Andrew Speer

Andrew Speer

Senior Associate Attorney

Too many family lawyers don’t see their clients as people, but as a series of facts. I don’t take this approach. To me each client is an individual, with unique needs, wants, and goals. As a father and husband, I understand that each person has a unique and specialized form of justice they seek to uphold. Because of this, I believe my job is to use the legal system to get each client the personalized and specific outcome they deserve. This is a duty I have held myself to since I began practicing family law in 2015, when I graduated from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law and passed the bar.

This passion has encouraged me to learn new traits and skills overtime to best help my clients, including becoming an expert witness in divorces involving cryptocurrency, an appellate lawyer, and a continuing legal education publisher and presenter.  In the cryptocurrency world, I have been hired by clients across the country to help identify, trace, characterize, and value cryptocurrency, including assisting clients with determining whether their spouse is hiding digital assets, on occasion saving my clients hundreds of thousands of dollars. Cryptocurrency is complicated, and many attorneys – and judges – take an incorrect and avoidable approach to it in the divorce context. My goal is to help others avoid these mistakes, and to prevent my clients from being financially abused by an antiquated legal system that is slow to change with new technological developments.

I understand that on occasion one’s legal journey does not end in the trial courtroom, and sometimes an appeal is necessary. Clients from across the state have come to me with their trial court rulings, asking me to appeal them. This has allowed me not only to help people from a variety of backgrounds, but it has also allowed me to grow and practice before numerous appellate courts I normally would not have the opportunity to. Thanks to my clients, I have successfully had trial court rulings reversed and modified in the Second Court of Appeals in Fort Worth and defended against a petition for review in the Supreme Court of Texas.

This demonstrates how to me, the attorney-client relationship is a two-way street – I fight for my clients in every way possible – and my clients have allowed me to gain enough experience to become one of the few lawyers in the state who are Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Not only do I believe I have a duty to my clients, I also have an obligation to the legal community I practice in. I enjoy contributing to the continuing legal education of my peers, having been published in the Dallas Divorce Law Blog/Texas Bar Today, the Boston Bar Association Family Law Newsletter, and the Dallas Bar Association Headnotes, and being a presenter for Stafford Webinars, the Tax Alliance Conference, and LawPractice CLE. In these courses and publications, I have taught others the techniques I use to trace, locate, characterize, and value cryptocurrency, how to determine if Venmo is being used to hide money, and how to master the digital courtroom that was born of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Experience

  • Senior Associate Attorney, Walters Gilbreath, PLLC, 2021–Present
  • Attorney, O’Neil Wysocki Family Law, 2017–2021
  • Attorney, Holmes, Diggs, and Eames, PLLC, 2015–2017
  • Law Clerk, Holmes, Diggs, and Eames, PLLC, 2014–2015

Education

  • Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law, J.D., 2015
  • President – Student Bar Association
  • University of California, San Diego, B.A., Political Science, 2010
  • President – Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity, Gamma Rho Chapter

Honors

  • 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)
  • Published in the Boston Bar Association Family Law Newsletter and Dallas Bar Association Headnotes
  • Continuing Legal Education presenter/publisher at LawPractice CLE (2020, 2019), Stafford Webinars (2019), and the Tax Alliance Conference (2019)

Associations

  • Dallas Bar Association, Member
  • Collin County Bar Association, Member
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Co-Chair Finance, CLE, and Law Student Assistance Committees

Publications

  • Mastering the Digital Courtroom – A Guide to Remote Litigation (Dec 28, 2020)
  • LawPractice CLE Cryptocurrency as an Asset in Divorce (Sep 16, 2019)
  • LawPracticeCLE Digital Dissolutions: Cryptocurrency and the Marital Estate (Jul 26, 2019)
  • Boston Bar Association Family Law Newsletter
  • When Apples Don’t Equal Apples: Divorce, Division of Marital Assets, and Tax Consequences (June 5, 2019)
  • Tax Alliance Conference
  • Pirating Private Keys (May 21, 2019)
  • Dallas Bar Association Headnotes
  • Cryptocurrency as an Asset in Divorce: Valuation, Division and Location of Currency (Feb 13, 2019) Strafford Webinars
  • Cryptocurrency and Family Law: The Basics (Part 1) (Aug 28, 2018)
  • Dallas Divorce Law Blog/Lexblog
  • Using Venmo as a Vehicle for Hidden Assets and Fraud in Divorce (Apr 24, 2018)
  • Dallas Divorce Law Blog/Texas Bar Today

Personal Life

  • Hometown: Yorba Linda, California
  • Favorite sports team: Los Angeles Lakers
  • Dachshund-Corgi mix, Leia

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