Gary L. Nickelson

Gary L. Nickelson

Law Office of Gary L. Nickelson since 1973
Location:
Fort Worth, Texas
Phone:
817-735-4000
Fax:
817-735-1480
Email:

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Child Support
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Divorce

Litigation Percentage

  • 70% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1984

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1972

Education

  • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
    • J.D. - 1972
    • Honors: Member, Trial Advocacy Association, 1972
    • Honors: National Member, Order of the Barristers, 1972
    • Honors: Moot Court Board, 1970-1972
    • Honors: Moot Court Board-Secretary/Treasurer, 1971-1972
    • Honors: International Moot Court Team - 2nd in International Competition, 1972
    • Honors: International Moot Court Competition, 1972
    • Honors: Order of Barristers, 1972
  • Texas Tech University
    • B.A. - 1969

Published Works

  • "Family Law", Parker County Bar Assoc., 1992
  • "Custody and Visitation", National Business Institute, Fort Worth, TX, 1992
  • "Drafting of a Protective Order", Tarrant County Lawyers Against Domestic Violence, Fort Worth, TX, 1992
  • "Interesting Cases", Parker County Bar Association Family Law Seminar, Weatherford, TX, 1993
  • "The Proper Use of Forms and Form Book", West Texas Legal Services Family Law Seminar, 1993
  • "Interesting Cases", State Bar of Texas, Marriage Dissolution Seminar, Fort Worth, TX, 1993
  • "Special Child Support Problems (For Net Resources Below $6,000.00 per Month)", Marriage Dissolution, South Padre Island, TX, 1994
  • "Obtaining Child Support Outside the Guidelines", Texas Legal Assistants Division-Family Law Seminar, Dallas, TX, 1995
  • Life Lawyering and Pursuit of Happiness Seminar, Galveston, TX, 1995
  • "Family Law Updates", N.E. Tarrant County Bar Association, Fort Worth, TX, 1995
  • "Trying the Final Trial at the Temporary Hearing", Marriage Dissolution Seminar, El Paso, TX, 1995
  • "Temporary Orders", Advanced Family Law Course, Dallas, TX, 1995
  • "Practicing Law for Fun and Profit", Advanced Family Law Course, Dallas, TX, 1995
  • "Defending Against Enforcement", Advanced Family Law Drafting Course, Austin, TX, 1995
  • "Defending Against Enforcement", Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association, 1995
  • "Practicing Law for Fun and Profit: Practical Tips for Avoiding Pitfalls and Enjoying Success, Solvency and Sanity in the Practice of Family Law", American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Mid-Winter Meeting, Koloa, HI, 1996
  • "Sexual Abuse Allegations and Domestic Relation Proceedings: Practice Guidelines for Attorneys", Marriage Dissolution Seminar, Corpus Christi, TX, 1996
  • "An Overview of the Texas Divorce Process", Fort Worth Chapter, Texas Society of Certified Public Accounts, 1996
  • Editor, Family Law Forum, 1997
  • "Relocation: Where Can Children Go After Divorce?", Blackstone Seminar, Fort Worth, TX, 1997
  • "Cross Examination of a Mental Health Professional", American College of Family Trial Lawyers, Laguna Nigel, CA, 1997
  • "Practicing Law for Fun and Profit", Marriage Dissolution Seminar, Dallas, TX, 1997
  • "Handling a Custody Case Involving Allegations of Sexual Abuse", Advanced Family Law Course, San Antonio, TX, 1997
  • "The Characterization of Punitive Damages", New Frontiers in Marital Property Law, San Diego, CA, 1997
  • "Preparation of the Client as a Witness in Temporary Orders Hearing, Depositions and Trial", Family Law Art and Advocacy Law Course, Houston, TX, 1997
  • "How and When to Oppose A Choice of Managing Conservator", 12th Annual Trial Institute, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, New Orleans, LA, 1998
  • "Cohabitant Relationships And Community Property", Meeting of the Council of Community Property States, Las Vegas, NV, 1998
  • "Daubert Issues (Questioning Reliability of the Methodology of a Custody expert, An Asset Valuation Expert, etc.; Motions and Procedures to Attack/Exclude; Defending Such Attacks on Methodology)", Marriage Dissolution Seminar, Austin, TX, 1998
  • "Special Problems for Divorcing Professionals and Valuation of Professional Practices", Advanced Family Law Course, San Antonio, TX, 1998
  • "Family Law for Fun and Profit: Practical Tips for Avoiding Pitfalls and Enjoying Success, Solvency and Sanity in the Practice of Family Law", Advanced Family Law Course, San Antonio, TX, 1998
  • "Entities and Divorce- Family Limited Partnerships, Business Organizations, Trusts", New Frontiers in Marital Property Law, Santa Fe, NM, 1998
  • "Daubert Schmaubert - What the Heck is Daubert?", 1998 Divorce Conference, Dallas, TX, 1998
  • "Expecting the Unexpected", 1998 Winning Techniques Seminar, Houston, TX, 1998
