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Emily Serena Rickers

Wills and living wills Attorney at Austin, TX

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About Emily

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Emily S. Rickers graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 2004 and began practicing law in the Rio Grande Valley.  She began her legal career handling probate cases and real estate matters, bringing water, wastewater, and clear title to substandard rural developments. These complex cases helped develop her creative and practical approach to solving difficult problems, working with government entities, elected officials, private landowners, and financing sources to achieve her clients’ goals.  Since then, her practice has expanded to include estate planning and administration, guardianships, and real estate litigation, as well as family law, where Emily found her experience with complex property matters valuable in resolving cases with significant community estates. During the 82nd and 83rd legislative sessions, she also represented clients’ interests before the Texas Legislature as a registered lobbyist.  She is admitted to practice before all Texas courts, as well as the U.S. Southern District of Texas.


As a former legal services lawyer, Emily believes in using her legal skills to serve the community.  Prior to attending law school, she worked as a legal advocate for residents of a family violence shelter.  In 2012, Emily founded a nonprofit with partner Carlos Salinas to advocate for low-income Texas families on matters of family violence, housing access, and property tax relief.  She is especially proud of her affiliation with the Rio Grande Valley Multibank CDFI, which during her service as a board member launched a program to replace predatory payday loans in South Texas.  She was an officer of the Poverty Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, and a subcommittee chair of the Supreme Court of Texas Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee.  Emily and earned a B.A. from Davidson College in 1998 in Political Science and a concentration in International Studies. She is fluent in Spanish and sings with the Chorus Austin Symphonic Choir. 

Licensed for 18 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 2004
Updated 01/17/2023

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

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Posted by anonymous | November 9, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
contract case
I used Ms. Rickers on a case with an old landlord and she did an an amazing job, very professional, aggressive in court. we won the first court , and went to mediation on 2nd round. very pleased with her work would use her again and recommend her to family. thanks Esmeralda
Posted by Phil | April 26, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Thorough and professional
We brought what appeared to be a simple civil issue to Attorney Emily Rickers. Well, it turned out to be much more complex than we thought. I can't go into details, BUT - we were very lucky to have Emily on our side as the other side dragged on for an eternity. She went way above and beyond handling our case - both legal and with our frustration with the opposing side. She was thoughtful, professional, knowledgeable, and tough (and patient with her clients). Her staff was thorough and helpful. She prepared us personally as well as she prepared her case, and I would not hesitate recommending her.
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Posted by anonymous | March 21, 2014
Professional. Courteous. Effective.
Emily was a pleasure to work with! I was in a stressful situation with a client who refused to pay for damages to an apartment. During our very first telephone conversation, Emily immediately put my mind at ease. She walked me through the process we'd use to try to recover the damages, and took the appropriate steps to reach a settlement with which I was satisfied. There was a bump in the road when Emily found that my client had no legal representative in TX to "serve," but she researched how to serve an out-of-state company via the Secretary of State and the notification was sent the following day. I was very impressed with how quickly she responded. Overall, the process took 4 months, and my company was able to recover most of the damages assessed. Emily was professional, courteous, and effective at a time when I and my company really needed some solid legal help to recover damages I couldn't afford to lose. I hope I never have to hire another attorney, but if I do I'm calling Emily first.
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Thompson Salinas Rickers McDermott
  • 2013 - Present
  • Co-Director; Lobbyist
  • Alliance for Texas Families
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Team Manager
  • Texas Riogrande Legal Aid, Inc.
  • 2006 - 2013
  • Staff Attorney
  • Texas Riogrande Legal Aid, Inc.
  • 2004 - 2006
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  • University of Texas School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • Davidson College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1998


  • Travis County Women Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Austin Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Williamson County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Hidalgo County Model Subdivision Advisory Board
  • Advisor
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Legislative Task Force on Uniform County Subdivision Regulation
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Supreme Court of Texas Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee
  • Subcommittee Chair
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Hidalgo County Bar Association
  • Director
  • 2007 - 2009
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • February Education Series
  • Women’s Wealth and Estate Planning
  • 2015
  • People's Law School
  • Small Claims Litigation
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (7)
Endorse Emily
Unknown Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Wills and living wills Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Emily Rickers is my goto referral for clients, friends, and colleagues that need estate planning help or assistance with probate matters. She is meticulous about finding the best solution to meet her clients' needs."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Emily is truly a multifaceted problem solver. She approaches her client's legal issues with practicality and measured tactic. You can always be assured that Emily has thought through every reasonably anticipated contingency."
Real estate Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Emily Rickers is who I consult first for complex probate and real estate matters. She is adept at finding creative resolutions to complicated problems."
Real estate Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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Austin Wills and living wills Lawyer Emily Serena Rickers
Emily Serena Rickers
Wills and living wills Attorney
Austin, TX
Licensed for 18 years