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James A. Vaught

Family Attorney at Austin, TX

5.0   5 reviews

also known as Jimmy Vaught

  • Licensed for 43 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1980
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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

About James

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Jimmy Vaught is passionate about family law!  In his more than 30 year career, he has always been active in appellate law, but in 1999, he made a conscious decision to become a highly regarded, well qualified family lawyer, and he has more than achieved both.  Besides representing clients in traditional family law, Jimmy is also an arbitrator, mediator and is trained in collaborative family law.   He works hard to settle and resolve disputes and takes a balanced and creative approach in all of his cases, whether in collaborative law, traditional family law, family law appeals or as a mediator or arbitrator for other attorneys and their clients.  He is well liked and respected by almost every opposing counsel that he has worked with, and though he settles most cases, he is a formidable litigator when the circumstances require going to the courthouse.  His reputation with the judiciary in venues where he practices is stellar.  

Jimmy is board certified in both family law as well as civil appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  He is one of a handful of attorneys in Texas that are family law appellate specialists. He is a member of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, one of only 1,600 attorneys nationwide who qualify for membership.  The Academy’s website touts “To be represented by a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers is to be represented by a leading practitioner in the field of family law.”

Jimmy is also a member of many of the policy making committees of the family law section of the State Bar as well as a member of the Texas Family Law Foundation and the State Bar Family Law Section’s Legislative Committee, whose goal is to write and review new legislation in Texas.

Jimmy’s unique qualifications, as well as his excellent character and experiences as a husband and father make him a highly skilled, compassionate and problem-solving family law attorney.  His goal is to provide excellent representation and first class service to all of his clients.

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Location

Vaught Law Firm, P.C.
5929 Balcones Drive
Suite 201
Austin, TX, 78731

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Posted by Cynthia | June 10, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Best Appeal Attorney
Mr. Vaught was recommended to me by my lawyer to work on an appeal. He stepped in and has been very diligent in my case. He has helped me through process and has helped me understand the process. He has been so patient with me and helping me understand this complicated process. He is a very knowledgeable and he is such an amazing human being.
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Posted by anonymous | November 14, 2017
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Excellent
This organization does great work! They work together and listen along with being empathic! Rebeca, CiCi, Leigh and Tracy are awesome!! my daughter and I appreciated all their hard work. Thank you.
Posted by anonymous | November 14, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Eternally Thankful for the Entire Vaught Law Firm, P.C.
At a time when all other law offices were closed the Vaught Law Firm, P.C. took the time to listen to my situation. Jimmy recommended Leigh de la Reza as my attorney. Leigh was the perfect choice. Rebecca McDonald is her paralegal and a pleasure to work with too. When you are going through a divorce it is an emotional time and to often you miss what others might clearly see. Even if you believe your spouse is honest or your best friend, please seek legal advice. Leigh was knowledgeable, ethical, compassionate and willing to work with me. She handled my case with patience and answered all of the silly questions I had. Cici at the front desk put up with my calling and asking the questions first. Rebecca puts her heart into her job and explained the law to me many times. Tracy who provides the billing is understanding and the sweetest person I have ever met. The benefits of hiring an attorney are every state has different family laws. In order to protect yourself, your children and your former spouse please hire a good attorney. It may be expensive up front but the long term gain and peace of mind is worth every penny. If you are going to hire an attorney, hire the best, Leigh at the Vaught Law Firm, P.C.
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Posted by Sibylle | April 14, 2015
Jimmy Vaught - no other one for me
Jimmy Vaught made the by nature awful process of getting divorced so much more "doable". His very professional demeanor and at the same time kind nature helped me tremendously: he patiently listened to all my questions, concerns, and doubts, and I had many, and cofidently steared me To where I needed to be. I felt very protected and taken care of. I always felt welcomed whenever I interacted with him or his staff. I felt like I went to his law firm as a client and left as a loved family member. I would go to Jimmy Vaught again for any legal matter and I highly recommend him. You won't get anyone better, more knowledgeable and more passionate about his work than him.
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Posted by KG | September 12, 2013
Professional, Knowledgeable and Supportive
Jimmy Vaught and his Staff listened to my fears and concerns with compassion and understanding, while professionally guiding me through my divorce and quickly achieving the best possible result. Not only did he and his staff act professionally and discretely, they were kind and supportive during a stressful time. I would highly recommend the dedicated members of the Vaught Team to work with my family and friends in the future.
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Cost

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  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founding Partner/ Senior Attorney
  • Vaught Law Firm, P.C.,
  • 2010 - Present
  • Attorney
  • McCullar Vaught, P.C.,
  • 2003 - 2010
  • Associate
  • Law Offices of Edwin (Ted) J. Terry, P.C.,
  • 1995 - 2002
  • Staff Attorney
  • Hon. Jack Hightower, Justice, The Supreme Court of Texas
  • 1989 - 1995
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Education

  • Baylor University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor--cum laude
  • 1980
  • University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1974

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Izzo v. Izzo, 2010 WL 1930179 (Tex. App. - Austin 2010, pet. denied).
  • Cox v. Cox, 298 S.W.3d 726 (Tex. App. - Austin 2009, no pet.).
  • Barina v. Barina, 2008 WL 4951224 (Tex. App. - Austin 2008, no pet.).
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Associations

  • Lloyd Lockridge American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 2004 - Present
  • Texas Chapter, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 2004 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Austin's Top Attorneys in Family Law
  • Austin Monthly Magazine
  • 2022
  • Austin's Top Attorneys in Family Law
  • Austin Monthly Magazine
  • 2021
  • Austin's Top Attorneys in Family Law
  • Austin Monthly Magazine
  • 2020
  • Top 50 Attorneys in Central/West Texas Area
  • Texas Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2017
  • Texas Super Lawyer
  • Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2016
  • Austin Family Lawyer of the Year
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2016
  • Tier 1 Ranking in Family Law "Best Law Firms"
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Family Lawyer of the Year
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2013
  • Family Law - 2012-2024
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Franklin Jones Best CLE Article Award
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • 2012
  • Texas Super Lawyer Family Law - 2011 to 2022
  • Texas Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2011
  • Texas Super Lawyer Family Law
  • Texas Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2006
  • Texas Super Lawyer Family Law
  • Texas Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2004
  • The Women's Advocacy Project
  • Public Service Award
  • 2003
  • Texas Super Lawyer Family Law
  • Texas Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2003
  • Board Certified - Family Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2000
  • Board Certified Civil Appellate Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 1988
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Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • New Frontiers in Marital Property Law
  • The Future of Premarital, Postmarital, and Cohabitation Agreements
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (11)
Endorse James
Family 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 James. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jimmy is a wealth of knowledge for both family law and appellate issues. Working with him is always a great experience."
Family Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Jimmy Vaught is an incredibly talented lawyer. He is a strong advocate for his clients and he has the experience and expertise to resolve complex family law issues. I have seen the preparation he puts into every trial, mediation, and appeal. Jimmy is compassionate and understanding about his clients needs. I highly recommend him."
Family Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Austin Family Lawyer James A. Vaught
James A. Vaught
Family Attorney
Austin, TX
Licensed for 43 years