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Brad M. LaMorgese

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Dallas, Texas
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An experienced, respected Family Law attorney, Brad LaMorgese is known as a passionate advocate for his clients who provides the ability to analyze and balance competing interests in every matter he handles. 

As a Family Law trial lawyer with a long track record in complicated, sophisticated cases, Brad handles all types of family litigation matters including divorce; complex property division; high net-worth cases; business valuation issues; division of estates; jurisdiction challenges; child custody disputes, both interstate and international; and marital agreement litigation. He also drafts marital agreements, including premarital, postmarital and partition agreements.

Brad is one of the few appellate family lawyers in Texas. During his nearly two decades in practice, he has achieved success in dozens of cases in Texas appeals courts and the Texas Supreme Court, as well as the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. He has handled appeals involving all areas of Family Law, including interstate and international custody, property division, award of property, habeas corpus, grandparent v. parent rights, bill of review, post-divorce disputes, alimony disputes, parentage issues and father’s rights. 

Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Brad is admitted to practice as a member of the State Bar of Texas, U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 1st, 5th, 6th and 11th Circuits, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Brad earned the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Award of Merit in 2005 based on his work before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a case involving the Hague Convention and the civil aspects of international child abduction. He has regularly earned recognition among the state’s leading Family Law attorneys on the Texas Super Lawyers list. He also has earned recognition on D Magazine’s The Best Lawyers in Dallas and Top Lawyers Under 40 lists.

Brad is committed to his community, serving as the Irving City Council representative for District 6, which covers Valley Ranch and Hackberry Creek. He is the chairman of the city’s Transportation and Natural Resources Committee and is a member of the Planning and Development Committee.

Brad is married, with a daughter and a son, and he serves as his son’s Cub Scout den leader.

Areas of Practice

  • Appellate
  • Family Law

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, Texas
    • J.D. cum laude - 1996
  • Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas
    • B. A. - 1993

Published Works

  • Marital Agreements, Annette Stewart Inns of Court, 2013
  • Preservation of Error, Advanced Family Law Course, 2013
  • Family Law Year in Review, Texas Lawyer, Dec. 17, 2012
  • Appeals, Advanced Family Law Course, 2012
  • Eight Common Myths, Texas Lawyer, Aug. 13, 2012
  • Jurisdiction & Venue, Annette Stewart Inns of Court, 2012
  • Jurisdiction & Venue, Advanced Family Law Drafting Course, 2011
  • Characterization and Tracing, 37th Annual Advance Family Law Course, (Co-Author), 2011
  • Visitation under the Texas Family Code for Children Under 3 and Other Young Children, 2010
  • Property & Debt Division Creative Alternatives, (Co-Author), 35th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, 2009
  • Jurisdiction & Venue, 32nd Annual Marriage Dissolution Institute, 2009
  • Asset Management (10 Tips to Survive the Executive Divorce), Executive Legal Adviser, May/June, 2008
  • Top 20 Cases from 2007-2008, Collin County Bench Bar, 2008
  • The Year of Child Support, Texas Lawyer, 2007
  • Legislative Developments in Family Law, Dallas Bar Association, 2007
  • Making Summary Judgment Relevant Again, (Co-Author), August, 2007
  • Family Law Appellate Issues, Collin County Bench Bar, 2007
  • Citing Legal Information, Inst. for Paralegal Ed., March, 2007
  • Important Topics in Family Law, (Co-Author of Update), 2007
  • Employer Responsibilities Under the Texas Family Code, Executive Legal Adviser, 2006
  • Relocation Disputes in the Family Courts, Dallas Bar Association Headnotes, June 1, 2006
  • Court Cuts Back On Grandparents' Rights, Texas Lawyer, April 17, 2006
  • Common Evidentiary Issues in Family Law Cases, UH Family Law Practice Seminar, 2005
  • Supreme Court Trends in Family Law, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists Trial Institute, 2004
  • Pretrial and Trial Preservation of Error, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, 2004
  • Family Law Appellate Deadlines, 2003
  • Changes to Pleadings and Orders After September 1, 2003: The Changes of the 78th Legislature, 2003
  • Studying For the Board Certification Exam, Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2002
  • Hot Topics in Family Law, Collin County Bench Bar IX, 2002
  • Wiretapping, Accessing Electronic Communications, and Interception of E-mail, Lorman Records Symposium, June, 2001
  • Overview of Child Custody Laws in Texas, Lorman Custody Symposium, September, 2000
  • Grandparents' Rights Re-Examined, Lorman Custody Symposium, September, 2000
  • Child Custody Legislative Issues, Lorman Custody Symposium, September, 2000
  • Mental Health Privilege and Confidentiality, Lorman Custody Symposium, September, 2000
  • Termination of Parental Rights, Lorman Custody Symposium, September, 2000
  • Child Support Enforcement, Southwest Legal Foundation, May 6, 1999
  • Forum Shopping Your Divorce, Texas Lawyer, October 26, 1998
  • Division of Retirement Benefits in Texas, Texas Journal of Women and the Law, 1998
  • Family Law Lessons on 1997, Texas Lawyer, December 8, 1999

