In my prior posts…

How to choose the right Dallas divorce lawyer and
What to ask your divorce lawyer

…I reviewed the article by Carla Schiff Donnelly from the Huffington Post and her six points for choosing the right lawyer. In her 4th point, she poses several questions to ask a divorce attorney in the interview. Over the next several blog posts I will endeavor to answer these questions. Keep in mind that some of the answers may be generally stated because the specific answer would depend on the case. So here is the first question and my answer:

  • How long have you practiced family law?

After receiving notice that I passed the Texas bar exam in 1992, I opened my law practice in Belton, Texas, my hometown. I initially accepted criminal and juvenile defense cases by court appointment and family law cases by private retainer. I have practiced family law since then – so over 21 years. I became a Board Certified Texas Family Law Attorney in 1997, only 5 years after becoming a licensed attorney. This is the minimum number of years of practice for an attorney to apply for certification in Texas. My background also includes experience working with a nationally-respected family law firm, where I gained experience in complex, large scale litigation.