Family law attorney Patrick Upton assists clients with all aspects of divorce, including child custody, child support, complex property division, and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements in Greater Houston counties, including Harris, Montgomery, Fort Bend, Galveston, and Brazoria. He also has extensive experience with adoption proceedings, including stepparent adoption, international adoption, state adoption, infant adoption, same-sex adoption, and relative adoption. Patrick was judicially nominated for the American Bar Association’s Child Advocate of the Year as well as the Houston Bar Association’s Child Advocate of the Year. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for ChildBuilders which is a non-profit organization that trains individuals to deliver solutions to children and youth of greater Houston to promote healthy decision-making skills proven to prevent risky behaviors and abuse. Additionally, Patrick is board certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is known for his successes in trying contentious custody and complex property cases before judges throughout Texas.
Patrick is a native of Houston, Texas, where he attended St. Thomas Episcopal, Lanier Middle, and Bellaire High Schools. He received his B.B.A. from Texas A&M and had a successful ‘first’ career as a financial analyst at IBM. After earning his J.D. from St. Mary’s University College of Law in 2007, he worked for Revenew International as General Counsel. Patrick later opened his own law firm, making a name for himself representing children in abuse, neglect, and high conflict custody cases. His experience as a court appointed ad litem and amicus for abused and neglected children, and children caught in difficult custody cases, gives him a unique perspective on how the courts might handle those and similar cases.
Patrick was recognized as a Platinum Client Champion by Martindale-Hubbell® in 2019, received the Client’s Choice Award by Avvo in 2019, and was named among The Best Lawyers in America© in family law by Best Lawyers and Co., LLC from 2017 to present. He was named to the Houston’s Top Lawyers list by H Texas magazine in 2018, and in 2017 and 2018, Patrick was also selected to the Texas Rising Stars list by Thomson Reuters.