Laura D. Dale

Laura D. Dale

Managing Partner
Location:
Houston, Texas
Phone:
713-574-8637
Fax:
713-600-1718
Email:

Laura Dale is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Her practice is concentrated in the area of family law involving high conflict divorce, high net worth property division, both domestic and foreign, property valuation, custody cases, international child abduction brought under The Hague Convention and complex multi-jurisdictional family law disputes. Ms. Dale is a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers and a USA Delegate on the Board of Governors of the organization. She also serves as Co-Chair of the USA Chapter Hague Committee, and as Chair of Hague Subcommittee on the International Protection of Children.  She is fluent in French and provides support services in Spanish.

Laura is a certified mediator, a certified collaborative law attorney, and a certified parenting coordinator under the Texas parenting coordinator statute. She received her J.D. from South Texas College of Law and is licensed by the Texas Supreme Court, and admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the 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. 


Areas of Practice

  • Family Law Litigation
  • Property Division and Valuation
  • Foreign Asset Division
  • Complex Jurisdictional Disputes
  • Abduction
  • Appeals
  • Premarital and Marital Agreements
  • Probate

Certified Legal Specialties

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

Bar Admissions

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

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
  • Valuing Assets Outside the U.S.: Why Doesn’t Everyone Play by OUR Rules? AICPA/AAML National Conference on Divorce, May 10-11, 2012, Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Financial Restitution under The Hague Convention: Obtaining Attorney Fees and Expenses in the United States; IAML, Quebec City, Canada, June 10-13, 2015.
  • HABITUAL RESIDENCE: A Comparative Analysis of Habitual Residence Standards under The Hague Convention; IAFL, Los Angeles, California, February 2016.
  • Calculating Imputed Income in Divorce Proceedings: Examining Earning Capacity, Income Sources, and Intent in Spousal and Child Support Determinations, Stafford Publications, June 15, 2016.
  • The Hague Abduction Convention - From the Basics to Hot Topics & Tips; American Bar Association; Quebec City, Canada, October 2016.
  • International Relocation of Children – Global Guide from Practical Law; Published by Thomson Reuters, 2016.
  • International Comparative Guide to Family Law, 1st Edition, Published by Global Legal Group, 2017.
  • Habitual Residence and Cross Border Comparison; International Family Law; International Academy of Family Law Attorneys, New York, April 29-29, 2017.
  • International Relocation of Children – A Global Guide from Practical Law; General Editor: Anna Worwood; Penningtons Manches LLP, Tompson Reuters 2016 (Texas pages 339-349).
  • Habitual Residence - A comparative analysis of habitual residence standards under the Hague Convention; International Academy of Family Lawyers; New York; 2017
  • Relocation and the UCCJEA – Common Issues and Practical Tips, American Bar Association, Nashville, Tennessee, 2018
  • Highlights: Family Law Year in Review 2019 – The Hague: Processes and Procedures; University of Houston School of Law, Houston, Texas, September 26 – September 27, 2019.

Representative Cases

  • Guaragno v. Guaragno; Case Number: 7:2009cv00187 (N.D. Tex. 2009)
  • Boehm v. Boehm; Case Number: 8:2010cv01986 (Florida Middle District 2010)
  • Livanos v. Livanos No. 01-09-00489-CV. (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2010)
  • Norinder v. Norinder, 657 F.3d 526 (7th Cir. 2011)
  • Larbie v. Larbie; Case Number: 5:2011cv00160 (W.D. Tex. 2011)
  • In re J.P.L., 359 S.W.3d 695 (Tex. App.—San Antonio 2011)
  • Aduli v. Aduli, 368 S.W.3d 805 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2012)
  • Rovirosa v. Paetau, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 173304 (S.D. Tex. 2012)
  • Munoz v. Rodriguez, 923 F.Supp 2d 931 (W.D. Tex. 2013)
  • Salazar v. Maimon, 750 F.3d 514 (5th Cir. 2014)
  • Loftis v. Loftis, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 178084 (S.D. Tex. 2014)
  • Berezowsky v. Ojeda, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 5337 (S.D. Tex. 2013), rev’d, 765 F.3d 456 (5th Cir. 2014), cert. denied
  • Michelle Berezowsky v. Pablo Ojeda, No. 15-20037 (5th Cir. 2016)
  • Cartes v. Phillips, No. 17-20154 (5th Cir. 2017)

Honors and Awards

  • Texas Super Lawyer 2013-2019
  • Best Lawyers 2019-2020

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section, Member
  • College of the State Bar of Texas, Member
  • International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL), Board of Governors, US Delegate, Member
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists
  • Former Newsletter Editor
  • Houston Bar Association, Member
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • French-American Chamber of Commerce, Member
  • French Section of the Louisiana State Bar, Member
  • Burta Rhodes Raborn Family Law Inns of Court, Member
  • Family Lawyers of Texas, Member, Board of Directors

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