Bernadette Barbee

Bernadette Barbee

Senior Associate Attorney

I began my legal career almost 20 years ago as a civil litigator, working for some of the most prestigious local and national law firms in the country. My practice was challenging, and involved high-stakes commercial and business disputes, fiduciary litigation, and securities fraud. I successfully litigated cases in state and federal courts from California to New York and many places in between. I was good at it, but something was always missing.

As time passed, I got married and divorced. I had triumphs and tragedies and learned a lot – much of it the hard way. Along the way, I found my true calling and have devoted my professional life to families.

I am now able to harness my background in high-stakes civil litigation to achieve successful outcomes in equally complex divorce cases. I understand what is on the line when protecting my client’s assets and businesses. My experience in fraud and other failures of financial trust aids me in fighting to ensure my clients receive their fair share of the marital estate.

The highest cost of divorce and custody disputes is not quantified in dollars and cents. I have seen first-hand the wounds of a family torn apart. I know the multigenerational damage caused by parental alienation, unregulated mental health and substance-abuse disorders, and the failure to co-parent. I work tirelessly to help my clients ensure their children do not pay the price. I am honored to serve as a court-appointed attorney for children and parents in CPS matters.

I am also a trained Collaborative Divorce attorney. In the Collaborative Divorce process, parties undertake a confidential, tailor-made divorce proceeding that focuses on protecting children, relationships, and property. The good and bad decisions parents make when divorcing can determine whether they can both attend their children’s graduations and weddings in in the future or if they’ll suffer financially for years to come after the divorce is finalized. Divorce is never easy, but a confidential, collaborative divorce where the parties determine the process, may be the right choice for your family.

Bernadette is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.


  • Senior Associate, Walters Gilbreath, PLLC, 2022–Present
  • Senior Associate, Myres & Associates, 2017–2022
  • Senior Associate, Bobby K. Newman, P.C. –  Lilly, Newman & Van Ness, PLLC, 2015–2017


  • University of Houston, Honors College – 2001
  • South Texas College of Law – 2004
  • Admitted to the State Bar of Texas – 2004
  • Admitted to United States District Courts: Northern, Eastern, Western, and Southern Districts of Texas


  • Super Lawyer – Thomson Reuters 2020
  • Super Lawyer – Rising Star – Thomson Reuters 2015


  • Burta Rhodes Raborn – Family Law – Inns of Court
  • Collaborative Divorce Houston – President-Elect 2022
  • Collaborative Divorce Texas
  • Houston Bar Association – Family Law Section
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists

Personal Life

  • Hometown: 4th Generation Houstonian
  • Favorite Sports Team: The Houston Ballet
  • Favorite Read: The Gray Man Series
  • Before pursuing the law, was most oft-seen performing The Bard. Favorite roles include Hermia, Viola, and Kate


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