Cynthia Barela Graham

Cynthia Barela Graham

Amarillo, Texas

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 aw 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 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.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Child Support
  • Child Custody
  • Property Division
  • Adoption

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specializations, 2002

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1990


  • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
  • Texas Tech


  • Speaker/Author, Unique Possession Orders, Advanced Family Law, State Bar Of Texas, 2015
  • Speaker/Author, Valuation of Non-Business Assets, State Bar of Texas, 2014
  • Discovery Outside the Box, Author and Speaker, Marriage Dissolution, 2013
  • Dealing with a Pro Se, Author and Speaker, Family Law 101, 2013
  • Daubert: Separating the Gem from the Junk, Speaker, Advanced Family Law, 2013
  • Course Co-Director, Trial Institute, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, 2013
  • Course Director, Sex, Drugs and Surveillance, SBOT CLE, 2013
  • Case Law Update-SAPCRs, Author and Speaker, Marriage Dissolution, 2012
  • Case Law Update: Paternity, Termination and Adoption. Presented with Ellen Yarrell, Speaker, Advanced Family Law, 2012
  • Parentage and Paternity Fraud and Forms, Speaker, Advanced Drafting, 2011
  • Course Director, Advanced Family Law Drafting Course, SBOT, 2011
  • Speaker and Author, Paternity Fraud, SBOT Advanced Family Law, 2011
  • Speaker, Author, Depositions, SBOT Advanced Evidence And Discovery, 2011
  • Speaker, Author, Trying a Custody Case on a Shoestring, SBOT Advanced Family Law CLE, 2010
  • UTCLE The Parent Child Relationship--The Client Makeover, Speaker and Author, The Client Makeover, 2010
  • Speaker/Author, Depositions, SBOT Advanced Family Law CLE, 2009
  • Speaker/Author, Creative Custody, SBOT CLE--Advanced Family Law Drafting, 2008
  • Speaker/Author, Navigating the Attorney General Maze, UT CLE--Family Law On The Frontlines, 2008
  • Speaker and Author, Making the Most of Limited Resources, SBOT CLE New Lawyer Course, 2007
  • Speaker, Enforcement and Modification, SBOT Advanced Family Law--Bootcamp, 2007

Honors and Awards

  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Panhandle Family Lawyers Association, 2016
  • Awarded the Ad Litem of the Year award by the Amarillo Area Court Appointed Special Advocates., Ad Litem of the Year, CASA, 2007
  • Selected as a “Super Lawyer”, 2008 - 2017

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Texas Family Law Section Council, Board Member, 2011
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, Director, 2008
  • Panhandle Family Lawyers Association, President, 2008
  • Amarillo Area Bar Association, Liaison to the Bar, 2007
  • State Bar of Texas, District Director, 2005
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association, Director and Secretary, 1994