Kathleen has exclusively practiced family law since her graduation from the University of Houston Law Center in 2012. In addition to divorce and child custody disputes, Kathleen's practice includes more niche issues, such as matters involving adult disabled children, international divorces, Hague implications, and same sex marriages. Kathleen is skilled in, and enjoys handling, large asset estate and complex property divisions, as well as enforcements for possession and access, child support and property.
Kathleen is experienced in settlement negotiations, mediation, hearings, and trial. Family law matters are extremely personal, and Kathleen believes that no case is “standard.” It is her attention to the unique circumstances of each case that leads to success for her clients. While many good results come from mediation, sometimes circumstances require a hearing. Kathleen knows that creativity and an open mind have led to many resolutions that would never have happened inside a courtroom and are a much better result for all parties involved, including the children. Kathleen was adopted by her parents as an infant and this has played a large role in the joy she finds in helping families through difficult and often confusing times in the legal process.
Kathleen's background in finance and business is of benefit to her clients in helping them understand real word implications of an agreement on their day to day lives. She gives clients honest assessments of their circumstances and lets them decide from the options available to them. Kathleen and her clients work together to address liquidity, possible tax implications and cash flow concerns, as well as child related custody and possession issues. Together with her dedication to client participation and involvement, Kathleen strives to ensure that each client is an active member of their own case and is armed with the knowledge necessary for a successful mediation, hearing or trial. She believes every client deserves to be educated in their case and sees herself and her client as a team that will work together to prepare for both litigation and success after litigation.
Kathleen has been selected by her peers as a Houstonian Top Attorney in 2018, and as a Texas Rising Star attorney for 2019, 2020, and 2021. She has been involved in the LGBTQ community for a decade and is proud to support her LGBTQ clients through their family law journeys. Kathleen is an avid sports fan and follows the Houston Astros and Texans with enthusiasm, along with her husband, son, and two dogs.
- Family Law
- University of Houston College of Law, Houston, Texas
- Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas
- B.A., Bachelor of Arts
- Honors: Member, Delta Delta Delta
- Honors: Vice President, Southwestern University Women’s Lacrosse team
- Major: Political Science
- Major: Business
- Top Family Lawyer 2018 by Houstonia
- Texas Rising Star Attorney 2019 by Thomson Reuters
- Katy Bar Association, Member
- Houston Bar Association, Member
- Houston Young Lawyers Association, Member
- Houston Young Professionals, Member
- Texas Bar Association, Family Law Section and LGBT Section, Member
- Houston Bar Association, Family Law Section and LGBT Section, Member
- Fort Bend County Bar Association, Member
Current Employment Positions
- Senior Associate
Accolades & Memberships
Skillern Firm, PLLC
“There are no words to describe how great of a person Matt is. He truly cares about his clients and their families. If you are in the unfortunate position where you need counsel, hire Matt.”
—Kyle from Avvo