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Hilary Ann Bell

Mediation Attorney at San Antonio, TX

5.0   13 reviews

About Hilary

Learn Hilary’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Mediation
    90%
    Pre-filing mediation, Collaborative family law mediation, Divorce mediation, custody modification mediation

    9 years

  2. Estate planning
    5%

  3. Child custody
    2%

    9 years

  4. Divorce and separation
    2%
    Uncontested divorce, Divorce litigation

    9 years

  5. Child support
    1%
    Appearances at child support review hearings, child support court

     I am a professional dedicated exclusively to the practice of family law, with a uniquely compassionate perspective on divorce and custody matters.  I completed law school during a multi-year divorce and custody battle.  My oldest child was only one year old when my trip down litigation lane began.  My personal legal trials offered me real world perspective on the stresses and realities of family law litigation, and I have lived the realites of shared parenting.  Getting that to work required the assistance of skilled attorneys, family law mediators, and parenting facilitators.  

     My practice is primarily focused on family law mediation, because I am passionate about helping families reach resolution.  My firm also offers estate planning solutions to help your family plan for your children and finances in the long term.  

     I am patient, optimistic and a creative problem solver.  I strive for each family who comes to me for mediation to leave with a custom tailored settlement, with attention to the details and needs unique to each case.  I strive to help parents and their counsel acheive developmentally appropriate solutions for co-parenting children at every age and stage, while protecting the interests of both parents in the long term.  If you are looking to find a mediator, divorce or custody attorney that is focused on solutions, I have the skills and training to handle your case.  I look forward to helping your family or clients, and listening to your concerns.  

Yours cordially, 

 

Hilary A. Bell

Attorney and Family Law Mediator

Licensed for 9 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 2013
Updated 10/23/2022

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

Contact Hilary

Bell Ripper, PLLC
The Rand Building
1002 N. Flores St.
San Antonio, TX, 78212

Reviews

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Posted by Madison Kawesa | February 19, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Family Law, Military move, Custody
I came to Bell Ripper PLLC for my divorce in 2017 to which she was able to award me everything I requested in my petition and also a custody case in 2020. I was in an extremely time sensitive and urgent situation and Atty. Hilary Bell worked my case from beginning to end with the help of Atty. Amy and Atty. Marcie Ripper who helped with our legal expenses and have us extremely affordable options that would help us pay our fees and maintain above water on our own expenses. We brought our case to them as we knew we needed the best of the best and we were not disappointed. We were so relieved to have won our case and it was only possible with the help of this firm. If you need help with military moves, divorce, custody, geographical restrictions, this is your firm. We are eternally grateful for the honesty, time, dedication, and patience of these wonderful people.
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Posted by anonymous | May 12, 2015
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Divorce & Separation advice session
Great advice. Well worth the call.
Posted by anonymous | May 9, 2015
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Divorce & Separation advice session
Was well worth the money.
Posted by anonymous | May 5, 2015
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Divorce & Separation advice session
The return call was within 15 minutes. She was very helpful. Answered all of my questions! Well worth the money spent.
Posted by anonymous | March 21, 2015
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Divorce & Separation advice session
She is very helpful
Posted by Casey | April 8, 2016
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She is simply the best for so many reasons!
I can't say enough about what a breathe of fresh air Hilary has been during a very difficult custody situation. Hilary is extremely professional, kind, warm, wise and many other great things! My husband and I were extremely disappointed in our previous lawyer and were stuck in a panic trying to wrap up Order Modifications and he was unresponsive, left us high-and-dry. We then reached out to Hilary desperate for help and she IMMEDIATELY made us a priority, reviewed our current situation, gave us advice and EXACTLY what we needed in a very short time frame. If you are currently looking for a lawyer, you should end your search with Hilary, we have had 3 other lawyers before Hilary and I can honestly say she surpasses them all with the highest degree of professionalism, kindness, and she gets the job done!
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Posted by Silwan | January 6, 2015
Best Lawyer Ever!!!
She is kind, a great listener, and gives very helpful advice. I felt that she was really on my side, and worked hard to help me. I would strongly recommend her to anyone who has the unfortunate need of a lawyer.
Posted by Ms. B | November 8, 2014
Professional
Ms. Bell is a very caring, compassionate, knowledgable and trustworthy Attorney. She charged me one price and the price did not increase. She is wonderful
Posted by anonymous | September 29, 2014
Amazing
Meet her 2 wks ago and already know she is a great lawyer, stays in touch and informative with her clients. Was very understanding and encouraging.
Posted by lucyna5634 | June 25, 2014
EXCELLENT AND HONEST
Hilary took care of my case beyond my expectation: first of all I loved that I did not need to go through any personal secretaries to make an appointment with her: she offered me time that worked best for me. During our consultation she was VERY HONEST with her fees and did not charge a penny more than what she has told me it will cost, even though I truly believe that she went over her hours on my case. She was very creative getting my divorce final on the very day I needed it and due to her diligence, brilliance, and professionalism she achieved what I was thinking was impossible. She was very easy to communicate with, responded to texts and emails in timely manner. Hilary is also very nice and full of energy, which makes working with her a pleasant experience. Thank you, Hilary, for the job well done. Nothing less than excellent.
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Response from Hilary Bell June 26, 2014
Thank you! It was my pleasure to work with you as well.
Posted by somer | May 1, 2014
Excellent representation
Ms. Hilary Bell kept me well informed about my case and stayed on top of things. She was excellent in mediation and fought hard for what I rightfully deserved. I am extremely satisfied with the outcome of my divorce/ child custody issues.
Posted by Katherine | April 22, 2014
Family Law
Hilary is a wonderful attorney and helped me through an extremely difficult divorce. I can't say enough about how helpful she was in handling the opposing council. Ms.Bell was as tactful as they come which is a rare quality in lawyers in family law practice, with the childrens best interest at heart. I you put your kids first, know that she does as well.
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Posted by anonymous | August 19, 2013
In One Word: Amazing!
Ms. Hilary Bell has been part of my ongoing family case for several months and has shown nothing short of professionalism, courtesy, knowledge, diligence and organization. Hilary is calm and organized in the courtroom, as well as always thinking ahead to what needs to be done next. Ms. Bell argues her points when necessary and remains professional while doing so. In my experience, Hilary stands up for what is right and fights for her clients. I would not hesitate to recommend Ms Hilary Bell to anyone I know in need of an attorney involving family law.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Volunteer mediator
  • Bexar County Dispute Resolution Center
  • 2014 - Present
  • Attorney and Family Law Mediator
  • Law Office of Hilary A. Bell
  • 2013 - Present
  • Legal Intern
  • Parental Solutions
  • 2012 - 2012
  • legal clerk
  • Law Office of Laura Winget-Hernandez
  • 2010 - 2012
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Education

