Tricia Heil Davis sitting on a couch

Tricia Heil Davis

Attorney and Mediator


Tricia Heil Davis of Austin is an attorney in private practice in Austin, where she handles cases in the areas of attorney licensure, as well as civil and family law mediation.  

Ms. Heil Davis is a TMCA Credentialed Mediator and has been mediating since 2005. She has mediated hundreds of high-conflict family law cases and parental rights cases. Ms. Heil Davis has served as a parenting facilitator, parenting coordinator, and arbitrator in high-conflict family law cases, and is experienced in representing parents and children in custody disputes. Ms. Davis will work creatively and effectively to strive to reach the best resolution for all the parties. She previously served as the Assistant Director of the Texas Lawyers Assistance Program and has special knowledge and extensive experience working with parties and families in which substance abuse is an issue. 

Ms. Heil Davis has over 25 years of experience representing lawyers and law students before the Texas Board of Law Examiners. Her determined advocacy has led to hundreds of successful outcomes.  

Ms. Heil Davis received her law degree from St. Mary's University School of Law (1994, with Honors) and her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas (Biochemistry, 1982).  

Ms. Heil Davis is a member of the Association of Attorney Mediators, the Texas Association of Mediators, the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association, and a Fellow of the State Bar College.  

She has written and spoken extensively on the legal and ethical implications of impairments in the legal profession, and is a frequent speaker and trainer in the areas of Ethics, Mediation.   

She is a recipient of the Ralph Mock Lifetime Achievement Award from the Texas Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers. 

Educational Background 

  • J.D. with Honors, St. Mary's University School of Law 1994 

  • B.A. in Biochemistry, The University of Texas 1982 

  • 100 + hours of Alternative Dispute Resolution Training, General and Family Law 

Professional Experience

  • General Civil and Family Law Mediator; Credentialed Mediator, Texas Mediator Credentialing Association  

  • Experienced advocate in Family Law and Texas Department of Family and Protective Services proceedings, Trial and Appellate 

  • Detailed working knowledge of the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, the Texas Lawyers Assistance Program, the Board of Law Examiners licensure process, and the Texas Board of Disciplinary Appeals.

  • Published numerous articles on the legal and ethical implications of impairments in the legal profession; reprinted nationally and internationally. 

  • Accomplished national and state-wide speaker on issues of ethics and professional responsibility, including ethical issues in TDFPS cases; with presentations to bar associations, law school classes, State Bar courses, and American Bar Association conferences. 

Professional Associations 

  • Texas Association of Mediators 

  • Texas Mediator Credentialing Association 

  • Association of Attorney Mediators 

  • Travis County Court Appointed Family Advocates, Founding Board Member 

  • College of the State Bar of Texas 1996-present 

  • State Bar of Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct Committee, 1998-2006 

  • State Bar of Texas Rules of Evidence Committee, 1998-2001 

  • State Bar of Texas Lawyers Assistance Committee, 1997-2001 

  • Texas Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Board of Directors, 1997-present 

  • Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism 1998-present 

  • State Bar of Texas Family Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution Sections 

  • Austin Bar Association 

  • Austin Bar Foundation Fellow 


  • Texas Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Ralph Mock Lifetime Award for Peer Assistance