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Karen L. Marvel

Child support Attorney at San Antonio, TX

3.9   15 reviews
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1987
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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

About Karen

Learn Karen’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Alimony
    11%

  2. Appeals
    11%
    I frequently handle appeals in family law matters, usually involving child support, at the Courts of Appeals throughout Texas and the Texas Supreme Court.

    37 years

  3. Child custody
    11%

  4. Child support
    11%
    I represent people owed back child support anywhere in Texas. The vast majority of our firm's cases involve people whose children are now grown but who did not receive their court ordered child support when their children were younger. It's not too late to collect. I also write and lecture on child support issues for continuing legal education programs at the local and state level.

    37 years

  5. Debt collection
    11%

  6. Debt settlement
    11%

  7. Divorce and separation
    11%

  8. Family
    11%
    I handle divorce, child custody, establishment of parentage and modification of custody or support matters in Bexar and the surrounding counties.

    37 years

  9. Mediation
    11%

  10. Other
    1%

Karen Marvel began her legal career in 1987. She is an expert on back child support collection, the application of interest and enforcement in Marvel Law Group Karen represents clients in divorce, complex property divisions, custody and child support enforcement issues. She welcomes cases with special needs children -- an area where she has first hand knowledge. She holds a board certification in Family Law from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Known for her articles and lectures, Karen writes and speaks extensively about child support for continuing legal education statewide. Every year since 2008 she has been honored through peer review as a Super Lawyer in Family Law by Texas Super Lawyers magazine.

Client Work

Taking care of families in the midst of difficult issues is Karen's passion. Karen believes in pragmatic solutions to difficult cases, drawing on her years of experience to guide clients through the legal system. Karen successfully represented clients at courts of appeals and the Texas Supreme Court in a landmark case that helped change the law on child support collection and the application of interest on child support. The law now allows collection of past-due child support, with interest, no matter when the parties divorced. 

 

Karen also serves the legal community and the public through her work with the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Texas (3d Edtion Checklist Committee member and drafter), the Family Law Section of the San Antonio Bar Association (past president and board member) and the San Antonio Family Lawyer's Association for board certified family law attorneys (past president and board member).  She is a life member of the Texas Family Law Foundation - an nonprofit dedicated to improving family law for all citizens of Texas.

 

Outside the office, Karen is a wife and mother of young adults, including one with special needs. She works with numerous school and neighborhood groups.

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Location

Marvel Law Group, PLLC
310 S. Saint Mary's St., Suite 1010
Tower Life Building
San Antonio, TX, 78205
Marvel Law Group
310 St. Mary's Street, Suite 1010
San Antonio, TX, 78205
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Reviews