  • "Daubert Examination of a Valuation Expert", 13th Annual Trial Institute, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, Las Vegas, NV, 1999
  • "The Family Lawyer's Essential Tool Kit", Marriage Dissolution Seminar, San Antonio, TX, 1999
  • "Characterization and Tracing", Advanced Family Law Course, Dallas, TX, 1999
  • "Practicing Law for Fun and Profit", Advanced Family Law Course, Dallas, TX, 1999
  • "Defending Against Exotic Property Division Theories", New Frontiers in Marital Property Law, San Diego, CA, 1999
  • "Qualifying or Disqualifying the Psychological Expert Witness Using Daubert Principles", American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Kohala, HI, 2000
  • "Practicing Law for Fun and Profit", Amarillo Bar Association Spring Institute, 2000
  • "Divorce 2000: Taking Care of Your Client and Yourself", Marriage Dissolution Seminar, Fort Worth, TX, 2000
  • "Ethics and Privilege Consideration for CPA's", The Fort Worth Chapter TSCPA, 2000
  • "Temporary Orders", The Ultimate Family Law Trial Notebook New Orleans, LA, 2000
  • "Temporary Orders", Corpus Christi Bar Association 2001 Family Law Seminar, 2001
  • "The Basic Family Law Trial Manual, 2001", American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Palm Springs, CA, 2001
  • "Characterization Reimbursement & Tracing", Marriage Dissolution Seminar, Corpus Christi, TX, 2001
  • "Principles of Characterization and Tracing", Advanced Family Law Course, San Antonio, TX, 2001
  • "Why Am I A Family Law Lawyer?", 16th Annual Trial Institute, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists Cancun, Mexico, 2002
  • "Mediation: When is it Really Over?", Advanced Family Law Course, Dallas, TX, 2002
  • "Characterization and Tracing on a Budget", Marriage Dissolution Seminar, Houston, TX, 2003
  • "Family Law for Fun and Profit: Practical Tips for Avoiding Pitfalls, And Enjoying Success, Solvency and Sanity in the Practice of Family Law", Advanced Family Law Course, San Antonio, TX, 2003
  • "Relief is Just an Appeal Away: Drafting with Appeal", Advanced Family Law Drafting Course, Austin, TX, 2003
  • 'Family Law for Fun and Profit", American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Lahaina, HI, 2004
  • "ABC's of Trying the Simple or Complex Case", Marriage Dissolution Seminar, Galveston, TX, 2005
  • "Handling the High Dollar Property Case on an Unlimited Budget", Advanced Family Law Course, Dallas, TX, 2005
  • "Using Outside Resources", Advanced Family Law Drafting, San Antonio, TX, 2005
  • "Practicing Law for Fun and Profit", South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association Seminar, Hilton Head, SC, 2006
  • "Effective Preparation and Presentation at the Final SAPCR Hearing", Advanced Family Law Seminar, San Antonio, TX, 2006
  • "Hot Tip: Balanced Life", Advanced Family Law Seminar, San Antonio, TX, 2006
  • "Exhibits", Ultimate Trial Notebook, Family Law, New Orleans, LA, 2006
  • "Temporary Orders and Witness Preparation"; "Substance Abuse and Bad Facts in a Custody Case"; "Preserving Error at Trial and Top Ten Mistakes at Trial", Ely Family Law Conference, State Bar of Nevada, 2007
  • "The Complex Case", Marriage Dissolution, El Paso, TX, 2007
  • "How To Get What You Got (In The Decree) Securing and Enforcing The Property Division", 33rd Annual Advanced Family Law Course, San Antonio, TX, 2007
  • "Effective Preparation and Final Trial of a Suit Affecting the Parent Child Relationship", Northeast Tarrant County Bar Association, 2007
  • "Mediation: Be Prepared", Kentucky Bar Association, 11th Annual Family Law Seminar, Louisville, KY, 2008
  • "Maintaining the Chain of (Electronic) Evidence and Spoliation of (Electronic) Evidence", AICPA-AAML National conference on Divorce, Las Vegas, NV, 2008
  • "Professionalism", 34th Advanced Family Law Course, San Antonio, TX, 2008
  • "Temporary Orders", 35th Advanced Family Law Course, Family Law Boot Camp, Dallas, TX, 2009
  • "Equitable Remedies: Getting Out of Traps, Messes, and Other Problems", 35th Advanced Family Law Course, Dallas, TX, 2009
  • "Finalizing the Deal: Rule 11 Agreements, Mediated Settlement Agreements and the Importance of Getting Orders Timely Signed", Marriage Dissolution Institute, San Antonio, TX, 2010
  • "Practicing Family Law for Fun and Profit", State Bar of Texas Bar Convention, Fort Worth, TX, 2010
  • "The Art of Negotiation: How to get what you want while making the other side believe you have 'given up the farm', 36th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, San Antonio, TX, 2010
  • "Legislative Issues and Resources", Marriage Dissolution Institute, Austin, TX, 2011
  • "Legislative Update", Advanced Family Law, San Antonio, TX, 2011
  • "What Lawyers Can Teach Mental Health Professionals", AAML/AFCC, Philadelphia, PA, 2011
  • "New Legislation", Advanced Drafting, Dallas, TX, 2011

