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Betsy Branch

Owner/Principal
  • Profile
  • Credentials
  • Notable Work
  • Community Involvement
Bio

Betsy Branch is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization—a distinction held by less than 900 of the more than 103,000 active, licensed Texas attorneys. She is also the only female attorney in Rockwall to hold this distinction.

Betsy is also AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, meaning she is recognized by her peers to have high ethical standards and legal abilities. Betsy has an AVVO Rating of 10.0 Superb for her skills and ethics. She has been named a Texas Super Lawyers® for each consecutive year since 2012. Betsy frequently writes and speak about family law issues; she has appeared on NBC’s “Today Show.”

Nearly 30 Years of Experience

Experience gives Betsy valuable perspectives on cases involving child custody and child support. She 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. She 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, 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, The Branch Firm is a phone call away.

Certifications

  • Board Certified in Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2006
  • Certified in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Family Law Mediation since 2015
  • Trained in Parenting Facilitation since 2018

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers®, 2012 – 2019
  • A-V Preeminent® by Martindale Hubbell®
  • Appeared on NBC’s “Today Show”

Areas of Practice

Giving Back to the Community

  • Texas Pediatric Society Foundation Board, 2016 - 2019
  • Women in Need, Inc., 2016-2019
Employment

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
Education
  • University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX 1978
  • Lamar University Beaumont, TX 1987
  • Mississippi College School of Law Jackson, MS 1990
Memberships
  • Rockwall County Bar Association Jan 1, 2012
  • State Bar of Texas Jan 1, 1990
  • Family Law Section of the State Bar of Texas Jan 1, 1991
  • Annette Stewart Inns of Court, Barrister Jan 1, 2004
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists Jan 1, 2006
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization Jan 1, 2006
  • Rockwall County Bar Association Bar Board Jan 1, 2016
  • Women in Need Advisory Board Jan 1, 2017
Awards
  • Board Certified Texas Board of Legal Specialization - Family Law
    Board Certified Texas Board of Legal Specialization - Family Law
  • Avvo Rating - 10.0 - Top Family Attorney
    Avvo Rating - 10.0 - Top Family Attorney
  • Lexis Nexis - Martindale-Hubbell - Peer Review Rated
    Lexis Nexis - Martindale-Hubbell - Peer Review Rated
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
    American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists - 1984
    Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists - 1984
  • Super Lawyers - 2016
    Super Lawyers - 2016
  • Super Lawyers - 2015
    Super Lawyers - 2015
  • Super Lawyers - 2014
    Super Lawyers - 2014
  • Super Lawyers - 2013
    Super Lawyers - 2013
  • Super Lawyers - 2012
    Super Lawyers - 2012
Publications
  • The Art of Persuasive Speaking Advanced Family Law San Antonio, TX (co-authored) 2010
  • Family Law Year in Review, 72 Texas Bar Journal 98 2009
  • The family law jury trial Advanced Family Law Dallas, TX (co-authored) 2009
  • When two worlds collide: Pediatrics and Family law Pediatric Soc Dallas, TX 2009
  • Making Summary Judgement Relevant Again Advanced Family Law San Antonio, TX (co-authored) 2007
  • Be Careful what you ask for, you may get it: Common Senses Disco San Antonio, TX (co-authored) 2006
  • The Ultimate Trial Notebook 2004: Family Law - Expert Witnesses (edited) 2005
  • Making a Silk Purse out of a Sow's Ear: Making the best of LLCS, Colorado Springs, CO (co-authored) 2004
Community Involvement

    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