DePaul Family Law, P.C.
After graduating from The University of Texas at Austin, Stephen attended Indiana University’s Mauer School of Law, one of the nation’s top ten public law schools. During law school, he amassed every major academic distinction awarded to law students: graduating top of his class, magna cum laude; serving as editor of the school’s oldest and most prestigious law review, the Indiana Law Journal; and earning induction into the Order of the Coif, the highest academic honor awarded to law students.
Stephen began his legal career as a corporate litigator at an elite Chicago firm. His clients included Fortune 500 companies and Illinois’ largest public utility. Chicago is a city well known for its aggressive legal culture, and it was there that Stephen honed his skills as a litigator, relentlessly representing the interests of his clients in court.
After his time practicing in Chicago, Stephen held a series of senior administrative posts in academia, including at The University of Texas System, where he served as Director of Global Initiatives. While an aggressive, adversarial culture is the hallmark of litigation, academia is the opposite: progress is achieved only through smart, patient, effective collaboration. During his tenure in academia, Stephen became a sought-after mediator on a range of complex issues, indispensable for his rare ability to identify areas of common interest, where others saw only competing interests, and then deftly mediate toward the best outcome based on the shared goals of the parties.
Stephen also holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Georgia, which he earned with the same high honors as his law degree. While completing his MBA, Stephen worked as a business consultant, utilizing a range of sophisticated methodologies to value businesses (including, specifically, medical and other professional practices) for sale or division.
Stephen’s far-ranging experience has equipped him with a rare mix of skills uniquely valuable in family law practice: a thorough understanding of financial considerations; consummate mediation and collaboration skills; zealous advocacy in litigation; and patient, empathetic understanding of the circumstances his clients confront.
Most importantly, however, Stephen is sensitive to each client’s unique situation and family dynamics. He knows when to call upon his different skill sets to achieve the desired outcomes for his clients. He is passionate about working closely, side by side, with each client, tailoring the best approach for them personally, based on their specific situation and concerns.
Stephen has been a member of the State Bar of Texas since 2005.
Areas of Law and Practice
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|Civil Rights||Civil Liberties, Civil Rights Defense, Civil Rights Section 1983, Disability Discrimination, Disabled Access, Disabled Rights, Discrimination, Gay and Lesbian Rights, Handicapped Rights, Human Rights, International Human Rights, Personal Rights, Prisoners Rights, Prisoners Rights Class Actions, Public Interest Law, Race Discrimination, Reproductive Rights, Sex Discrimination, Womens Rights|
|Education Law||Academic Employment, Charter School Law, College and University Law, Educational Testing, Federal Education Grants, Fraternity Liability, Independent School Law, Private Education Law, Public School Law, School Board Defense, School Board Liability, School Desegregation, School District Liability, School Equal Protection, School Law, School Tenure, Special Education, Student Discipline, Student Loans, Teachers Credentials, Title IX Discrimination, University Finance|
|Elder Law||Age Discrimination, Elder Abuse, Elder Care, Elder Rights|
|Family Law||Adoptions, Agency Adoptions, Alimony, Annulment, Assisted Reproductive Technology, Child Abduction, Child Abuse and Neglect, Child Advocacy, Child Care, Child Custody, Child Custody Mediation, Child Dependency, Child Protection, Child Sexual Abuse, Child Support, Child Welfare, Childrens Rights, Civil Unions, Cohabitation Agreements, Collaborative Family Law, Community Property Law, Day Care, Divorce, Divorce Arbitration, Divorce Mediation, Divorce Taxation, Domestic Partnerships, Domestic Relations, Domestic Torts, Domestic Violence, Equitable Distribution, Family Arbitration, Family Mediation, Fathers Rights, Foster Care, Gay and Lesbian Family Law, Grandparents Custody, Grandparents Visitation Rights, Independent Adoptions, International Adoptions, International Child Abduction, International Child Custody, International Family Law, Interstate Adoptions, Interstate Child Custody, Interstate Support, Juvenile Criminal Law, Juvenile Dependency, Juvenile Delinquency, Juvenile Law, Legal Separation, Marital Agreements, Marital Property Distribution, Marital Property Law, Marital Property Settlements, Matrimonial Bankruptcy Law, Matrimonial Law, Military Divorce, Name Changes, No Fault Divorce, Non-Traditional Family Law, Orphans Court Practice, Palimony, Parental Kidnapping, Parental Rights, Parenting Time, Paternity, Post Divorce Modification, Postnuptial Agreements, Premarital Agreements, Private Adoptions, Qualified Domestic Relations Orders, (QDROs), Restraining Orders, Same Sex Marriage, Spousal Support, Step Parent Adoptons, Surrogacy Law, Termination of Parental Rights, Third Party Custody, Uncontested Divorce, Visitation Rights|
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TYPICAL HOURLY RATE: $300
TYPICAL FIXED FEE: $1200
TYPICAL CONTINGENCY FEE: 35%
Dallas, Texas, Dallas County
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