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Cynthia Barela Graham

Term: 2013 —2016

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Cindi Barela Graham has been practicing law in the Texas Panhandle for more than twenty-four years. Although she attended Texas Tech for her undergraduate decree, Cindi graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1989.  Returning to the top of Texas, Cindi developed and refined her passion for courtroom work as a prosecutor early in her career in Potter County, Texas. She then started her own firm in 1994 and became Board Certified in Family Law in 2002 by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She has tried custody cases, property issues, adoptions, divorces, and the termination of parental rights to both juries and judges alike. Cindi enjoys the challenge of complex property cases and unique characterization issues as well.  She is a zealous advocate for her clients.  She has published articles and speaks several times yearly on family law issues and office management topics.  

She has been extremely active in State Bar activities both as a young lawyer and a Director to the State Bar of Texas Board. She recently ended a six year term on the board of directors to the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists and is currently serving her fourth year on the Board of the Texas State Bar's Family Law Section. Cindi was named as the Ad Litem of the Year by the Amarillo Area CASA in 2007.  In December 2011 she served as the State Bar of Texas Course Director for the Advanced Family Law Drafting seminar in Dallas, Texas.  In 2013 Cindi was the course director for the State Bar CLE course Sex, Drugs and Surveillance in Houston and  for the Texas Academy of Family Law Sepcialists' Trial Institute in Colorado Springs, CO.

Cindi is a Fellow to the Texas Bar Foundation, a former member of the District 13 Grievance Committee, and past president of the Texas Panhandle Family Lawyers Association.  She has been honored to be designated with Thomson Reuter's SuperLawyer designation each year since 2008. She has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America¬© 2015 in the field of Family Law.