Tarrant County Attorney Lauren Duffer

Contact Information

Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Fax: 817-336-4448
Email: Email Me

Areas of Practice

Divorce, child custody, child support, mediation, adoption, collaborative divorce, surrogacy, egg donation, embryo donation, sperm donation, pre-marital agreements, post-marital agreements, paternity, family formation, assisted reproductive technology

Bar Admissions

Texas, State Bar No. 24040964 Active, eligible to practice in Texas since 2003


Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, J.D.  2003.
 Baylor University, Waco, Texas, B.A  Communications 1999

Professional Associations and Memberships

Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys Member
Tarrant County Bar Association (Collaborative Law Section Chair 2019-2022)
BLOOM Worldwide (Board of Directors 2019, 2020)
Arlington Bar Association (President 2012-2013, Vice President 2011-2012, Secretary/Treasurer 2010- 2011, Board of Directors 2009-2010,  2013-2014)
Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association Member
Collaborative Divorce Texas Member
Collaborative Lawyers of Arlington and Mansfield (President 2008-2012, 2019)
State Bar of Texas Family Law Section Member
State Bar of Texas Collaborative Law Section Member
State Bar of Texas Member
North Texas Collaborative Divorce Alliance Member

Honors and Awards

Fort Worth Magazine Top Family Law Attorney, 2008-2021
360 West Top Attorney in Tarrant County, Adoption, 2017
National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, Nationally Ranked Top 10 Under 40 in Family Law, 2014
Texas Monthly Rising Star, 2010, 2011 
Rated by Super Lawyers Thomson Reuters in 2011


International Family Building, 2020 and 2021
Navigating Unchartered Waters
Johnson County Family Law Bar Association, 2020
Embryos, Egg Donation and Surrogacy “Oh My”
Mesquite Bar Association, 2019
Embryos, Egg Donation and Surrogacy “Oh My”
Parker County Bar Association, 2019
Embryos, Egg Donation and Surrogacy “Oh My”
Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association-Advanced on a Shoe String, 2019
Embryos, Eggs, Surrogacy Oh My!
Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association, 2018
Embryos, Egg Donation and Surrogacy “Oh My”
AAARTA 2017 Master the Art of Family Building Paralegal Conference, 2017
Navigating the Minefield Without Stepping on a Grenade
Men Having Babies, 2017
Dallas Conference
UTA Women and Gender Studies, 2016
Reproductive Justice
Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association, 2014
Don’t Put Your Eggs in One Basket, What the Family Law Attorney Needs to Know About Assisted Reproductive Technology.
Arlington Rotary Club, 2014
Collaborative Law-What it is and Why You Should Know About It
Surrogacy In Texas-What to Know
Conceivable Options Family Building Workshop, 2012
Dispute Resolution Services of North Texas Mediation Training
Suits Affecting Parent Child Relationship and Duties of Spouses, 2012 and 2013
Children’s Hospital, Maternal and Fetal Medicine Lecture Series, 2011 Navigating the Legal Landmines of Surrogacy
Family Mediation Training, 2011
The Marriage Relationship, Dissolution of Marriage
Mansfield Independent School District, 2010
The Culture of Children Growing Up in Two Homes
Arlington Mental Health Professionals Association, 2010 Collaborative Law
Arlington Bar Association, 2009
Collaborative Law- A New Direction
Grand Prairie Bar Association, 2009 Collaborative Law
Tarrant County Collaborative Professionals, 2008
Preparing for the First Collaborative Joint Meeting


Compassionate, innovative, intuitive

An established family law attorney, Lauren Gaydos Duffer was one of the first attorneys to represent people needing assistance with legal issues involving surrogacy in the state of Texas. Over the years she has tirelessly served clients in all areas of family law, recently bringing her extensive expertise in collaborative divorce, modifications, assisted reproduction, child custody, paternity, adoptions, complex property division and other legal matters to the Sisemore Law Firm.

Whether in court, collaborative law or through mediation, clients know they are being heard when entrusting Lauren to represent them and appreciate her ability to find innovative solutions for complex legal issues.

According to the Sisemore Law Firm’s founder Justin Sisemore, “Creative, diligent and hardworking, Lauren is both a champion for her clients and an asset to our team. As one of the few attorneys who handle surrogacy contracts in the nation—and one of the first—Lauren has enabled our firm to expand the breadth of our services and provide even more clients with the family law guidance they need.”

Born with roots in the legal profession, a desire to help people became her calling

A native of Arlington, Texas, Lauren attended James Martin High School in her hometown and was inspired to practice law by her father, attorney Larry Gaydos (who practiced white-collar crime and antitrust). From the beginning, Lauren knew “I wanted to practice law in an area where I would be helping people.”

After high school, Lauren attended Baylor University, where she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech communications. Upon returning to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Lauren attended Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, where she received her law degree in 2003. She has been helping clients navigate divorce, collaborative divorce, child custody and other family law matters ever since.

Very early in her legal career, Lauren was fortunate enough to become a part of helping clients create their families through surrogacy and adoption.  One of Lauren’s greatest joys is helping families mitigate the potential legal, financial and emotional risks of assisted reproduction and adoption. Lauren also successfully handled one of the first same-gender surrogacy cases in Texas before same-sex marriage was recognized by the state.  

A loving wife and mom who fights for kids in dire situations

Since 2006, Lauren has been happily married to her husband Ronnie Duffer, owner of Tarrant County Pools. Lauren and Ronnie love cheering on their two smart, adventurous and talented sons Brody and Blake at baseball, basketball and football games. When time allows, the Duffer family enjoys traveling to Aruba.

Lauren is also passionate about helping kids facing troubling life and family situations. She fights for the futures of children as an attorney who represents kids involved in Child Protective Services (CPS) lawsuits. “I love my CPS work because I feel like I am able to give back to the community and represent kids who have no other way to get a voice,” Lauren says.