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Dana L. White, Esq. Business Law, Contracts, Employment Law, Family Law, General Civil Litigation, Trusts & Estates Law, Wills/Probate

About Attorney Dana L. White

Attorney Dana L. White earned a B.A. Degree in Political Science from the University of Texas at Arlington.  After relocating to Washington State, she received a Juris Doctor Degree from Seattle University in 1994. She practiced law in Seattle, Washington for over seven years where she was a member of the King County Bar Association. While in Washington, she gave countless hours of her time volunteering at the King County neighborhood legal clinics.

In 2002, she relocated with her family back to her home state of Texas.  She was born in Tarrant County Texas so she was glad to come home. Attorney White is licensed to practice in the states of Texas and Washington, as well as in the Federal Court, Northern District of Texas.  She has seventeen years of experience practicing law.

She is a member of the Northeast Tarrant County Bar Association, the Northeast Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association, the Northeast Collaborative Professionals, and the Collaborative Institute of Texas.

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Attorney White primarily practices family law, including but not limited to custody, divorce, termination, adoption, and marital property agreements.  She also provides probate, employment law, and general business and civil litigation services.

She was also voted a “Top Attorney” by her peers according to Fort Worth Magazine in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 in the areas of Family Law and Collaborative Law.   The Law Office of Dana L. White, PLLC has an excellent reputation and is known for providing quality, individualized service and attention to clients needing services

She has been married for over 32 years, and resides in Southlake. Her daughter, Hannah, formerly a student at Carroll Senior High School, now attends Stanford University in California.  Dana continues to be an avid supporter of the Southlake Dragons.  She is a member of White’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake.

What We Do

At the Law Office of Dana L. White, PLLC, we know that every family situation is unique and presents its own distinctive set of legal and practical challenges. We approach your case ready to think outside the box and craft creative solutions that meet your specific needs.  We are particularly experienced in high net worth and difficult asset issues, as well as high-conflict and complicated child custody cases. As a fully-committed family law office, we are supportive of anybody who wants to serve the best interests of the child, be they the mother, father, grandparent or other family member or interested party.  Our practice focuses on:

  • Family Law
  • Wills
  • Probate
  • Employment Law
  • Contracts
  • Business Law
  • General Civil Litigation
Dana L. White has experience and is specially trained to practice Collaborative Law.  While traditional litigation is always an option, at the Law Office of Dana L. White, PLLC, divorcing clients may choose to resolve their legal disputes through the Collaborative Law Method.  Collaborative Law has become a viable alternative to traditional divorce litigation around the country.  Many Texas attorneys are now using it in their family law practices, not only for divorce, but for other family law disputes.

 

In Collaborative Law the parties resolve their differences outside the courtroom, in a private and less adversarial setting, with the help of specially-trained professionals. This process acknowledges the emotional needs and goals of each spouse. Instead of having to follow a time table dictated by the court, the parties have the opportunity to schedule meeting times.  Further, the divorcing parties will reach an agreement that is tailored to meet their own needs instead of being forced to accept a one-size-fits-all solution that may be unsatisfactory to everyone involved.

Collaborative Law is based upon more than 30 years of research and the model is closely followed by the professionals involved. This is not the same thing as an “uncontested” divorce, or kitchen-table settlement.  The Collaborative attorneys and other professionals adhere to strict protocols as well as the statutory rules of the Texas Family Code.

Many people confuse Mediation with Collaborative Law. Mediation is simply a tool that is used during the litigation process in an attempt to settle the case prior to final trial.  With both attorneys present, the professional mediator tries to facilitate a binding agreement between the parties, and is often successful.  However, the parties are not able to “achieve a divorce” simply by going to mediation.  In Collaborative Law, a team of specially-trained professionals handle all aspects of the divorce, from beginning to end.  Financial experts, mental health professionals, and attorneys combine their efforts and expertise in order to provide individualized attention and specialized care.

At the Law Office of Dana L. White, PLLC, we know that Collaborative Law may not be right for everyone who needs to resolve a family law dispute, so we offer levels of traditional litigation as well as Collaborative Law.  In fact, only a fraction of our divorces are currently done using this method. The parties to a Collaborative divorce typically spend less money, experience less trauma in the process and are better able to interact and co-parent their children after the divorce than high-conflict litigants.

To be successful in the Collaborative process, both spouses must totally commit to the process, and each should hire his or her own attorney who has been trained and is experienced in Collaborative Law.  It is certainly something to consider, and for those interested in this process, during our consultation we will provide an information packet that includes names and phone numbers of other collaboratively-trained attorneys for the divorcing spouse to consider.

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Comprehensive, Reliable Representation

You’ll always have forceful, reliable representation for any case you bring to the Law Office of Dana L. White, PLLC.  We are a Southlake, Texas domestic relations law firm serving clients throughout the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area. At our office, we take a comprehensive approach to solving your family law matter, including you in the process so you can make informed decisions and know what to expect at every step.  We include the use of consultants in forensic psychiatry, forensic accounting, business/asset valuation and other professions as necessary to ensure that your needs are always adequately addressed. Our aim is to meet your needs and achieve your goals while simultaneously serving the best interests of the children involved.

The Law Office of Dana L. White, PLLC is conveniently located in the heart of Southlake, behind Dragon Stadium at the intersection of E. Continental Blvd. and Kimball.

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