|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||1995||02/26/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Texas Super Lawyers||Thomson Reuters||2016|
|Texas Super Lawyers||Thomson Reuters||2015|
|Texas Super Lawyers||Thomson Reuters||2014|
|Texas Super Lawyer||Thomson Reuters||2013|
|Texas Super Lawyer||Thomson Reuters||2012|
|Texas Super Lawyer||Thomson Reuters||2011|
|Texas Super Lawyer||Thomson Reuters||2010|
|Texas Super Lawyer||Thomson Reuters||2009|
|Texas Super Lawyer||Thomson Reuters||2008|
|Texas Super Lawyer||Thomson Reuters||2007|
|Texas Super Lawyer||Thomson Reuters||2006|
|Texas Super Lawyer||Thomson Reuters||2005|
|Texas Super Lawyer||Thomson Reuters||2004|
|Board Certified - Family Law||Texas Board of Legal Specialization||2003|
|Texas Super Lawyer||Thomson Reuters||2003|
|Partner||GoransonBain, PLLC||2012 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Dallas Bar Association, Family Law Section||Immediate Past Chair||N/A|
|Family Law Advisor Blog||Mediation: Know Your Options BEFORE You Litigate||2014|
|Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1995|
|Southern Methodist University||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1992|
Posted by Jennifer
Mr. Lake recently represented by boyfriend in his divorce case in which the custody of his daughter was in dispute, and there were some very delicate issues at stake. He went above and beyond in insuring that her -- the child's -- well-being was the priority in the case (compassion). I appreciated his candor in working with my boyfriend and demanding that my boyfriend be upfront with him (integrity). I also appreciated that he represented my boyfriend, but not at all costs and that he continuously directed and redirected him toward what he could realistically expect from the outcome of his case given different potential avenues of action to finalize the divorce and custody issue. His wisdom and years of experience became evident time and time again. At times he (we) felt beat down, but Mr. Lake provided him (us) with words of encouragement and hope and the will to continue when he was ready to give up (fortitude). Even though he was clearly his client during the entire process, he did account for the mother and how she might be impacted by various outcomes (compassion).
Posted by anonymous
Chris Lake walked me through a divorce after my spouse of 40 years suddenly decided to leave our marriage. My first meeting with Chris was difficult because I was still reeling from the shock of all that had happened. Chris did a wonderful job of patiently explaining the legal issues and what would occur over the next few months. Then the conversation took an entirely different turn.
Chris asked how I was doing. He listened intently as I shared how numb I was and how unsettling it was to have an uncertain future. We talked about the emotional abuse I had experienced throughout the marriage because of my spouse's unmedicated bipolar disorder. He told me that the raw pain I was experiencing would dissipate in time and that I would be much happier by this time next year. He offered me hope and encouragement. His sincerity was undeniable and his kindness was so touching.
Chris gave me his cellphone number at our first meeting and told me to call him day or night if I had any questions or concerns. He stayed in contact with me and copied me on every correspondence with opposing counsel. I never had to wonder where things stood. He actively involved me throughout the entire process.
I don't know what I would have done without Chris during all those months of uncertainty. He was my kind and patient encourager all the while being a formidable foe to opposing counsel when difficult situations arose. I knew Chris always had my back and that was priceless. He remained professional even when opposing counsel did not. He brilliantly resolved the difficult issues and settled the divorce with the best possible outcome.
I am so very proud to call Chris Lake not only my attorney, but also my friend. If you have the opportunity to hire him as your attorney, do it. He is simply the best!
Posted by anonymous
After having previous lawyers in my divorce case, and having spent a substantial amount on legal fees, I was introduced to Chris. Chris was able to bring a level of compassion and realism to the case that others before him lacked. He was also able to see through the manipulative front being presented by the other side and approach resolution in a level headed, reasonable way geared towards halting the conflict and financial hemorrhaging associated with fees. Most importantly (and I believe due in large part to himself being the father of young children) Chris remained steadfastly focused on reaching a resolution that better allowed for the well-being of my young child.
Phillip Linder, Family Attorney
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
I highly endorse this lawyer. I first met Chris Lake when I worked as an opposing counsel in a case against him. The case and the clients were highly contentious-requiring a three day mediation. I was so impressed with his abilities and the ethical way in which he handled the case that he has now become my firm's go to referral for family law cases. He has all the requisite intelligence and ability of the sharpest family lawyers, yet his ethics and desire for peaceful resolution, where possible, leads him to find creative solutions where others fail.
Bruce Alford, Commercial real estate Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
I strongly endorse this lawyer. He is truly one of the best attorneys I have ever worked with. His ability to successfully argue his client's case in front of a judge is without equal. I trust his integrity, professionalism, and knowledge of the law.