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Patricia Lynne Brown

Divorce and separation Attorney at Round Rock, TX

4.7   19 reviews

also known as Patricia Brown, Patricia L. Brown

  • Licensed for 26 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1997
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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

About Patricia

Learn Patricia’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    50%
    Psychologists say divorce is the 2nd most stressful life event. If you need heart surgery, you don't go to your family doctor who does a little bit of everything. You go to a Board Certified Heart Surgeon. Do the same for your divorce. Don't settle.

    27 years, 1,200 cases

  2. Child custody
    20%
    Child custody issues hinge on what is best for the child. Parents must be extremely careful to protect their children during the divorce process. Judges particularly despise parental alienation, when one parent bad mouths the other to the child.

    27 years, 500 cases

  3. Child support
    20%
    Although a court could order either or both parents to support a child, typically the non-custodial parent, the parent with the least amount of time with the child, pays child support. The amount is based on a percentage of that parents income.

    27 years, 500 cases

  4. Alimony
    5%
    The court can order spousal maintenance if the spouse seeking support will not have enough property at the time of the divorce to provide for basic need. Typically, one must be married for ten years or longer, with some exceptions.

    25 years, 600 cases

  5. Uncontested divorce
    5%
    We have two low cost, fixed fee options for uncontested divorce: DivorceXpress(tm) and DivorceXpress Plus(tm). The former is handled by one of our Board Certified Paralegals. The latter includes 2 hours of our experienced attorney's time.

    27 years, 200 cases

WE ARE BOARD CERTIFIED IN FAMILY LAW. WHY SETTLE FOR LESS WHEN FACING LIFE'S SERIOUS CHALLENGES?

I have been practicing law since 1997 in Austin & Round Rock, with an emphasis on people and families, focusing principally on family law and divorce. I am Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Having gone through a divorce, and raising 2 children as a single mother, I founded my firm based on my personal philosophy: genuine empathy for men and women seeking help. I focus on understanding each client's unique needs, and strive to make complex emotional and legal situations comprehensible. I believe that tranparent communication is critical, and many of my clients report a great sense of comfort and relief while working with me.

I received my law degree from Albany Law School in 1996, after completing my final year at the University of Texas Law School in Austin. I then founded this firm in Round Rock in 1997.

I grew up in New Hampshire. I proudly served a four year tour of duty in the United States Navy, simultaneously putting myself through the University of Mississippi.  After graduating from college and leaving the Navy, I was a junior high school teacher. I then relocated to Albany, NY, and while raising my family there, became an entrepreneur, starting several small businesses, before deciding to go to law school, going heavily in debt to fund it.

I love to read and listen to music. I have 8 wonderful grandchildren, a great dog and a fantastic husband.

Awards

Distinguished Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2012
Client's Choice
2012

