanding my needs and opinions and it was a bittersweet ending to my case as I really enjoyed working with these wonderful women! Fast forward through the pandemic, I am currently walking away from my finalized divorce feeling content, empowered, and confident. It might be odd to say, but if there is anyone that can turn an unfortunate life event such as a divorce into a positive experience, it's this team. Thank you so much to Denise and the team. I cannot say enough!
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Posted by anonymous | July 2, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Denise, Gabriela and Teresa
Amazing experience with Denise and her team. Gabriela is such an amazing person, she helped us with the entire case. They took great care of the case. Working with Denise and her team a blessing. Thank you so much, Oscar and Carolina
Posted by William | March 18, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very professional and Helpful .
Attorney Denise was very patience and took the time to educate me in this unfamiliar territory. Her team of paralegals walked me through out the process with kind and respect. Mrs. Guajardo advised and lead me to make decisions to impact positively the wellbeing of my kids future. She is fluent in Spanish and her understanding of cultural background helped me to feel more comfortable explaining my goals. I want to express my sincere gratitude to Ms. Gabriela Hernandez and Teresita Kennedy for the time they put breakdown all the information and making this process easy.
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Posted by Abin | November 28, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best!!!
I want to thank the Guajardo law firm! Denise, Gabi and Theresa were just phenominal just from the day 1! They are very compassionate and will work with you and advice you the best. I was new to the country and was scared and worried about my divorce as I was going through hell in my marriage. I have to say Denise gave me that confidence! Denise and Gabi have both represented me and they both are amazing the best compassionate attorney you can find and some one who is willing to fight for your rights! Theresa she has been so supportive and was there to talk to me at my every visit I go for, she reminds me of my mother every time she talks to me it just brings so much happiness in me and she boost me even though I maybe feeling low. Today I'm in much better place and happy!! I will recommend they 120% . Thank you once gain Team Guajardo!!
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Posted by Isabella | August 15, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Super Professional & Kind Attorney
I was being financially & emotionally assaulted by my original Attorney when I found i had no choice but to look for another attorney to help me end a very bad divorce, and an abusive client / Attorney situation. Between my now ex husband claiming all was "separate property", after 20 plus years of marriage, and the attorney I originally hired, which was horrifically excruciating & painful with the over billing and non ending exaggerated claims, of ridiculous settlement requests. All to create a waste of time, and my money. Interpreting an estate that did not exist - i was close to being hospitalized from the stress. I reached out to a multitude of clients and friends, and a Judge i know, for HELP and was referred to Denise Khoury! She and Her Team, Gabriela Hernandez, Attorney, and Theresa Kennedy, Paralegal, were a godsend. From the first moment I met her and her team i knew this would be a different experience. They accomplished in 3 and half months what my original attorney could not get close to doing in 11 months. I will forever be in their debt. This is what you should know! Above All! Getting a divorce, whether it is initiated by you or not - can be very stressful and painful. But - Hiring the WRONG attorney is WORSE then marrying the wrong partner. Please - save yourself from the experience i had with my previous attorney and her paralegal. Do your due diligence. READ THE Reviews, All the problems i endured with my previous attorney happened to other people! It was right there in BLACK & WHITE. Ridiculous Billing, Horrible attitude from the paralegal, being charged the Attorney Fee when it was ONLY the paralegal a client speaks to. Denise, Gabriela, and Theresa - Again, thank you for ending my nightmare, with my ex husband, and most importantly - Thank yal for rescuing me from the other Attorneys clutches. Isabella
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Posted by Alba | July 8, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Sin duda alguna la mejor!!
