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Mike McCurley

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Senior Partner
Partner
Location:
Dallas, Texas
Phone:
866-875-2429 (Toll Free)
Fax:
214-273-2470
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Known nationwide as a principled and zealous advocate for clients involved in matrimonial disputes, Mike McCurley’ s expertise in both custody and property cases has helped to earn him recognition as one of the Top 100 attorneys in the United States by Worth magazine in 2008. His representation of high-profile celebrities to clients who are lesser known to the general public regularly earns praise for the individual attention, care and sensitivity he brings to each case.

Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Mike has garnered recognition from professional organizations and the community. He was recognized in 2002 as Texas' top Family Lawyer in Texas Lawyer newspaper. Published every five years, Mike was again ranked among one of the five top Family Lawyers in the state 2007. In 2001, Mike earned the prestigious Sam Emison Award for outstanding contribution to the practice of Family Law from the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists.

Mike has earned recognition on every Texas Super Lawyers listing since 2003, including recognition among the Top 100 Lawyers in Texas and Top 100 Lawyers in Dallas-Fort Worth. He also has earned multiple honors by D Magazine as one of the top divorce lawyers in Dallas, and as one of Lawdragon's 500 Leading Lawyers in America. Additionally, he has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers in Texas, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in American Law, Forbes magazine, Town & Country magazine and Vogue magazine.  Mike’s executive-style leadership at the firm has also been the focus of a profile in D CEO magazine.

In 2010 and 2011, Mike 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.

A sought-after source for reporters looking for expert analysis on Family Law matters, Mike serves as a frequent resource for some of the nation’s leading print, broadcast and electronic media outlets, including the Associated Press, Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle, USA Today, New York Daily News and Chicago Tribune, as well as on programs such as Good Morning Texas. As a lecturer, Mike has spoken on Family Law matters across the United States and internationally, and has authored a number of papers and publications on every aspect of Family Law and trial techniques.

Mike earned his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law in 1972, and has been Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1982. He is married to Mary Johanna McCurley, who is a partner in the firm. He has one daughter, Melissa.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1982

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1972
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1972
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1977

Education

  • Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, Texas
    • J.D. - 1972
  • North Texas State University, Denton, Texas
    • B.A. - 1968

Published Works

  • Art of Persuasive Speaking, State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course
  • A Corporate Approach to Texas Family Law, Aspatore Books, Inside the Minds: Strategies for Family Law in Texas, 2010
  • Impaired Clients and Impaired Professionals, State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course, 2007
  • Divorce: Prevention, Survival & Recovery, Canyon Ranch, 2006
  • Getting Past Impasse in Collaborative Law, State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course, 2005
  • Improving Quality of Life While Practicing Law - A Human Bridge to Serendipity, State Bar of Texas Marriage Dissolution, 2004
  • Client Centered Collaborative Law - A Human Bridge to Serendipity, State Bar of Texas Marriage Dissolution Seminar, 2004
  • Handling "THE BIG CASE", AAML/AICPA National Conference on Divorce, 2004
  • What?! You Mean I Have to Go to Trial? How to Prepare For and Win a Custody Case, State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course, 2003
  • Helping Judge and Jury Understand Valuation Testimony, AAML/AICPA Conference on Divorce and Annual Advanced Family Course, 2002
  • Attorney's Fee - Setting and Collecting Them and Unique Strategy for Setting the Fee Agreement, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2001
  • Mansions, Mercedes and Marital Meltdowns: A Lawyer's Guide to Representing the Rich and Famous Client, State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course, 2000
  • Shrinking the Shrinks, State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course, 1999
  • Shrinking the Shrinks Down to Size, State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course, 1998
  • Voir Dire Demonstration, State Bar of Texas Marriage Dissolution Seminar, 1997
  • Advanced and Persuasive Trial Tactics, State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course, 1997
  • Managing the Difficult Client, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Maryland Chapter, 1996
  • Winning Your Case in ADR, State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course, 1996
  • The Art of Persuasion: Developing a Case Theme and Telling the Story, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1996
  • The Art of Persuasion and Cross Examination, State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law, Course, 1994
  • The Happy, Healthy Trial Lawyer, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Utah Chapter, 1994
  • The Happy, Healthy Trial Lawyer, State Bar of Texas Products Liability Seminar, 1994
  • Tactics, Themes & Practical Tips in Representing Persons with Alternative Life Styles in Family Law Litigation, State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course, 1994
  • Insights for the Stressed Out, Strung Out Lawyer, American Bar Association, 1994
  • Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll of Family Law, TSCPA Divorce Conference, 1994
  • Deposition Strategies for Custody Cases, State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course, 1993
  • Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll of Family Law, Tarrant County Bar meetings, 1993
  • Complete Lawyer Seminar, 1993
  • Fraud, Mistake, Etc., American Bar Association, 1992
  • Ultimate Trial Notebook, State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course, 1992
  • Bad Facts Custody, State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course, 1992
  • Same-Sex Cohabitation Agreements, Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Mid-Year Meeting, Palm Springs, California, 1992
  • Stress Management, Law Education Institute, Vail, Colorado, 1992
  • Stress Management, State Bar of New York, 1991