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Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
  19 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2012
Client's Choice
Client's Choice is an Avvo award granted to attorneys with a significant number of client reviews over 4 stars in a given year.
Posted by anonymous | September 23, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Understanding and patient throughout the divorce process
I would highly recommend this firm. They were patient, kind, caring and understanding throughout the divorce process. The entire staff was a pleasure to work with during this difficult time. Patricia is a wonderful attorney to deal with and her paralegal Paula is amazing. They were always very responsive and with me every step of the way. We recently finalized the divorce and Patricia was compassionate and kind on the day of our hearing. She asked me more than once if I was okay and expressed concern. She seems very thoughtful which is a plus when you are going through such a difficult process.
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Posted by Lindsey | December 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best!
Always professional, personable, and efficient. I'm confident my case is in the best hands possible!
Posted by Brian | September 26, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Patricia, the best of the best.
As a father of two teenagers, I wanted custody. You can imagine it is not easy. Therefore, the first and most important thing is to hire a competent attorney. After I interviewed 7 attorneys, I immediately hired Patricia. She could quickly catch the main points and understand my pursuit. She focused on clients’ needs and was willing to try it for me. She is very professional, listened to me and provided valuable ideas on how I should present my case to the court. She worked hard and even had a conference call with me on a weekend. Paula, the paralegal, is also very professional. She read all the documents I prepared. She read my Final Decree of Divorce and found more violations of my ex, which I had never known before. She was quick and efficient and always answered my questions in time. The fee is reasonable and may save more than others. They don't itemize the costs of each email or phone call, which may prevent you from communicating when in doubt. If you have any divorce or custody issue, I suggest you hire Patricia.
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Posted by Kim | September 18, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Phenomenal divorce attorney
I found Patricia through an online search when my ex-husband was filing for a divorce. Once I met her and Paula, I knew I’d chosen the right firm. Patricia provided guidance and support when I was going through a very emotional and difficult time. She helped me understand all the steps in the process and what to expect with each one. She and Paula were available to me by email and phone. Instead of worrying about legal issues, I was able to focus on keeping my daughters and myself safe and healthy. Since we first met, I’ve had to retain Patricia’s services when things come up with my ex-husband. They understand the law around custody and divorce and all the little details that can easily scare someone in unfamiliar territory. I believe her fees are reasonable and fair. I would highly recommend her.
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Posted by Jeremy | August 27, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent representation and great people
I retained representation from Ms. Brown after my last attorney's office became quite liberal in their billing practices and I required excellent representation that was also affordable. Ms. Brown, and her office, are extremely patient and understanding. They take the time to make themselves available whenever I call or email about any questions or concerns I have about my case and thoroughly discuss them with me when I do. Ms. Brown has represented me in several hearings since taking on my case and every time I come away feeling that I was very well represented and that the Court's rulings were in my children's best interest. I would definitely recommend retaining Ms. Brown's services, you'll get great representation and people that really do care about your case.
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Posted by Cathleen | January 29, 2015
Professional, Diligent, Fantastic
I highly recommend both Patricia Brown and her firm to any and all seeking legal counsel. Unfortunately, I needed an Attorney. Fortunately - I found Patricia L. Brown & Associates! Her firm has rocked...and made a situation eminently more bearable and doable! As of today - all the unfortunate circumstances have been resolved - and only through the valiant efforts, efficacy and effort on behalf of my attorney at this law firm. I highly recommend you contact them if you find yourself seeking counsel.
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Posted by anonymous | December 14, 2012
Patricia and Paula handled my case very well!
Thank you Patricia and Paula for handling my case the way you did, and working with me as a team to resolve my issue. Louis
Posted by Susan | October 22, 2012
My Divorce
When my husband of 46 years walked out on me in the middle of the night and left me a Dear John letter, I was devastated. In his letter, he told me to get an attorney. I found Patricia Brown. I feel very fortunate that she represented my interests. She took time to talk to me and explained the process to me. She answered my calls and emails in a timely manner and kept me informed. She has been very considerate to both myself and my daughter. I would highly recommend her. Ms Brown has made a very difficult time much easier for me. I am very grateful for her understanding guidance.
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Posted by Jerome | June 15, 2012
Effective, responsive and timely
Ms. Brown handled my annulment and did a great job. She stood up for my interests kept me informed all along the way. She was prompt and thorough. She is great!
Posted by Lisa | June 14, 2012
Wonderful
During my difficult time, Patricia Brown provided a beneficial service that helped with the stress tied to my divorce and the custody of my two children. Going through a divorce and custody is not easy. I had a really hard time dealing with this, but she always had time for me. Ms. Brown understood my needs and interests with a great level of care and attention. She did an outstanding job representing me and protecting my interests. She is a very dedicated attorney and was always willing to assist me when I needed her help. I want to thank Ms. Brown for the wonderful service provided to me during my divorce & custody process. She and her staff are very professional and polite. I would definitely recommend Ms. Brown to anyone.
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Posted by gary | September 21, 2011
Excelent attorney
Patricia Brown was by far the best attorney that I ever had to deal with,when it came to my Bankrupsty,she kept me informed at all times...her staff was Aces..and i was less stress out about all hard work that laid ahead of me...I would recomend her to all my friends...and I would ask her for her help again..if need be!
Posted by Dennis | July 22, 2011
Lawyer review
Patricia Brown did an excellent job as our attorney. She was very kind, understanding and very very knowledgable. She answered all of our questions on our first visit and was very patient and understanding as we had question as the situation progressed. Her paralegal, Paula Israel is excellent to work with and tremendously knowledgable. A scary and nerve racking experience was turned into something much more easy to deal with because of Patricia and Paula's professionalism.
