What is “Board Certification”?

Each year, the Texas Board of Legal Specialization grants the title 'Board Certified' to a handful of family law attorneys. The certification process is difficult, including vetting by other attorneys, judges, and the State Bar, extensive requirements regarding litigation experience, and a challenging exam. A candidate who meets these requirements is inducted into a small, elite group of family law litigators. 

How Difficult is it to Become Board Certified Divorce Lawyer?

There are over 100,000 attorneys in Texas, but less than 1% are Board Certified in Family Law. Once board certified, attorneys must perform and study at an elevated level to maintain their certified status. Attorneys can lose their board certification by failing to obtain sufficient hours of Continuing Legal Education or through misconduct.


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  • Licensed to practice since 1996
  • Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Rated 10.0 Superb by Avvo.com with over 100 five-star reviews
  • Avvo Client Choice Award 2014-2018
  • Has handled over 3,500 cases
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  • Licensed to practice since 2009
  • Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Rated 10.0 Superb by Avvo.com with over 80 five-star reviews
  • Selected for inclusion in the Texas Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ list
  • Frequently asked to serve as a guest speaker on various family law and litigation matters, with a particular focus on litigation and jury trials
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Jim Piper,

Of Counsel

  • Licensed to practice since 1974
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward-White, Inc., 2016—2017
  • Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters, 2011—2019
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Martindale-Hubble, 2016
  • AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubble, 2016
  • Top Attorneys in Texas, Texas Monthly, 2012
  • Certificate of Special Competence, The Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1988
  • Certificate of Recognition and Appreciation, Texas College of Trial Advocacy, 1980

Ryan Segall,

Senior Associate

  • Licensed to practice since 2014
  • Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch award, 2021
  • Board Certification in Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2020
  • Super Lawyers – Texas Rising Stars, Thomson Reuters, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
  • Avvo 10.0
  • Avvo Client Choice 2016
  • 2014 Natl Order of Barristers
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Robert Tsai,

Senior Associate

  • Licensed to practice since 2014
  • Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Avvo – Client Choice, 2018, 2020
  • Super Lawyers – Texas Rising Stars, Thomson Reuters, 2020, 2021
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Andrew Speer,

Senior Associate

  • Licensed to practice since 2015
  • Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Consulting expert witness in cases involving cryptocurrency.
  • Appellate practitioner in the Supreme Court of Texas and the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th Texas courts of appeal, with a legal victory from the Supreme Court of Texas.
  • Avvo – 10.0 Rating
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers One to Watch (2020).