OUR TEAM

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Lauren E. Waddell

Lauren Waddell graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where she received a business degree with a double major in Management and Economics. In 2002, Ms. Waddell received her law degree from South Texas College of Law in Houston, where she was a member of the South Texas Law Review. In 2007, Ms. Waddell became Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

From the beginning of her career, Lauren Waddell's practice has been focused on family law cases. Ms. Waddell was recently named a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and has received many other professional honors throughout her career.

Ms. Waddell currently serves as the President of Texas Women Lawyers, a state-wide women's bar association. She is currently the Secretary for the Houston Bar Association Family Law Section, and has served on the Board of Directors for the Family Law Section since 2009. Ms. Waddell serves as the Vice President of Membership on the Board of Directors for the Association of Women Attorneys, the Houston women's bar association. Ms. Waddell is a member of the Burta Rhoads Raborn Family Law, American Inn of Court; Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists; Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists; Texas Bar Foundation; Houston Bar Foundation; The College of the State Bar; and has been recognized by Texas Monthly Magazine as a "Rising Star" in 2011, 2012, and 2013.

She participates in Continuing Legal Education courses, by planning, speaking, and writing materials for legal seminars and publications. In addition to her legal activities, Ms. Waddell is active in the Houston community through her service projects.

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Jeanine N. Rispoli

A native of Houston and Sugar Land, Jeanine Novosad Rispoli intended on becoming a family law attorney years before she attended law school.  During her college and law school summer breaks, Ms. Rispoli worked for several well-respected family law firms in the Houston area, gaining insight into helping family law clients through the legal process.

In 2008, Ms. Rispoli graduated with distinction from the Baylor University Scholars Program.  As part of her undergraduate degree, Ms. Rispoli wrote her thesis on the history and sociology of divorce in America, “Gender Inequities in American Divorce.”  In 2011, Ms. Rispoli received her law degree from Baylor Law School, where she competed in several moot court and mock trial competitions.  While at Baylor Law School, she served in leadership positions for the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity as the Marshal, Clerk, and Vice Justice.

In 2011, Ms. Rispoli was admitted to the State Bar of Texas and, since, she has represented many clients in Harris County and Fort Bend County in family law disputes.  Ms. Rispoli’s has experience working on cases with complex property disputes, custody and child support matters, cases involving extensive discovery and discovery disputes, and modification of prior orders.

Ms. Rispoli is currently a member of the Association of Women Attorneys, Burta Rhodes Raborn Family Law Inns of Court, the Family Law Section of the Houston Bar Association, the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, the Fort Bend County Bar Association, and a Life Member of the Baylor Alumni Association.

Trust your case to experienced family lawyers

The Waddell Law Firm is a family law firm committed to helping clients resolve their family law matters professionally, efficiently, and with sensitivity.

Divorce and Separation

Are you looking for a firm who can effectively represent you on all issues in your divorce from start to finish? We are a good fit for you.

Child Custody

If you are concerned about where your child is going to live and how decisions affecting your child will be made, our firm has the experience to help you with these important issues. Our firm takes pride in handling child custody cases.

Property Division

Are you concerned about your assets and protecting your net worth? We have the skills and resources to handle various estates, including complex property division involving high net worth estates and business entities.

Legal Services

We offer a wide range of legal services. If you need further information, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Houston Family Law Attorneys

A family law case is best handled by attorneys who are very familiar with the local family courts and knowledgeable of Texas law. At The Waddell Law Firm, P.C., family law is our focus, and we appear in Houston area family courts frequently. We understand the law and how the courts apply the law in family cases. We will handle your sensitive family law matter with the utmost care and attention to detail.

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Harris County Family Law Courts

State Bar of Texas

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists

Texas Family Law Solutions

No matter what family law problem you are facing, we have the experience, skill and resources to handle it. The scope of our practice includes:

  • Divorce and Separation - We offer guidance and full-service representation from the initial divorce filing through the conclusion of the divorce proceedings.
  • Child Custody litigation - We are focused on providing comprehensive representation throughout difficult child custody disputes, including child support and visitation issues.
  • Property division - We have the skill and resources to handle complex property division matters involving high net worth individuals and asset protection.
  • Modifications and Enforcement - When circumstances change or a party refuses to comply with a previous court order, we can help you change the court's order to reflect the new reality or enforce a current order that's in place.
  • Premarital & Postmarital Agreements - Our firm represents clients in pre- and post-marital agreement matters, keeping in mind our clients' concerns about asset protection, future income, and net worth.
  • Collaborative Law & Mediation - We offer our clients options in approaches to resolving disputes, considering each unique situation,, including collaborative law and mediation.
  • Termination & Adoption - Our attorneys enjoy working on adoption cases, especially representing parties in step-parent adoptions, formalizing relationships that have naturally formed between children and step-parents.
  • Paternity Cases - We can assist parents in establishing parental rights and responsibilities in paternity cases.

Our Results

In family law cases, specifically divorce cases, there is not a clear "winner." In most divorce cases, everyone loses something, whether it be time with their children (whether or not the individual has the right to determine the child's primary residence or not) or the loss of property (no matter how favorable the property division may be for a party). Each family law case is unique, as is each family, and the issues you face in a family law case are difficult and there is some loss, whether you receive a favorable ruling or settlement.

At our firm, we take pride in assisting clients, both as experienced litigators and negotiators, to resolve our clients' disputes in an sensitive and effective manner. Here are some of the firm's past client's comments:

"Thank you for representing me in this case. I imagine it was somewhat unusual at best! …Thank you again!" K.M.

"Lauren, Thank you very much for the great job! I feel, for the first time in over 10 years, some peace and relief...Thank you soooooo much!" - N.P.

"Thank you for everything. I appreciate your compassion during this difficult time more than you will know. Your ability to get things done made this process move along and enabled me to keep on track even when I didn't feel up to it. Words can't express my sincere appreciation." - J.D.

"...thank you again for kicking butt yesterday!..." - D.A.

"…Thank you for all you have done…" K.R.

"Lauren, Thanks for all you hard work." - C.D.

"...Thank you for all of your help! I am so relieved that this is all over! ..." - M.N.

"Thank you for saving our family! You will forever be a blessing to us..." - S.S.

"Thank you so much. And I truly appreciate everything. You were fantastic!" - E.D.

"...And I would like to say, you are one hell of an awesome lawyer, every penny is worth it for your intelligence!!! Thank you for helping the ones that don't know anything of the law!!! Most appreciated!..." - M.Z.

"...just wanted to send you a quick note to say thank you again for your assistance in our Australia vs. Texas "informal marriage" drama!! We were married (legally!) in Perth, Australia....We really appreciate your help that allowed us to get married in our home country." - P.B.

"...I would like to express my thanks again for the great job you did for my son..." - C.G.

"…I just wanted to say thank you for all your work on my case." –K.M.

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Contact Information

The Waddell Law Firm, P.C
1720 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005

Phone: (832) 239-8590

Fax: (713) 228-2297

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