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Sam D. Colletti

Divorce and separation Attorney at Austin, TX

4.8   16 reviews

About Sam

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After working for a couple of small firms in Austin since 2005, I started my own practice in the summer of 2009. After a year and a half of the cowboy life of a solo attorney, I joined NEMSB in March 2011. We are a 8-attorney family-law firm, growing fast and providing top-level representation for folks with complex divorces and child custody situations. Additionally, I offer mediation services to the family law community in the Greater Austin region.  If you ever have any kind of legal issue, I hope you'll give me a call. I feel comfortable saying I can put you in touch with the right attorney, well tailored to the legal issue and amount in controversy.

 

 

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Licensed for 17 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 2005
Updated 10/23/2022

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

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Noelke Maples St. Leger Bryant, LLP
901 S. Mopac Expy
Barton Oaks Plaza II, Ste. 200
Austin, TX, 78746

Reviews

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Posted by Ryan | September 30, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended
I was going through an unexpected divorce and was referred to Sam Colletti. He is very knowledgeable and operates in a calm manner. Him and his team helped me get through the process quickly while tactfully answering all of my questions. I was worried about the outcome but in the end we reached a fair settlement. I'm thankful for the service provided and would highly recommend.
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Posted by anonymous | June 30, 2020
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Professional and Compassionate Attorney
I am a single mom that hired Sam Colletti to assist in filing an emergency petition for modification of my children's visitation schedule. I could not have asked for a better experience. Sam listened both objectively and with compassion. Because of the time constraints associated with my case, there was a lot to be done in an extremely short amount of time. Sam and his team worked expeditiously while maintaining communication with me daily. It was always clear to me where we were in the process. As a mother, this was an extremely emotional time for me, but I never felt alone or uncertain about the expectations or risks. I always took comfort in knowing that everything was getting done on time, and that I had one of the best on my side. I would HIGHLY recommend Sam Colletti to anyone needing a seasoned, responsive, and understanding family law attorney.
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Posted by Luther | April 2, 2020
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Sam Colletti
Sam Colletti and his team were great to work with! I received very good council and it turned out to be very effective to my case. I would highly recommend Sam, He is a great lawyer and now a good friend. Sincerely, Luther
Posted by Erica | March 6, 2020
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Wonderful representation in a difficult divorce
My divorce was fairly messy as my husband walked out of two mediation sessions and we had to go to temporary court twice. Sam was always calm, well prepared, thorough, confident and knowledgeable. In court his manner was excellent- personable but with a strong strategy of defense and calculated questions for the opposing party. He reassured me when I was nervous and helped me understand the process. When I was losing hope that my husband would ever settle out of court, Sam negotiated a fair settlement. I would recommend him to anyone going through a divorce.
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Posted by Yasmin | February 13, 2020
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The Best Divorce Lawyer in Austin!
I had a time sensitive legal matter which landed during the Summer and needed immediate attention. I contacted Sam Colletti per recommendation of a close family member who was right that he is the best in Austin. Even under such tight time constraints, Sam delivered outstanding legal work. He is cool under pressure and keeps you calm even as deadlines approach and the other side tests your resolve. I never doubted that we would win and Sam is the best possible attorney to talk you down off the cloud when your world seems to be on the verge of collapse. Sam made himself available to speak on the phone even when the office was closed. He is a kind and caring individual and you should look no further! I knew instantly that Sam was right for my complicated case because he is first and foremost, a family man who cares about his children and will fight for you and yours! With such sensitive matters, this office is very accommodating, compassionate and understanding of people's needs - and that's why they are the best. Sam is a litigant not just a paper pusher!!! You are getting a serious attorney when you hire him. He has appeared in front of all of the county judges and magistrates and knows what to expect from each one. He is well regarded and respected in his field by both colleagues, superiors and clients.
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Posted by John | February 8, 2020
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Exceptional
Sam Colletti was my lawyer for my recent divorce. He gave great advice and represented me very well. Thank You and your great staff for all of your help.
Posted by anonymous | February 6, 2020
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Diligent and friendly
Sam and his team helped me through my divorce very quickly and professionally. He and his staff were very available and responsive to my questions and needs. I would, and have, referred friends and family to the NMSB firm.
Posted by Charlie | February 4, 2020
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TX Supreme Court WINNER
Sam Colletti handled my case from day one all the way to the Texas Supreme Court where we got a favorable ruling. He kept me informed at all times and current on the status of my divorce case. There was plenty of waiting on the court system, but in the meantime Sam guided me on the legal parameters and went above and beyond to make sure I was represented in every way shape and form. Knowing we did everything we could to make sure we had the best chance to come out with a positive ruling is all you can ask for in a lawyer, and that is what Sam provided.
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Posted by Kathlyn | January 23, 2019
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Highly Recommend
