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For almost 20 years, Natalie Niles Argüello has focused her career on supporting justice and equality for those in need. Informed by an early career as a news reporter for CBS in Houston followed by a number of years as Communications Director of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, she has an approachable and easy communication style. She is a civil attorney practicing primarily in the areas of wills, estate planning, probate, civil litigation, and business development & transactions. She also has helped clients in the areas of real estate, entertainment, IP protection, school law, and non-profit governance. She is a mediator certified to mediate all kinds of disputes, including family law.
Natalie is a native Texan, born in Corpus Christi, and raised in Sugar Land. She spent her summers singing opera at the Macaroni Grill and her undergraduate school days at Trinity University in San Antonio where she received a B.A. in Communication with minors in both Spanish and music. Her junior year, she studied abroad in Sevilla and Madrid, Spain, and took classes at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. During her career in the field of communication, she had the opportunity to speak publicly to small town audiences and international audiences alike on topics, such as legislative advocacy, entrepreneurship, media, public education, mediation, social change, free speech, and emerging technology. She continues to speak frequently on many legal topics. This early taste of advocacy led her to the decision to attend the University of Texas School of Law.
At UT Law, she was selected to represent the school in the prestigious UT Democratization Project in Honduras. She wrote a guidebook and conducted seminars in Spanish for the National Conference in Honduras on governmental oversight and the use of communication tools to influence social change. Natalie graduated in 2002 and began a solo practice in estate planning, family law, and small business development, and spent five years with the Fowler Law Firm, P.C. Her commitment to public service is best exemplified by her tenure as Director of Legal Hotlines at the Texas Advocacy Project, where she and her team provided free legal advice to low income Texans in both Spanish and English. She was also nominated for the Outstanding Lawyer Award by the Williamson County Crisis Center in 2007, was part of the team that received the W. Frank Newton Award from the State Bar of Texas in 2010, and received the President’s Award by Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association in 2011.
Natalie trained in mediation with pioneers in the field at the Alternative Dispute Resolution Graduate Portfolio Program at the University of Texas School of Law. Her traditional law practice coupled with her mediation practice provide clients a wide range of options from which to choose. Her commitment to personal and high quality representation is evident by her time at the Texas Advocacy Project, membership in the Pro Bono College, court appointments to child protective services cases in Travis County, and collaborative work with non-profit organizations both in Texas and in Central America. Natalie is proud to be raising two beautiful daughters and to call Austin home.
Areas of Practice
Wills and estate planning
Business development and transactions
Entertainment & IP Protection
Family Law Mediation Certification from the Alternative Dispute Resolution Center; Austin, Texas
J.D. University of Texas School of Law; Austin, Texas
Graduate Portfolio Program in Dispute Resolution; University of Texas Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution; Austin, Texas
B.A. Trinity University; San Antonio, Texas
Instituto de Estudios Europeos & Universidad Complutense de Madrid; Madrid, Spain
English & Spanish
2011 President’s Award by the Travis County Women Lawyers Association
Certified General Mediator and Family Law Mediator
State Bar of Texas
Board Member & President (2012-13) of the Travis County Women Lawyers Association
Past Board Member of the Texas Association of Partners in Education
Current Chair-Elect of Travis County Women Lawyers Foundation
Board Member of Travis County Women Lawyers Scholarships
Austin Bar Association
Lawyer Referral Service
Williamson County Bar Association
Travis County Civil Court Appointment List
Travis County Probate Attorney Ad Litem
Williamson County Probate Attorney Ad Litem
Texas Council of Women School Executives
Texas Association of School Administrators
Texas Council of Professors of Educational Administrators
Pro Bono College