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Laura S. Severt

Laura S. Severt’s practice is focused on helping her clients navigate through the ever changing challenges faced by individuals and families. Ms. Severt’s experience is broad ranging and tailored to serve her clients in the areas of family law, special education law, estate planning, guardianships, elder law, probate, and general civil litigation. Ms. Severt graduated with honors from Texas Tech School of Law where she gained experience through her participation in the Texas Tech Law School Family Law Clinic. She continued to develop her litigation experience by working in the areas of insurance defense, debt collections and defense, and general civil litigation. Prior to starting her legal career, Ms. Severt spent five years as a middle school teacher in Houston, Texas.


  • Texas Tech University School of Law, Doctor of Jurisprudence Cum Laude, 2008
    • CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Texas Estate Administration
    • Jurisprudence Award in Civil Procedure
    • Civil Procedure Tutor for 2006, section 3, 1L class
    • Family Law Society
  • The University of Texas at Austin, Bachelor of Science in Applied Learning and Development, English Specialization, 1999
    • Certified as a Classroom Teacher by the state of Texas for grades 1 through 8
    • Nominated for Student Teacher of the Year, Fall 1999

Professional Experience

  • J. Bennett White, P.C., Tyler, Texas- Associate, 12/15/11 – Present
  • Laura Severt, Attorney at Law, Tyler, Texas-  Solo Practitioner, 9/18/10 – 12/15/11
  • Level 2 Review, Tyler, Texas- Project Associate, 03/15/10- 09/18/10
  • Mayo Mendolia & Starr, L.L.P., Tyler, Texas- Associate, 09/15/08 – 03/14/10
  • Texas Tech University Civil Law Clinic, Lubbock, Texas- Qualified Law Student, 08/19/07- 05/01/08
  • Simmons & Fletcher Attorneys at Law, Houston, Texas, Summer Law Clerk, 06/11/06- 08/04/06
  • Bleyl Middle School, Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, Houston, Texas
  • Teacher for Reading and Language Arts and Student Council Sponsor, 08/03-07/05, 12/99- 06/0
  • Klentzman Intermediate School, Alief Independent School District, Houston, Texas
  • Teacher for 5th grade Reading, Language Arts, and Social Studies, 08/02-07/03

Professional Activities & Affiliations

  • Bar Admissions:
    • State Bar of Texas, 2008
    • United States Eastern District of Texas, 2009
  • Bar Associations:
    • Smith County Bar Association

Community Involvement & Personal Interests

  • Member and Sunday School Teacher at First Baptist Church South Campus in Tyler, Texas.
  • Member of the Junior League of Tyler
  • YMCA Soccer Coach