I am so grateful that I was referred to Mr. Sam Colletti and his team to handle my divorce. Our division of property was somewhat complicated, but they knew exactly what to do and made resources available to me for evaluating and dividing the property. They were always prompt in providing me information when I needed it. There were times when things became contentious, but I was confident because Mr. Colletti was prepared to fight and get a fair result for me in court. In the end, we did not need to litigate and I am very happy with the outcome. I highly recommend this firm.
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Posted by Eric | January 7, 2019
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Sam Is Great!
Sam did an amazing job understanding both sides of my divorce and worked hard to reach an equitable solution for both parties
Posted by anonymous | January 4, 2019
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Professionalism at a rough time...
Sam Coletti and his team were amazing advocates for me and my daughter. They were always available even during exigent circumstances where we needed advice on the fly. They always went out of their way to explain the legal processes relating to my case and worked out contingencies ahead of time. We couldn't be more happy with the outcome.
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Posted by anonymous | July 17, 2018
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Civility in Divorce
Sam represented me in a highly contentious, high conflict divorce. I am so grateful for finding Sam as he truly exemplifies "civility in divorce." Sam is both compassionate and straight forward - which are 2 important traits to have in your counsel. What I appreciate most about Sam is his ability to see the big picture and not lead with his ego. I saw a very ugly side of humanity and how underhanded attorneys operate during my case. There were many times Sam could have had a reactionary response, yet he kept his eye on the prize - my child's welfare. I highly recommend Sam Colletti.
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Posted by W | June 11, 2018
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Hire him
Thank you Sam for all the work you have done for me. Dealing with legal matters related to your family is never fun. Sam comes up with thought out strategies, provides sound advice, and has a sense of ease about him. During chaotic times, Sam will have your back.
Posted by JC | June 10, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
a good guy to handle bad situations
Sam Colletti is a highly skilled, board certified family lawyer, who came highly recommended by my business attorneys. Sam defended my interests well, while also maintaining the high road of reason and fairness. Sam strived to minimize time and expense to reach a resolution as quickly as possible. He is definitely one of the good guys.
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Posted by Elizabeth | September 23, 2011
Relieved Client
I couldn't have chosen a more qualified, competent, lawyer to handle my case. I was impressed from the very start with his knowlege of the law and his aggressive yet compassionate approach. There was never a moment when I questioned the outcome. He is truely wonderful.
Posted by Veejay Mali | May 20, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Inept, Incompetent, Strongly not recommended
The 9 months I had engaged Mr. Colletti, I constantly felt as if I had hired the opposing lawyer. I regret giving him the benefit of the doubt early on, as it was too late to fire him later. It was an utterly frustrating experience. Due to limited word space, I would, in short say, I could only see Mr.Colletti having a negative impact on my case and decided that I would be better off accepting the opposing party's demands at a substantial loss than have Mr. Colletti represent me in trial. After the divorce, my ex told me that Mr. Colletti was unresponsive to their request to prepare settlement documents and therefore had to file a motion for a hearing. I was not willing to pay Mr. Colletti's charges for an unnecessary appearance in court just to have him do his job and therefore pestered him to complete the documents. The documents would keep coming with errors. Two months after the divorce, the documents were prepared and presented the night before the hearing. I understood if I did not sign the documents as they were, I would be paying for his time at the hearing the next morning. At this point, I trusted the opposing consul more than Mr. Colletti and signed the documents, only to later find out that Mr. Colletti yet left out a crucial document that he was to prepare. Now the opposing party had all the documents they needed from me but I was left wanting the document I needed from them. A month passed by and Mr. Colletti's office bills me over 6K for preparation of documents that were not completed and moreover, they were to take only 2.5 hrs of his time and 1.5hrs of his paralegal's time. I had always suspected Mr. Colletti's billing practices but this time I had the expected time for the job by email. Upon my questioning and seeking explanation, Mr. Colletti resigned from the engagement in protest telling me to get the document signed by myself. Since then, my ex has missed on mortgage payments effecting my credit score. The Deed of Trust (which, against my will Mr. Colletti insisted I signed as the judge would force it in trial) does not have a time limit for my ex to takeover the mortgage, thus tying my financial fate with my ex’s actions for the next 20 years. I approached the Trustee’s office appointed by Mr. Colletti to seek remedy, however; I was told by their office that they were unaware of being the Trustee, they do not perform such services and handed me a lawyer referral service number to call. During my engagement with Mr. Colletti, I had to consult with other lawyers and had to read every document prepared by him carefully to point out errors. I also regret engaging the appraiser recommended by him and feel fortunate that I did not engage the accountant he recommended.
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Response from Sam Colletti May 21, 2019
Oh good grief. So many facts and circumstances have been conveniently left out of this self-serving narrative. This verges on libel. I cannot go into detail refuting these accusations because of my duty of attorney-client confidentiality. I continue to work hard for all my clients and solve problems as effectively and efficiently as possible.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 375-375 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Noelke Maples St. Leger Bryant LLP
  • 2015 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Noelke English Maples St. Leger Blair, LLP
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Owner
  • Law Offices of Sam D. Colletti
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Attorney
  • Capps Law Firm, PLLC
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Attorney
  • Scofield & Scofield, P.C.
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Attorney
  • Fulwiler Law Firm
  • 2005 - 2006
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Education

