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Practicing law for 20 years, Carson has successfully represented clients in all realms of family law: divorce, custody and paternity disputes, pre- and post-marital agreements, asset tracing, and complex property disputes. Carson currently represents clients on a variety of family law matters throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Recognized by her peers as a Top Lawyer Under 40, D Magazine (2004), a five-time Texas Rising Star, Thomson Reuters (2005-2009) and holding an AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell for her legal ability and ethical standards, Carson writes and speaks on complex legal issues throughout the State of Texas.


Carson’s extensive legal background sets her apart from her peers. Carson gained significant trial experience as a criminal prosecutor in Bexar County, zealously advocating for her clients and then earned big firm training at Jackson Walker, LLP, one of the oldest and largest Texas-based law firms. Since 1997, Carson has dedicated her practice exclusively to family law.


Drawing on the skills she acquired as a prosecutor and her in-depth knowledge of family law, Carson is a formidable opponent in every case. As a wife and mother of two young children, Carson understands and is empathetic to the negative effect that contentious family law matters have on a family as a whole. She is compassionate about helping clients in crisis identify what is most important to them, minimize conflict, and navigate the often painful emotional and financial burdens associated with family law matters to achieve the best possible outcome.

While highly-trained in the courtroom and ready to aggressively advocate for her clients, Carson sees the value in mediation and collaborative law and strongly encourages parties to settle out of court when it is in their best interests. Whatever the clients’ need, Carson has the complete skill set of a seasoned family law attorney, both in and out of the courtroom.


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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 80%
  2. Family: 10%
  3. Child Custody: 10%



Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

22 total 

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  • C. Michael McCurley

    I have worked against this lawyer on one of the biggest cases in our community and she did an excellent job. In addition to this case, i have worked with her on numerous cases and she does exemplary work. Not only is she a skilled practitioner, her ethics are above reproach. I endorse this lawyer.


    C. Michael McCurley Family Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Mallory K. Ellis

    Carson is the consummate professional in all aspects of her practice. She has a bright presence, a sharp wit, and an incredible depth of knowledge that accompanies years of dedicated experience. I would highly recommend her for your family law needs!


    Mallory Ellis Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Hammerle Finley Law Firm

2871 Lake Vista Drive
Suite 100
Lewisville, TX, 75067


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199407/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Rising StarTexas Super Lawyers2009
Rising StarTexas Super Lawyers2008
Rising StarTexas Super Lawyers2007
Rising StarTexas Super Lawyers2006
Rising StarTexas Super Lawyers2005
Best Lawyers Under 40D Magazine2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyHammerle Finley Law Firm2016 - Present
AttorneyZinda & Davis, PLLC2015 - 2016
Senior AttorneyCalabrese Huff, PC2013 - 2015
Managing MemberCarson Epes Steinbauer, JD PLLC2010 - 2013
Senior AttorneyGoranson Bain Larsen Greenwald Maultsby & Murphy, PLLC2005 - 2010
PresidentThe Law Office of Carson P. Epes2004 - 2005
Senior AsociateMcCurley, Kinser, McCurley, Nelson & Downing, LLP2003 - 2004
Associate AttorneySmith & Moore, LLP2003 - 2003
Associate AttorneyHarrison & Hull, LLP2002 - 2003
Associate AttorneyJackson Walker, LLP2000 - 2002
Associate AttorneyDuncan, Ulman, Weakley & Bressler, Inc.1997 - 2000
Assistant District AttorneyBexar County Criminal District Attorney's Office1994 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
Denton County Bar Association, Family Law SectionN/A2016 - Present
Collaborative Law Institute of TexasMember2010 - Present
Dallas Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2002 - Present
State Bar of Texas, Family Law SectionMember1997 - Present
Annette Stewart American Inn of Court AssociateMemberN/A
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Good Shepard Montessori School Parent Teacher OrganizationPresident2013 - 2014
Collin County Chamber of CommerceN/A2011 - 2014
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In Re Amy Dupre CasanovaN/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
Cross Timbers GazetteSummer Vacation Strategies for Separated or Divorced Parents2016
Hammerle Finley BlogFive Things to Remember When Planning for Divorce2016
Annual Martial Dissolution Institute, Ft. WorthCollaborative Law: The Human Bridge to Serendipity2004
Texas Center for the Judiciary, West Regional Conferences, Corpus Christi and DallasRecent Developments in Family Law",2004
New Frontiers Marital Property Law, San FranciscoDid Your Client Get Hitched Without a Hitch? Defending and Attacking Premarital and Postmarital Agreements2003
Ft.Worth Business JournalLove and Money - Why More People are Seeking Prenuptial Agreements2003
Annual Advanced Family Law Seminar, San AntonioWhat, You Mean I Have To Go To Trial? - How To Prepare For And Win A Custody Case2003
Advanced Family Law Drafting and Advocacy: Art and Form SeminarTen Ways to Screw Up a Premarital Agreement2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
St Mary's University of San Antonio School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
Hollins UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
West Regional Conferences, Corpus Christi and DallasRecent Developments in Family Law2004
Annual Marital Dissolution InsisituteCollaborative Law2004
New Frontiers Marital Property LawDefending and Attacking Premarital and Postmarital Agreements2003
Annual Advanced Family Law Seminar,How To Prepare For And Win A Custody Case2003
Advanced Family Law DraftingTen Ways to Screw Up a Premarital Agreement2003