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Alicia Franklin York

Texas Board of Legal Specialization - Board Certified - Family Law
Practice Areas
  • Family Law 95%
  • Child Welfare 5%
Bar Admissions
  • Texas, 2003
Professional Associations
  • Houston Bar Association, Member, Present
  • Texas Academy of Family Specialists, Member, 2020 to Present
  • Texas Chapter of Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Vice-President, 2018 to 2020
  • Texas Bar Foundation, LifeFellow
  • Texas State Bar Pattern Jury Charge Committee, Member Family Law Committee, 2019 to Present
  • National Association of Women Judges
  • Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists
  • Texas Women Lawyers
  • American Inns of Court
  • Fort Bend Bar Association (Family Law Section)
  • The 100 Club
  • Houston Realty Business Coalition
  • St. Mary’s Alumni Association
  • Formerly Houston Area Road Runner’s Association
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Burta Rhoads Raborn Inn of Court
  • Texas Bar College
  • Houston Trial Lawyer's Association: Trial Lawyer assigned to JFK Middle School


Alicia Franklin York formerly served as a Texas State District Judge from 2014 through 2018, in the 311th District Court in Harris County, Houston, Texas. Alicia Franklin York has been Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2019. She received her BA with high honors from Mount Mercy College in 2000 and her J.D. from St. Mary's University School of Law in 2003. She has over (17) years of experience, beginning her legal career as an attorney, practicing primarily in civil law, but eagerly transitioned into focusing her practice primarily in family law and child welfare law.

Alicia Franklin York is an experienced family law litigator who has a unique skill set in that she has tried cases as both an attorney and as the tier-of-fact (i.e. the judge). She has represented a wide range of clients in a variety of family law and child welfare matters and tried cases as a judge, including divorces involving complex property issues, business organizations, family trusts and irrevocable trusts, domestic violence, modifications, child custody matters, prenuptial agreements, terminations, adoptions, support of adult disabled children, child support, spousal maintenance, enforcement of child support, enforcement of possession and access, enforcement of division of property, post divorce division of undivided property, torts, and family matters involving same-sex couples, gender dysphoria, transgender, and non-binary. Alicia Franklin York's litigation experience on and off the bench, includes both jury trials and bench trials.

Alicia Franklin York also has unique training and experience involving families suffering from addictions such as alcoholism, controlled substances, prescription medications, sex and pornography, gambling, and gaming, from her time volunteering as the Presiding Judge over the Harris County Family Drug Court a.k.a the Harris county Family Intervention-Infant Toddler Court from 2015-2018. Alicia Franklin York is a committee member of the Specialty Courts Advisory Committee, which she was appointed to by Governor Gregg Abbott. This committee overseas quality and funding to specialty courts in Texas such as DWI courts, drug courts, family drug courts, sex trafficking courts, veteran's courts.

Alicia Franklin York is a member of the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, is the vice-president of the Texas Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, a life fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, and a member of the Houston Bar Association. She is also a member of Burta Rhoads Raborn Family Law Inns of Court, an affiliate of the American Inns of Court, and Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists. Alicia Franklin York is currently serving the legal profession on the Texas State Bar Pattern Jury Charge Committee-Family Law and Probate Committee.

Alicia Franklin York is also a mediator, arbitrator, and may serve as a special judge by assignment of a District Judge. She has received training by Mediators & Arbitrators of America in Arbitration, Family Law Mediations, and Child Protective Services Mediations. Alicia Franklin York has been designated as an expert witness in family law matters including common law marriage.

Alicia Franklin York is married to Douglas Ray York and is a former college athlete, former marathon runner, a first generation immigrant, and enjoys baking and her Labrador puppies.


  • St. Mary's University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas,2003
    • J.D.
  • Mount Mercy College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa,2000
    • B.A.
    • Honors: summa cum laude
    • Major: Business Administration
    • Major: Criminal Justice
    • Minor: Sociology


  • Top 10 Family Law Award by Attorney and Practice Magazine, 2019 - 2020
  • 10 Best Female Attorneys-Texas by American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2019 - Present
  • Recognizing Excellence in Family Law by Lawyers of Distinction, 2020 - Present
  • Texas Bar College Member, 2019 - Present


  • CPS Mediations, Texas Modern Mediation Conference, 2020- Present
  • The Expert, Expert Witness, Texas Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, 2019- Present
  • Arbitration and Special Judge Assignments, Houston Bar Association, 2019- Present
  • Brady Bunch 2.0-Rights & Duties, Burta Rhoads Raborn Inn of Court, 2019- Present
  • Parental Alienation, Houston Bar Association, 2018- Present
  • Divorce Lawyers Diaries: Bias in the Courtroom, Burta Rhoads Raborn Inn of Court, 2018- Present
  • As Family Court Judges See It, National Business Institute, 2017- Present
  • Harris County Family Drug Court, Family Lawyers of Texas Foundation, 2017- Present
  • Keeping Infants and Toddlers Safe, KITS, 2015 to 2018
  • What Judges Want You to Know, National Business Institute, 2016- Present
  • Temporary Restraining Orders, Texas Family Lawyers, 2016- Present
  • Alternatives when DFPS Doesn’t Follow the Rules, 4th Annual Definitive Ad Litem Seminar in DFPS Cases, 2014- Present

Published Works

  • Enhancing Information Sharing in Family Drug Courts: A Lean Six Sigma Case Study, Juvenile & Family Court Journal, Volume 68, Number 3, September, 2017

Current Employment

  • Attorney

Pro-Bono Work

  • Texas State District Judge presided over the Harris County Family Drug Court, 2015 - 2018

Past Employment

  • Franklin York Mediations, Mediator, Arbitrator, and Special Judge, 2019- Present
  • Texas State District Judge, Presided over 311th District Court, Harris County, Texas, 2014 to 2018
  • Presiding Judge of the Harris County Family Intervention-Infant Toddler Court, 2015 to 2018
  • Specialty Courts Advisory Committee, 2014 - Present, 2009 to 2014
  • Special Master for the 310th & 311th District Family Courts of Harris County, Texas, 2010 to 2014
  • Law Offices of Alicia K. Franklin, PC, Solo Practitioner, 2009 to 2014
  • Goldapp-Rodriguez, L.L.P., Associate Attorney, 2004 to 2009
  • Special Force Commissioner, 2006, Appointed by County Judge of Harris County, Houston, Texas to hear eminent domain case, - Present
  • Law Offices of Frederick Zlotucha, Associate Attorney, 2003 to 2004
  • Law Offices of Frederick Zlotucha, Law Clerk, 2003

Specialties and Certifications

  • Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2019