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Posted by anonymous | June 23, 2011
Please read this!
My experience with Patricia Brown has been exceptional. And what a relief after my last lawyer! I completely trust Ms. Brown and her staff. From the time she began handling my case I knew I was in the right hands. She does a great job communicating and I felt well informed. Anyone looking for a family law attorney should take the time to meet Patricia Brown and experience the quality of representation I've been so fortunate to receive.
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Posted by Jeannette | May 22, 2011
Thanks for the great job....
Ms. Brown was not the first lawyer I had contacted for my divorce. However, she was the one with which I felt the most comfortable. She and her staff were there every time I needed them. She answered all of my questions and advised me on things I never thought of. Ms Brown was fair in her fees and I never felt I was being overcharged. She made me feel like I was the one in charge of my divorce. Ms. Brown was there to make sure that I was taken care of at all times. I wish to say thanks to her and her well trained staff.
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Posted by Judd | July 24, 2010
Competent, prepared, understanding
I've had family law problems in a couple of other states and circumstances, and there are a lot of people who will just take your money, FAST! The people here actually listen, treat you with respect, and seem to feel real compassion for my problem. I was pretty down. Anyway, she was so well prepared and ran circles around my ex's lawyer. This was no fun, but winning sure beats losing!
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Posted by anonymous | June 15, 2009
Patricia Brown did a super jub for us!
Patricia handled a challenging child custody case for me, one in which I thought I would lose despite having the facts in my favor. She was extraordinarily thorough in her preparation and strategizing, as well as execution. And throughout the process, she exhibited such great sensitivity to myself and my family who were involved. I feel indebted to her.
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Posted by anonymous | June 11, 2009
Review of Patricia Brown's efforts in our child custody case.
I am an attorney myself. For nearly five years Paricia has been representing my family in an extremely difficult child custody case. She has been there for us every step of the way. Recently we had to go to court for a critical hearing in the case. Patricia was fully prepared and just as importantly had us fully prepared. The other side was completely overwhelmed by her efforts and you could see the defeat in their faces the moment they stepped into the courtroom. The confidence that the judge had in her was clearly evident. She is quite at ease in all of the courtrooms in Williamson County and is well respected there. I would highly recommend Patricia to anyone needing a good family law attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | June 21, 2010
Going Downhill
We used Patricia several years ago and was greatly satisfied, she was compassionate, caring, and listened to our needs, so much that we recommended her for our son when he needed legal services. The first time we used her services the case lasted three months at the most. She took care of everything and informed us about every step of the case. We never were in doubt at what was happening, or what she needed from us. The second time the case stayed open for one full year; with her checking her calendar once a month and charging him $150 to $275 each month, the bill did not state anything else other than checking the case. What she said was going to be an easy case, became a costly case - AND no one was at disagreement. Then my son got a final bill for over $500. This case ended up costing him well over $5000 and my son lost everything to his ex-wife, including primary custody and now is paying child support, even though he takes his child to all appointments. He just wanted a smooth divorce. We are going to need legal services later with child custody and adoption and would have used Patricia for this; however, she went from being an excellent attorney to poor.
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Response from Patricia Brown August 30, 2010
The client that posted this was a bankruptcy client. Her son's case was a divorce, which is a considerably different legal experience. It is not reasonable to expect these radically different cases to take the same amount of time, the same expense, or achieve the same outcome. Further, in the son's case, there were complicating factors, including a completely unexpected third party, who joined the case. This person’s involvement slowed the case, and required additional effort on our part, adding additional unnecessary costs. We were pleased that the client himself was very satisfied with the handling of his own case. We believe her son's case was handled very effectively, given the extenuating circumstances beyond our control. The son, who didn’t post, actually agreed and was satisfied with our work. We take our motto “We’re close to you” very seriously. Clients with legal concerns are often under some stress or duress, and we treat our clients with sensitivity and respect. First and foremost, we listen carefully to our clients and don’t shove some pre-determined, formulaic “solution” down their throats.
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Posted by anonymous | June 4, 2012
Absolutely AWFUL!!!!!!!
MY experience with her was awful, she would show up for hearings unprepared and dishoveled. She often didn't know my name or any of the important issues she should have been knowledgable of. She went through the court appearances unorganized and uprepared relying completely on hand written pointers her paralegal wrote up! She let opposing counsel have their way with every issue and was NOT assertive at all. I would have been better off representing myself and burning the 20K+ I wasted on her. I never wanted to write a review & honestly this is the first one for me to write ever but I can not with clear conscience not share my experience after seeing her advertisement. Please look elsewhere for experienced, competent and reliable representation its out there just definetly NOT with her.
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Response from Patricia Brown March 28, 2017
We welcome all reviews. We often learn more about areas for improvement from unhappy clients than happy ones. Divorce itself is not a happy process and occasional unhappy reviews come with the territory.. But this review is startling. We pride ourselves in preparation and professionalism. After 20 years of practice and Board Certification, these are absolutely essential elements of our firm. Anonymous reviews give us no way to ascertain the validity of the claims and to review the case, and find a basis for improvement. Because the criticisms seem so at odds with our practices, we question the source. $20K buys a lot of time with our firm: why did the writer remain with us while claiming to know there is ".....experienced, competent, and reliable representation out there".
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founder and Senior Attorney
  • Patricia L. Brown & Associates, P.C.
  • 1997 - Present
  • Legal Intern
  • New York State Department of Social Services
  • 1994 - 1996

