Mary Louise Phelps

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Dallas, Texas
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Committed to helping clients through difficult life transitions, Mary Louise Phelps’ practice includes all areas of Family Law, with an emphasis on cases involving substance abuse, mental illness, domestic violence and custody issues. Mary Louise has extensive training in alternative dispute resolution and collaborative law, and has co-written on Family Law negotiations for the State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course.

A 2005 graduate of the Tulane University School of Law, Mary Louise served on the school’s Steering Committee for Alternative Dispute Resolution. She was a member of the Tulane Law School Moot Court Negotiation Team and also served as the team coach. She graduated from Tulane University with her undergraduate degree in 2001, and later earned her MBA in 2005. While in school, Mary Louise held a variety of positions, including working in the West Wing of the White House, and with Patton Boggs L.L.P., the Cannes Film Festival and the Condé Nast media company. Prior to her legal career, she worked as an executive recruiter.

Areas of Practice

  • 100% Family Law

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2011


  • Tulane Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • J.D. – 2005
  • Tulane University A.B. Freeman School of Business, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • M.B.A., Master of Business Administration – 2005
  • Tulane University, A.B. Freeman School of Business, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • B.S.M – 2001

Published Works

  • Family Law Negotiations, (Co-Authored), Advanced Family Law Course, 2012

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section, Member
  • State Bar of Texas, Collaborative Law Section, Member
  • State Bar of Texas, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Member

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

  • Contact Us

    Orsinger, Nelson, Downing and Anderson, LLP

    5950 Sherry Lane :: 800 Floor :: Dallas, Texas 75225 :: Map and Directions :: Phone:  :: Fax: 214-273-2470

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