Cristi Trusler is the Managing Partner at Trusler Legal PLLC in Austin, Texas, where she brings over two decades of expertise in family law to the table. Cristi started her career with big law firms in banking and intellectual property back in 1996. Since launching her practice in June 2001, Cristi has established herself as a formidable force in the family law field, distinguishing herself through her deep commitment to the families she serves and her nuanced understanding of the legal complexities they face.
Her practice is built on a foundation of two key specialties: Collaborative Law and family law litigation. These dual tracks underline her approach to family law as both an art and a science—balancing meticulous legal strategy with the empathy necessary to guide families through their most challenging moments.
Cristi holds the rare distinction of being one of only 43 attorneys double Board Certified in Family Law and Child Welfare Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Further solidifying her commitment to collaborative resolutions in family disputes, she earned a Masters Level Certification by Collaborative Divorce Texas.
Involvement in the legal community is a cornerstone of Cristi’s career. She is a member of several prestigious legal organizations, including the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. Moreover, she co-founded Collaborative Divorce Austin and has taken on numerous roles aimed at advancing the practice and understanding of collaborative law.
Beyond her professional pursuits, Cristi is a published author, penning practical guides that demystify the divorce process and advocate for dignity, privacy, and the well-being of children in these proceedings. Her insights stem from a broad legal education, including a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center, enriched by her tenure as an Administrative Editor at The Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics.
Licensed to practice across Texas, Colorado, Utah, and Maryland, Cristi’s impact extends beyond her immediate geographical location. Her recognitions include being named one of the top attorneys in Austin by Austin Monthly Magazine and earning the designation of a Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly Magazine, amidst other accolades that speak to her professional excellence and integrity.
Understanding Cristi’s character requires a glance at her life outside the courtroom. A Texas native, she is deeply rooted in the Austin community, where she lives with her husband, children, and their two huskies. Her love for the outdoors — biking, hiking, and skiing — not only reflects her zest for life but also her belief in balance and well-being as critical components of successful legal practice and advocacy.