Meet Alicia

Meet Alicia Franklin York

Alicia Franklin York
Former District Judge
Mediator      Arbitrator
Special Judge by Assignment

(713) 479-5555

Alicia Franklin York served as a State District Judge in the 311th District Court in Houston, Texas from 2014 through 2018.  Alicia Franklin York received her BA with high honors from Mount Mercy College in 2000 and her J.D. from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 2003. She has over fifteen (15) years of experience, beginning her legal career as an attorney, practicing primarily in civil law, but eagerly transitioned into focusing her practice primarily in family law and child welfare law. Alicia Franklin York is double board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in family law and child welfare law.

Alicia Franklin York is an experienced family law attorney. She has represented a wide range of clients in a variety of family law and child welfare matters, including divorces involving complex property issues, modifications, child custody matters, prenuptial agreements, terminations and adoptions.  During her time on the bench, she also presided over jury trials and bench trials involving a variety of family law and child welfare law matters.

Alicia Franklin York has a natural ability to craft creative settlement options and negotiate settlements in difficult cases. When settlement is not possible, Alicia Franklin York is a skilled arbitrator that can offer an alternative dispute resolution experience that makes parties feel like they have had “their day in court” through a process called Arbitration, which if agreed to by the parties, can be a final binding award.  Alicia Franklin York’s downtown office space includes a mock courtroom!  This provides for many possibilities.

Alicia Franklin York also has unique training and experience involving families dealing with addiction from her time volunteering as the District Court Judge presiding over the Harris County Family Intervention-Infant Toddler Court from 2015-2018.   Alicia Franklin York is a life fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and member of the Houston Bar Association. She is vice-president of the Texas Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.  Alicia Franklin York is also member of the Burta Rhoads Raborn Family Law Inn of Court, an affiliate of the American Inns of Court.  Alicia Franklin York was honored when she received an appointment by Governor Gregg Abbott to the Specialty Courts Advisory Committee, for a term for which she is currently serving.

Alicia Franklin York is currently serving the legal profession on the Texas State Bar Pattern Jury Charge Committee-Family Law and Probate Committee.  Alicia Franklin York has received training by Mediators & Arbitrators of America in Arbitration, Family Law Mediations, and Child Protective Services Mediations.  Alicia Franklin York is married to family law attorney, Douglas York, who retired from previously serving our community as a Houston Police Officer and they have two dogs.    Alicia is a former college athlete, a first generation immigrant, and enjoys baking.