  • University of Texas School of Law
  • Basic Mediation Training
  • 2012
  • University of Texas School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • Trinity University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2001

Associations

  • Austin Bar Association, Judicial Affairs and Screening Committee
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Austin Bar Association, Entertainment & Sports Law Section
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Austin Young Lawyers Association
  • 2009 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Family Law Section - State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Austin Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Austin Bar Association, Solo/Small Firm Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Texas Family Law Foundation
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Austin Bar Association, Estate Planning Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • Admitted
  • N/A
  • Collaborative Law Institute of Texas
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Texas Super Lawyers - Rising Stars Edition 2014
  • Texas Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • Board Certified - Family Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2013
  • Texas Super Lawyers - Rising Stars Edition 2010
  • Texas Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2010

Publications

  • Texas Paralegal Journal
  • Grandparents' Rights in Texas
  • 2014

Speaking Engagements

  • Austin Bar Association, Entertainment Law Section
  • Intersection of Family Law and Entertainment Law
  • 2014
  • Family Law Essentials - Baylor Law School, Waco, Texas
  • Agreements Between Counsel and Parties: Rule 11, MSAs, and Other Settlement Agreements
  • 2011
  • TexasBar Poverty Law CLE
  • Intersection of Bankruptcy and Family Law
  • 2009
  • Family Law Essentials - Victoria, Texas
  • Preparation for a Temporary Orders Hearing
  • 2009
  • Family Law Essentials - Marble Falls, Texas
  • Advanced Collection Methods for Child Support
  • 2009
  • Family Law Essentials - Seguin, Texas
  • Understanding Discovery Rules
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (4)
Family Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Colletti appears to be a talented attorney and any client would be in good hands with him as counsel. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked on cases with Sam for several years now, and consider to be one of the most capable family law attorneys in Austin. He knows the law very well, and looks out for his clients interests very capably."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Sam is a wonderful advocate for his clients and I highly recommend him. He is tough, direct, but also very civil and easy to work with. I thoroughly enjoy working with Sam, even when our client's interests are greatly at odds. He is someone I can trust absolutely."
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Austin Divorce and separation Lawyer Sam D. Colletti
Sam D. Colletti
Divorce and separation Attorney
Austin, TX
Licensed for 17 years