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I graduated in the top 10% of my law school class and have been practicing law for over 27 years in Texas. I graduated "with Honors" from Baylor University and "with Distinction" from St. Mary's Law School in San Antonio, where I am a life-long resident. I was a briefing attorney for the court of appeals in San Antonio, and I was twice named as one of the top appellate lawyers in San Antonio magazine. I am a strong advocate for children, and have represented children for 15 years in cases involving child protective services. I participated twice in a 20-mile walk to help prevent child abuse. I also represent many elderly people in wills, guardianships, probate and estate planning.  My motto is "Justice Flows from Truth, Compassion, Wisdom, and Persistence."(tm)  I work hard to provide compassionate, efficient service to all my clients, always working within the bounds of the law. I am also an avid Spurs basketball and Baylor Bear football fan.


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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 40%
  2. Estate Planning: 20%
  3. Child Custody: 20%
  4. Child Support: 10%
  5. Family: 10%



Hourly ($300-400/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

The LDHeard Law Firm Inc.

14607 San Pedro Ave #205
San Antonio, TX, 78232-4356

Law Office of Laura D. Heard, P.C.

14607 San Pedro Ave, Suite 205
San Antonio, TX, 78232-4356



TXEligible To Practice In Texas 198708/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
San Antonio Best LawyersScene in SA Magazine2006
American Jurisprudence Awards,Domestic RelationsN/A1986
American Jurisprudence Award, Agency and Partnership LawN/A1986
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney/OwnerThe L.D.Heard Law Firm Inc.1992 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorWayland Baptist University1996 - 2006
AttorneySoules and Wallace1988 - 1992
Briefing Attorney4th Court of Appeals, San Antonio1987 - 1988
Association namePosition nameDuration
San Antonio Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Texas Women LawyersBoard of Directors1987 - 1988
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Blackthorne v. BlackthorneN/A
TDPRS v. McFarlandMcFarland children were adopted
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Publication nameTitleDate
NBI seminar, Probate: Beyond the Basics“Ethical Issues in Probate Practice: Establishing and Following Ethical Best Practices,” by Laura D. Heard2007
NBI seminar, Building Your Civil Trial Skills“How to Handle Post-Trial Issues,” by Laura D. Heard,2006
Docket Call in Civil Court, CLE seminar at St. Mary’s School of LawCo-author: Discovery by the Book, by Luther H. Soules III and Laura D. Heard1991
29 SO. TEX. LAW REVIEW 413Acknowledged in: "The Will Execution Ceremony – History, Significance, and Strategies," by Gerry W. Beyer, with acknowledgment for assistance to Laura D. Heard1988
Texas Wills and Estates, Cases and Materials, by Gerry W. Beyer. (Butterworth Legal Publishers)Acknowledged for research in:Texas Wills and Estates, Cases and Materials, by Gerry W. Beyer; acknowledgment at page vii.1987
West’s Texas Forms, Probate and Administration of Estates, vol. 12A, by Leopold and Beyer (West Publishing Co.)Acknowledged for research in: West’s Texas Forms, Probate and Administration of Estates, vol. 12A, by Leopold and Beyer; acknowledgment at page v.1987
17 ST. MARY’S LAW JOURNAL 927A Time to Be Born, A Time to Die: Alternative Reproduction and Texas Probate Law, by Laura D. Heard1986
18 St. Mary’s Law Journal 661Education –House Bill 72 – Teacher Competency Testing Is a Valid Exercise of State Legislative Police Power, Recent Development: Texas State Teacher’s Ass’n v. State, 711 S.W.2d 421 (Tex. App.–Austin 1986, no writ),1986
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
St Mary's University of San Antonio School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
Baylor UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
People's Law School - San Antonio BarConsumer Law1995