Classes/Seminars

  • Co-Course Director, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, 9th Annual Trial Institute, New Orleans, LA, 1995
  • Course Director, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialist, 10th Annual Trial Institute, New Orleans, LA, 1996
  • Co-Course Director, 22nd Annual Advanced Family Law Seminar San Antonio, TX, 1996
  • Co-Course Director, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Texas Chapter Retreat, San Antonio, TX, 1996 - 1998
  • Co-Director, Continuing Legal Education, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1997 - 1998
  • Course Director, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Texas Chapter Retreat, San Antonio, TX, 1999
  • Course Director, 26th Annual Advanced Family Law Seminar San Antonio, TX, 2000
  • Course Director, 27th Annual Marriage Dissolution Seminar Fort Worth, TX, 2004
  • Co-Course Director, New Frontiers in Marital Property Law, Memphis, TN, 2007
  • Speaker, Legal Requirements of a Small Business, Fort Worth Chapter Texas Society of CPA's, 1990
  • Presenter, Protective and Temporary Orders, Parker County Bar Association, 1991
  • Speaker, Family Law, Parker County Bar Assoc., 1992
  • Speaker, Custody and Visitation, National Business Institute, Fort Worth, TX, 1992
  • Speaker, Drafting of a Protective Order, Tarrant County Lawyers Against Domestic Violence, Fort Worth, TX, 1992
  • Speaker, Family Law Seminar, Interesting Cases, Parker County Bar Association, Weatherford, TX, 1993
  • Speaker, The Proper Use of Forms and Form Book, West Texas Legal Services Family Law Seminar, 1993
  • Speaker, Interesting Cases, State Bar of Texas, Marriage Dissolution Seminar, Fort Worth, TX, 1993
  • Speaker, Special Child Support Problems (For Net Resources Below $6,000.00 per Month), Marriage Dissolution, South Padre Island, TX, 1994
  • Speaker, Obtaining Child Support Outside the Guidelines, Texas Legal Assistants Division-Family Law Seminar, Dallas, TX, 1995
  • Speaker, Life Lawyering and Pursuit of Happiness Seminar, Galveston, TX, 1995
  • Speaker, Ethics Panel, Galveston, TX, 1995
  • Speaker, Family Law Updates, N.E. Tarrant County Bar Association, Fort Worth, TX, 1995
  • Speaker, Trying the Final Trial at the Temporary Hearing, Marriage Dissolution Seminar, El Paso, TX, 1995
  • Speaker, Temporary Orders, Advanced Family Law Course, Dallas, TX, 1995
  • Speaker, Practicing Law for Fun and Profit, Advanced Family Law Course, Dallas, TX, 1995
  • Speaker, Defending Against Enforcement, Advanced Family Law Drafting Course, Austin, TX, 1995
  • Speaker, Defending Against Enforcement, Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association, 1995
  • Speaker, Practicing Law for Fun and Profit: Practical Tips for Avoiding Pitfalls and Enjoying Success, Solvency and Sanity in the Practice of Family Law, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Mid-Winter Meeting, Koloa, HI, 1996
  • Speaker, Sexual Abuse Allegations and Domestic Relation Proceedings: Practice Guidelines for Attorneys, Marriage Dissolution Seminar, Corpus Christi, TX, 1996
  • Speaker, Dealing with Special Problems Attendant to Division of Closely Held Businesses, New Frontiers in Texas Marital Property Law, San Diego, CA, 1996
  • Speaker, An Overview of the Texas Divorce Process, Fort Worth Chapter, Texas Society of Certified Public Accounts, 1996
  • Speaker, Relocation: Where Can Children Go After Divorce?, Blackstone Seminar, Fort Worth, TX, 1997
  • Speaker, Cross Examination of a Mental Health Professional, American College of Family Trial Lawyers, Laguna Nigel, CA, 1997
  • Speaker, Practicing Law for Fun and Profit, Marriage Dissolution Seminar, Dallas, TX, 1997
  • Speaker, Handling a Custody Case Involving Allegations of Sexual Abuse, Advanced Family Law Course, San Antonio, TX, 1997
