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James Walter Piper

Divorce and separation Attorney at Austin, TX

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also known as Jim


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Jim Piper is a trusted and respected name in the Texas Family Law community. In his active role as "Of Counsel," Jim serves as the most senior attorney at Walters Gilbreath, PLLC. In this position, Jim handles the most contentious and complex cases in Central Texas. Jim’s experience and years in the courtroom make him a valuable resource to his clients as well as the Walters Gilbreath team.

Jim believes in taking a client-centered, team approach, and providing thoughtful, prompt, and compassionate-yet-tough representation. Jim’s practice focuses solely on representing clients who need help in the area of complex family law litigation and trial work.

In addition to being Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, he is listed in the 2016-2020 editions of The Best Lawyers in America by Woodward White, Thomson Reuters selected him for the Texas Super Lawyers list every year from 2011 to 2020, he is listed as one of the Top Attorneys in Texas (by Texas Monthly), in 2017 Jim was named as one of the 50 Best Lawyers of any kind in Central and West Texas by Thomson Reuters (as published in Superlawyer magazine and Texas Monthly), he even holds an AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell—the highest rating possible—and he is also included in the National Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers.

Jim is a frequent lecturer and speaker on family law matters. He has extensive experience trying custody and child-related matters. Before focusing on Family Law, Jim worked earned an undergraduate degree in accounting from Baylor University, he attended law school at the University of Texas, and then found work as a civil litigator. Now, Jim has represented everyone from teachers and policemen, to billionaires, Academy and Emmy award winners, and prominent politicians.

Licensed for 48 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 1974
Updated 10/23/2022

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

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Walters Gilbreath, PLLC
508 W. 12th Street
Austin, TX, 78701

Reviews

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Posted by Alanna | November 5, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer - Established Clarification For The Court
I have been in and out of court with my son's father for the last six years. I had a very unfortunate event with my other infant child (my son's little sister) having a severe chromosomal deficiency which kept her in Texas Children's Hospital in Houston until she passed at 6 months. During that very emotionally weak time my son's father saw an opportunity to take me back to court with a fictitious and fabricated evidence. I was served with papers of the hearing at the Roland McDonald House while my daughter was in the hospital and we had the court hearing one month after my sweet daughter passed. I was literally still in shock and standing in court without any representation. Without the ability to present my case I was unable to provide documentation to disprove the father's false accusations. I had been the primary parent all of my son's life and then in that unprepared moment it was changed over to his father. So, one month after I lost my daughter in the hospital, I lost custody of my son in court. This created a huge emotional distress on my son's life as he went from only being in preschool two days a week to losing his sister, changing his primary residence to his father, and being placed in full-time daycare for the first time in his life. I consulted with many lawyers and finally put my complete faith in James "Jake" Gilbreath's Law Firm. He lined up the appropriate experts and reviewed my case that James "Jim" Piper who agreed to serve as co-counsel. These two attorneys worked seamlessly on my case and started preparing litigation to discredit the prior ruling. Jim Piper is straightforward and does not ’babysit’ you. During meetings you have to listen to him carefully and answer his questions precisely. He assists you in all preparation but you have to follow his instruction, be responsible, and most important truthful. As an attorney, he is exceptionally attentive to details and diligent in preparation. He took my case seriously. I have had many experiences where I would have to remind past lawyers of the details with my case. Mr. Piper ALWAYS recalled every detailed event of my case and would advise what appropriate steps would be taken next. If you are looking for a very well-respected experienced attorney, then look no further! Jim Piper is the most intelligent, seasoned attorney you could ask for. He has compassion and fights for justice to be heard. Mr. Piper's office organized all the investigated fictitious discovery documents for a trial with jury. Jim Piper produced solid evidence to the jury and court which left only the RIGHT decision to be made. My son was placed back in my primary care. I've never felt more empowered with the truth and so proud to have lawyers that could change the wrong back to right. I am forever grateful to Mr. Piper.
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Posted by Shannon | October 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Compassionate, Knowledgeable and Professional
Jim is an exceptional attorney with his client's upmost interest at heart. From the beginning, through the time he brought my case to closure, Jim displayed such care and attention to detail. He will shephard you through a very difficult and emotional process with nothing but grace, compassion and competence. His character is remarkable and you will be in excellent hands, even at ease, with Jim by your side. He has great command of the law and how it will apply to your situation plus the ability to be empathetic and firm at the same time. His integrity and trustworthiness will not only make you feel comfortable, but create a true sense of respect for his judgement and expertise. He will explain all your complex legal issues in a clear and concise manner with prompt follow-up and an attention to detail that is unsurpassed. Jim is the type of person you will never forget. I will always be forever grateful for all he has done.
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Posted by Catherine | September 23, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Caring, sharp, and detailed oriented
Jim Piper is an outstanding attorney. He helped with my divorce and subsequent custody arrangements, and was vital during my trial to modify/terminate custody due to my childrens’ father’s recent involvement with drugs. He was quick to reply and calmed my nerves throughout the hearing. He is as sharp as a tack with an excellent attention to detail. He was quick to point out every discrepancy in the other party’s testimonies, and knew exactly what needed to be done. He had the entire hearing under control and I never once felt uneasy about it. Jim is a fantastic trial lawyer who I would recommend to anyone in a custody battle.
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Posted by Deanna | May 5, 2014
An Excellent Firm!!
I am so thankful I had Piper & Turner take my case. Going through a divorce is one of the hardest things anyone can undergo,but having attorneys like Jim and Whitney helped the process by being compassionate to my situation and understanding what I was undergoing. There were also very responsive to my communications and available when I needed them. Whitney listened to my requests as the client while making sure that I exercised all rights available to me. Jim, Whitney and Gina were always professional and friendly. They were respectful of my needs and situation. Best of all, I won my case and got more than I ever expected.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 525-525 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Of Counsel
  • Walters Gilbreath, PLLC
  • 2017 - Present
  • Partner
  • PiperBurnett
  • 2015 - Present
  • Partner
  • Piper Turner Bollier, PLLC
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Partner
  • Piper & Turner, PLLC
  • 2009 - 2014
  • Law Office of James W. Piper
  • 2005 - 2009
  • Owner
  • Piper & Powers
  • 1984 - 2004
  • Managing Attorney
  • Legal Aid Society of Central Texas
  • 1974 - 1984
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Education

