Keith M. Nelson

Keith M. Nelson

Partner, Attorney at Law
Tel: 214-273-2400 Email: LinkedIn:

Biography

As the proud father of six and grandfather of three children, the traits that make Keith Nelson such an effective and empathetic family law attorney—including problem-solver, crisis manager, communicator, mediator and peacemaker—come naturally.

Keith uses these skills, honed over a 30-year career, to make a difference in clients’ lives, obtaining results that match their goals. Keith is responsive to his clients while guiding them through the legal process in an easy-to-understand and solution-oriented manner.

Impressively, Keith has been selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list since its inception in 2003 and every year since through 2016, by Thomson Reuters. He was named among the Top 100 Super Lawyers in Texas in 2013, 2015 and 2016, and has been recognized among the Top 100 Super Lawyers in Dallas-Fort Worth six times: 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, by Thomson Reuters. He also has been named to D Magazine’s list of The Best Lawyers in Dallas in 2014 and 2017 and to the Best Lawyers in America by Woodward White, Inc. every year from 2006 to 2017, based on peer review for his work in family law. Keith is also AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

With a keen interest in issues involving children, his practice includes a special emphasis on addressing the psychological impact of custody and divorce litigation on children and their parents. He also regularly provides pro bono representation for indigents in cases where serious issues regarding children exist.

Keith 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.

From an amicable divorce to a 9.5 on the Richter scale, Keith helps clients find a solution to their crisis so they can move on to the next chapter of life.

Areas of Practice

  • Divorce
  • Child Custody Modification
  • Support

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1998: Recertified: 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008

Bar Admissions

Texas, 1983

  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1984

Education

Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas

  • J.D. – 1983

Baylor University, Waco, Texas

  • B.A. – 1979
  • Major: Economics

Published Works

The Use, Misuse, and Abuse of Psychological Testing and Diagnosis in Evaluations, State Bar of Texas 37th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, 2011

Custody Evaluation Standards, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, 2010

Talking to Children and Youth in Chambers (Co-Authored with Dr. Benjamin Albritton), Texas Judicial Summit, 2010

How Attorneys and Mental Health Personnel Can Work Together Ethically on Behalf of the Mental Health of Infants, (Co-Author), Texas Association for Infant Mental Health and Texas Parents as Teachers, 2010

Reimbursements Revisited: Separate Property Companies; Jenson Claims; Alter Egos; Reverse Piercing; and Representing the Spouse Who Does Not Run the Company, (Co-Author), State Bar of Texas 35th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, August, 2009

Effective Cross-Examination of Mental Health Experts: Re-Shrinking the Experts, (Co-Author), The University of Texas Law School; 2009 Family Law on the Front Lines Seminar, June, 2009

Working with the Psychologist, (Co-Author), State Bar of Texas 34th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, August, 2008

Dauberts/Experts, Ultimate Trial Notebook, Family Law, 2006

Parenting Plans-Who, What, When, Where & Why, Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2006

How to Handle a Custody Case on an Unlimited Budget, State Bar of Texas 31st Annual Advanced Family Law Course, 2005

Rubbish and Rembrandt: The Art of Evaluating a Custody Case, State Bar of Texas 30th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, 2004

Child Custody Evaluation and Pitfalls, Including Daubert and Relocation Issues, American College of Forensic Psychology, 20th Annual Symposium in Forensic Psychology, 2004

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: A Complex Review of Psychological Testing in Custody Evaluations, (Co-Author), State Bar of Texas 29th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, 2003

Attorney Perspectives on Family Law – Custody and Divorce, (Co-Author), UT Southwestern Medical Center, Forensic Psychiatry Presentation, 2003

Attorney Perspectives on Child and Adolescent Forensic Psychiatry, (Co-Author), UT Southwestern Medical Center, Presenta, 2002

Use and Abuse of Mental Health Professionals after Daubert, (Co-Author), 28th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, 2002

Reliability and Validity of Psychological Testing for Custody Determination, (Co-Author), 26th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, 2000

Psychological Testing in Child Abuse Custody Cases: Risks and Precautions, (Co-Author), 16th Annual Symposium in Forensic Psychology, 2000

