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Sonya B. Coffman

Mediation Attorney at Houston, TX

5.0   16 reviews

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About Sonya

Learn Sonya’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Mediation
    85%
    I am a Certified Family Mediator committed to solving conflicts by facilitating constructive and forward-thinking resolutions.

    33 years

  2. Divorce and separation
    15%
    I am a Board Certified family lawyer and CPA, represents individuals and families in divorce, child custody/visitation matters, and complex, high net worth situations.

    33 years

I am a Certified Family Mediator committed to solving conflicts by facilitating constructive and forward-thinking resolutions.

I am also Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, having practiced law, tried divorce, custody, and property cases, and mediated family law matters for over thirty years. I am a Texas Super Lawyer and AV Peer Review-rated by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, the highest rating possible by judges and fellow lawyers for professional excellence, legal knowledge, analytical capabilities, judgment, legal experience, and legal ethics.

As a family lawyer, trial lawyer, mediator, CPA, and former investment advisor, I have the expertise and experience to mediate and resolve your complex family, property, and financial issues.

 

Licensed for 33 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 1989
Updated 10/23/2022

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

Contact Sonya

The Coffman Law Firm
3355 West Alabama
Suite 240
Houston, TX, 77098

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | April 17, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, Caring, and Honest
My daughter was in need of an attorney ASAP for divorce/annulment. She was so emotionality not in a good place at the time. So, I remembered Ms Coffman on KFDMTV Channel 6 here in Beaumont, Texas where she often spoke about different legal issues. So, I decided to call her office for an appt. for my daughter. She took the time to listen at my daughter with such patience and interest. She actually eased her anxiety about her situation. Long story short, she accepted her case and the rest is history. It was a pleasure to have met Ms. Coffman ...she is a people person and most of all honest. We will always be grateful for her services. May God Bless Always
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Posted by anonymous | January 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
One of the best decisions I've ever made.
When I was served, I was unsettled by the language in the paperwork and what would come of the entire situation. Sonya immediately put my mind at ease from the initial consultation through completion of my case. She always had my best interest in mind and went to bat for me and helped me to achieve a mutually beneficial agreement on my case, and helped to save me some money to boot. Contacting Sonya was one of the best decisions I've ever made. Should I ever need services in her area again, I will not hesitate to contact her first. Thank you, Sonya, sincerely.
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Posted by anonymous | January 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A God Send!
We hired Mrs. Coffman for a high conflict, child custody battle. She and her team are diligent, strategic, and fierce in the court room. Not only did we walk away satisfied with the outcome, but she and her team were consistently available and readily responded to phone calls and emails. Additionally, even years later, her team has always treated us graciously and answered any questions we had to clarify the order from our trial. I hope we never need her again, but are so thankful to have had Mrs. Coffman represent us!
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Posted by David | December 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Absolute professional
Mrs. Coffman is a professional in every sense of the word. I have been working with her for sometime now and she and her staff have always been caring, compassionate and willing to put in the extra time and effort to ensure I had the best chance at a positive outcome. If you are able to, and do not hire her, you are doing yourself and your case a disservice. Thanks to Sonya's hard work, her professionalism, and supreme knowledge of the law, I was able (as a Father) to win custody of both of my daughters). Sonya is an absolute beast in the courtroom and has no fear whatsoever in fighting for you. I cannot say enough about her and her wonderful staff (I'm looking at you Melissa). I have never been treated with anything but kindness, compassion and professionalism from everyone involved in her firm and would absolutely recommend her services to anyone. Thank you again Sonya for making a positive difference in all of our lives.
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Posted by Mike | December 28, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Integrity Personified
Although my case (divorce) had a low degree of complexity and was relatively uncontested, I was amazed at the high level of professionalism and commitment to the highest ethical standards possible on the part of Sonya and her organization. I was also very impressed with the level of stewardship of resources by keeping costs at a minimum. This degree of integrity is in very short supply these days, and how refreshing it was to have Sonya and her team assist me through this difficult time.
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Posted by Darnel | December 21, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Biggest bang for your buck !!!!
The Coffman Law firm (Sonya) is everything I hoped for my child custody case. Her staff at the law firm was extremely understanding towards my case and moved swiftly to begin the process. Sonya is very professional and her knowledge of the law is supreme. Her delivery in the court room is unlike any I have ever seen before, very precise and elegant with a twist of flare. Sonya takes no prisoners and in a custody case, this is exactly what I needed. I would definitely use her again.
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Posted by Dean | August 22, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Top family lawyer in the area
Sonya is considered one of the elite family lawyers in the area. She is an expert in the field and gets great results while remaining a respected colleague among her peers. I highly recommend Sonya for your family law needs.
Posted by A.M. | July 12, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Priceless
“Sonya, we honestly cannot express to you and your staff how much we appreciate all of your effort and hard work fighting for [our son] and us alike. The peace and comfort we feel having him all the time and being able to fully take care of him is priceless and we are so appreciative to you for that.”
Posted by E.M. | June 30, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Adoption
"Mrs. Coffman … kept us informed on every aspect of the case and explained all of our options clearly. … We always felt that she was well prepared, even "over prepared" if there is such a thing. She is extremely professional, but has great empathy for the family. Our adoption was finalized last fall and we felt we were blessed to have her as our attorney."
