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Judith Ann Leecraft

Divorce and separation Attorney at Austin, TX

3.8   30 reviews

also known as Judy Leecraft

  • Licensed for 28 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1996
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

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About Judith

Learn Judith’s areas of practice.

Judy is Board Certified in Family Law and specializes in divorce, child custody, grandparents' rights, modifications of child custody, interstate child custody, and changes in geographical restrictions or "move away" cases. Judy is equally talented at the negotiating table as well as in the courtroom. A natural litigator, Judy is aggressive as well as assertive, while at the same time is able to negotiate effectively in cases which are more collaborative, or where an agreement can be reached.

Location

Leecraft & Newberry, P.C.
812 San Antonio Street Suite 530
Austin, TX, 78701-2224

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Posted by monica | June 4, 2014
Honest-Professional-Real & Timely
I was frantically trying to find an attorney in Texas for a case that was to take place in less than a week. She was the only one that took the time to talk to me the moment I called and didn't charge 150-250 for that consultation. She told me the facts, what she thought would happen and followed through on what she promised. She informed me the minute the case was complete and hopefully will be assisting me on collecting child support.
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Posted by Janet | April 4, 2014
Very happy with Judy Leecraft and her team!
Judy and her team have been helping me with my divorce/custody case for years. They have always kept me informed each step of the way, and have done an excellent job on my case from day one. Judy is very knowledgeable about Family Law, and I would recommend her services to anyone needing this type of attorney.
Posted by Kevin | February 11, 2014
Best bang for the buck
Ms. Leecraft and her staff represented me in a child custody case. Though the opposing counsel and his client tried to bully us, and made the entire experience as drawn out and difficult as possible, Leecraft and Newberry stayed the course. Through their great persistence and diligence, I was able to obtain custody of my daughter. Participating in a custody battle can be expensive and arduous, but Leecraft and Newberry were by far a bigger bang for my buck. My legal fees were half that of the opposing counsel, and the outcome of the case was overwhelmingly lopsided in our favor. I would absolutely recommend Judy Leecraft and her firm for legal representation in a family law matter.
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Posted by Omar | June 5, 2013
THANK YOU!
I researched many Law firms online and Leecraft & Newberry stood out to me the most, and it was because all of the great testimonies shared with the public. I would like to begin with a very gracious Thank You for all they have done for my family. It’s amazing to me how quickly my custody case was handled. I retained Leecraft & Newberry on a Friday, and by the following week, I was awarded (temporary) full custody of my three children. Talk about reuniting families for the better! Judy Leecraft is an outstanding, compassionate, caring and most of all a professional human being. Law firm Staff is super nice. My paralegal was always staying on top of my case and keeping me informed every step of the way. It was not easy going through a long drawn out custody battle with my Ex-wife, at least a year long. However, once Leecraft & Newberry stepped in and took over, they made it all worth it. They make dreams come true. They gave me my children back, and I could never thank them enough.
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Posted by anonymous | November 15, 2012
End Result was a Win/Win
Working with Judy Leecraft, Joe Newberry, and the staff at the firm was a great experience in what is inevitably a less than desirable situation. In my particular case, my ex-wife violated the educational plan for our kids as spelled out in the divorce decree, changing schools and extending the graduation date of my youngest son from high school. Because child support termination was (in part) based on the educational plan, we ended up in a no-mans-land that could have led to a legal quagmire, for both of us, with no clear understanding of when child support actually ends. Judy and Joe were able to quickly plan and execute a strategy that neatly untangled the legal issues and conclusively settled all problems. And, believe it or not, my ex-wife and I both agree that the end result was a win/win situation! Great job, Judy and Joe!
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Posted by Lori | November 15, 2012
An Attorny You Can Embrace as Part of Your Family
Ms. Leecraft welcomed me as a client and made me feel at ease from day one of our journey. She was straight-forward and told me it was not easy but assured me that I had a solid case. Her truthfulness made me feel that I had chosen the right person to enter into a relationship with me and my family. Ms. Leecraft was extremely supportive and helped me understand the legal process -step by step without missing a beat. And ultimately, she resolved my case and I will forever be grateful.
