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J. Newton Riggs

Family Attorney at Austin, TX

5.0   8 reviews
  • Licensed for 3 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2020
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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

About J.

Learn J.’s areas of practice.

Born and raised in Texas, J. started practicing law handling multiple different areas of law including family law, criminal defense, and general civil litigation. J.’s past experiences coupled with his work ethic give him a greater understanding of the issues that arise in family law cases. Today J. deals with the following family law matters:

Divorce and Legal Separation
Child Custody/Modifications
Child Support
Domestic Violence Issues (civil)
Establishing Paternity
Same-Sex Divorce and LGBT+ Family Matters
Common Law Marriage

In his spare time, J. enjoys playing board/video games with friends, traveling the country, and exploring Austin’s ever-growing entertainment scene with his dog, Micki.

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Evans Family Law Group
901 S MoPac Expy, Building 1
Suite 250
Austin, TX, 78746

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Posted by Dani | February 14, 2024
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
J. Riggs will fight for you
J. is a talented, passionate and skilled attorney. J. is capable of approaching difficult situations with tact and determination. If you hire J., you won’t be disappointed.
Posted by Maria | February 9, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fights hard for you
J. helped me out so much when I was going through my divorce. He was very patient with me and always explained every step we took during my divorce process. I highly recommend J. Riggs as a divorce attorney.
Posted by Ikenna | June 19, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer, wonderful team.
Working with J. Riggs at Modern Family Law during my divorce was a blessing. We never met in person but that didn't prevent us from connecting in a way that made me feel that he was looking out for my interest and not just going along the process in a cookie cutter way. They explained the steps of what to expect before and as it was taking place and really made the divorce as stress free as you can get when going through a divorce. Thank you J!
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Posted by Juan | January 30, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
VERY Responsive
I hired J. to help me on my divorce back in February '21. He communicated with me every step of the way, answered or returned all my phone calls/emails, and made sure that everything I wanted was addressed. J. went above and beyond in helping me, and I truly believe without him, I couldn’t have been in the place that I am now. If you want an attorney that will not BS you, and be straight to the point, use him!
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Posted by Marco | January 21, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top Notch!!!
I worked with J. when I was getting my divorce. Not only did he get the job done, though out the whole process J. kept me informed in all area, he listened to what I wanted to get done and formed a plan to fit my needs. He also would always keep me inform me of all options as we moved forward through the process, I would high recommend working with J.
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Posted by Brianna | January 7, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce Case
I went through a really rough divorce and honestly if it was not for J’s assistance I do not know how I would have been able to get my divorce complete. He was always there to answer any and all of my questions and there was never a time that I was not updated on any information pertaining to my case. If you are going through a divorce I highly recommend J to defend you.
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Posted by Andrew | January 3, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hard working and knowledgeable
I was having trouble in my custody battle and after trying a few different attorneys I came across J. Riggs. J. was very thoughtful and truly listened to me and my struggles. You could tell that he truly cared about my situation and did his best to win my case. I would recommend J. to anyone looking for a fair and hard-working attorney.
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Posted by Gail | December 29, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
J. is compassionate and dependable. I found him to be both positive and truthful. He saw solutions to the difficult situations I described. I have felt that he values my opinions while giving me solid legal advice.
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  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.2 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Associate
  • Evans Family Law Group
  • 2022 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Modern Family Law
  • 2021 - 2022
  • Associate Attorney
  • Blanchard Thomas LLC
  • 2020 - 2021


  • Texas Tech University School of Law
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
  • 2020

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Divorces With or Without Children
  • Child Support Modifications
  • Child Custody
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  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section
  • 2020 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas, LGBT Law Section
  • 2020 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • 2020 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2024
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2023

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (6)
Endorse J.
Family Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. J. is a passionate advocate for his clients and provides genuine dedication in his representation."
Family Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse J! I have seen J advocate in fiercely advocate in contested divorce cases, CPS cases and child custody cases. He not only understands the law but also looks for creative solutions. I also admire the care and support he provides to his clients throughout the entire process."
Family Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"J. is a diligent attorney who takes a compassionate approach to all of his cases. He fights hard for his clients by way of well researched arguments and often time offers an eye opening perspective. His judgment and commitment to the practice of family law and the LGBTQ community goes far beyond his personal years of experience in the area."

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Austin Family Lawyer J. Newton Riggs
J. Newton Riggs
Family Attorney
Austin, TX
Licensed for 3 years