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Posted by Dale | June 28, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Absolutely the Best
Sonya is such a tremendous divorce lawyer. She listened to everything I had to say and made me feel as though she had my back, which was very important to me at the time. She explained what our path forward was going to be so that I would fully understand the process. Everything she told me came true. Sonya is such a sweet lady that you almost feel like you are talking to your best friend, which I do consider her one of my dearest friends now, yet she is a tremendously knowledgeable lawyer. You want to make sure is in your corner when the bell rings. I witnessed her abilities and was very impressed. Her support team is second to none as well. Phone calls and emails are responded to promptly and they are just as pleasant to work with as Sonya. There is no doubt in my mind that I hired the best Divorce Lawyer in Texas. I have recommended Sonya to several people and all of them have thanked me later.
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Posted by anonymous | June 28, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceeded My Expectations
"Sonya, I would like to thank you and your staff for everything you have done for me and my son over the last several months. When I made the decision to file for divorce I wanted to find someone who would truly represent me, and have the best interest for my child as the number one priority. After sitting down with you the first time, I was confident that you had the experience, character, and compassion that I was looking for. Throughout the entire process you and your staff were extremely professional and very helpful. I have heard so many stories from people who could not get their attorney to return calls, or who hired attorneys who simply ignored their goals and settled for something far from what they were hoping for. Your staff is very knowledgeable and always available by phone/email to answer the day-to-day questions. Furthermore, my goals were always front and center and a part of every conversation. I often hear people say "I can't afford to hire that kind of attorney"... to those individuals I would say ..."You can't afford NOT to hire this caliber of attorney!" When we left the court room I turned to you and said "You exceeded my expectations".... I believe that says it all."
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Posted by anonymous | June 22, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
100% Recommended
"I absolutely loved Mrs. Coffman. She handled my child custody and child support case. She took her time ... explaining everything and completely making sure I was aware of all my options. … She is very thorough and probably the sweetest most caring person I have met in a while. I would 100% recommend Mrs. Coffman, especially for a child custody or child support case."
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Posted by anonymous | June 16, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Client Testimonial
“When I met you I had a very strong feeling that you were special. … I just feel "safe" with you. Today, was incredible. … [It] was all about your principled, disciplined methods, your vast, studied understanding of the law, and your brilliant writing. … I chose the right lawyer. I've always been certain. … You are brilliant, fearless, and I am lucky to be your client.”
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Posted by Wanda | September 30, 2008
Divorce
I knew Sonya Coffman was the attorney I was looking for at the end of our first consultation and immediately hired her. She made me feel very comfortable and at ease at the first meeting, and throughout the whole process. I would recommend Sonya if you want a lawyer who is very knowledgeable,and up to date on the laws related to divorce cases. She really listens well,and is very thorough in her research and presentation. She tells you the facts, the pros and cons of your case and the possible outcome, depending on which way you decide to proceed with your case......ie: going to court vs settlement. She is willing to fight for what you deserve. I think she is an excellent attorney who is willing to go to court for you if needed....not afraid of a fight if necessary so that you get the best possible outcome...but not one to jump into a trial if not necessary just to drag the case out and make more money. She is very articulate, and pays attention to details........She files /serves all the paperwork as it is supposed to be done even when the opposing attorney doesn't do there part correctly. In other words, she follows proper procedure, dots all the "I's" and crosses all the "T's". She responds promptly to your phonecalls and emails, is always professional but also very personalble. She makes time for you and doesnt make you feel like you are interrupting her. Even though it was a very painful experience having to go through divorce, she encouraged and supported me throughout the whole ordeal. She made me feel more like a friend rather than a client, which I really needed since it was so intimidating and humiliating to have to go through all of this.....she was a true advocate and I am stronger for having had herin my corner........and by the way, I did get the best deal in may case, and I don't think my ex-spouse even realizes it!!!!!!!!!1
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Posted by Angelia Fowler | August 7, 2008
Angelia Fowler
I absolutely loved Mrs. Coffman. She handled my child custody and child support case. She was very informative and helpful. She took her time sitting down with me and explaining everything and completely making sure I was aware of all my options. She even informed me of ways to go through my case without having to hire a lawyer and spend the money if I wished. I chose to use her instead and did not regret any of it. She is very thorough and probably the sweetest most caring person I have met in a while, especially in her field of work, She also got me through the process quickly and efficiently with no hardship on my part. I would 100% recommend Mrs. Coffman to anyone and everyone, especially for a child custody or child support case.
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Posted by erin | July 25, 2008
Client Review
Mrs. Coffman represented my husband and I in a child custody case. She kept us informed on every aspect of the case and explained all of our options clearly. She also completed extensive research regarding our case. We always felt that she was well prepared, even "over prepared" if there is such a thing. She is extremely professional, but has great empathy for the family. Our adoption was finalized last fall and we felt we were blessed to have her as our attorney. I give Sonya Coffman the highest rating possible.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-450 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • The Coffman Law Firm
  • 1997 - Present
  • Partner
  • Provost & Umphrey, LLP
  • 1992 - 1997
  • Associate
  • Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP
  • 1989 - 1992

