• Family Law

Section Focus

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Please visit www.hbafamilylaw.org and let us know what you think.


The Family Law Section of the Houston Bar Association promotes the goals of the HBA within the community of family lawyers in Houston. With a membership of almost 500 attorneys, the Section includes family law attorneys with a wide range of backgrounds, knowledge and experiences who serve to mentor and encourage one another in addressing the many complex issues that can arise in family law cases. At the monthly meetings, members have access to quality CLE programming as well as an opportunity to network among other family lawyers and the family law judiciary.

Four middle-aged women in professional attire sit at the far end of a circular table, smiling at the camera. There is food in front of them and a large window behind them.Family Law Section leadership and members consistently give back to the community through organized events geared to assisting those in need, including:

  • Providing monthly updates of pertinent case law to its members;
  • Sponsoring CLE programs for family law attorneys;
  • Volunteer efforts at HBA legal clinics;
  • Staffing family law attorneys for the HBA’s monthly LegalLine program;
  • Contributing annually to projects such as Habitat for Humanity;
  • Grading thousands of Houston student essays entered in the national “Do the Write Thing” writing competition;
  • Collecting and contributing to HBA’s “Dress for Success” program;

The HBA Family Law Section, one of the oldest among HBA sections, consistently strives to equip its membership with all the tools necessary to better serve those Houston and Harris County families in need of quality family law legal services.

“Teddy Bear Drive” – HBA Family Law Section

The HBA, Family Law Section Board of Directors, is continuing the “Teddy Bear Drive” this year as a special Valentine’s Day event.   The Board will be collecting stuffed animals to circulate to all ten Family District Courts, the Harris County Domestic Relations Office, and the CPS Project Court for use in adoption and other child related cases. Please donate to this special event!  

Stuffed animals can be delivered to the following locations:

  • Jennifer Varadi, KoonsFuller, P.C., 109 N. Post Oak Lane, Suite 425, Houston, TX 77024

  • Claudia Canales, Law Office of Claudia Canales, P.C., 2112 Grand Boulevard, Pearland, TX 77581

  • Patricia Garcia Billings, Law Office of Patricia Garcia Billings, 316 E. Main Street, Humble, TX 77338

Don’t have time to go buy a teddy bear, but still want to help the HBA, Family Law Section put smiles on kids’ faces?!

Please make a monetary donation and our Board of Directors will take care of the shopping!

If you wish to make a donation in lieu of sending in stuffed animals, please send a check, payable to the HBA Family Law Section with “Teddy Bear Drive” in the memo, to:

ATTN: Jennifer Caras
Schlanger Silver Barg & Paine, LLP
109 N. Post Oak Lane, Suite 300
Houston, TX 77024

Any questions about donations can be directed to Jennifer Varadi at 713-789-5112 or jennifer@koonsfuller.com



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Monthly meetings are held at the Downtown Club at Houston Center, 1100 Caroline Street, Houston 77002.

Parking Instructions:
The Downtown Club is located in the First City Tower garage, on the top floor labeled “C” in the NE elevators. Public parking is located on the left hand side of Lamar Street just past Caroline Street.

There are no upcoming events at this time.


Please refer to the section website.


Section Officers

Kelly Fritsch, Attorney at Law

Immediate Past Chair
Angela Stout, The Stout Law Firm, P.L.L.C.

Chair Elect
Amy Allen, Gray Reed & McGraw

Tammy Moon, The Simien Moon Law Firm

Jennifer Caras, Schlanger, Silver, Barg & Paine, LLP

History of Family Law Section Chairs

Bylaws of the Family Law Section

Member Details

Section Members: 477
Section Dues:

  • For 3 years or less: $35
  • For 4 years or more: $45

Law Student Policies


Cost of lunch ($30 if paid in advance, $35 at the door).