Classes/Seminars

  • "Art of Persuasive Speaking", State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course, 2010
  • "The Family Law Jury Trial", State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course, 2009
  • "Impaired Clients and Impaired Professionals", State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course, 2007
  • "Divorce: Prevention, Survival & Recover", Canyon Ranch, 2006
  • "Getting Past Impasse in Collaborative Law", State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course, 2005
  • "Improving Quality of Life While Practicing Law - A Human Bridge to Serendipity", State Bar of Texas Marriage Dissolution Seminar, 2004
  • "Client-Centered Collaborative Law - A Human Bridge to Serendipity", State Bar of Texas Marriage Dissolution Seminar, 2004
  • "Handling 'THE BIG CASE'", AAML/AICPA National Conference on Divorce, 2004
  • "What? You Mean I Have to Go to Trial? How to Prepare For and Win a Custody Case", State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course, 2003
  • "Helping Judge and Jury Understand Valuation Testimony", AAML/AICPA Conference on Divorce and Annual Advanced Family Law Course, 2002
  • "Attorneys Fees - Setting and Collecting Them and Unique Strategy for Setting the Fee Agreement", American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2001
  • "Mansions, Mercedes & Marital Meltdowns: A Lawyer's Guide to Representing the Rich and Famous Client", State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course, 2000
  • "Shrinking the Shrinks", State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course, 1999
  • "Superstars of Voir Dire", Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, 1999
  • "Shrinking the Shrinks Down to Size", State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course, 1998
  • "Voir Dire Demonstration", State Bar of Texas Marriage Dissolution Seminar, 1997
  • "Advanced and Persuasive Trial Tactics", State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course, 1997
  • "Managing the Difficult Client", American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Maryland Chapter, 1996
  • "Winning Your Case in ADR", State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course, 1996
  • "The Art of Persuasion: Developing a Case Theme and Telling the Story", American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1996
  • "Cross-Examination", State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course, 1995
  • "The Art of Persuasion", State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course, 1995
  • "The Art of Persuasion and Cross-Examination", State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course, 1994
  • "Choosing and Courting a Jury", State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course, 1994
  • "Discovery", State Bar of Texas Marriage Dissolution Seminar, 1994
  • "Tactics, Theses and Practical Tips in Representing Persons With Alternative Lifestyles in Family Law Litigation", State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course, 1994
  • "The Happy, Healthy Trial Lawyer", American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Utah Chapter, and State Bar of Texas Products Liability Seminar, 1994
  • "Insights for the Stressed Out, Strung Out Lawyer", American Bar Association, 1994
  • "Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll of Family Law", TSCPA Divorce Conference, 1994
  • "Deposition Strategies for Custody Cases", State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course, 1993
  • "Cross Examination of 12-Year-Old Child re: Election of Managing Conservator," Texas Academy of Family Law Specialist, Reno, Nevada, 1993
  • "Trial: Custody", State Bar of Texas Marriage Dissolution Seminar, 1993
  • "Complete Lawyer Seminar", 1993
  • "Fraud, Mistake, Etc.", American Bar Association, 1992
  • "Ultimate Trial Notebook", State Bar of Texas, 1992
  • "Bad Facts Custody", State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course, 1992
  • "Same-Sex Cohabitation Agreements", American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Mid-Year Meeting, Palm Springs, California, 1992
  • "Stress Management", Law Education Institute, Vail, Colorado, 1992
  • "Cross-Examination of a Psychologist", Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, Reno, Nevada, 1992
  • Course Director, State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course, 1991
  • "Stress Management", State Bar of New York, 1991
  • "Cross-Examination of a Psychologist", Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, Reno, Nevada, 1990
  • Course Director, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Mid-Year Meeting, Tucson, Arizona, 1990

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Attorneys of 2008, Worth Magazine, 2008
  • America's Top Divorce Lawyer, Town & Country Magazine
  • Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, Legal Division, 2003 - 2013
  • Leading Lawyers in America, Lawdragon, 2006-2007, 2009-2010
  • Top Family Lawyer in Texas, Texas Lawyer newspaper (Published every 5 years), 2002
  • Top Five Family Lawyers in Texas, Texas Lawyer newspaper (Published every 5 years), 2007
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Texas, Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, Legal Division, 2005 - 2013
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, Legal Division, 2003 - 2013
  • Texas' Best Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, Family Law, 2008 - 2009
  • Best Lawyers in America, Family Law, 1987 - 2014
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine (2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013) (Every year D Magazine has published its "Best Lawyers" list)
  • Best Personal Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, 2009
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Who's Who in the World
  • Sam Emison Award, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, 2001

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • College of American Trial Lawyers (Top 100 Divorce Trial Lawyers in the United States)
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, President, 1998
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, President-Elect, 1997
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Vice President, 1994 - 1996
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Treasurer, 1991 - 1993
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Board of Governors (President), 1988 - 1998
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow (Vice President)
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Foundation, Charter Member
  • International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, United State of America, Charter Member
  • International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Board of Managers, 1993
  • American College of Family Trial Lawyers, Diplomat
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Family Law
  • State Bar of Texas Family Law Council, Chairman, 1991 - 1993
  • State Bar of Texas Family Law Council, Secretary, 1987 - 1989
  • State Bar of Texas Family Law Council, Member, 1991 - 1993
  • Annette Stewart American Inn of Court, Master
  • College of State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • Texas Chapter, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, President, 1987 - 1988
  • Texas Chapter, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Secretary/Treasurer, 1986
  • Texas Chapter, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow, 1993
  • State Bar of Texas Committee to Revise Texas Family Law Practice Manual, Co-Chairman, 1983 - 1984
  • State Bar of Texas Committee to Revise Texas Family Law Practice Manual, 1979 - 1982
  • Supreme Court of Texas Child Support Guidelines Advisory Committee, 1987
  • State Bar of Texas Family Law Practice Notes Committee, Diplomat, 1984
  • State Bar of Texas District 6 Grievance Committee, 1982; 1988-1996; 2001-2003
  • Dallas Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Dallas Bar Foundation
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • New Family Law Practice Manuals, 1979 - 1982
  • Supplement for Family Law Practice Manuals, Co-Editor

Pro Bono Activities

  • Represents indigent, sexually abused children in need of an advocate

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity

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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