Education

  • University of Texas School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • University of Memphis
  • BBA - Bachelor of Business Administration
  • 1978

Legal Cases

  • LeBlanc v. LeBlanc; No. 09-20-0028-CV; 2022 WL 243163 (Tex. App. -- Beaumont, January 27, 2022)
  • The court of appeals reversed the court's judgment in Ms. Coffman's client's favor, and remanded the case to the trial court with instructions to issue a final divorce decree that strictly complies with the Parties' MSA.
  • In re R.C.K.; No. 09-16-00132-CV; 2016 WL 3197585 (Tex. App.—Beaumont, June 9, 2016)
  • Mandamus issued in favor of Sonya Coffman’s client, a doctor, precluding the production of his medical records, pharmacy records, personnel records, and cell phone logs containing patient telephone numbers.
  • In the Interest of D.F.L.; No. 09-15-00310-CV (Tex. App.—Beaumont, February 4, 2016, pet. denied)
  • Judgment in favor of Sonya Coffman’s client (Father) affirmed.
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Associations

  • Texas Family Law Foundation
  • Life Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Family Law Section of the State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Junior League of Beaumont
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Jefferson County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • Kappa Delta Sorority Parents Association, Washington & Lee University
  • Treasurer
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Symphony League of Beaumont
  • President
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Neches River Festival
  • Board of Directors
  • 2007 - 2011
  • Julie Rogers Gift of Life
  • Board of Directors
  • 2000 - 2010
  • Symphony League of Beaumont
  • Board of Directors
  • 1999 - 2011
  • Beaumont Community Partners for Children
  • Board of Directors
  • 1995 - 2004
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Texas Super Lawyer (Family Law)
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Texas Super Lawyer (Family Law)
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Texas Super Lawyer (Family Law)
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • AV Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • 2018
  • Best Lawyers in America (Family Law)
  • U.S. News & World Report
  • 2018
  • Texas Super Lawyer (Family Law)
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Board Certified, Family Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2010
  • Life Member
  • Texas Family Law Foundation
  • 2009
  • Member
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists
  • 2009
  • Contributor
  • Family First
  • 2009
  • Member
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • 2008
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Tennessee State Board of Accountancy
  • 1982
  • Life Member
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • N/A
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Publications

  • The Review of Litigation
  • The Abuse of Rule 11 and Forum Non Conveniens: Fast Effective Relief for Federal Docket Congestion?
  • 1988

Speaking Engagements

  • Live at Five, KFDM-TV, Channel 6
  • Family First Contributor
  • 2015
  • Austin Community College
  • Accounting
  • 1986

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (6)
Endorse Sonya
Family Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I strongly endorse Sonya Coffman - I had a matter in Georgia that required a co-counsel in Texas that Sonya was able to handle effectively, expeditiously, and ultimately, successfully. She was communicative and a pleasure to work with and I would trust her with any matters in her area again should the need arise."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Whether we are on the same side or opposing sides, I am always impressed with Ms. Coffman's knowledge, thoroughness, professionalism, integrity and commitment to her clients."
Family Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Sonya Coffman. She is one of the top family attorneys in the area and is highly respected by her peers and by the courts. I know of few other attorneys that work so diligently for their clients."
Family Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Sonya Coffman. She does an excellent job representing her clients and does so in a professional manner. I admire the way she aggressively advocates for her clients, while at the same time being respectful of her opponents and their counsel. I would definitely recommend her."
Family Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Sonya is my first choice and sometimes my only choice when I am asked to recommend a family law attorney. Her competence, character, compassion and work ethic assure her clients of the best possible representation."
Family Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. She is always prepared and very professional. She is also one of the few lawyers who returns phone calls and delivers discovery on time. I enjoy working with and against Sonya on a regular basis. She is a fine, hard working attorney who zealously represents her clients interests."
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Houston Mediation Lawyer Sonya B. Coffman
Sonya B. Coffman
Mediation Attorney
Houston, TX
Licensed for 33 years