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Tristan Longino comes from a financial background, having worked as a licensed broker for Merrill Lynch after obtained a bachelor of science in business administration with a concentration in finance from the University of Richmond. This experience equips him with unique insight into property matters that adds value to his representation of clients with complex estates.


Tristan’s legal career has been exclusively dedicated to the practice of family law. This focus began in law school, when he spent multiple semesters in the schools family law clinic and clerked for the Hon. Robert Hinojosa in the 312th District Court, a family court in Harris County. During that clerkship he observed court proceedings on a daily basis and discussed and assisted on various proceedings in the judge’s chambers, including complex property divisions.


Through his judicial clerkship, Tristan learned hands-on how a family court judge evaluates a case and how cases can be most cogently presented. Tristan continued to build on these skills as a law clerk and attorney at Nichols Law, PLLC, where he worked for the esteemed John F. Nichols, Sr. handling various family law issues, civil matters, and appeals, including working on an often cited appellate opinion. Tristan continued working at Nichols Law after graduating and passing the bar, eventually going to work for Chris A. Spofford, where he continued to grow in depth and breadth of knowledge under the mentorship of that very knowledgeable attorney.


Tristan joined Skillern Firm PLLC in 2013, and is happy to call the firm, and his coworkers, his home away from home.



  • Certified in Mediation by A.A. White Dispute Resolution Center, June 7, 2009
  • Certified in Advanced Family Mediation by Blakely Advocacy Institute, February 20, 2011



  • State Bar of Texas, member of the Family Law Section
  • Burta Rhoads Raborn Inn of Court
  • Houston Bar Association, member of the Family Law Section
  • Houston Bar Association, member of the Continuing Legal Education Committee

Legal Education:

University of Houston, J.D., 2011 

Undergraduate Education:

University of Richmond, B.S., 2005, major in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance 


“Dealing with Damages: Recoveries as Property”
Presented at the SBOT’s 34th Annual Marriage Dissolution Institute, 2011

This article discusses the remedies available to a litigant when suing for damages, more importantly from the perspective of a family law practitioner, what characterization those damages would take. Appendices include cited case authority and numerous pattern jury charges.

“Fiduciary Litigation: Duties and Obligations between Parent, Child, and Third Parties”
Presented at the SBOT’s Fiduciary Litigation Seminar, 2011

This article analyses the various fiduciary relationships that arise in family law. Examples of these duties include not only the fiduciary duty of a parent toward a child, but the various duties that are created by court appointed guardians and legal representatives toward a minor. Appendices include model pleadings and jury charge questions.

“Fiduciary Litigation”
Presented at the SBOT’s Advanced Family Law Course, 2011 

Speaking Engagements:

Houston Bar Association’s 2014 New Licensee Institute
“Your First Year as an Attorney: the Low Overhead Law Practice”

Houston Bar Association CLE April 25, 2014
“Navigating Tort Matters in Your Family Law Case” 

Past Employment:

  • Chris A. Spofford, P.C., Associate Attorney 2012-2013
  • Nichols Law, PLLC, Clerk & Associate Attorney 2011-2012
  • 312th District Court, Clerk 2010
  • Duane Morris, Clerk 2009
  • Dell Financial Services, Operations Coordinator 2007 – 2008
  • Merrill Lynch, Financial Advisor 2005 – 2007
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