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Joanne Nwaogu’s family law practice is rooted in child advocacy. Ensuring the safety and comfort of children involved in family disputes has been her priority for more than 12 years. Joanne focuses her practice at Bryan Fagan, PLLC in family law matters involving Child Protective Services (CPS). Her cases are often centered on finding safe environments where children can reside permanently, helping them escape abuse and violence while securing future stability at home.

Before attending law school, Joanne worked at the Department of Family and Protective Services for three years in the Child Protective Services unit, advocating for abused children in CPS custody. Joanne assessed the risk and safety issues of parents and guardians to achieve protection or permanent placement plans. She worked with this interest in mind for another four years as an Advocate Coordinator at Child Advocates in Houston, an organization dedicated to the safe placement of Houston's most severely abused children.

With an insider’s insight into the guardianship process and a keen understanding of the need for child advocates in Texas, Joanne made the decision to earn her law degree from Thurgood Marshall School of Law in order to pursue a career as a family law attorney. During law school, she served as vice-president of the African Law Student Organization and was featured on the Dean’s List several times.

Joanne’s experience as a family law attorney started at Houston’s Lone State Legal Aid, the fourth largest service provider of free legal services in the United States. During this time, she represented clients both in and out of the courtroom in contested cases dealing with divorces, modifications, child custody, terminations of parental rights, SAPCRs actions, and enforcements.

Joanne is an active member of many professional organizations, as well as the Houston community. She regularly participates in holiday charity events and student mentorship programs.

Although a native of Houston, Joanne is deeply connected to her ancestral home of Abia State, Nigeria. When she's not working with clients, she enjoys traveling, blogging, and cooking. She is also incredibly passionate about cosmetology and fashion. Above all else, Joanne is a lover of life and values spending time with her family and friends.

  • “Joanne is the truth! Her professionalism during my consultation was superb. She's THE BEST! You can tell she really loves what she does and cares about people. THANKFUL for her practice and expertise ...”

    - F.D.
  • “Ms.Nwaogu is simply amazing. She is knowledgeable, thorough and works to get results! Thank you so much for your time and expertise.”

    - Former Client
  • “Very professional and responsive. I had a phone consultation with Attorney Joanne N. She is kind and empathetic. I was not able to use them but I referred my friend to them and he is very pleased with ...”

    - Stella U
  • “I had the privilege to have Joanne Nwaogu as my attorney twice in my child custody battle and she is awesome. She is very professional and very knowledgeable. She Kept me updated and stuck to our plan ...”

    - Kendall D.
  • “I’m glad I found Ms. Joanne Nwaogu. Ever since I retained her approximately 2 weeks prior to my court date, she has been very attentive to my concerns. Ms. Nwaogu means business and gets the job done ...”

    - Shakeria G.
  • “Attorney Nwaogu came highly recommended when a CPS case was opened against me. I called and made an appointment to meet with Attorney Nwaogu and requested that she represented me on my case. She was ...”

    - Cynthia D.
  • “Joanne, Cindy and and Hao has helped me in my cps case they have helped me get it closed and my child is now in the placement, I want to thank you so much. Also they are very caring of there clients ...”

    - Aaliyah J.
  • “I am very grateful to this law firm, blessed with my lawyer Joanne Nwaogu, and my paralegal Cindy Leal!!! Patience is KEY when navigating through divorce and custody suits, and the process moves ...”

    - Nicole S.
  • “They helped me get my child support order modified. The free consultation was very informative. Joanne was my attorney, and Cindy and Hao were the paralegals handling everything. They were both very ...”

    - Joe G.
  • “Joanne Nwaogu is the best in Harris county. She works at Bryan Fagan law firm. She is very aggressive, strong and intelligent. She is the most valuable attorney and protected my rights. I trust her ...”

    - Serena J.

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