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Posted by Don | November 7, 2012
Great Lawyers Great Firm
I entrusted Judy and her team to help me when another lawyer in town lost a temporary orders hearing and I lost custody of my four year old son to my girlfriend. My girlfriend had been using dangerous drugs. CPS was called because my son had drugs in his system when he was born. My girlfriend kept using drugs after he was born and one day she left me a note, took the baby, and moved to Mississippi. Even after this, my former attorney lost the hearing and the judge gave my son's mother Sole Custody. I called Judy. She jumped into action right away. After she sent out some very tough questions in discovery to my ex, my ex stabbed my son at a public park, when I was there to pick him up. She stabbed herself, too, in the stomach, then blamed me, saying I stabbed her and my son in a fit of anger. We had hearing after hearing, which I couldn't afford, for which Judy reduced my fees and fought like a mother bear. She won custody for me in another hearing, and my ex had to be supervised. We had a final hearing when the grandparents got involved and asked for custody of my son - her parents - and in a two week trial, Judy and Melissa got me custody of my son for good. My ex is supposed to be tried for her criminal behavior in January. She has been in jail for violating her probation. I think Judy had something to do with that, too. If you want a team that is willing and able to fight hard, someone who really cares about children, and someone who can see that sometimes the person who has been accused is not the perpetrator - can see through the BS - hire Judy and her team. You cannot go wrong with them. I used to say sometimes that "all was lost" but then my father would remind me "You've got Judy" and I would remember that she always had my back. Judy, Joe and the paralegals and the firm are the best, not only in Austin, but in Georgetown and I suspect in San Antonio. When I would mention Judy's name to anyone, guardians, other attorneys, sheriffs, police officers, or other legal type people, I always heard that she had the reputation of winning, fighting for your rights, and being ethical at the same time. Great attorneys, great firm.
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Posted by anonymous | July 19, 2012
Truly Caring Representation For A Friend
Cannot recommend Judy & her firm enough. They represented a friend in a custody trial. They were completely prepared, thorough in their knowledge of the law, and most importantly, 100% committed to achieving what is best for the child in question.
Posted by anonymous | July 3, 2011
Passion and Dedication
We just finished a very involved custody and divorce case which took more than 4 years due to the antics of lawyers and individuals on the opposing side. However, we prevailed as Judy knew all the intricacies of family law, and our case, and was able to bring us to a favorable resolution. Judy is extremely passionate about family law and dedicated to her clients. She and her staff will tirelessly pursue justice no matter what. If you want an attorney who really knows family law, who employees a staff of legal personnel who will keep you informed, and will truly guide you through the entire process, then you need Judy Leecraft as your attorney.
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Posted by Sara | April 9, 2011
The Best of The Best
The team at Judy Leecraft Law Offices handled my precarious situation discretely, efficiently, and effectively. They gave me very good advice and even continued to look out for my son and I after we moved to another state. They played a pivotal role in the courts decision to award us Juriisdiction and I can't thank them enough. They're the real deal. I can't recommend them highly enough!
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Posted by Connie | January 4, 2011
Families and Fairness
I do not know an attorney who works harder on behalf of her clients and their children. She truly understands that the best interests of the child/ren, not of either parent, are of paramount importance. She will not represent someone whose primary objective is to hurt the opposing party. Her practice is about families and fairness, not winning and losing.
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Posted by Michelle | January 1, 2011
Relentless Fighter... Judy and Joe
Judy, Joe and the staff are wonderful! My case has been going on for over a year and a half and is now coming to a close. It has been a very difficult and emotional time, yet Judy and Joe were by our sides every step of the way guiding us through the best and worst of times. They transferred my divorce case to Texas and relentlessly fought for the safety of my children and their well-being. During my custody dispute, we have learned so much about the legal system that without the aid of Judy and Joe, I would not have my children with me today. Judy and Joe truly care and we are so very thankful we went with Judy Leecraft Law and Associates . If you are looking for a great attorney, then I highly reccommend Judy Leecraft Law. They will take care of you and your rights.
