Board Certified Attorneys

The Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS) was established by the Supreme Court of Texas to certify attorneys that have a substantial level of experience in the area of law they practice. This includes completed legal education hours in their specialty area, have applied for and been accepted to sit for an exam and passed the rigorous exam.

Lawyers that are board certified in family law have specialized knowledge of the laws and codes that impact family law litigation and have experience in trials and appeals in this area of the law. Additionally, board certified attorneys must be re-certified every five years to maintain their certification.

There are currently only just over 800 lawyers in the state that are board certified in family law out of the over 108,000 lawyers licensed attorneys in Texas. Our firm is fortunate to have six board certified attorneys on our team, each with their own unique skillsets and areas of expertise and experience. You can read more about our board certified attorneys and their experience here or call our office to learn more.

 

 

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    Brian Walters, Partner

    • Licensed to practice since 1996
    • Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
    • Rated 10.0 Superb by Avvo.com with over 100 five-star reviews
    • Avvo Client Choice Award 2014-2018
    • Has handled over 3,500 cases
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    Jake Gilbreath, Partner

    • Licensed to practice since 2009
    • Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
    • Rated 10.0 Superb by Avvo.com with over 80 five-star reviews
    • Selected for inclusion in the Texas Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ list
    • Frequently asked to serve as a guest speaker on various family law and litigation matters, with a particular focus on litigation and jury trials
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    Jim Piper, Of Counsel

    • Licensed to practice since 1974
    • The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward-White, Inc., 2016—2017
    • Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters, 2011—2019
    • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Martindale-Hubble, 2016
    • AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubble, 2016
    • Top Attorneys in Texas, Texas Monthly, 2012
    • Certificate of Special Competence, The Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1988
    • Certificate of Recognition and Appreciation, Texas College of Trial Advocacy, 1980
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    Ryan Segall, Senior Associate

    • Licensed to practice since 2014
    • Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch award, 2021
    • Board Certification in Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2020
    • Super Lawyers – Texas Rising Stars, Thomson Reuters, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
    • Avvo 10.0
    • Avvo Client Choice 2016
    • 2014 National Order of Barristers
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    Andrew Speer, Senior Associate

    • Licensed to practice since 2015
    • Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
    • Consulting expert witness in cases involving cryptocurrency.
    • Appellate practitioner in the Supreme Court of Texas and the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th Texas courts of appeal, with a legal victory from the Supreme Court of Texas.
    • Avvo – 10.0 Rating
    • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers One to Watch (2020).
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    Bernadette Barbee, Senior Associate

    • Licensed to practice since 2004
    • Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
    • Super Lawyers – Texas Rising Stars, Thomson Reuters, 2015
    • Super Lawyers – Thomson Reuters 2020
    • President-Elect, Collaborative Divorce Houston 2022