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Family law in Central Texas
Attorney, licensed in Texas, Colorado, CaliforniaStephen’s vast and varied experience includes all areas of civil litigation, personal injury, contract law, family law and service as a NFL Member Contract Adviser. He earned a B.A. in Psychology from The State University of New York at Albany in 1989 and a Juris Doctor degree from Whittier College School of Law in 1992.
During law school, Stephen clerked for a Wall Street law firm and several law firms in Los Angeles.
Initially licensed in California in 1992, Stephen was an associate attorney practicing in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, North Hollywood, and Tustin, Calif.
He is currently licensed in Texas, California and Colorado.
In 1999, Stephen moved his family to Austin, Texas to start his own law firm where he focused his practice on asbestos litigation, business & contract law, construction litigation, Deceptive Trade Practice Act Claims and estate planning.
Since 2008, Stephen has focused his practice on family law and asset recovery and he lives in Lakeway with his wife Jessica and his three children.
Dinah Haney is a board-certified paralegal – Texas Board of Legal Specialization, at the Putonti Law Firm. Dinah earned her bachelor degree from Texas State University and attended graduate school at Baylor University.
Dinah has been a paralegal in the Central Texas area for 19 years. She is board certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She is a member of the State Bar Paralegal Division and the Capital Area Paralegal Association. Dinah has been trained and certified in mediation, parenting coordination, and collaborative law.
As an experienced family law paralegal, Dinah is able to bring expertise and knowledge to the clients of the firm. In her spare time, Dinah loves to spend time with her dog, do yoga, garden, kayak, and watch Australian rules football.
ParalegalChris Cook has been a family law paralegal for over 10 years. Prior to being a paralegal, Chris owned several litigation support services. When he is not resolving family law matter, Chris performs as a stand up comedian all over the country.
Karen joined the Putonti Law Firm in January of 2018. She works closely with Attorney Stephen Putonti and the paralegals to gather the documentation needed for divorce cases. Karen previously worked 14 years in the newspaper business, fine tuning her attention to details, which is an asset to our law firm. She received her A.D. while living in Georgia. She spends her free time with her husband, enjoying their grandkids, cruising and camping.
Family-law situations can be challenging and stressful. Our passion is focused on helping families navigate difficult scenarios.
Who we are and how we act around our family, close friends and colleagues is often not who we are and how we act when we are dealing with a divorcing spouse, their family, or their attorney.
Our firm is relentlessly dedicated to helping you maintain the dignity, integrity and respect that you deserve, helping you when you fall, and providing solutions and tools to use when you don’t feel like “taking the high road.”
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Why family law is important
Family law is one of the most challenging areas of law to practice because of the deeply emotional, personal and psychological issues involved, many of which involve children, family relationships, and established friendships on both sides … and now everyone involved is thrown into an uncertain, unpleasant, and unwelcome situation.
Issues and problems that force a married couple to seek out attorneys often develop over years or decades. These issues will continue to be present throughout any dispute resolution mechanism or process whether it involves settlement discussions, mediation, or trial.