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Mary Johanna McCurley

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Dallas, Texas
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Among the state’s most respected Family Law attorneys, Mary Johanna McCurley has the experience to knowledgeably address all matrimonial issues, including asset tracing; family-owned business entities and corporate involvement; interspousal torts; and family psychological issues related to divorce and custody, including interactions with experts.

A widely published author and frequent lecturer, she has appeared before such forums as the State Bar of Texas, New York Bar Association, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, American Bar Association, National Business Institute, and law schools throughout Texas.

Mary Johanna has earned recognition on every Texas Super Lawyers listing since its inception in 2003, receiving special recognition among the Top 100 Lawyers in Texas in 2013, the Top 50 Female Lawyers in Texas for 11 consecutive years, as well as being included eight times in the listing of the Top 100 attorneys in Dallas/Fort Worth. She also has been recognized for her law practice by D Magazine, Lawdragon, The Best Lawyers in America, Who's Who in the World and Who's Who of American Women.

A leader among her peers, she is a Past Chair of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. She is also an active member of a number of other professional organizations, and has served as national Vice President of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, President of the Texas Chapter of the AAML, Secretary/Treasurer of the Annette Stewart American Inn of Court, Co-Director of the 2005 State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course, and was an adjunct member of the Family Law Council for three years before becoming a member in 1987.

Mary Johanna has chaired the Mediation Study Committee and the Special Concerns for Children Committee for the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and has been Co-Coordinator of the organization's continuing legal education program on multiple occasions. For nearly a decade, she shared editing responsibilities for the Family Law Practice Manual, a publication of the State Bar of Texas. In keeping with her concern for children, Mary Johanna was Co-Chair of the Child Support and Child Visitation Guidelines Committee for the Supreme Court of Texas for 1992-93 and served on the committee in 1997.

She is certified as a life coach by the College of Executive Coaching and recently co-authored, along with four other experts in women’s health and wellness, A Happy Healthy You: A Woman’s Guide to Happiness, Health & Harmony. The book offers advice and counsel on nutrition, exercise, menopause, spirituality, relationships, and other wellness issues for women in the second half of their lives.  In 2010 and 2011, Mary Johanna was invited to participate in Renaissance Weekends®.  Bringing together preeminent authorities and noted innovators in their fields of expertise from around the country, these invitation-only retreats are dedicated to personal and national renewal.

Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1984, Mary Johanna began her distinguished career after graduating from St. Mary's University School of Law in 1979, where she was Student Body Vice President and President of the Senate. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Centenary College, where she served as Student Body President.

Year Joined Firm

  • 1992

Areas of Practice

  • 100% Family Law

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1984

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1979

Education

  • St. Mary's University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas
    • J.D. - 1979
    • Honors: Student Body Vice President
    • Honors: President of the Senate
  • Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport, Louisiana
    • B.A. - 1975
    • Honors: Student Body Vice President

