Janet is a nationally respected trial attorney known for her skill and success in the courtroom. Janet has represented clients in hundreds of complex divorce and custody cases. Despite her skill as a litigator, Janet’s cases are routinely resolved amicably whenever possible to save the client the time, cost and pain involved in litigation. If litigation cannot be avoided, you need the services of a respected and skilled litigator.

Janet is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She was also selected to be a Fellow in the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, an organization of the nation’s top divorce attorneys.

Janet is a frequent author and speaker on divorce and custody issues.

Away from the office, Janet is a mother of three children. Janet has a passion for physical fitness, reading, the arts, traveling and community service. In the recent years, Janet has enjoyed learning to sail.


  • Complex Divorce
  • Contested Custody


  • Board Certified Family Law – Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Honors & Affiliations

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers – Fellow
  • Texas Super Lawyers – 2008, 2010 – present
  • Best Lawyers in America, Family Law – 2011 – present
  • Robert W. Calvert Inn. American Inns of Court – Associate (1995-1997); Master (2012-present)
  • Austin Bar Association – Family Law Section
  • Martindale-Hubbell – “AV” rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialist
  • Travis County Family Law Advocates

Community Involvement




Faith Based:

  • Diocese of Austin, Texas
  • Assembly of Catholic Professionals
  • Our Faith, Our Legacy Campaign
  • Catholic Services Appeal
  • Annunciation Maternity Home
  • Society of St. John, The Evangelist

Sample Articles & Presentations

  • “5 Tips for Moving on After Divorce,” Influential Magazine, January/February 2015.
  • “Is it Time? When to Consult with or Hire a Divorce Lawyer: Top 5 Considerations,” Influential Magazine, July/August 2014.
  • “Balancing (Health, Fitness, Family) & Family Law,” Influential Magazine, March/April 2014.
  • “Financial Cheating,” Texas NSIDE Business, December 2014.
  • “International and Domestic Jurisdiction Issues,” Family Law on the Front Lines, Austin, Texas, June 2011.
  • “Termination and Step-Parent Adoptions,” Advanced Family Law Drafting Course, Houston, Texas, December 2010.
  • “Marital Property Agreements: And You Know It Don’t Come Easy,” 2009 State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, Dallas, Texas, June 2009.
  • “Different Ways to Trace Separate Property,” New Frontiers in Marital Property Law, Napa, California, October 2008.
  • “Proving Economic Contribution and Reimbursement Claims,” 30th Annual Marriage Dissolution Institute, El Paso, Texas, May 2007.
  • “Temporary Orders: Yes, It’s Really a Trial – How to Get Prepared,” 32rd Annual Advanced Family Law Course, San Antonio, Texas, August 2006.
  • “Factors and Issues Judges Use in a SAPCR Case,” 29th Marriage Dissolution Institute, Austin, Texas, April 2006.
  • “Business Evaluation in Small Estates,” Family Law on the Front Lines, Galveston, Texas, June 2005.
  • “I’ve got a Divorce in My Guardianship Case!,” Guardianship and Advanced Elder Law Course, Dallas, Texas, March 2003.
  • “Defending a Respondent in a Child Support Enforcement Matter,” Trial Tactics in Family Law Cases Involving HIV/AIDS, AIDS Services of Austin, Austin, Texas, November 2000.
  • “Family Limited Partnership Basics,” State Bar Section Report: Family Law, Volume 2000-2, Spring 2000.


  • J.D., Whittier College School of Law, Whittier, CA
  • B.S., Texas A&M University, College Station, TX