Elizabeth J. Ayala is an exceptional family law attorney who focuses her practice on resolving complex custody cases, protective orders, and other delicate legal matters involving mental health professionals and experts. A skilled litigator and proven client advocate, Elizabeth advises on all stages of legal process development, ranging from the initial consultation to developing case strategy to conducting trial when an advantageous settlement cannot be reached.

A Texas Super Lawyers “Rising Star” and Avvo “Client’s Choice” award recipient, Elizabeth brings a unique and empathetic perspective to everything she does. Born and raised in Corpus Christi and a resident of Austin since attending St. Edwards’s University, clients appreciate that Elizabeth is not only an acute negotiator and skilled lawyer, but also that she provides practical yet compassionate advice while seeking the right outcome for her client. Accessible and highly strategic on any given case, Elizabeth is steadfastly focused on positioning the right end game for her client at every turn.

Elizabeth’s instinctually good judgment and prudence at the intersection of human nature and the law have allowed her to establish a reputation of trust across Central Texas courts. Elizabeth’s pragmatism is manifest in her realistic perspective of and patience for de-escalating acrimony – qualities that have made her a sounding board for solutions in the law and its application to everyday family settings. Notably, Elizabeth is particularly skilled at understanding, handling, managing, and positioning difficult, explosive, and/or obstructive personalities considered roadblocks to progress. A parent herself, Elizabeth understands family dynamics and the ever-evolving nature of child custody issues.

Education

J.D., The University of Texas at Austin, School of Law

  • Pro-Bono Scholar – Torchbearer (100+ pro bono hours)
  • Recipient, Judge Wilson Cowen Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Law
  • Texas Law Professional Development Institute: Prepared for Practice, 2014 Participant
  • State Bar of Texas, Law Student Division

B.A., Psychology, St. Edward’s University, Austin

  • Magna cum laude
  • Dean’s List (all semesters)
  • Alpha Chi National College Honor Society
  • Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology
Professional Associations and Memberships
  • Member, Family Law Section, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, Family Law Section, Austin Bar Association
  • Member, Williamson County Bar Association
  • Member, Texas Family Law Foundation
Honors
  • Best Lawyers® “Ones To Watch,”  2023, 2024
  • Avvo “Client’s Choice Award,” 2020
  • Texas Super Lawyer “Rising Star,” Thomson Reuters, as published in Super Lawyers Magazine and Texas Monthly Magazine, 2021-2023
  • Austin Monthly, “Top Attorneys,” 2021-2023
Bar Admissions
  • State Bar of Texas, 2016
Previous Experience

Prior to joining the firm, Elizabeth worked as an Associate for Evans Family Law Group for several years. During law school, Elizabeth worked as a Law Clerk for Walters Gilbreath,  where she represented clients using her temporary trial card under supervision. Also while in law school, Elizabeth worked as a Student Attorney for the University of Texas School of Law Domestic Violence Clinic and the Advanced Domestic Violence Clinic, as well as served as a Research Assistant for Professor Jeana Lungwitz in producing the annual update of Title 4 of the Texas Family Code that specifically addresses family violence protective orders. While attending St. Edward’s University, Elizabeth served as an Intern at Love is Respect, the national teen dating abuse helpline while completing her undergraduate degree.