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Among the state’s most respected Family Law attorneys, Mary Johanna McCurley has the experience to knowledgeably address all matrimonial issues, including asset tracing; family-owned business entities and corporate involvement; interspousal torts; and family psychological issues related to divorce and custody, including interactions with experts.

A widely published author and frequent lecturer, she has appeared before such forums as the State Bar of Texas, New York Bar Association, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, American Bar Association, National Business Institute, and law schools throughout Texas.

Mary Johanna has earned recognition on every Texas Super Lawyers listing since its inception in 2003, receiving special recognition among the Top 100 Lawyers in Texas in 2013, the Top 50 Female Lawyers in Texas for 11 consecutive years, as well as being included eight times in the listing of the Top 100 attorneys in Dallas/Fort Worth. She also has been recognized for her law practice by D Magazine, Lawdragon, The Best Lawyers in America, Who's Who in the World and Who's Who of American Women.

A leader among her peers, she is a Past Chair of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. She is also an active member of a number of other professional organizations, and has served as national Vice President of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, President of the Texas Chapter of the AAML, Secretary/Treasurer of the Annette Stewart American Inn of Court, Co-Director of the 2005 State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course, and was an adjunct member of the Family Law Council for three years before becoming a member in 1987.

Mary Johanna has chaired the Mediation Study Committee and the Special Concerns for Children Committee for the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and has been Co-Coordinator of the organization's continuing legal education program on multiple occasions. For nearly a decade, she shared editing responsibilities for the Family Law Practice Manual, a publication of the State Bar of Texas. In keeping with her concern for children, Mary Johanna was Co-Chair of the Child Support and Child Visitation Guidelines Committee for the Supreme Court of Texas for 1992-93 and served on the committee in 1997.

She is certified as a life coach by the College of Executive Coaching and recently co-authored, along with four other experts in women’s health and wellness, A Happy Healthy You: A Woman’s Guide to Happiness, Health & Harmony. The book offers advice and counsel on nutrition, exercise, menopause, spirituality, relationships, and other wellness issues for women in the second half of their lives. In 2010 and 2011, Mary Johanna was invited to participate in Renaissance Weekends®. Bringing together preeminent authorities and noted innovators in their fields of expertise from around the country, these invitation-only retreats are dedicated to personal and national renewal.

Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1984, Mary Johanna began her distinguished career after graduating from St. Mary's University School of Law in 1979, where she was Student Body Vice President and President of the Senate. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Centenary College, where she served as Student Body President.


Languages spoken: English, German, Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Family: 25%
    37 years
  2. Litigation: 25%
    37 years
  3. Child Custody: 25%
    37 years
  4. Divorce: 25%
    37 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Spenser Reese Housewright

    Mary Jo has earned a fantastic reputation in the family law community in Texas by representing her clients in the most professional manner. She is driven, intelligent, passionate, and skilled. Her attention to detail and strategic ability make her stand out from the rest of the family lawyers. Judges, clients, and opposing attorneys all walk away impressed by her skills and knowledge of the law.


    Spenser Housewright Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Michael David Wysocki

    If Elvis is the King of Rock n' Roll, MaryJo is the Queen of Family Law. Clients benefit from her extensive knowledge, skill, and practical approach to her cases. I endorse this lawyer.


    Michael Wysocki Family Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info


3710 Rawlins Street, Suite 900
Dallas, TX, 75219


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 197907/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyers in DallasD Magazine2013
Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2013
Best Lawyers in DallasD Magazine2012
Top 100 Super Lawyers in TexasTexas Monthly Magazine2012
Top 50 Women Super Lawyers in TexasTexas Monthly Magazine2012
Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2012
Best LawyerN/A2006
Leading Lawyers in AmericaLawdragon2006
Best LawyerN/A2005
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerVernerBrumleyMcCurley2014 - Present
PartnerMcCurley, Kinser, McCurley, Nelson & Downing, LLP1992 - 2014
Association namePosition nameDuration
Board of GovenorsMember1998 - Present
Interdisciplinary Relations - Mental HealthMember1997 - Present
Family Law CouncilMember1987 - Present
Dallas Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersMemberN/A
Tarrant County Family Law Bar AssociationMemberN/A
State Bar of TexasMemberN/A
Texas Academy of Family Law SpecialistsMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersNational Vice President2003 - 2003
State Bar of TexasChairman2003 - 2004
Annette StewartMaster and Secretary/Treasurer2003 - 2004
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersSecretary2000 - 2002
Texas ChapterPresident1997 - 1998
Texas ChapterPresident - Elect1996 - 1997
Texas ChapterSecretary1995 - 1996
Stepfamilies Rights and Adoption CommitteeMember1994 - 1994
Texas ChapterTreasurer1993 - 1995
Mediation Study CommitteeChairman1993 - 1993
Board of DirectorsMember1990 - 1992
Publication nameTitleDate
Unknown"Parenting Plans - Who, What, Where & Why"2006
Unknown"Relocation: Long Distance Families"2006
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Annual Meeting"Psychological Testing"2005
Unknown"Relocation Debate"2004
Unknown"Two People, Two Professions, One Marriage"2004
Texas Bar Journal"Family Law: Changes to Keep in Mind"2004
State Bar of Texas, New Frontiers Course"Did Your Client 'Get Hitched' Without A Hitch - Defending and Attacking Premarital and Post-Marital Agreements"2003
State Bar of Texas, Marriage Dissolution Course"Top Ten Things You Should Know to Ask About Handling Kid Cases"2003
Unknown"Love and Money- Why More People are Seeking Prenuptial Agreements in the Millinium"2003
Fort Worth business Journal"Instant Message, Instant Email, Instantly Gone?- The Role of Technology in Infedility and Divorce"2003
Unknown"Maintenance is Alive and Well in Texas"2002
Unknown"A Primer on Psychological Testing"2001
Marriage DissolutionReimbursement Issues"2000
UnknownShrinking the Shrink Down to Size1998
Texas Academy of Family Law SpecialistPreparing for the Petitioner's Financial Temporary Hearing"1998
Texas Academy of Family Law Specialist"Effectively Dealing with the Child's Choice of Managing Conservator"1997
Unknown"Dealing with Ad-Litems"1997
Annual Divorce Conference of the Dallas Chapter, Texas Society of Certified Public AccountantsPensions, Stock Options and Other New Sources of Wealth1997
UnknownAttorney Ad Litem and Guardian Ad Litem Practice"1996
Unknown"Gender Bias in Our Courts and Practice - Fact or Fiction?"1995
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
St Mary's University of San Antonio School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
Centenary College of LouisianaN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of TexasDon't Forget the Child2003
Annual Divorce Conference, Dallas Chapter, Texas Society of Certified Public AccountantsPensions, Stock Options and Other Sources of Wealth1997