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Joe D. Milner

Family Attorney at Austin, TX

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also known as Joe Milner


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About Joe

Learn Joe’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Family
    80%
    Focused, determined and thorough representation of clients who are going through a divorce and have complicated property issues that need to be resolved by agreement or tried in court.

    55 years, 400 cases

  2. Mediation
    15%
    Mediating cases for lawyers who want their pending case to be settled.

    34 years, 3,000 cases

  3. Arbitration
    3%

    49 years, 60 cases

  4. General practice
    2%

    55 years, 200 cases

Joe Milner has practiced law in Austin, Texas for 51 years. For the past 33 
years he has held the top AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the premier and
nationally-recognized rating service, based on the opinions of members of the
Bar and the Judiciary. As an attorney-mediator, he has extensive experience in
Family Law, including child custody and contested divorce related cases, general
civil litigation, contracts, estates, probate, medical malpractice, commercial
and business litigation and real estate law. He is Board Certified in both
Family Law (since 1979) and Civil Trial Law (since 1980).

Over the course of his career, Joe has handled the most complex of family law
cases including those involving extensive property issues, custody disputes,
child support and child custody modifications, and property division. His extensive
trial experience in numerous trials across Texas, coupled with his work as a
mediator and collaborative law practitioner enable him to be an excellent
advocate for clients with any family law issue.

Joe's clients find him to be compassionate, highly responsive, strategic, and
thorough, tailoring his handling of their case to meet their needs and best
interest. In cases where children are involved, Joe recognizes the need to
achieve outcomes that protect the children and keep the family unit as intact as
possible. Highly regarded by his peers, Joe is often asked to consult with other
law firms on difficult family law issues.

In an effort to meet the unique needs of his clients, Joe became certified as a
Collaborative Family Law Attorney in 2001. While the collaborative approach is
not for everyone, some parties find that they are able to resolve all aspects of
their divorce without going to court. Joe can best help clients determine if
this process is appropriate in their particular case.

As a highly recognized Mediator and Arbitrator, Joe has conducted over 3,000
mediations in a wide variety of cases in communities in Texas and over 60
arbitrations. He is a past President of the Association of Attorney-Mediators
Cen-Tex Chapter, and a past chairman of the Travis County Bar Association ADR
Committee. Joe has been a Guest Lecturer and Trainer for Negotiation and
Mediation at the University Of Texas School Of Law.

Joe and the members of the Friday Milner Lambert Turner, PLLC, are deeply

dedicated to our community. Joe has served as President of the Rotary Club

of Austin, Assistant District Governor for Rotary International, on the original

Board of Hospice Austin, President of the Austin Mental Health Association,

Board Member of District Nine Grievance Committee of the State Bar of Texas,

and Legal Counsel, Secretary and Board Member for Christina's Smile for the past

27 years. He has been a volunteer for many local organizations, fundraisers, and

projects.

Licensed for 54 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 1968
Updated 10/23/2022

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

Contact Joe

Friday Milner Lambert Turner, PLLC
3401 Glenview Avenue
Austin, TX, 78703-1448

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | June 30, 2009
Caring Human Being, Tough Negotiator, Results Focused
There's a myth as one searches for a great family lawyer that in order to get results, you have to hire a bad *** - who will treat your former spouse (and probably you) like dirt, but it will be worth it because you will get results. Joe is proof that you can work with a fantastic, caring human being and still get the tough negotiation skills needed to get the results you desire. As a former lawyer myself (JD, LLM), I can affirm that his knowledge of family law is thorough & detailed. If I had to do it all over again (hopefully never), I would select Joe every time. He made a troubled time bearable and saw that I got the things that were most important to me during my divorce & custody battle.
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Posted by anonymous | January 30, 2009
Family Law- Literally!
Joe was recommended to me by a Defense Attorney whom I trust and respect as "the one I would go to if it was my Divorce." Joe 'literally' does Family Law , as both his Son and Daughter followed him into his profession and are the second and third Attorneys in the Milner Law Firm. As Bob Bowman, a Mediator, put it: "I couldn't think of a better recommendation than to have your own kids want to work for you!" Joe was attentive, concerned, and supportative, and more importantly, was perceptive as to the attack plan of the opposing Counsel and how to counteract it. He also was able to uncover deceptions and expose false statements made by my Ex during deposition. We ended up settling our case,and although we did not go to trial, I was able to walk away with the things that mattered most to me and he helped me engineer a plan to cut the chains that had been laid out to bind me financially to her for the next 6 years. If you are the "good guy" in a Divorce, you can't do better than Joe.
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Posted by anonymous | January 30, 2009
High recommendation for Joe Milner
Joe Milner is the most honest and knowledgeable attorney I know. He handled my divorce in a caring, forthright manner and was highly responsive. He demonstrated years of experience in handling family law. I would hightly recommend Joe Milner.
Posted by anonymous | January 29, 2009
AAAA+ Family Law Attorney - JD Milner
Joe represented me in post divorce mediation related to child custody & I was very pleased w/the overall outcome. He is well respected in his field and knows how to get things done.

Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 425-425 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Manager
  • The Milner Law Firm, PLLC
  • 2009 - Present
  • Partner
  • The Milner Law Firm
  • 2005 - 2008
  • Sole Proprietor
  • Offices of Joe D. Milner
  • 1998 - 2005
  • Partner
  • Milner & Meeker
  • 1993 - 1998
  • Partner
  • Milner, Ferguson & Meeker
  • 1992 - 1993
  • Sole Proprietor
  • Law Offices of Joe D. Milner
  • 1990 - 1992
  • Senior Partner
  • Davis & Davis, P.C.
  • 1983 - 1990
  • Partner
  • Milner and Smith
  • 1975 - 1983
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Education

  • University of Texas School of Law
  • LL.B - Bachelor of Laws
  • 1968
  • University of Texas, Austin
  • B .B.A.,
  • 1965

Legal Cases

  • Condovest Corporation vs. John Street Builders, Inc.
  • We were able to defeat Plaintiff's case.
  • Evadine R. Mead vs. The Johnson Group, Inc.
  • Changed the law in Texas on two points.
  • Juanita Jackson vs. Henry Henninger
  • Plaintiff prevented theft from elderly couple.

Associations

  • Hospice Austin
  • Original Board Member
  • N/A
  • Citizen Schools
  • Citizen Teacher
  • 2009 - 2011
  • The Collaborative Law Institute of Texas
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Rotary Club of Austin
  • Past President
  • 2002 - 2003
  • Christina's Smile
  • Board Member and General Counsel
  • 1990 - 2019
  • Austin Mental Health Association
  • President
  • 1972 - 1974
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Re-Certified in Civial Trial Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2010
  • Preeminent-Highest Possible Rating-Legal Ability & Ethics
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Re-Certified In Family Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2009
  • Highest Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical Standards
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • Highest Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical Standards
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
  • Highest Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical Standards
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2007
  • Highest Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical Standards
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2006
  • Highest Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical Standards
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2005
  • Re-Certified in Civil Trial Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2005
  • Highest Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical Standards
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2004
  • Re-Certified in Family Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2004
  • Highest Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical Standards
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2003
  • Highest Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical Standards
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2002
  • Highest Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical Standards
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2001
  • Re-Certified in Civil Trial Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2000
  • Highest Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical Standards
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2000
  • Re-Certified in Family Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 1999
  • Highest Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical Standards
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1999
  • Highest Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical Standards
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1998
  • Highest Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical Standards
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1997
  • Highest Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical Standards
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1996
  • Re-Certified in Civil Trial Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 1995
  • Highest Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical Standards
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1995
  • Re-Certified in Family Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 1994
  • Highest Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical Standards
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1994
  • Highest Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical Standards
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1993
  • Highest Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical Standards
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1992
  • Highest Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical Standards
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1991
  • Re-Certified in Civil Trial Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 1990
  • Highest Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical Standards
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1990
  • Highest Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical Standards
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1989
  • Re-Certified in Family Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 1989
  • Highest Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical Standards
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1988
  • Highest Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical Standards
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1987
  • Highest Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical Standards
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1986
  • Re-Certified in Civil Trial Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 1985
  • Re-Certified in Family Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 1984
  • Board Certified in Civil Trial Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 1980
  • Board Certified in Family Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 1979
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Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (8)
Endorse Joe
Mediation Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Very knowledge, experienced and professional."
Family Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Joe. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Joe for over 20 years. He is a very thoughtful, ethical, and dedicated attorney who cares about his clients. Joe is also a great mediator who has settled some of the toughest case I have had."
Family Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Joe Milner is an extremely competent family law attorney. He is easy to work with and always has his client's best interests in mind. Family law can be very stressful at times and Mr. Milner works hard to keep the tension down. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have know Joe for nearly 20 years. He is a strong and creative advocate for his clients. He is also an excellent mediator that I have hired to help me settle my toughest cases."
Mediation Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had known of Joe Milner for years before I came to know him well over the past ten or so. In short, Joe is an extremely talented lawyer, as well as a fine person. Prior to getting my law license, Joe mediated a settlement between two companies fighting over anit-trust issues and non-compete/non-disclosure issues; I owned one of those companies. We had burned through four mediators and over a million dollars in legal fees building our case at the point we darkened his door (three years into litigation). Joe had us settled after three (albeit, long) days. After settlement, I decided to sell my biz and go to law school. Since graduation, I have been lucky enough to have Joe mediate a hand-full of divorce cases. We reached a settlement that everyone could support in every single case. Joe knows the law, but just as importantly - Joe knows and understands people. -And he combines these assets with hard work and a serious desire to do a good job (and he does)."
Family Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Joe for years, and would highly recommend him to anyone in the area. Not only is he a great guy, but his ethics and dedication make him one of the best family lawyers in Texas!"
Family Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Family Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Family Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"One of the best! He gets good results for his clients while at the same time practicing in an ethical and professional manner."
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