Laura D. Dale

Laura D. Dale

Managing Partner
Location:
Houston, Texas
Phone:
713-574-7952
888-572-6059 (Toll Free)
713-574-8637
Fax:
713-600-1718
Email:

The law firm of Laura Dale & Associates, P.C. provides clients with a full array of family law services. Laura is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and Legal Counsel to the Consulate General of France, Houston Texas. Laura practices exclusively in the area of family law involving high conflict divorce and custody cases, international abduction and other cases brought under the Hague Convention. She is fluent in French.

Laura is a certified mediator, collaborative law attorney, and parenting coordinator under the Texas parenting coordinator statute. She received her JD from South Texas College of Law and is licensed by the Texas Supreme Court, and admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Texas Eastern District Court, the Texas Northern District Court, the Texas Southern District/Bankruptcy Court, the Texas Western Bankruptcy Court, and the Texas Western District Court.

Laura received a BA from the University of Texas in 1978, where she majored in psychology and anthropology. As an undergraduate she interned at the Austin State Hospital for two years, working with children and adolescents. She obtained a master's degree in psychophysiology and a doctoral degree in neuroscience from the University Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg, France. There she served as a recherché attaché with the Centre Nationale de Recherche Scientifique and published in several internationally recognized medical journals, including: Electro-encephalography and Clinical Neuro-physiology; Physiological Psychology; the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology; La Nouvelle Presse Medicale; Revue Francaise des Maladies Respiratoires; Journal de Physiologie.

Laura has an extensive business management background. Previously, she served as Vice President of Americans for Fair Taxation (AFFT), a non-profit, non-partisan, national advocacy group with a membership base of more than 250,000. Laura managed daily operations of the organization and a $15,000,000 budget. She supervised an extensive consulting staff and served as director of research for the organization. The AFFT economic research team included: Harvard University; Stanford University; Boston University; the Baker Institute at Rice University; MIT; the National Bureau of Economic Research; the Cato Institute; the Heritage Foundation; and the Argus Group. Currently, Laura serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Harris Country Hospital District Foundation, which raises funds for the district's multiple hospitals and clinics that serve the underinsured in the third most populous county in the United States, Harris County.

She is married to Robert Dale III, has two sons, Jacques and Robert, and is a native Houstonian.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Adoption
  • Divorce
  • Mediation & Collaborative Law
  • Child Support
  • International Child Custody and Relocation Litigation
  • International Abduction & Litigation under the Hague Convention
  • Appeals
  • Enforcement Suits
  • Modification Suits

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Mediation and Collaborative Law
  • Certified Parenting Coordinator

Bar Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit

Education

  • South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas
    • J.D.
  • Universite Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France
    • Doctoral Degree
    • Major: Neuroscience
  • Universite Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France
    • Master's Degree
    • Major: Psychophysiology
  • University of Texas, Austin
    • B.A. - 1978
    • Major: Psychology

Published Works

  • The Economic Impact of Replacing the Federal Income Tax with a Federal Consumption Tax: Leveling the International Playing Field, Currents International Law Journal, Spring, 2001
  • Don't be a Neanderthal: Case Management Software-The Time for Evolution is Now! 2002 So. Tex. Fam. L. Gen. Practice Ch. I
  • A Client for Life - How to Keep Those Referrals Coming, Houston Bar Association, March, 2004
  • Informal Marriage and Marriages in Other States, Marriage Dissolution Conference, April, 2004
  • Cultural Aspects of Divorce, South Texas College of Law Continuing Legal Education, February, 2007
  • Handling Special Property Division Issues, Half Moon CLE, January, 2007
  • Why Shouldn't I Handle a Family Law Case on My Own?, Winstead University, November, 2008
  • Examining the Examiner, Advanced Family Law, 2009
  • Dealing with Ethnic and Religious Issues in Suits Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship 2010 Parent-Child Relationships, University of Texas CLE
  • International Issues ? Travel, Advanced Family Law Drafting Course, 2010
  • International Marital Estates: The First Steps, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2012

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section, Member
  • College of the State Bar of Texas, Member
  • International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Member
  • Houston Bar Association, Member
  • Burta Rhodes Raborn Family Law Inns of Court, Member
  • Association of Women Attorneys, Member
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Member
  • Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • French-American Chamber of Commerce, Member
  • French Section of the Louisiana State Bar, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Jenkins & Kamin, LLP, Partner, 2011
  • Myres, Dale & Associates P.C., Founding Member and Partner, 2001 - 2010
  • Americans for Fair Taxation, Vice President & Director of Research, 1995 - 2000

Languages

  • French