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R. Scott Downing

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Dallas, Texas
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214-273-2400
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R. Scott Downing is a skilled trial lawyer who has tried numerous complex high-dollar property and custody cases. Recognizing, however, that not every situation requires a courtroom, Scott also has opened his practice to the use of Collaborative Law.

AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, Scott has earned recognition on every Texas Super Lawyers list since its inception in 2003, receiving additional recognition among the "Top 100 Lawyers in Texas" in 2009 and 2013. He also is recognized in Best Lawyers in America and D Magazine for his work in Family Law.

He has written extensively for national and statewide publications on various Family Law topics, including complex characteristic issues, advanced evidence matters, attorney ad litem practice, jurisdictional conflicts, trial presentation and hidden asset cases in preparation for temporary hearings. He also routinely speaks before groups including the Advanced Family Law Course and Marriage Dissolution Course to address Family Law and evidentiary topics.

Scott's articles have been published by the State Bar of Texas, The Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists. His article "Property Puzzles: Characterization, Tracing, 25 Rules and More" earned honors as the Best Family Law CLE article in 2006.

He served as director of the State Bar of Texas Family Law Section's Family Law Essentials course in 2006 and 2007, and as Co-Director of the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists Course in 2007. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists and as Chairman of the District 1A Grievance Committee. He also was selected to serve as the Director of the 2009 Marriage Dissolution Course.

Scott has been Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1999. He is a 1991 graduate of the University of Houston Law Center. During law school, he earned American Jurisprudence Awards in contracts and civil trial advocacy in addition to serving as Associate Editor of the Houston Law Review. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas. He is married to Maureen Downing. They have four children, Ryan, Kaleigh, Park and Will.

Areas of Practice

  • 100% Family Law

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1999 / Recertified 2004

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1992

Education

  • University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas
    • J.D. - 1991
    • Honors: American Jurisprudence Award Contracts
    • Honors: American Jurisprudence Award Civil Trial Advocacy
    • Law Review: Houston Law Review, Associate Editor
  • University of Texas, Austin, Texas
    • B.A. - 1988

Published Works

  • Characterization, Categories; Code; Case Law, State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course, August 2012
  • Valuation: Approaches, Assets and Authority, State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course, August 2010
  • Property Puzzles: 30 Characterization Rules, Explanations & Examples, University of Texas School of Law Family Law on the Frontlines Conference, June 2009
  • Understanding Real Value, State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course, August, 2008
  • Property Puzzles: Characterization, Tracing, 25 Rules and More (Winner of Best Family Law CLE Article), State Bar of Texas Marriage Dissolution Institute, March, 2006
  • Use of Social Studies and Psychological Evaluations at Trail (Do New HIPAA and DSM Changes Impact?), Advanced Family Law Course, August 2014
  • Examining Experts Effectively, University of Texas School of Law, Innovations - Breaking Boundaries in Custody Litigation Seminar, June 2014
  • Beyond Contempt, Enforcing SAPCR Orders, Advanced Family Law Course, August, 2011
  • Valuation: Approaches, Assets and Authority, Advanced Family Law Course, August, 2011
  • Grievances: The Process, Responses and Most Frequent Complaints, University of Texas School of Law Family Law on the Frontlines Conference, June, 2011
  • Property Puzzles: Characterization, Tracing, 30 Rules and More, Texas Center for the Judiciary Family Law Conference, November, 2009
  • Characterization Workshop: Big, Small, Usual, and Unique; Mixed Characterization, State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course, August, 2009
  • Making Summary Judgment Relevant Again, State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course, August, 2007
  • Daubert/Experts, The Ultimate Trial Notebook Course, December, 2006
  • Property Puzzles: Characterization, Tracing, Texas Advanced Paralegal Seminar, September, 2006
  • Be Careful What You Ask For, You May Get It; Common Sense Discovery Requests and Responses, State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course, August, 2006
  • Being Creative with Unusual Remedies, State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Drafting Course, 2005
  • Property Puzzles: Characterization, Tracing, 25 Rules and More, State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course, August, 2005
  • Rubbish or Rembrandt: The Art of Evaluating a Custody Case, State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course, 2004
  • Mission Impossible: Choosing and Admitting Expert Witnesses, Ultimate Trial Notebook, Family Law, December, 2004
  • Recent Developments in Family Law, State Bar College "Spring Training" Course, March 2004
  • Top Ten Ways to Screw Up a Premarital Agreement, State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Drafting Course, 2003
  • Discovery in Mid-Size Cases Under the New Rules, Civil Discovery Under New Rules, University of Houston, 1999
  • Creative Decision Making in Custody Arrangements; Psychological Theories; Their Admissibility After Daubert; and Alternatives to Trial, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1998
  • Family Law Issues That Impact the Professional Athlete, Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Volume 15, No. 2, 1998
  • Peculiar Characterization Issues Involving Athletes and Entertainers, State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course, 1997
  • Dallas Bar Association Case Law Update, Dallas Bar Association, 1997
  • Pensions, Stock Options & Divorce, TSCPA Conference, 1997
  • Evidence Without Witnesses, Advanced Evidence and Discovery Institute, 1997
  • Preparing for the Petitioner's Financial Temporary Orders Hearing, Marriage Dissolution Course, 1997
  • Ad Litems, Marriage Dissolution Course, 1996
  • Attorney Ad Litem and Guardian Ad Litem Practice, State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course, 1996
  • Custody Litigation, Case Evaluation, Discovery, Controlling Costs, Trial Strategy, Etc., University of Houston Family Law Practice Institute, 1996
  • Preparation for and the Direct Examination of Husband (Black Hat) in a Hidden Assets, Fraud, and Breach of Fiduciary Duty Case, TAFLS 10th Annual Trial Institute, 1996
  • Legislative Changes, Grand Prairie Bar Association, 1995

Classes/Seminars

  • Business Valuation Panel Moderator: Advanced Family Law Course, August 2013
  • Course Director: State Bar Annual Meeting - Family Law Program, June 2009
  • Course Director: Marriage Dissolution Course, April 2009
  • Co-Course Director: Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists Course, January 2007
  • Course Director: Family Law Essentials, State Bar of Texas Family Law Section, May 2006 - May 2007

Honors and Awards

  • Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, Legal Division, 2003 - 2013
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Texas, Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, Legal Division, 2009, 2013
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, Legal Division, 2009 - 2010, 2013
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Family Law, 2007 - 2014
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, 2014
  • Best Lawyers Under 40 in Dallas, D Magazine, 2004
  • Best Family Law CLE Article, "Property Puzzles: Characterization, Tracing, 25 Rules and More", 2006
  • 2009 Marriage Dissolution Course Directory, 2009
  • District 1A Grievance Committee Panel, 2005 - 2008
  • District 1A Grievance Committee Panel Chairman, 2008 - 2011
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists Course Co-Director, 2007
  • Director: "Family Law Essentials." State Bar of Texas Family Law Section, May 2006; May 2007

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, Board of Directors, 2005 - Present
  • College of the State Bar of Texas, Member
  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Council, Member, 2005 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section, Member
  • State Bar of Texas Collaborative Law Institute, Member
  • Dallas Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member
  • Annette Stewart American Inn of Court, Treasurer, Barrister
  • James Publishing, Inc. "Texas Family Law Evidence", Advisory Board Member, 1998

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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