Representative Cases

  • Sealed Appellant v. Sealed Appellee, 394 F.3d 338 (5th Cir. 2004)
  • In re Dean, 393 S.W.3d 741 (Tex. 2012)
  • Hidalgo v. Hidalgo, 310 S.W.3d 887 (Tex. 2010)(per curiam)
  • Columbia Med. Ctr. Of Las Colinas v. Hogue, 290 S.W.3d 873 (Tex. 2009)
  • In re Zandi, 270 S.W.3d 76 (Tex. 2008)(per curiam)
  • In re Derzapf, 219 S.W.3d 327 (Tex. 2007)
  • Kiefer v. Touris, 197 S.W.3d 300 (Tex. 2006)(per curiam)
  • In re Sanders, 153 S.W.3d 54 (Tex. 2004) (Amicus Curiae)
  • In re Forlenza, 140 S.W.3d 373 (Tex. 2004) (orig. proceeding)
  • Naaman v. Grider, 126 S.W.3d 76 (Tex. 2003) (per curiam)
  • In re K.M.S., 91 S.W.3d 331 (Tex. 2002) (per curiam)
  • Shilling v. Gough, 393 S.W.3d 555 (Tex. App.–Dallas 2013, no pet.)
  • Stroud v. Stroud, 376 S.W.3d 346 (Tex. App.–Dallas 2012, pet. denied)
  • In re B.G.D., 351 S.W.3d 131 (Tex. App.–Fort Worth 2011, no pet.)
  • Wright v. Wright, 280 S.W.3d 901 (Tex. App.–Eastland 2009, no pet.)
  • In re Hidalgo, 279 S.W.3d 456 (Tex. App.–Dallas 2009, pet. granted)
  • Cook v. Cook, 243 S.W.3d 800 (Tex. App.–Fort Worth 2007, no pet.)
  • Mock v. Mock, 216 S.W.3d 370 (Tex. App.–Eastland 2006, pet. denied)
  • First Prof. Ins. Co. v. Heart & Vascular Inst., 182 S.W.3d 6 (Tex. App.-San Antonio 2005, pet denied)
  • Haynes v. Haynes, 180 S.W.3d 927 (Tex. App.–Dallas 2006, no pet.)
  • Ricks v. Ricks, 169 S.W.3d 523 (Tex. App.–Dallas 2005, no pet.)
  • In re E.A.C., 162 S.W.3d 438 (Tex. App.–Dallas 2005, no pet.)
  • Sunbridge Healthcare Corp. v. Penny, 160 S.W.3d 230 (Tex. App.–Texarkana 2005, no pet.)
  • In re K.B.A., 145 S.W.3d 685 (Tex. App.–Fort Worth 2004, no pet.)
  • Columbia Med. Ctr. of Las Colinas v. Hogue, 132 S.W.3d 671 (Tex. App.–Dallas 2004, pet. granted)
  • Cigna Healthcare of Texas v. Pybas, 127 S.W.3d 400 (Tex. App.–Dallas 2004, pet. granted, judgm’t vacated w.r.m.)
  • In re Oates, 104 S.W.3d 571 (Tex. App.-El Paso 2002, orig. proceeding)
  • Bates v. Tesar, 81 S.W.3d 411 (Tex. App.-El Paso, 2002, no pet.)
  • In re Powell, 79 S.W.3d 814 (Tex. App.-Fort Worth 2002, orig. proceeding)
  • In re K.M.S., 68 S.W.3d 61 (Tex. App.-Dallas 2001, pet. denied)
  • Hidalgo v. Hidalgo, 2011 WL 1797621 (Tex. App.–Dallas 2011, no pet.)
  • In re A.J.M., No. 05-07-01196-CV, 2008 WL 1810319 (Tex. App.–Dallas Apr. 23, 2008) (mem. op.)
  • In re White, No. 05-06-00318-CV, 2006 WL 1000228 (Tex. App.–Dallas Apr. 18, 2006, orig. proceeding) (mem. op.)
  • In re R.D., No. 02-04-165-CV, 2005 WL 503055 (Tex. App.–Fort Worth Mar. 3, 2005) (mem. op.)
  • Best Bumper v. Coterill, No. 08-02-00021-CV, 2004 WL 2067598 (Tex. App.–El Paso 2004) (mem. op.)
  • In re M.A.S., No. 05-03-00401-CV, 2005 WL 1039967 (Tex. App.–Dallas May 5, 2005) (mem. op.)
  • In re Physicians & Surgeons Hosp. Of Alice, L.P., 2003 WL 22301235 (Tex. App.–San Antonio Oct. 8, 2003)
  • Lindgren v. Lindgren, 2003 WL 21078321 (Tex. App.–Dallas 2003, no pet.) (mem. op.)
  • Sookma v. Sookma, No. 01-01-00529-CV, 2002 WL 31388722 (Tex. App.-Houston [1st Dist.] Oct. 24, 2002, pet. denied) (not designated for publication)
  • Smith v. American Modern Lloyd’s Ins. Co., 11-02-00287-CV, 2002 WL 32344604 (Tex. App.-Eastland Dec. 12, 2002, no pet.) (not designated for publication)
  • In re M.A.R.M., 2001 LEXIS 7696 (Tex. App.-Dallas 2001, no pet.)

