Thomas L. Ausley Honored by Texas Bar Foundation with the Outstanding 50 Year Lawyer Award

GoransonBainAusley Family Law Co-Founder Reflects on Distinguished Career


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Left to right: Ryan Bauerle, Britney Harrison, Rob Frazer, Kathryn Murphy, Ann Young, Eric Robertson, Angelica Rolong Cormier, Thomas Ausley, Kristiana Butler, Lindley Bain, Kelly Ausley-Flores, Kelly Caperton Fischer, Angeline Bain, Curtis Harrison and Kris Algert.

Over a five-decade career, Thomas L. Ausley has established a reputation as one of the most distinguished family law attorneys in the state of Texas.  To recognize his extraordinary career, the Texas Bar Foundation has presented him with the Outstanding 50 Year Lawyer Award.

“A man of great integrity, Tom’s embodiment of our core values of trust, client responsiveness, sound advice and ethical representation has earned him the respect of his peers and colleagues,” said Curtis W. Harrison II, Managing Partner of GoransonBain Ausley.  “His ongoing commitment to developing the next generation of family law attorneys continues to make him an invaluable leader of the firm.”

Ausley adds the accolade to a long list of career accomplishments. During his notable career, he has served as Chair of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, as well as a member of the Board of Governors of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and President of the Texas Chapter.  He received the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists’ Sam Emison Award (2013), and the Austin Bar Association’s Distinguished Lawyer Award (2008) and Larry York Mentor Award (2016).

From a solo general civil practice to one of the state’s leading family law firms

Over his 50-year career, Ausley has gone from a young lawyer successfully representing general civil cases to co-founding what today is one of Texas’ premier family law firms GoransonBainAusley, a firm of Dallas, Plano and Austin lawyers focused solely on family law.

An active and involved mentor to many in the firm today, Ausley says countless hours of wisdom and constructive criticism shared with him shaped him as a family lawyer.  “Sharing with young attorneys mistakes I made in practice and in my personal life helps them understand perfection is not required.  Integrity, diligence, and a strong desire to help others is what makes a successful family law attorney,” said Ausley.

Among his many accomplishments, being an attentive husband and involved father while building a successful law practice is his greatest singular achievement.  He is also proud that his daughter Kelly Ausley-Flores, and granddaughter Jenae Flores have both chosen the career of a family law attorney.  Kelly is a Partner and Jenae will be joining the firm as an Associate with GoransonBainAusley in the firm’s Austin office.

“It brings me a great deal of pride, knowing their commitment, integrity, and compassion to family law will make a difference in the lives of the clients and families they will serve,” he added.

The Bar Foundation commissioned an oral history to recognize and preserve the accomplishment of his legal career.

Ausley, and his wife, Robbie, have four children and ten grandchildren.  He currently lives in Austin.

About GoransonBain Ausley
GoransonBain Ausley is a Texas family law firm building on long-standing records of successful and ethical representation in the field of family law.

In 2017, GoransonBain and Ausley, Algert, Robertson & Flores merged to bring together two firms with 40 years of experience guiding people constructively through complex family law issues.  The firm’s shared values have fostered a constructive atmosphere and strategic approach to help clients control costs, minimize the disruption to their daily lives and achieve the best possible outcome.

GoransonBain Ausley ‘s team of attorneys, including three former family court judges, offers clients comprehensive experience and perspectives to work towards an efficient resolution in complex situations. Services encompass virtually every facet of family law, including divorce, asset identification and valuation, complex property matters, collaborative law, mediation, premarital and postmarital agreements, child custody and visitation, property division, child support, adoption, paternity, and same-sex legal issues.

For the past five years, U.S. News & World Report named GoransonBain Ausley a Best Law Firm in its U.S. News – Best Lawyers® for family law and family law mediation, an achievement that involved a rigorous independent evaluation process.

The firm has been named a Top Workplace by the Dallas Morning News and a Best Places to Work by the Dallas Business Journal and Austin Business Journal.

This post was written by GoransonBain Ausley.