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Betsy Branch

Betsy Branch

Owner/Principal
Location:
Rockwall, Texas
Phone:
469-610-2626
Fax:
469-453-3340
Email:
Betsy Branch is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization-a distinction shared by approximately 832 of the 97,000 licensed Texas attorneys. Betsy Branch is the only lady lawyer in Rockwall, Texas who is a Board Certified in Family Law. Betsy is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, meaning she is recognized to have high ethical standards and legal ability. AVVO® rates Betsy Branch as a 10 for her skills and ethics. Super Lawyers® has named Betsy as a Texas Super Lawyer in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Betsy Branch frequently writes and speaks about family law issues; she has appeared on NBC's "Today Show."

Experience gives Betsy valuable perspectives on cases involving child custody and child support. Betsy Branch has a clear understanding of family violence and its impact on children. A tireless advocate for families, Betsy understands the effects of alcohol abuse, substance abuse, and mental health issues on family relationships and family finances. Betsy Branch meets with her clients, listens to their stories, and helps to guide her clients through the trauma of divorce and child custody or probate matters.

Attorney Betsy Branch helps people in crisis-divorce, child custody, child support, a criminal charge, needing a simple will, or probating the estate of a loved one. When you need a compassionate, experienced attorney in Rockwall, Dallas, Collin, or Hunt counties, Betsy Branch is a phone call away.

Areas of Practice

  • Child Support
  • Child custody

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified in Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, since December 2006
  • Certified in Alternate Dispute Resolution and Family Law Mediation, since April 2015

Education

  • Mississippi College School of Law, Jackson, Mississippi
    • J.D. - 1990
    • Law Review: Law Review
  • University of Texas at Austin - 1978
  • Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas
    • B.A. - 1987

Published Works

  • Making a Silk Purse out of a Sow's Ear: Making the best of LLCS, LLPS, FLPS AND TRUSTS New Frontiers In Marital Property Law - October 2004 - Colorado Springs, CO (co-authored)
  • The Ultimate Trial Notebook 2004: Family Law - Expert Witnesses
  • Protecting Children from Incompetent Forensic Evaluations and Expert Testimony (2005) 19 J. AM. ACAD. MATRIM. LAW 277 (edited)
  • Be Careful what you ask for, you may get it: Common Senses Discovery Requests and Responses; Advanced Family Law - August 2006 - San Antonio, TX (co-authored)
  • Making Summary Judgement Relevant Again Advanced Family Law - August 2007 - San Antonio, TX (co-authored)
  • Family Law Year in Review, 72 Texas Bar Journal 98 (February 2009)
  • The family law jury trial Advanced Family Law - August 2009- Dallas, TX (co-authored)
  • When two worlds collide: Pediatrics and Family law Pediatric Society of Greater Dallas - November 3, 2009 - Dallas, TX
  • The Art of Persuasive Speaking Advanced Family Law - August 2010 - San Antonio, TX (co-authored)

Representative Cases

  • Ortega v. State, 974 S.W.2d 361 (Tex.App.-San Antonio, 1998)

Classes/Seminars

  • Making Sense of Child Support: Crunchong numbers, Filling out Forms Half Moon Seminars - May 11, 2007 - Arlington, TX
  • Enforcing and Modifying Family Law Orders and Decrees Half Moon Seminars - February 8, 2008 - Arlington, TX
  • Getting a head start: Statutory Presumptions in the Family Code Marriage Dissolution Seminar 2009 Fort Worth, TX
  • Attorneys Ad Litem, Amicus Attorneys and Guardians Ad Litem: Representing the very young Infant Mental Health Advocacy Conference - January 8-9, 2010 - Dallas, TX
  • Obtaining Financial information Half Moon Seminars - February 5, 2010 - Arlington, TX

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer©, 2012 - 2017
  • A-V Rated by Martindale Hubbell©
  • Appeared on NBC’s “Today Show”

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Rockwall County Bar Association, 2012 - 2017
  • State Bar of Texas, 1990 - 2017
  • Family Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, 1991 - 2017
  • Annette Stewart Inns of Court, Barrister, Barrister, 2004 - 2017
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, 2006 - 2017
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2006 - 2017
  • Rockwall County Bar Association Bar Board, 2016 - 2017
  • Women in Need Advisory Board, 2017

Past Employment Positions

  • McCurley, Orsinger, McCurley, Nelson & Downing, L.L.P., Partner, 2004 - 2012
  • Office of the Attorney General of Texas Child Support Litigation Division - Assistant Attorney General, 2000 - 2004
  • Bexar County District Attorney Family Violence Unit Assistant District Attorney, 1999 - 2000
  • Guadalupe County Attorney Assistant County Attorney, 1993 - 1999
  • Schertz and Seguin, Texas, Private Practitioner, 1990 - 1999

Pro Bono Activities

  • Texas Pediatric Society Foundation Board, 2016 - 2017

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

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