  • Speaker, The Characterization of Punitive Damages, New Frontiers in Marital Property Law, San Diego, CA, 1997
  • Speaker, Preparation of the Client as a Witness in Temporary Orders Hearing, Depositions and Trial, Family Law Art and Advocacy Law Course, Houston, TX, 1997
  • Speaker, How and When to Oppose A Choice of Managing Conservator, 12th Annual Trial Institute, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, New Orleans, LA, 1998
  • Speaker, Cohabitant Relationships And Community Property, Meeting of the Council of Community Property States, Las Vegas, NV, 1998
  • Speaker, Daubert Issues (Questioning Reliability of the Methodology of a Custody expert, An Asset Valuation Expert, etc.; Motions and Procedures to Attack/Exclude; Defending Such Attacks on Methodology)", Marriage Dissolution Seminar, Austin, TX, 1998
  • Speaker, Special Problems for Divorcing Professionals and Valuation of Professional Practices, Advanced Family Law Course, San Antonio, TX, 1998
  • Speaker, Family Law for Fun and Profit: Practical Tips for Avoiding Pitfalls and Enjoying Success, Solvency and Sanity in the Practice of Family Law", Advanced Family Law Course, San Antonio, TX, 1998
  • Speaker, Entities and Divorce- Family Limited Partnerships, Business Organizations, Trusts, New Frontiers in Marital Property Law, Santa Fe, NM, 1998
  • Speaker, Daubert Schmaubert - What the Heck is Daubert?, Speaker, 1998 Divorce Conference, Dallas, TX, 1998
  • Speaker, Expecting the Unexpected, 1998 Winning Techniques Seminar, Houston, TX, 1998
  • Speaker, Daubert Examination of a Valuation Expert, 13th Annual Trial Institute, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, Las Vegas, NV, 1999
  • Speaker, The Family Lawyer's Essential Tool Kit, Marriage Dissolution Seminar, San Antonio, TX, 1999
  • Speaker, Characterization and Tracing, Advanced Family Law Course, Dallas, TX, 1999
  • Speaker, Practicing Law for Fun and Profit, Advanced Family Law Course, Dallas, TX, 1999
  • Speaker, Defending Against Exotic Property Division Theories, New Frontiers in Marital Property Law, San Diego, CA, 1999
  • Speaker, Qualifying or Disqualifying the Psychological Expert Witness Using Daubert Principles, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Kohala, HI, 2000
  • Speaker, Practicing Law for Fun and Profit, Amarillo Bar Association Spring Institute, 2000
  • Speaker, Divorce 2000: Taking Care of Your Client and Yourself, Marriage Dissolution Seminar, Fort Worth, TX, 2000
  • Speaker, Ethics and Privilege Consideration for CPA's, The Fort Worth Chapter TSCPA, 2000
  • Speaker, Temporary Orders, The Ultimate Family Law Trial Notebook, The Ultimate Family Law Trial Notebook, New Orleans, LA, 2000
  • Speaker, Temporary Orders, Corpus Christi Bar Association 2001 Family Law Seminar, 2001
  • Speaker, The Basic Family Law Trial Manual, 2001, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Palm Springs, CA, 2001
  • Speaker, Characterization Reimbursement & Tracing, Marriage Dissolution Seminar, Corpus Christi, TX, 2001
  • Speaker, Principles of Characterization and Tracing, Advanced Family Law Course, San Antonio, TX, 2001
  • Speaker, Effective Use of Legal Assistants in a Family Law Practice, Advanced Family Law Course, San Antonio, TX, 2001
  • Speaker, Developing Trial Strategies for the Complicated Property Case, New Frontiers in Marital Property Law, Santa Fe, NM, 2001
  • Speaker, Why Am I A Family Law Lawyer?, 16th Annual Trial Institute, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, Cancun, Mexico, 2002
  • Speaker, Mediation: When is it Really Over?, Advanced Family Law Course, Dallas, TX, 2002
  • Speaker, Characterization and Tracing on a Budget, Marriage Dissolution Seminar, Houston, TX, 2003
