No, we didn’t really dance around begging some higher power to send down the trickles of water.  Actually, I participated in a very interactive conference about law firm marketing where I heard more about educating clients about the benefits of hiring my law firm, what sets my law firm apart from other Dallas family law attorneys, and improving the provision of service to our clients.  Here’s why you should hire my firm to represent you in your Dallas area divorce:

  • We have a been-there, done-that perspective based on our extensive experience in divorce, child custody, and complex marital property litigation.
  • We have hands-on real world experience from the ground up in family law matters in Texas.
  • Our experience allows us to distinguish the real, meaningful issues from the ones that don’t matter.
  • We keep our clients informed about the status of their case.
  • We stay informed on the up-to-date legal issues that matter in divorce and child custody cases in Texas by teaching and attending educational seminars.
  • We research all legal issues that make a difference to our client.
  • We gather all of the necessary and relevant documents on cases.
  • We can put together a team of professionals outside of the firm to assist with solving the client’s problem — for example, a forensic CPA, a business valuation expert, a home valuation expert, a parenting coach, psychological experts, witness coaches, etc.
  • We will use negotiation skills to make every effort to resolve your case without the emotional and financial expense of going to trial.
  • We keep the client updated about all settlement offers from the opposing side.
  • Only you can decide the final settlement of your case.
  • We conduct depositions and interviews of key witnesses for the client’s position as well as the opposing side’s position.
  • Your attorney will prepare you for trials and hearings at your comfort level.
  • Your attorney will be by your side during all hearings and trials of your case.
  • We apply our experience in appeal of family law matters to sift through the irrelevant issues at a trial, and we use our trial experience to sift through the irrelevant issues on appeal.

Any other reasons you can think of? The list remains a work-in-progress.

Thanks to Stephen Fairley and Rich Strauch of The Rainmaker Institute, John Bisnar of Bisnar/Chase, and Alex Morris who gave a lot of great information.  Check out Stephen’s blog The Rainmaker Blog.

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Michelle May O’Neil has 27 years’ experience representing small business owners, professionals, and individuals in litigation related to family law matters such as divorce, child custody, and complex property division. Described by one lawyer as “a lethal combination of sweet-and-salty”, Ms. O’Neil exudes…

Michelle May O’Neil has 27 years’ experience representing small business owners, professionals, and individuals in litigation related to family law matters such as divorce, child custody, and complex property division. Described by one lawyer as “a lethal combination of sweet-and-salty”, Ms. O’Neil exudes genuine compassion for her client’s difficulties, yet she can be relentless when in pursuit of a client’s goals. One judge said of Ms. O’Neil, “She cannot be out-gunned, out-briefed, or out-lawyered!”

Family Law Specialist

Ms. O’Neil became a board-certified family law specialist by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 1997 and has maintained her certification since that time. While representing clients in litigation before the trial court is an important part of her practice, Ms. O’Neil also handles appellate matters in the trial court, courts of appeals and Texas Supreme Court. Lawyers frequently consult with Ms. O’Neil on their litigation cases about specialized legal issues requiring particularized attention both at the trial court and appellate levels. This gives her a unique perspective and depth of perception that benefits both her litigation and appellate clients.

Top Lawyers in Texas and America

Ms. O’Neil has been named to the list of Texas SuperLawyers for many years, 2011-2018, a peer-voted honor given to only about 5% of the lawyers in the state of Texas. In 2014-2018, Ms. O’Neil received the special honor of being named by Texas SuperLawyers as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Texas, Top 100 Lawyers in Texas, and Top 100 Lawyers in DFW. She was named one of the Best Lawyers in America for 2016 and received an “A-V” peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directories for the highest quality legal ability and ethical standards.

Author and Speaker

A noted author, Ms. O’Neil released her second book Basics of Texas Divorce Law in November 2010, with a second edition released in 2013, and a third edition expected in 2015.  Her first book, All About Texas Law and Kids, was published in September 2009 by Texas Lawyer Press. In 2012, Ms. O’Neil co-authored the booklets What You Need To Know About Common Law Marriage In Texas and Social Study Evaluations.  The State Bar of Texas and other providers of continuing education for attorneys frequently enlist Ms. O’Neil to provide instruction to attorneys on topics of her expertise in the family law arena.