Published Works

  • Relocation Debate” with Paula Bennett, Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, August, 2013
  • Family Law Negotiations, with Mary Louise Phelps, Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, August, 2012
  • Characterization & Tracing: An Overview, with Brad M. LaMorgese, Ryan Kirkham and T. Hunter Lewis,, Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, August, 2011
  • A Happy, Healthy You: A Woman’s Guide to Happiness, Health & Harmony, (Co-Author), 2010
  • Property and Debt Division: Creative Alternatives, with Larry L. Martin, Brad M. LaMorgese and Lindsay Daye Barbee, Advanced Family Law Course - State Bar of Texas, August, 2009
  • Mr. & Mrs. & Mrs. & Mrs. – Learning from Zion, with Elizabeth Branch, Advanced Family Law Course - State Bar of Texas, August, 2008
  • Impaired Clients and Impaired Professionals, with Mike McCurley, Advanced Family Law Course - State Bar of Texas, August, 2007
  • Parenting Plans - Who, What, Where & Why, (Co-Author), State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course, 2006
  • Divorce: Prevention, Survival and Recovery, with Mike McCurley, Canyon Ranch, June, 2006
  • Relocation: Long Distance Families, with Jan Marie DeLipsey and Kathryn J. Murphy, American Bar Association, May, 2006
  • Psychological Testing, with Jonathan Gould, Ph.D. and Kathryn Murphy, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers - Annual Meeting, March, 2005
  • Making a Silk Purse out of a Sow's Ear: Making the Best of LLCs, LLPs, FLPs and Trusts, with Michael Kaufman and Elizabeth Branch, New Frontiers in Marital Property Law, State Bar of Texas, October, 2004
  • Relocation Debate, with Kathryn Murphy, Advanced Family Law Course - State Bar of Texas, August, 2004
  • Two People, Two Professions, One Marriage, with Mike McCurley, Fort Worth Business Press, June, 2004
  • Family Law: Changes to Keep in Mind, with Laura M. Hilliard, Texas Bar Journal, January, 2004
  • Did Your Client ‘Get Hitched’ Without A Hitch - Defending and Attacking Premarital and Post-Marital Agreements, with Carson P. Epes, ew Frontiers in Marital Property Law - State Bar of Texas, 2003
  • Don’t Forget the Child, Advanced Family Law Course - State Bar of Texas, 2003
  • Top Ten Things You Should Know to Ask About Handling Kid Cases, with Laura M. Hilliard, Marriage Dissolution Course - State Bar of Texas, 2003
  • Love and Money - Why More People are Seeking Prenuptial Agreements in the Millennium, with Carson P. Epes, Fort Worth Business Press, October, 2003
  • Instant Message, Instant Email, Instantly Gone? - The Role of Technology in Infidelity and Divorce, with Laura M. Hilliard, Fort Worth Business Journal, October, 2003
  • Maintenance is Alive and Well in Texas, with A. Michelle May, Advanced Family Law Course - State Bar of Texas, 2002
  • A Primer on Psychological Testing, Advanced Family Law Course - State Bar of Texas, 2001
  • Reimbursement Issues, with Drew Ten Eyck, Marriage Dissolution Course - State Bar of Texas, 2000
  • Shrinking the Shrinks Down to Size, with Mike McCurley and Drew Ten Eyck, Advanced Family Law Course - State Bar of Texas, Advanced Family Law Course - State Bar of Texas, 1999
  • Defending Against Malpractice, with Julie Pruett, Marriage Dissolution Course - State Bar of Texas, 1999
  • Effectively Dealing with The Child’s Choice of Managing Conservator, with R. Scott Downing and Kenneth W. Rockenbach, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, 1998
  • Shrinking the Shrinks Down to Size, with Mike McCurley, Chris Lake and Ken Rockenbach, Advanced Family Law Course - State Bar of Texas, 1998
  • Preparing for the Petitioner’s Financial Temporary Hearing, with R. Scott Downing, Marriage Dissolution Course - State Bar of Texas, 1997
  • Dealing with Ad-Litems, (Co-Author), State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course, 1997
  • Pensions, Stock Options and Other New Sources of Wealth, Annual Divorce Conference of the Dallas Chapter, Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, 1997
  • Preparation for and the Direct Examination of Husband (Black Hat) in a Hidden Assets, Fraud, and Breach of Fiduciary Duty Case, with R. Scott Downing, TAFLS 10th Annual Trial Institute, 1996
  • Gender Bias in Our Courts and Practice - Fact or Fiction?, State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course, 1995
  • Peculiar Characterization Issues, 18th Annual State Bar of Texas Marriage Dissolution Course, 1995
  • An Overview of Psychological Testing, Illinois State Bar Association, Family Law Handbook, 1994
  • Overview of Psychological Testing, American Bar Association Family Law Conference, 1993
  • Psychological Testing and Expert Witnesses, The Practical Lawyer, October, 1994
  • An Overview of Psychological Testing, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Utah Chapter, 1994
  • An Overview of Psychological Testing, American Bar Association Family Law Conference, 1993
  • Discovery, State Bar of Texas, Marriage Dissolution Course, 1993
  • Social Studies and Psychological Evaluations: Their Use in Evidence and How to Cross Examine, State Bar of Texas, Advanced Family Law Course, 1993
  • We Have Found The Enemy - It Is Us! or, Self Management, Not Stress Management, Advanced Family Law Course - State Bar of Texas, 1993
  • Tracing, State Bar of Texas, Advanced Family Law Course, 1992
  • Child Support Issues - Modification, Second Family and Other Significant Problems, South Texas College of Law, 1992
  • Ethics, State Bar of Texas, Advanced Family Law Course, 1992
  • Modification, From Sole to Joint and Back Again, South Texas College of Law, Annual Family Law Institute, 1992
  • Managing Stress, New York Bar Association, 1991
  • Attorney and Guardian Ad Litems, State Bar of Texas, Advanced Family Law Course, 1991
  • Divorce Taxation, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1991
  • Dealing with Experts and Psychological Tests, State Bar of Texas, Marriage Dissolution Course, 1991
  • Alimony, (Co-Author), State Bar of Texas, Advanced Family Law Drafting Course, 1990
  • Innovative Ideas for Setting and Collecting Attorney Fees, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1991
  • Managing Stress, State Bar of Texas, Advanced Family Law Course
  • Psychological Testing: An Update, State Bar of Texas, Marriage Dissolution Course, 1989
  • Enforcement - Support and Visitation, State Bar of Texas, Marriage Dissolution Course, 1986
  • Jury Selection in Custody Cases, State Bar of Texas, Advanced Family Law Course, 1987
  • Evidentiary Issues in Child Support, Texas Revolution in Child Support: Perspective, Pleading and Practice, State Bar of Texas, 1986
  • Attorney Ad Litem and Guardian Ad Litem Practice” with Reginald A. Hirsch and R. Scott Downing, Advanced Family Law Course - State Bar of Texas, 1996