  • Speaker, Family Law for Fun and Profit: Practical Tips for Avoiding Pitfalls, And Enjoying Success, Solvency and Sanity in the Practice of Family Law, Advanced Family Law Course, San Antonio, TX, 2003
  • Speaker, Relief is Just an Appeal Away: Drafting with Appeal, Advanced Family Law Drafting Course, Austin, TX, 2003
  • Speaker, Family Law for Fun and Profit, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Lahaina, HI, 2004
  • Chair and Moderator, Property Trial Demonstration, Advanced Family Law Course, San Antonio, TX
  • Speaker, ABC's of Trying the Simple or Complex Case, Marriage Dissolution Seminar, Galveston, TX, 2005
  • Speaker, Handling the High Dollar Property Case on an Unlimited Budget, Advanced Family Law Course, Dallas, TX, 2005
  • Co-Moderator on a Panel, Science and Law: What is Best for Children of Divorce?, Advanced Family Law Course, Dallas, TX, 2005
  • Speaker, Using Outside Resources, Advanced Family Law Drafting, San Antonio, TX, 2005
  • Speaker, Handling The Property Case On A Shoestring, Texas Stars - Pro Bono Seminar, Abilene, TX, 2006
  • Speaker, Enhancing the Practice, Marriage Dissolution Seminar, Boot Camp, Austin, TX, 2006
  • Speaker, The Characterization of Punitive Damages, New Frontiers in Marital Property Law, San Diego, CA
  • Speaker, Practicing Law for Fun and Profit, South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association Seminar, Hilton Head, SC, 2006
  • Speaker, Effective Preparation and Presentation at the Final SAPCR Hearing, Advanced Family Law Seminar, San Antonio, TX, 2006
  • Speaker, Hot Tip: Balanced Life, Advanced Family Law Seminar, San Antonio, TX, 2006
  • Speaker, Exhibits, Ultimate Trial Notebook, Family Law, New Orleans. LA, 2006
  • Speaker, Temporary Orders and Witness Preparation; substance Abuse and Bad Facts in a Custody Case; Preserving Error at Trial and Top Ten Mistakes at Trial , Ely Family Law Conference, State Bar of Nevada, 2007
  • Speaker, The Complex Case, Marriage Dissolution, El Paso, TX, 2007
  • Speaker, How To Get How To Get What You Got (In The Decree) Securing and Enforcing The Property Division, 33rd Annual Advanced Family Law Course, San Antonio, TX, 2007
  • Speaker, Effective Preparation and Final Trial of a Suit Affecting the Parent Child Relationship, Northeast Tarrant County Bar Association, 2007
  • Speaker, Mediation: Be Prepared, Kentucky Bar Association, 11th Annual Family Law Seminar, Louisville, KY, 2008
  • Speaker, Maintaining the chain of (Electronic) Evidence and Spoliation of (Electronic) Evidence, AICPA-AAML National conference on Divorce, Las Vegas, NV, 2008
  • Speaker, Professionalism, 34th Advanced Family Law Course, San Antonio, TX, 2008
  • Speaker, Temporary Orders, 35th Advanced Family Law Course, Family Law Boot Camp, Dallas, TX, 2009
  • Speaker, Equitable Remedies: Getting Out of Traps, Messes, and Other Problems, 35th Advanced Family Law Course, Dallas, TX, 2009
  • Speaker, Finalizing the Deal: Rule 11 Agreements, Mediated Settlement Agreements and the Importance of Getting Orders Timely Signed , Marriage Dissolution Institute, San Antonio, TX, 2010
  • Speaker, Practicing Family Law for Fun and Profit, State Bar of Texas Bar Convention, Fort Worth, TX, 2010
  • Speaker, The Art of Negotiation: How to get what you want while making the other side believe you have 'given up the farm' , 36th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, San Antonio, TX, 2010
  • Speaker, Legislative Issues and Resources, Marriage Dissolution Institute, Austin, TX, 2011
  • Speaker, Legislative Update, Advanced Family Law, San Antonio, TX, 2011
  • Speaker, What Lawyers Can Teach Mental Health Professionals, AAML/AFCC, Philadelphia, PA, 2011
  • Speaker, New Legislation, Advanced Drafting, Dallas, TX, 2011

