KIMBERLY DAWN LEVI

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Telephone: (281) 486-7007
Telecopier: (281) 486-0229
kimberly@bdlg.com

Kimberly D. Levi is a native Texan with a passion for excellence in serving her extensive family law clientele. Ms. Levi graduated from the University of Houston Law Center in 1993 and opened her own law firm in 1994. After 20 years of practice at the Law Office of Kimberly D. Levi, Ms. Levi and her husband, Bill De La Garza, decided to join forces and merged their firms in January of 2014. Now Managing Partner with Bill De La Garza & Associates, P.C., Ms. Levi is proud to continue her dedication to providing excellent legal services to her clients and their families.

Ms. Levi has over 20 years of experience fighting for the rights of those in need in the family law arena. She has represented men, women, and children from all walks of life in myriad complex legal scenarios. She welcomes challenge and relishes the opportunity to win “against the odds”. She has a passion for helping others and makes a point in every case to help her clients move forward toward the healthiest and most successful resolution possible.

Ms. Levi has been an active member of the Board of Directors of the Houston Bar Association Family Law Section, comprised of nearly 500 members, since 2005. Her service on the Board culminated with her election to Chair of the Section for the years of 2013-2014. She is also active with the Burta Rhoades Raborn American Family Law Inn of Court, the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, the College of the State Bar of Texas, and other organizations dedicated to excellence in the practice of law in general and family law specifically. Ms. Levi has been invited to make presentations at various Continuing Legal Education Seminars as well as being invited to teach The People’s Law School at the University of Houston Law Center and various other classes to law students. She also enjoys mentoring young legal professionals who desire to have successful practices in the area of family law.

When Ms. Levi is not engaged in the practice of law, she enjoys cooking with her husband, Bill, and tending the multiple gardens they share that are brimming with vegetables, orchids, roses, succulents, tropicals, and bromeliads.

Experience

Trial practice concentrated exclusively in the area of family law.  Ad Litem/Amicus Attorney practice in all family courts of Harris County, Texas.  Mediation practice involving family law matters.

Areas of Practice

  • 100% Family Law
  • Adoption
  • Child Custody
  • Divorce
  • Complex Property Division
  • Enforcement of Court Orders
  • Grandparents’ Rights
  • Foster Parent Representation
  • Children’s Protective Services
  • Modification of Support and Custody
  • Unsealing of Historical Adoption Files

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1993

Education

  • University of Houston Law Center, J.D., 1993
    • Phi Delta Phi – 1991-1993
    • Mock Trial Team – 1992-1993
    • Moot Court Team – 1992
  • Texas Tech University, Bachelor of Arts, 1990

Legal Employment History

  • Managing Partner – Bill De La Garza & Associates, P.C. – 2014 – present
  • Owner/Founder – Law Office of Kimberly D. Levi – 1994 – 2013

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section
  • Director, Houston Bar Association – Family Law Section, 2005-2008
    • Secretary, 2010-2012
    • Chair Elect, 2012-2013
    • Chair, 2013-2014
    • Past Chair, 2014-2015
  • Director, Family Lawyers of Texas, 2014-present
    • Secretary, 2016-present
  • Director, Family Lawyers for Good Judges PAC, 2014-present
    • Secretary, 2016-present
  • Associate, Burta Rhoads Raborn Family Law American Inn of Court, 2005-present
  • Sustaining Life Member, Texas Family Law Foundation
  • Member, American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member, The College of the State Bar of Texas, 2006 – present
  • Fellow, The College of the State Bar of Texas, 2015 – present
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation

Awards

  • 2015 North Star Award – Burta Rhoads Rayborn Family Law American Inn of Court

Seminars/Publications

  • Grandparent, Non-Parent and Sibling Standing, 2016 Highlights – Family Law Year in Review, 2016
  • Co-Course Director, 2016 Highlights – Family Law Year in Review, Family Lawyers of Texas, 2016
  • Tenets of Professionalism in Mediation That Every Family Lawyer Should Live By, Team 1, Burta Rhoads Rayborn Family Law American Inn of Court, 2016
  • Non-Parent Standing, Highlights for the Advanced Family Lawyer, 2015
  • Co-Course Director, Highlights for the Advanced Family Lawyer, Family Lawyers for Good Judges, 2015
  • The Realities of DFPS Litigation and What the Foster Family Should Know Up Front, Arrow Adoption Agency Adoption Support Group, 2015
  • Implications of the Supreme Court Ruling on DOMA: The Day-to-Day Reality of Same Sex Cases in Family Court, Houston Bar Association – Continuing Legal Education, 2015
  • Solo and Small Firm Practice Management, University of Houston Law Center, 2015
  • Practicing Family Law – Divorce and Custody, University of Houston Law Center 2015
  • Family Law 101, University of Houston Law Center People’s Law School, 2015
  • Solo and Small Firm Practice Management – An Overview, University of Houston Law Center, 2014
  • Networking Bootcamp for Graduating Law Students, South Texas College of Law Seminar, 2014
  • How Participation in Family Law Litigation Can Affect Your Rights to Possess of Firearms and Ammunition, Texas Law Shield Seminar, 2013
  • Pro Bono Seminar with a Focus on Family Law, University of Houston Law Center, 2013
  • Family Law Matters – Know Your Rights!, University of Houston Law Center People’s Law School, 2013
  • How Your Right to Bear Arms Can be Restricted in Common Family Law Litigation, Texas Law Shield Publication, 2012
  • Successful Navigation of the IV-D Child Support Courts, 25th Annual Family Law Conference, 2011
  • Attorney’s Guidelines – Contractual Alimony and Spousal Maintenance, Eagle Strategies Corp. Financial Planning and Family Law Seminar, 2010
  • Contractual Alimony and Spousal Maintenance – An Overview, Eagle Strategies Corp. Financial Planning and Family Law Seminar, 2008
  • Contractual Alimony and Spousal Maintenance – An Overview, Eagle Strategies Corp. Financial Planning and Family Law Seminar, 2007
  • Family Law Handbook, Houston Bar Association – Family Law Section, Updates for 2006, Contributing Author
  • Modification of Texas Orders – An Overview, Pasadena Bar Association – Family Law Seminar, Presenter and Author of Paper, Pasadena, Texas, October 21, 2005
  • Valuing the Small Business on a Budget, 30th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, San Antonio, August 2004, Contributing Author
  • Medical Malpractice Liability in Sports Medicine, Authored paper presented to American Medical Association Seminar, 1995
  • Legal Aspects of Sports Medicine, Authored paper presented to American Medical Association Seminar, 1994

