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Attorney Jillian French

Jillian French, a dedicated partner at Vaught Law Firm, is a board-certified family law attorney. Ms. French was born and raised in Austin. She earned her Juris Doctor from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from St. Edward’s University.

Throughout her career, she has remained actively engaged in various legal organizations, including the Austin Young Lawyers’ Association, Travis County Women Lawyers Association, Williamson County Inn of Court, Texas Family Law Foundation, Barbara Jordan Inn of Court, Austin Bar Association Leadership Academy, and the Young Women’s Alliance.

Ms. French’s passion for family law dates back to her law school days when she began practicing family law at her law school’s clinic in 2012. Since obtaining her license in 2013, she has continued to focus her practice on this area of law, guiding individuals and families through challenging times. Jillian takes pride in her role as an Austin area divorce attorney, providing invaluable support to those facing complex legal issues.

Ms. French’s practice encompasses a wide range of family law matters, including divorce, child custody, child support, and mediation. She has a particular skill in military divorce, having represented military personnel and their spouses since 2013, serving clients both at Fort Cavazos (formerly Fort Hood) and the surrounding areas.

Jillian French is renowned for her skills as a compassionate and attentive listener. She is a proactive problem solver, always striving to help her clients achieve their objectives while maintaining a realistic perspective on the expectations associated with their cases. Honesty and transparency are at the core of her client interactions, and she ensures that they fully comprehend the intricacies of their legal matters.

In Jillian’s own words, “I’m very honest with my clients about the likelihood of winning a certain argument. I think it is important to manage client expectations.” By fostering clear and open communication with her clients, Ms. French ensures that she is well-prepared to provide the best possible legal representation.

In addition to her legal advocacy, Jillian French now extends her practice to include family law mediations, further broadening her commitment to helping individuals and families navigate the complexities of family law with expertise and care.

Mediation is of paramount importance to her as a family law attorney, as it embodies the essence of constructive conflict resolution and According to Ms. French, “Mediation not only helps clients arrive at mutually agreeable solutions, but it also allows them to maintain a sense of dignity and respect throughout the process. As a practitioner committed to the best interests of my clients and their families, I believe in the transformative power of mediation, which not only minimizes the emotional toll but also promotes a more harmonious path forward during these challenging times.”

Certified Legal Specialties
  • Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2020
Honors And Awards
  • Austin’s Top Attorneys, Family Law, 2023 by Austin Monthly
  • Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America Ones to Watch, 2024
  • Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2021-2024
Bar Admissions
  • Texas, 2013
  • Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, Fort Worth, TX
    • J.D.
  • St. Edward’s University, Austin, Texas
    • B.S.
    • Major: Political Science
Past Employment Positions
  • Prior to joining the firm, Ms. French practiced family law and personal injury defense.
Appellate Work
  • In re Caudillo, 2020 WL 6478417, Tex.App.-Austin, Oct. 28, 2020
  • Co-Author, “The First Cut is the Deepest: Insidious Problems with Marital Property Agreements” with Jimmy Vaught and Erin Leake, Advanced Family Law August 2020, San Antonio, Texas (virtual)
Speaking Engagements
  • “Handling Your First (or Next) Divorce Case”, State Bar of Texas Continuing Education Seminar, November 2023
Professional Associations and Memberships
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow
  • Austin Bar Association, 2013 – present
  • Austin Bar Association Leadership Academy: 2021
  • Austin Bar Association Mentor Chair: 2018-2019
  • Austin Young Lawyers Association: 2013 – present
  • Hays County Bar Association: 2020 – present
  • Hays County Young Lawyers Association Officer: 2010
  • Texas Bar College: 2019 – present
  • Texas Bar Foundation Fellow: 2020 – present
  • Texas Family Law Foundation: 2020 – present
  • Travis County Women Lawyers Association: 2020 – present
  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section Member: 2013 – present
  • Williamson County Bar Association: 2015 – present
  • Williamson County Inns of Court: 2020 – present
  • Women’s Legal Society of Williamson County: 2020 – present Vice President: 2021-2022
  • Women’s Legal Society of Williamson County: 2020-present -Vice President 2021 – 2022
Other Affiliations
  • Young Women’s Alliance: 2021 – present
Attorney Jillian French

Attorney Jillian French


Vaught Law Firm, LLC
5929 Balcones Drive Suite 201
Austin, TX 78731


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