Honors and Awards

  • Certificate, Merit-Appellate Brief Writing, 1972
  • Certificate, Merit-Appellate Argument, 1972
  • Fellow of the Year, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1998
  • Recipient of the Eva Barnes Award, Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association, 2002
  • Recipient of the Dan R. Price, State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section, 2003
  • Listed as a Texas Super Lawyer, Texas Monthly Magazine, 2003 - Present
  • Top 100 Texas Super Lawyers, Texas Monthly Magazine, 2005
  • Recipient of the Judge Sam Emison Award, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, 2006
  • Listed in Fort Worth, Texas Magazine as a Top Family Law Attorney, 2007 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • North Texas Family Law Specialists Association, 1984 - Present
  • American Bar Association, 1988 - Present
  • College of the State Bar of Texas, 1988 - Present
  • Parker County Bar Association, 1991 - Present
  • Texas Supreme Court, Child Support/Visitation Guidelines Committee, 1991 - 1994
  • Family Law Golf Association, Co-Founder and Chairman, 1993 - Present
  • American College of Family Trial Lawyers, Diplomat, 1995 - Present
  • International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Member, 1998 - Present
  • Matrimonial Lawyers Network, Member, 2002 - Present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow, 1992 - Present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Texas Chapter, Secretary, 1996 - 1997
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Texas Chapter, Vice President, 1997 - 1998
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Texas Chapter, President-Elect, 1998 - 1999
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Texas Chapter, President, 1999 - 2000
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Counsel, 1997 - 1998
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Board of Governors, 1998 - 2001
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Vice-President, 2001 - 2006
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, First Vice President, 2006 - 2007
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, President Elect, 2007 - 2008
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, President, 2008 - 2009
  • State Bar of Texas, 1972 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Practice Manual Revision Committee, 1991 - 1997
  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section, Family Law Council, 1992 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas, Member, Grievance Committee, 1994 - 1998
  • State Bar of Texas, Chair, Pro Bono Committee of the Family Law Council, 1995 - 1997
  • State Bar of Texas, Chairman, District 7A Professional Enhancement Program, 1996 - 1998
  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section, Secretary, Family Law Council, 1997 - 1998
  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section, Treasurer, Family Law Council, 1998 - 1999
  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section, Vice-Chair, Family Law Council, 1999 - 2000
  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section, Chair-Elect, Family Law Council, 2000 - 2001
  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section, Chair, Family Law Council, 2001 - 2002
  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section, Immediate Past Chair, Family Law Council, 2002 - 2003
  • Tarrant County Bar Association, 1973 - Present
  • Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association, 1980 - Present
  • Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association, Board of Directors, 1989 - 1998
  • Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association, President, 1993
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, 1984 - Present
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, Member, Board of Directors, 1993 - 1996
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, Treasurer, 1996 - 1997
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, Secretary, 1997 - 1998
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, Vice President, 1998 - 1999
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, President-Elect, 1999 - 2000
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, President, 2000 - 2001
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, Immediate Past-President, 2001 - 2002
  • Texas Family Law Foundation, Life Member, 1999 - Present
  • Texas Family Law Foundation, President Elect, 2009 - Present
  • Texas Family Law Foundation, President, 2010 - 2012

Past Employment Positions

  • Texas Christian University, Adjunct Instructor of Business Law (2/3 time), 1976 - 2008