3.9 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | March 29, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Simply the best!
Couldn't have asked for better representation! Karen and Tiffany were A+ during the entire process - supportive, attentive, and understanding. I wouldn't hesitate using their services, and in fact recommended them to another.
Posted by Shawn | October 16, 2018
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Great Lawyer and Better Person
Karen, has helped me on several occasion over the last 5 years. She has always been the epitome of professionalism. Always returns call, emails and has been the calming voice in the seas of stress...better known as a divorce. Her knowledge and experience in the family courts and ability to move things along is wonderful. If YELP had six stars Karen would deserve every single one of them.
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Posted by Elizabeth | June 18, 2018
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Best team ever
Hiring Karen Marvel at Marvel and Wong Family Law would be one of the best moves you could make. Perseverant and patient.  A lawyer who will stay with you for the long haul and help you deal with the frustrations of the court and opposing lawyers. She explains proceedings and always focuses on your end goal.  An excellent lawyer with an excellent paralegal as well to give you a formidable team. Tiffany Haberle has been a rock for me. Shes followed up on timely matters, calms you down in a heart beat when you feel your world is collapsing around you. She translates legal ease to common sense . And most importantly keeps you informed of Karen’s case status every step of the way. This team rocks.
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Posted by anonymous | May 23, 2018
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Uncontested Divorce
Karen and her team were very helpful in getting my uncontested divorce finalized. The price was very affordable compared to other lawyers and all the paper work was completed smoothly. Overall I was divorced in 61 days and very happy with the service and professionalism.
Posted by Gina | May 2, 2018
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Divorce made easy
Karen put my mind at ease and in a very stressful and what I expected to be a very difficult time , she made relatively easy. She is a very proficient yet compassionate person , and I would definitely recommend her if you need an attorney. She knew all of the laws and explained everything in detail and was very expedient in finalizing my divorce.
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Posted by Roxanne | April 3, 2018
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Great lawyer
Karen is awesome to work with and very nice. She has concern about her clients. Karen will also take care of your case in a timely manner.
Posted by Corinna | February 20, 2018
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Excellent divorce attorney
Karen Marvel is an exceptional divorce attorney. I ran into a situation where my divorce proceedings needed to be expedited, and Karen and her staff came through with outstanding results. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone needing a divorce attorney.
Posted by anonymous | October 27, 2017
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Wonderful Lawyer!
Karen is an expert in Family Law, I would not have known how to navigate our difficult situation without her guidance. I recommend anyone with a special needs child to hire Karen.
Posted by anonymous | August 14, 2017
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Excellent attorney
Karen Marvel is an excellent attorney. She and her staff are responsive when called and take care of everything that needs to be done. We highly recommend Ms. Marvel to anyone with a family law issue, especially arrears issues.
Posted by Gerardo | December 16, 2016
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Great..
I hired Karen to represent me in my recent divorce, she was very attentive, and helpful during all the process, she and her staff were all very helpful and supportive, I'm glad I hired her.
Posted by Chris | May 6, 2013
Fantastic Lawyer
Karen is a fantastic lawyer. As you might expect in the case of a divorce, there were significant differences in what my ex-wife wanted and what I wanted to give. Karen listened to the facts of the case and gave appropriate recommendations that resulted in settling the case and avoiding a long, drawn out court battle. She is very professional and I would highly recommend her to anyone needing legal representation.
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Posted by Betty | July 1, 2023
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IRS
She evades the IRS … need I say more? She is a dramatic women and walks into the court house like she owns the place yet fails to pay her federal taxes. Find someone worth the money.
Posted by Deborahjo4 | April 12, 2022
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Not Worth the Money
Inexpensive family lawyer but you get what you pay for. Very disappointed. Allows her team to be disrespectful and unprofessional. If you want something done correctly do it yourself or hire someone else. This firm is extremely intimidated by other lawyers who are higher paid and will make agreements with opposing counsel that are not in your best interest to avoid any confrontation at all costs.
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Posted by anonymous | July 20, 2018
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Absolutely terrible
I hired Karen Marvel to help me with my custody case after all these reviews I came across with on the site and I retained her to represent me and my best interest however it turned out the other way around and She sided towards the opposing party’s wishes and was more interested in getting what the other party wanted and she did...Her paralegal Tiffany was extremely rude...I fired this attorney and looking for another attorney who is only interested in her/his clients best interest only...Do not waste your money and your time in this attorney...
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Posted by anonymous | May 23, 2018
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Probably an excellent attorney, just not in my case
First of she came recommend. At first she was very impressive and I felt she had me in her best interest. As the case progressed I felt she did not have me in her best interest. At times she was on the opposing counsel side.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 275-400 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Marvel Law Group, PLLC
  • 2021 - Present
  • Partner
  • Marvel Law Group
  • 1900 - Present
  • Partner
  • Bandoske • Augustine • Marvel, PLLC
  • 2015 - 2015
  • Partner
  • Marvel & Wong, PLLC
  • 2015 - 2021
  • Of Counsel
  • Law Office of Arthur G. Augustine
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Partner
  • Sinkin & Marvel
  • 2007 - 2012
  • Associate
  • Sinkin & Barretto, P.L.L.C.
  • 1997 - 2007
  • Staff Attorney
  • Bexar County Domestic Relations Office
  • 1994 - 1997
  • Owner
  • Karen L. Marvel Attorney at Law
  • 1989 - 1994
  • Associate
  • Heard, Goggan, Blair & Williams
  • 1987 - 1989
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Education