Languages

  • English

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Phi Delta Phi, Honorary Legal Fraternity

Areas of Practice

  • 100% Family Law
  • Adoption
  • Child Custody
  • Divorce
  • Complex Property Division
  • Enforcement of Court Orders
  • Grandparents’ Rights
  • Foster Parent Representation
  • Children’s Protective Services
  • Modification of Support and Custody
  • Unsealing of Historical Adoption Files

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1993

Education

  • University of Houston Law Center, J.D., 1993
    • Phi Delta Phi – 1991-1993
    • Mock Trial Team – 1992-1993
    • Moot Court Team – 1992
  • Texas Tech University, Bachelor of Arts, 1990

Legal Employment History

  • Managing Partner – Bill De La Garza & Associates, P.C. – 2014 – present
  • Owner/Founder – Law Office of Kimberly D. Levi – 1994 – 2013

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section
  • Director, Houston Bar Association – Family Law Section, 2005-2008
    • Secretary, 2010-2012
    • Chair Elect, 2012-2013
    • Chair, 2013-2014
    • Past Chair, 2014-2015
  • Director, Family Lawyers of Texas, 2014-present
    • Secretary, 2016-present
  • Director, Family Lawyers for Good Judges PAC, 2014-present
    • Secretary, 2016-present
  • Associate, Burta Rhoads Raborn Family Law American Inn of Court, 2005-present
  • Sustaining Life Member, Texas Family Law Foundation
  • Member, American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member, The College of the State Bar of Texas, 2006 – present
  • Fellow, The College of the State Bar of Texas, 2015 – present
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation

Awards

  • 2015 North Star Award – Burta Rhoads Rayborn Family Law American Inn of Court

Seminars/Publications

  • Grandparent, Non-Parent and Sibling Standing, 2016 Highlights – Family Law Year in Review, 2016
  • Co-Course Director, 2016 Highlights – Family Law Year in Review, Family Lawyers of Texas, 2016
  • Tenets of Professionalism in Mediation That Every Family Lawyer Should Live By, Team 1, Burta Rhoads Rayborn Family Law American Inn of Court, 2016
  • Non-Parent Standing, Highlights for the Advanced Family Lawyer, 2015
  • Co-Course Director, Highlights for the Advanced Family Lawyer, Family Lawyers for Good Judges, 2015
  • The Realities of DFPS Litigation and What the Foster Family Should Know Up Front, Arrow Adoption Agency Adoption Support Group, 2015
  • Implications of the Supreme Court Ruling on DOMA: The Day-to-Day Reality of Same Sex Cases in Family Court, Houston Bar Association – Continuing Legal Education, 2015
  • Solo and Small Firm Practice Management, University of Houston Law Center, 2015
  • Practicing Family Law – Divorce and Custody, University of Houston Law Center 2015
  • Family Law 101, University of Houston Law Center People’s Law School, 2015
  • Solo and Small Firm Practice Management – An Overview, University of Houston Law Center, 2014
  • Networking Bootcamp for Graduating Law Students, South Texas College of Law Seminar, 2014
  • How Participation in Family Law Litigation Can Affect Your Rights to Possess of Firearms and Ammunition, Texas Law Shield Seminar, 2013
  • Pro Bono Seminar with a Focus on Family Law, University of Houston Law Center, 2013
  • Family Law Matters – Know Your Rights!, University of Houston Law Center People’s Law School, 2013
  • How Your Right to Bear Arms Can be Restricted in Common Family Law Litigation, Texas Law Shield Publication, 2012
  • Successful Navigation of the IV-D Child Support Courts, 25th Annual Family Law Conference, 2011
  • Attorney’s Guidelines – Contractual Alimony and Spousal Maintenance, Eagle Strategies Corp. Financial Planning and Family Law Seminar, 2010
  • Contractual Alimony and Spousal Maintenance – An Overview, Eagle Strategies Corp. Financial Planning and Family Law Seminar, 2008
  • Contractual Alimony and Spousal Maintenance – An Overview, Eagle Strategies Corp. Financial Planning and Family Law Seminar, 2007
  • Family Law Handbook, Houston Bar Association – Family Law Section, Updates for 2006, Contributing Author
  • Modification of Texas Orders – An Overview, Pasadena Bar Association – Family Law Seminar, Presenter and Author of Paper, Pasadena, Texas, October 21, 2005
  • Valuing the Small Business on a Budget, 30th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, San Antonio, August 2004, Contributing Author
  • Medical Malpractice Liability in Sports Medicine, Authored paper presented to American Medical Association Seminar, 1995
  • Legal Aspects of Sports Medicine, Authored paper presented to American Medical Association Seminar, 1994

Languages

  • English

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Phi Delta Phi, Honorary Legal Fraternity