Honors and Awards

  • Irving City Council, Elected 2012
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow
  • Board Certified in Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, 2014
  • Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, Legal Division, 2004 - 2013
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Texas, Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, Legal Division, 2013
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, Legal Division, 2013
  • Texas Rising Stars, Thomson Reuters, Legal Division, 2004
  • Top Lawyers Under 40, D Magazine, 2002, 2004, 2006
  • National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Award of Merit, 2005

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2009 - Present
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, Member, 2001 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section, Member, 1996 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas, Appellate Section, Member, 1996 - Present
  • State Bar Family Law Section, Amicus Curiae Committee, 2006 - Present
  • State Bar Family Law Section, Checklist Committee, 2009
  • Dallas Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member, 1996 - Present
  • Dallas Bar Association, Appellate Section, Member, 1996 - Present
  • Dallas Bar Association, Family Law Section Board of Directors, 2007 - 2009
  • Dallas Bar Association, Clerk and Coordinator Training Seminar Planning Committee, 2006
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Family Law Legal Assistants Testing Commission, 2006-2012
  • Annette Stewart American Inn of Court
  • The College of the State Bar of Texas, Member
  • Lyric Stage Board, 2013 - Present

From Our Clients

  • "They were so attentive and so caring, while at the same time being excellent, hardball lawyers, that I recommend them to anybody facing a divorce. I wish I hadn't needed to hire a 'divorce lawyer,' but I'm glad they were there for me."
    Molly Ann Huie

  • "Thanks to all of you for your help, support, responsiveness, experience and the work you put into this case on my behalf. I have often been told that I have the best family law firm in Texas representing me, and now I can certainly vouch for that with first-hand experience. The entire team was engaged, focused and cohesive, and that is how you get positive results. THANK YOU and best wishes to all of you."
    Bob Tennison

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