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Partner, Board-Certified


Ellie Natenberg joined the Fullenweider Wilhite team in 2018 and is board certified in family law.  She represents clients in the district and appellate courts on an array of family law matters, including complex property and valuation, custody, marital property agreements, and adoptions.  Ellie delivers value to her clients by helping them meet their personal and legal objectives as they navigate the complexities of family law, and is an ardent advocate for her clients in and out of court. Ellie moved from Iran to Houston at an early age and is fluent in Farsi.


    • “Top Women Lawyers” – by Thomson Reuters Texas Monthly Magazine & the Texas Super Lawyers Publication, 2019
    • Named a Rising Star by Texas Super Lawyers (a Thomson Reuters company) as published in Texas Monthly and Texas Super Lawyers magazines (2010, 2016-2021)
    • Named a Houston Magazine Top Lawyer in Houston (2017)
    • Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

    • Successfully defended the enforceability and finality of the parties’ marital property division as contained in their mediated settlement agreement in In the Matter of the Marriage of Mary Diane Atherton and Richard Atherton; 14-17-00601-CV
    • Successfully defended various pre and post-trial procedural issues as well as the parties’ court-ordered property division in In the Interest of A.T., N.T., and B.T., Children; 05-16-00539-CV
    • Successfully defended real property rights and easement rights in Mike Boulanger v. Waste Management of Texas in the appellate and Texas Supreme Court; 01-10-01002-Cv and 13-0313
    • Eileen Dolgener v. Steven Dolgener; 01-17-00490-CV

    • Iranian Amencan Bar Assodation (Founding President of the Houston Chapter)
    • Burta Rhoads Rayborn Family Law Inn of Court
    • Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists
    • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists
    • State Bar of Texas – Family Law Section
    • Houston Bar Association – Family Law Section and Appellate Law Section

    • A Primer on Divorce Pleadings, 2019 State Bar of Texas: Handling Your First (Or Next) Divorce Course, October 2, 2019
    • What Would You Do: The Ethics & Legality of Invasions of Privacy, Co-presenter at the Burta Rhoads Rayborn Family Law American Inn of Court, October 16, 2017
    • Contempt Trial Demonstration, 2013 Advanced Family Law Course
    • Contempt Trial Demonstration, 2014 Winter Regional B Conference – Texas Center for the Judiciary
    • Child Support: It’s Only Income if You Can Find It, Co-Author, 2011 Annual Advanced Family Law Course


University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas

University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas

Bar Admissions

Texas, 2006