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Patrick Upton

Patrick Upton

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Houston Board Certified

Patrick is a native of Houston, Texas, where he attended St. Thomas Episcopal, Lanier Middle, and Bellaire High Schools. He received a B.B.A. from Texas A&M and had a successful ‘first’ career as a financial analyst at IBM. After earning his J.D. from St. Mary’s University College of Law in 2007, he went to work for Revenew International as General Counsel. Patrick later opened his own law firm, making a name for himself representing children in abuse, neglect, and high conflict custody cases. His experience as a court-appointed ad litem and amicus for abused and neglected children, and children caught in difficult custody cases, gives him a unique perspective on how those kinds of cases are likely to be handled by the courts. Patrick was judicially nominated for the American Bar Association’s child advocate of the year as well as the Houston Bar Association’s child advocate of the year. He is board certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is known for his successes in trying contentious custody and complex property cases before judges throughout Texas. Patrick is a realist with plenty of jury trial experience. He knows how emotionally fraught family law cases can be and is open, honest, and straightforward in communicating expectations to his clients. “My job is to get you through the divorce process based on realistic expectations,” says Patrick. “Family law cases are emotional enough as it is without having unrealistic expectations.” Patrick–an enthusiastic Aggie, and his wife Lindsey–an avid Longhorn, have two children (who are still deciding on their favorite teams…).

Awards and Recognition:

  • 2015 Houston Bar Association Award for Best Article of the year for “Late To the Game 3rd Party Standing in CPS Cases”
  • 2011 Family Law Trial Institute
  • 2012 Advanced Family Law Institute – Business Valuation
  • 2013 Advanced Family Law Trial Institute – Forensic Custody Evaluations
  • 2013 Judicially Nominated for ABA child Advocate of the Year
  • 2013 Judicially nominated for HBA child advocate of the year

Publications and Presentations:

  • 2014 Houston Lawyer Magazine “Late To the Game 3rd Party Standing in CPS Cases”
  • 2014 Advanced Family Law 2014- “Trial of a family law jury trial case”
  • 2014 South Texas College of Law- Building a Practice through Court Appointments
  • 2014 South Texas College of Law- Amicus Ad Litem
  • 2013 South Texas College of Law- Building a Practice through Court Appointments
  • 2014 South Texas College of Law- Amicus Ad Litem
  • 2012-Beyond the Bench Panelist

Professional Organizations:

  • Gulf Coast Family Law Specialist
  • American Bar Association- Family Law Section
  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law
  • Texas Young Lawyers
  • State Bar of Texas-Computer and Technology Section
  • Texas Family Law Foundation
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Houston Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Burta Rhoads Raborn Family Law American Inn of Court

Education/Admissions:

  • Texas A&M University, B.B.A. (2000)
  • St. Mary’s University College of Law, J.D. (2007)

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Bar Association- Family Law Section
  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law
  • Texas Young Lawyers
  • State Bar of Texas-Computer and Technology Section
  • Texas Family Law Foundation
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Houston Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Burta Rhoads Raborn Family Law American Inn of Court

Honors/Accreditations:

  • Board Certified in Family Law
  • Best Lawyers
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