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.