Education

  • Albany Law School of Union University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • Mississippi State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1983

Sample of Legal Cases

  • In the Interest of SC
  • Resolved case in a mediation, ending the child support as my client wished.
  • In the Matter of the Marriage of KC and SC
  • Resolution was reached through a combination of negotiations, mediation, and hearings on some motions.
  • In the Matter of the Marriage of MM and DM
  • The custody issues were tried to the court, and ordered in favor of our client. The property division issues were resolved through a mediation process.
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Associations

  • Williamson County Bar, Women Lawyers Section
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Hutto Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce
  • Gold Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Texas Family Law Foundation
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Round Rock Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Pflugerville Chamber of Commerce
  • Investor
  • 2011 - Present
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Western District of Texas Federal Court
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • State Bar College
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Better Business Bureau
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Austin Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Williamson County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2023
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Board Certified - Family Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2016
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Admission to the College
  • State Bar College
  • 2003
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Speaking Engagements

  • Divorce Seminar
  • How to Complete Your Own Divorce in Williamson County
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (7)
Endorse Patricia
Family Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Patricia is a very competent advocate who is knowledgeable on the law and she treats her clients with compassion. I would recommend her to anyone involved in a family law matter."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Patricia was opposing counsel on a recent divorce matter involving children. I found her to be very reasonable and easy to work with, while still steadfastly representing her client. She has a very no-nonsense, common sense approach to matters, which is refreshing. Although the case was a difficult one, we were able to settle it in an amicable fashion after a lot of hard work!."
Family Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Patricia Brown many times over the years, and she has always been very professional, very reasonable, and works hard to protect her client's interests."
Family Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Patricia for many years, and she is a well qualified and ethical lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is very professional and courteous."
Round Rock Divorce and separation Lawyer Patricia Lynne Brown
Patricia Lynne Brown
Divorce and separation Attorney
Round Rock, TX
Licensed for 26 years