Lawrence J. Praeger

Certification / Specialties

  • Board Certified, Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Mediation Training (Certification), Dispute Resolution Center, Austin, 2008
  • Basic Certificate from Texas Commission on Law Officer Standards and Education, 1983

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1986

Education / Professional Activities

  • South Texas College of Law, Houston, May 1981, J.D.
  • Simons Rock College, Great Barrington, Massachusetts, 1976, B.A.
  • Collaborative Law Training, 2000
  • Completed Texas District and County Attorney’s Association Basic Prosecution course, July 1983
  • Completed Career Prosecutor course sponsored by the National College of District Attorneys, July 1984
  • “A-V” rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • 5 years’ service on the District 6 Grievance Committee of the State Bar of Texas
  • Clean Elections Texas Education Fund, Board Member

Representative Cases

  • Black v. Dallas County Child Welfare Services, 835 S.W. 2nd 626 (Tex. 1992)
  • U.S. v. Haga, 821 F. 2nd 1036 (5th Cir. 1987)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Dallas Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • State Bar of Texas, Sections on Criminal Law, Family Law & Juvenile Law, Member

Employment

  • September 1988 – present
    Self-employed. Family law and related litigation, criminal law, mediation and professional licensing issues
  • April 1986 – September 1988
    Associate with the firm of Perini & Carlock. Practice limited to family law, criminal law, and related civil litigation.
  • March 1985 – March 1986
    Associate with Shields, Blankenship & Noble. General practice.
  • September 1982 – February 1985
    Assistant County Attorney, Bell County, Texas. Criminal prosecution and representation of the State in suits affecting the parent-child relationship.

Fraternities

  • Phi Alpha Delta

Areas of Practice

Family Law

  • Adoption
  • Child Support
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Divorce
  • Modification of Existing Orders

Representation of Mental Health Professionals

  • Licensing Complaints
  • Litigation Preparation
  • Protective Orders – Responding to Subpoenas
  • HIPAA Compliance

Mediation

  • Credentialed Mediator
  • All Types of Cases

Basic Estate Planning

  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Medical Powers of Attorney
  • Directives to Physican