  • Texas Tech University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • McMurry University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1984

Sample of Legal Cases

  • In the Interest of M.C.C., A Child, 142 S.W.3d 504 (Tex. 2006)
  • Case reversed & remanded
  • In the Interest of S.C.S. 48 S.W.3d 831 (Tex. App.–Houston [14th Dist.] 2001)pet. denied per curiam, sub. nom. Sprouse v. Spro
  • trial court affirmed; review denied

Associations

  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists
  • 2009 - Present
  • Family Law Section - SA Bar Association
  • Board Member & Officer
  • 2002 - Present
  • San Antonio Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • San Antonio Family Lawyers Association
  • President
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Family Law Section -- SA Bar Association
  • President
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Autism Society of Greater San Antonio
  • Volunteer General Counsel
  • 2006 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Japanese

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in San Antonio
  • SA Scene Magazine
  • 2014
  • Best Lawyers in San Antonio
  • SA Scene Magazine
  • 2013
  • Texas Super Lawyer - Family Law
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • Best Lawyers in San Antonio
  • SA Scene Magazine
  • 2012
  • Texas Super Lawyer - Family Law
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2011
  • Best Lawyers in San Antonio
  • SA Scene Magazine
  • 2011
  • Best Lawyers in San Antonio
  • SA Scene Magazine
  • 2010
  • Texas Super Lawyer - Family Law
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2010
  • Texas Super Lawyer - Family Law
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2010
  • Best Lawyers in San Antonio
  • SA Scene Magazine
  • 2009
  • Texas Super Lawyer - Family Law
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2009
  • Best Lawyers in San Antonio -- Family Law
  • Scene in SA Magazine
  • 2008
  • Texas Super Lawyer - Family Law
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2008
  • Best Lawyers in San Antonio -- Family Law
  • Scene in SA Magazine
  • 2007
  • Best Lawyers in San Antonio -- Family Law
  • Scene in SA Magazine
  • 2005
  • President's Award of Excellence
  • Family Law Section -- San Antonio Bar Association
  • 2005
  • Outstanding Editing Director
  • Texas Tech Legal Research Board
  • 1987
  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • N/A
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • N/A
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Extreme Family Law Makeover
  • "Down and Out" Child Support Arrears & Enforcement
  • 2014
  • Extreme Family Law Makeover
  • Case Law Update
  • 2007
  • Extreme Divorce Practice Makeover
  • Collecting on Divorce Judgments
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (20)
Given (33)
Endorse Karen
Family Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Knowledgeable lawyer who fights hard for her clients. Well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Karen is an excellent attorney and just a genuinely good person. Whenever I am in Bexar County, I always ask for her advice on local practice and her take on the issues in my case."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Karen is a highly skilled and professional attorney with whom I have had the opportunity to work with on a highly contentious divorce case. I find that she works hard and diligently to represent her clients' interests and, therefore, I am proud to endorse Karen Marvel, a reputable member of the bar."
Family Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Karen is by far the most knowledgeable and effective Charles of support attorney I have ever encountered. I highly recommend this lawyer"
Family Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Appeals Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Excellent lawyer. Will definitely recommend her services."
Family Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Marvel as a fantastic family law attorney."
Child support Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Karen knows her stuff. There probably is not another attorney in Texas who understands and can immediately quote/argue the law regarding child support better than she. She never has to resort to grandstanding and raising her voice to try to win her point."
Appeals Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Karen is an excellent attorney committed to providing the highest quality representation to clients. I endorse this attorney without reservation."
Appeals Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Other
"Determination and dedication describes this attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Other
"Highly recommended. Knowledgeable and experienced. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Karen for years. My go to person for child support. In San Antonio. She is also fun to listen to in seminars, i always learn something."
Family Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Well known and respected Family Law attorney."
Child support Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child support Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Other
"Karen Marvel's practice focuses primarily on child support. I am impressed by her facility with collections and her obvious commitment to her clients. She is the first person to call whenever I have any Texas child support questions."
Family Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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San Antonio Child support Lawyer Karen L. Marvel
Karen L. Marvel
Child support Attorney
San Antonio, TX
Licensed for 36 years
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