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Family Law Section

Emphasizes continuing legal education for attorneys who have an active practice in family and juvenile district courts and provides qualified attorneys to assist in pro bono activities that involve family law, divorce, and juvenile matters.


Meeting Schedule:

The section meets at noon on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at the Belo, unless otherwise indicated below.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at noon
Legislative Update


Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at noon
Dividing Small Businesses in Divorce
Speakers: Michelle O'Neil and Jere Hight


Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at noon
Joint Meeting with the ADR Section and Dallas County Dispute Resolution Center Awards


Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at noon
Special Needs Issues for Children in Family Law Cases
Speaker: Tresi Weeks


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Bar None Happy Hour

Location: Front Room Tavern, 6101 Hillcrest Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75205


Sunday, August 6, 2017

Advanced Family Law Conference Happy Hour

Location: Pat O'Brien's, 121 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, Texas 78205 


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Cool Thursday "We Are Family" Event

Location: Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218



Friday, October 20, 2017

Family Law Section Golf Tournament

Location: Tenison Park Golf Club, 3501 Samuel Blvd, Dallas, Texas 75223



Sunday, December 3, 2017

Juliette Fowler Holiday Party

Location: Juliette Fowler Communities, 1234 Abrams Road, Dallas, Texas 75214



Section Officers:

Name: Marilea Lewis
Officer Position: Chair
Firm: Orsinger, Nelson, Downing & Anderson L.L.P.
Firm Address: 5950 Sherry Lane, Ste. 800
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75225
Business Phone: 214-273-2400

Name: Chris Farish
Officer Position: Vice Chair
Firm: Quaid Farish, LLC
Firm Address: 8150 N. Central Expwy, Ste. 600
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75206
Business Phone: 214-373-9100

Name: Holly Biederman
Officer Position: Treasurer

Firm: Basinger Leggett
Firm Address: 5700 Granite Parkway, Suite 900
Firm City, State, Zip: Plano, TX 75024
Business Phone: 214-473-8686

Name: Ebony Rivon
Officer Position: Secretary
Firm: Rivon Law Firm 
Firm Address: 2214 Main Street
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75201
Business Phone: 214-997-4073

Name: Kathleen Turton
Officer Position: Immediate Past Chair
Firm: Ward, Turton & Pinkerton, PLLC
Firm Address: 7557 Rambler Road, Suite 850
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75231
Business Phone: 214-739-8900


Name: Karen McCloud
Officer Position: Board Advisor
Firm: Karen D. McCloud, P.C.
Firm Address: 3102 Maple Avenue, Ste. 400
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75201
Business Phone: 214-651-6700

Section Membership

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Family Law section, please click here to join online or send a letter of request and the $35.00 membership fee to:

2101 Ross Ave
Dallas TX, 75201

Please note that you must be a member of the Dallas Bar Association to join a section. If you have any questions regarding sections membership, please contact the DBA membership department.

Section Admin-Mass E-mail/Roster
Section Admin-Webpage

For questions regarding Section email/roster/webpage, email Jessica Smith or call 214-220-7477.  

Section Downloads:

Shane Read Handout - Bench Bar 2017 - Shane Read.pdf

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