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Posted by Lori | December 31, 2010
EXCELLENT ATTORNEY, EXCELLENT FIRM
I hired Judy for my divorce in 2002. I was successfully divorced in a matter of months. Unfortunately, I had some serious consequences from the marriage which I found out later regarding sexual abuse of my children by my ex, and I hired a series of other lawyers in Austin to litigate a modification. After over $200,000 in lawyers' fees and a terrible outcome for me and for my children, I went back to Judy. I was sorry I hadn't hired her again for the modification in the first place. Judy was great and took my case back. I wanted an "exit strategy" to get rid of the litigation (my case had taken on a life of its own). Judy got to work and finished my case with a GREAT OUTCOME. (We even had fun in the meantime winning each little hearing against an attorney who thought he had my case "in the bag!") I have recommended Judy to all my friends. If you want a lawyer to charge you a fortune, not get you the best outcome, and you want to endure months or years of setting your nerves on edge through endless litigation, hire someone else. If you want the best outcome, want to work with a person who understands you and the challenges of litigation, and who listens to you, HIRE JUDY.
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Posted by anonymous | August 4, 2010
Excellent!
Judy and her team are absolutely fantastic. I have entrusted them with the responsibility of handling my divorce and child custody arrangements and they have held my hand every step of the way. Judy's interests in your case stretch far beyond that of your average attorney, as well as far beyond being simply professional. I highly recommend Judy!
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Posted by Angela | July 28, 2010
Possitve Review for all the lawyers in that office
Judy along with all the other lawyers that work in that office all work together as a team and are like a big family. They are very knowledgeable and trustworthy. You are not seen as just a client because they really do care and try to help you. Judy Leecraft and her associates took my child custody case and faught to get me a temporary emergency jurisdiction here in Texas since my case is in Ohio and I hadn't been a resident of Texas for a six month period, fighting to make this case a Texas case. They even got an emergency protective order issued for my children and I. They really care about you as a person and especially care about the children involved. They took my case when no one else would and really faught for my children and I. I was kept informed about everything that was happening in my case, someone always returned my calles and e-mails. I know that i can still call their offices and ask questions or get their opinions on something and they will be there to help even though they are no longer my lawyers.They even still to this day send me e-mails to see how the children and I are doing. So for anyone who is looking for lawyers who really care and fight for you call the offices of Judy Leecraft and associates, they are very knowledgeable and trustworthy.
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Posted by Esteban | July 7, 2010
Knowledgeable, Trustworthy, Professional
When I entered Judy's office I was met with a smile and a feeling of warmth. "Divorce is never easy",I've heard... but after speaking to Judy I knew that I would be heard. I had no idea what to expect, the emotional stress, the financial stress, even the physical pain of divorce was at times umbareable. When it came to the legal side of things and my best interest at hand I knew that I was on the right path. Judy's office was accesable when I needed them as well as when I needed to know even the smallest detail that had changed. I was notified every step of the way. I sure am thankful that I found Judy when I did. I truley believe that if I had not founf her when I did I would have lost my kids and everything else I had. I thank you for your diligence and unfailing dedication to my case.
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Posted by Pauline T. | April 17, 2010
Compassionate, supportive, and understanding
LETTER FROM PAULINE T. To Judy and Associates: I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate all you did for me during my recent divorce. You were compassionate, supportive, and understanding when I so much needed the human element as much as I needed your legal expertise. As joyous and uplifting is the day of the wedding, proportionate is the pain and devastation of a divorce, and after thirty-six years of marriage, this divorce was particularly painful for me. However, it is finally over, and my sister and I have moved back into our beautiful home in Lakeway. I'm beginning to feel more comfortable with my new name. I'm looking forward to filling our home with joy, laughter, and lots of love. Thank you Judy, Joe, Jill and all the associates that helped start me on a path to my new life. Kindest regards, Pauline T.
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Posted by anonymous | December 4, 2009
When you feel lost and alone, these are the attorneys you want on your side
