Joe Milner has practiced law in Austin, Texas for 41 years. For the past 23 years he has held the top AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the premier and nationally-recognized rating service, based on the opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary. As an attorney-mediator, he has extensive experience in Family Law, including child custody and contested divorce related cases, general civil litigation, contracts, estates, probate, medical malpractice, commercial and business litigation and real estate law. He is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in both Family Law (since 1979) and Civil Trial Law (since 1980).
Over the course of his career, Joe has handled the most complex of family law cases including those involving extensive property issues, custody disputes, child custody and support modifications, and property division. His extensive trial experience in numerous trials across Texas, coupled with his work as a mediator and collaborative law practitioner enable him to be an excellent advocate for clients with any family law issue.
Joe’s clients find him to be compassionate, highly responsive, strategic, and thorough, tailoring his handling of their case to meet their needs and best interest. In cases where children are involved, Joe recognizes the need to achieve outcomes that protect the children and keep the family unit as intact as possible. Highly regarded by his peers, Joe is often asked to consult with other law firms on difficult family law issues.
In an effort to meet the unique needs of his clients, Joe became certified as a Collaborative Family Law Attorney in 2001. While the collaborative approach is not for everyone, some parties find that they are able to resolve all aspects of their divorce without going to court. Joe can best help clients determine if this process is appropriate in their particular case.
As a highly recognized Mediator and Arbitrator, Joe has conducted over 2,000 mediations in a wide variety of cases in communities in Texas and over 60 arbitrations. He is a past President of the Association of Attorney-Mediators Cen-Tex Chapter, and a past chairman of the Travis County Bar Association ADR Committee. Joe has been a Guest Lecturer and Trainer for Negotiation and Mediation at the University of Texas School of Law.
Joe and the members of the Milner Law Firm are deeply dedicated to our community. Joe has served as President of the Rotary Club of Austin, Assistant District Governor for Rotary International, on the original Board of Hospice Austin, President of the Austin Mental Health Association, Board Member of District Nine Grievance Committee of the State Bar of Texas, and Legal Counsel, Secretary and Board Member for Christina’s Smile for the past 17 years. He has been a volunteer for dozens of local organizations, fundraisers, and projects.
"Joe was recommended to me by a Defense Attorney whom I trust and respect as 'the one I would go to if it was my Divorce.'...Joe was attentive, concerned, and supportive, and more importantly, was perceptive to the attack plan of the opposing Counsel and how to counteract it. He also was able to uncover deceptions and expose false statements made by my Ex during deposition. We ended up settling our case, and although we did not go to trial, I was able to walk away with the things that mattered most to me and he helped me engineer a plan to cut the chains that had been laid out to bind me financially to her for the next 6 years. If you are the 'good guy' in a Divorce, you can't do better than Joe."
"There's a myth as one searches for a great family lawyer that in
order to get results, you have to hire a bad *** - who will treat your
former spouse (and probably you) like dirt, but it will be worth it because
you will get results. Joe is proof that you can work with a fantastic,
caring human being and still get the tough negotiation skills needed to
get the results you desire.
As a former lawyer myself (JD, LLM), I can affirm that his knowledge of family law is thorough & detailed.
If I had to do it all over again (hopefully never), I would select Joe every time. He made a troubled time bearable and saw that I got the things that were most important to me during my divorce & custody battle."
"Joe Milner is the most honest and knowledgeable attorney I know. He handled my divorce in a caring, forthright manner and was highly responsive. He demonstrated years of experience in handling family law. I would highly recommend Joe Milner."
"Joe represented me in post divorce mediation related to child custody & I was very pleased w/the overall outcome. He is well respected in his field and knows how to get things done."