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J. Shannon Cavers

Family Attorney at Houston, TX

5.0   13 reviews

also known as Shannon Cavers

  • Licensed for 19 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2004
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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

About J. Shannon

Learn J. Shannon’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    Child custody, or conservatorship, relates to which parent designates a child's primary residence and decision-making rights for the child, like invasive medical procedures, educational decisions, psychological and psychiatric care, & legal decisions

    19 years

  2. Family
    Family law is related to marriage, divorce, paternity, child custody, grandparent rights, termination of parental rights, adoption, and similar cases.

    19 years

  3. Adoption
    Adoption is a legal process where the right to raise and care for a child is conferred on non-biological parents after the other parent's rights are terminated. Examples are a step-parent adoption or adoption through a placement agency.

    19 years

  4. Child support
    Though child support is based on a statutory formula presumed to be in the child's best interest, there are provisions for seeking above guidelines support and support for an adult disabled child.

    19 years

  5. Guardianship
    When an individual is considered incapacitated, it may be necessary to appoint a guardian of the person, estate, or both to protect the proposed ward's health, personal safety, and estate.

    19 years

  6. Marriage and prenuptials
    Marital agreements (pre or post-marital) are used to change default marital property laws. It is a contractual agreement between persons seeking to marry or married persons to establish custom rules relating to property and the marriage relationship.

    19 years

  7. LGBT+ Law
    LGBTQ+ couples have the right to marry (and divorce) just as heterosexual couples do. However, these marriages may raise issues, such as when the marriage began due to common law marriage.

    19 years

  8. Uncontested divorce
    This occurs when a couple agrees on all terms of their divorce, such as dividing property, child custody, and possession schedules.

    19 years

J. Shannon Cavers is a seasoned attorney at Laura Dale & Associates, P.C. in Houston, Texas. She focuses her practice on helping individuals and families with family law matters.

Shannon graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Government. She then graduated at the top of her class from South Texas College of Law where she earned her Juris Doctorate degree. Throughout her legal career, Shannon has handled cases involving civil litigation and health care liability claims; however, her passion is in family law. She is a certified family law mediator through the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association and is a parenting facilitator and coordinator.

Shannon is a long-time member of the Texas Bar College, an organization for judges, lawyers, and paralegals to enhance professional skills. She is also a member of several legal associations including the American Bar Association, State Bar of Texas, and the Burta Rhoads Raborn Family Law Inn of Court, and the Houston Bar Association where she served as a Co-Chair of the Continuing Legal Education Committee and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section.

Of her work, clients describe her as “honest,” “hard working,” and an attorney that is “amazing at walking her clients through difficult experiences.”

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Laura Dale & Associates, P.C.
1800 Saint James Place, Suite 620
Houston, TX, 77056

