Brad M. LaMorgese

Brad M. LaMorgese

Partner, Attorney at Law
Offices: Dallas | Frisco
Tel: 214-273-2400 Email: LinkedIn:

Biography

Brad LaMorgese has a lifetime of law experience, starting in his sophomore year of college when he helped win the right for students to fly American flags from their balconies. He is a dedicated professional with integrity who sets realistic expectations for his clients. Few will work harder to achieve results that match client goals.

Just because divorce is painful, doesn’t mean it can’t be positive. Brad understands that legal processes can be stressful, confusing and sometimes even harrowing. But as Winston Churchill said, “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” Brad considers himself a protector and advocate for his clients, their children, and their fortune – making sure they keep going, no matter how hard today may seem, and allowing them to take back their tomorrow.

Brad is known for his experience and excellence in complex litigation involving interpretations of law and cases regarding jurisdictional disputes. With a long track record in complicated, sophisticated cases, he handles all types of family litigation matters including divorce, complex property division, high-net-worth cases, business valuation issues, division of estates, jurisdiction challenges, interstate and international child custody disputes, 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.

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 earned recognition in The Best Lawyers in America from 2016-2018, and has been among the state’s leading family law attorneys on Thomson Reuters’ Texas Super Lawyers list every year since 2004. He also has earned recognition on D Magazine’s Best Lawyers in Dallas list and their Top Lawyers Under 40.

Brad is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, demonstrating his ongoing commitment to excellence in this area of law. Board Certification requires continuing education and involvement in the issues of family law, including marriage, adoption, divorce, custody, support and ownership of property acquired before and during marriage.

Outside of his dedication to family law and his clients, Brad is a family man with a wife and two children. He also is committed to his community, serving as a member of the Irving City Council as Deputy Mayor Pro Tem. He also chairs that council’s Planning and Development Committee and serves as a member of the Transportation and Natural Resources Committee. And most importantly, he is 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
  • S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit
  • S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit
  • S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Education

Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, Dallas, Texas

  • J.D. cum laude – 1996

 

Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas

  • B.A. – 1993

Published Works

Houston Same-Sex Benefits Row May Test Obergefell’s Reach, Law360, January 23, 2017

The Most Important Substantive Law Developments of 2016, Texas Lawyer, January 2017

Take the High Road: Leave the Salacious Details to the Tabloids, Good Life Family, July/August 2016

Be Mindful of These Top 5 Dangers in Family Law, Texas Lawyer, April 2016

Common Family Law Errors, North Dallas Bar Association, 2016

Family Law Year in Review, Texas Lawyer, Dec. 14, 2015

2015 Family Code Changes, Rockwall County Bar Association, 2015

16 Years of UCCJEA Interstate Custody Jurisdiction in Texas, Texas Lawyer, April 16, 2015

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, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2014, 2017

Top Lawyers Under 40, D Magazine, 2002, 2004, 2006

Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, Legal Division, 2004 – 2017

Top 100 Lawyers in Texas, Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, Legal Division, 2013 – 2017

Top 100 Lawyers in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, Legal Division, 2013 – 2017

Texas Rising Stars, Thomson Reuters, Legal Division, 2004

Best Lawyers in America, Family Law, 2016, 2017, 2018

Best Lawyers in America, Appellate Law, 2016, 2017, 2018

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