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Keith Nelson is a highly respected attorney with nearly 30 years of experience in divorce and custody litigation. With a keen interest in issues involving children, his practice includes a special emphasis on addressing the psychological impact of custody and divorce litigation on children and their parents. In recognition of this expertise, he was appointed to serve on the Texas Supreme Court Committee on Visitation and Child Support Guidelines, which promotes proposed changes to the Texas Family Code for the Texas Legislature.


Keith has been a frequent author and speaker throughout the nation for more than 20 years on such topics as custody, visitation, psychological aspects of divorce and custody, jurisdiction, common-law marriage and Amicus Attorney arrangements. He works with organizations including the State Bar of Texas, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, American College of Forensic Psychologists, and the National Business Institute. After completing specialized training, he also has opened his practice to the use of Collaborative Law.


AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, Keith has been selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list every year since its inception in 2003. He was named among the Top 100 Lawyers in Texas in 2013 and has been recognized among the Top 100 Lawyers in Dallas-Fort Worth four times. He also has been named to D Magazine's list of The Best Lawyers in Dallas and to the Best Lawyers in America every year since 2006, based on his work in Family Law.


A fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers since 1993, Keith has served on multiple AAML committees. He is also active in the local legal community, having served on the Dallas Bar Association's Family Law Section Board of Directors and as a consultant to Lawyers Against Domestic Violence. Keith provides pro bono representation for indigents in cases where serious issues regarding children exist.


Keith is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and is a 1983 graduate of the Baylor University School of Law. He also holds a Bachelor's Degree in economics from Baylor. He is married and has six children.

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Child Custody: 30%
    33 years
  2. Divorce: 30%
    33 years
  3. Family: 20%
    33 years
  4. Child Support: 10%
    33 years
  5. Alimony: 10%
    33 years

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Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Amber Liddell Alwais

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    Amber Alwais Family Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Brad M. Lamorgese

    Keith Nelson is the tops of the field in custody cases. He is an excellent divorce lawyer and provides a steady hand, great advice, and results for his clients. I could not recommend him more!

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    Brad Lamorgese Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Orsinger, Nelson, Downing & Anderson, LLP

5950 Sherry Lane Suite 800
Dallas, TX, 75225

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 198301/09/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2014
Top 100 in TexasTexas Monthly Magazine2013
Best LawyerD Magazine2013
Top 100 in DFWTexas Monthly Magazine2013
Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2013
Top 100 in DFWTexas Monthly Magazine2012
Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2012
Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2011
Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2010
Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2009
Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2008
Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2007
Best LawyerN/A2006
Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2006
Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2005
Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2004
Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2003
Board Certified - Family LawTexas Board of Legal Specialization1988
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerOrsinger, Nelson, Downing & Anderson, LLP1992 - Present
AttorneyKoons, Fuller, McCurley & Vanden Eykel, PC1988 - 1992
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Annette StewartMember2003 - 2005
Special Concerns of Children CommitteeMember1998 - 2001
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersFellow1993 - Present
Family Law Section \ Board of DirectorsMember1992 - 2005
Irving Bar AssociationMember1991 - 1992
State Bar of TexasMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Dallas Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Texas Academy of Family Law SpecialistsMemberN/A
Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Child Support and Visitation GuidelinesMemberN/A
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
National Association of Counsel for ChildrenMemberN/A
N/AMemberN/A
Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
Family Law"Dauberts/Experts, Ultimate Trial Notebook",2006
Unknown"Parenting Plans-Who, What, When, Where & Why"2006
State Bar of Texas 31st Annual Advanced Family Law Course"How to Handle a Custody Case on an Unlimited Budget",2005
State Bar of Texas 30th Annual Advanced Family Law Course"Rubbish and Rembrandt: The Art of Evaluating a Custody Case",2004
American College of Forensic Psychology, 20th Annual Symposium in Forensic Psychology"Child Custody Evaluation and Pitfalls, Including Daubert and Relocation Issues"2004
State Bar of Texas 29th Annual Advanced Family Law Course"The Good, The Bad and the Ugly: A Complex Review of Psychological Testing in Custody Evaluations"2003
UT Southwestern Medical Center, Forensic Psychiatry Presentation"Attorney Perspectives on Family Law - Custody and Divorce",2003
UT Southwestern Medical Center, Presentation to Forensic & Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residents"Attorney Perspectives on Child and Adolescent Forensic Psychiatry",2002
28th Annual Advanced Family Law Course"Use and Abuse of Mental Health Professionals after Daubert",2002
26th Annual Advanced Family Law Course"Reliability and Validity of Psychological Testing for Custody Determination"2000
16th Annual Symposium in Forensic Psychology,"Psychological Testing in Child Abuse Custody Cases: Risks and Precautions",2000
The Texas Association for Infant Mental Health"Promoting Infant Mental Health in the Family Court",2000
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Annual Meeting"Creative Decision Making in Custody Arrangements; Psychological Theories; Their Admissibility After Daubert; And Alternatives to Trial",1998
American College of Forensic Psychology, 14th Annual Symposium in Forensic Psychology"Creative Decision Making in Custody Arrangements"1998
11th Annual Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists"Favoring Unrestricted Relocation",1997
Marriage Dissolution Seminar"Common Law Marriage and the Putative Spouse"1997
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Baylor University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
Baylor University School of LawEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas"Forensic Psychiatry: Pitfalls and Practices",2005
State Bar of Texas 31st Annual Advanced Family Law Course"How to handle a Custody Case on an Unlimited Budget"2005
SMU Law School"Giving the Children a Voice in Court",2005
UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas"Forensic Psychiatry: Pitfalls and Practices",2004
State Bar of Texas 30th Annual Advanced Family Law Course"Rubbish and Rembrandt: The Art of Evaluating a Custody Case"2004
American College of Forensic Psychology, 20th Annual Symposium in Forensic PsychologyChild Custody Evaluation and Pitfalls, Including Daubert and Relocation Issues2004
State Bar of Texas 29th Annual Advanced Family Law Course"The Good, The Bad and the Ugly: A Complex Review of Psychological Testing in Custody Evaluations"2003
Forensic Psychiatry Presentation, UT Southwestern Medical Center"Attorney Perspectives on Family Law - Custody and Divorce",2003
Forensic & Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residents, UT Southwestern Medical Center"Attorney Perspectives on Child and Adolescent Forensic Psychiatry"2002
28th Annual Advanced Family Law Course"Use and Abuse of Mental Health Professionals after Daubert",2002
The Texas Association for Infant Mental Health"Promoting Infant Mental Health in the Family Court"2000
26th Annual Advanced Family Law Course"Reliability and Validity of Psychological Testing for Custody Determination",2000
16th Annual Symposium in Forensic Psychology"Psychological Testing in Child Abuse Custody Cases: Risks and Precautions"2000
American College of Forensic Psychology, 14th Annual Symposium in Forensic PsychologyCreative Decision Making in Custody Arrangements1998
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Annual MeetingCreative Decision Making in Custody Arrangements; Psychological Theories; Their Admissibility After Daubert; And Alternatives to Trial1998
Marriage Dissolution SeminarCommon Law Marriage and the Putative Spouse1997
11th Annual Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists"Favoring Unrestricted Relocation",1997
Advanced Family Law Course For Legal AssistantsUsing Depositions as a Discovery Tool1995
The Ultimate Trial Notebook - Family Law, State Bar of Texas"Preparation of a Trial (and ADR) Notebook",1994
4th Annual Advanced Family For the General Practioner And Legal Assistant"Effective Presentation of the Typical Property Case"1994