Jake Gilbreath, Partner
Board Certified in Family Law
Texas Board of Legal Specialization
I’ve wanted to be a lawyer since I was a little kid, but I had no idea that I would be representing families across the state of Texas in difficult and emotional divorces and custody cases.
Where did I start in order to get here? My guess is that it is not where you think. I was raised in Waxahachie, Texas, a small town south of Dallas. I was born in Wisconsin, but I came to Texas as soon as I could when I was three years old; it has been my home ever since. I am one of seven children – five natural-born and two brothers adopted. Both my parents bleed Aggie maroon (although only one of their children went to A&M). My dad was a veterinarian and owned his own practice and my mom a homemaker in charge of the seven children. I am the only lawyer in my family.
I attended the University of Texas School of Law after completing my undergraduate degree from George Washington University in Washington, DC. At UT Law, I immediately figured out that my personality would be better suited in a courtroom setting instead of always sitting behind a desk at a big firm office. My third year of law school, I focused on litigation and worked as a student attorney at the University of Texas Domestic Violence Clinic. At the end of my time in law school, I took a job at a boutique, high-end family law litigation firm, where I would spend the first five years of my career.
Since getting out of law school at the University of Texas School of Law, I’ve learned a lot professionally, and I’ve learned a lot personally.
I got married right after law school and later, my then-wife gave birth to my son Parker, who I love with all my heart. But when Parker was just a baby, his mom and I went through a divorce. At the time of my divorce, I had represented hundreds of clients through their own divorces and it was becoming second nature for me. My own divorce changed all that. It was hard on me. It was hard on my ex-wife. I’m sure it was hard on our son. But we got through it, and I’m grateful for the lessons that I learned in my own divorce and how I can truly relate to my clients.
My divorce was finalized in 2015. But that wasn’t the hardest thing I would face that year. Just a couple of months after my divorce was completed, my father passed away unexpectedly at the age of 60. He died at the veterinarian clinic, which is where you would always find him if he wasn’t at church or with his family.
Getting that phone call was the hardest thing I have ever had to go through in my life. But it made me a better person, a better lawyer, and a better father to my children.
Professionally, I’ve learned what my father always taught me about running his own business – never work for anyone else and try to do it your own way if you can.
I’ve worked for traditional and elitist law firms. I’ve been in the corner office. I’ve tried cases where the lawyers bring boxes upon boxes of paper that never see the light of day in a courtroom. And I can tell you after all of my experience that these lawyers are falling short.
The traditional law firm relies on paper, servers, and fax machines. The law firm clunks around, clients do not know what is going on with their case, and cases have to settle for bad deals before Court because the lawyers are either disorganized or unprepared for what happens at the courthouse or are unaware of what could happen at the courthouse.
Brian and I do things differently. We’re paperless, on the cloud, and efficient. We will never be the cheapest lawyers in town. In fact, our product is anything but cheap. But we offer high-end service in a way that makes sense. Our approach is newer, different, and better.
Today I sit here as a proud business owner and a proud father. Since my divorce, I remarried to the love of my life, Sarah Gilbreath. Sarah is my best friend, my partner, and the most beautiful and amazing woman I have ever met in my life. I look at her and my children every day wondering how I got so lucky. Just a couple of years ago, Sarah gave birth to my second child, Harper. Harper and Parker are the love of my life and everything I do, I do for them, just like my parents did for me. Sarah and I could not be prouder of our two children. We are building this business hoping to make them proud.
I am Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. I am rated 10.0 Superb by Avvo.com and have 50 to 80 five star reviews. I have been selected as a Rising Star by Texas Super Lawyers and I am frequently asked to serve as a guest speaker on various family law and litigation matters, with a particular focus on trial work and jury trials. I try more cases each year to judges, arbitrators, and juries than a vast majority of my peers, and I do it different and better.
Our better approach produces better results for you and your family.
• Partner, Walters Gilbreath, PLLC, 2017—Present
• Partner, PiperBurnett, 2017—2017
• Partner, McCullar Gilbreath, P.C., 2016—2016
• Partner, Walters Gilbreath, PLLC, 2014—2015
• Associate, Piper & Turner, PLLC, 2009—2014
• University Of Texas, J.D., 2009
• The George Washington University, B.A., 2005
• Super Lawyers – Texas Rising Stars, Thomson Reuters, 2016—2020
• Board Certified in Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2015
• Client Choice Award, Avvo, 2015
• Top Contributor Award, Avvo, 2014
• Family Law Advocacy Institute Trial Training, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, 2013
• Pro Bono College, State Bar of Texas, 2011—2013
• Judge Suzanne Covington Pro Bono Service Award, Austin Bar Association, 2011
• Houston Bar Association, Member, 2016—Present
• Houston Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member, 2016—Present
• Houston Bar Association, Litigation Section, Member, 2016—Present
• Harris County Young Lawyers Association, Member, 2016—Present
• Young Lawyers for Karin Crump (250th Judicial District Court Race), Co-chair, 2014—Present
• State Bar LGBT Section, Member, 2014—Present
• Travis County Family Law Section Advocates, Member, 2014—Present
• Travis County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member, 2009—Present
• Austin Young Lawyers Association, Member, 2009—Present
• Austin Bar Association, Member, 2009—Present
• Williamson County Bar Association, Member, 2009—Present
• Texas Council on Family Violence, Member, 2009—Present
• State Bar of Texas Pro Bono College Member 2009—Present
• State Bar of Texas Member 2009—Present
• State Bar Family Law Section Member 2009—Present
• Austin Bar Association, Family Law Section Member 2009—Present
• Lawyer Forward ATX, Trying a Jury Trial From Start to Finish, 2018
• The Jury Trial: What You Need to Know to be Successful, Arguing the Charge/Closing Statement, 2017
• Lawyers Forward, The Paperless Trial, 2017
• AustinTAAP – Lunch and Learn Clinicians, Navigating the Court Process, 2017
• Monthly Meeting, Picking an Attorney Who is Right for You, 2016
• Family Law Section CLE Luncheon, Private Judge – When and How to Use One, 2015
• How to do a Pro Bono Divorce, Child Issues, 2014
• Family Law Section Full Day CLE, Wiretapping/Spoliation, 2014
• APIS Conference & Retreat, Pro Bono/Public Interest Workshop, 2014
• 2014 Austin Bench Bar, Wiretapping and Spoliation: What it is and what it isn’t, 2014
• Family Law Essentials, Comprehensive Evidence, 2012
• National Pro Bono Week at UT Law, Speaker: Screening of “Crime After Crime,” 2011
• Volunteer, Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas, 2014—Present
• National Center on Domestic and Sexual violence, Barred Justice, 2008
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