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Posted by Itzel | December 13, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best attorney ever!!!
Shannon Cavers is an excellent attorney, very professional, compassionate, a good listener, responsible, and super kind. I couldn't have asked for a better lawyer to represent me and my family! I admire her composure, work ethic, and most of all excellent representation. Mrs. Cavers and her staff are always available when we have questions about our case process. We could not have asked for anything better. I would highly recommend Mrs. Cavers and her staff from Laura Dale & Associates, P.C. to anyone who is in need.
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Posted by Edith | May 8, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Shannon Cavers is a caring and excellent lawyer.
We hired Shannon Cavers for our child custody case and I know for a fact that she is extremely knowledgeable, highly sensitive to the fact that this was a traumatic experience for my family and I. Shannon and her assistant would 'check in' with us and make sure we knew what was happening at all times, I can't stress enough how knowledgeable she is and how she made this painful situation as painless as possible. She was also very conscious of protecting our finances and managed her time with excellence. I highly recommend her and her team.
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Posted by Jose | February 24, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very informative and reassuring
Walking in I wasn’t sure of my case. Shannon was very informative and reassured me of my rights as a father. Walked out feeling more confident. I would definitely recommend her and the firm to anyone in need of legal assistance.
Posted by anonymous | February 23, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Shannon Cavers is an a awesome attorney
Ms. Cavers is an awesome attorney. She communicated every step of the way through my case and was very detailed when handling all matters throughout my case. While being a very professional as attorney she is also very compassionate and makes you feel at ease with her at the helm of your case.
Posted by Olivier | December 22, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Efficient, responsible and compassionate
Shannon and Laura were very helpful when I was in a difficult situation. I had a very unsatisfactory experience with another law firm before contacting them. They both took my case and always did their best to find the best possible outcome. They showed patience and understanding. They were also very professional, efficient and responsive. I am very grateful to them for making things right as much as possible. I highly recommend Shannon as well as Laura Dale & Associates
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Response from J. Shannon Cavers January 5, 2023
Thank you so much for the kind words. I hope things go well for you and your family in the future.
Posted by Alex | January 9, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Attentive and Diligent
I contacted Ms. Cavers because of a dispute with my landlord regarding the refusal of returning my security deposit. In fact he was trying to get more money over my deposit instead. She was attentive and listened to my side of the story. Given the time frame she was very quick to contact him and clarified what the law states. After a few weeks the landlord send a check for the agreed amount. I'll would not hesitate to contact her again in case a need legal representation.
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Posted by Thomas | January 8, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Wonderful, Professional, and compassionate!
I was referred to Mrs. Cavers by a friend for my divorce and it was a great recommendation. She is a true professional in her conduct while at the same time a very human and compassionate person. She pulls no punches and her honesty and integrity are much appreciated in these types of situations. She has a great paralegal, Debra who is equally fantastic and professional. These two ladies make a great team and will serve your cause well and true. I highly recommend this dynamic duo to anyone in these unfortunate circumstances, you wont regret it.
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Posted by Brenda | January 30, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Best attorney in town and out
Had it not been for Shannon I wouldn't have been able to accomplish my dreams. She made it possible by taking care of business. I can't thank her enough or refer her to other people enough. She fought for me and and my dreams. I'd recommend her for any civil suit.
Posted by Barbara | January 15, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
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Shannon was very thorough and competent, available to answer questions and explain whatever parts of the process I didn't understand. I would not hesitated to recommend her for legal services or use her again for other legal needs.
Posted by Daniel S. | July 19, 2014
Outstanding attorney which I found by mere chance
Selecting an attorney after having decided to take the difficult step of getting a divorce was the last thing I wanted to think about but I understood full well that finding trustworthy and knowledgeable representation was instrumental. As much research as I did online in an effort to make an informed decision, I couldn't find anyone that I felt comfortable with. Finding Shannon was mere happenstance but I'm eternally grateful that I did. Saying that she conducts herself in a professional manner is an understatement. She goes above and beyond to understand your case and lays out different alternatives to solving issues as they arise. More importantly, in my case, she was diligent about addressing every aspect of my divorce proceeding even though that meant picking up the slack from my now ex wife's attorney. She kept me informed throughout the entire process and made efficient use of her time. At times, I got the feeling that I was her only client (even though she was in the middle of a trial as well as handling a multitude of cases simultaneously) because she had an impressive command of the facts relating to my case such as dates, names, circumstances, etc. In short, Shannon is absolutely fantastic and I highly respect the work she did for me.
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Posted by Will | September 13, 2013
Great Service!
I highly recommend Shannon Cavers for her vast knowledge and responsiveness to our case. She was very respectful of my parents needs and her investigation was vital in the direction we eventually chose for their estate planning and long term health care.
Posted by Kerry | February 11, 2013
Compassionate Counselor
Shannon Cavers assisted my family with estate planning concerns when my father was diagnosed with a terminal illness. She was extremely accommodating and compassionate during a very stressful time. She reviewed and updated existing documents as well as created additional necessary documentation to give us peace of mind. She also filed the documents with the court. Her knowledge and calm demeanor helped us work through our questions and disagreements. I highly recommend Mrs. Cavers and will use her services again.
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Posted by Ben | January 18, 2013
Divorce Lawyer
I used Mrs Cavers for a divorce i went threw, other than the legal system being backwards on how things are done with reguarding letting the mother always get the kids even if she is unfit in many ways. It all worked out in the end. I have custody and kids are better now than ever, thanks to mrs cavers.
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AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate Attorney
  • Laura Dale & Associates, P.C.
  • 2018 - Present
  • Managing Shareholder
  • J. Shannon Cavers, PLLC
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Partner
  • Rigby, Rigby & Cavers
  • 2014 - 2017
  • Senior Associate
  • Sprott, Rigby, Newsom, Robbins & Lunceford, P.C.
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Attorney
  • The Cavers Law Firm, LLC
  • 2006 - 2013
  • Associate
  • Munisteri, Sprott, Rigby, Newsom & Robbins
  • 2004 - 2006
  • Law Clerk
  • Kennedy Hodges, LLP
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Office Administrator
  • Spain & Hastings
  • 2000 - 2001
  • Legal Assistant
  • Cruse Scott Henderson & Allen
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Legal Assistant
  • Thompson & Knight LLP
  • 1998 - 1999
  • Research Assistant
  • The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
  • 1996 - 1998
  • Executive Assistant
  • The Hunton Group
  • 1994 - 1996
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  • South Texas College of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 2004
  • University of Texas Health Science Center
  • Master of Public Health
  • 1999
  • Sam Houston State University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Government
  • 1994

