Attorneys

Lori M. Kern

Lori M. Kern has been involved in the practice of family law since 1999. She began her law career as a paralegal before becoming an attorney, and has worked for various law firms and organizations throughout the greater Houston area. Lori has been practicing since 2009 and has been Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2015.  In 2018, Lori was selected as a Texas Rising Star in Family Law by Super Lawyers Magazine.

She has numerous published works and has spoken at several legal conferences and seminars. She is an active member of various professional associations. In 2015, Lori represented a client in the first same-sex divorce case in Harris County history, an event which was covered in local news media. Lori is a former chair of the Collaborative Law Section and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Family Law Section for the Houston Bar Association, as well as several other area family law organizations.  Lori is a graduate of the University of Houston Law Center. During law school, she was a member of the Christian Legal Society, St. Thomas More Society, and Evening Law Student Association. Lori received her Bachelors of Business Administration from Houston Baptist University with a double major in Business Management and Business Administration. She was an executive member of Phi Mu sorority, a Leadership Scholar, an honors student, and she participated in multiple academic achievement programs, including Harvard Model United Nations. Lori is a native Houstonian and attended St. Agnes Academy.  


In her spare time, Lori enjoys traveling, cooking, crafting, reading, volunteering with local animal rescue groups, and spending time with her husband and dogs.  


Affiliations

  • American Academy of Family Law Specialists- Associate Institute, 2013 
  • American Academy of Family Law Specialists- AICPA National Divorce Conference, 2014 
  • American Bar Association- Family Law Section, Member 
  • Association of Women Attorneys, Member 
  • Burta Rhoads Raborn Family Law American Inns of Court- Barrister, 2015 – present; Member, 2008 – 2015 
  • Collaborative Divorce Houston, Founding Member, Board of Directors, 2016 - present
  • Collaborative Divorce Texas, Member 
  • College of the State Bar of Texas 
  • ESCAPE Family Resource Center, Legal Advisory Board 
  • Family Bar of Fort Bend, Founding Member, Treasurer, 2018-present
  • Fort Bend County Bar Association, Board of Directors, 2018 - present; Member, 2013 - present
  • Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists 
  • Houston Bar Association- Animal Law Section, Member; Family Law Section, Board of Directors, 2016 - present; Collaborative Law Section, Treasurer/Chair-Elect, 2013-2014, Chair, 2014-2015, Immediate Past Chair, 2015 – 2017
  • Houston Lawyer Referral Service- Board of Directors, 2012-2014 
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association, Member 
  • Katy Bar Association, Member 
  • State Bar of Texas-  Collaborative Law Section, Board of Directors, 2015- present; Family Law Section, Member 
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists  
  • Texas Family Law Foundation, Lifetime Member
  • Texas Rising Star in Family Law, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2018

Publications and Appearances

Presentations

  • Nuts and Bolts of Trial Preparation from an OCD Former Paralegal presented to the Family Bar of Fort Bend, April 2018
  • Stop Your Amicussin'- From Appointment Through Trial, presented to Burta Rhoads Raborn Family Law American Inns of Court, April 2017
  • The Jury Trial: What You Need to Know to Be Successful, presented by the Houston Bar Association, Family Law Section, March 2017
  • Same Sex Marriage: More Questions than Answers, presented to Burta Rhoads Raborn Family Law American Inns of Court, September 2015
  • First Same-Sex Divorce in Harris County- Interview and coverage by Fox News Houston, July 2015
  • The Ins and Outs of Spousal Support, presented to the Advanced Family Law Practice for Paralegals 2013
  • Googling Glaucoma Doesn’t Make You A Pot Smoker: Avoiding an E-Fishing Expedition, presented to Gulf Coast Family Law Section, October 2012

Publications

  • Same Sex Marriage: More Questions Than Answers by Lori M. Kern, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists Quarterly Newsletter, August 2015
  • The Ins and Outs of Spousal Support by Lori M. Kern,  Advanced Family Law Practice for Paralegals 2013
  • Contributing author- Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists Quarterly Newsletter, 2008-2010
  • Making and Meeting Trial Objections by John F. Nichols, Sr. and Lori M. Kern, presented to the State Bar of Texas Webcast, Austin, Texas 2007