Classes/Seminars

  • Advanced Family Law Course (Course Co-Director), State Bar of Texas, 2005
  • "Don't Forget the Child" Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2003
  • Advanced Family Law Course (Assistant Course Director), State Bar of Texas, 2000
  • "Art and Advocacy of Family Law" (Course Director), State Bar of Texas, 1997
  • "Pensions, Stock Options and Other Sources of Wealth", Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, Dallas Chapter, Annual Divorce Conference, 1997
  • "Life, Lawyering and the Pursuit of Happiness" (Course Director), State Bar of Texas, 1995

Honors and Awards

  • Lexis-Nexis / Martindale-Hubbell - “A-V” ® Pre-Eminent ™ rated (Highest Possible Rating in Both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards)
  • The Best Lawyers in America - 2005-2014 editions
  • Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, Legal Division, 2003 - 2013
  • Top 50 Women Super Lawyers in Texas (Texas Monthly), 2003 - 2013
  • Top 100 Super Lawyers in Texas (Texas Monthly) - 2009, 2011-2013
  • Top 100 Super Lawyers in Dallas/Fort Worth (Texas Monthly) - 2005-2006, 2008-2013
  • Leading Lawyers in America, Lawdragon, 2006 - 2007
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas (D Magazine) - 2004, 2005, 2009-2013
  • Top Personal Lawyers in Dallas (D Magazine) - 2008, 2009
  • Top Women Lawyers in North Texas (D Magazine) - 2010
  • Who's Who in the World
  • Who's Who of American Women

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Dallas Bar Association, Family Law Section, Past President
  • Dallas Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member
  • Texas Academy of Family Specialists, Member
  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section, Member
  • Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association, Member
  • Annette Stewart American Inn of Court, Master and Secretary/Treasurer, 2003 - 2004
  • State Bar of Texas, Family Section, Chair, 2003 - 2004
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, National Vice President, 2003
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Special Concerns for Children Committee, Co-Chair, 2001 - 2002
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Secretary, 2000 - 2002
  • Associate Judge's Training, Chairman, 1998 - 1999
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Board of Governors, Member, 1998 - Present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Interdisciplinary Relations - Mental Health, Member, 1997 - Present
  • Special Concerns for Children Committee, Member, 1997 - Present
  • Continuing Legal Education, Co-Chairperson, 1995 - 1998
  • Dallas Alliance of Collaborative Family Lawyers, Member
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Texas Chapter, President, 1997 - 1998
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Texas Chapter, President - Elect, 1996 - 1997
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Texas Chapter, Secretary, 1995 - 1996
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Texas Chapter, Treasurer, 1993 - 1995
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Stepfamilies Rights and Adoption Committee, Member, 1994
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Mediation Study Committee, Chairperson, 1993
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, Board of Directors, 1990 - 1992
  • Family Law Council, Member, 1987 - Present
  • Dallas Family Law Section, Past Chairman, 1986
  • Dallas Family Law Section, Chairman, 1985
  • Family Law Council, Adjunct Member, 1982 - 1985
  • Dallas Bar Association, Family Law Section, Vice-Chairman, 1984
  • Dallas Bar Association, Family Law Section, Secretary/Treasurer, 1983
  • Dallas Bar Association, Family Law Section, Board of Directors, 1981 - 1982

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Theta Phi

From Our Clients

  • "I call the McCurleys The First Family of Family Law, and I don't consider that an exaggeration. 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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