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Knowledge of the law, negotiating skills, confidence & tenacity are the most valuable talents a lawyer can offer a client.
I possess those skills and have utilized those talents throughout my career.

Collaborative law is a fantastic innovation in family law. In a collaborative case the parties and lawyers sign an agreement to negotiate their way through the issues in the case and to stay out of the court. To insure everyone stays in the negotiation process, if the parties cannot make a settlement agreement the lawyers are obligated to withdraw from representation of the clients and refer them to other lawyers to litigate the unsettled issues. The withdrawal obligation gives the lawyers and clients a huge incentive to stay at the bargaining table.

Some cases simply cannot be settled - usually because of one party's anger or unrealistic expectations.


Practice areas


  1. Family: 80%
    44 years
  2. Mediation: 20%
    28 years



Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Woods, May & Matlock, P.C.

2500 Legacy Drive
Suite 226
Frisco, TX, 75034

Woods, May & Matlock, P.C.

2500 Legacy
Suite 226
Frisco, TX, 75034



TXEligible To Practice In Texas 197110/19/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderWoods, May & Matlock, P.C.2007 - Present
AttorneyRobert J. Matlock, Attorney At Law1982 - 2007
ShareholderKoons, Rasor & Fuller1980 - 1982
PartnerBruner & Matlock1973 - 1980
Associate attorneyLawrence R. Maxwell, Attorney At Law1971 - 1973
Association namePosition nameDuration
Texas Collaborative Law CounselCharter Member2005 - Present
Dallas Alliance Of Collaborative ProfessionalsCharter Member2002 - Present
Collaborative Law Institute of TexasCharter Member2002 - Present
International Academy of Collaborative ProfessionalsMember2001 - Present
Collin County Bench Bar FoundationFellow2000 - Present
Collin County Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Association Of Confict ResolutionMember1992 - Present
College of the State Bar of TexasMember1987 - Present
Association of Attorney-MediatorsMember1986 - Present
Texas Association of MediatorsMember1985 - Present
Texas Academy of Family Law SpecialistsMember1985 - Present
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1980 - 1997
Texas Board of Legal SpecializationFamily Law Specialist1979 - Present
Dallas Bar AssociationMember1972 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1972 - Present
Missouri State BarMember1971 - Present
State Bar of TexasMember1971 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Family law casesN/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
ADR Group Annual SymposiumCollaborative Law - Application To Civil CasesN/A
Denton County Bar Assn.Advanced Mediation Techniques - Difficult Marital Property IssuesN/A
Southwest Conflict Resolution NetworkHandling Difficult Clients In Family MediationN/A
Association For Conflict ResolutionDealing With Challenging PersonalitiesN/A
Texas Woman's UniversityTexas Marital Property & Mediation IssuesN/A
Association Of Attorney MediatorsChild Support IssuesN/A
Texas Association Of MediatorsSpousal Support & MaintenanceN/A
Dispute Mediation ServicesTexas Marital PropertyN/A
Texas Wesleyan Law SchoolCollaborative Law - The BasicsN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Texas School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1971
Washington UniversityBusiness AdministrationOther - Bachelors1968
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Texas Collaborative Law Council Annual SeminarThe Elephant In The Room - How To Deal With It2007
Family Mediation TrainingAdvanced Mediation Techniques - Complex Marital Property Issues2007
Advanced Mediation Skills CourseTexas Marital Property Issues In Mediation2007
ADR Skills SeminarDifficult Clients In Family Mediation2007
Family Law CourseCollaborative Law - Practical Application Of The Family Code Provisions2006
Family Law CourseCollaborative Law - The Basic Stuff2006
Dallas Bar Assn. Family Section Bench Bar ConferenceChallening Personalities In The Practice Of Law2006
Collaborative Law Annual SeminarGetting Comfortable With Discomfort2006
Association For Conflict Resolution - ADR ConferenceDealing With Challenging Personalities2006
Annual SymposiumDealing With Difficult Clients2006
Annual SeminarDifficult Clients - How To Keep The Collaborative Case On Track2006
Texas Wesleyan School of Law - Family Law SeminarCollaborative Law & Mediation - The Future Of Family Law2005
Texas Assn. of Mediators Annual SeminarMediation & Collaborative Law - How The Fit Together2005
TCLC Annual SeminarHot Tips - The Practice Of Collaborative Law2005
Southern California Mediation Assn. Annual SeminarDealing With Challenging Parties In Collaborative Cases & Mediation2005
IACP Annual SymposiumChallenging Clients In Collaborative Cases2005
ADR Group - London, England - Annual SymposiumCollaborative Law - Application To Civil Cases2005
ABA - ADR Annual SeminarDealing With High Conflict Cases2005
Texas Wesleyan School of Law - ADR SymposiumCollaborative Law2004
Southern Methodist University ADR CourseMediation & Collaborative Law - Where Are We?2004
Colorado ADR Annual SeminarCollaborative Law - What Is It & Where Is It Going2004
AFCC Annual ConferenceCollaborative Law - The Texas Model2004
Our Lady Of The Lake University Mediation CourseTexas Marital Property In Mediation2003
Episcopal Diocese - Bangalore, India - Alternate Dispute Resolution SymposiumBasic Mediation & Communication Skills2001