Nikki Maples



Nikki Maples has been an active member of the family law community in Austin for over two decades. Her practice is exclusively dedicated to family law matters related to divorces and custody disputes. Her hallmark is her ability to take a creative and thoughtful approach when dividing marital assets in cases involving complex property matters such as businesses and high-net worth estates, but her experience is applicable to all family law matters.

Nikki is a passionate practitioner who is dedicated to helping families concerned about life beyond divorce or the result that divorce may have on children. Not every family law matter has to be a heartbreaking event. With that in mind, Nikki pursues divorce cases and all family law matters with creativity, compassion and sincerity, and her credo is rooted in authenticity.

When not with clients, Nikki is a dog lover, a foodie, a sailor, a snowboarder and an athlete who enjoys staying active and spending time with her family and others on the Greenbelt, supporting local businesses, and participating in local events. She is also longstanding member of the Austin Bar Lawyer Wellness program who has authored many monthly articles on issues related to health and wellness.

FUN FACT: Nikki is known (and teased) by her friends and family as being prone to unique and odd accidents, many of which result in hospital visits. Go ahead, ask her, she has a book of stories about her accidents, which she describes as “adventures.”

Awards / Accolades

  • Certificate of Mediation Training
  • Family Law Assistance Project, Certificate
  • American Inns of Court National Program Recognition
  • Austin Bar Foundation Certificate of Appreciation
  • General Practice, Solo and Small Firm, Certificate

Education & Experience

  • Park University
  • Western Michigan University, Cooley Law School (fka Thomas M. Cooley Law School)
  • Family Law Assistance Project
  • Volunteer Legal Services, Assisted Pro Se Divorce Clinic, Host

Published Articles and Presentations

  • “iOffice, eOffice, and YourOffice,” Advanced Family Law Drafting Course, Dallas, Texas, December 2011
  • “Lawyers Should Defend Their Health As Much As They Defend Their Clients,” Texas Young Lawyers Association, September 2012
  • “The Ultimate Trial Notebook,” Texas Advanced Paralegal Seminar, Austin, Texas, October 2014
  • “Ethical Pitfalls for Family Law Practitioners,” Pro Bono Seminar, Bryan, Texas, October 2015
  • “1-800-Ethics,” Robert W. Calvert Inn of Court, Austin, Texas, March 2017
  • “Cell Phones: The Holy Grail of Family Law,” Bench Bar Conference, Austin, Texas, May 2017
  • “Bias? Me? How Biology and Psychology Affect Our Opinions and Actions,” Robert W. Calvert Inn of Court, Austin, Texas, February 2018
  • “Family Law Basics for the Non-Family Law Practitioner,” Austin Bar Association, Austin, Texas, February 2018
  • “Unregulated Weapons and their Effect on Society and Future Regulation,”
    Austin Lawyer Article, Austin, Texas, April 2019
  • “Tools for the Journey: Skills and Strategies for Managing Stress and Compassion Fatigue for a Successful and Healthy Career,” ABA Family Law 2019 Fall CLE Conference, Austin, Texas, September 2019
  • “Witness Preparation: Why Smart People Give Stupid Testimony,” Austin Bar Association Ultimate Trial Notebook Conference, Austin, Texas, November 2019
  • “Mission Possible: Managing Social Media & ESI,” Austin Bar Association, Bankruptcy and Family Law, February 2020
  • “Hemp, Hemp, Hooray?” Robert W. Calvert Inn of Court, Austin, Texas, December 2020
  • “Life and Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” Robert W. Calvert Inn of Court, Austin, Texas, January 2021
  • “Surviving the Summertime Slow,” Austin Bar Association, Austin Bar Journal, May 2021
  • “Theranos: A Cautionary Tale,” Robert W. Calvert Inn of Court, Austin, Texas, April 2022
  • “Suite Space, Sweet Place,” Austin Bar Association, Austin Bar Journal, April 2022
  • “Time to Take Time,” Austin Bar Association, Austin Bar Journal, December 2022
  • “Common Trial Mistakes and How to Avoid Them,” Ultimate Trial Notebook Conference, Austin, Texas, February 2023
  • “Non-Compete Agreements,” Robert W. Calvert Inn of Court, Austin, Texas, March 2023
  • “Investigating Discovery Responses and Identifying Claims,” Capital Area Paralegals Association, Austin, Texas, April 2023

What Our Client’s Say About Us

“In an hour, Nikki Maples discerned the danger and gave me the courage and words to address the situation. She listened intently and articulated with enough authority. She saved a 5 year old’s life!”

“Nikki represented me a year ago when I went through my divorce. She was a tremendous asset as she guided me through the complexities of the divorce process with strong commitment and compassion. She truly cared about my family, and worked tirelessly for great results. Today I consider her my friend.”

“I needed last minute attorney in moving out of state with children case. Even it was Christmas holiday time, Mrs. Jones was there for me and gave the best advice. I cannot thank her enough for helping me in one of the most stressful times in my life. She worked in a timely manner and was able to take on my case and got the job done. I would recommend her to anyone.”

“I hired Meagan to represent me in attempting to mediate for my son to attend a highly rated school upon my move to San Antonio. She was very upfront with my options and provided a lot of feedback on how to tackle this issue considering his father was not cooperating. She was a very hands on attorney and always kept me abreast of my case.  She was always very encouraging and fought to the very end. She never gave up on me nor my case……”

“I worked with Nikki and Meagan on a custody issue. They were professional, thoughtful and kind. I would recommend them to anyone in need of a good lawyer.”

“A custody situation is no fun, but Meagan was a complete pro. She calmed me down when I was completely stressed out and she helped me come to a good outcome (in a very tough situation).”

“Meagan is an excellent attorney! She is professional and very knowledgeable with legal matters. I appreciate her truthfulness and diligence with solving my legal situation. Thank you Meagan!!”

“I came to Nikki with a very difficult case and in a situation where a prior attorney had mishandled my divorce for months. It was an uphill battle from the beginning and she did not shy away from the challenge. Nikki understood my priorities, and she focused on them throughout my case keeping me engaged and informed at each turn. She managed my expectations and when necessary she managed me.”

Thank you, John! It was great working with you. You communicated clearly and patiently walked me through all the options along the way. Appreciate you!

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