  • The University of Texas in Austin
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1974
  • Baylor University
  • B.B.A.
  • 1971

Legal Cases

  • 901 S.W.2d 939
  • 559 S.W.2d 698

Associations

  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Austin Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • N/A
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Travis County Family Law Advocates
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Texas College of Trial Advocacy
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2017
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • Woodward-White, Inc.
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2016
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • Woodward-White, Inc.
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2011
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • N/A
  • Rating - Excellent
  • Avvo
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • AustinTAAP - Lunch and Learn
  • Clinicians Navigating the Court Process
  • 2017
  • Family Law Summer CLE
  • Psychological Testing
  • 2011
  • Family Law Section Summer Seminar
  • Judges Panel
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (20)
Given (7)
Endorse James
Family Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jim has earned a well-deserved reputation in the legal community as a relentless advocate for his clients. If you need a tough, experienced attorney, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him."
Family Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jim is a talented family law litigator. He gives an incredible amount of focus to the facts surrounding the issues in his cases. Jim commands attention and respect in the courtroom and is respected by the judiciary. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Jim is a skilled litigator who zealously represents his clients."
Family Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James is experienced and knowledgable in the field of family law. He is well known for the top-notch representation he provides. Contact him for excellent representation."
Family Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jim Piper is a very experienced, highly qualified and hard-working member of our family law community. He tirelessly, passionately, and effectively advocates for his clients - no matter how complicated or difficult their cases may be."
Child custody Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"When I think of the kind of attorney I aspire to be, I think of Jim. He is a master trial lawyer--smart, aggressive, and cunning. But Jim is also a consummate professional, and it is extremely rare to find someone in this business who embodies all of those qualities at once. Anyone would be extremely fortunate to have Jim working for them and their family."
Family Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Jim Piper is an extremely knowledgeable and experienced family lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Jim is incredibly knowledgable and respected in the community. He lives up the great reputation he has developed after having practiced for so many years in the area."
Family Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Jim is one of the great trial lawyers in the State of Texas. He evaluates cases as well as anyone that I have ever worked with and he is also a creative problem solver."
Family Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Jim is an intelligent, experienced attorney. He has outstanding litigation skills."
Family Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I recently had the pleasure of working with Mr. Piper, as opposing counsel, in a family law jury trial. Mr. Piper was shrewd, calculated, effective and an obvious master of his craft. It was an honor and a great learning experience to not only observe, but also oppose, a family law attorney of the absolute highest caliber. To have Mr. Piper as your counsel and advocate is to have the utmost assurance and protection that a client can have."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Jim Piper. He holds a great reputation as a tough, effective advocate for his clients. I have seen that firsthand in the cases I have had against him."
Family Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse James. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Jim is the best lawyer I've ever gone against. He is smart, tough and relentless in his advocacy for his clients."
Family Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Family Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Family Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Family Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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Austin Divorce and separation Lawyer James Walter Piper
James Walter Piper
Divorce and separation Attorney
Austin, TX
Licensed for 48 years