interest in the law began while watching Perry Mason reruns with her
parents as a child. His ability to find the truth and win justice for
his clients fascinated her. It was during her freshman year of college
that she realized she wanted to become an attorney and made the decision
to go to law school.
“I liked the legal process and law school taught me how-to gather
facts and put together arguments to solve a challenge. I’ve also
learned, through my years of experience, that you have to be able to see
all sides of a situation in order to anticipate the counter argument.”
After graduating from Louisiana State University with her law degree
in 1993 and passing the bar exam, Lisa began her legal career working
for an energy company in Midland, Texas. When the oil and gas industry
“dried up” in the mid-1990s, she relocated to Fort Worth and opened a
solo practice, specializing in criminal defense.
During this time, she met fellow attorney Anita Cutrer and in 1999,
they joined forces and opened the first all-female law partnership in
Tarrant County. Lisa continued to practice criminal law and was named
the first female president of the Tarrant County Criminal Defense
Lawyers Association. The firm began taking on family law cases and Lisa
decided to switch gears, becoming board certified in family law by the
Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Since then, Lisa and Anita have built Hoppes & Cutrer into a
successful family law firm that is respected by judges and other
attorneys. Lisa has received numerous awards and recognition during her
career, including Top Attorney in 360 West magazine, and she has been
selected numerous times for the Texas Super Lawyers list in Texas
Monthly, an exclusive honor only five percent of all practicing
attorneys receive annually.
“Our reputation is one of our greatest assets. When we walk into a
courtroom, judges and opposing counsel know we’ll be prepared and that
we know the law.”
Lisa’s 25 years of experience in family law also enables her to make
the process as smooth as possible for clients. Clients trust her legal
expertise and ability to break down the process, set realistic
expectations, and give honest advice about the benefits and consequences
for courses of action.