Top-Rated Family Law Specialists

Reviews from Our Clients

  • “Shirley Mitchell is an amazing attorney.”

    China V.

  • “This is definitely the team you want on your side; they are a cut above the rest.”

    Nicole S.

  • “What really makes her stand out is her knowledge of Texas family law and her ability to navigate through the red tape.”

    Tammy B.

  • “Do yourself a favor, trust Dennis Slate and his team to represent you in your time of need.”


  • “I immediately knew if I ever needed him as a lawyer he was going to be my secret weapon in court.”

    Ray & Christina V.

  • “The team is great and professional.”

    Happy Client

  • “I would recommend her over and over again.”


  • “Thank you for your hard work, and for treating Mike and me with respect...”

    Charlotte S.

  • “I have used him for various personal transactions and he never disappoints!”

    Lisa M.

  • “Dennis was there for me, stood by me thru the entire ordeal and made me feel safe at all times!”

    Tammy A.

  • “No matter what came up, he kept pushing and figuring things out.”

    Ashley C.

  • “He took on my case with only 5 days until we had to go to court and he represented himself as if he knew me for years.”

    David Villanueva

  • “It was a relief to be able to place my situation in capable hands.”


  • “The results my family and I received from working with Dennis Slate and Shailey Gupta-Brieztke were better than I thought possible.”


  • “The judge had no choice but to side in my favor.”


undefinedJackie Houlette

Jackie Houlette is an accomplished trial lawyer with more than 25 years of experience. She has spent the last ten years focusing primarily on family law.

After graduating from Texas A&M with a degree in education at the age of 21, Ms. Houlette taught science and coached basketball, volleyball and tennis at Gentry Junior School in Baytown, Texas for 5 years. She left that position in 1990 to attend law school at the University of Houston Law Center, where she excelled in trial advocacy, and was named to the Order of the Barristers. During law school, Ms. Houlette was elected to the Goose Creek Independent School District School Board, where she served for a year prior to graduating.

Upon graduation from law school, Ms. Houlette joined Bell & Murphy and then Beirne, Maynard & Parsons, where she practiced products liability and commercial litigation. Her work there involved hundreds of complex cases, hearings, and depositions throughout the country. She was named partner at Beirne Maynard & Parsons, LLP in 2003.

In 2009, Ms. Houlette left the firm to launch her own practice with Julie Gray, expanding her civil trial practice to include family law and criminal law. In 2019, she decided to re-enter the law firm environment, and chose to do so with Slate & Associates.

Ms. Houlette has successfully tried family cases involving custody, property, and child abuse issues. In doing so, she is proud to have secured favorable results in each type of case, including family cases where criminal allegations were involved.

Ms. Houlette is in her 25th year serving as an adjunct professor at the University of Houston law school, where she teaches evidence and continues to serve as director of the law school's trial teams. She has been active in the State Bar, chairing a state-wide committee, and is sought after to teach deposition and trial skills to young lawyers in various settings.

She is married and the proud parent of two young children.

Why Choose Us?

  • Over 90 Years of Combined Legal Experience

  • Named One of the Top Family Law Firms in Houston by H Texas Magazine

  • 10/10 Avvo Rating

  • Attorney Slate Served in U.S. Military for 25 Years

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Please note, the attorneys at Slate & Associates, Attorneys at Law, are only licensed to practice in the state of Texas, and cannot assist with out-of-state cases.
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