Unfortunately I had to go through a horrible divorce and custody battle that I thought was a lost cause. I had previously retained another attorney and the work that was done on my case was minimal at best. Going through this legal process is scary and never once did I question this firms loyalty to my case and myself and kids. Having a board certified attorney with so much experience and knowledge is something that makes it easier to rest each night with confidence.
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Posted by Elizabeth | October 22, 2009
Family Law that treats you like Family
I highly recommend Judy Leecraft and her staff. I was initially represented by another attorney when I met Judy and her staff in the courtroom during proceedings in another case. I was so impressed that I switched attorneys...hiring Judy to represent me. It was the best decision I ever made. Judy has exceptional listening skills, she is non-judgmental, empathetic, and compassionate. Judy and her staff continue to take time to answer my questions and concerns even though my case has been finalized. I had some unique circumstances in my custody and visitation case and Judy was able to help me explore all my options. She is extremely knowledgeable, yet easy to talk to. I always received prompt responses to emails, faxes, and phone calls. I look forward to continuing my relationship with Judy and her staff and would recommend them to anyone who needs divorce or family law representation. She is the best!
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Posted by Forrest Smith | October 7, 2009
Attorneys with a life vest!
I spent thousands of dollars on attorneys poorly versed in family law and hundreds of countless hours looking for an attorney that could clean up the mess we had in Austin. As out of state litigants, we were blessed to come in contact with Judy, Joe and the rest of the staff at Leecraft Law. Our anxiety and stress was eased after our initial consultation with Judy and further more with her effective plan of action. We never doubted her and Joe's knowledge of the law and their ability to protect our best interests with integrity and compassion. Their simple act of compassion, something I'd never experience in the past 10-years of my family law dispute; it felt that we had close family members behind us that just so happened to be attorneys. More impressively was their collective attention to detail, courtroom presence, management of our case and access to documents, timeliness in keeping us updated on events and issues and quick responses in returning our emails and phone calls. We are still grateful and feel lucky that, although in Arizona and without any contacts in Austin, we had attorneys to entrust my daughter's future and our financial lives to without any worry in the world. I'm just a regular guy who has historically had a tough break in the Family Court system but for once felt that the scales were evened out with the representation I respectfully and passionately received. ANYONE in need of a law firm to protect your valuable family assets, your children, look no more! Forrest Smith, Phoenix, Arizona!
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-400 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.2 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Law Office of Judy A. Leecraft & Associates, P.C.
  • 1996 - Present

Education

  • St Mary's University of San Antonio School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1974

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Waite v. Waite
  • Appellate Court held for Petitioner.

Associations

  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Board of Advocates
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • State Bar Family Law Foundation
  • Lifetime Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Williamson County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • College of the State Bar
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Austin Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Board Certified - Family Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2004

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (7)
Endorse Judith
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Judy is an excellent attorney. She cares about her clients and zealously advocates for them in order to protect their interests. I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Judy is a conscientious attorney who is not only advocating for her client's rights, but also focuses on the needs of the children caught in the middle of custody battles. She is thoughtful, balanced, and has a terrific outlook on this very demanding profession."
Family Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Judy has a huge heart which is evident from her work. She is personable and relates well to each and every client. Her many years of practice have given her the experience and knowledge about family law that is somewhat rare in the Austin area."
Family Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I had a client who needed child-custody help immediately, and Judy's firm jumped on the issue and successfully fixed the situation."
Austin Divorce and separation Lawyer Judith Ann Leecraft
Judith Ann Leecraft
Divorce and separation Attorney
Austin, TX