Promoting Infant Mental Health in the Family Court, (Co-Author), The Texas Association for Infant Mental Health, 2000

Creative Decision Making in Custody Arrangements; Psychological Theories; Their Admissibility After Daubert; And Alternatives to Trial, (Co-Author), American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Annual Meeting, 1998

Creative Decision Making in Custody Arrangements, (Co-Author), American College of Forensic Psychology, 14th Annual Symposium in Forensic Psychology, 1998

Favoring Unrestricted Relocation, (Co-Author), 11th Annual Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, 1997

Common Law Marriage and the Putative Spouse, (Co-Author), Marriage Dissolution Seminar, 1997

 

Classes and Seminars

“Experts and Their Issues,” Annette Stewart American Inn of Court Meeting, 2013

“More than Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll: Evaluating Your Custody Case from a Annual Meeting, 2010

“How Attorneys and Mental Health Professionals Can Work Together on Behalf of the Mental Health of Infants” (Speaker and Co-Author, with Dr. Ben Albritton, Ph.D.), Institute on Infant Mental Health Conference, 2010

“Talking to Children and Youth in Chambers” (Speaker and Co-Author with Dr. Ben Albritton, PH.D.), Texas Judicial Summit, 2010

“How Attorneys and Mental Health Personnel Can Work Together Ethically on Behalf of the Mental Health of Infants,” Texas Association for Infant Mental Health and Texas Parents as Teachers, 2010

“Reimbursements Revisited: Separate Property Companies; Jenson Claims; Alter Egos; Reverse Piercing; and Representing the Spouse Who Does Not Run the Company” (Speaker and Co-Author), State Bar of Texas 35th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, San Antonio, Texas, 2009

“Effective Cross-Examination of Mental Health Experts: Re-Shrinking the Experts” (Speaker and Co-Author), The University of Texas Law School and the 2009 Family Law on the Front Lines Seminar, 2009

“Working with the Psychologist” (Speaker and Co-Author), State Bar of Texas 34th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, 2008

“Daubert/Experts, Ultimate Trial Notebook: Family Law” (Co-Author), 2006

“Parenting Plans-Who, What, When, Where & Why” (Co-Author), Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2006

“Giving the Children a Voice in Court” (Speaker with the Honorable Debra Lehrman), SMU Dedman School of Law, 2005

“How to Handle a Custody Case on an Unlimited Budget” (Speaker and Co-Author), State Bar of Texas 31st Annual Advanced Family Law Course, 2005

“Forensic Psychiatry: Pitfalls and Practices” (Speaker), UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, 2005

“Rubbish and Rembrandt: The Art of Evaluating a Custody Case” (Speaker and Co-Author), State Bar of Texas 30th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, 2004

“Child Custody Evaluation and Pitfalls, Including Daubert and Relocation Issues” (Speaker), American College of Forensic Psychology, 20th Annual Symposium in Forensic Psychology, San Francisco, April 1, 2004 – April 4, 2004

Expert Testimony, Final Hearing concerning common law marriage, State of Florida, Division of Administrative Hearings, Office of the Judge of Compensation Claims, District GNS, December 10, 2003

“The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: A Complex Review of Psychological Testing in Custody Evaluations” (Speaker and Co-Author), State Bar of Texas 29th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, San Antonio, Texas, August 19, 2003

“Attorney Perspectives on Family Law – Custody and Divorce” (Speaker), Forensic Psychiatry Presentation, UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Dallas, Texas, March 25, 2003

“Attorney Perspectives on Child and Adolescent Forensic Psychiatry” (Speaker), Presentation to Forensic & Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residents, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, January 29, 2002

“Use and Abuse of Mental Health Professionals After Daubert” (Speaker and Co-Author), 28th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, 2002

“Reliability and Validity of Psychological Testing for Custody Determination” (Speaker and Co-Author), 26th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, San Antonio, Texas, August 21, 2000 – August 24, 2000

