Rachel Aguilar is an associate attorney with Jeff Gilbert Law Office. Rachel’s practice entirely focuses on family law, with an emphasis on divorce and the parent-child relationship (such as custody, possession and access, and child support). She is regularly in the courtroom and her experience includes both bench and jury trials, as well as the successful completion of the National Family Law Trial Institute. Rachel fights with equal fervor for mothers, fathers, grandparents, and non-biological parents.
As a parent herself, Rachel understands the stress, anxiety, and sense of being overwhelmed that can accompany family court litigation. She ensures her clients are knowledgeable and prepared throughout the entire matter. Rachel regularly appears in Title IV-D (Attorney General) Court on behalf of both custodial and non-custodial parents.
Rachel is proud to accept appointments directly from Brazoria County judges for enforcement defense, parents facing termination of their parental rights, unknown fathers who have yet to be identified, parents who cannot be located, and children statutorily entitled to representation.
Professional Associations and Memberships
Brazoria County Bar Association, Member, 2013-2020
Brazoria County Bar Association, Board Member, 2019 -
Brazoria County Bar Foundation, Board Member, 2019 –
State Bar of Texas
- Family Law Section Member
- LGBT Law Section Member
Texas Association of Family Defense Attorneys, 2020-2021
The daughter of a Dow Chemical Company chemical engineer and a Sweeny Elementary school teacher, Rachel grew up in Brazoria County, Texas and attended Columbia High School where she was an active participant in the Mighty Roughneck Band, National Forensics League, and Thespians. Rachel twirled throughout high school and was a member of Halfway 4-H. While in high school, Rachel attended Brazosport College before transferring to Stephen F. Austin State University, where she graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and philosophy. There, Rachel participated in moot court, where she twice qualified for nationals. She was also a member of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International. During the summer breaks, Rachel continued to take courses from Brazosport College, worked in local restaurants and participated in community theatre projects.
A 2012 graduate of Texas Tech University School of Law in Lubbock, Texas, Rachel held leadership positions in Phi Alpha Delta and Student Animal League Defense Fund (SALDF). She participated in intramural moot court, mock trial, and negotiations competitions, and she was invited to join the Board of Barristers based on her exemplary performance. A memorable experience was competing in a Closing Argument Competition at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. During law school, Rachel wrote for the Texas Bank Lawyer, then the Estate Planning and Community Property Journal where she subsequently served as an articles editor.
Also, while in Law School, Rachel worked for The Law Office of Laura Cole, an estate planning and probate firm in West Columbia, Texas, during school breaks. During her final year of law school, Rachel gained experience as a law clerk for Jones, Flygare, Brown & Wharton, P.C., a civil general practice firm with the distinction of being the oldest law firm in Lubbock. After completing law school and sitting for the bar exam, Rachel clerked with Jeff Gilbert Law Office and, upon being licensed as an attorney in 2012, accepted a position as an associate attorney with the firm.
Rachel lives in Lake Jackson with her two young children. She is a fourth-generation member of Bethel Presbyterian Church in East Columbia, Texas, and spends her free time reading, attending local theatre productions, and fostering animals from the local animal shelter. She also enjoys participating as a judge in theatre and debate competitions for local high schools.