Melinda Eitzen, recognized by D Magazine as one of the “Best Lawyers in Dallas” and one of the “Best Family Law Mediators in Dallas”, is an attorney on the forefront of the collaborative law movement in Texas, is a partner in the Dallas-Fort Worth area based family law practice of Duffee + Eitzen.
Focused on multimillion-dollar divorces, custody modifications, paternity cases, and premarital agreements, Melinda Eitzen is highly experienced in all facets of family law, and well versed in managing high-profile cases. She is the daughter of beloved retired Judge, Merrill Hartman, who was a Dallas District Judge for 22 years on both the Civil bench and Family bench.
Melinda Eitzen has utilized her expertise in the practice of Collaborative Law to pen lectures, articles, and books on the subject including co-authoring “Divorce The Collaborative Way. Is It The Way For You?” and “Considering Divorce? Critical Things You Need to Know.”. In addition, she has presented dynamic lectures on many family law issues and the practice of family law. She has received the distinction of being a “Super Lawyer” multiple times by Texas Monthly Magazine (every year from 2003-2006 and every year again from 2009-2017) and one of the “Best Lawyers in Dallas” by D Magazine. Melinda is the recipient of numerous awards, particularly for her pro bono work and for teaching others how to do pro bono work.
Melinda has served as President of the Collin County Bar Association and as a Member of the Board of Directors of Texas Lawyers for Children from 2011-2013, as President of the Plano Bar Association, as a chair of the Collaborative Law Alliance of Collin County, Vice President of the Collin County Bar Association, chair of the Good Works Committee of the Collin County Bar Association, director of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, director of Texas Young Lawyers Association, and chair of the Family Law Section of the Collin County Bar Association.
Melinda Eitzen has a true passion for helping people through difficult times. She has an exceptional mix of both compassion for her clients and an unyielding toughness on her opponents in the courtroom This unique blend gives her clients someone to talk to and someone they can depend on to protect their interests and get them everything they deserve. Melinda Eitzen is your Dallas Family Attorney.
|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||1994||09/28/2020|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Best Family Lawyer Plano||Expertise||2020|
|Best Lawyer||Best Lawyers||2020|
|Collaborative Divorce Master||Collaborative Divorce Texas||2020|
|Top 500 Leading Lawyers in America||Lawdragon||2020|
|D Magazine||Best Lawyers in Dallas||2020|
|Best Women Lawyers in Dallas||D Magazine||2010|
|Best Lawyers Under 40||D Magazine||2002|
|Attorney||Duffee + Eitzen||2001 - Present|
|Associate||Clark, West, Keller, Butler & Ellis||1994 - 2001|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Dallas Association of Young Lawyers||Director||N/A|
|Dallas Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|State Bar of Texas||Member||N/A|
|Plano Bar Association||Past President||N/A|
|Collaborative Law Alliance of Collin County||Chair||N/A|
|Texas Young Lawyers Association||Director||N/A|
|Collin County Bar Association, Family Law Section||Chair||N/A|
|Collin County Bar Association||President||2014 - 2015|
|Collin County Bar Association||Vice President||2013 - 2014|
|Texas Lawyers for Children||Board of Directors||2011 - 2013|
|iUniverse publication||Considering Divorce? Critical Things You Need to Know.||2013|
|iUniverse publication||Divorce the Collaborative Way. Is it the Way for You?||2009|
|University of Houston Law Center||JD - Juris Doctor||1994|
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