Focusing on the future rather than the past results in better decisions, Lindley Bain, who heads up the Goranson Bain office in Austin, Texas, believes, and counsels divorcing clients to strive for healthy, attainable goals. Lindley concentrates on financially complex divorces and high-conflict custody matters. Lindley is board certified in Family Law. She practices both collaborative and traditional litigation with both creativity and compassion to address both their financial and emotional divorce.

Lindley recognizes the importance of managing the financial and emotional costs of contested family matters and divorces, and works to achieve the best possible outcomes for her clients. Relying on her background as an M.B.A. in Finance, Lindley offers a constructive and financially-minded approach to difficult family, property, and business issues. She develops long-term strategies and customized solutions for her clients, helping them to plan for retirement and their children’s education even as they solve immediate concerns such as separating property, obtaining an optimal financial package, and making parenting arrangements. Lindley uses her financial background and collaborative skills to assist non-married couples in crafting cohabitation agreements, parenting plans, pre marital agreements, and donor and surrogacy agreements that are tailor made to meet their individual and family needs and goals.

Drawing on her extensive experience in the courtroom and at the collaborative table, Lindley assists clients in evaluating their options to achieve their objectives and safeguard what is most important to them. Guiding clients to a place where they feel comfortable and confident in making decisions is a strength of Lindley’s counsel.

Lindley received her Bachelor’s degree from Austin College and her Juris Doctor and M.B.A. in Finance from Southern Methodist University.

Lindley practices in both the Austin area and Dallas area.


Areas of Practice


  • Southern Methodist University School of Law, 2007
    • J.D., Law
  • Southern Methodist University, 2007
    • M.B.A., Finance
  • Austin College, Sherman, Texas, 2002
    • B.A. (Cum Laude), Honors Spanish and International Studies

Honors & Awards

  • Selected to the Texas Rising Stars list, Thomson Reuters, 2010 – 2017
  • Up-and-Coming 100: Texas Rising Stars List, Thomson Reuters, 2017
  • Up-and-Coming 50: Women Texas Rising Stars List, Thomson Reuters, 2017
  • Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Family Law, Woodward and White Press, 2015 – 2017

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2007

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
    • Member
  • Annette Stewart Inn of Court
    • Member
  • Austin Bar Association
    • Member
  • Austin Young Lawyers Association
    • Member
  • Collaborative Divorce Texas (f/k/a Collaborative Law Institute of Texas)
    • Member
  • Collaborative Professionals of Dallas
    • Member
  • Collin County Bar Association
    • Member
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
    • Member
  • Dallas Bar Association
    • Member
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
    • Member
  • Mac Taylor Inn of Court
    • Member
  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law and Collaborative Law Section
    • Member
    • Council Member, Collaborative Law Section
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists
    • Member
  • Texas Family Law Foundation
    • Member

Client Recommendations

  • “My divorce was not a pleasant, amicable split. I was faced with the possibility of having my three young children relocated halfway across the state. The time and effort that I spent during the two year process took a huge toll on me physically, emotionally, and professionally. It was absolutely the toughest challenge I have faced in my life.  Thankfully, I was referred to Lindley Bain. Her upfront, honest, no nonsense approach to my case helped me cope with the changes that we’re occurring in my life. Her knowledge and presence, in and out of the courtroom, are impeccable! Every meeting that we had together was pertinent and reaffirmed my belief that I had the best representation possible. Through every step, hurdle, setback and victory, I knew Ms. Bain was by my side. My case ended up going to trial and Ms. Bain was ready. She navigated my case through the trial phase with precision. Not only do my children still live in DFW, but I see them 5-7 times weekly. I am able to be an active, loving father because of the dedication and hard work of Lindley Bain. Retaining Ms. Bain was one of the best choices I have made…period.” – Richard, 2014
  • “While afflicted with severe PDSD and clinical depression, my wife decided to implement her plan , of 3+ years, to rid herself of me (assets were hidden, etc.). At that time, I was unable to do anything but weep, as this was coinsident with the death of my best friend. Ms. Bain, fought for me as only a caring, sympathic, knowledgeable professional could. Ms. Bain sought my best interest in every way, putting her ego aside. Ms. Bain, is 100% client centered and trustworthy in every way. Thanks to Ms.Bain’s professional guidance and suggestions I now reside in the Pintler Wilderness of Montana creating and selling my art … completely recovered.” – Thomas, 2014