“Psychological Testing in Child Abuse Custody Cases: Risks and Precautions” (Speaker and Co-Author), 16th Annual Symposium in Forensic Psychology, Newport Beach, California, April 6, 2000 – April 9, 2000

“Promoting Infant Mental Health in the Family Court” (Speaker and Co-Author), Texas Association for Infant Mental Health, Dallas, Texas, January 7, 2000 – January 8, 2000

“Creative Decision Making in Custody Arrangements; Psychological Theories; Their Admissibility After Daubert; And Alternatives to Trial” (Speaker and Co-Author), American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Annual Meeting, Chicago, November 12, 1998

“Creative Decision Making in Custody Arrangements” (Speaker and Co-Author), American College of Forensic Psychology, 14th Annual Symposium in Forensic Psychology, San Francisco, California, May 2, 1998

“Common Law Marriage and the Putative Spouse” (Speaker, and Co-Author), Marriage Dissolution Seminar, 1997

“Favoring Unrestricted Relocation” (Speaker and Co-Author), 11th Annual Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, January 29, 1997 – January 31, 1997

“Using Depositions as a Discovery Tool” (Speaker and Co-Author), Advanced Family Law Course for Legal Assistants, February 1995

“Cross Examination of Mental Health Experts” (Panelist), Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, January 1995

“Preparation of a Trial (and ADR) Notebook” (Speaker and Co-Author), The Ultimate Trial Notebook – Family Law, State Bar of Texas, December 1994

“Effective Presentation of the Typical Property Case” (Speaker and Co-Author), 4th Annual Advanced Family for the General Practitioner and Legal Assistant, 1994

“New Developments in Family Law” (Speaker and Co-Author), South Texas Judicial Conference, 1994

“Affirmative Pleadings” (Speaker and Co-Author), 3rd Annual Advanced Family Law Drafting Course, 1993

“Mental Health Experts Understanding: 16PF, Projective Drawings, Sentence Completion, Bricklin” & “Mental Health Experts Jury Profiles” (Panelist), Advanced Family Law Course, 1993

“Pre- and Post-Nuptial Agreements” (Speaker and Co-Author), Marriage Dissolution Seminar, 1993

“Valuation of Small Businesses in Marriage Dissolution” (Speaker and Co-Author), American Association of Appraisers, 1993

“Jurisdiction” (Speaker and Co-Author), National Business Institute, Inc., 1992

“Visitation – How to Deal With Children Under 3 and Over 15″ (Speaker and Co-Author), Marriage Dissolution Course, 1992

“Attorney/Ad Litem Fees” (Speaker and Co-Author), Texas Center for the Judiciary West Texas Conference, 1990

“Strategies in Custody Cases” (Co-Author), State Bar of Texas Marriage Dissolution Course, 1990

Honors and Awards

Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, Legal Division, 2003 – 2016

Top 100 Lawyers in Texas, Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, Legal Division, 2013, 2015

Top 100 Lawyers in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, Legal Division, 2009, 2011-2015

Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, 2014, 2017

Dallas 500, D CEO, 2015

Best Lawyers in America, Family Law, 2006 – 2017

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Fellow, 1993-Present

Texas Bar Continuing Legal Education Advanced Family Law Drafting and Advocacy Course Director, 2003

Professional Associations and Memberships

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow, 1993 – Present

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Custody Evaluations Committee, 2008 – Present

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Special Concerns of Children Committee, 1998 – 2001

Annette Stewart American Inn of Court, Barrister, 2003 – 2005

National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC), Member

American Bar Association, Member

College of the State Bar of Texas, Member

Collaborative Law Institute of Texas, Member

Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Child Support and Visitation Guidelines, Member

Children’s Hope Chest, Board of Directors, 1999 – 2002

State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section, Member

Dallas Bar Association, Family Law Section, Board of Directors, 1992 – 1995

Irving Bar Association, President, 1991 – 1992

Dallas Alliance of Collaborative Family Lawyers, Member

Dallas Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member

Lawyers Against Domestic Violence, Consultant

Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, Member, 1988 – Present

Past Employment Positions

Koons, Fuller, McCurley & Vanden Eykel, Dallas Texas, 1988-1992