El primer día que mi esposo yo conocimos a Denise fue un día en el pensábamos no tener esperanza. Eso cambió después de hora y media! Le explicamos nuestro caso a Denise, ella Nos brindó su experiencia y nos dio La Paz que necesitábamos en ese momento. Nuestro proceso fue largo y como todo caso legal cansado, emocionalmente y físicamente! Lo bueno era cuando sentíamos que todo iba en contra Denise estaba ahí para darnos las fuerza que necesitábamos. Llamar a su oficina siempre era muy placentero, hablar con Teresa al igual nos daba la sensación de paz. Gabriela, fue maravilloso, al igual nos mantenía al tanto del caso en todo momento. Estas 3 mujeres fueron excepcionales!!! Siempre tuvieron la calma para lidiar con todas nuestras preguntas y frustraciones! Supe que Denise era una abogada maravillosa cuando ella estaba en unas vacaciones familiares y le llame, ella no dudo en tomar mi llamada y solucionar mi pregunta en ese momento, no fue algo de 5 minutos, si no de horas!!! Y lo mejor ofrecen pago de plan, por que mi familia como muchas, financieramente estamos día a día! sin duda alguna las recomiendo para cualquier caso familiar.
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Posted by Kevin | April 12, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Comfort in the most difficult time
Im not really sure where to begin..... from the first moment I arrive to their office I was taken care of. I had only requested information because I really wasn't sure that divorce was the route I wanted to take. They were able to break the process down for me in terms that I could understand. After one visit I knew that if this life changing event does come up I wouldnt want anyone by my side in the process. As i have informed friends and family, this is the hardest, most heart breaking thing i have ever been through in my life. This isn't something i would wish for anyone, but if this is part of Gods plan I wouldn't recommend anyone else to help you through it. They have this special power to make you feel comfortable even when you are stressing out the most. They provide just the right words to calm you down and help you look at the situation in a better light. Im sure I probably called them more than their family did, and yet they were always happy to assist me with any concern I had. They way Denise would go out of her way to make sure I understood that no matter what, my needs mattered. She reinforced my "backbone" when I was questioning myself the most. Teresa just has this vibe about her when she speaks with you that you know things will be ok. No matter how mad you are at yourself or even if you think everything is your fault they provide the extra effort to help guide your mind to a better place during the divorce. I spoke with Gabriela the most when calling in my panic states lol, but not once was she ever irritated with me or rude about why i am always calling. She knows exactly what to say to help you while also not getting your hopes up. The only word i can think of when describing these 3 is "FAMILY". People come in go in you like but the ones you want by your side in the hard times is FAMILY. They are and will always be that for me, FAMILY. So for anyone reading this and might be feeling lost or just down on yourself, please call them. The comfort, support and desire to help make a positive out of the worst situation is truly priceless. You just need to meet them one time and you will see what I am talking about.
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Posted by Tiffany | February 26, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Strong and compassionate
Ms. Khoury was so amazing during my lowest moment. She listens throughly and sympathetically during the entire visit. She guided in grace. I do not consider myself a strong, confident person, however, when walking out of her office I felt a foot taller and stood more firm. She is direct and informative to a degree in which I felt comfortable making any decision, whether it stay or go, and I knew she would support me. All in all, Ms. Khoury and her team exude strength, compassion and commitment to their clients. I am just starting my process and can already say with confidence, I made the correct choice in counsel.
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Posted by Nathan | January 28, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Compassionate, Thoroughly professional, Helpful and a Friend
There are not enough kind words to describe Denise. I consulted her for my divorce and custody battle. Denise was thorough with all my options and up front about cost and process. I hired her!! Best thing I could have done!!! She listened to me and my side of the story, looked at the evidence, and got me the best outcome possible. She minimized her costs for me despite having to work with an opposing counsel whose main job was to bill, bill, bill!!! Denise becomes part of her client's family to truly do her best!!! I broke her rule in communication with too many !!!!! but Denise you deserve them !!!!!!! :)
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Posted by Donald Heckler-Martell | June 26, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Knowledgeable
I hired Denise to consult me on custody matters. She did an excellent job explaining my current order and what options were out there. She helped me fully understand how the process works and what steps I would need to take to get where I wanted. I can't thank her enough
Posted by Andre | May 16, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and passionate family attorney
If you are looking for a professional and passionate family attorney you will find these attributes in Denise. She represented me in a very difficult divorce with one child. The other party tried everything to put me away from my son. But she, patiently and professionally, achieved a very good result by convincing the other party that an agreement would be the best way. I strongly recommend her for you case.