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Judgement for Protective Order Upheld
  • Trial Court's ruling upheld for our client
  • Jody Kelly v. Kerry Fedor
  • Defense verdict
  • Karen Byers v. Marvin Olim, DDS
  • Defense verdict


  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Board Certified in Family Law
  • 2023 - Present
  • Burta Rhoads Raborn Family Law American Inn of Court
  • Associate
  • 2015 - Present
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • 2008 - Present
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (Texas chapter)
  • 2008 - Present
  • Collaborative Law Institute of Texas
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Texas Family Law Foundation
  • Life Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Family Law Section Member
  • N/A
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Fort Bend County Bar Association
  • Family Law Section Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2024
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2023
  • AmJur-Property Law
  • American Jurisprudence
  • 2003

Speaking Engagements

  • InterFaith Caregivers Conference
  • Medicaid Planning
  • 2012
  • Fox News Houston - Morning News
  • Post-Marital Agreements
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (22)
Endorse J. Shannon
Family Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Shannon is a superb attorney who zealously represents her client's. I first worked with Shannon when she represented the other party in a divorce action and was immediately impressed with her knowledge and representation of her client. I now work with Shannon and can absolutely say she is a fantastic attorney who loves helping others."
Family Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I recently was involved in a divorce case with Ms. Cavers as opposing counsel. She was very knowledgeable about the law and was very professional in here handling of this case."
Family Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Shannon is my opposing counsel on a very unusual case. I've found her to be a consummate professional and very easy to work with. She is competent and skilled in family law and uses her talents to advance her client's position. She is a good example of how attorney's should behave toward each other."
Family Attorney | Oct 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Cavers is a competent knowledgeable attorney who will surely handle your case efficiently and compassionately. I have no reservations in recommending her."
Family Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is a genuine pleasure to endorse this attorney. I have known J. Shannon Cavers for approximately 10 years. Ms. Cavers is not only an excellent attorney, but one of my favorite people in the Houston legal community. Ms. Cavers excels in Elder Law and Family Law. She is a smart and tireless fighter her clients. I have referred many cases to Ms. Cavers and the results have always been outstanding."
Family Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Cavers and I were opposite in a family law case. I found her to be honorable and an extremely capable adversary. She is the type of attorney that I would be honored to recommend to a family member to, God forbid, a member of my family ever needed a honest and hard working family law attorney. It is with pride and humility that I write this endorsement for Ms. Cavers."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Cavers is experienced, conscientious and cares about her clients. She does an excellent job."
Family Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer because she is honest, ethical and a strong advocate for her clients."
Elder law Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Ms. Cavers without hesitation. She has provided incalculable assistance to my clients. She is always ready with sound advice and quick to seek out a non-litigious resolution to problems."
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