Carson Steinbauer

Carson Steinbauer


I realized I wanted to be an attorney while I was in college. I was a political science major, and one of my favorite professors, who was also my advisor, commented that I had excellent critical thinking skills and that I would make a great lawyer. I‘ve always had a passion for helping others. My compassion coupled with my analytical skills is a natural fit in the legal field.

After several years as a criminal prosecutor, I took a job at a civil firm that handled all sorts of legal matters. I dabbled in civil and probate litigation, estate planning, corporate transactions, and family law. I love the interaction with individual clients and the legal strategy involved in achieving positive outcomes following contentious divorces and other family law matters.

I have many years of experience handling large complex property cases involving the characterization and tracing of separate properties. However, because I have a passion for helping others, I am interested in all areas of family law. I handle highly contested divorces and custody matters; post-divorce property division and enforcement matters; and drafting premarital and post-marital agreements. I handle surrogacy agreements as well. No case is the same, and I love a challenge. I also really enjoy taking on cases involving jurisdictional disputes; they can be complex and it’s an area of the law that I find both interesting and not well understood.

I really enjoy getting to know each of my clients personally and counseling them not just in the legal sense but also on a personal level. On the legal side, I love the complexity of the law and the strategy involved in winning a case and achieving the best possible outcome for each of the clients. On the personal side, I enjoy walking my clients through what is a very difficult and dark period of life and getting them to the other side. I help them see that there is life after divorce.

I have two precious children, who are now teenagers. Children are priceless assets. I relate to my clients when they come in and are fearful of losing custody, or losing time with them when the decision is made to separate and divorce. I have deep empathy and compassion for each client and strive to obtain the best custody order or agreement possible so that the parent-child relationship is least affected. Also, I hear my clients’ concerns about losing financial security in a divorce. At Walters Gilbreath, we pay attention to every detail and work very hard to get the best financial award possible in every case, so that our clients can plan and enjoy their future.


  • Partner, Walters Gilbreath, PLLC, 2023–Present
  • Partner, Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP, 2018–2023
  • Managing Member, Carson Steinbauer Family Law, 2017–2018
  • Senior Attorney, Hammerle Finley, 2016–2016
  • Senior Attorney, Zinda & Davis, 2015–2016
  • Senior Attorney, Calabrese Huff, P.C., 2013–2015
  • Managing Member, Carson Epes Steinbauer, JD PLLC, 2010–2013
  • Senior Attorney, Goranson, Bain, Larsen, Greenwald, Maultsby & Murphy, PLLC, 2005–2010


  • St. Mary’s University School Of Law, J.D., 1991–1994
  • Hollins University, Cum Laude, B.A., 1987–1991


  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section
  • Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member, Collin County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member, Collaborative Law Institute of Texas
  • Member, Texas Advanced Family Law Specialists



  • “What, You Mean I Have to Go to Trial? How to Prepare for and Win a Custody Case,” 29th Annual Advanced Family Law Seminar, 2003
  • “Did Your Client Get Hitched Without a Hitch? Defending and Attacking Premarital and Postmarital Agreements,” New Frontiers Marital Property Law, 2003
  • “Love and Money – Why More People are Seeking Prenuptial Agreements”, Ft. Worth Business Journal, 2003
  • “ Ten Ways to Screw up a Premarital Agreement,” Advanced Family Law Drafting and Advocacy: Art and Form Seminar, 2003
  • “Recent Developments in Family Law,” Texas Center for the Judiciary, Winter Regional Conferences, 2004
  • “Collaborative Law: The Human Bridge to Serendipity,” 27th Annual Marital Dissolution Institute, Ft. Worth, Texas Institute, 2004
  • “How to Be a Divorce Diva – Working with Divorce Clients and Opposing Counsel”, Half Moon Seminars, Texas Family Law Practice for Paralegals, 2005
  • “ Speaking in Codes”, Advanced Family Law Course, 2006
  • “ For Hansel & Gretel: Crumbs for Handling an Adoption in Texas”, Dallas Bar Association Headnotes,  2009
  • “Top Ten Tips for Temporary Orders Hearings”, Dallas Bar Association Headnotes, 2015
  • “Across State Lines – Interstate Divorces in Texas”, State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section Report, 2017
  • “Bad Romance: Five Stories of Love Gone Sour, Told By Dallas Divorce Attorneys”, D Magazine, May 2017 issue
  • “Jurisdictional Challenges More Complex in Divorce and Child Custody Actions”, Texas Lawyer, August 2017 issue
  • “Trend Toward Shared Parenting in Texas”, Texas Lawyer, July 2018 issue
  • “Business Issues in Divorce and the Myth of Receiverships”, Texas Lawyer, December 2019 issue
  • “Tips for Divorce Lawyers During the COVID-19 Pandemic”, Texas Lawyer, May 2020 issue
  • “Fraud Alert: Issues and Claims in a Complex Divorce” Headnotes, Dallas Bar Association, October 2020 issue
  • “Oh Baby, Baby! Statutory Surrogacy Agreements in Texas.” Headnotes, Dallas Bar Association, September 2023 issue

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, Collaborative Law, Legal Assistants’ University, 2004
  • Co-Course Director, Family Law Boot Camp, State Bar of Texas, 33rd Annual Advanced Family Law Seminar, 2007
  • Speaker, “Trial Treasures in Tampa”, 29th Annual Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists Trial Institute (TAFLS), 2009



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