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Posted by Lynn | August 16, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top Notch
Mrs.Khoury represented us in a very difficult case that our previous attorney gave up on and others showed no interest in taking on. She would respond to our concerns no matter what time of day or night it was and her advice was always spot on. We had concerns due to our prior attorney and her lack of moving the case forward, but after our first court appearance and the favorable results we recieved from her representation, Mrs.Khoury will ALWAYS be the attorney we want on our side.
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Posted by Garrett | April 30, 2015
She's a fighter
During a very difficult time in my life Denise stood by my side and fought for my fair treatment especially when it came to my daughter. She took pride in my case and I felt that I was her only client. She never backed down on what she thought was fair and just and she took the time to teach me about what was going on and the steps involved. I felt that I had a friend on my side as opposed to a hired hand. I would go no where else than to Denise for future legal needs.
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Posted by Jeff | January 26, 2015
She made a hard life situation easier to deal with!
Denise would always take the time to listen to me and try to help me make sense of what was going on. She kept me informed and would always answer my questions and if she did not know she would find out in a very timely manner. She is very friendly and always willing to listen and she really knows what she is talking about also. In the end we got exactly what we were looking for, if not more. I would recommend her to anyone I know that is looking for some help in family law or a divorce case.
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Posted by Doug | April 19, 2013
Above and Beyond
Denise has done a fantastic job in my divorce representation. She has been wonderful in working with the opposing council who has been extremly difficult to work with every step of the way. She is professional, experienced and has bent over backwards to protect my interest in everyway. She has gone above and beyond what I expected, communicating at all hours of the day and on weekends when necessary. I am living out of the State of Texas, making the situation even more difficult for her, yet she has handled this added difficulty very well. She has been very responsive to the ever changing situation and is always concerned with the most important part of the divorce, the children! She has done everything in her power to make sure they were taken care, protected and the final outcome was as much in thier favor as possible.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 400-450 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founder and Principal
  • Guajardo Khoury, PC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Jenkins & Jenkins
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Senior Associate Attorney
  • The Haston Law Firm, P.C.
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Associate Attorney
  • Myres, Dale & Associates, P.C.
  • 2005 - 2010
  • Clerk
  • 257th Judicial DIstrict Court of Harris County
  • 2003 - 2005
  • Legal Intern
  • Fullbright & Jaworski
  • 2001 - 2002
  • Clerk
  • 14th Court Of Appeals
  • 2000 - 2001
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Education

  • Houston Family Law Trial Institute
  • 2011
  • Collaborative Law Institute of Texas
  • Certified Collaborative Attorney
  • 2006
  • South Texas College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A
  • University of St. Thomas
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A
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Associations

  • Collaborative Divorce Texas
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Duchesne Academy Alumnae Association
  • Board Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Collaborative Family Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Attorney Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Houston Bar Association, Collaborative Law Section
  • Former Executive Committee Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Houston Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Burta Rhoads Raborn Family Law American Inn of Court
  • Attorney Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Mexican American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Texas Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Rising Star
  • Texas Super Lawyers
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • Inns of Court
  • Pre-Trial Professionalism
  • 2013
  • Family Law 101
  • Reimbursement (Marital Property)
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (3)
Endorse Denise
Child custody Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Denise is a fantastic mediator, she is professional and always remains neutral. All my clients have had a pleasant time working with Denise as their mediator. I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Denise. I have referred her several of my clients - and she did what she said she would do, efficiently, cost-effectively - and most importantly, to the clients' satisfaction. I will continue to rely on her expertise in family law matters."
Family Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mrs. Khoury is an attorney who is passionate about her clients and her cases. Especially in family law matters, when emotions of clients are high and intense, she has the ability to calm her clients, while still fighting for their best interests. I know Mrs. Khoury as a fellow attorney in the family law community, and have had a case against her, and have worked with her on cases, as well. I highly endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Denise is a superb attorney who truly cares about her clients. I attended law school with Denise and worked with her on family law and collaborative law matters over the years."