  • St. Marys University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2013
  • Texas Tech University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2005

Associations

  • Bexar County Women's Bar Association
  • N/A
  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section
  • N/A
  • State Bar of Texas, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Best Female Attorney
  • SA Scene
  • 2020
  • Top Mediator
  • San Antonio Magazine
  • 2020
  • Best Family Lawyer
  • SA Scene
  • 2019
  • Top Mediators
  • San Antonio Magazine
  • 2019
  • Top 40 under 40
  • San Antonio Business Journal
  • 2016
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Attorney endorsements

Received (19)
Given (22)
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Child custody Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Hilary is an excellent attorney committed to providing the highest quality representation to clients. I endorse this attorney without reservation."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Hilary is the type of lawyer that we need more of in this world. She is able to serve as a neutral and bring peace to warring parties, and when necessary or tasked with the challenge, she serves as a zealous advocate for those in a dispute. Hilary wears many hats in her practice, but she wears them all with impressive skill."
Mediation Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Hillary. She is very well respected in the legal community and has the ability to settle the most complicated cases. She is an asset to the legal community and has a realistic approach to mediation"
Family Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Highly active and well-respected in the legal community. Ms. Bell understands the difficulties and fears her clients face when dealing with Family Law and other legal issues."
Adoption Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Mediation Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Hilary Bell. Very active and well respected lawyer in the legal community. Highly respected."
Mediation Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Mediation Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Hilary is a part of Texas Family Lawyers where she contributes to the knowledge base and helps other attorneys as well . I endorse this lawyer."
Mediation Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Mediation Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Hilary is a rising star in the San Antonio legal community. Her calm demeanor, keen mind, and compassionate heart make her a great choice for anyone looking to resolve a dispute - whether as an advocate or a mediator."
Family Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Hilary advocates for her clients in all aspects of representation. She organizes her cases very well, and communicates with her clients every step of the way. Hilary is very professional and at the same time incredibly caring and personable. She is wonderful to work with and provides great legal counsel."
Family Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Hilary is a knowledgeable and zealous advocate for her clients. It is rare to find an Attorney who has the ability to be compassionate and caring, yet also be an ardent defender of her clients rights in the courtroom. I had the privilege of working with Hilary on several cases over the years and know that her work ethic is beyond question. I look forward to working with her into the future as she grows as a wonderful attorney. It is my pleasure to endorse this Attorney."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A top-notch attorney, highly respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Hilary is a dedicated, smart, and caring attorney. I recommend her highly."
Family Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Bell is a compassionate young attorney who clearly cares about her clients and minimizing the negative impact of litigation on them and their children. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"Professional & knowledgeable"
Family Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Hillary is an energetic and bright young attorney. Always dedicated to researching the law she is a delight to work with."
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