Once described as “too aggressive” by opposing counsel, Abigail “Abby” Spain is the attorney clients need if they want a fighter – for their rights, their families, their finances or their liberty. Experienced in both criminal and family law litigation, Abby brings decades of trial experience to the table as well as an unmatched determination to zealously advocate for her clients. Having worked as both a felony prosecutor and as a prosecutor for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (CPS), she is uniquely qualified to protect those affected by the criminal justice system and make sure their Constitutional rights are respected, protected and that they do not become casualties of the system. Raised in a family law office, she is equally relentless in seeking winning outcomes for her clients in child custody, divorce, CPS and other family law matters. An idealist at heart, Abby strongly believes in individual rights and is willing to go the extra mile to make sure that they are protected.
Abby graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and English. She was recognized as the Outstanding Liberal Arts graduate of her class. She went on to attend law school at the University of Texas in Austin. There she participated in the Criminal Defense clinic and was chosen as an interim student attorney, representing clients under the tutelage of a supervising attorney, for three terms beyond her initial clinic experience. She graduated law school in 2001 and was licensed as an attorney that same year.
Upon graduation, she practiced family law and criminal defense with the Spain Law Firm. In 2004 she became an Assistant County Attorney for Hunt County and represented the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services before going into solo, private practice in 2005. In 2019, she became an Assistant District Attorney for Kaufman County, representing the State in both misdemeanor and felony cases. She joined Guest and Gray in 2021 as a Senior Associate in the Family and Criminal Law Division.
Abby’s experience on both sides of the criminal justice and CPS system give her an unmatched ability to anticipate the strategies of the State and prepare an effective and aggressive defense. A bit of a rebel, as evidenced by her sometimes offbeat style, Abby believes passionately in a parent’s right to raise his or her own children as well as the principles set down in the Constitution of the United States of America, primarily that an individual accused of a crime is innocent until they are proven guilty. She brings that same passion to her representation of family law clients, whose outcomes are no less life changing and deserving of unwavering advocacy.
A mother of four, Abby’s hobbies include running, reading, and attending as many live musical events as her schedule as attorney and mom allow. A lifetime Jackrabbit and graduate of Forney High School, she still lives in Forney with her children, as well as three dogs, five turtles, assorted rodents and a chameleon.
Forney High School, Graduated 1994
J.D., University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas – 1999-2001
Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas, 1994-1999
Bachelor of Arts - History and English
Outstanding Liberal Arts Graduate
State Bar of Texas
- Spain Law Firm, 2001-2004
- Assistant County Attorney, Hunt County, Texas
- Private Practice, primarily Criminal Defense and Family Law
- Jessica McDonald and Associates, Greenville, Texas
- Criminal Defense and Family Law Associate
- Assistant District Attorney, Kaufman County, Texas